Helminth–Bacterial Interactions: Cause and Consequence

Alexis Rapin, Nicola L. Harris

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Intestinal helminths, along with mutualistic microbes, have cohabited the intestine of mammals throughout evolution. Interactions between helminths, bacteria, and their mammalian hosts may shape not only host–helminth and host–microbiome interactions, but also the relationship between helminths and the microbiome. This ‘ménage à trois’ situation may not be completely balanced in that it may favor either the host or the parasite, possibly at the cost of the other partner. Similarly, helminths may favor the establishment of a particular microbiome with either positive or negative consequences for the overall health and well-being of the host. Recent studies indicate that infection with intestinal helminths can and does impact the intestinal microbiome, with important consequences for each partner in this tripartite relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)724-733
Number of pages10
JournalTrends in Immunology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2018

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