The latest study from the Jill Roberts Institute, "CX3CR1+ mononuclear phagocytes control immunity to intestinal fungi," was published on January 11 in Science. To read more, click here.  Dr. Gregory Sonnenberg wins inaugural award from the Society for Mucosal Immunology. To read more, click here.  The Kenneth Rainin Foundation awarded Dr. Iliyan Iliev and colleagues from Mount Sinai a $250,000 Synergy Award to examine the composition of the fungal community in babies born to mothers with inflammatory bowel disease. To read more, click here. Dr. Randy Longman received the Irma T. Hirschl Career Scientist Award and the New York Crohn’s Foundation Award.    

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Crohn's Disease: Evolution, Epigenetics, and the Emerging Role of Microbiome-Targeted Therapies.

TitleCrohn's Disease: Evolution, Epigenetics, and the Emerging Role of Microbiome-Targeted Therapies.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsDeFilippis, EM, Longman, RS, Harbus, M, Dannenberg, K, Scherl, EJ
JournalCurr Gastroenterol Rep
Date Published2016 Mar

<p>Crohn's disease (CD) is a chronic, systemic, immune-mediated inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Originally described in 1932 as non-caseating granulomatous inflammation limited to the terminal ileum, it is now recognized as an expanding group of heterogeneous diseases defined by intestinal location, extent, behavior, and systemic extraintestinal manifestations. Joint diseases, including inflammatory spondyloarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, are the most common extraintestinal manifestations of CD and share more genetic susceptibility loci than any other inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) trait. The high frequency and overlap with genes associated with infectious diseases, specifically Mendelian susceptibility to mycobacterial diseases (MSMD), suggest that CD may represent an evolutionary adaptation to environmental microbes. Elucidating the diversity of the enteric microbiota and the protean mucosal immune responses in individuals may personalize microbiome-targeted therapies and molecular classifications of CD. This review will focus on CD's natural history and therapies in the context of epigenetics, immunogenetics, and the microbiome.</p>

Alternate JournalCurr Gastroenterol Rep
PubMed ID26908281