Could a species of gut bacteria be protective against rotavirus infection?


Researchers from Georgia State University (GA, USA) have discovered a species of gut bacteria that may be protective against rotavirus infection.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (both MD, USA), a group of researchers have discovered how bacterial–virus interplay could be harnessed to prevent and cure rotavirus infection. The study, published in Cell, attempted to elucidate why some individuals exhibit only minor symptoms, while others experience a life-threatening response.

“This study shows that one big determinant of proneness to rotavirus infection is microbiota composition,” stated senior author Andrew Gewirtz (Georgia State University).

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