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Endocrine‚ Metabolic & Immune Disorders-Drug Targets
(Formerly Current Drug Targets - Immune‚ Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders)
ISSN (Print): 1871-5303
ISSN (Online): 2212-3873
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DOI: 10.2174/1871530314666140709091650      Price:  $95

Biomarkers of Immunity and Inflammation for Use in Nutrition Interventions: International Life Sciences Institute European Branch Work on Selection Criteria and Interpretation

Author(s): Philip C. Calder
In order to gain better insight into meaningful effectsof nutrition on immune function, there is a need for guidance on the assessment and interpretation of immune markers. However, there is no consensus as to which markers best represent the various aspects of immunity, including acute, chronic or low-grade inflammation. International Life Sciences Institute European Branch has commissioned several expert groups comprising individuals from different backgrounds including academia, government and the food industry to prepare descriptive and guidance documents on thistopic. Two of these considered markers of the immune response mainly in the context of host defence against pathogens, two considered general markers of inflammation, and one focussed on chronic low-grade inflammation in relation to overweight and obesity. This article describes the background to these documents and will summarise the work, findings and recommendations of the expert groups
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