Human Milk Oligosaccharides

Editor(s): C. Kunz, N. Sprenger, S.M. Donovan The Nest Vol.40 , 2016


This issue of the Nest discusses an important topic of Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMO) and its role in infant nutrition and short and long-term health benefits. First Clemens Kunz explains the background and history of human milk oligosaccharides and its metabolism. Norbert Sprenger follows this topic by focusing on the impact of HMO on the mucosal immune protection through the microbiota and mucosal immune system. In her manuscript, Sharon Donovan describes HMO as diverse, biologically active components that beneficially modulate the infant microbiota as well as the gut, immune, and potentially neurological development.