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Nutrition and immune function.

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This book contains 18 chapters discussing the roles of specific nutrients in maintaining the immune response and protection against infection and non-communicable diseases, and the influence of various factors, such as exercise and aging, on the interaction between nutrition and immune function. The contents include methods for studying nutrient-immune function interactions, the impact of undernut...


Chapter 6 (Page no: 109)

Glutamine and the immune system.

This chapter describes the metabolism of glutamine and its influence and mechanism on immune cell (i.e., T lymphocytes, B lymphocytes, macrophages, neutrophil and cytokines) functions. The plasma and muscle glutamine levels in catabolic stress, effect of exogenous glutamine on immune function and survival in animal models of infection and trauma, provision of glutamine in catabolic stress states in humans, and the role of glutamine in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes are discussed.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) The immune system: an overview. Author(s): Devereux, G.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 21) Evaluation of the effects of nutrients on immune function. Author(s): Cunningham-Rundles, S.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 41) Effect of post-natal protein malnutrition and intrauterine growth retardation on immunity and risk of infection. Author(s): Chandra, R. K.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 57) Fatty acids, inflammation and immunity. Author(s): Calder, P. C. Field, C. J.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 93) Arginine and immune function. Author(s): Duff, M. D. Daly, J. M.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 133) Sulphur amino acids, glutathione and immune function. Author(s): Grimble, R. F.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 151) Vitamin A, infection and immune function. Author(s): Semba, R. D.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 171) Antioxidant vitamins and immune function. Author(s): Hughes, D. A.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 193) Zinc, infection and immune function. Author(s): Prasad, A. S.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 209) Role of iron in immunity and infection. Author(s): Kuvibidila, S. Baliga, B. S.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 229) Selenium and the immune system. Author(s): McKenzie, R. C. Arthur, J. R. Miller, S. M. Rafferty, T. S. Beckett, G. J.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 251) Probiotics and immune function. Author(s): Gill, H. S. Cross, M. L.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 273) Role of local immunity and breast-feeding in mucosal homoeostasis and defence against infections. Author(s): Brandtzaeg, P.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 321) Food allergy. Author(s): Opara, E.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 347) Exercise and immune function - effect of nutrition. Author(s): Petersen, E. W. Pedersen, B. K.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 357) Nutrition and ageing of the immune system. Author(s): Lesourd, B. Raynaud-Simon, A. Mazari, L.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 375) Nutrition, infection and immunity: public health implications. Author(s): Tomkins, A.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Institute of Human Nutrition, School of Medicine, University of Southampton, Bassett Crescent East, Southampton SO16 7PX, UK.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2002
  • ISBN
  • 0851995837
  • Record Number
  • 20023163993