Mucins in the mucosal barrier to infection

  title={Mucins in the mucosal barrier to infection},
  author={Sara K Lind{\'e}n and Philip Sutton and Niclas G. Karlsson and Victoria Korolik and Michael A McGuckin},
  journal={Mucosal Immunology},
The mucosal tissues of the gastrointestinal, respiratory, reproductive, and urinary tracts, and the surface of the eye present an enormous surface area to the exterior environment. All of these tissues are covered with resident microbial flora, which vary considerably in composition and complexity. Mucosal tissues represent the site of infection or route of access for the majority of viruses, bacteria, yeast, protozoa, and multicellular parasites that cause human disease. Mucin glycoproteins… CONTINUE READING
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