Published: May 1, 2020

Who: Dr. Isabel R. Schlaepfer.
Title: CPT1A: An old Actor in Metabolism Auditioning for New Cancer Roles.
When: Friday, May 8, 2020 at Noon.
Where: Seminars are being presented at noon
via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 434 850 347.

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Dr. Isabel R. Schlaepfer
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Division of Medical Oncology
Genitourinary Cancer Program

Targeting metabolic changes in cancer cells may enable the development of novel therapies or the enhancement of existing ones. My lab studies how cancer cells use lipid to their benefit, with focus on how they burn it to resist drug treatments and continue growing. Carnitine palmitoyl transferase 1A (CPT1A) is a liver enzyme that shuttles long-chain lipids into the mitochondria, controlling the rate of fat oxidation. Unexpectedly, this liver enzyme is very abundant in common cancers like breast and prostate cancers, making it a good target for therapeutic interventions. In this talk, I will discuss the role of CPT1A in normal physiology and disease, with focus on prostate cancer. The first line of therapy for prostate cancer is blocking the androgen hormones that fuel the cancer growth. However, this approach is not very effective, and patients progress to an aggressive form of the disease that is currently incurable. We have found that in these aggressive tumors, CPT1A and the androgen receptor have a peculiar relationship. Understanding how this relationship works at the molecular level will help us identify and design new therapies to halt cancer progression.

Everyone is welcome to the seminar. If you would like to meet with the speaker, please email Dr. Brian Buma at

Zoom Link:  Meeting ID: 434 850 347. 

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