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The #gut communicates with the #brain, thus we know when we’re hungry or full, for example. Nutrients and #bacteria are both able to stimulate “#enteroendocrine cells” in the lining of the digestive tract. However, it was thought that these cells only communicated indirectly with neurons through #hormone secretion, rather than directly through #synaptic transmission. This work shows that in fact, enteroendocrine cells in #mice extend processes called #neuropods which directly contact neurons in certain parts of the digestive system. This provides the first evidence for direct sensing of the goings-on inside the gut by the brain, meaning the brain may gather information regarding nutrient and bacterial content. #science #neuroscience #JClinInvest http://www.jci.org/articles/view/78361

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