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Fecal Transplantation

Fecal Transplantion is a procedure in which fecal matter is collected from a tested donor, mixed with a saline or other solution, strained, and placed in a patient, by colonoscopy, endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or enema. The theory behind the procedure is that a normal gut microbial ecosystem is required for good health and that sometimes a benefucuial ecosystem can be destroyed, perhaps by antibiotics, allowing other bacteria, specifically Clostridium difficile to over-populate the colon, causing debilitating, sometimes fatal diarrhea. C. diff. is on the rise throughout the world. The CDC reports that approximately 347,000 people in the U.S. alone were diagnosed with this infection in 2012. Of those, at least 14,000 died. Fecal transplant has also had promising results with many other digestive or auto-immune diseases, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis. It has also been used around the world to treat other conditions, although more research in other areas is needed. Fecal transplant was first documented in 4th century China, where the treatment was known as yellow soup.

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RevDate: 2020-08-05

Mohammed A, Alghetaa H, Zhou J, et al (2020)

Protective Effects of Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol Against Enterotoxin-induced Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome is Mediated by Modulation of Microbiota.

British journal of pharmacology [Epub ahead of print].

BACKGROUND: Staphylococcal enterotoxin-B (SEB) is one of the most potent bacterial superantigens that exerts profound toxic effects by inducing cytokine storm. When SEB is inhaled, it can cause Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), which is often fatal and currently there are no effective treatment modalities.

EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: We used mouse model of SEB-mediated ARDS to test the efficacy of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). These mice were monitored for lung inflammation, alterations in gut and lung microbiota and production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFA). Gene dysregulation of lung epithelial cells was studied by transcriptome arrays. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) was performed to confirm the role of microbiota in suppressing ARDS.

KEY RESULTS: While SEB triggered ARDS and 100% mortality in mice, THC protected the mice from fatality effects. Pyrosequencing analysis revealed that THC caused significant and similar alterations in microbiota in the lungs and gut of mice exposed to SEB. THC significantly increased the abundance of beneficial bacterial species, Ruminococcus gnavus, but decreased pathogenic microbiota, Akkermansia muciniphila. FMT confirmed that THC-mediated reversal of microbial dysbiosis played crucial role in attenuation of SEB-mediated ARDS. THC treatment also led to increase in SCFA, of which propionic acid was found to inhibit the inflammatory response. Transcriptome array showed that THC up-regulated several genes like lysozyme-1&2, β-defensin-2, claudin, zonula-1, occludin-1, Mucin2 and Muc5b while downregulating β-defensin-1.

CONCLUSIONS: Current study demonstrates for the first time that THC attenuates SEB-mediated ARDS and toxicity by altering the microbiota in the lungs and the gut as well as promoting anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory pathways.

RevDate: 2020-08-05

Perillo F, Amoroso C, Strati F, et al (2020)

Gut Microbiota Manipulation as a Tool for Colorectal Cancer Management: Recent Advances in Its Use for Therapeutic Purposes.

International journal of molecular sciences, 21(15): pii:ijms21155389.

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a multifaceted disease influenced by both environmental and genetic factors. A large body of literature has demonstrated the role of gut microbes in promoting inflammatory responses, creating a suitable microenvironment for the development of skewed interactions between the host and the gut microbiota and cancer initiation. Even if surgery is the primary therapeutic strategy, patients with advanced disease or cancer recurrence after surgery remain difficult to cure. Therefore, the gut microbiota has been proposed as a novel therapeutic target in light of recent promising data in which it seems to modulate the response to cancer immunotherapy. The use of microbe-targeted therapies, including antibiotics, prebiotics, live biotherapeutics, and fecal microbiota transplantation, is therefore considered to support current therapies in CRC management. In this review, we will discuss the importance of host-microbe interactions in CRC and how promoting homeostatic immune responses through microbe-targeted therapies may be useful in preventing/treating CRC development.

RevDate: 2020-08-04

Bajaj JS, Gavis EA, Fagan A, et al (2020)

A Randomized Clinical Trial of Fecal Microbiota Transplant for Alcohol Use Disorder.

Hepatology (Baltimore, Md.) [Epub ahead of print].

BACKGROUND & AIMS: Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is associated with microbial alterations that worsen with cirrhosis. Fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) could be a promising approach.

