Nowadays, the probiotics field (a scientist that investigates; industry, production process; regulators, and protection to consumers, and consumers) is an interesting topic in the nutritional field that is constantly being discussed (medical, immunological) related to human health. Who thought that 100 years ago, when Russian immunologist Melnikoff noted that Bulgarian farmers are healthier and live longer? This Nobel Prize winner supposed that this is because the fermented milk they use contains live bacteria, which gave rise to the modern concept of probiotics, “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.
As a researcher in the probiotic field, it is always good to reinforce the knowledge and see how much we know about probiotics, and how they could help us in the prevention of children’s diarrhoea, cases of allergy, or a coadjutant treatment in immunological disorders or even cancer.
Today I have the honour to introduce the volume 3 of book titled “Frontiers in Cancer Immunology [Probiotics in Anticancer Immunity]”, which include a total of 11 chapters with 283 pages and edited by Dr. Mitesh Kumar Dwivedi, Dr. Alwarappan Sankaranarayanan, and Dr. Sanjay Tiwari.
The book is focused on the mechanical characteristics that probiotics generate in several human cancers, with evidence-based medicine based on human studies and its effects along with the comprehension of key molecules of cancer progression using animal studies. In my personal experience, knowing how probiotics work, we obtained a better general vision of their effects in different conditions. An expert team of researchers worked on the compilation of the book with a special final chapter related to “Future Challenges in Probiotics Based Anticancer Immunotherapy”, which mention the need for more human clinical trials with a higher number of subjects that allow us to understand the correct dose/benefit of the use of probiotics as a coadjutant therapy.
I think that the present book will have an impact on the probiotics field because the topic is related to our clinical research; now, we will be investigating how microbes are present on the surface of different mucosa and how they could affect the progression of the disease or the treatment.
Hopefully, more investigation in the probiotic field will be made in the next years to understand the true mechanism of action of the probiotics in different human conditions.
All the best with the present book.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II
School of Pharmacy, University of Granada