The numerous microorganisms in our intestine have a significant influence on our health and well-being. We know that this community, our gut Microbiota, plays a key role in metabolism and immunity. Recently it was discovered that the Microiota is also related to neurodegenerative diseases of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases; It can play a role in the progression or even favor the appearance of the diseases.
Recently, the work of Robert P. Friedland, MD, professor of neurology at the University of Louisville, and Matthew R. Chapman, Ph.D., professor at the University of Michigan, suggest that a new term be used to describe the interaction between the intestinal Microbiota and the brain: “mapranosis”.
The term comes from Microteote Associated Protepathy and Neuroinflammation + osis. Friedland hopes that by naming the process, awareness and research in the field will grow.
“It is essential to define the ways in which intestinal bacteria and other organisms interact with humans to create disease, because there are many ways in which the Microbiota can be modified to influence health,” Friedland said.