Neural coordination of intestinal motility and mucosal secretion of water and salt - role in toxin induced diarrhoea

Grant number: 400053

Abstract

This project deals with some of the basic mechanisms underlying disorders of gastrointestinal function and in particular with the mechanisms responsible for diarrhoea. Whenever there is a natural disaster (the recent tsunami for example) or a war, the breakdown of medical services leads to concern about outbreaks of cholera and other diarrhoea causing diseases, so understanding the mechanisms by which the cholera bacterium cause diarrhoea remains a major imperative. It is known that the diarrhoea resulting from cholera infection is produced by an enterotoxin, which acts to produce a massive over-secretion of water and salt through the intestinal wall, which if it is not controlled causes dea..

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