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Viruses 2018, 10(2), 85; https://doi.org/10.3390/v10020085

The Microbial Zoo in the C. elegans Intestine: Bacteria, Fungi and Viruses

Departments of Molecular Microbiology and Pathology & Immunology, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
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Received: 7 January 2018 / Revised: 8 February 2018 / Accepted: 11 February 2018 / Published: 14 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Viruses–Bacteria Interactions in the Gut)
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C. elegans is an invaluable model organism that has been a driving force in many fundamental biological discoveries. However, it is only in the past two decades that it has been applied to host–pathogen interaction studies. These studies have been facilitated by the discoveries of natural microbes that infect C. elegans, including bacteria, fungi and viruses. Notably, many of these microbes share a common site of infection, the C. elegans intestine. Furthermore, the recent descriptions of a natural gut microbiota in C. elegans raise the possibility that this could be a novel model system for microbiome and trans-kingdom interaction studies. Here we review studies of C. elegans host–microbe interactions with a particular focus on the intestine. View Full-Text
Keywords: host–pathogen interaction; C. elegans; intestine; bacteria; fungi; viruses; microbiome; trans-kingdom interactions host–pathogen interaction; C. elegans; intestine; bacteria; fungi; viruses; microbiome; trans-kingdom interactions
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