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Discovery & Development Drug Delivery

Attack of the Drug Eaters

Research at Harvard University has shown that the commensal communities of bacteria in our gut are able to interfere with levodopa (L-dopa) – a commonly used medication in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD) – thus highlighting a negative role of the microbiome in drug metabolism (1). 

PD attacks neurons responsible for the production of the neurotransmitter dopamine. As this crucial chemical is lost, patients with the condition can suffer from symptoms, including tremors, speech changes and the rigidity of muscles.

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