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Monday, July 4, 2016

Gut Bacteria Caught In The Act: They Eat Brain Chemicals And Cause A Change In Our Mood As A Result

Scientists Discover Gut Bacteria That Influences Mood by ‘Eating’ Brain Chemical

David Ferguson | July 1, 2016

For the first time, scientists have determined that there are bacteria in the human gut which depend on chemicals from our brain for survival. The discovery of this relationship between the gut biome and brain chemistry could lead the way to new treatments for depression and a host of other disorders.
New Scientist said Friday that scientists at Boston’s Northeastern University have isolated a group of bacteria that depend upon the brain chemical gamma-aminobutyric acid or GABA — a molecule that the brain uses to calm itself — to survive.

"Scientists discover gut bacteria that influences mood by 'eating' brain chemical." Source:

<more at; related articles and links: (Gut bacteria spotted eating brain chemicals for the first time. July 1, 2016) and (Microbiome Paper Collection updates. July 4, 2016)>

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