Inflammatory Agent in IBD, TNF-alpha, Found to Also Promote Healing in Colon

Inflammatory Agent in IBD, TNF-alpha, Found to Also Promote Healing in Colon
Researchers discovered that the molecule TNF-alpha has a dual role in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). While long known to promote the disease, TNF-alpha has also been found to promote key immune regulatory cells, called M cells. The study on the discovery, “Induction of Colonic M Cells during Intestinal Inflammation,” was published in The American Journal of Pathology. IBD is characterized by chronic inflammation of all or some of the digestive tract, caused by TNF-alpha, a proinflammatory cytokine produced by the body’s cells. Researchers in the
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