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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29468143/metagenomic-characterization-of-the-human-intestinal-microbiota-in-fecal-samples-from-stec-infected-patients
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Federica Gigliucci, F A Bastiaan von Meijenfeldt, Arnold Knijn, Valeria Michelacci, Gaia Scavia, Fabio Minelli, Bas E Dutilh, Hamideh M Ahmad, Gerwin C Raangs, Alex W Friedrich, John W A Rossen, Stefano Morabito
The human intestinal microbiota is a homeostatic ecosystem with a remarkable impact on human health and the disruption of this equilibrium leads to an increased susceptibility to infection by numerous pathogens. In this study, we used shotgun metagenomic sequencing and two different bioinformatic approaches, based on mapping of the reads onto databases and on the reconstruction of putative draft genomes, to investigate possible changes in the composition of the intestinal microbiota in samples from patients with Shiga Toxin-producing E...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29464759/urine-waste-product-or-biologically-active-tissue
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AIMS: Historically, urine has been viewed primarily as a waste product with little biological role in the overall health of an individual. Increasingly, data suggest that urine plays a role in human health beyond waste excretion. For example, urine might act as an irritant and contribute to symptoms through interaction with-and potential compromise of-the urothelium. METHODS: To explore the concept that urine may be a vehicle for agents with potential or occult bioactivity and to discuss existing evidence and novel research questions that may yield insight into such a role, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease invited experts in the fields of comparative evolutionary physiology, basic science, nephrology, urology, pediatrics, metabolomics, and proteomics (among others) to a Urinology Think Tank meeting on February 9, 2015...
February 21, 2018: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29463055/antibiotic-resistance-genetic-markers-and-integrons-in-white-soft-cheese-aspects-of-clinical-resistome-and-potentiality-of-horizontal-gene-transfer
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Ana Caroline L de Paula, Julliane D Medeiros, Analice C de Azevedo, Jéssica M de Assis Chagas, Vânia L da Silva, Cláudio G Diniz
Antibiotic resistance poses an important threat to global public health and has become a challenge to modern medicine. The occurrence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in a broad range of foods has led to a growing concern about the impact that food may have as a reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes. Considering Minas Frescal Cheese (MFC)-a typical Brazilian white soft cheese-and its economic and cultural values, in this study, medically relevant antimicrobial-resistance genetic markers (AR genes) were screened, and the occurrence of integrons were evaluated in manufactured MFC using culture-independent approaches...
February 19, 2018: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29460474/specific-synbiotics-in-early-life-protect-against-diet-induced-obesity-in-adult-mice
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Mona Mischke, Tulika Arora, Sebastian Tims, Eefje Engels, Nina Sommer, Kees van Limpt, Annemarie Baars, Raish Oozeer, Annemarie Oosting, Fredrik Bäckhed, Jan Knol
AIMS: The metabolic state of human adults is associated with their gut microbiome. The symbiosis between host and microbiome is initiated at birth, and early life microbiome perturbation can disturb health long-lastingly. Here, we determined how beneficial microbiome interventions in early life affect metabolic health in adulthood. METHODS: Postnatal diets were supplemented with either prebiotics (scGOS/lcFOS) or synbiotics (scGOS/lcFOS with Bifidobacterium breve M-16V) until post-natal (PN) day 42 in a well-established rodent model for nutritional programming...
February 20, 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458422/the-antibiotic-resistome-and-microbiota-landscape-of-refugees-from-syria-iraq-and-afghanistan-in-germany
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Robert Häsler, Christian Kautz, Ateequr Rehman, Rainer Podschun, Volker Gassling, Pius Brzoska, Jon Sherlock, Jan-Thorsten Gräsner, Gesine Hoppenstedt, Sabine Schubert, Astrid Ferlinz, Wolfgang Lieb, Matthias Laudes, Femke-Anouska Heinsen, Jens Scholz, Dag Harmsen, Andre Franke, Swantje Eisend, Thomas Kunze, Helmut Fickenscher, Stephan Ott, Philip Rosenstiel, Stefan Schreiber
BACKGROUND: Multidrug-resistant bacteria represent a substantial global burden for human health, potentially fuelled by migration waves: in 2015, 476,649 refugees applied for asylum in Germany mostly as a result of the Syrian crisis. In Arabic countries, multiresistant bacteria cause significant problems for healthcare systems. Currently, no data exist describing antibiotic resistances in healthy refugees. Here, we assess the microbial landscape and presence of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in refugees and German controls...
February 20, 2018: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457002/early-dietary-patterns-and-microbiota-development-still-a-way-to-go-from-descriptive-interactions-to-health-relevant-solutions
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Patricia Iozzo, Elena Sanguinetti
Early nutrition and growth in the initial years of life are important determinants of later body weight and metabolic health in humans, and the current epidemic of obesity involving children requires a better understanding of causal and protective mechanisms and components in infant foods. This review focuses on recent evidence implicating feeding modes (e.g., breast milk and formula milk) and dietary transitions toward complementary foods in the progression of microbiota maturation in children. The literature exploring body weight outcomes of microbiota changes induced by diet in early life is limited...
