Special Issue "The Role of Immunonutrition in Patients"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Clinical Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2023 | Viewed by 1371

Special Issue Editors

1. Department of Medicine and Translational Surgery, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Largo F. Vito 1, 00168 Rome, Italy
2. UOC Nutrizione Clinica, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, 00168 Roma, Italy
Interests: perioperative nutrition; ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) programs; nutrition in cancer patients; disease-related malnutrition; gut microbiota and diet; sports nutrition
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UOC Nutrizione Clinica, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, 00168 Roma, Italy
Interests: body composition; clinical nutrition; disease-related malnutrition; gut microbiota and diet therapy; nutrition in cancer patients; perioperative nutrition; dietetics and nutrition
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Immunonutrients (IN) are micro- and macronutrients with active effects on the immunitary system. The most studied INs are ⍵-3 fatty acids, glutamine, sulphur-containing amino acids, anti-oxidants, arginine, and nucleotides.

Their potential role in elective surgery has been well documented; the benefits have been supported by several studies, revealing a reduced risk of complications, lower length of hospital stay, and reduced mortality in patients undergoing surgery.

Moreover, people with the potential risk of malnutrition (i.e. premature neonates, elderly, athletes,  etc.) and patients suffering from immune-related diseases (including allergies and metabolic disorders) should benefit from IN supplementation.

Moreover, recent literature supports the hypothesis that IN supplementation can be effective in patients undergoing chemoradiotherapy, reducing the rate of adverse reactions, especially mucositis.

Prof. Dr. Maria Cristina Mele
Dr. Marco Cintoni
Guest Editors

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  • immunonutrition
  • surgery
  • gut microbiota
  • immune-related diseases
  • malnutrition
  • elderly
  • oncology

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The Role of Immunonutrition in Patients
Nutrients 2023, 15(3), 780; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu15030780 - 03 Feb 2023
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Immunonutrition (IN) is defined as “the use of specific nutritional substrates, called «immunonutrients» having the ability of modulating specific mechanisms involved in several immune and inflammatory pathways” [...] Full article
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Author: Prof. Dr. Alessandro Laviano
Affiliation: Department of Translational and Precision Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, I-00185 Rome, Italy
Title: Senescence of the immune system: a new target for immune-enhancing nutrition in patients with cancer 
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