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Infant immunity and the gut microbiota
Infant immunity and the gut microbiota
Even before they are born, every person is the host to colonies of bacteria in and on their bodies, mostly in the gut. Together, these bacteria form the human microbiota. Did you know that the composition of an infant’s gut microbiota can influence the way their immune system develops and behaves?
In this video, Prof. dr. Joost van Neerven explains how breast milk plays a role in establishing an infant’s gut microbiota. It contains many beneficial nutrients, including complex sugars called oligosaccharides, which nourish certain strains of “good” bacteria that can support the immune system. Watch the video for his expert explanation of how oligosaccharides can influence microbiota, and how – in turn – the microbiota can influence the immune system.
Can support immunity by stimulating the growth of Bifidobacteria1,2, reducing the risk of infections3-6, and via its potential role in gut maturation7 and anti-inflammation8,9
Supports the development of the immune system via its potential role in gut maturation10-14, gut barrier function and by reducing the risk of infections15-18
Features DHA and ARA, which may support immune development and function, via the cells of the adaptive immune system19-22, while assisting gut barrier integrity23
About Prof. Dr. Joost van Neerven
Prof. dr. Joost van Neerven is a senior Scientist at FrieslandCampina and Professor of Mucosal Immunity at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Trained as a biologist, he received his PhD in 1995 from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands on the role of T cells in allergy. He headed the immunology lab ALK-Abello in Denmark and studied the application of allergens for immunotherapy and the underlying immunological mechanisms. In 2003, he co-founded Bioceros BV, a biotechnology company that develops and manufactures therapeutic monoclonal antibodies.
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