N new study on gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. Photo: CC-Ell Brown
Celiac.com 03/30/2011 - A team of medical researchers set out to compare gut permeability and mucosal immune gene expression in celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.

The research team included Anna Sapone, Karen M Lammers, Vincenzo Casolaro, Marcella Cammarota, Maria T Giuliano, Mario De Rosa, Rosita Stefanile, Giuseppe Mazzarella, Carlo Tolone, Maria I Russo, Pasquale Esposito, Franca Ferraraccio, Maria Carteni, Gabriele Riegler, Laura de Magistris  and Alessio Fasano.

People with celiac disease suffer an adverse autoimmune reaction when they consume gluten. People with gluten-sensitivity cannot tolerate gluten and may develop gastrointestinal symptoms similar to those in celiac disease.

However, for people with gluten intolerance, the overall clinical picture is usually less severe, and is not accompanied by the concurrence of tissue transglutaminase autoantibodies or autoimmune comorbidities.

By examining and comparing mucosal expression of genes associated with