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Nat Rev Drug Discov. 2008 Feb;7(2):123-9. doi: 10.1038/nrd2505.

Gut microbiota: a potential new territory for drug targeting.

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School of Pharmacy and at the Institute for Systems Biomedicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, People's Republic of China.


The significant involvement of the gut microbiota in human health and disease suggests that manipulation of commensal microbial composition through combinations of antibiotics, probiotics and prebiotics could be a novel therapeutic approach. A systems perspective is needed to help understand the complex host-bacteria interactions and their association with pathophysiological phenotypes so that alterations in the composition of the gut microbiota in disease states can be reversed. In this article, we describe the therapeutic rationale and potential for targeting the gut microbiota, and discuss strategies and systems-oriented technologies for achieving this goal.

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