Special Issue "Gut Microbiome and Human Health"
A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2018).
Interests: diet and health; probiotics; micronutrients; gut barrier function; gut microbiota; gastrointestinal health and disease
A growing body of scientific evidence supports an important, if not critical, role for gut microbes in the maintenance of gastrointestinal and general health. Despite this awareness, there are still significant gaps in our knowledge relating to the impacts of diet, lifestyle, genes and the environment on the gut microbiome, and how this translates to beneficial or detrimental health outcomes. Influences on gut microbes during establishment of microbial population profiles during early infancy, and potentially any time thereafter, could lead to susceptibilities to some diseases through development of less than ideal microbial populations. Microbial dysbioses have not only been linked to gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease but also to a wide range of conditions affecting other parts of the body, and could contribute to obesity and associated metabolic complications, mental health and behavioural problems, and allergies, to name some examples. Understanding what represents a normal or optimal gut microbial profile is challenging given the significant inter-individual variation in these populations but currently available methods such as next generation sequencing, metagenomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics are beginning to shed new light on the composition, activities and products of our complex human microbial populations. We invite submissions to this Special Issue, which use these and other methods to extend our understanding of the role of the gut microbiome and/or their products in human health, and especially submissions which also examine the influence of nutrition. Studies using in vitro systems, animal experimentation and human analysis or intervention are welcome, as are submissions describing the effects of probiotics, prebiotics and other treatments, which modulate gut microbial populations.Dr. Michael Conlon
Dr. Cuong Tran
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