Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 9, Issue 2,2011
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Intestinal microbiota: Development, metabolism and functions


Shengping Wang 1, François Blachier 2, Feng Zhao 3, Yulong Yin 1*

Recieved Date: 2011-01-12, Accepted Date: 2011-04-10


Recent years have witnessed the discovery that intestinal microbiota is not only the important factor for host amino acid and energy metabolism, but are also the crucial determinant for host immunity. Additionally, intestinal microbiota is associated with many diseases. Intestinal microbiota and their metabolites are required for the functions. However, a non-appropriate microbial community composition and their products are pathogenic factors. Thus, an optimal balance among intestinal microbiota in the intestinal tract is crucial for whole body homeostasis. Diet supplementation with one species or mixture of intestinal microorganisms may have beneficial effects on host in keeping an optimal balance of intestinal microbiota, recovering from disturbed microflora, promoting digestion and absorption of food, promoting the development of immune system and killing pathogens. Thus, intestinal microbiota has important functions in host energy metabolism, amino acid nutrition, immunity and health.


Intestinal microbiota, development, function, metabolism

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2011
Volume: 9
Issue: 2
Category: Food and Health
Pages: 121-129

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