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Am J Clin Nutr. 1999 May;69(5):1046S-1051S. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/69.5.1046s.

Influences of microbiota on intestinal immune system development.

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Department of Biology, the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 19104-6018, USA. jcebra@sas.upenn.edu

Abstract

The normal colonization of the mammalian intestine with commensal microbes is hypothesized to drive the development of the humoral and cellular mucosal immune systems during neonatal life and to maintain the physiologically normal steady state of inflammation in the gut throughout life. Neonatal conventionally reared mice and germ-free, deliberately colonized adult mice (gnotobiotic mice) were used to examine the efficacy of certain intestinal microbes.

PMID:
10232647
DOI:
10.1093/ajcn/69.5.1046s
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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