Antibiotics Found to Interfere with the Immune System’s Ability to Fight Off Disease

August 28, 2017 by

Adding another reason for doctors to avoid the overuse of antibiotics, new research shows that a reduction in the variety of microbes in the gut interferes with the immune system’s ability to fight off disease.

A team of researchers at the School of Medicine, headed by CIC member, Bill Petri,  have found that antibiotic use made neutrophils, a type of immune cell, less effective in fighting infections and weakened the intestinal barrier against invading bugs.

 

UVA Newsroom article

PLoS Pathogens page.