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I am curious if pathogenic enterics can alter normal behavior. Furthermore, if they can, is it a neurological pathway or a metabolic by-product that is inducing the changes. I know that bacteria proliferate in response to catecholamines, which is a neurological link. On the other hand, bacteria produce products which enter the system and influence the other flora. This question stems from the fact that at any given time the outbred population of humans is affected by a subclinical asymptomatic infection. I believe our behavior is influenced by nontypical gut flora.
Re: What influences do pathogenic enteric bacteria have on normal behavior?
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