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Role of human microflora in health and disease

  • C. Tancrède
Current Topic: Review

Abstract

The human host and its microbial flora constitute a complex ecosystem whose equilibrium serves as a remarkable example of reciprocal adaptation. Intestinal bacteria play an important role in the development of the immune system. The normal intestinal flora is responsible for resistance to colonization by exogenous pathogenic microorganisms. Nevertheless, it also constitutes a reservoir of potentially pathogenic bacteria in close contact with the host. These bacteria are responsible for opportunistic infections in immunocompromised hosts. The equilibrium of the flora can be upset by antibiotics, leading to infections as a result of proliferation of antibiotic-resistant pathogenic bacteria.

Keywords

Internal Medicine Immune System Close Contact Pathogenic Bacterium Opportunistic Infection 
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© Friedr. Vieweg & Sohn Verlagsgesellschaft mbH 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Tancrède
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut Gustave-RoussyVillejuifFrance

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