2018: Frontiers in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454999/long-term-treatment-with-green-tea-polyphenols-modifies-the-gut-microbiome-of-female-sprague-dawley-rats
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Jincheng Wang, Lili Tang, Hongyuan Zhou, Jun Zhou, Travis C Glenn, Chwan-Li Shen, Jia-Sheng Wang
Green tea polyphenols (GTP) have been shown to exert a spectrum of health benefits to animals and humans. It is plausible that the beneficial effects of GTP are a result of its interaction with the gut microbiota. This study evaluated the effect of long-term treatment with GTP on the gut microbiota of experimental rats and the potential linkage between changes of the gut microbiota with the beneficial effects of GTP. Six-month-old Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly allocated into three dosing regimens (0, 0...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454749/microbiota-derived-indole-metabolites-promote-human-and-murine-intestinal-homeostasis-through-regulation-of-interleukin-10-receptor
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Erica E Alexeev, Jordi M Lanis, Daniel J Kao, Eric L Campbell, Caleb J Kelly, Kayla D Battista, Mark E Gerich, Brittany R Jenkins, Seth T Walk, Douglas J Kominsky, Sean P Colgan
Interactions between the gut microbiota and the host are important for health, where dysbiosis has emerged as a likely component of mucosal disease. The specific constituents of the microbiota that contribute to mucosal disease are not well defined. We sought to define microbial components that regulate homeostasis within the intestinal mucosa. Using an unbiased, metabolomic profiling approach, a selective depletion of indole and indole-derived metabolites was identified in murine and human colitis. Indole-3-propionic acid (IPA) was selectively diminished in circulating serum from human subjects with active colitis and that IPA served as a biomarker of disease remission...
February 15, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453726/advances-in-probiotic-regulation-of-bone-and-mineral-metabolism
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REVIEW
Laura R McCabe, Narayanan Parameswaran
Probiotics have been consumed by humans for thousands of years because they are beneficial for long-term storage of foods and promote the health of their host. Ingested probiotics reside in the gastrointestinal tract where they have many effects including modifying the microbiota composition, intestinal barrier function, and the immune system which result in systemic benefits to the host, including bone health. Probiotics benefit bone growth, density, and structure under conditions of dysbiosis, intestinal permeability, and inflammation (recognized mediators of bone loss and osteoporosis)...
February 16, 2018: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453448/the-gastrointestinal-tract-microbiota-of-northern-white-cheeked-gibbons-nomascus-leucogenys-varies-with-age-and-captive-condition
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Ting Jia, Sufen Zhao, Katrina Knott, Xiaoguang Li, Yan Liu, Ying Li, Yuefei Chen, Minghai Yang, Yanping Lu, Junyi Wu, Chenglin Zhang
Nutrition and health of northern white-cheeked gibbons (Nomascus leucogenys) are considered to be primarily influenced by the diversity of their gastrointestinal tract (GIT) microbiota. However, the precise composition, structure, and role of the gibbon GIT microbiota remain unclear. Microbial communities from the GITs of gibbons from Nanning (NN, n = 36) and Beijing (BJ, n = 20) Zoos were examined through 16S rRNA sequencing. Gibbon's GITs microbiomes contained bacteria from 30 phyla, dominated by human-associated microbial signatures: Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes, and Proteobacteria...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453178/seasonal-dynamics-of-tetracycline-resistance-gene-transport-in-the-sumas-river-agricultural-watershed-of-british-columbia-canada
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Patricia L Keen, Charles W Knapp, Kenneth J Hall, David W Graham
Environmental transport of contaminants that can influence the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria is an important concern in the management of ecological and human health risks. Agricultural regions are locales where practices linked to food crop and livestock production can introduce contaminants that could alter the selective pressures for the development of antibiotic resistance in microbiota. This is important in regions where the use of animal manure or municipal biosolids as waste and/or fertilizer could influence selection for antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacterial species...
February 13, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452257/microbiota-changes-impact-on-sexually-transmitted-infections-and-the-development-of-pelvic-inflammatory-disease
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Nathalie Loeper, Simon Graspeuntner, Jan Rupp
The integrity of the human urogenital microbiome is crucial for women's health and well-being. An imbalance of the urogenital microbiota increases the risk for sexually transmitted infections. In this review, we discuss the microbiota composition of the female urogenital tract and its role in protecting from sexually transmitted infections and the emergence of pelvic inflammatory disease.
February 13, 2018: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447695/cervicovaginal-microbiota-and-reproductive-health-the-virtue-of-simplicity
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REVIEW
Melis N Anahtar, David B Gootenberg, Caroline M Mitchell, Douglas S Kwon
Cervicovaginal microbiota play a critical role in women's health and reproductive outcomes. Despite being one of the simplest commensal bacterial communities in the human body, we are only beginning to appreciate its complex dynamic nature and important role in host immune modulation. In this review, we discuss the "optimal" cervicovaginal bacterial community composition, the impact of microbiota on gynecologic and obstetric outcomes, and the hurdles to developing a deeper mechanistic understanding of the function of the cervicovaginal microbiome...
