Dear members of the trade press,

 

It is our pleasure to inform you that the latest Microbiota Newsletter from the Biocodex Microbiota Institute has just been published. Every four months (March, June, and October), Microbiota gives international experts a forum to comment on scientific advances about microbiota and its impact on health. From research and discoveries to controversies and therapeutic prospects, you can stay on top of the latest by downloading the Newsletter from the site www.bmi-pro.com (free registration).

 

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GUT-BRAIN AXIS: AN UPDATE ON CURRENT KNOWLEDGE

The enteric nervous system is a true “second brain” that not only regulates intestinal motricity, but also transmits data to the central nervous system with the assistance of the gastrointestinal microbiota, and communicates bidirectionally with it. In the past decade, an increasing number of scientific works on this gut-brain axis have been carried out and several studies have revealed its potential implications in neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative conditions.

 

Towards a better understanding of neurodegeneration…

Could Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases come from the intestine? Microbiota suggests possible answers thanks to the analysis of Professor John Cryan (APC Microbiome Institute, Cork, Ireland). He is an expert in neurosciences and studies the involvement of the microbiome in the neuroinflammatory and aging processes. He also explains the potential role of the vagus nerve in the gut-brain communication and that of intestinal bacteria in the formation of α-synuclein brain aggregates.

… and of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Childhood ADHD has not been left behind: many recent studies seem to demonstrate the role of gastrointestinal microorganisms in the neurologic development of children with ADHD. Professor Emmanuel Mas (Children’s hospital, Toulouse, France) explained in our Newsletter that “while the true composition and structure of the intestinal microbiota of these patients remain unclear, Faecalibacterium could be a new marker for the disease and its severity”.

 

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