APPROACH & RESULTS: In this phase 1, double-blind, randomized clinical trial, AUD-related cirrhosis patients with problem drinking (AUDIT-10>8) were randomized 1:1 into receiving one placebo or FMT enema from a donor enriched in Lachnospiraceae and Ruminococcaceae. 6-month safety was the primary outcome. Alcohol craving questionnaire, alcohol consumption (urinary ethylglucuronide/creatinine, Etg), quality of life (QOL), cognition, serum IL-6 and lipopolysaccharide-binding protein (LBP), plasma/stool short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) and stool microbiota were tested at baseline and day 15. A 6-month follow-up with serious adverse events (SAE) analysis was performed. 20 patients with AUD-related cirrhosis [65±6.4 years, all men, MELD 8.9±2.7] with similar demographics, cirrhosis and AUD severity were included. Craving reduced significantly in 90% of FMT versus 30% in placebo at day15(p=0.02) with lower urinary Etg (p=0.03), improved cognition and psychosocial QOL. There was reduction in serum IL-6 and LBP and increased butyrate/isobutyrate compared to baseline in FMT but not placebo. Microbial diversity increased with higher Ruminococcaceae and other SCFA producing taxa post-FMT but not placebo, which were linked with SCFA levels. At 6 months, patients with any SAEs (8 vs 2, p=0.02), AUD-related SAEs (7 vs 1, p=0.02) and SAEs/patient [median(IQR),1.5(1.25) vs 0(0.25) in FMT,p=0.02] were higher in placebo versus FMT.

CONCLUSIONS: This phase 1 trial shows that FMT is safe and associated with short-term reduction in alcohol craving and consumption with favorable microbial changes versus placebo in patients with alcohol-related cirrhosis with alcohol misuse. There was also a reduction in AUD-related events over 6 months in patients assigned to FMT.

RevDate: 2020-08-03

Yue YY, Fan XY, Zhang Q, et al (2020)

Bibliometric analysis of subject trends and knowledge structures of gut microbiota.

World journal of clinical cases, 8(13):2817-2832.

BACKGROUND: Gut microbiota is an emerging field of research, with related research having breakthrough development in the past 15 years. Bibliometric analysis can be applied to analyze the evolutionary trends and emerging hotspots in this field.

AIM: To study the subject trends and knowledge structures of gut microbiota related research fields from 2004 to 2018.

METHODS: The literature data on gut microbiota were identified and downloaded from the PubMed database. Through biclustering analysis, strategic diagrams, and social network analysis diagrams, the main trend and knowledge structure of research fields concerning gut microbiota were analyzed to obtain and compare the research hotspots in each period.

RESULTS: According to the strategic coordinates and social relationship network map, Clostridium Infections/microbiology, Clostridium Infections/therapy, RNA, Ribosomal, 16S/genetics, Microbiota/genetics, Microbiota/immunology, Dysbiosis/immunology, Infla-mmation/immunology, Fecal Microbiota Transplantation/methods, Fecal Microbiota Transplantation can be used as an emerging research hotspot in the past 5 years (2014-2018).

CONCLUSION: Some subjects were not yet fully studied according to the strategic coordinates; and the emerging hotspots in the social network map can be considered as directions of future research.

RevDate: 2020-08-03

Abhyankar D, McKee KT, P Vukojevic (2020)

Gut Microbiota and Response to Immunotherapeutic Drugs in Oncology: More Questions Than Answers.

Clinical Medicine Insights. Oncology, 14:1179554920933868 pii:10.1177_1179554920933868.

Immuno-oncology drugs (IODs) have revolutionized the treatment of some cancers. Although IODs are enabling some patients with cancer to become long-time survivors, only 30% to 40% respond to these drugs. There is experimental and clinical evidence that the gut microbiome may play a role in IOD response, leading to speculation that manipulation of the gut microenvironment might improve the response rate to IODs. We review the evidence relating to how gut microorganisms may affect response to IODs and discuss the implications of targeting the microbiome to improve IOD response, including the challenges to refine and translate the findings to practical clinical use.

RevDate: 2020-08-03
CmpDate: 2020-08-03

Holster S, Lindqvist CM, Repsilber D, et al (2019)

The Effect of Allogenic Versus Autologous Fecal Microbiota Transfer on Symptoms, Visceral Perception and Fecal and Mucosal Microbiota in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Study.

Clinical and translational gastroenterology, 10(4):e00034.

OBJECTIVES: Fecal microbiota transfer (FMT) is suggested as a potential treatment for patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). We aimed to study the effect of allogenic and autologous FMT on IBS symptoms, visceral sensitivity, and compositional changes in fecal and mucosa-adherent microbiota.

METHODS: Seventeen patients with IBS were randomized either to receive fecal material from a healthy donor (allogenic) or to receive their own fecal material (autologous). The fecal material was administered into the cecum by whole colonoscopy after bowel cleansing.

