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Prebiotics and Probiotics - Potential Benefits in Nutrition and Health
Elena Franco-Robles & Joel Ramírez-Emiliano
Bacterial pathogens have developed exquisite virulence mechanisms to survive in the host cells. These virulence mechanisms help them bind and internalize into host cells, replicate, and evade the host immune response. The mammalian host itself has developed its own repertoire of weapons to prevent this from happening. One important component of host response in preventing infections in the gut lumen is the diverse commensal microbiota present. Dysbiosis of the gut microbiota has been implicated in the development of many gastrointestinal diseases. A potential therapeutic pathway to solve these diseases would be by providing probiotics and/or prebiotics to help stimulate growth of the beneficial commensal bacteria. Here, we will present evidence of commensal microbiota imbalance in the development of disease as well as potential therapies to restore gut harmony.
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probiotics, bacterial infections, prebiotics, microbiota, therapeutics
Tam, C. C.,
Land, K. M.,
Cheng, L. W.
Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Bacterial Infections.
In Elena Franco-Robles & Joel Ramírez-Emiliano (Eds.), Prebiotics and Probiotics - Potential Benefits in Nutrition and Health (182–205). London, England, UK: InTech Publishers
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