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Commensal microbiota modulate gene expression in the skin

Overview of attention for article published in Microbiome, January 2018
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Commensal microbiota modulate gene expression in the skin
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Microbiome, January 2018
DOI 10.1186/s40168-018-0404-9
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Jacquelyn S. Meisel, Georgia Sfyroera, Casey Bartow-McKenney, Ciara Gimblet, Julia Bugayev, Joseph Horwinski, Brian Kim, Jonathan R. Brestoff, Amanda S. Tyldsley, Qi Zheng, Brendan P. Hodkinson, David Artis, Elizabeth A. Grice


The skin harbors complex communities of resident microorganisms, yet little is known of their physiological roles and the molecular mechanisms that mediate cutaneous host-microbe interactions. Here, we profiled skin transcriptomes of mice reared in the presence and absence of microbiota to elucidate the range of pathways and functions modulated in the skin by the microbiota. A total of 2820 genes were differentially regulated in response to microbial colonization and were enriched in gene ontology (GO) terms related to the host-immune response and epidermal differentiation. Innate immune response genes and genes involved in cytokine activity were generally upregulated in response to microbiota and included genes encoding toll-like receptors, antimicrobial peptides, the complement cascade, and genes involved in IL-1 family cytokine signaling and homing of T cells. Our results also reveal a role for the microbiota in modulating epidermal differentiation and development, with differential expression of genes in the epidermal differentiation complex (EDC). Genes with correlated co-expression patterns were enriched in binding sites for the transcription factors Klf4, AP-1, and SP-1, all implicated as regulators of epidermal differentiation. Finally, we identified transcriptional signatures of microbial regulation common to both the skin and the gastrointestinal tract. With this foundational approach, we establish a critical resource for understanding the genome-wide implications of microbially mediated gene expression in the skin and emphasize prospective ways in which the microbiome contributes to skin health and disease.

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Unknown 183 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 42 23%
Researcher 35 19%
Student > Bachelor 20 11%
Student > Master 16 9%
Other 12 7%
Other 26 14%
Unknown 32 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 36 20%
Immunology and Microbiology 35 19%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 32 17%
Medicine and Dentistry 15 8%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 6 3%
Other 19 10%
Unknown 40 22%

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