RESULTS: No significant differences were found between the allogenic and the autologous FMT regarding symptom scores. However, symptom scores of patients receiving allogenic fecal material significantly decreased after FMT compared with baseline (P = 0.02), which was not the case in the autologous group (P = 0.16). Visceral sensitivity was not affected except for a small beneficial effect on urge scores in the autologous group (P < 0.05). While both fecal and mucosa-adherent microbiota of some patients shifted to their respective donor's fecal microbiota, some patients showed no relevant microbial changes after allogenic FMT. Large compositional shifts in fecal and mucosa-adherent microbiota also occurred in the autologous group.

CONCLUSIONS: This study showed that a single FMT by colonoscopy may have beneficial effects in IBS; however, the allogenic fecal material was not superior to the autologous fecal material. This suggests that bowel cleansing prior to the colonoscopy and/or processing of the fecal material as part of the FMT routine contribute to symptoms and gut microbiota composition changes in IBS.

RevDate: 2020-08-02

Guery B, Barbut F, S Tschudin-Sutter (2020)

Diagnostic and therapy of severe Clostridioides difficile infections in the ICU.

Current opinion in critical care [Epub ahead of print].

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of the review is to provide all the recent data focusing on the diagnostic and treatment of Clostridioides difficile infection in patients admitted in the ICU.

RECENT FINDINGS: In the ICU, diagnosis remains complicated with a large number of alternative diagnosis. The treatment classically relies on vancomycin but fidaxomicin and fecal microbiota transplantation are now potential solutions in selected indications.

SUMMARY: Data on ICU-related CDI remain limited and conflicting. To date, there is no unique and simple way to obtain a diagnosis for CDI, the combination of clinical signs and a two-step testing algorithm remains the recommended gold-standard. Two molecules can be proposed for first line treatment: vancomycin and fidaxomicin. Although metronidazole may still be discussed as a treatment option for mild CDI in low-risk patients, its use for ICU-patients does not seem reasonable. Several reports suggest that fecal microbiota transplantation could be discussed, as it is well tolerated and associated with a high rate of clinical cure. CDI is a dynamic and active area of research with new diagnostic techniques, molecules, and management concepts likely changing our approach to this old disease in the near future.

RevDate: 2020-08-01

Allegretti JR, Kelly CR, Grinspan A, et al (2020)

Outcomes of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Diseases and Recurrent Clostridioides difficile Infection.

Gastroenterology pii:S0016-5085(20)35008-3 [Epub ahead of print].

RevDate: 2020-08-01

Wasinger VC, Lu K, Yau YY, et al (2020)

Spp24 is associated with endocytic signalling, lipid metabolism, and discrimination of tissue integrity for 'leaky-gut' in inflammatory bowel disease.

Scientific reports, 10(1):12932 pii:10.1038/s41598-020-69746-w.

Epithelial barrier injury allows contaminants to cross-over into the blood stream and trigger an inflammatory response, contributing to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Currently there is no single test that can reliably diagnose intestinal mucosal barrier function or measure impaired epithelial cell integrity associated with increasing permeability. Here, we assess the association between serum proteins and small intestinal permeability as detected by confocal laser endomicroscopy (CLE); in particular the known IBD marker-secreted phosphoprotein 24 (SPP24) and its binding partners; and use developed monoclonal antibodies to assess the role of SPP24 in mucosal healing. Sera were obtained from 28 IBD patients and non-IBD controls undergoing CLE with scores ranging from low to high permeability, as well as active ulcerative colitis from 53 patients undergoing fecal microbiota transplant therapy (FMT). Higher permeability associated with altered lipid metabolism, heightened innate immune response and junctional protein signalling in UC patients. A correlation between increasing leak and SPP24 peptide was observed. There is a strong indication of the novel role of SPP24 in gut barrier dysfunction particularly in ulcerative colitis. Its correlation to the established CLE for monitoring permeability has the potential to provide a blood based parallel to monitor and guide therapy more readily across a broad spectrum of illnesses for which 'leak' dominates the pathology.

RevDate: 2020-07-30

Lu JF, Zhu MQ, Zhang H, et al (2020)

Neohesperidin attenuates obesity by altering the composition of the gut microbiota in high-fat diet-fed mice.

FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology [Epub ahead of print].

