Gut bacteria play a role in controlling allergic diseases

The bacteria that are found on intestinal barrier surfaces influence inflammation and susceptibility to allergic disease. Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, US, have found that by deliberately altering these commensal bacteria with antibiotics, they can increase allergic inflammation. This reveals a previously unknown route to controlling susceptibility to allergic disease and inflammation using these bacteria.

Source: Nature Magazine

Source: Eureka Alert

First published in March 2012

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