An international study conducted by researchers at the University of Copenhagen has discovered an essential mechanism that controls wound healing in the intestine. The new discovery shows that the cells in the intestines are reprogrammed and take on a foetal-like state, which is vital to intestinal cells’ ability to heal wounds in the intestine. Read the source article at News – University of Copenhagen.
Bloody diarrhea, stomach and abdominal pain and discomfort are just some of common symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. A subtype of this disease, ulcerative colitis, causes significant wounds in the bowel and intestine that refuse heal normally. Typically, the condition is only treated by targeting the inflammation. The current understanding of cellular level wound healing is insufficient, so no treatment has been developed that supplements the intestine’s natural ability to heal wounds. However, this new research could be the first step in the process to changing the situation.