Obesity and related metabolic disorders are associated with intestinal microbiota dysbiosis, disrupted intestinal barrier, and chronic inflammation. Neohesperidin (Neo), a natural polyphenol abundant in citrus fruits, is known for its preventative and therapeutic effects on numerous diseases. Here, we report that Neo administration attenuates weight gain, low-grade inflammation, and insulin resistance in mice fed high-fat diet (HFD). Also, Neo administration substantially restores gut barrier damage, metabolic endotoxemia, and systemic inflammation. Sequencing of 16S rRNA genes in fecal samples revealed that Neo administration reverses HFD-induced intestinal microbiota dysbiosis: an increase in the diversity of gut microbiota and alteration in the composition of intestinal microbiota (particularly in the relative abundances of Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes). Furthermore, systemic antibiotic treatment abolishes the beneficial effects of Neo in body weight control, suggesting that the effect of Neo on obesity attenuation largely depends on the gut microbiota. More importantly, we demonstrate that the impact of Neo on the regulation of obesity could be transferred from Neo-treated mice to HFD-fed mice via fecal microbiota transplantation. Collectively, our data highlight the efficacy of Neo as a prebiotic agent for attenuating obesity, implying a potential mechanism for gut microbiota mediated the beneficial effect of Neo.

RevDate: 2020-07-30

Auchtung JM, Preisner EC, Collins J, et al (2020)

Identification of Simplified Microbial Communities That Inhibit Clostridioides difficile Infection through Dilution/Extinction.

mSphere, 5(4): pii:5/4/e00387-20.

The gastrointestinal microbiome plays an important role in limiting susceptibility to infection with Clostridioides difficile To better understand the ecology of bacteria important for C. difficile colonization resistance, we developed an experimental platform to simplify complex communities of fecal bacteria through dilution and rapidly screen for their ability to resist C. difficile colonization after challenge, as measured by >100-fold reduction in levels of C. difficile in challenged communities. We screened 76 simplified communities diluted from cultures of six fecal donors and identified 24 simplified communities that inhibited C. difficile colonization in vitro Sequencing revealed that simplified communities were composed of 19 to 67 operational taxonomic units (OTUs) and could be partitioned into four distinct community types. One simplified community could be further simplified from 56 to 28 OTUs through dilution and retain the ability to inhibit C. difficile We tested the efficacy of seven simplified communities in a humanized microbiota mouse model. We found that four communities were able to significantly reduce the severity of the initial C. difficile infection and limit susceptibility to disease relapse. Analysis of fecal microbiomes from treated mice demonstrated that simplified communities accelerated recovery of indigenous bacteria and led to stable engraftment of 19 to 22 OTUs from simplified communities. Overall, the insights gained through the identification and characterization of these simplified communities increase our understanding of the microbial dynamics of C. difficile infection and recovery.IMPORTANCEClostridioides difficile is the leading cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea and a significant health care burden. Fecal microbiota transplantation is highly effective at treating recurrent C. difficile disease; however, uncertainties about the undefined composition of fecal material and potential long-term unintended health consequences remain. These concerns have motivated studies to identify new communities of microbes with a simpler composition that will be effective at treating disease. This work describes a platform for rapidly identifying and screening new simplified communities for efficacy in treating C. difficile infection. Four new simplified communities of microbes with potential for development of new therapies to treat C. difficile disease are identified. While this platform was developed and validated to model infection with C. difficile, the underlying principles described in the paper could be easily modified to develop therapeutics to treat other gastrointestinal diseases.

RevDate: 2020-07-29

Zukauckas K, Vandiver J, L Biehle (2020)

It's time to rethink your approach to C diff infection.

The Journal of family practice, 69(6):293-300.

Metronidazole is no longer the drug of choice for first-line therapy. And fecal microbiota transplantation has proven effective for certain patients.

RevDate: 2020-07-28

Wagner-Skacel J, Dalkner N, Moerkl S, et al (2020)

Sleep and Microbiome in Psychiatric Diseases.

Nutrients, 12(8): pii:nu12082198.

OBJECTIVES: Disturbances in the gut-brain barrier play an essential role in the development of mental disorders. There is considerable evidence showing that the gut microbiome not only affects digestive, metabolic and immune functions of the host but also regulates host sleep and mental states through the microbiota-gut-brain axis. The present review summarizes the role of the gut microbiome in the context of circadian rhythms, nutrition and sleep in psychiatric disorders.

METHODS: A PubMed search (studies published between April 2015-April 2020) was conducted with the keywords: "sleep, microbiome and psychiatry"; "sleep, microbiome and depression"; "sleep, microbiome and bipolar disorder", "sleep, microbiome and schizophrenia", "sleep, microbiome and anorexia nervosa", "sleep, microbiome and substance use disorder", "sleep, microbiome and anxiety"; "clock gene expression and microbiome", "clock gene expression and nutrition". Only studies investigating the relationship between sleep and microbiome in psychiatric patients were included in the review.

