Sunday, 23 February 2014

The influence of the gut microbiota on neurology

We live with millions of microorganisms and these bacteria influence many aspects of our physiology. There is tantalizing evidence that our gut microbiota can influence our state of mind — affecting mood and behavior.

In the current issue of Cell, scientists reported evidences that link gut microbes to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in a mouse model. They show that compositional and structural shifts of microbes and associated metabolites can trigger ASD symptoms, indicating gut microbiota can modulate behavioral and physiological abnormalities associated with neurodevelopmental disorders (Cell 155, 1451–1463, December 19, 2013). 

Posted by Tim Sandle