Bacteria and mitochondria have a common language
Articles / Microbiome

Bacteria and mitochondria have a common language

It’s not news that microbes can alter the physiology of the organisms in which they live, but the actual molecular mechanisms that mediate their interactions have been largely unknown. Understanding how microbes and their hosts influence each other’s functions is one of the interests of Dr. Meng Wang. “Microbes living inside another organism, the host, … Continue reading

It’s all connected: circadian clock, microbiome and response to diet
Articles / circadian clock / Microbiome

It’s all connected: circadian clock, microbiome and response to diet

Disrupt the circadian clock, and metabolism will change. Alter the microbiome and, again, metabolism will change. Would altering the circadian clock affect the microbiome? Dr. Derek O’Neil, a postdoctoral fellow in obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine took on the project to answer this question and he found the first evidence that a … Continue reading

Bacteria living in your gut may help diagnose colorectal cancer
Articles / colorectal cancer / Microbiome

Bacteria living in your gut may help diagnose colorectal cancer

Those millions of bacteria living in your gut may someday be your allies in early detection of colorectal cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer-associated death in the United States. Individuals diagnosed early have a 90 percent chance of survival; however, more than 30 percent of individuals 50 years old or older, the high-risk group, indicate never … Continue reading

A single species of gut bacteria can reverse autism-related social behavior in mice
Articles / behavior / diet / Microbiome / Prenatal

A single species of gut bacteria can reverse autism-related social behavior in mice

The absence of one specific species of gut bacteria causes social deficits in mice. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine report June 16 in Cell that by adding this bacterial species back to the guts of affected mice, the researchers were able to reverse some of the mice’s behavioral deficits, which are reminiscent of symptoms … Continue reading

Effects of low birthweight span generations but are overcome with diet
Articles / Digests / Endocrinology / Microbiome

Effects of low birthweight span generations but are overcome with diet

By Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H. Rat pups born too small are likely to be obese in adulthood and at greater risk for metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance, which often precede diabetes and heart disease – all as a result of epigenetic changes that affect the architecture of the DNA (genetic code) and  chromatin (histone code). Those … Continue reading