NYMC Faculty Publications

Intestinal Pathophysiological and Microbial Changes in Sickle Cell Disease: Potential Targets for Therapeutic Intervention

Journal Title

British Journal of Haematology

Document Type


Publication Date

November 2019




There is a large therapeutic gap in the treatment of sickle cell disease (SCD). Recent studies demonstrated the presence of pathophysiological and microbial changes in the intestine of patients with SCD. The intestinal microbes have also been found to regulate neutrophil ageing and possible basal activation of circulating neutrophils. Both aged and activated neutrophils are pivotal for the pathogenesis of vaso-occlusive crisis in SCD. In this paper, we will provide an overview of the intestinal pathophysiological and microbial changes in SCD. Based on these changes, we will propose therapeutic approaches that could be investigated for treating SCD.