Microbiome Bites October 10th
1. Mix and Match Bacteria to Make Probiotics Last
Commercially available probiotics are not believed to establish themselves in the gut and must be consistently taken. Now a study published this week in the journal Cell, Host & Microbe, suggests that it may be possible to alter the gut microbiome for at least 6 months by introducing a single, ecologically appropriate bacterial strain. Read more.
2. Study Confirms Gut Bacteria Play a Role in the Development of Neurodegenerative Diseases
Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease are characterized by misfolded proteins and inflammation in the brain. In the majority of cases, the cause is unknown. In a study published in the journal Scientific Reports researchers from the University of Louisville have discovered that the development of these ailments may stem from the proteins produced by gut bacteria. Read more.
3. Fungus Plays a Key Role in the Development of Crohn’s Disease
A Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine-led team of international researchers has identified a fungus as a key factor in the development of Crohn's disease. The team found the presence of two bacteria (Escherichia coli and Serratia marcescens) and a fungus (Candida tropicalis) are significantly higher in patients with Crohn’s disease when compared to their healthy family members. The three interact and create a biofilm that clings to the intestines and causes inflammation that can lead to Crohn’s disease. Read more.