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Newsletter #144
February 7th, 2019

Editorial

Dear Friends,

It gives us great pleasure in this edition of our newsletter to share our 'Year at a Glance 2018' study with you. The report, which includes an opening editorial from Prof. Stéphane Schneider, summarizes the most significant progress made in the field of gut microbiota science in 2018. Alongside the report, you will also find a new scoping article on how gut commensal bacteria may dictate the development of an allergic response to cow’s milk by modulating genes from ileal intestinal epithelial cells.

Next up is another study showing how bacterial butyrate could prevent atherosclerosis by maintaining gut barrier function. Also in this newsletter, a new article reveals that breastfeeding duration and pre-school diet are major modulators in the gut microbiota of children aged between 6 and 9 years, with a connection between early diet and metabolic markers in their blood showing enterotype dependency.

Finally, we have a new review that explores the extent of brain development and function modulation by the gut microbiota in early life.

The GMFH publishing team

2018 at a glance: Advances in gut microbiota research

Intestinal bacteria may protect against cow’s milk allergy by regulating host immunity

 

Hypotheses regarding the current rise in food allergies in Westernized countries tend to focus on the effect of an altered gut microbiome due to lifestyle changes. Among them, Westernized dietary patterns...

Bacterial butyrate prevents atherosclerosis by maintaining gut barrier function in mice

 

A depletion in the levels of butyrate-producing gut bacteria has been found in patients with symptomatic atherosclerotic plaques and type 2 diabetes. Gut bacteria-derived metabolites may be behind...

Gut microbiome development continues between 6 and 9 years of age, with pre-school diet and breastfeeding acting as major driving forces

 

Besides diet, several other factors such as host genetics, ethnicity, age, medication, chronic diseases, physical exercise, stress, and sleep can all affect gut microbial composition. During the first...

A new review analyzes gut microbiota’s influence on brain development and function in early life

 

Although gut microbiota maturation is a dynamic process apparent across a lifetime, the first two to three years of life may represent the most critical period for dietary interventions...

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