Journal of Immunology Research

Immunonutrition in Early Life: Diet and Immune Development

Publishing date
21 Sep 2012
Submission deadline
04 May 2012

1Department of Physiology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Barcelona, 08028 Barcelona, Spain

2Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, The University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AP, UK

3Danone Research Center for Specialised Nutrition, Wageningen, CA 6700, The Netherlands

4Department of Immunology, Hospital Santa Creu i Sant Pau, 08041 Barcelona, Spain

Immunonutrition in Early Life: Diet and Immune Development


Diet plays a role in almost every function in the body. In particular, diet is critical in maintaining optimal immune function. Extensive research demonstrates the immunomodulatory properties of particular nutrients; however, in many cases, mechanisms still remain unclear.

We invite authors to submit original research and review articles describing mechanisms underlying the relationship between nutrition and immunity, especially in early life, when diet may exert an important role in the immune development of the infant.

We are interested in articles describing this complex relationship in humans and also in animal models, either in health or during pathological processes, in which the dietary compounds may act by modulating the immune response. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Dietary influence on the early programming of the immune system
  • Role of vitamins and minerals in helping prevent infections
  • Polyphenols: more than antioxidant agents
  • Dietary PUFAs and modulation of immune function in health and disease
  • Role of diet in modulation of the gut microbiota and implications for the immune system
  • Advances in prebiotics and probiotics and mechanisms involved in their immunomodulatory properties
  • Breast-milk-derived compounds and infant formulas in paediatric immune modulation
  • Role of nutrient supplementation on vaccine-induced immunity to childhood vaccines

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 207509
  • - Editorial

Immunonutrition in Early Life: Diet and Immune Development

Francisco J. Pérez-Cano | Parveen Yaqoob | ... | Cándido Juárez-Rubio
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 474613
  • - Research Article

Maternal Plasma Phosphatidylcholine Fatty Acids and Atopy and Wheeze in the Offspring at Age of 6 Years

Katharine C. Pike | Philip C. Calder | ... | Jane S. A. Lucas
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 730568
  • - Review Article

Role of Dietary Long-Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in Infant Allergies and Respiratory Diseases

Lynette P. Shek | Mary Foong-Fong Chong | ... | Yap-Seng Chong
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 749189
  • - Review Article

Glutamine Randomized Studies in Early Life: The Unsolved Riddle of Experimental and Clinical Studies

Efrossini Briassouli | George Briassoulis
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 654143
  • - Review Article

Immune Development and Intestinal Microbiota in Celiac Disease

Tamara Pozo-Rubio | Marta Olivares | ... | Yolanda Sanz
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 329150
  • - Clinical Study

Reintroduction of Gluten Following Flour Transamidation in Adult Celiac Patients: A Randomized, Controlled Clinical Study

Giuseppe Mazzarella | Virginia M. Salvati | ... | Mauro Rossi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 537310
  • - Review Article

The Suckling Rat as a Model for Immunonutrition Studies in Early Life

Francisco J. Pérez-Cano | Àngels Franch | ... | Margarida Castell
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