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Bile helps fight cholera

15 February 2011

new ways are being devised to tame the cholera bug. Of late, the bug has been getting increasingly resistant to antibiotics. A team from Kolkata has found that the digestive juice bile helped reduce production of cholera toxin by 97 per cent. Bile hinders the toxin to bind with cells in the intestine, thus preventing the onset of cholera. Unsaturated fatty acids in bile check the toxin’s binding abilities.

Scientists say one way of checking cholera would be to administer unsaturated fatty acids orally, along with oral rehydration solutions–used to maintain fluid balance in the body. “This could be used as a precautionary and therapeutic measure for cholera and even diarrhoea,” says Rukhsana Chowdhury, lead researcher from the biophysics division, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata……….

Read more: http://www.downtoearth.org.in/node/4140


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