Actinomyces and Alimentary Tract Diseases: A Review of Its Biological Functions and Pathology

Jun Li, Ying Li, Yu Zhou, Changzheng Wang, Benyan Wu, Jun Wan
2018 BioMed Research International  
Actinomyces are nonmotile, filamentous, Gram-positive bacteria that cause actinomycosis in immunodeficiency patients. Although the prognosis of actinomycosis is good, the diagnosis of actinomycosis is quite difficult. Recent studies on actinomycosis have shown that Actinomyces play an important role in various biological and clinical processes, such as the formation of dental plaque and the degradation of organics in the gastrointestinal tract. Here, the distribution of Actinomyces in the
more » ... omyces in the digestive tract, and different biological effects of actinomycosis, and its clinical association with inflammatory diseases are discussed. Furthermore, an overview of the most commonly used treatment methods and drugs used to treat Actinomyces infected alimentary canal diseases is presented.
doi:10.1155/2018/3820215 fatcat:lshn5vwhajd3jk3yr7a5ssub3e