Antibiotics May Cause Mitochondrial Dysfunction

Mr. Jiang, Dr. Elliott & Suzana outside the Breast Foundation.

We have been very busy this summer, and have had several accomplishments. We had a paper published called, “Antibiotic Over Usage Causes Mitochondrial Dysfunction which May Promote Tumorigenesis,” and this has received a great deal of attention and has been well received in the cancer metabolism community. It tells us that over usage of antibiotics may be causing problems. We are presently doing a lot of work in our lab on the damage antibiotic do to mitochondria and the possibility that it may promote cancer. The final results are still pending, but the they are quite impressive. We are very happy to tell you that we have a new nice Olympus Microscope in our lab that can do amazing florescent microscopy and live cell imaging.

Dr. Elliott & Mr. Jiang reviewing live cell imaging

This Olympus Microscope is a great addition to our laboratory and exciting research experiments are being done and we will soon be giving you a great deal of information about that especially the effect of antibiotics on intracellular mitochondria.

We have some exciting trips planned for this month. The first part of the month we will be going to Boston for a Cancer Immunology and Cancer Immunotherapy meeting sponsored by the AACR (American Association of Cancer Research).  We are presenting a poster presentation entitled “Tumor Micro Environment Immunosuppresion: The role of neglected molecules iron and HLA-G.

In the next several weeks, I will be meeting with Dr. Scott Gottlieb the new FDA Commissioner regarding Cancer Immunotherapy in the community.

I am also going to my undergraduate university, Delta State University,  in Cleveland Mississippi to conduct the Elliott-Nowell-White Science Symposium.  This will be the 26th year of conducting this symposium for our undergraduate school.

We will go to Baltimore the beginning of November to speak at a meeting on Cancer metabolism. We will be discussing the role of mitochondria in tumorigenesis and special diets that may help chemo sensitivity and improve drugs used for cancer and cut down on the toxicity with less dosage.

A lot of things are happening that we want you to know about. If you have any questions, please contact us.  We will try and respond as soon as possible. We appreciate everyone’s support and October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and we would like for those who are interested to participate and feel free to donate to our Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Thank you for your support and I look forward to interacting with you again. God Bless.

Robert L. Elliott, M.D., Ph.D., D.  Sc.