A Review and Roadmap of the Skin, Lung, and Gut Microbiota in Systemic Sclerosis.

As our understanding of the genetic underpinnings of systemic sclerosis (SSc) increases, questions regarding the environmental trigger(s) that induce and propagate SSc in the genetically predisposed individual emerge. The interplay between the environment, the immune system, and the microbial species that inhabit the patient's skin and gastrointestinal tract is a pathobiological frontier that is largely unexplored in SSc. The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of the methodologies, experimental study results, and future roadmap for elucidating the relationship between the SSc host and his/her microbiome.

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Authors: Shannon Teaw, Monique Hinchcliff, Michelle Cheng