Microbes are ubiquitous and even colonize a large part of our body. The human gut, especially, harbors millions and millions of microbes. This complex network is called the microbiome and has a big influence on the maintenance of our health and the emergence of disease. The development of intestinal diseases, bowl cancer, or life threatening sepsis can be due to members of the microbiome. One potential opportunist is the yeast C. albicans. Studies suggest that 35 – 70 % of all humans are colonized with Candida. While asymptomatic in healthy humans, Candida can cause severe infections in immunocompromised individuals.
A deeper insight of interactions between Candida and the rest of the microbiota can help to understand the mode of action and prevent infections caused by Candida.