Sunday, October 23, 2011

Bacteria Help People Digest Wheat?

Interesting, and it makes sense: Rothia to the rescue:

"...With regard to duodenal Rothia enzyme activity, it is relevant that R. mucilaginosa gains a foothold in the duodenum [36]. This offers the intriguing possibility that Rothia may colonize the duodenum and perform proteolytic activities locally in conjunction with mammalian-derived enzymes to degrade gluten.
The duodenum is the first part of the small intestine, and is one of the first organs to be damaged by wheat poisoning.  A helpful bacteria digesting the toxic components of wheat would be a real asset...