RESULTS: Search results yielded two cross-sectional studies analyzing sleep and gut microbiome in 154 individuals with bipolar disorder and one interventional study analyzing the effect of fecal microbiota transplantation in 17 individuals with irritable bowel syndrome on sleep. In patients with bipolar disorder, Faecalibacterium was significantly associated with improved sleep quality scores and a significant correlation between Lactobacillus counts and sleep.

CONCLUSION: Translational research on this important field is limited and further investigation of the bidirectional pathways on sleep and the gut microbiome in mood disorders is warranted.

RevDate: 2020-07-27
CmpDate: 2020-07-27

Kim JH, Kim K, W Kim (2019)

Cream Cheese-Derived Lactococcus chungangensis CAU 28 Modulates the Gut Microbiota and Alleviates Atopic Dermatitis in BALB/c Mice.

Scientific reports, 9(1):446.

Atopic dermatitis (AD) has a drastic impact on human health owing to complex skin, gut microbiota, and immune responses. Some lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are effective in ameliorating AD; however, the alleviative effects of dairy products derived from these LAB remain unclear. In this study, the efficacies of Lactococcus chungangensis CAU 28 (CAU 28) cream cheese and L. chungangensis CAU 28 dry cells were evaluated for treating AD in an AD mouse model. Overall, CAU 28 cream cheese administration was more effective against AD than L. chungangensis CAU 28 dry cells. Faeces from CAU 28 cream cheese-administered mice had increased short chain fatty acid, butyrate, acetate, and lactic acid levels, as well as butyrate-producing bacteria, including Akkermansia, Bacteroides, Lactobacillus, and Ruminococcus. Furthermore, oral CAU 28 cream cheese administration resulted in regulatory T cell (Treg)-mediated suppression of T helper type 2 (Th2) immune responses in serum and mRNA expression levels in the ileum. Oral CAU 28 cream cheese further reduced IgE levels, in addition to eosinophil and mast cell numbers. Therefore, CAU 28 cream cheese administration induced a coordinated immune response involving short-chain fatty acids and gut microbiota, indicating its potential for use as a supplement for AD mitigation.

RevDate: 2020-07-27

Murthy HS, Gharaibeh RZ, Al-Mansour Z, et al (2020)

Baseline Gut Microbiota Composition is Associated with Major Infections Early after Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation.

Biology of blood and marrow transplantation : journal of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation pii:S1083-8791(20)30453-5 [Epub ahead of print].

BACKGROUND: Infection is a major cause of morbidity and mortality after hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). Gut microbiota (GM) composition and metabolites provide colonization resistance against dominance of potential pathogens. GM dysbiosis following HCT can be deleterious to immune reconstitution. Little is known about the composition, diversity, and evolution of GM communities in HCT patients and their association with subsequent febrile neutropenia (FN) and infection. Identification of markers before HCT that predict subsequent infection could be useful in developing individualized antimicrobial strategies.

METHODS: Fecal samples were collected prospectively from 33 HCT patients at serial time points: baseline, post-conditioning regimen, neutropenia onset, FN (if present) and upon hematologic recovery. GM was assessed by 16S rRNA sequencing. FN and major infections (bloodstream infection, typhlitis, invasive fungal infection, pneumonia, and Clostridium difficile enterocolitis) were determined.

RESULTS: Significant shifts in GM composition and diversity were observed during HCT, with the largest alterations occurring after initiation of antibiotics. Loss of diversity persisted without return to baseline at hematologic recovery. GM in patients with FN was enriched in Mogibacterium, Bacteroides fragilis and Parabacteroides distasonis, whereas increased abundance of Prevotella, Ruminococcus, Dorea, Blautia and Collinsella was observed in patients without fever. A baseline protective GM profile (BPGMP) was predictive of protection from major infection. The BPGMP was associated with subsequent major infections with 77% accuracy, area under the curve (AUC) of 79% with sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values of 0.71, 0.91, 0.77 and 0.87, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS: Large shifts in GM composition occur early after HCT. Differences in baseline GM composition were associated with the development of subsequent major infections.

RevDate: 2020-07-27

Chiu CH, Tsai MC, Cheng HT, et al (2020)

Fecal microbiota transplantation and donor screening for Clostridioides difficile infection during COVID-19 pandemic.

Journal of the Formosan Medical Association = Taiwan yi zhi pii:S0929-6646(20)30340-5 [Epub ahead of print].

