Influence of gastrointestinal commensal bacteria on the immune responses that mediate allergy and asthma.

@article{McLoughlin2011InfluenceOG,
  title={Influence of gastrointestinal commensal bacteria on the immune responses that mediate allergy and asthma.},
  author={Rachel M McLoughlin and Kingston H G Mills},
  journal={The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology},
  year={2011},
  volume={127 5},
  pages={1097-107; quiz 1108-9}
}
The human intestine contains more than 100 trillion microorganisms that maintain a symbiotic relationship with the host. Under normal conditions, these bacteria are not pathogenic and in fact confer health benefits to the host. The microbiota interacts with the innate and adaptive arms of the host's intestinal mucosal immune system and through these mechanisms drives regulatory cell differentiation in the gut that is critically involved in maintaining immune tolerance. Specifically, the… CONTINUE READING

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