Know which bacteria can protect the intestine from Covid-19

H pylori can cause ulcers in the stomach lining and lead to stomach cancer

Researchers have found that certain commensurable bacteria that reside in the human intestine produce compounds that can inhibit SARS-CoV-2. Some previous clinical findings show that patients with moderate to severe Covid 19 symptoms suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms.
Mohammed Ali, a doctoral student at Yonsei University in Seoul said that they wondered whether gut resident bacteria could protect the intestine from invasion from the virus.
To investigate that hypothesis, the researchers screened dominant bacteria inhabiting the gut for activity against SARS-CoV-2. The research revealed that Bifidobacteria, which was previously been shown to suppress other bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) and have proven active against irritable bowel syndrome.
It was observed that many existing antibiotics and cancer therapies are compounds that bacteria use to complete with each other within the gastrointestinal tract and that these were initially purified from microbial secretions.
H pylori can cause ulcers in the stomach lining and lead to stomach cancer.
H pylori bacteria
Image: H pylori bacteria
It was observed that many existing antibiotics and cancer therapies are compounds that bacteria use to complete with each other within the gastrointestinal tract and that these were initially purified from microbial secretions.
Ali emphasized that finding microbes that secrete anti-corona virus molecules will be a promising method to develop natural or engineered probiotics to expand the therapeutic prevention techniques to provide a more sustainable way to combat the viral infection.



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