Saturday, April 15, 2017

Genetic link to susceptibility and resistance to inflammatory bowel disease

It is know that Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a common problem in the world but no cure has been found yet for this disease. IBD is the constant inflammation of the gut and how it develops is still unknown. But researchers recently found that the Cd14 gene in mice is correlated with the formation of IBD. This Cd14 gene plays a role of protecting the body from IBD. If the mice had a deficiency of this gene, then the inflammation of the gut was more severe. When there was a higher stimulation of this gene in mice, it was seen that it played a protective role against inflammation in the intestines. This finding suggests new ideas for scientist to see if soluble Cd14 could help with future medical research on this disease.

This is very interesting to see how scientists use this new finding to tackle a solution for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. This may have been the first step to finding a cure for this common widespread disease.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting post. I hope research can find other genes that can protect us from other diseases.