Role of 'Peacekeeper' in the Gut Revealed By Study

by Rukmani Krishna on  August 11, 2013 at 12:37 AM General Health News
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The peacekeeping mechanisms in our intestines were highlighted by a new study.

A protein, called SIGIRR, is produced by the cells that line the intestines. It supresses the cells' immune response to bacteria.
 Role of 'Peacekeeper' in the Gut Revealed By Study
Role of 'Peacekeeper' in the Gut Revealed By Study

"We expected that when SIGIRR was removed, our intestines would trigger a stronger immune response to a gut infection, affording us more protection against the infection," says Prof. Bruce Vallance, an associate professor in UBC's Dept. of Pediatrics and a scientist at the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children's Hospital. "Instead, the stronger immune response also killed the resident bacteria in our gut."

Source: Eurekalert

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