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Title: New insights into the interactions between Blastocystis, the gut microbiota, and host immunity
Authors: Deng, Lei 
Wojciech, Lukasz 
Gascoigne, Nicholas R. J. 
Peng, Guangneng
Tan, Kevin S. W. 
Issue Date: 25-Feb-2021
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Citation: Deng, Lei, Wojciech, Lukasz, Gascoigne, Nicholas R. J., Peng, Guangneng, Tan, Kevin S. W. (2021-02-25). New insights into the interactions between Blastocystis, the gut microbiota, and host immunity. PLoS Pathogens 17 (2) : e1009253. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: The human gut microbiota is a diverse and complex ecosystem that is involved in beneficial physiological functions as well as disease pathogenesis. Blastocystis is a common protistan parasite and is increasingly recognized as an important component of the gut microbiota. The correlations between Blastocystis and other communities of intestinal microbiota have been investigated, and, to a lesser extent, the role of this parasite in maintaining the host immunological homeostasis. Despite recent studies suggesting that Blastocystis decreases the abundance of beneficial bacteria, most reports indicate that Blastocystis is a common component of the healthy gut microbiome. This review covers recent finding on the potential interactions between Blastocystis and the gut microbiota communities and its roles in regulating host immune responses. Copyright: © 2021 Deng et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Source Title: PLoS Pathogens
ISSN: 1553-7366
DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1009253
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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