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Use of a Bacteriophage in the Treatment of Alcoholic Hepatitis: Article Review

In this NIH-funded study, entitled "...", researchers showed that one type of bacteria, called Enterococcus faecalis, produces a toxin that may contribute to the development of alcoholic hepatitis. The study also showed that a bacteriophage therapy may decrease the severity of alcoholic hepatitis in mice with this bacteria.

Bacteriophages, which are viruses loaded with bacterial DNA, can change a bacterias genome and change the way that bacteria function. Researchers in this study transplanted mice with these bacteriophages....

The results are exciting as this is the first study to show reversal of alcoholic hepatitis in animal studies...



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