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Semin Immunol. 2007 Apr;19(2):94-105. Epub 2006 Oct 10.

What immunologists should know about bacterial communities of the human bowel.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Otago, P.O. Box 56, 720 Cumberland Street, Dunedin, New Zealand. gerald.tannock@stonebow.otago.ac.nz

Abstract

The human bowel is home to a bacterial community of much complexity. This article summarizes current bacteriological knowledge of the community and highlights topics of potential interest to innovative immunologists. The role of the bacterial community in the development and regulation of the immune system of neonates seems likely to be a particularly important area of future research.

PMID:
17035042
DOI:
10.1016/j.smim.2006.09.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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