The role of gut-associated lymphoid tissues and mucosal defence.

  title={The role of gut-associated lymphoid tissues and mucosal defence.},
  author={Maria Luisa Forchielli and W. A. Walker},
  journal={The British journal of nutrition},
  volume={93 Suppl 1},
The newborn infant leaves a germ-free intrauterine environment to enter a contaminated extrauterine world and must have adequate intestinal defences to prevent the expression of clinical gastrointestinal disease states. Although the intestinal mucosal immune system is fully developed after a full-term birth, the actual protective function of the gut requires the microbial stimulation of initial bacterial colonization. Breast milk contains prebiotic oligosaccharides, like inulin-type fructans… CONTINUE READING