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Neutrophils in colitis: the role of the gut microbiota

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posted on 05.06.2019 by SJ SIJIE SHEN
Patients with ulcerative colitis experience debilitating symptoms such as severe weight loss, bloody diarrhea and constant fatigue. Although abnormal immune cell infiltration is thought to be a contributing factor, the underlying mechanism remains unknown. Recent evidence suggests that the gut microbiota play important roles in the balance between health and disease. Indeed, my research findings demonstrate that removal of invariant natural killer T cells change the gut microbiota to one that attenuates colitis development. In contrast, a fibre-deficient diet enriches for bacteria in the gut that worsen disease. Therefore, modulation of gut bacteria is a novel therapeutic strategy for colitis.

History

Principal supervisor

Connie Hoi Yee Wong

Additional supervisor 1

Michael Hickey

Year of Award

2019

Department, School or Centre

Medicine - Monash Health

Campus location

Australia

Course

Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type

DOCTORATE

Faculty

Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences

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