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NOMIS Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

September 1, 2022
Abstract: To combat infections, hosts employ a combination of antagonistic and cooperative defense strategies. The former refers to pathogen killing mediated by resistance mechanisms, while the latter refers to physiological defense […]
February 1, 2022
Abstract: During their co-evolution with pathogens, hosts acquired defensive health strategies that allow them to maintain their health or promote recovery when challenged with infections. The cooperative defense system is a […]
July 1, 2020
Abstract: For infectious-disease outbreaks, clinical solutions typically focus on efficient pathogen destruction. However, the COVID-19 pandemic provides a reminder that infectious diseases are complex, multisystem conditions, and a holistic understanding will […]
April 16, 2020
Abstract: In this Perspective, Janelle Ayres argues for a paradigm shift in how we think about “health,” toward viewing it as an active process involving mechanisms distinct from those of disease.
February 1, 2020
Abstract: Metabolic processes occurring during host–microbiota–pathogen interactions can favorably or negatively influence host survival during infection. Defining the metabolic needs of the three players, the mechanisms through which they acquire nutrients, […]
September 20, 2018
Abstract: Pathogen virulence exists on a continuum. The strategies that drive symptomatic or asymptomatic infections remain largely unknown. We took advantage of the concept of lethal dose 50 (LD50) to ask […]
February 1, 2018
Abstract: Two distinct defense strategies provide a host with survival to infectious diseases: resistance and tolerance. Resistance is dependent on the ability of the host to kill pathogens. Tolerance promotes host […]
September 8, 2016
Abstract: The reprioritization of feeding motivations during disease is proposed to optimize host defense strategies against infection. Now, Wang et al. identify that sickness-induced anorexia differentially shapes the metabolic requirements of cellular […]
June 2, 2016
Abstract: Animal defense strategies against microbes are most often thought of as a function of the immune system, the primary function of which is to sense and kill microbes through the […]
November 13, 2013
Abstract: Host defense responses against microbes are most often thought of in terms of effectors of microbial destruction. However, recent evidence demonstrates that the more complex interactions between the microbiota and […]