3. The Immunomodulatory Effects of Dietary Fiber and Prebiotics in the Gastrointestinal Tract

  1. Teri M. Paeschke4 and
  2. William R. Aimutis5
  1. Marie-Claire Arrieta1,
  2. Jon Meddings2 and
  3. Catherine J. Field3

Published Online: 16 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470958186.ch3

Nondigestible Carbohydrates and Digestive Health

Nondigestible Carbohydrates and Digestive Health

How to Cite

Arrieta, M.-C., Meddings, J. and Field, C. J. (2010) The Immunomodulatory Effects of Dietary Fiber and Prebiotics in the Gastrointestinal Tract, in Nondigestible Carbohydrates and Digestive Health (eds T. M. Paeschke and W. R. Aimutis), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470958186.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Des Plaines, IL, USA

  2. 5

    Cargill, Inc., Wayzata, MN, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

  2. 2

    Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

  3. 3

    Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta, East Edmonton, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 12 NOV 2010

Book Series:

  1. IFT Press

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813817620

Online ISBN: 9780470958186

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Keywords:

  • immunomodulatory effects of dietary fiber and prebiotics - in gastrointestinal tract;
  • gastrointestinal tract, main functions - selectively absorbing nutrients;
  • gut-associated immune system - gut-associated lymphoid tissues, GALT;
  • dietary fiber, a nonessential component in mammalian diets;
  • prebiotics, as inulin (IN), oligofructose (OF) and galactooligosaccharides;
  • lymphocytes, and cellular components - of this arm of immune system;
  • gut-associated lymphoid tissues;
  • dietary fiber, prebiotics and immune function;
  • studies using prebiotics - potentially treating gut inflammation;
  • mechanism for effect of fermentable dietary fibers on immune function in gut - not established

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Overview of the Immune System

  • The Gut-Associated Lymphoid Tissues

  • Dietary Fiber, Prebiotics, and Immune Function

  • Mechanisms for the Effects of Dietary Fiber and Prebiotics on the Immune System

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgements

  • References