Mechanisms of Host and Microbiome Interactions in the Digestive System

The gut microbiome is an “organ” of the digestive tract that is highly individual, easily changed by host, dietary and environmental factors, and hugely impacting to health and disease. Its relationship to the host is complex, dynamic, and bidirectional. In health, the gut microbiome is essential not only for intestinal homeostasis but also for extra-intestinal interactions with other organ systems, immune and metabolic networks, and growth and development. In disease, intestinal dysbiosis can be the cause, trigger, and/or contributor to the pathophysiology of disorders. Mechanistic studies of host and microbiome interactions and review articles of the current state of knowledge, the unmet needs, challenges, and opportunities in this area would therefore be timely and of great interest to readers of the American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology.

All manuscripts should be submitted online via eJournalPress. During the online submission process, under the “Keywords & Special Sections” tab, please use the “Category” drop-down menu and select “Call for Papers: Mechanisms of Host and Microbiome Interactions in the Digestive System”.

Manuscripts will undergo normal peer review as they are received. Accepted manuscripts will be published online as they are accepted. Articles published from this Call for Papers will be highlighted at the time of publication. The collection may also include specially commissioned research articles related to the topic.

Manuscripts can be submitted anytime, but to be eligible for inclusion in this Call for Papers, manuscripts must be submitted by October 1, 2018.