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June 2004 - Vol 5 No 6
Nature Immunology 5 (2004)
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Scanning electron micrograph of the distal small intestine of a mouse. Remnants of the mucus layer (green) overlie the villi (blue fingerlike projections). In this month's Perspective, Gordon and colleagues (p 569) propose that the mucus layer coating the intestinal epithelium is where microbial consortia are assembled. This polysaccharide-rich biofilm may enable intestinal symbionts to gain a foothold in this distinctive niche to benefit both themselves and their host. Photo from Gordon and colleagues; cover by Lewis Long.
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