Gut bacteria escapes immune detection with sugary coat

Wayne Bryan spamhere at sympatico.ca
Tue May 3 10:56:15 EST 2005


All sugar is not the same.  In fact, some sugars play very important 
roles in intercellular interactions.  Gut bacteria is an example of one 
of these.  They eat fucose (one of these special functional sugars) in 
the gut (fucose is what gives the gut lining its mucusy feel) and then 
incorporate the sugar into their own cell surfaces.  The immune system, 
then, does not see these bacteria as a threat and does not respond.  Two 
very interesting articles.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4358285.stm

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/08/990823071819.htm

Wayne Bryan




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