A potential role of Escherichia coli pathobionts in the pathogenesis of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease.

Through genomic analysis of mucosa-associated Escherichia coli strains, we found a close genetic association among isolates from pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients. A specific E. coli pathovar, adherent-invasive E. coli (AIEC), was found in Crohn's disease (CD) adult patients - this pathovar has enhanced adhesive and invasive properties… CONTINUE READING