Gene Protects Gut Against Damage from Bacteria, Researchers Discover

Gene Protects Gut Against Damage from Bacteria, Researchers Discover
A gene called Gatm protects the gut against injury and inflammation caused by digestive-tract bacteria, according to a study using mice models. The researchers believe their discovery may help scientists understand the mechanisms that cause inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in humans, and find new ways to treat it. The study, “Creatine maintains intestinal homeostasis and protects against colitis,” was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. IBD is a chronic disease with a high rate of relapse. The lining of the digestive tract must be healed to achieve long-term remission. The healing re-establishes the balance between the bo
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