Probiotics in Childhood

Editor(s): International Committee of Paediatricians Annales Nestlé Vol.61 / 2,  2003
  • Colonization of the Gastrointestinal Tract

    Author(s): K.C. Mountzouris, G.R. Gibson

    The colonization of the gastrointestinal tract is a complex and multifactorial process characterized by the dynamic interaction of forces exerted by environmental, dietary, microbially associated and host-related factors. Colonization can be defined as the persistence of microorganisms in a particular bodily site without causing disease in healthy hosts under normal circumstances. This is in contrast to infection whereby the establishment and persistence of a microbial population in the body has the potential to cause disease.

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