Nonhuman sugar might affect biotech drugs' effectiveness

07/26/2010 | Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), The

A U.S. study suggests that the effectiveness of biotech drugs derived from animals might be reduced by Neu5Gc, a nonhuman sialic acid, and the problem could "exacerbate a chronic inflammation process" in some people. Neu5Gc contamination is unavoidable in animal-based treatments, but its effect might be contained by adding the human sugar Neu5Ac to the manufacturing process, researchers reported.

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