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Too much fat for the gut's microbiota

Tilg, Herbert and Marchesi, Julian Roberto 2012. Too much fat for the gut's microbiota. Gut 61 (4) , pp. 474-475. 10.1136/gutjnl-2011-301918

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The gastrointestinal tract contains a diverse microbial community which is predominantly bacterial and which we refer to as the gut microbiota. For example, the human gut microbiota is assumed to consist of at least 1014 bacteria, composed of more than 1000 species with more than 150 species per individual. Apart from contributing substantial beneficial functions to the host (eg, digestion of indigestible plant polysaccharides and production of short chain fatty acids), the potential of the microbiota to interact with the host and modulate its physiology seems to be tremendous. In addition, many ‘environmental’ and not yet identified factors might be able to affect and modulate the gut's microbial composition and functions, with implications for the host.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Systems Immunity Research Institute (SIURI)
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN: 0017-5749
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:04

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