Gastroenterology Gateway

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  • Image attributed to: Polymeros et al., BMC Medicine

    No molecular link between measles and IBD

    Homology exists between measles antigens and intestinal proteins, but antibody reactivity is not significantly greater in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients than healthy controls, providing further evidence against a link between measles and IBD.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:139
  • Copy number evolution

    An analysis of the evolution of DNA copy numbers in the fruit fly

    Genome Biology 2014, 15:R70
  • Gluten free diet effective in LE patients

    Adherence to a gluten free diet in irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia patients who also have lymphocytic enteritis (LE) can result in a slight but significant improvement in all symptoms.

    Arthritis Research & Therapy 2014, 16:421
  • Image attributed to: Krupovic et al. BMC Biology 2014

    The origin of CRISPR-Cas immunity

    Hickman and Dyda discuss a new superfamily of mobile elements, designated casposons, that are likely to be bona fide DNA transposons, and are possibly still active.

    Mobile DNA 2014, 5:23
  • Fluorescent imaging of the biliary tract

    Scroggie and Jones have reviewed studies utilizing fluorescent cholangiography (FC), an imaging technique that enables intra-operative imaging through fluorophores excreted via the biliary tract. By illuminating the extrahepatic biliary anatomy, FC can prevent bile duct injury during laparoscopic cholecystectomy, as well as detecting bile leaks and other intra-operative pathologies. Studies utilizing FC during laparoscopic cholecystectomy have shown that the technique is simple and safe, but it is still not ideal in the presence of biliary stones. More evidence is needed to determine long-term patient outcomes of utilizing FC.

    Annals of Surgical Innovation and Research 2014, 8:5

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Satya Narayan

Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and UF Shands Cancer Center, University of Florida.