About this Research Topic
Viral infectious diseases have a great impact on the humankind. Pandemic and epidemic viral diseases produce considerably morbidity and mortality in human populations, affecting the economy of societies by impacting on school and work absenteeism and health systems’ expenses. In addition, viral infections affect human economy by inducing losses in livestock and crops. Therefore, a constant search for new and better tools to prevent the consequences of viral infections is necessary.
One of the most important fields of Nutritional Immunology is the study of the relationship between nutrition, immunity and infections. During the last decades, incredible advances have been made in understanding how nutrients or the lack of them influence the microbiota and the immune system and impact on the resistance to viral infections. Scientists have gain insight into the cellular and molecular interactions of nutrients and microorganisms with the immune system and this information has allowed the development of practical applications and biotechnological tools for improving the immune system of the hosts and ameliorating the negative consequences of viral infections in humans, animals and plants.
The aim of this Research Topic, therefore, is to provide a peer-reviewed publication platform to submit mechanistic and applied investigations into the effects of nutritional interventions on viral diseases. This Research Topic focuses on the interplay between nutrients and microorganisms with the host’s immune system and how this interplay influences the resistance to viral infections. We welcome Original Research, Brief Research Reports, Mini Review and Review articles that address the issue of “Nutrition, Immunity and Viral Infections”, including the roles of nutrients and beneficial microorganisms on antiviral immune responses in humans, animals and plants.
Keywords: Viral infections, nutrition, antiviral immunity, humans, animals and crops
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