About this Research Topic
The goal of this Research Topic is to collate state-of-the-art research focused on how prenatal and postnatal events, such as breastfeeding/human milk composition, affect immune function in later life. We welcome the submission of Reviews, Systematic Reviews, Mini-Reviews, Hypothesis and Theory, Perspectives, Clinical Trials and Original Research articles that allow to narrow existing gaps in the knowledge. Systematic reviews are particularly encouraged. We seek submission of articles around, but not limited to, the following sub-topics:
1. Associations between human milk composition and infant health outcomes, including immune system development;
2. Role of breastfeeding in influencing immunity and non-communicable diseases development in infants;
3. Comparison of immune responses in breastfed vs. formula-fed newborns;
4. Differences in the antibody response to vaccines between breastfed and formula-fed infants;
5. Role of nutrition in the development of immune microbiome in early life;
6. Influence of nutrition in predisposing infants to allergies;
7. Current animal models to study the impact of pre- and postnatal events on the immune response.
Keywords: Breast milk, human milk, chemokines, cytokines, polyunsaturated fatty acids, microbiota, human milk oligosaccharides, lactoferrin, sIgA, immunoglobulins, metabolites, immune response, health outcomes
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