Fecal transplant may improve cognitive performance

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Fecal transplants represent something really interesting and at the same time controversial in the long term – because, on the one hand, being an effective method in the fight against harmful intestinal bacteria, such a method in some studies has shown a rather high risk of infections and other unpleasant health consequences. However, today a talented team of biology researchers from the University of East Anglia presented the results of their experiment, in which they transplanted fecal samples from sick and old mice to healthy and young, with registration of unusual consequences.

As already mentioned, the procedure for transplanting fecal samples from a young and healthy donor to an elderly and less healthy patient is indeed a more or less proven way to significantly improve the state of the patient's intestinal environment, reducing the number of harmful intestinal bacteria and increasing the number of beneficial ones – and, as you know, the effect the intestinal biome on cognitive function is still a widely studied issue.

A team of British specialists tried to shed some more light on this, pointing out the fact that as part of their experiments on mice, they found that when transplanting “bad” fecal transplants into healthy mice, the latter not only began to feel a significant deterioration in the state of their flora. intestines, but they also have a marked decline in cognitive abilities associated with the work of memory and logic, which may also indicate some hidden mechanisms hidden in the basis of the interaction of intestinal bacteria and neurons in the brain.

Of course, it is still too early to call this study complete and complete in the sense of taking into account all external factors, however, it is possible to accurately detect the fact that when transferring good and healthy fecal samples to older mice, a reverse process was observed, within which the work of their intestines and separate cognitive patterns. So far, it can only be assumed that something similar will occur in humans, since the human and mouse anatomy is very similar in many respects. (04.10)

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