New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has revealed that Vitamins A and C have the potential to erase “memory” in cells – this reveals an encouraging insight for regenerative medicine.
How is this beneficial?
You might be slightly baffled as to what this actually means, as it’s all a bit confusing unless you’re a scientist. In short, these findings have shown that Vitamin A and C have the potential to enhance success in the everlasting challenge of converting adult cells into stem cells. Vitamin A has been found to play a role in increasing the amount of enzymes that cause DNA to loose cellular memory and Vitamin C enhances this activity.
What does this mean?
These findings provide amazing progress in research for regenerative medicine. Essentially, they show that both Vitamin A and C have the ability to make ‘bad’ or cancerous cells ‘forget’ their previous identity, by reprogramming their properties. This process is called DNA methylation and involves the methyl group of DNA being removed transforming the cell back into its naïve state. Further research is needed but these findings provide a valuable insight into human diseases such as leukaemia and other cancers.