The gut microbiota: challenging immunology

Nat Rev Immunol. 2011 Aug 26;11(10):636-7. doi: 10.1038/nri3061.


For several decades the intestinal microbiota was mainly studied by those investigating infections and diseases associated with gut health, usually from a microbiology point of view. In the past few years, however, it has become apparent that the intestinal microbiota has widespread implications in the field of immunology, and researchers are being compelled to explain how the microbiota contributes to and/or affects their studies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Gastrointestinal Tract* / immunology
  • Gastrointestinal Tract* / microbiology
  • Humans
  • Immunity*
  • Metagenome / immunology*
  • Mice
  • Microbial Consortia / immunology*