Special Issue "Gut Bacteria-Mucus Interaction"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2018).
Interests: gut microbiota; mucin glycosylation; gastrointestinal mucus; carbohydrate recognition; adhesins; lectins; mucin degradation; mucus adhesion
The mucus layer covering the gastrointestinal tract plays a key role in maintaining a homeostatic relationship with our gut microbiota. The large intestine, which is home to most microbial species constituting the gut microbiota, is lined by a bi-layer of mucus. The outer layer providies a habitat for bacteria, whereas the inner layer maintains them at a safe distance from the epithelial surface. The terminal mucin O-glycans have been proposed to serve as attachment sites and metabolic substrates to the gut commensal bacteria, which have adapted to the mucosal environment. However, the molecular mechanisms underpinning gut bacteria-mucin glycan interactions remain poorly defined. Exploring the molecular basis of mucin adhesion and degradation of mucin glycans by predominant species of the gut microbiota is particularly important for the design of refined strategies to restore gut health. This issue will publish papers on the mechanistic aspects of gut bacteria-mucus interactions.
Dr. Nathalie Juge
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- gut microbiota
- mucin glycosylation
- gastrointestinal mucus
- carbohydrate recognition
- mucin degradation
- mucus adhesion