Microbial Inhabitants of Humans: Their Ecology and Role in Health and Disease

Microbial Inhabitants of Humans: Their Ecology and Role in Health and Disease

by Michael Wilson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521841585

ISBN-13: 9780521841580

Pub. Date: 10/15/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Microbial communities (normal indigenous microbiota) inhabit those regions of the human body that are exposed to the external environment, including the skin, eyes, oral cavity and the respiratory, urinary, reproductive and gastrointestinal tracts. Consequently, the key anatomical and physiological characteristics of each body site are described throughout this book…  See more details below

Overview

Microbial communities (normal indigenous microbiota) inhabit those regions of the human body that are exposed to the external environment, including the skin, eyes, oral cavity and the respiratory, urinary, reproductive and gastrointestinal tracts. Consequently, the key anatomical and physiological characteristics of each body site are described throughout this book to reveal why particular organisms are able to colonize an anatomical region. The crucial roles of the indigenous microbiota in protecting against exogenous pathogens, regulating the development of our immune system and mucosae, and providing nutrients are also discussed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521841580
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
455
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 1.42(d)

Table of Contents

1. An introduction to the human-microbe symbiosis; 2. The skin and its indigenous microbiota; 3. The eye and its indigenous microbiota; 4. The respiratory system and its indigenous microbiota; 5. The urinary system and its indigenous microbiota; 6. The reproductive system and its indigenous microbiota; 7. The gastrointestinal tract and its indigenous microbiota; 8. The oral cavity and its indigenous microbiota; 9. Role of the indigenous microbiota in maintaining human health; 10. Manipulation of the indigenous microbiota.

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