Monday, June 19, 2017

BacterioFiles 298 - Bacteria Boost Bone Buildup

Human skeleton
This episode: Gut microbes can even affect formation/remodeling of bones!

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Show notes:
Journal Paper:
Yan J, Herzog JW, Tsang K, Brennan CA, Bower MA, Garrett WS, Sartor BR, Aliprantis AO, Charles JF. 2016. Gut microbiota induce IGF-1 and promote bone formation and growth. Proc Natl Acad Sci 113:E7554–E7563.

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