July 9, 2018

Microbiome in the Gut-Skin Axis in Atopic Dermatitis

Allergy Asthma Immunol Res. 2018 Jul; 10(4):354-362. English.
Published online February 26, 2018.  

So-Yeon Lee,1 Eun Lee,2 Yoon Mee Park,3 and Soo-Jong Hong1


The microbiome is vital for immune system development and homeostasis. Changes in microbial composition and function, termed dysbiosis, in the skin and the gut have recently been linked to alterations in immune responses and to the development of skin diseases, such as atopic dermatitis (AD). In this review, we summarize the recent findings on the gut and skin microbiome, highlighting the roles of major commensals in modulating skin and systemic immunity in AD. Although our understanding of the gut-skin axis is only beginning, emerging evidence indicates that the gut and skin microbiome could be manipulated to treat AD.

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