Manipulation of host and parasite microbiotas: Survival strategies during chronic nematode infection

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Intestinal dwelling parasites have evolved closely with the complex intestinal microbiota of their host, but the significance of the host microbiota for metazoan pathogens and the role of their own intestinal microbiota are still not fully known. We have found that the parasitic nematode Trichuris muris acquired a distinct intestinal microbiota from its host, which was required for nematode fitness.

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Emily C. White, Ashley Houlden, Allison J. Bancroft, Kelly S. Hayes, Marie Goldrick, Richard K. Grencis and Ian S. Roberts. Science Advances. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aap7399. 14 Mar 2018.

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