The Impact of Intraspecies and Interspecies Bacterial Interactions on Disease Outcome

Abstract

The human microbiota is an array of microorganisms known to interact with the host and other microbes. These interactions can be competitive, as microbes must adapt to host- and microorganism-related stressors, thus producing toxic molecules, or cooperative, whereby microbes survive by maintaining homeostasis with the host and host-associated microbial communities. As a result, these microbial interactions shape host health and can potentially result in disease. In this review, we discuss these varying interactions across microbial species, their positive and negative effects, the therapeutic potential of these interactions, and their implications on our knowledge of human well-being.

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This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited

Keywords

Polymicrobial Infection, Host-Pathogen Interface, Pathogen, Commensal, Bacterial Interactions

Citation

Baishya J, Bisht K, Rimbey JN, Yihunie KD, Islam S, Al Mahmud H, Waller JE, Wakeman CA. The Impact of Intraspecies and Interspecies Bacterial Interactions on Disease Outcome. Pathogens. 2021; 10(2):96. https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens10020096

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