The human gut microbiota with reference to autism spectrum disorder: considering the whole as more than a sum of its parts

Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease

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Title The human gut microbiota with reference to autism spectrum disorder: considering the whole as more than a sum of its parts
 
Creator Toh, Michael C.; University of Guelph
Allen-Vercoe, Emma; University of Guelph
 
Subject human gut microbiota;autism spectrum disorder; microbial ecology
 
Description The human gut microbiota is a complex microbial ecosystem that contributes an important component towards the health of its host. This highly complex ecosystem has been underestimated in its importance until recently, when a realization of the enormous scope of gut microbiota function has been (and continues to be) revealed. One of the more striking of these discoveries is the finding that the gut microbiota and the brain are connected, and thus there is potential for the microbiota in the gut to influence behavior and mental health. In this short review, we outline the link between brain and gut microbiota and urge the reader to consider the gut microbiota as an ecosystem ‘organ’ rather than just as a collection of microbes filling a niche, using the hypothesized role of the gut microbiota in autism spectrum disorder to illustrate the concept.Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder; microbiota; human; gastrointestinal tract (Published: 28 January 2015)Citation: Microbial Ecology in Health & Disease 2015, 26: 26309 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/mehd.v26.26309This paper is part of the Supplement: The Microbiome in Autism Spectrum Disorder. More papers from this supplement can be found at http://www.microbecolhealthdis.net
 
Publisher Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease
 
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Date 2015-01-28
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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Identifier http://www.microbecolhealthdis.net/index.php/mehd/article/view/26309
10.3402/mehd.v26.26309
 
Source Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease; Vol 26 (2015)
1651-2235
 
Language eng
 
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