RevDate: 2020-07-26

Reyes-Castillo Z, Valdés-Miramontes E, Llamas-Covarrubias M, et al (2020)

Troublesome friends within us: the role of gut microbiota on rheumatoid arthritis etiopathogenesis and its clinical and therapeutic relevance.

Clinical and experimental medicine pii:10.1007/s10238-020-00647-y [Epub ahead of print].

The role of gut microbiota on immune regulation and the development of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an emerging research topic. Multiple studies have demonstrated alterations on gut microbiota composition and/or function (referred to as dysbiosis) both in early and established RA patients. Still, research delineating the molecular mechanisms by which gut microorganisms induce the loss of immune tolerance or contribute to disease progression is scarce. Available data indicate that gut microbiota alterations are involved in RA autoimmune response by several mechanisms including the post-translational modification of host proteins, molecular mimicry between bacterial and host epitopes, activation of immune system and polarization toward inflammatory phenotypes, as well as induction of intestinal permeability. Therefore, in this review we analyze recent clinical and molecular evidence linking gut microbiota with the etiopathogenesis of RA. The potential of the gut microbiota as a diagnostic or severity biomarker is discussed, as well as the opportunity areas for the development of complementary therapeutic strategies based on the modulation of gut microbiota in the rheumatic patient.

RevDate: 2020-07-26

Zhang P, Liu J, Xiong B, et al (2020)

Microbiota from alginate oligosaccharide-dosed mice successfully mitigated small intestinal mucositis.

Microbiome, 8(1):112 pii:10.1186/s40168-020-00886-x.

BACKGROUND: The increasing incidence of cancer and intestinal mucositis induced by chemotherapeutics are causing worldwide concern. Many approaches such as fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) have been used to minimize mucositis. However, it is still unknown whether FMT from a donor with beneficial gut microbiota results in more effective intestinal function in the recipient. Recently, we found that alginate oligosaccharides (AOS) benefit murine gut microbiota through increasing "beneficial" microbes to rescue busulfan induced mucositis.

RESULTS: In the current investigation, FMT from AOS-dosed mice improved small intestine function over FMT from control mice through the recovery of gene expression and an increase in the levels of cell junction proteins. FMT from AOS-dosed mice showed superior benefits over FMT from control mice on recipient gut microbiotas through an increase in "beneficial" microbes such as Leuconostocaceae and recovery in blood metabolome. Furthermore, the correlation of gut microbiota and blood metabolites suggested that the "beneficial" microbe Lactobacillales helped with the recovery of blood metabolites, while the "harmful" microbe Mycoplasmatales did not.

CONCLUSION: The data confirm our hypothesis that FMT from a donor with superior microbes leads to a more profound recovery of small intestinal function. We propose that gut microbiota from naturally produced AOS-treated donor may be used to prevent small intestinal mucositis induced by chemotherapeutics or other factors in recipients. Video Abstract.

RevDate: 2020-07-27
CmpDate: 2020-07-27

Olesen SW, Panchal P, Chen J, et al (2020)

Global disparities in faecal microbiota transplantation research.

The lancet. Gastroenterology & hepatology, 5(3):241.

RevDate: 2020-07-27
CmpDate: 2020-07-27

Van Laar T, Boertien JM, AH Herranz (2019)

Faecal Transplantation, Pro- and Prebiotics in Parkinson's Disease; Hope or Hype?.

Journal of Parkinson's disease, 9(s2):S371-S379.

Faecal microbiome transplantation (FMT) is an attractive technique, because the administration is relatively simple and in general has a mild adverse effect pattern. Moreover, FMT consists of a broad mixture, which could be beneficial, because at this moment it is not known what type of changes in the microbiome are needed. However, except from a few cases no clinical data in Parkinson's disease (PD) is available yet. There is some indication that FMT might be beneficial in severe constipated PD patients, but the clinical data to support this are very scarce. So, actually there are no good data in the public domain to support FMT at this moment in PD patients. FMT at this moment is a black box with too many unanswered questions, also with respect to safety concerns. Only the administration of species of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium over a time period of four to twelve weeks has repeatedly proven to be effective in treating constipation in PD. Also, no solid clinical data are available about the possible effects of probiotic treatment on motor symptoms or progression of PD. Therefore, also probiotic treatments in PD should wait until better clinical data become available, in order to select the right target populations and to have good estimates of the clinical effects to be expected.

RevDate: 2020-07-24
CmpDate: 2020-07-24

Kusakabe S, Fukushima K, Maeda T, et al (2020)

Pre- and post-serial metagenomic analysis of gut microbiota as a prognostic factor in patients undergoing haematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

British journal of haematology, 188(3):438-449.

