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Probiotics Help Restore Alcoholic Damage
Published Monday, April 28, 2008

LONDON—An open-label study at The Institute of Hepatology suggested probiotics restore neutrophil phagocytic capacity in alcoholic cirrhosis (J Hepat. 2008) (DOI: 10.1016/j.jhep.2008.02.015). Twelve patients with alcoholic cirrhosis received Lactobacillus casei Shirota three times daily for four weeks. Data was compared to healthy controls (n=13) and cirrhotic patients (n=8) who did not receive probiotics. Baseline neutrophil phagocytic capacity in patients was significantly lower compared to healthy controls, but it normalized at the end of the study. Ex vivo endotoxin-stimulated levels of sTNFR1, sTNFR2 and IL10 were significantly lower at the end of the study (P<0.05). TLR2, 4, and 9 were overexpressed in patients and TLR4 expression normalized by the end of the study. The researchers concluded the data warrants larger, randomized, controlled and mechanistic studies.


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