Influence of the gastrointestinal microbiota on development of the immune system in young animals.

@article{Bauer2006InfluenceOT,
  title={Influence of the gastrointestinal microbiota on development of the immune system in young animals.},
  author={Eva Bauer and Barbara A. Williams and Hauke Smidt and Martin Wilhelmus Antonius Verstegen and Rainer Mosenthin},
  journal={Current issues in intestinal microbiology},
  year={2006},
  volume={7 2},
  pages={35-51}
}
The gastrointestinal tract (GIT) of adult mammals is colonized by a complex and dynamic community of microorganisms. Most protection against potential pathogens occurs via a mucosal immune system involving mechanisms of innate immunity as well as a secondary lymphoid organ, the gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT). However, the bacterial community also supports its host against invasion by potential pathogens, by a mechanism called 'colonization resistance'. Young animals need time to develop… CONTINUE READING
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