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[Fermentative metabolism by the human gut microbiota].
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PMID:  20889000     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
The human large intestine is colonized by a complex community of microorganisms, largely composed of strictly anaerobic bacteria with numerous physiological functions which impact on the host nutrition and health. Among these functions, the fermentation of substrates is of major importance for host health through the production of a wide variety of metabolites. The metabolic functions of the human gut microbiota are correlated with the nature of the substrates available for fermentation in the colon. These substrates are from exogenous (dietary fibers that are mainly plant polysaccharides) and endogenous (produced by the host and represent important source of nitrogen) sources. The metabolites produced from the microbial fermentation process in the gut are mainly absorbed and used by the host. Most of them have health benefits, but some may also have deleterious effects. The gut microbiota should thus be considered in relation to its environment, including dietary food and host factors. The interactions between food, intestinal microbiota and the host are fundamental to the maintenance of homeostasis in the ecosystem. Any disruption of this equilibrium could modify the functionality of the gut microbiota and lead to a pathological state.
A Bernalier-Donadille
Publication Detail:
Type:  English Abstract; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Gastroentérologie clinique et biologique     Volume:  34 Suppl 1     ISSN:  2210-7401     ISO Abbreviation:  Gastroenterol. Clin. Biol.     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7704825     Medline TA:  Gastroenterol Clin Biol     Country:  France    
Other Details:
Languages:  fre     Pagination:  S16-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.
UR454 Microbiology Division, INRA, Research Centre of Clermont-Ferrand-Theix, 63 122 Saint Genès-Champanelle, France.
Vernacular Title:
Activités métaboliques du microbioteintestinal humain.
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