More evidence of links between Parkinson’s and gut bacteria

Caltech (California Institute of Technology) researchers have found a link between impaired motor skills and gut bacteria. Apparently, in mice which had certain gut bacteria present and which also overproduced a protein (alpha-synuclein or aSyn), the mice experienced deteriorated motor skills, exactly as those found in Parkinson’s disease. However, in situations where mice overproduced aSyn but did not have the gut bacteria present, there was no loss of motor skills. Clearly then somehow a loss of key gut bacteria may be a cause of Parkinson's. The results were published in the December 1st 2016 Issue of ‘Cell’.

Sarkis Mazmanian, Caltech Professor of Microbiology and Heritage Medical Research Institute investigator, said that they need to check the data but, if confirmed, a plan of attack on Parkinson’s might involve the stomach rather than the brain.

This is not the first time we have provided research on this website of a link between gut bacteria and the disease; a study from the University of Helsinki showed a link between certain gut bacteria and Parkinson's. After all, your gut microbiome has already been dubbed your second brain by expert researchers in America.