Gut Bacteria Benefits Gastrointestinal Health

IMP faculty member, Dr. Andrew Neish, was featured in the Science World Report and EurekAlert! for his recent study that looks at the benefits of bacteria for gastrointestinal health.

"It is well-known that mammals live in a homeostatic symbiosis with their gut microbiota and that they influence a wide range of physiological processes. However, the molecular mechanisms of the symbiotic cross-talk in the gut are largely unrecognized," stated Andrew S. Neish, Professor at the Emory University School of Medicine, who led the research. "In our study, we have discovered that Lactobacilli can stimulate reactive oxygen species that have regulatory effects on intestinal stem cells, including the activation of proliferation of these cells."