Tuesday, June 12, 2007


Phagotrophic protozoa: A new weapon against pathogens?

Phagotrophic protozoa: A new weapon against pathogens?

Med Hypotheses. 2007 Jun 4

Nacar A, Nacar E.
Baskent University Medical Faculty, Department of Histology and Embryology, 06510 Eimusgut, Ankara, Turkey.

Immune suppression is one of the most important factors contributing mortality in systemic diseases like HIV, cancer or diabetes. Moreover, in autoimmune diseases immune suppression itself becomes the only choice of therapy. Finally, fatal bacterial infections occur. As antibiotics get stronger, severity of their side effects increase and more resistant organisms develop. The war between antibiotics and pathogens becomes a never ending story while human body gets weaker day by day. Therefore we should develop new methods against bacterial infections. We have suggested that the protists controlling the bacterial growth effectively in aquatic environments could be used in the human body to cope with human pathogens. Million years of a balanced aquatic ecosystem could be a clue for us to search for better and more natural fighting methods against human infectious agents.


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