About this Research Topic
The gut microbiota consists of around a trillion microorganisms. Recent experimental data points to the possible importance of gut dysbiosis in the development and persistence of obesity in animals and humans. Further research is needed to explore this relationship and how the gut microbiota might be harnessed to develop targeted therapeutic interventions to replace relevant microbiota that are diminished in obesity, thus improving health outcomes.
In collaboration with Frontiers in Endocrinology, section Obesity, we are organising a Research Topic titled "Understanding the role of gut microbiota in obesity", hosted by Margaret J Morris, Nadeem Kaakoush and Virginie Lecomte from Sydney, Australia.
We encourage contributions to this topic exploring the relationship between the gut microbiome and obesity. We are particularly keen to invite original articles describing research in both animals and humans that can shed light on the following questions:
• How does diet influence the gut microbiota?
• What is the link between gut microbiota and diabetes?
• Can gut microbiota influence the risk of obesity?
• What are the implications of the gut-brain axis for obesity?
• Can the gut microbiome be harnessed to regulate body weight and other metabolic outcomes?
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.