Special Issue "Nutritional Immunology"
A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2011).
Interests: cellular immunology, cytokines and inflammation; intracellular signalling and leukocyte function; immunomodulation by fatty acids, their metabolites and other bioactive nutrients
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A range of foods and nutrients have been shown to be important in the deployment of an effective and balanced innate and adaptive immune response. Often seen at the level of the cellular elements of the immune system, including lymphocytes, neutrophils, macrophages and mast cells, nutrients can influence the development of leukocytes from precursors and their functional responses. Nutritional supplementations may be particularly important in individuals with illnesses, stress and inflammatory disorders, where we can take advantage of the ability of nutrients to act as stimulators or depressors of the immune responses. The action of a number of nutrients on the immune system has undergone assessment and in several cases it has been applied to maintaining good immune health in physical training-induced stress, infections and in inflammatory diseases. These nutrients include vitamins, flavanoides, Lactobacillus probiotics, zinc, short chain fatty acids and n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Progress has been made in the use of such supplementation in improving defence against infection and decreasing immune reactivity in allergic and autoimmune diseases.
Prof. Dr. Antonio Ferrante
- Immune responses
- Immune health
- Immunonutrient supplementation
- Calorie restriction
- Aging, nutrition and immunity
- Nutrients and cytokines
- n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids
- Short chain fatty acids
- Autoimmune inflammatory diseases
- Leukocyte function
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin A
- Nutrients and infection