The gut microbiota: a major player in the toxicity of environmental pollutants?
A new review published in npj Biofilms and Microbiomes explores the relationships between gut microbiota, host and environmental pollutants.
Exposure to environmental chemicals has been linked to various health disorders, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer and dysregulation of the immune and reproductive systems, whereas the gastrointestinal microbiota critically contributes to a variety of host metabolic and immune functions. In a new review published in npj Biofilms and Microbiomes, Sandrine P Claus, Hervé Guillou & Sandrine Ellero-Simatos evaluate the bidirectional relationship between gut bacteria and environmental pollutants and to assess the toxicological relevance of the bacteria–xenobiotic interplay for the host.
Read the open access review in full: http://www.nature.com/articles/npjbiofilms20163