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Live Bacterial Therapeutics for Disease Treatments

By 22nd May 2020No Comments

The following study was conducted by Scientists from Synlogic, Inc., Cambridge, MA, USA. Study is published in Nature Communications Journal as detailed below.

Nature Communications; Volume 11, Article Number: 1738; (2020)

Developing a New Class of Engineered Live Bacterial Therapeutics to Treat Human Diseases


A complex interplay of metabolic and immunological mechanisms underlies many diseases that represent a substantial unmet medical need. There is an increasing appreciation of the role microbes play in human health and disease, and evidence is accumulating that a new class of live biotherapeutics comprised of engineered microbes could address specific mechanisms of disease. Using the tools of synthetic biology, nonpathogenic bacteria can be designed to sense and respond to environmental signals in order to consume harmful compounds and deliver therapeutic effectors. In this perspective, we describe considerations for the design and development of engineered live biotherapeutics to achieve regulatory and patient acceptance.


Nature Communications



Charbonneau, M. R., V. M. Isabella, et al. (2020). “Developing a new class of engineered live bacterial therapeutics to treat human diseases.” Nature Communications 11(1): 1738.