Latti formula supplementati con prebiotici e probiotici: Nuovi percorsi nella prevenzione dell'allergia

Translated title of the contribution: Infant milk formulas supplemented with prebiotics and probiotics: Pathfinders in the prevention of allergy

Vito Leonardo Miniello, R. Francavilla, L. Brunetti, M. Tarantino, M. Natile, F. Carella, L. Armenio

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Abstract

Background. Recently it has been hypothesized that childhood allergy could be related to an imbalanced gut microbial community and disturbed postnatal colonization pattern. Differences in the composition of the gut microflora were observed between allergic and nonallergic infants. Diet is thought to be a dominant factor regulating the sequence of colonization: It is generally accepted that breast- and bottle-fed infants have different flora compositions. Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria dominate the colonic flora of the breast-fed infant, whereas the formula-fed infant has a more diverse flora. Conclusions. It could be of clinical interest to manipulate colonic flora because it is supposed that specific bacteria could promote potentially antiallergenic processes and play a key role in atopic disease prevention. Assuming that the critical stages of gut colonization are after birth and during weaning, and that prebiotics and probiotics can beneficially affect the intestinal ecosystem, the opportunity for gut flora manipulation arises in formula-fed infants.

Translated title of the contributionInfant milk formulas supplemented with prebiotics and probiotics: Pathfinders in the prevention of allergy
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)63-70
Number of pages8
JournalRivista Italiana di Nutrizione Parenterale ed Enterale
Volume21
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Anatomy
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Food Science

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