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J Endocrinol. 2015 May;225(2):R21-34. doi: 10.1530/JOE-14-0615. Epub 2015 Mar 19.

Microbial endocrinology: host-bacteria communication within the gut microbiome.

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1
Department of Infection Immunity and Inflammation, University of Leicester, Maurice Shock Medical Sciences Building, University Road, Leicester LE1 9HN, UK.
2
Department of Infection Immunity and Inflammation, University of Leicester, Maurice Shock Medical Sciences Building, University Road, Leicester LE1 9HN, UK ppef1@le.ac.uk.

Abstract

The human body is home to trillions of micro-organisms, which are increasingly being shown to have significant effects on a variety of disease states. Evidence exists that a bidirectional communication is taking place between us and our microbiome co-habitants, and that this dialogue is capable of influencing our health in a variety of ways. This review considers how host hormonal signals shape the microbiome, and what in return the microbiome residents may be signalling to their hosts.

KEYWORDS:

catecholamines; gut microbiome; host–microbe communication; stress

PMID:
25792117
DOI:
10.1530/JOE-14-0615
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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