February 14, 2018: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445132/microbiome-assembly-of-avian-eggshells-and-their-potential-as-transgenerational-carriers-of-maternal-microbiota
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H Pieter J van Veelen, Joana Falcão Salles, B Irene Tieleman
The microbiome is essential for development, health and homeostasis throughout an animal's life. Yet, the origins and transmission processes governing animal microbiomes remain elusive for non-human vertebrates, oviparous vertebrates in particular. Eggs may function as transgenerational carriers of the maternal microbiome, warranting characterisation of egg microbiome assembly. Here, we investigated maternal and environmental contributions to avian eggshell microbiota in wild passerine birds: woodlark Lullula arborea and skylark Alauda arvensis...
February 14, 2018: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440266/essential-immunologic-orchestrators-of-intestinal-homeostasis
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REVIEW
Lei Zhou, Gregory F Sonnenberg
Over the past 25 years, substantial advances have been made in our understanding of the cellular and molecular pathways that are essential to maintain a state of health in the mammalian gastrointestinal tract, an organ that is densely colonized by both immune cells and trillions of microbes. Seminal studies in the 1990s identified that several cytokines, antigen-presentation molecules, and components of the T cell receptor were necessary to prevent the development of spontaneous intestinal inflammation in mice...
February 9, 2018: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438458/the-problem-of-curcumin-and-its-bioavailability-could-its-gastrointestinal-influence-contribute-to-its-overall-health-enhancing-effects
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Adrian L Lopresti
Curcumin, from the spice turmeric, exhibits anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer, antiviral, and neurotrophic activity and therefore holds promise as a therapeutic agent to prevent and treat several disorders. However, a major barrier to curcumin's clinical efficacy is its poor bioavailability. Efforts have therefore been dedicated to developing curcumin formulations with greater bioavailability and systemic tissue distribution. However, it is proposed in this review that curcumin's potential as a therapeutic agent may not solely rely on its bioavailability, but rather its medicinal benefits may also arise from its positive influence on gastrointestinal health and function...
January 1, 2018: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432061/atorvastatin-treatment-modulates-the-gut-microbiota-of-the-hypercholesterolemic-patients
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Tariq Jamal Khan, Youssri M Ahmed, Mazin A Zamzami, Aisha M Siddiqui, Imran Khan, Othman A S Baothman, Mohamed G Mehanna, Abudukadeer Kuerban, Mohammed Kaleemuddin, Muhammad Yasir
Hypercholesterolemia is one of the most important risk factors for development of cardiovascular diseases. The composition of gut microbiota (total microbes residing in the gut) impacts on cholesterol and lipid metabolism. On the contrary, alterations in gut microbiota in response to hypercholesterolemia or drug treatment with atorvastatin (a cholesterol-lowering agent) are rarely investigated. We performed 16S rDNA amplicon sequencing to evaluate the gut bacterial community of 15 untreated hypercholesterolemic patients (HP) and 27 atorvastatin-treated hypercholesterolemic patients (At-HP) and compared with 19 healthy subjects (HS)...
February 2018: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29430857/phenotype-diffusion-and-one-health-a-proposed-framework-for-investigating-the-plurality-of-obesity-epidemics-across-many-species
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REVIEW
J D Voss, M S Goodson, J C Leon
We propose the idea of "phenotype diffusion," which is a rapid convergence of an observed trait in some human and animal populations. The words phenotype and diffusion both imply observations independent of mechanism as phenotypes are observed traits with multiple possible genetic mechanisms and diffusion is an observed state of being widely distributed. Recognizing shared changes in phenotype in multiple species does not by itself reveal a particular mechanism such as a shared exposure, shared adaptive need, particular stochastic process or a transmission pathway...
February 12, 2018: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29428498/the-role-of-gut-microbiota-in-clostridium-difficile-infection
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REVIEW
Michael Samarkos, Elpida Mastrogianni, Olga Kampouropoulou
Clostridium difficile infection has emerged as a major health problem. Because it is a spore-forming microorganism, C. difficile is difficult to eradicate and recurrences of the infection are frequent. The strong association of CDI with prior use of antibiotics led to the recognition that disturbances in the gut microbiota apparently plays a central role in CDI. Except for antibiotics, several other risk factors for CDI have been recognised, such as advanced age and use of proton pump inhibitors. The common characteristic of these factors is that they are associated with changes in the composition of gut microbiota...
February 7, 2018: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29427426/geographic-and-host-associated-variations-in-bacterial-communities-on-the-floret-surfaces-of-field-grown-broccoli
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Min-Soo Kim, Jin-Woo Bae, Eun-Jin Park
Fresh vegetables harbor diverse bacterial populations on their surfaces. However, information on this microbiota is limited to a few types of fresh vegetables, and little is known about how it varies with geography and host condition. Here, we analyzed bacterial communities on the floret surfaces of 66 field-grown broccolis collected from 22 farms in four farming regions of Jeju Island using 454 pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA amplicons, and determined their relationship to farming region and host-associated factors...
February 2, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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