Category Archives: metabolism

Neuron-like cells provide nervous system with window into the gut.


Dietary, microbial, and inflammatory factors modulate the gut-brain information highway, ranging from metabolism to cognition. The gut epithelium is a principal site for detecting such agents, however, precisely how it communicates with neural elements is poorly understood.  Now, a study from researchers at UC San Francisco identifies specialized cells, known as enterochromaffin (EC) cells, in the gut which sense potentially noxious

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