Nutrients Mediate Intestinal Bacteria-Mucosal Immune Crosstalk

Front Immunol. 2018 Jan 24:9:5. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2018.00005. eCollection 2018.


The intestine is the shared site of nutrient digestion, microbiota colonization and immune cell location and this geographic proximity contributes to a large extent to their interaction. The onset and development of a great many diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease and metabolic syndrome, will be caused due to the imbalance of body immune. As competent assistants, the intestinal bacteria are also critical in disease prevention and control. Moreover, the gut commensal bacteria are essential for development and normal operation of immune system and the pathogens are also closely bound up with physiological disorders and diseases mediated by immune imbalance. Understanding how our diet and nutrient affect bacterial composition and dynamic function, and the innate and adaptive status of our immune system, represents not only a research need but also an opportunity or challenge to improve health. Herein, this review focuses on the recent discoveries about intestinal bacteria-immune crosstalk and nutritional regulation on their interplay, with an aim to provide novel insights that can aid in understanding their interactions.

Keywords: bacteria; crosstalk; intestine; mucosal immunity; nutrients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Gastrointestinal Microbiome*
  • Humans
  • Immunity, Mucosal
  • Intestinal Mucosa / immunology*
  • Intestinal Mucosa / microbiology*
  • Nutrients*


  • Nutrients