Bacterial contributions to mammalian gut development

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The mammalian gut has coevolved over millions of years with a vast consortium of microbes. From birth, this population is in continuous and intimate contact with intestinal tissues. Recent results indicate that indigenous bacteria play a crucial inductive role in gut development during early postnatal life. These findings have revealed that the mammalian intestine is poised for interaction with its prokaryotic partners, which are essential for its normal development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-134
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in Microbiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology


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