Thanks to a small transparent worm, researchers were able to study which bacteria in our digestive tract could play a role in the development of diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Yes, there is a lot of research on diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, but we still don’t know a lot. In the meantime, five people with dementia come to the Netherlands every hour. 70 percent of these people have Alzheimer’s disease. The number of people who contract Parkinson’s disease each year is also increasing. These are some of the diseases in which neurons continue to deteriorate, with both physical and cognitive complaints worsening.
Lately, many studies have established a link between these diseases and the bacteria present in our digestive tract. However, around 100 billion bacteria live there and not all of them are bad. How are you going to determine which one you should have? Researchers at the University of Florida have used a small worm. A worm no bigger than a millimeter.
In this audio, you’ll hear from University of Florida researcher Daniel Czyz. Learn more about the research here: New evidence links gut bacteria to neurodegenerative diseases. You can find the article here: Colonization of the intestine of Caenorhabditis elegans by human enteric bacterial pathogens leads to disruption of the proteostasis which is rescued by butyrate.