Published online Jun 21, 2013. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v19.i23.3562
Revised: March 5, 2013
Accepted: March 22, 2013
Published online: June 21, 2013
Core tip: In this research we have attempted to show which features make Enterococcus strains contributing to the development and maintenance of the inflammatory process in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. The outcome of this research may have an impact on better understanding of the pathomechanisms of this disease, as its etiology is not fully known. The study results suggest that Enterococcus strains which adhere strongly to the intestinal epithelium, form biofilm as well as possess the enzymatic mechanisms protecting them against the effects of reactive oxygen species, seem to have the highest chances to survive and influence the inflammatory process.