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World J Hepatol. Apr 27, 2012; 4(4): 110-118
Published online Apr 27, 2012. doi: 10.4254/wjh.v4.i4.110
Figure 1
Figure 1 Intestinal changes following alcohol administration. A: In health, antimicrobial molecules as part of the innate immune response are secreted by intestinal epithelial cells and kill enteric bacteria. B: Alcohol suppresses the expression of these molecules resulting in intestinal bacterial overgrowth and dysbiosis. This might contribute to bacterial translocation observed after alcohol. Alcohol might also exert a direct effect on the intestinal microflora.