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Gut Microbe Takes a Share of Our Brain Meds

08:30 EDT 14 Jun 2019 | Genetic Engineering News

A human gut bacterium metabolizes levodopa, the primary drug treatment for Parkinson’s disease (PD). By identifying this bacterium, which happens to be Enterococcus faecalis, scientists based at Harvard University suggest why the efficacy of PD therapy seems to vary so much between individual patients. The scientists also demonstrated that the interfering bacterial pathway could be blocked by a small molecule drug called AFMT.

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