Micro and Nano Plastic Particles – Link to Human Inflammatory Bowel Disease Studied

According to the abstract of a June 2023 Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine article https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nano.2023.102680 by researchers with Tufts University “… Micro- and nano-plastics (MPs and NPs) released from plastics in the environment can enter the food chain and target the human intestine. However, knowledge about the effects of these particles on the human intestine is still limited due to the lack of relevant human intestinal models to validate data obtained from animal studies or tissue models employing cancer cells. In this study, human intestinal organoids were used to develop epithelia to mimic the cell complexity and functions of native tissue … high concentrations of particles significantly triggered the secretion of a panel of inflammatory cytokines linked to human inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #MicroPlastics #NanoPlastics #inflammatoryboweldisease @TuftsUniversity