The role of gut microbiota in regulating aggression
Procreation and survival rely on aggression. However, although genetic factors and neural mechanisms influencing aggression are partly deciphered, the exact networks and environmental factors controlling aggression remain unknown. Recently, researchers have associated the gut microbiota with behaviours such as risk taking, mating, and hormone production, regulation and secretion. The EU-funded BEHAVIOME project proposes the innovative concept that microbiota could partly regulate host aggression. The project will characterise the effects of antibiotics, germ-free animal models and specific microbes on aggression in flies and mice. Based on the hypothesis that the microbiota is involved in regulating aggression, BEHAVIOME will test the role of pheromones, bacterial and host gene products as well as host brain hormones in these processes.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-COG - Consolidator Grant
52900 Ramat Gan
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