Microbes help to battle infection: Gut microbes help develop immune cells, study finds

Beneficial gut bacteria are necessary for the development of innate immune cells — specialized types of white blood cells that serve as the body’s first line of defense against invading pathogens — new research has found. The research suggests that a healthy population of gut microbes can actually provide a preventative alternative to antibiotics.

An artist’s representation of gut microbes promoting hematopoiesis.


Journal Reference:

  1. Arya Khosravi, Alberto Yáñez, Jeremy G. Price, Andrew Chow, Miriam Merad, Helen S. Goodridge, Sarkis K. Mazmanian. Gut Microbiota Promote Hematopoiesis to Control Bacterial InfectionCell Host & Microbe, March 2014 DOI: 10.1016/j.chom.2014.02.006

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