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Interaction between food components, intestinal microbiota and intestinal mucosa as a function of intestinal health

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Author: Venema, K. · Sandt, H. van de
Type:article
Date:2003
Institution: TNO Voeding
Source:Agro Food Industry Hi-Tech, 2, 14, 62-66
Identifier: 236985
Keywords: Health Nutrition · Physiological Sciences · Diseases · Ecology · Food products · Genes · Microorganisms · Inflammatory diseases · Health care · Microbiota

Abstract

Interaction between food components, intestinal microbiota and intestinal mucosa was studied as a function of intestinal health. A microbiota was found to be important for the onset and progression of inflammatory diseases. Studies revealed a prominent effect of micro-organisms on the gene expression of intestinal epithelial cells. A project on microbial metabolite production showed that the metabolic activity of an 'out-of-balance microbiota' can be directed towards a more health-promoting activity.