Promising New Protein for IBD
Irish researchers, lead by Professor Paul Moynagh of NUI Maynooth, have discovered a protein in the gut that may help provide future treatments for inflammatory bowel disease patients (1). The protein may also help to distinguish between ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.
This protein, called Pellino3, plays a role in preventing inflammation in the intestines. In Crohn's patients the protein was dramatically lower than the amount found in the control group of patients and in those patients with ulcerative colitis.
This find could help to distinguish between Crohn's and ulcerative colitis. The role of Pellino3 in inflammation control could also help researchers find new treatments for this painful disease.