Breast vs. bottle feeding in rhesus monkeys: Marked difference in intestinal bacteria, immunologic development

4 septiembre 2014

Infant rhesus monkeys receiving different diets early in life develop distinct immune systems that persist months after weaning, a study has shown. While the researchers expected different diets would promote different intestinal bacteria (microbiota), they were surprised at how dramatically these microbes shaped immunologic development. Specifically, breast-fed macaques had more «memory» T cells and T helper 17 (TH17) cells, which are known to fight Salmonella and other pathogens.
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