Gut microbiota utilize immunoglobulin A for mucosal colonization

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The immune system responds vigorously to microbial infection, while permitting life-long colonization by the microbiome. Mechanisms that facilitate the establishment and stability of the gut microbiota remain poorly described. We discovered that a sensor/regulatory system in the prominent human commensal Bacteroides fragilis modulates its surface architecture to invite binding of immunoglobulin A (IgA). Specific immune recognition facilitated bacterial adherence to cultured intestinal epithelial cells and intimate association with the gut mucosal surface in vivo.

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G. P. Donaldson, M. S. Ladinsky, K. B. Yu, J. G. Sanders, B. B. Yoo, W. C. Chou, M. E. Conner, A. M. Earl, R. Knight, P. J. Bjorkman, S. K. Mazmanian. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaq0926. 03 May 2018.

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