Gut microbes influence social behavior in mice, potential therapy implications

News-Medical.Net May 13, 2024, 08:00 PM UTC

Summary: University of Utah Health researchers found that gut microbes influence behavior, with gastrointestinal distress reducing social behaviors in mice. Introducing specific bacteria alleviated symptoms and behavioral changes. Stool samples from individuals with autism showed less protective microbes. Blautia and Bacteroides uniformis bacteria reduced intestinal problems and improved social behavior in mice. This research could lead to personalized microbiome-targeted therapies for GI disorders and autism.

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