Probiotics are generally live preparations of bacteria that exert beneficial effects on host health when ingested in sufficient quantities. The novel probiotic Escherichia coli strain Nissle 1917 (EcN) has been shown to have a number of beneficial effects in this context, including protection against food-borne pathogens and infectious diarrheal diseases, and maintaining remission of inflammatory bowel diseases by virtue of its anti-inflammatory properties. However, little is known regarding the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of this organism. The overall aim of this work was to provide a greater understanding of the mechanisms through which EcN interacts with the mammalian gastro-intestinal epithelium to benefit human health.
|Date of Award
|1 May 2014