Effect of a ketogenic diet on the clear cell renal cell carcinoma cell growth

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Clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) is characterized by a metabolic feature : an energy production by aerobic glycolysis at the expense of oxydative phosphorylation [1]. Ketogneic diet (KD), which consists of high fat and low carbohydrate intakes, could bring required energy substrates to healthy cells while depriving tumor cells of glucose.


We study the effect of ketogenic diet on a ccRCC cell line : ACHN. Fifteen CD-1 nude mice received a sub-cutaneous xenograft of ACHN cells, and were then split into 3 feeding groups and fed either a standard diet (SD group, n=5), a 2:1 ketogneic diet (KD 2:1 group, n=5) or a 4:1 ketogenic diet (KD 4:1 group, n=5) ad libitum. Tumor growth, blood glucose and blood ketone levels were measured weekly for 8 weeks.


Ketosis was quickly reached. The mean blood ketone level was 0,86 mmol/L in SD group, 1,07 mmol/L in KD 2:1 group and 1,21 mmol/L in KD 4:1 group (p