The human gut harbours diverse microorganisms, and gut dysbiosis has recently attracted attention because of its possible involvement in various diseases. In particular, the lack of diversity in the gut microbiota has been associated with complications of haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), such as infections, acute graft-versus-host disease and relapse of primary disease, which lead to a poor prognosis. However, few studies have serially examined the composition of the intestinal microbiota after HSCT. In this study, we demonstrated, using next-generation sequencing of the bacterial 16S ribosomal RNA gene, combined with uniFrac distance analysis, that the intestinal microbiota of patients undergoing allogeneic HSCT substantially differed from that of healthy controls and recipients of autologous transplants. Faecal samples were obtained daily throughout the clinical course, before and after transplantation. Notably, the proportions of Bifidobacterium and genera categorized as butyrate-producing bacteria were significantly lower in patients with allogeneic HSCT than in healthy controls. Furthermore, among allogeneic transplant recipients, a subgroup with a preserved microbiota composition showed a benign course, whereas patients with a skewed microbiota showed a high frequency of complications and mortality after transplantation. Thus, we conclude that the stability of intestinal microbiota is critically involved in outcomes of HSCT.

RevDate: 2020-07-23
CmpDate: 2020-07-23

Galloway-Peña JR, RR Jenq (2019)

The only thing that stops a bad microbiome, is a good microbiome.

Haematologica, 104(8):1511-1513.

RevDate: 2020-07-27
CmpDate: 2020-07-27

Green J, Castle D, Berk M, et al (2019)

Faecal microbiota transplants for depression - Who gives a crapsule?.

The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry, 53(8):732-734.

RevDate: 2020-07-23

Zhao D, Dai W, Tao H, et al (2020)

Polysaccharide isolated from Auricularia auricular-judae (Bull.) prevents dextran sulfate sodium-induced colitis in mice through modulating the composition of the gut microbiota.

Journal of food science [Epub ahead of print].

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic intestinal disease, which was commonly found in westerners whereas is increasingly prevalent in Asia because of the changing eating habits. In previous research, we found that a water-soluble polysaccharide isolated from Auricularia auricular-judae (Bull.)-a kind of edible mushroom (Aap)-is composed of β-1,3 glycosidic bonds, which is regarded as therapeutic or protective substance in enteritis. We therefore aimed to find the preventing effect of Aap on IBD. Here, we reported that pre-administration of Aap not only ameliorated weight loss, colon damage, and mucosal inflammation in colitis mice, but also prevented the damage of intestinal barrier by reducing the D-lactic acid and diamine oxidase level in plasma. Through high-throughput sequencing, we found that Aap changed gut microbiota composition. Furthermore, the preventing effect was transmissible via horizontal feces transfer from Aap-treated mice to normal mice. Our results indicated that oral administration of Aap is a promising protective substance of IBD. PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Our study proved that Auricularia auricula polysaccharide had substantial preventing effect on DSS-induced colitis in mice. This research might lay the theoretical foundation and technical support for the development of related functional foods. People could also enhance their gut immunity by eating Auricularia auricular in their daily life. Auricularia auricular as a highly nutritious agricultural product showed the broad significance in nutrition and food function.

RevDate: 2020-07-23

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation-standardization Study Group (2020)

Nanjing consensus on methodology of washed microbiota transplantation.

Chinese medical journal [Epub ahead of print].

RevDate: 2020-07-23

Tariq R, Saha S, Solanky D, et al (2020)

Predictors and Management of Failed Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for Recurrent Clostridioides difficile Infection.

Journal of clinical gastroenterology [Epub ahead of print].

BACKGROUND AND GOALS: Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) recurs in 10% to 15% after fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT). We identify predictors, and describe management and outcome of patients with recurrent CDI after FMT in a predominantly outpatient cohort.

METHODS: A nested case-control study of patients undergoing FMT for recurrent CDI from August 2012 to January 2017 was performed. FMT failure was defined as recurrent diarrhea with positive C. difficile stool test during follow-up (≥2 mo). Controls (patients without FMT failures) were matched to cases 1:1 for sex and timing of FMT±1 month.

