Human Microbiome

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Human Microbiome by Mind Map: Human Microbiome

1. harmful microbes

1.1. parasitic symbionts

1.1.1. true pathogens cause disease in both immunocompromised people and in immunocompetent people

1.1.2. opportunistic pathogens cause disease in immunocompromised people

2. helpful microbes

2.1. mutualistic symbionts

2.1.1. microbial antagonism

2.1.2. stimulation of immune system

2.1.3. vitamin production

2.1.4. digestion

3. microbes that have no effect

3.1. commensal symbionts

3.2. neutral symbionts

4. symbionts that are usually harmless by themselves but can sometimes work together to cause a synergistic infection (synergism)

5. symbionts can sometimes work together to create biofilms (microbial communities) which can be harmful

6. mutualistic symbionts contribute greatly to human body homeostatis; sometimes our normal microbiota are referred to as "microbial organs"

7. Human Bodies: 90% Microbes, 10% Human