Renz, H., Brandtzaeg, P. & Hornef, M. The impact of perinatal immune development on mucosal homeostasis and chronic inflammation. Nat. Rev. Immunol. 12, 9-23

Institute of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiochemistry, Molecular Diagnostics, Philipps University Marburg, Medical Faculty, Baldingerstrasse, 35043 Marburg, Germany.
Nature Reviews Immunology (Impact Factor: 34.99). 12/2011; 12(1):9-23. DOI: 10.1038/nri3112
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The mucosal surfaces of the gut and airways have important barrier functions and regulate the induction of immunological tolerance. The rapidly increasing incidence of chronic inflammatory disorders of these surfaces, such as inflammatory bowel disease and asthma, indicates that the immune functions of these mucosae are becoming disrupted in humans. Recent data indicate that events in prenatal and neonatal life orchestrate mucosal homeostasis. Several environmental factors promote the perinatal programming of the immune system, including colonization of the gut and airways by commensal microorganisms. These complex microbial-host interactions operate in a delicate temporal and spatial manner and have an important role in the induction of homeostatic mechanisms.

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    • "Prenatal organ development takes place in the presence of an immature immune system and continues after birth as the immune system reaches its full potential. In epithelial organs such as lung, breast, and intestine, postnatal organogenesis is regulated by communication between epithelial cells and innate immune cells (Reed and Schwertfeger, 2010; Renz et al., 2012). "
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    • "In recent years, crosskingdom investigations have garnered attention, especially on the symbiotic bacteria in animals. The intestinal microbiota can play crucial roles in digestion, nutrition, and immune response of the animal hosts including human (Harris 1993; Turnbaugh et al. 2006; Renz et al. 2011) or during development , such as of the mammalian brain (Diaz Heijtz et al. 2011) and vertebrate gastrointestinal tract (Bouskra et al. 2008). In a recent study, Moran and Yun (2015) found that the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum with the bacterium Buchnera increased in heat tolerance, demonstrating that the symbiont genotype can also affect the host ecology and, thus, its evolutionary history. "
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    • "Bacteria benefit the host in many ways. Besides breaking down food compounds and synthesizing vitamins and other nutrients, they play an important role in the development and training of the immune system (Hill and Artis 2010; Renz, Brandtzaeg and Hornef 2011; Sonnenberg and Artis 2012). They provide colonization resistance (Kamada et al. 2013; Lawley and Walker 2013), protect against epithelial injury (Rakoff-Nahoum et al. 2004) and promote angiogenesis (Stappenbeck, Hooper and Gordon 2002; Reinhardt et al. 2012) and fat storage (B ¨ ackhed et al. 2004). "
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