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Microbes, molecular mimicry and molecules of mood and motivation

Overview of attention for article published in Medical Hypotheses, February 2016
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163

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15 news outlets
blogs
4 blogs
twitter
35 tweeters
facebook
7 Facebook pages

Citations

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Title
Microbes, molecular mimicry and molecules of mood and motivation
Published in
Medical Hypotheses, February 2016
DOI 10.1016/j.mehy.2015.12.011
Pubmed ID
Authors

J.A. Morris, S.J. Broughton, Q. Wessels

Abstract

The hypothesis proposed is that functional disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome and anorexia nervosa are caused by auto-antibodies to neuronal proteins induced by molecular mimicry with microbial antigens. The age incidence of these conditions, the marked female excess, increase with economic and technological advance, precipitation by infection, and the paucity of histological changes are all consistent with the hypothesis. It can be tested directly using human sera to search for cross reaction with brain proteins in model systems such as Drosophila melanogaster. The conditions might be amenable to treatment using pooled immunoglobulin. Identification and elimination from the microbial flora of the bacteria that express the cross reacting antigens should be possible.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 1%
Canada 1 1%
Unknown 85 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 15 17%
Student > Bachelor 14 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 11%
Student > Master 10 11%
Other 7 8%
Other 14 16%
Unknown 17 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 23 26%
Psychology 11 13%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 9 10%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 8 9%
Neuroscience 7 8%
Other 11 13%
Unknown 18 21%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 163. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 11 March 2020.
All research outputs
#177,911
of 21,001,073 outputs
Outputs from Medical Hypotheses
#51
of 4,371 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#3,724
of 400,078 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Medical Hypotheses
#2
of 68 outputs
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