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Helminth Microbiomes – A Hidden Treasure Trove?

Author:
Jenkins, T.P., Brindley, P.J., Gasser, R.B., Cantacessi, C.
Source:
Trends in parasitology 2019 v.35 no.1 pp. 13-22
ISSN:
1471-4922
Subject:
gastrointestinal system, helminths, microbiome, microorganisms, parasitoses, physiology, tissues
Abstract:
There is increasing attention on the complex interactions occurring between gastrointestinal parasitic helminths and the microbial flora (microbiota) inhabiting the host gut. However, little is known about the occurrence, structure, and function of microbial populations residing within parasite organs and tissues. In this article, we argue that an in-depth understanding of the interplay between parasites and their microbiomes may significantly enhance current knowledge of parasite biology and physiology, and may lead to the discovery of entirely novel, anthelmintic-independent interventions against parasites and parasitic diseases.