Researchers Target Specific Gut Bacteria to Control Inflammation in Mice Study of Colitis

Posted by: | January 31, 2018 | Comments

Researchers Target Specific Gut Bacteria to Control Inflammation in Mice Study of Colitis

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered a way to target a specific population of bacteria that promotes gut inflammation in mice. While more studies are needed, they believe the discovery could lead to a new target for therapy development.

Scientists refer to the strategy as the “precision editing” of the gut microbiome, which helped reduce inflammation in a mouse model of colitis without affecting other bacterial populations that are important for overall intestinal health. While the strategy is not yet safe for application in humans, it provides proof-of-principle to develop future bacteria-targeted therapeutics for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Read more at: IBD News Today






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