Probiotic Territorial Colonization

Posted by CASEY ADAMS, PHD - REPRINTED BY PERMISSION FROM PROBIOTIC.ORG

Some of our resident probiotics live peacefully together. Most, however, struggle with other colonies, and mark clearly defined territories with special biochemical secretions. Probiotics within the same colony usually specialize in particular functions. Some work together to help break down foods, and some guard and protect their territory as they consume metabolites. To protect against pathogens, many probiotics produce a number of natural antibiotics XE "antibiotics" designed to reduce the populations of competitors. At the same time, some of their antibiotic secretions aid the body's immune system by stimulating T-cell XE "T-cell" and B-cell XE "B-cells" XE "B-cells" activity. Many...

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