Welcome to BioMed Central's Gastroenterology Gateway, featuring articles from our journals within this field as well as useful resources and news items.
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.
An analysis of the evolution of DNA copy numbers in the fruit fly
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.
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.
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.
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Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and UF Shands Cancer Center, University of Florida.