The new study, however, suggests that Lactobacillus should be further investigated as a possible therapy for women with lupus nephritis.
In previous research published in 2014, Luo and colleagues found that levels of Lactobacillus were reduced in the guts of mice with lupus.
This finding led them to hypothesize that increasing the amount of Lactobacillus in the gut could be one way of alleviating the symptoms of lupus, and they decided to test this theory with their new research.
They used mouse models of lupus nephritis for their study. A combination of five different strains of Lactobacillus were added to the mice’s diets: Lactobacillus oris, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus johnsonii, and Lactobacillus gasseri.
The team then analyzed the fecal samples of the mice, in order to confirm that Lactobacillus levels had increased as result of the bacteria being added to their diets.