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Intestinal flora

Jin-Yi Wan, Yu-Zhen Zhang, Jin-Bin Yuan, Feng-Qing Yang, Yan Chen, Lian-Di Zhou, Qi-Hui Zhang
Pulsatilla chinensis (Bunge) Regel has been commonly used in Asia, and Anemoside B4 conducted as its major saponin with diverse pharmaceutical effects. Previous studies showed that intestinal flora plays an important role in the metabolism of herbs administered orally. In this study, the metabolic profile of AB4 with microflora in rat small and large intestine in vitro was investigated. Gut microflora was collected from different intestinal segments and anaerobically incubated with AB4 at 37 °C for 24, 48, 72 and 96 h, respectively...
October 19, 2016: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
Grzegorz Majka, Grażyna Więcek, Małgorzata Śróttek, Klaudyna Śpiewak, Małgorzata Brindell, Joanna Koziel, Janusz Marcinkiewicz, Magdalena Strus
Translocation of bacteria, primarily Gram-negative pathogenic flora, from the intestinal lumen into the circulatory system leads to sepsis. In newborns, and especially very low birth weight infants, sepsis is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. The results of recently conducted clinical trials suggest that lactoferrin, an iron-binding protein that is abundant in mammalian colostrum and milk, may be an effective agent in preventing sepsis in newborns. However, despite numerous basic studies on lactoferrin, very little is known about how metal saturation of this protein affects a host's health...
October 18, 2016: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
Ying Guo, YouCai Zhang, WeiHua Huang, Felcy Pavithra Selwyn, Curtis D Klaassen
BACKGROUND: Berberine (BBR) is a traditional antimicrobial herbal medicine. Recently, BBR has gained popularity as a supplement to lower blood lipids, cholesterol and glucose. Bile acids (BAs) are known to regulate blood levels of triglycerides, cholesterol, glucose and energy homeostasis, and gut flora play an important role in BA metabolism. However, whether BBR alters BAs metabolism or dose-response effect of BBR on gut flora is unknown. METHODS: In this study, the effects of various doses of BBR on the concentrations of BAs in liver and serum of male C57BL/6 mice were determined by UPLC-MS/MS, and the expression of BA-related genes, as well as the amount of 32 of the most abundant gut bacterial species in the terminal ileum and large intestine of male C57BL/6 mice were quantified by RT-PCR and Quantigene 2...
October 18, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Todd Atherly, Curtis Mosher, Chong Wang, Jesse Hostetter, Alexandra Proctor, Meghan W Brand, Gregory J Phillips, Michael Wannemuehler, Albert E Jergens
BACKGROUND: Helicobacter bilis infection of C3H/HeN mice harboring the altered Schaedler flora (ASF) triggers progressive immune responsiveness and the development of colitis. We sought to investigate temporal alterations in community structure of a defined (ASF-colonized) microbiota in normal and inflamed murine intestines and to correlate microbiota changes to histopathologic lesions. METHODS: The colonic mucosal microbiota of healthy mice and ASF mice colonized with H...
November 2016: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Myung-Shik Lee
Low-grade systemic inflammation in adipose tissues or liver, is an important etiologic factor in insulin resistance. LPS is an important element causing such metabolic inflammation, and intestinal flora is considered a major source of systemic LPS. We studied changes of intestinal microbiota associated with high-fat diet (HFD) that causes insulin resistance and metabolic stress. 16S rRNA gene sequencing showed that HFD significantly decreased the abundance of a mucin-degrading bacterium Akkermansia muciniphila compared to control diet...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Stefania Boccia, Ida Torre, Lidia Santarpia, Carmela Iervolino, Concetta Del Piano, Anna Puggina, Roberta Pastorino, Miroslav Dragic, Rosarita Amore, Tonia Borriello, Raffaele Palladino, Francesca Pennino, Franco Contaldo, Fabrizio Pasanisi
INTRODUCTION: Intestinal bacterial flora plays a central role in human intestinal health and disease. Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS), a clinical condition deriving from extensive bowel resections, influence intestinal microbiota (IM) composition in order to reach a new metabolic balance. Little is known about IM in adult patients after wide intestinal resections. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Fecal samples from 12 SBS patients and 16 controls were analyzed in their microbial profile by using both culture-dependent method and quantitative Real-Time PCR (qRT-PCR)...
