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Researchers In Spain Identify A Probiotic Bacteria For Treatment Of Ulcers

February 28, 2011: 09:59 AM EST

A study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology has isolated a strain of probiotic bacteria that may inhibit Helicobacter pylori, one of the main causes of ulcers in humans and present in 50% of the population. A research team led by E. Chenoll at the University of Valencia, Spain, studied the strain, Bifidobacterium bifidum, in vitro as well as in the relatively untested in vivo state using mice. They found that Bifidobacterium bifidum has all the core properties of a probiotic but also acted against H. pylori. both in vitro and in vivo.

E. Chenoll, B. Casinos, E. Bataller, P. Astals, J. Echevarria, J. R. Iglesias, P. Balbarie, D. Ramon, S. Genoves, "Novel Probiotic Bifidobacterium bifidum CECT 7366 Strain Active against the Pathogenic Bacterium Helicobacter pylori", Applied and Environmental Microbiology, February 28, 2011, © American Society for Microbiology
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