Nanoprobiotics: when technology meets gut health

Daniela Machado*, Diana Almeida, Catarina Leal Seabra, José Carlos Andrade, Ana Maria Gomes, Ana Cristina Freitas

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Nanotechnology is a fast-rising industry not defined by a single field of research, but as the convergence of disciplines, such as chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, and engineering, which exploits the benefits of nanoscale dimensions and characteristics for application in the macroworld. Current applications vary widely from nanorobotic industry to simple household items. However, the combination of such phenomena with probiotic science, another emerging and potentially promising area for the prevention and treatment of several human gastrointestinal and extraintestinal disorders using beneficial microorganisms, gives birth to “nanoprobiotics,” a field that focuses on the application of nanoscience into the probiotic-related world. In this chapter, we will navigate through the basic nanotech and probiotic knowledge and the current technologies employed with success for probiotic delivery and, ultimately, discuss what possibilities lie ahead in the nanoprobiotic future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFunctional bionanomaterials
Subtitle of host publicationfrom biomolecules to nanoparticles
EditorsDevarajan Thangadurai, Jeyabalan Sangeetha, Ram Prasad
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)9783030414641
ISBN (Print)9783030414634, 9783030414665
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameNanotechnology in the Life Sciences
ISSN (Print)2523-8027
ISSN (Electronic)2523-8035


  • Encapsulation
  • Gut
  • Health
  • Nanotechnology
  • Prebiotics
  • Probiotics
  • Synbiotics


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