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Gut Bacteria May Be Responsible for Adverse Effect of Parkinson’s Drug – Technology Networks

Bacteria in the small intestine can deaminate levodopa, the main drug that is used to treat Parkinson’s disease.

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Bacteria in the small intestine can deaminate levodopa, the main drug that is used to treat Parkinson’s disease. Bacterial processing of the unabsorbed fractions of the drug results in a metabolite that reduces gut motility. These findings were described in the journal BMC Biology on 20 October by scientists from the University of Groningen. Since the disease is already associated with constipation, processing of the drug by gut bacteria may worsen gastrointestinal complications.
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