• Can Vitamin D Affect Risk of Ulcerative Colitis Relapse?

Can Vitamin D Affect Risk of Ulcerative Colitis Relapse?

Serum levels of vitamin D of 35 ng/mL or less in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) in clinical remission are associated with disease relapse, researchers report in the February issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Increasing patients’ levels of vitamin D might reduce their risk for UC relapse. Vitamin D

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  • What can we do with Gastrointestinal Organoids?

What can we do with Gastrointestinal Organoids?

Researchers review the latest discoveries from studies of tissue-derived and pluripotent stem cell–derived intestinal, gastric, esophageal, liver, and pancreatic organoids in the May issue of Gastroenterology. Studies of organoids have provided valuable information about GI development, tissue homeostasis, and disease and might be used to develop personalized medicines. In vitro organoid cultures are

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  • Gut Microbes Affect Extent of Brain Injury After Stroke

Gut Microbes Affect Extent of Brain Injury After Stroke

Altering the intestinal microbiota of mice can reduce the extent of brain damage after a stroke, researchers found. These findings provide a previously unrecognized link between the intestine and the brain. The composition of the intestinal microbiome affects development of the immune system and metabolic processes, and is altered in

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  • A Brain Enzyme That Controls Satiety

A Brain Enzyme That Controls Satiety

Researchers identified a brain enzyme that regulates how much food mice eat in one sitting—deletion of this enzyme caused the mice to increase their food intake to the point of becoming obese. The results could provide new therapeutic target for human obesity. To study brain mechanisms that control meal size

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  • Intestinal Microbiota Protect Children From Malnutrition

Intestinal Microbiota Protect Children From Malnutrition

Three new studies show that intestinal bacteria protect children from malnutrition and allow them to benefit from breast milk. Malnutrition, the world’s leading cause of death before age 5, is a persistent challenge that is not always remedied by improvements in nutrition. This is because the community of gut microbes regulate growth,

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  • Food Emulsifiers Increase Intestinal Permeability to Promote Inflammation

Food Emulsifiers Increase Intestinal Permeability to Promote Inflammation

Food additives commonly used to thicken and stabilize processed foods disrupt the intestinal microbiota to cause inflammation, researchers found in a study of mice. Emulsifiers are added to foods to hold together mixtures of fat and water, which would otherwise separate. Healthy mice fed a diet containing commonly used emulsifiers (1%

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How Good Gut Microbes Resist Inflammation

Gut commensal bacteria survive inflammation by making a simple switch to their protective coats, researchers show. When harmful microbes like salmonella infect the gut, the innate immune system produces antimicrobial peptides to kill them. But these pathogenic microbes are often similar to the commensal microbes that live in the gut—it was

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  • Microbes go With the Flow (of Oxygen) in the Intestine

Microbes go With the Flow (of Oxygen) in the Intestine

The intestine contains a radial gradient of microbes that changes with the distribution of oxygen and nutrients, researchers report in the November issue of Gastroenterology. Further study of this distribution could provide information about activities of the microbiota in the healthy and inflamed intestine. The bacteria of the intestinal live in

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IBD Guardian

Researchers have identified a molecule that protects colon cells from injury in a mouse model of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The study, published by Beth McConnell et al. in the February issue of Gastroenterology, reports that Klf5 controls genes that mediate recovery from colonic injury. Klf5 regulates transcription of genes

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