London: British scientists have revealed that a gut dwelling bacterium can help treat inflammatory bowel disease called colitis.The research team from Institute of Food Research in Norwich, UK have genetically engineered the gut bacterium called Bacteroides ovatus to express a protein called keratinocyte growth factor-2 (KGF-2), when exposed to a specific type of sugar, xylan.
"A major goal of drug treatment for any disease is to target it to the site of disease activity and to be able to control its levels in the body," said Carding."The system we have developed is a means of delivering proteins to the colon, and it could be used to deliver a variety of proteins for a variety of purposes, including vaccine antigens," he added. ANI
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