Impact of the intestinal microbiota on the development of mucosal defense.

@article{Gaskins2008ImpactOT,
  title={Impact of the intestinal microbiota on the development of mucosal defense.},
  author={H. Rex Gaskins and Jennifer A. Croix and Noriko Nakamura and Gerardo M. Nava},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  year={2008},
  volume={46 Suppl 2},
  pages={S80-6; discussion S144-51}
}
The gastrointestinal tract is a dynamic ecosystem composed of an organized matrix of host eukaryotic cells, including a fully functional immune system, and numerous microbial habitats normally colonized by a diverse array of microbes. Recent analyses of the gastrointestinal microbiota by use of molecular-based methods indicate that bacterial populations… CONTINUE READING