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Old Thu, May-30-19, 02:08
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Default Healthy, stress-busting fat found hidden in dirt

Not low carb exactly but a very interesting read:

From Science Daily
May 29, 2019

Healthy, stress-busting fat found hidden in dirt

Thirty years after scientists coined the term 'hygiene hypothesis' to suggest that increased exposure to microorganisms could benefit health, researchers have identified an anti-inflammatory fat in a soil-dwelling bacterium that may be responsible.

The discovery, published Monday in the journal Psychopharmacology, may at least partly explain how the bacterium, Mycobacterium vaccae, quells stress-related disorders. It also brings the researchers one step closer to developing a microbe-based "stress vaccine."

"We think there is a special sauce driving the protective effects in this bacterium, and this fat is one of the main ingredients in that special sauce," said senior author and Integrative Physiology Professor Christopher Lowry.

British scientist David Strachan first proposed the controversial "hygiene hypothesis" in 1989, suggesting that in our modern, sterile world, lack of exposure to microorganisms in childhood was leading to impaired immune systems and higher rates of allergies and asthma. Researchers have since refined that theory, suggesting that it is not lack of exposure to disease-causing germs at play, but rather to "old friends" -- beneficial microbes in soil and the environment that we have long lived alongside -- and that mental health is also impacted.

"The idea is that as humans have moved away from farms and an agricultural or hunter-gatherer existence into cities, we have lost contact with organisms that served to regulate our immune system and suppress inappropriate inflammation," said Lowry. "That has put us at higher risk for inflammatory disease and stress-related psychiatric disorders."

Lowry has published numerous studies demonstrating a link between exposure to healthy bacteria and mental health. One showed that children raised in a rural environment, surrounded by animals and bacteria-laden dust, grow up to have more stress-resilient immune systems and may be at lower risk of mental illness than pet-free city dwellers.

Others have shown that when a particular soil-dwelling bacterium, Mycobacterium vaccae, is injected into rodents, it alters the animals' behavior in a way similar to that of antidepressants and has long-lasting anti-inflammatory effects on the brain. (Studies suggest exaggerated inflammation boosts risk of trauma and stressor related disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder.)

One Lowry-authored study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2016, showed that injections of M. vaccae prior to a stressful event could prevent a "PTSD-like" syndrome in mice, fending off stress-induced colitis and making the animals act less anxious when stressed again later.

"We knew it worked, but we didn't know why," said Lowry. "This new paper helps clarify that."

For the new study, Lowry and his team identified, isolated and chemically synthesized a novel lipid, or fatty acid, called 10(Z)-hexadecenoic acid found in Mycobacterium vaccae and used next-generation sequencing techniques to study how it interacted with macrophages, or immune cells, when the cells were stimulated.

They discovered that inside cells, the lipid acted like a key in a lock, binding to a specific receptor, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR), and inhibiting a host of key pathways which drive inflammation. They also found that when cells were pre-treated with the lipid they were more resistant to inflammation when stimulated.

"It seems that these bacteria we co-evolved with have a trick up their sleeve," said Lowry. "When they get taken up by immune cells, they release these lipids that bind to this receptor and shut off the inflammatory cascade. "Lowry has long envisioned developing a "stress vaccine" from M. vaccae, which could be given to first responders, soldiers and others in high-stress jobs to help them fend off the psychological damage of stress. "This is a huge step forward for us because it identifies an active component of the bacteria and the receptor for this active component in the host," he said.

Simply knowing the mechanism of action by which M. vaccae reaps benefits could boost confidence in it as a potential therapeutic. And if further studies show the novel fat alone has therapeutic effects, that molecule could become a target for drug development, he said.

Overall, the study offers further proof that our "old friends" have a lot to offer.

"This is just one strain of one species of one type of bacterium that is found in the soil but there are millions of other strains in soils," Lowry said. "We are just beginning to see the tip of the iceberg in terms of identifying the mechanisms through which they have evolved to keep us healthy. It should inspire awe in all of us."

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Materials provided by University of Colorado at Boulder. Original written by Lisa Marshall. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.

Journal References:

David G. Smith, Roberta Martinelli, Gurdyal S. Besra, Petr A. Illarionov, Istvan Szatmari, Peter Brazda, Mary A. Allen, Wenqing Xu, Xiang Wang, László Nagy, Robin D. Dowell, Graham A. W. Rook, Laura Rosa Brunet, Christopher A. Lowry. Identification and characterization of a novel anti-inflammatory lipid isolated from Mycobacterium vaccae, a soil-derived bacterium with immunoregulatory and stress resilience properties. Psychopharmacology, 2019; DOI: 10.1007/s00213-019-05253-9

Stefan O. Reber, Philip H. Siebler, Nina C. Donner, James T. Morton, David G. Smith, Jared M. Kopelman, Kenneth R. Lowe, Kristen J. Wheeler, James H. Fox, James E. Hassell, Benjamin N. Greenwood, Charline Jansch, Anja Lechner, Dominic Schmidt, Nicole Uschold-Schmidt, Andrea M. Füchsl, Dominik Langgartner, Frederick R. Walker, Matthew W. Hale, Gerardo Lopez Perez, Will Van Treuren, Antonio González, Andrea L. Halweg-Edwards, Monika Fleshner, Charles L. Raison, Graham A. Rook, Shyamal D. Peddada, Rob Knight, Christopher A. Lowry. Immunization with a heat-killed preparation of the environmental bacteriumMycobacterium vaccaepromotes stress resilience in mice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2016; 113 (22): E3130 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1600324113
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There are various PPAR receptors. Most of what I've read about them looked at beneficial effects of omega 3's as ligands, but omega 6's are also ligands, if weaker. The "vaccine" delivery method--making sure the fat finds it's way specifically into the macrophages might be the key here, does this specific fat really fit this receptor better than other fats, or is it just more likely to find its way into the macrophage if it's tied to a bacterial invasion, or a simulated one? I mean, they might find benefits to this fat, but then they might turn out to be no better than what you'd get from supplementing fish oil. Not denigrating, just saying this might be something to consider somewhere down the line, if somebody shows up here in Passamahoochie trying to sell us bottles of the stuff..
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Like a lot of people around here, I take a jaded view towards commercializing what should be coming to us through normal diet and lifestyle. But the idea that we might be able to treat or cure a significant trauma like PTSD with medication--or a combination of medication and "get out in the dirt more" lifestyle changes--is really significant.
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