Porphyromonas gingivalis sinks teeth into the Oral microbiota and periodontal disease

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Periodontitis is linked to polymicrobial interactions and the presence of Porphyromonas gingivalis. In this issue of Cell Host & Microbe, Hajishengallis et al. (2011) demonstrate that P. gingivalis colonization in the oral cavity changes the composition of the oral commensal microbiota and accelerates microbiota-mediated bone-destructive periodontitis, indicating that this single, low-abundance species is a keystone in periodontal disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-425
Number of pages3
JournalCell Host and Microbe
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Nov 17
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Virology

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