Mechanisms of probiosis and prebiosis: considerations for enhanced functional foods

Delphine MA Saulnier, Jennifer K. Spinler, Glenn R. Gibson, James Versalovic

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The technologies of metagenomics and metabolomics are broadening our knowledge of the roles the human gut microbiota play in health and disease. For many years now, probiotics and prebiotics have been included in foods for their health benefits; however, we have only recently begun to understand their modes of action. This review highlights recent advances in deciphering the mechanisms of probiosis and prebiosis, and describes how this knowledge could be transferred to select for enhancing functional foods targeting different populations. A special focus will be given to the addition of prebiotics and probiotics in functional foods for infants and seniors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-141
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Biotechnology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering


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