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Gut microbiome and multiple sclerosis

Current neurology and neuroscience reports | 11 Sep 2014

P Bhargava and EM Mowry
Abstract
The commensal flora that lives in the human gut is a unique ecosystem that has evolved over millennia with human beings. The importance of the microbiota in various bodily functions is gradually becoming more apparent. Besides the gut microbiome playing a role in bowel-related disorders, a role in metabolic and autoimmune disorders is becoming clearer. The gut bacteria play a role in educating the immune system and hence may be a player in the development of multiple sclerosis. We examine the different sources of information linking the gut microbiota to multiple sclerosis and examine the future avenues for utilizing the knowledge of the gut microbiome to potentially treat and prevent multiple sclerosis.
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Parasitism, Immunology, Organism, Antibody, Evolution, Bacteria, Immune system, Gut flora
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