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Xiaosa Li, Ying Wang, Yajing Liu, Bei Yang, Xiao Wang, Jia Wei, Zongyang Lu, Yuxi Zhang, Jing Wu, Xingxu Huang, Li Yang, Jia Chen
The targeting range of CRISPR-Cas9 base editors (BEs) is limited by their G/C-rich protospacer-adjacent motif (PAM) sequences. To overcome this limitation, we developed a CRISPR-Cpf1-based BE by fusing the rat cytosine deaminase APOBEC1 to a catalytically inactive version of Lachnospiraceae bacterium Cpf1. The base editor recognizes a T-rich PAM sequence and catalyzes C-to-T conversion in human cells, while inducing low levels of indels, non-C-to-T substitutions and off-target editing.
March 19, 2018: Nature Biotechnology
Shenglin Fang, Zhao Zhuo, Xiaonan Yu, Haichao Wang, Jie Feng
The aim of this study was to determine the toxicological effects of excess iron in a liquid iron preparation (especially on intestinal barrier function) and the possible etiology of side effects or diseases caused by the excess iron. In study 1, forty male Sprague-Dawley rats (4-5 wk old) were subjected to oral gavage with 1 ml vehicle (0.01 mol/L HCl) or 1 ml liquid iron preparation containing 8 mg, 16 mg or 24 mg of iron for 30 d. Iron status, oxidative stress, histology (H&E staining), ultrastructure (electron microscopy) and apoptosis (TUNEL assay) in the intestines and liver were assessed...
May 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Homero San-Juan-Vergara, Eduardo Zurek, Nadim J Ajami, Christian Mogollon, Mario Peña, Ivan Portnoy, Jorge I Vélez, Christian Cadena-Cruz, Yirys Diaz-Olmos, Leidy Hurtado-Gómez, Silvana Sanchez-Sit, Danitza Hernández, Irina Urruchurtu, Pierina Di-Ruggiero, Ella Guardo-García, Nury Torres, Oscar Vidal-Orjuela, Diego Viasus, Joseph F Petrosino, Guillermo Cervantes-Acosta
HIV infection has a tremendous impact on the immune system's proper functioning. The mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) is significantly disarrayed during HIV infection. Compositional changes in the gut microbiota might contribute to the mucosal barrier disruption, and consequently to microbial translocation. We performed an observational, cross-sectional study aimed at evaluating changes in the fecal microbiota of HIV-infected individuals from Colombia. We analyzed the fecal microbiota of 37 individuals via 16S rRNA gene sequencing; 25 HIV-infected patients and 12 control (non-infected) individuals, which were similar in body mass index, age, gender balance and socioeconomic status...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Raffaella Mastrocola, Ilario Ferrocino, Erica Liberto, Fausto Chiazza, Alessia Sofia Cento, Debora Collotta, Giulia Querio, Debora Nigro, Valeria Bitonto, Juan Carlos Cutrin, Kalliopi Rantsiou, Mariaconcetta Durante, Emanuela Masini, Manuela Aragno, Chiara Cordero, Luca Cocolin, Massimo Collino
Despite clinical findings suggesting that the form (liquid versus solid) of the sugars may significantly affect the development of metabolic diseases, no experimental data are available on the impact of their formulations on gut microbiota, integrity and hepatic outcomes. In the present sudy, C57Bl/6j mice were fed a standard diet plus water (SD), a standard diet plus 60% fructose syrup (L-Fr) or a 60% fructose solid diet plus water (S-Fr) for 12 weeks. Gut microbiota was characterized through 16S rRNA phylogenetic profiling and shotgun sequencing of microbial genes in ileum content and related volatilome profiling...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Bing Dong, Shaoshuai Liu, Chunlin Wang, Yunhe Cao
Objective: This study was designed to investigate the effects of an Aspergillus sulphureus xylanase expressed in Pichia pastoris on the growth performance, nutrient digestibility and gut microbes in weanling pigs. Methods: A total of 180 weanling pigs (initial body weights were 8.47 ± 1.40 kg) were assigned randomly to 5 dietary treatments. Each treatment had 6 replicates with 6 pigs per replicate. The experimental diets were wheat based with supplementation of 0, 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 U xylanase/kg...
March 13, 2018: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
Laura-Isobel McCall, Anupriya Tripathi, Fernando Vargas, Rob Knight, Pieter C Dorrestein, Jair L Siqueira-Neto
Trypanosoma cruzi parasites are the causative agents of Chagas disease. These parasites infect cardiac and gastrointestinal tissues, leading to local inflammation and tissue damage. Digestive Chagas disease is associated with perturbations in food absorption, intestinal traffic and defecation. However, the impact of T. cruzi infection on the gut microbiota and metabolome have yet to be characterized. In this study, we applied mass spectrometry-based metabolomics and 16S rRNA sequencing to profile infection-associated alterations in fecal bacterial composition and fecal metabolome through the acute-stage and into the chronic stage of infection, in a murine model of Chagas disease...
