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  1. “Tight junction function” might sound like a song from Schoolhouse Rock, but it’s a topic that explains a great deal about our immune system and the increasing prevalence of autoimmune disorders. The tight junction (TJ) is an essential element of our intestinal structure, and is part of the body’s defenses against bacteria and toxins. About 70% of the body’s immune system resides in the gut, mostly as lymphatic cells. To prevent the immune system from being overtaxed, the TJ restricts access to these cells. The TJ is a matrix of interlocking proteins that ope
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