Journal article

Intestinal Barrier Dysfunction in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Michael A McGuckin, Rajaraman Eri, Lisa A Simms, Timothy HJ Florin, Graham Radford-Smith

INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASES | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2009

Abstract

The etiology of human inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) is believed to involve inappropriate host responses to the complex commensal microbial flora in the gut, although an altered commensal flora is not completely excluded. A multifunctional cellular and secreted barrier separates the microbial flora from host tissues. Altered function of this barrier remains a major largely unexplored pathway to IBD. Although there is evidence of barrier dysfunction in IBD, it remains unclear whether this is a primary contributor to disease or a consequence of mucosal inflammation. Recent evidence from animal models demonstrating that genetic defects restricted to the epithelium can initiate intestinal in..

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