March 12, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Yuying Deng, Zhenxing Huang, Wenquan Ruan, Hengfeng Miao, Wansheng Shi, Mingxing Zhao
Using lignocellulosic materials as substrates, ruminal microbiota were co-inoculated with anaerobic sludge at different loading rates (LR) to study the microbial community in the semi-continuous mode. The results indicated that the highest CH4 yield reached 0.22 L/g volatile solid at LR of 4 g/L/day, which obtained 56-58% of the theoretical value. In the steady stage with LR of 2-4 g/L/day and slurry recirculation, copies of total archaea increased. Especially the Methanobacteriales increased significantly (p < 0...
March 6, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Qian Zhang, Hongyue Yu, Xinhua Xiao, Ling Hu, Fengjiao Xin, Xiaobing Yu
Background & Aims: Accumulating research has addressed the linkage between the changes to gut microbiota structure and type 2 diabetes (T2D). Inulin is one type of soluble dietary fiber that can alleviate T2D. As a prebiotic, inulin cannot be digested by humans, but rather is digested by probiotics. However, whether inulin treatment can benefit the entire gut bacteria community remains unknown. In this study, we evaluated the differences in gut microbiota composition among diabetic, inulin-treated diabetic, normal control, and inulin-treated normal control rats...
2018: PeerJ
Da Yoon Yu, Sung Hak Kim, Jeong A Kim, In Sung Kim, Yang Soo Moon, Sang Suk Lee, Hwa Chun Park, Jong Hyun Jung, Yi Hyung Chung, Dae Keun Shin, Ki Chang Nam, In Soon Choi, Kwang Keun Cho
OBJECTIVE: Although the efficacy of Rubus coreanus (RC) byproducts as a feed additive has been recognized, its effects on intestinal microorganisms and the immune system are still unknown. METHODS: Six-week-old male rats were treated with 0.5% RC (T1), 1.0% RC (T2), and 1.5% RC (T3) for 4 weeks. RESULTS: We found that treatment with RC byproducts significantly increased the daily gain of body weight and feed intake. Treg-cell differentiation was enhanced in the mesenteric lymph nodes and spleen from the rats fed with RC byproducts...
March 2018: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
Xiaoyan Wei, Jinhua Tao, Suwei Xiao, Shu Jiang, Erxin Shang, Zhenhua Zhu, Dawei Qian, Jinao Duan
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), a chronic metabolic disease which severely impairs peoples' quality of life, currently attracted worldwide concerns. There are growing evidences that gut microbiota can exert a great impact on the development of T2DM. Xiexin Tang (XXT), a traditional Chinese medicine prescription, has been clinically used to treat diabetes for thousands of years. However, few researches are investigated on the modulation of gut microbiota community by XXT which will be very helpful to unravel how it works...
February 27, 2018: Scientific Reports
Baiqiang Zhai, Chuanhai Zhang, Yao Sheng, Changhui Zhao, Xiaoyun He, Wentao Xu, Kunlun Huang, Yunbo Luo
Alliin (S-allyl cysteine sulfoxide) is a bioactive sulfoxide compound derived from garlic. To evaluate the preventive effect of alliin against metabolic risk factors in diet induced obese (DIO) mice, we treated the C57BL/6J DIO mice with drinking water with or without alliin (0.1 mg/ml) for 8 weeks. Results showed that alliin had no significant effect on the body weight, adiposity or energy balance. However, alliin treatment enhanced glucose homeostasis, increased insulin sensitivity and improved the lipid profile in the DIO mice...
February 23, 2018: Scientific Reports
Li Zhang, Weida Wu, Yuan-Kun Lee, Jingjing Xie, Hongfu Zhang
Pigs are one of the most important economic livestock. Gut microbiota is not only critical to the health but also the production efficiency of pigs. Manipulating gut microbiota relies on the full view of gut microbiome and the understanding of drive forces shaping microbial communities. 16s rDNA sequencing was used to profile microbiota along the longitudinal and radical axes to obtain the topographical map of microbiome in different intestinal compartments in young pigs. Alpha and beta-diversities revealed distinct differences in microbial compositions between the distal ileum and cecum and colon, as well as between the lumen and mucosa...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Leon J Broom
The gut barrier, comprising the microbiota and their products, mucus layers, host-derived antimicrobial compounds [e.g., host defense peptides (HDP), IgA], epithelium, and underlying immune tissues, performs the essential function of preventing the passage of harmful microorganisms and substances into the body, while enabling the acquisition of dietary nutrients. Antibiotic growth promoters (AGP) are widely accepted as the "gold standard" of performance-enhancing feed additives, which had become integral and valuable components of modern, efficient animal production, but are now being phased out in many parts of the world...
