Gut microbiome and multiple sclerosis

Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2014 Oct;14(10):492. doi: 10.1007/s11910-014-0492-2.


The commensal flora that lives in the human gut is a unique ecosystem that has evolved over millennia with human beings. The importance of the microbiota in various bodily functions is gradually becoming more apparent. Besides the gut microbiome playing a role in bowel-related disorders, a role in metabolic and autoimmune disorders is becoming clearer. The gut bacteria play a role in educating the immune system and hence may be a player in the development of multiple sclerosis. We examine the different sources of information linking the gut microbiota to multiple sclerosis and examine the future avenues for utilizing the knowledge of the gut microbiome to potentially treat and prevent multiple sclerosis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disease Susceptibility
  • Gastrointestinal Tract / microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Microbiota* / physiology
  • Multiple Sclerosis* / etiology
  • Multiple Sclerosis* / microbiology
  • Multiple Sclerosis* / pathology