An Unexpected Linkage: The Gut-Skin Axis

Created with BioRender.com In the public discussion of microbes, there is often a negative connotation attached to microbes such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites due to the presence of pathogenic individuals in each category. However, microbes are not synonymous with pathogens. For instance, some gut bacteria are well-acknowledged for their importance in the nutrientContinue reading “An Unexpected Linkage: The Gut-Skin Axis”

Microbiota makes our intestines move and keeps the worms away

Image source: CDC The word “infection” is often associated with either bacteria or virus, but we all know there are some other bad guys that can infect us too. One must not forget about- the parasites. Even though they are more common in the rural areas where hygiene is still an issue, WHO counts thatContinue reading “Microbiota makes our intestines move and keeps the worms away”

Host microbiota affects the brain’s innate immune system

“I’m Gonna Make Him an Offer He Can’t Refuse.” -Don Vito Corleone It could be a quote from a dialogue between the host microbiota and the host immune system… Let’s figure it out step by step. Did you know that beneficial microorganisms live in and on our bodies? An adult human body consists of approximatelyContinue reading “Host microbiota affects the brain’s innate immune system”

Q&A with Alyssa Walker: Studying neurodegenerative diseases in C. elegans

The author of the article “Colonization of the Caenorhabditis elegans gut with human enteric bacterial pathogens leads to proteostasis disruption that is rescued by butyrate”, Alyssa Walker got her bachelor’s degree at The University of Florida where she majored in animal biology. She has extensive research as a veterinary technician on small animals and dairy farms. Currently,Continue reading “Q&A with Alyssa Walker: Studying neurodegenerative diseases in C. elegans”

Were we born with a microbiome? Maybe, maybe not!

Although ‘bacteria may be the only culture some people have’, just like good manners, bacteria in our microbiome are also something we acquire over time in our life. To understand the role of microbiome (and its variations) in health and disease, we first need to understand when humans start forming their first microbiome. The presenceContinue reading “Were we born with a microbiome? Maybe, maybe not!”