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Despite improvements in survival for very low birthweight (VLBW) premature infants, there continues to be significant morbidity for these infants at remarkable cost to the healthcare system. Concurrent development of the preterm infant intestine alongside the gut microbiome in the clinical setting rather than in the protected in utero environment where it would usually occur creates significant vulnerabilities for the infant's immature intestine and immune system, resulting in devastating illness and neurological injury. However, the microbiome also has the capacity to promote healthy development. Studies of parallel gut microbiome and preterm infant development have given key insight into the impact of the microbiome on intestinal as well as neural development and may provide potential therapeutic targets to prevent preterm infant morbidities.
Melinique Walls Castellanos
Erika C Claud
Melinique Walls Castellanos,Erika C Claud