Researchers Say Body’s Own Sticky Molecules are Key to Keeping Good Bacteria in the Gut

Researchers Say Body’s Own Sticky Molecules are Key to Keeping Good Bacteria in the Gut
In a new study, researchers hypothesize that the adhesive, or sticky molecules released by the gut can be used as a positive mechanism to preserve good bacteria in the gut, as well as a negative selection for certain harmful microbes. The scientists used a computational model to study the host-mediated adhesion process and its effects within the microbiota, and suggested two candidate molecules for this solution: mucus glycans and immunoglobulin A. The study offers a potential therapeutic approach for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). The research article, “Host Selection of Microbiota via Differential Adhesion,” was published in the journal
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