Host Matters: Medicinal Leech Digestive-Tract Symbionts and Their Pathogenic Potential

@inproceedings{Marden2016HostMM,
  title={Host Matters: Medicinal Leech Digestive-Tract Symbionts and Their Pathogenic Potential},
  author={Jeremiah N. Marden and Emily Ann McClure and Lidia Beka and Joerg Graf},
  booktitle={Front. Microbiol.},
  year={2016}
}
Digestive-tract microbiota exert tremendous influence over host health. Host-symbiont model systems are studied to investigate how symbioses are initiated and maintained, as well as to identify host processes affected by resident microbiota. The medicinal leech, Hirudo verbana, is an excellent model to address such questions owing to a microbiome that is consistently dominated by two species, Aeromonas veronii and Mucinivorans hirudinis, both of which are cultivable and have sequenced genomes… CONTINUE READING

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