Microbial Inhabitants of Humans: Their Ecology and Role in Health and Diseaseby Michael Wilson
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 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.
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Table of Contents1. 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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