Gut microbiomes and their metabolites shape human and animal health

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The host genetic background, complex surrounding environments, and gut microbiome are very closely linked to human and animal health and disease. Although significant correlations between gut microbiota and human and animal health have been revealed, the specific roles of each gut bacterium in shaping human and animal health and disease remain unclear. However, recent omics-based studies using experimental animals and surveys of gut microbiota from unhealthy humans have provided insights into the relationships among microbial community, their metabolites, and human and animal health. This editorial introduces six review papers that provide new discoveries of disease-associated microbiomes and suggest possible microbiome-based therapeutic approaches to human disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-153
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Microbiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by a grant (NRF-2017R1A2B4005838 to WP) from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF).


  • disease
  • gut
  • immunity
  • probiotics
  • rumen
  • symbiosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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