Examination of strains of lactobacilli for properties that may influence bacterial interference in the urinary tract.
FEMS Immunology and Medical Microbiology
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The interest in probiotics and the modulation of microbiota for restoring and maintaining health continues to gain momentum. Research is fueled by a need to develop alternatives to antibiotics and drugs that have severe side effects. It is recognised that bacteria play a major role in human and animal health, and how scientific advances help to explain how and when probiotics work. This minireview provides an update on critical studies, particularly since 2002, that are helping to explain the mechanisms of action of probiotic organisms. © 2005 Federation of European Microbiological Societies Published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.