Oral Bacterium Helps Colorectal Cancer Grow

Yiping Han, PhD, a researcher at Case Western Reserve University who has already made groundbreaking progress on the relationship between periodontal bacteria and pre-term births and stillbirths, co-authored research released this month showing the important role Fusobacterium nucleatum, plays in colorectal cancer.

The study found that F. nucleatum – a common oral and gut bacterium – contributes to the growth of colorectal cancer cells.

Furthermore, understanding the mechanism by which F. nucleatum contributes to colorectal cancer cells may lead to a new approach to the detection and management of this specific form of cancer:

This study unveils a mechanism by which Fn can drive CRC and identifies FadA as a potential diagnostic and therapeutic target for CRC.

Check out the full study here.