Ian Lipkin’s CII Team Shows Gut Bacteria In ME/CFS May Influence Disease Severity



From The Microbe Discovery Project.


Anticipated work from the CII teams’ early investigative research into ME/CFS is starting to be published. The new study in the journal Microbiome from Drs Ian Lipkin and Mady Horning at Columbia University Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) finds abnormal levels of certain types of bacteria in the gut microbiome of ME/CFS patients. It also found disturbances in bacterial metabolic pathways that, in combination with the changes in bacteria, may influence disease severity.

The CII team collaborated with some of the top clinicians in the field, including Klimas, Peterson, Montoya, Bateman and Levine, to ensure they had rigorously-diagnosed patients. Harvard Professor Tony Komaroff was part of the team too. The open access paper is titled ‘Fecal metagenomic profiles in subgroups of patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome’.

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