Microbial Symbiosis with the Innate Immune Defense System of the Skin

@inproceedings{Gallo2011MicrobialSW,
  title={Microbial Symbiosis with the Innate Immune Defense System of the Skin},
  author={Richard L Gallo and Teruaki Nakatsuji},
  booktitle={The Journal of investigative dermatology},
  year={2011}
}
Skin protects itself against infection through a variety of mechanisms. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are major contributors to cutaneous innate immunity, and this system, combined with the unique ionic, lipid, and physical barrier of the epidermis, is the first-line defense against invading pathogens. However, recent studies have revealed that our skin's innate immune system is not solely of human origin. Staphylococcus epidermidis, a major constituent of the normal microflora on healthy human… CONTINUE READING