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Gut bacteria based therapy may help reverse food allergies


Gut bacteria based therapy may help reverse food allergies

New Delhi, June 26 (ANI): Scientists have identified a species of bacteria in the human infant gut that protects against food allergies and may be used in therapies to reverse the condition. In preclinical studies in a mouse model of food allergy, it was founded that giving an enriched oral formulation of five or six species of bacteria found in the human gut protected against food allergies and reversed established disease by reinforcing tolerance of food allergens.

The team repeatedly collected faecal samples every four to six months from 56 infants who developed food allergies, finding many differences when comparing their microbiota to 98 infants who did not develop food allergies. Faecal microbiota samples from infants with or without food allergies were transplanted into mice that were sensitised to eggs.

Mice who received microbiota from healthy controls were more protected against egg allergy than those who received microbiota from the infants with food allergies. Two separate

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