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Trends Microbiol. 2013 Jul;21(7):334-41. doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2013.04.002. Epub 2013 May 17.

The emerging world of the fungal microbiome.

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Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. ghuff@umich.edu

Abstract

The study of the fungal microbiota ('mycobiome') is a new and rapidly emerging field that lags behind our understanding of the bacterial microbiome. Every human has fungi as part of their microbiota, but the total number of fungal cells is orders of magnitude smaller than that of the bacterial microbiota. However, the impact of the mycobiome on human health is significant, especially as a reservoir for blooms of pathogenic microbes when the host is compromised and as a potential cofactor in inflammatory diseases and metabolic disorders.

PMID:
23685069
PMCID:
PMC3708484
DOI:
10.1016/j.tim.2013.04.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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