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The Relations between Nutrition and Infectious Diseases at the Epoch of Microbiota—2024 Update

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 December 2024 | Viewed by 96

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Department of Odontostomatologic and Specialized Clinical Sciences, Sez-Biochimica, Faculty of Medicine, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Via Ranieri 65, 60100 Ancona, Italy
Interests: nutrition; periodontal diseases/periodontitis; oxidative stress; nutrition; aging; mitochondrial function and diseases; berries (strawberry, blueberry, bilberry, cranberry, etc.); olive oil (dietary fats); honey; polyphenols; flavonoids; antioxidants; apoptosis
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Dear Colleagues,

Nutrition and human infectious diseases have always been intricately linked. Today, thanks to the next-generation sequencing technologies allowing scientists to identify specific interactions in microbial communities, the microbiota has been emerging as a crucial moderator in the complex interactions between food, our body and infectious diseases. Nutrition impacts the development of the human immune system, beginning from the embryonic stage. Additionally, the microbiota plays a fundamental role in the induction, training and function of the host immune system. Negative effects on the regular development of the immune system compromise its defense against pathogens. Likewise, if food has a microbial contamination, it can influence the emergence of infectious diseases (e.g., gastrointestinal infections), intestinal diseases (e.g., microbial diarrhea), food poisoning (botulism) and systemic infectious diseases (brucellosis and typhoid).

Moreover, malnutrition, including overnutrition and undernutrition, can increase the risk of infectious diseases, amplify the severity of an infection and impair the response to drug treatment. Finally, infectious diseases can increase malnutrition.

In this Special Issue, the mentioned aspects of the relationship between nutrition, infections and the emerging role of the microbiota will be presented. Insights into more promising approaches in the form of original research articles or reviews on all areas of nutrition and infectious disease with a special focus on microbiome, experimental designs and therapeutic approaches are welcome. 

Prof. Dr. Maurizio Battino
Guest Editor

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  • nutrition
  • infectious disease
  • microbiota
  • malnutrition
  • immune system

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