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Lupus: Can Gut Microbes Make a Difference?

Elizabeth Savage

Systemic lupus erythematous (SLE) results from a mistaken response of the body’s immune system against healthy tissue affecting several organs such as skin, kidneys and brain. The underlying causes of SLE remain unknown although several evidences point towards an important role of gut microbes, also known as gut microbiota. Researchers at Virginia Tech have recently discussed the contribution of diet and gut microbes to SLE occurrence and pathogenesis in a publication entitled “SLE: Another Autoimmune Disorder influenced by Microbes and Diet?” published in the journalFrontiers in Immunology.

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