October 1, 2016: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Jeong Mo Bae, Jung Ho Kim, Hyeon Jeong Oh, Hye Eun Park, Tae Hun Lee, Nam-Yun Cho, Gyeong Hoon Kang
Acetyl-CoA synthetase-2 is an emerging key enzyme for cancer metabolism, which supplies acetyl-CoA for tumor cells by capturing acetate as a carbon source under stressed conditions. However, implications of acetyl-CoA synthetase-2 in colorectal carcinoma may differ from other malignancies, because normal colonocytes use short-chain fatty acids as an energy source, which are supplied by fermentation of the intestinal flora. Here we analyzed acetyl-CoA synthetase-2 mRNA expression by reverse-transcription quantitative PCR in paired normal mucosa and tumor tissues of 12 colorectal carcinomas, and subsequently evaluated acetyl-CoA synthetase-2 protein expression by immunohistochemistry in 157 premalignant colorectal lesions, including 60 conventional adenomas and 97 serrated polyps, 1,106 surgically resected primary colorectal carcinomas, and 23 metastatic colorectal carcinomas in the liver...
October 7, 2016: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Christiana Jesumirhewe, Peter Oladejo Ogunlowo, Mitsan Olley, Burkhard Springer, Franz Allerberger, Werner Ruppitsch
BACKGROUND: Enterobacteriaceae are ubiquitously present in nature and can be found in the intestinal tract of humans and animals as commensal flora. Multidrug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae are increasingly reported and are a threat to public health implicating a need for accurate identification of the isolates to species level. In developing countries, identification of bacteria basically depends on conventional methods: culture and phenotypic methods that hamper the accurate identification of bacteria...
2016: PeerJ
Hui-Lu Zhang, Wen-Shuai Li, Dian-Nan Xu, Wan-Wei Zheng, Yi Liu, Jian Chen, Zhi-Bing Qiu, Robert G Dorfman, Jun Zhang, Jie Liu
Gut microbiota composition of patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) is markedly altered compared with healthy individuals. There is mounting evidence that probiotic therapy alleviates disease severity in animal models and patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Bacillus subtilisis, as a probiotic, has also demonstrated a protective effect in IBD. However, the therapeutic mechanism of its action has yet to be elucidated. In the present study, a dextrose sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced UC mouse model was used to investigate the role of B...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Hirofumi Watanabe, Shin Goto, Hiroshi Mori, Koichi Higashi, Kazuyoshi Hosomichi, Naotaka Aizawa, Nao Takahashi, Masafumi Tsuchida, Yusuke Suzuki, Takuji Yamada, Arata Horii, Ituro Inoue, Ken Kurokawa, Ichiei Narita
BACKGROUND: Immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN) is the most prevalent primary chronic glomerular disease, in which the mucosal immune response elicited particularly in the tonsils or intestine has been estimated to be involved in the development of the disease. To explore the relationship between IgAN and bacterial flora in the tonsils, we conducted a comprehensive microbiome analysis. METHODS: We enrolled 48 IgAN patients, 21 recurrent tonsillitis (RT) patients without urine abnormalities and 30 children with tonsillar hyperplasia (TH) who had undergone tonsillectomy previously...
September 28, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Lintao Wang, Qian Chen, Haixia Qi, Chunming Wang, Cheng Wang, Junfeng Zhang, Lei Dong
Doxorubicin (DOX) is one of the most effective chemotherapeutic agents used for cancer treatment, but it causes systemic inflammation and serious multi-organ side effects in many patients. In this study, we report that upregulation of the pro-inflammatory Toll-like receptor TLR4 in macrophages by DOX is an important step in generating its toxic side effects. In patient serum, DOX treatment resulted in leakage of endotoxin (ET) and inflammatory cytokines into circulation. In mice, DOX damaged the intestinal epithelium, which also resulted in leakage of ET from the gut flora into circulation...
September 28, 2016: Cancer Research
Remi Yoshikata, Khin Z Myint, Hiroaki Ohta
OBJECTIVE: Equol, an active metabolite possessing estrogen-like activity, is produced by the action of intestinal flora on soy isoflavones. There is an increasing evidence regarding its efficacy in the relief of menopausal symptoms, suppression of decreased bone mineral density, and lipid profile improvement. Only those with equol-producing capacity, however, seem to benefit. Thus, we examined the relationship between equol producer status and parameters associated with lifestyle-related diseases in women from their 20s to 80s...
September 26, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Magdalena Myga-Nowak, Agnieszka Godela, Tomasz Głąb, Monika Lewańska, Janusz Boratyński
It is estimated that each year more than 2 million people suffer from diarrheal diseases, resulting from the consumption of contaminated meat. Foodborne infections are most frequently caused by small Gram-negative rods Campylobacter. The hosts of these bacteria are mainly birds wherein they are part of the normal intestinal flora. During the commercial slaughter, there is a likelihood of contamination of carcasses by the bacteria found in the intestinal content. In Europe, up to 90% of poultry flocks can be a reservoir of the pathogen...