February 15, 2018: Poultry Science
Loo Wee Chia, Bastian V H Hornung, Steven Aalvink, Peter J Schaap, Willem M de Vos, Jan Knol, Clara Belzer
Host glycans are paramount in regulating the symbiotic relationship between humans and their gut bacteria. The constant flux of host-secreted mucin at the mucosal layer creates a steady niche for bacterial colonization. Mucin degradation by keystone species subsequently shapes the microbial community. This study investigated the transcriptional response during mucin-driven trophic interaction between the specialised mucin-degrader Akkermansia muciniphila and a butyrogenic gut commensal Anaerostipes caccae. A...
February 19, 2018: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Hein M Tun, Sarah L Bridgman, Radha Chari, Catherine J Field, David S Guttman, Allan B Becker, Piush J Mandhane, Stuart E Turvey, Padmaja Subbarao, Malcolm R Sears, James A Scott, Anita L Kozyrskyj
Importance: Maternal overweight, which often results in cesarean delivery, is a strong risk factor for child overweight. Little is known about the joint contribution of birth mode and microbiota in the infant gut to the association between maternal prepregnancy overweight and child overweight. Objective: To investigate the association of birth mode with microbiota in the infant gut, and whether this mediates the association between maternal and child overweight...
February 19, 2018: JAMA Pediatrics
Sheldon Rowan, Allen Taylor
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness world-wide. Although the etiology of AMD is multifactorial, diet and nutrition have strong epidemiologic associations with disease onset and progression. Recent studies indicate a role for gut microbiota in development of AMD in mouse models and in some forms of human AMD. We previously found that consuming lower glycemia diets is associated with protection against AMD in humans and switching from higher to lower glycemia diets arrests AMD phenotypes in mice...
February 12, 2018: Gut Microbes
Eun-Sook Lee, Eun-Ji Song, So-Young Lee, So-Lim Park, Daeyoung Kim, Daniel Kim, Jae-Hwan Kim, Seong-Il Lim, Young-Do Nam
BACKGROUND: Bentonite is a natural clay mineral with health-promoting effects due to high adsorption abilities with high cation exchange capacity. Previously, we found an anti-obesity effect for the Bgp35b-p bentonite produced in South Korea where its high adsorbent ability of dietary lipids possibly partially removed lipidic environment in the gut (under revision). It hypothesized that Bgp35b-p affects the intestinal microbial community, thus the microbial changes were investigated via the next generation sequencing targeting bacterial 16s rRNA gene and the bioinformatics using QIIME were performed in feces of C57BL/6 male mice fed a HFD with the Bgp35b-p...
February 7, 2018: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Yuanyuan Wang, Yilin Guo, Hui Chen, Hua Wei, Cuixiang Wan
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an inflammatory bowel disease that is difficult to cure with rising incidence in recent decades. Probiotics have become a new strategy for the UC treatment. In this study, we chose two new multi-source probiotic, L. plantarum ZDY2013 from acid beans, B. bifidum WBIN03 from infant feces, and their mixture, to investigate the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect on the H2O2-induced HT-29 cell oxidation damaged model and dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced colitis mice. Compared with the model group, the general relative indexes results showed L...
February 5, 2018: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
Hanqing Chen, Ruifang Zhao, Bing Wang, Lingna Zheng, Hong Ouyang, Hailong Wang, Xiaoyan Zhou, Dan Zhang, Zhifang Chai, Yuliang Zhao, Weiyue Feng
With the increasing production and widespread potential applications of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs), the possible impacts of oral administration of SWCNTs on gastrointestinal tract at currently occupational exposure limits and potential biomedical applications should be concerned. To address the concerns, mice are orally administrated of SWCNTs at doses of 0.05, 0.5, and 2.5 mg kg-1 body weight per day for 7 d. The investigation shows that SWCNT treatment had promoted intestinal injuries at the acute dose of 2...
February 1, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Huyen Tran, Christopher L Anderson, Justin W Bundy, Samodha C Fernando, Phillip S Miller, Thomas E Burkey
Spray-dried porcine plasma (SDPP) has been considered as an alternative for in-feed antibiotics to improve pig growth performance; however, the effect of SDPP on gut microbiota is unknown. The objective of this study was to evaluate effects of feeding SDPP on fecal microbial communities of nursery pigs. Ninety six weaned pigs were assigned to 16 pens which were allotted to 2 dietary treatments including the control or the control + SDPP (5 and 2.5% SDPP inclusion in phase 1 and 2, respectively) diet. Fecal samples were collected at d 0, 7, 14, 21, and 28...
January 27, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
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