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Mini Rev Med Chem. 2004 Oct;4(8):889-96.

Cellular and physiological effects of probiotics and prebiotics.

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Gastroenterology Department, European Hospital Georges Pompidou, Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Paris & Paris V University, France. philippe.marteau@egp.ap-hop-paris.fr.

Abstract

We review the present knowledge on the biological mechanisms of action of probiotics and prebiotics. They include direct effects in the intestinal lumen or on intestinal or immune cells, and indirect mechanisms through modulation of the endogenous microflora (composition or functions such as butyrate production) or of the immune system.

PMID:
15544550
DOI:
10.2174/1389557043403369
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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