The gut microbiota promotes the pathogenesis of schizophrenia via multiple pathways. - GreenMedInfo Summary
The gut microbiota promotes the pathogenesis of schizophrenia via multiple pathways.
Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2019 Apr 30 ;512(2):373-380. Epub 2019 Mar 18. PMID: 30898321
Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder with unknown etiology. Many mechanisms, including dysregulation of neurotransmitters, immune disturbance, and abnormal neurodevelopment, are proposed for the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. The significance of communication between intestinal flora and the central nervous system through the gut-brain axis is increasingly being recognized. The intestinal microbiota plays an important role in regulating neurotransmission, immune homeostasis, and brain development. We hypothesize that an imbalance in intestinal flora causes immune activation and dysfunction in the gut-brain axis, contributing to schizophrenia. In this review, we examine recent studies that explore the intestinal flora and immune-mediated neurodevelopment of schizophrenia. We conclude that an imbalance in intestinal flora may reduce protectants and increase neurotoxin and inflammatory mediators, causing neuronal and synaptic damage, which induces schizophrenia.