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Therapeutic interventions for gut dysbiosis and related disorders in the elderly: Antibiotics, probiotics or faecal microbiota transplantation?


Vemuri, RC and Gundamaraju, R and Shinde, TS and Eri, R, Therapeutic interventions for gut dysbiosis and related disorders in the elderly: Antibiotics, probiotics or faecal microbiota transplantation?, Beneficial Microbes, 8, (2) pp. 179-192. ISSN 1876-2883 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3920/BM2016.0115


Ageing and physiological functions of the human body are inversely proportional to each other. The gut microbiota and host immune system co-evolve from infants to the elderly. Ageing is accompanied by a decline in gut microbial diversity, immunity and metabolism, which increases susceptibility to infections. Any compositional change in the gut is directly linked to gastrointestinal disorders, obesity and metabolic diseases. Increase in opportunistic pathogen invasion in the gut like Clostridium difficile leading to C. difficile infection is more common in the elderly population. Frequent hospitalisation and high prevalence of nosocomial infections with the ageing is also well documented. Long-term utilisation of broad-spectrum antibiotic therapy is being followed in order to control these infections. Nosocomial infections and antibiotic therapy in combination or alone is leading to gastroenteritis followed by Clostridium associated diarrhoea or antibiotic associated diarrhoea. Above all, use of broad-spectrum antibiotics is highly debated all over the world due to growing antimicrobial resistance. The use of narrow spectrum antibiotics could be helpful to some extent. Dietary supplementation of probiotics with prebiotics (synbiotics) or without prebiotics has improved gut commensal diversity and regulated the immune system. The recent emergence of faecal microbiota transplantation has played an important role in treating recurrent Clostridium associated diarrhoea. This review focuses on various therapeutic interventions for gut dysbiosis and gastrointestinal diseases in the elderly. The possible mechanism for antimicrobial resistance and mechanism of action of probiotics are also discussed in detail.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:age-specific; antibiotic resistance; feacal microbiota; gut microbiota; synbiotics
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Geriatrics and gerontology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Vemuri, RC (Mr Ravichandra Vemuri)
UTAS Author:Gundamaraju, R (Mr Rohit Gundamaraju)
UTAS Author:Shinde, TS (Ms Tanvi Shinde)
UTAS Author:Eri, R (Associate Professor Raj Eri)
ID Code:125969
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:39
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2018-05-18
Last Modified:2018-09-13

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