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Microbes help produce serotonin in gut
April 9, 2015
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Although serotonin is well known as a brain neurotransmitter, it is estimated that 90 percent of the body's serotonin is made in the digestive tract. In fact, altered levels of this peripheral serotonin has been linked to diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. New research at California Institute of Technology shows that certain bacteria in the gut are important for the production of peripheral serotonin.Full Story
California Institute of Technology
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