Nutrition, microbiome and immunity


Langue d'enseignement : Anglais
Crédits ECTS: 3


  • Heures d'enseignement dispensées à l'étudiant : 24 heures
  • Temps de travail personnel : 66 heures

Objectifs et compétences

Objectifs :

Deficiency in or inappropriate diet intake is associated with a lack in specific micronutrients which leads to dysfunction of the immune system essential to host protection. The different arms of the immune system can be affected by inadequate nutrition including the adaptive and innate immunity (T and B lymphocyte, monocyte, phagocyte or natural killer cell function and complement responses for instance). Various pathological conditions such as obesity, nutritional behavior disorders for example can affect the immune function leading to decreased protection against pathogen, chronic inflammation, autoimmunity or increased risk of cancer. This course is centered upon the interactions between nutrition, microbiota and the normal or pathological functioning of the immune system.

General Instructional Objective (GIO):

During the proposed course, students will be exposed and learn:

- The basic aspect of immune functions in physiologic conditions and in situations of inadequate nutrition

- The mechanisms by which nutrition impact the protective activity of the immune system

- Immune dysregulations related to changes in diet intake and the associated consequences (autoimmunity, chronic inflammation, cancer…)

- How nutrition affects the microbiota leading to change in immunity.

Specific Behavioral Objectives (SBO):

- Participants will acquire knowledge related to the modulation (positive or negative) of the different arms of the immune system by diet, how defaults or nutritional behavior disorders may indirectly affect immunity and the resulting physiological consequences.

- Student will acquired skills to critically assess results in the field related to the links between nutrition, microbiota and the induction and regulation of immune responses.

Organisation pédagogique

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Contrôle des connaissances

Session 1

Examen terminal (durée 1h30 - coeff. 1)

Session 2

Examen terminal (durée 1h30) ou Examen Oral - coeff. 1

Lectures recommandées

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Responsable de l'unité d'enseignement

Nicolas Larmonier


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