Microbial community networks across body sites are associated with susceptibility to respiratory infections in infants
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Respiratory tract infections are a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide in young children. Concepts such as the gut-lung axis have highlighted the impact of microbial communities at distal sites in mediating disease locally. However, little is known about the extent to which microbial communities from multiple body sites are linked, and how this relates to disease susceptibility. Here, we combine 16S-based rRNA sequencing data from 112 healthy, term born infants, spanning three body sites (oral cavity, nasopharynx, gut) and the first six months of life. Using a cross-niche microbial network approach, we show that, already from the first week of life on, there is a strong association between both network structure and species essential to these structures (hub species), and consecutive susceptibility to respiratory tract infections in this cohort. Our findings underline the crucial role of cross-niche microbial connections in respiratory health. Show more
Journal / seriesCommunications Biology
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Organisational unit02520 - Institut für Mikrobiologie / Institute of Microbiology
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