mucus barrier


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mucus barrier

A thick, slippery coating of glycoproteins and other secreted organic chemicals that line and protect the intestinal epithelium.
Synonym: mucus layer
See also: barrier
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The abnormal composition of mucins will lead to the dysfunction of mucus barrier. As a consequence, bacteria translocation may happen and HAEC follows.
The importance of the mucus barrier system is emphasized by the fact that patients with ulcerative colitis tend to have less commensal bacteria, thinner mucus barriers, increased colonization of pathogens, and increased GI permeability.
The food thickener maltodextrin, which seems to both thin the mucus barrier in mice and nourish a strain of E.