Gut bacteria and neurodegeneration
Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease are characterised by misfolded proteins and inflammation in the brain. In more than 90% of cases physicians and scientists do not know what causes these processes to occur. (Source: Medical Life Sciences).
New research supported by the Michael J Fox Foundation and the Neurology dept at the University of Louisville School of Medicine has discovered these processes may be triggered by proteins made by our gut bacteria.
This new understanding of the potential role of gut bacteria in neurodegeneration could bring researchers closer to developing preventative and therapeutic measures.