A microbial break-through for motor neurone disease
Editorial September 12, 2019
The editorial team at The Secret Life of Skin.
A recent report in Nature has suggested that a friendly gut bacterium can help lessen ALS symptoms.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease, is a rare condition that progressively damages parts of the nervous system. It occurs when nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord stop working properly – this is known as neurodegeneration. Extensive research is constantly being carried out to try and develop preventative ALS-specific drugs.
The research found that mice that carry, Lou Gehrig’s disease (similar to ALS), ended up faring better when bacteria making vitamin B3 were living in their intestines.
While these results are preliminary they may have significant ramifications for management of the disease in the future.
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