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Pediatr Med Chir. 2008 Jul-Aug;30(4):197-203.

[Probiotics and children: is an integration useful in allergic diseases?].

[Article in Italian]

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Clinica Pediatrica, Dipartimento di Scienze Pediatriche, Università degli Studi di Pavia.


Recent studies report that some probiotic strains are able to improve allergic diseases. For this reason, we would verify tolerability and efficacy of a industrial preparation of Lactobacillus paracasei (11,688; Proge Farm, Italy) and Lactobacillus salivarius (11,794; Proge Farm, Italy) and value their "in vitro" immunomodulatory effect. We know that, after birth, there's a persistence of Th2 immune response that predisposes to atopy, whereas commensal bacteria are able to induce a Th1 immune response that counter-balances the original response. The "in vivo" study was set up with the recruitment of 20 atopic pediatric patients treated 30 days with 2 doses of Fiorilac (Sharper, Italy), a preparation of the two strains in the proportion of 1:12. Only one patient referred significant improvements of atopic disease, 19 patients reported a good tolerability to the product and 3 patients had a regularization of intestinal function. Immunological tests showed an increase of Th1 immune response as in CD4+ lymphocytes percentage as of IL-12 and IL-10 cytokines production and a significant increase of natural killer (NK) activity, which predisposes to an active response to viral infections and neoplastic transformations.

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