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Blood Vessels "Sniff" Gut Microbes to Regulate Blood Pressure, Johns Hopkins University and Yale University Study



2/27/2013 7:28:48 AM

Researchers at The Johns Hopkins University and Yale University have discovered that a specialized receptor, normally found in the nose, is also in blood vessels throughout the body, sensing small molecules created by microbes that line mammalian intestines, and responding to these molecules by increasing blood pressure. The finding suggests that gut bacteria are an integral part of the body's complex system for maintaining a stable blood pressure.



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