Study Identifies Potential New Treatment For Stomach Infections

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Published on 18 Oct 2016, 20:39
Scientists in Europe have identified a potential new treatment for stomach infections that may also reduce the risk of gastritis, ulcers and cancer. In a study published in the journal Nature Microbiology, researchers from the University of Bristol in Britain and the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany devised an approach to fighting stomach infections that does not rely on antibiotics. While antibiotics have been found to be helpful in combating such infections, the research team notes this also results in the death of beneficial microbes. investigators found H. pylori attaches to the epithelial cells in the gastric mucosa binding to the Carcinoembryonic Antigen-related Cell Adhesion Molecules, or CEACAMs within the stomach. This bond, they say, can be broken by using a soluble version of the bacterial surface molecule HopQ, or parts of the protein.

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