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Gut Microbiota and Human Health with Special Reference to Autoimmunity

Sujit Bharti, Pratibha Gavel, Gopal Nath

Keywords : Autoimmunity, Dysbiosis, Gut microbiome, Inflammatory bowel disease, Obesity

Citation Information : Bharti S, Gavel P, Nath G. Gut Microbiota and Human Health with Special Reference to Autoimmunity. J Gastrointest Infect 2018; 8 (1):32-38.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10068-0018

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-12-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Human body is basically composed of human and microbial cells. The microbial cells outnumber the human cells by 10 fold. These microbes are an integral part of human body residing on mucosal and skin surfaces. In this way, we have got two genomes. The gastrointestinal tract is the most significant niche for majority of the microbiota. Gut is considered as a huge fermenter producing a variety of metabolites/products affecting human health. Such products may be beneficial or harmful. Apart from different metabolic products, the microbes are speculated to be the trainers of the immune cells. Therefore, a particular time-point of colonization by specific type of microbes decides the fate of immunity, whether protective or detrimental. Dysbiosis may lead to a variety of metabolic, autoimmune and infectious diseases. In this review, we have focused on the issue of gut microbiota and its possible role in causation of different types of diseases, e.g., autoimmunity, asthma, obesity, etc. Further, we have looked into what can be done to modify this genome in favor of good health with change in diet, antibiotics, probiotics, bacteriophages, exercise, Ayurvedic Panch Karma-like practices, etc.

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