2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Xingsheng Li, Melissa L Ellis, Alexander E Dowell, Ranjit Kumar, Casey D Morrow, Trenton R Schoeb, John Knight
: Colonization with Oxalobacter formigenes may reduce the risk of calcium oxalate kidney stone disease. To improve our limited understanding of host/O.formigenes and microbe/O.formigenes interactions, germ-free or altered Schaedler flora (ASF) mice were colonized with O.formigenes Germ-free mice were stably colonized with O.formigenes suggesting O.formigenes does not require other organisms to sustain its survival. Examination of intestinal material indicated no viable O.formigenes in the small intestine, ∼4 × 10(6) O...
September 23, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Gavish K Awotar, Fuwen Luo, Zhengdong Zhao, Guoxin Guan, Shili Ning, Jinshuai Ren, Yaqing Liu, Guangzhi Wang, Pixu Liu
BACKGROUND: The cancer of the splenic flexure of the colon is a rare medical entity with severe morbidity because of its insidious onset. METHODS: We present the case of a 59-year-old male patient with dull left upper quadrant pain, leukocytosis, and anemia. A splenic abscess described as an air-fluid level with splenocolic fistula was found on CT scan imaging. Surgery was done for splenic pus drainage. He was again admitted 2 months later for intestinal obstruction...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Yan Hua Kong, Qi Shi, Na Han, Ling Zhang, Yuan Yuan Zhang, Tong Xin Gao, Chen Chen, You Lin Li
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether recuperating lung decoction (RLD) can modulate the composition of gut microbiota in rats during asthma treatment. METHODS: Fifteen Sprague-Dawley rats were divided randomly and equally into control group, model group, dexamethasone (DEX) group, RLD medium-dose group, and RLD high-dose group. The asthma model was established in all groups, except for the control group. The rats in the DEX and RLD groups were treated orally with DEX and RLD, respectively...
August 2016: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences: BES
Manuel R G Carrapato, Ana M Ferreira, Tuangsit Wataganara
Cesarean sections (CS) have greatly increased and many reasons are often evoked. Safer anesthetics and surgical procedures have rendered CS a popular choice for both professionals and mothers alike. CS on maternal request, for nonmedical reasons, is the subject of scientific, legal and ethical dispute. We shall address the CS issues, primarily, from the pediatrician's point of view. The immediate neonatal problems of the more mature neonate are well recognized. For preterm birth, contradictory results on mid- and long-term outcomes do not confirm the earlier reports on neonatal advantages of CS over vaginal delivery; therefore, their mode of delivery should be based on individual circumstances...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Hongjun Zhao, Lijuan Zhao, Wei Shi, Hui Luo, Liping Duan, Yunhui You, Yisha Li, Xiaoxia Zuo
INTRODUCTION: Bowel-associated dermatosis-arthritis syndrome is rare systemic diseases characterized by a prodrome of fever, chills, and influenza-like symptoms with subsequent skin eruptions, myalgias, and polyarthralgias. It is reported to be occurred in Intestinal bypass surgery and inflammatory bowel disease. CASE DESCRIPTION: Herein, we described a 29-years-old man with Bowel-associated dermatosis-arthritis syndrome. He had no history of gastrointestinal surgery and inflammatory bowel disease...
2016: SpringerPlus
Myung-Shik Lee
Low-grade systemic inflammation in adipose tissues or liver, is an important etiologic factor in insulin resistance. LPS is an important element causing such metabolic inflammation, and intestinal flora is considered a major source of systemic LPS. We studied changes of intestinal microbiota associated with high-fat diet (HFD) that causes insulin resistance and metabolic stress. 16S rRNA gene sequencing showed that HFD significantly decreased the abundance of a mucin-degrading bacterium Akkermansia muciniphila compared to control diet...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Qian Ba, Mian Li, Peizhan Chen, Chao Huang, Xiaohua Duan, Lijun Lu, Jingquan Li, Ruiai Chu, Dong Xie, Haiyun Song, Yongning Wu, Hao Ying, Xudong Jia, Hui Wang
BACKGROUND: Environmental cadmium, with a high average dietary intake, is a severe public health risk. However, the long-term health implications of environmental exposure to cadmium in different life stages remain unclear. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of early exposure to cadmium, at an environmentally relevant dosage, on adult metabolism and the mechanism of action. METHODS: We established mouse models with low-dose cadmium (LDC) exposure in early life to examine the long-term metabolic consequences...
September 16, 2016: Environmental Health Perspectives
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