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Microbiota of the Human Body

Implications in Health and Disease

  • Andreas Schwiertz
  • Reviews the role of microorganisms in human development

  • Provides information on microorganisms in the mouth, gut, skin and vagina

  • Demonstrates the effects of microorganisms on the epigenome

  • Explains microbiota manipulation through probiotics and prebiotics


Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 902)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Andreas Schwiertz, Volker Rusch
    Pages 1-3
  3. Alan W. Walker
    Pages 5-32
  4. Nicole B. Arweiler, Lutz Netuschil
    Pages 45-60
  5. Markus Egert, Rainer Simmering
    Pages 61-81
  6. Werner Mendling
    Pages 83-93
  7. Hermie J. M. Harmsen, Marcus. C. de Goffau
    Pages 95-108
  8. Verena Grimm, Christian U. Riedel
    Pages 109-117
  9. Petra Louis, Harry J. Flint, Catherine Michel
    Pages 119-142
  10. Susana Fuentes, Willem M. de Vos
    Pages 143-153
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 155-157

About this book


Microbes can now be found in nearly every niche the human body offers. However, the complexity of the microbiota of a given site depends on the particular environmental condition thereof. Only microbes which are able to grow under these conditions, will prevail. Recent publications imply that the microorganisms do not only have multiple, critical consequences for host physiological processes such as postnatal development, immunomodulation and energy supply, but also effects on neurodevelopment, behavior and cognition.

Within this book we will focus on the techniques behind these developments, epigenomics and on the various parts of the human body which are inhabited by microorganism such as the mouth, the gut, the skin and the vagina. In addition, chapters are dedicated to the possible manipulations of the microbiota by probiotics, prebiotics and faecal transplantation.


Gut microbiota Oral microbiota Skin microbiota Vaginal microbiota Probiotics Prebiotics

Editors and affiliations

  • Andreas Schwiertz
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of MicroecologyHerbornGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Microbiota of the Human Body
  • Book Subtitle Implications in Health and Disease
  • Editors Andreas Schwiertz
  • Series Title Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Adv Exp Med Biol
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-31246-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-80998-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-31248-4
  • Series ISSN 0065-2598
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-8019
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 157
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Microbiology
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