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Streptococcus sanguinis linked to Psoriasis and Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Streptococcus sanguinis is a gram-positive bacterium that is normally found in the mouth and upper respiratory tract of humans. It is known to play a role in the development of dental caries, also known as tooth decay. Recent studies have also linked Streptococcus sanguinis to various autoimmune diseases and cardiovascular disorders. This bacterium has been found to cross-react with collagen, heart tissue, and other human peptides, leading to an immune response and damage to various tissues.

Behçet’s disease is a rare autoimmune disorder characterized by oral and genital ulcers, skin lesions, and inflammation of the eyes. Studies have found that Streptococcus sanguinis may be a trigger for Behçet’s disease, as it cross-reacts with human intraocular peptide Brn-3b and activates an immune response that leads to tissue damage. The presence of Streptococcus sanguinis in the mouth has also been linked to psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation and scaling of the skin.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. Studies have shown that Streptococcus sanguinis may play a role in the development of rheumatoid arthritis by cross-reacting with myosin, a protein found in heart tissue and muscle fibers. This immune response to Streptococcus sanguinis can lead to the development of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune disorders.

Cardiovascular disorders, including atherosclerosis and endocarditis, have also been linked to Streptococcus sanguinis. This bacterium has been found to cross-react with heart tissue and myosin, leading to an immune response that causes damage to the heart and blood vessels. Streptococcus sanguinis has been detected in atherosclerotic plaques, indicating its potential role in the development of cardiovascular disease.

In summary, Streptococcus sanguinis is a bacterium commonly found in the mouth and upper respiratory tract of humans. Its cross-reactivity with human peptides and tissues has been linked to the development of various autoimmune diseases, including Behçet’s disease, psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis. This bacterium has also been associated with cardiovascular disorders, including atherosclerosis and endocarditis. Further research is needed to fully understand the role of Streptococcus sanguinis in these conditions and to develop potential preventive and treatment strategies.

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Dr. Matz DC

Dr. Jeffrey E. Matz, DC, MS, is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician. He is licensed to practice in SC, NC, and GA. Dr. Matz is passionate about functional medicine and strives to help patients achieve optimal health. His focus is on helping our members with hormone imbalances, autoimmune conditions, chronic pain conditions, and diabetes. Among the thousands of people Dr. Matz has treated include Carolina Panthers football players, PGA Tour and Champions Tour golfers, collegiate athletes, and local and international celebrities. Dr. Matz was a semiprofessional cyclist, and has competed in triathlons for the last 7 years, including completing an IRONMAN triathlon.

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