Beyond hygiene: Commensal microbiota and allergic diseases

Sung Wook Hong, Kwang Soon Kim, Charles D. Surh

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Complex communities of microorganisms, termed commensal microbiota, inhabit mucosal surfaces and profoundly influence host physiology as well as occurrence of allergic diseases. Perturbing factors such as the mode of delivery, dietary fibers and antibiotics can influence allergic diseases by altering commensal microbiota in affected tissues as well as in intestine. Here, we review current findings on the relationship between commensal microbiota and allergic diseases, and discuss the underlying mechanisms that contribute to the regulation of allergic responses by commensal microbiota.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-59
Number of pages12
JournalImmune Network
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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© 2017 The Korean Association of Immunologists.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases


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