RESULTS: Overall, 522 patients underwent FMT; 70 [13.4%; median age 53.8 years (range, 18 to 89 y), 54.3% females] recurred within a median 5.6 months (range, 0.2 to 34.9 mo). Number of prior CDI episodes, prior CDI treatment, and prior CDI-related hospitalizations were similar in cases and controls. Systemic antibiotics after FMT (54.3% vs. 21.4%, P<0.0001), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) (34.3% vs. 15.7%, P=0.01), pseudomembranes at FMT (4.3% vs. 0%, P=0.03), and poor bowel preparation (68.5% vs. 31.4%, P=0.01) were associated with FMT failure. On multivariate analysis, IBD [odds ratio (OR) 4.34; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.24-15.15], systemic antibiotics (OR 7.39; 95% CI, 3.02-18.07), and poor bowel preparation (OR 3.84; 95% CI, 1.59-9.28) predicted FMT failure with an area under the curve of 0.78. Among FMT failures, 37 (52.8%) were managed with antibiotics, 32 (45.7%) with repeat FMT after antibiotics and 1 with colectomy.

CONCLUSIONS: Use of systemic antibiotics, IBD, and poor bowel preparation predict FMT failure. Patients with FMT failure can be managed with antibiotics and/or repeat FMT.

RevDate: 2020-07-22

Jing N, Liu X, Jin M, et al (2020)

Fubrick tea attenuates high-fat diet induced fat deposition and metabolic disorder by regulating gut microbiota and caffeine metabolism.

Food & function [Epub ahead of print].

Fubrick tea aqueous extract (FTEs) has been reported to improve lipid metabolism and gut microbiota communities in mice and humans. However, it is still unclear how FTEs prevents obesity through gut microbiota, and whether some other regulatory mechanisms are involved in the process. Here, we found that FTEs supplementation effectively alleviated the body weight gain, visceral fat accumulation, dyslipidemia, and impaired glucose tolerance induced by a high-fat diet (HFD), and fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) from FTEs-treated mice showed similar protective effects as FTEs supplementation in mice fed with a HFD. The results confirmed that gut microbiota played key roles in attenuating HFD-induced fat deposition and metabolic disorder. In particular, FTEs reversed HFD-induced gut microbiota dysbiosis via increasing the relative abundances of Bacteroides, Adlercreutzia, Alistipes, Parabacteroides, and norank_f_Lachnospiraceae, and reducing that of Staphylococcus. Interestingly, FTEs could still alleviate HFD-induced lipid accumulation in mice treated with antibiotics, which had increased relative abundances of Bacteroidetes, Bacteroides, and Bacteroides_uniformis sp. In addition, supplementation with FTEs also modified the serum metabolome, especially the "caffeine metabolism" pathway. Furthermore, FTEs supplementation increased the concentrations of caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine in serum, which were positively correlated with an abundance of norank_f_Lachnospiraceae. Overall, FTEs exerts beneficial effects against obesity induced by HFD, and the underlying mechanism is partially related to the reprogramming of intestinal microbiota, while the metabolism of caffeine in FTEs also played an important role in the process. This study provides a theoretical basis for the further study of the anti-obesity effects of FTEs and the consideration of gut microbiota as a potential target for the treatment of obesity induced by a HFD.

RevDate: 2020-07-21
CmpDate: 2020-07-21

Quraishi MN, Shaheen W, Oo YH, et al (2020)

Immunological mechanisms underpinning faecal microbiota transplantation for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.

Clinical and experimental immunology, 199(1):24-38.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic gastrointestinal disease that results from a dysregulated immune response against specific environmental triggers in a genetically predisposed individual. Increasing evidence has indicated a causal role for changes in gut microbiota (dysbiosis) contributing to this immune-mediated intestinal inflammation. These mechanisms involve dysregulation of multiple facets of the host immune pathways that are potentially reversible. Faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is the transfer of processed stool from a healthy donor into an individual with an illness. FMT has shown promising results in both animal model experiments and clinical studies in IBD in the resolution of intestinal inflammation. The underlying mechanisms, however, are unclear. Insights from these studies have shown interactions between modulation of dysbiosis via changes in abundances of specific members of the gut microbial community and changes in host immunological pathways. Unravelling these causal relationships has promising potential for a translational therapy role to develop targeted microbial therapies and understand the mechanisms that underpin IBD aetiopathogenesis. In this review, we discuss current evidence for the contribution of gut microbiota in the disruption of intestinal immune homeostasis and immunoregulatory mechanisms that are associated with the resolution of inflammation through FMT in IBD.

RevDate: 2020-07-21

Halsey T, Ologun G, Wargo J, et al (2020)

Uncovering the role of the gut microbiota in immune checkpoint blockade therapy: A mini-review.

Seminars in hematology, 57(1):13-18.

In recent years, the microbiota has been implicated as a key factor associated with both response and toxicity from immune checkpoint blockade therapy. Numerous studies have been published that specifically highlight the importance of the microbiome as a distinct influencer of anti-PD-1/PD-L1 and anti-CTLA-4 activity in cancer patients, but a full understanding of mechanisms behind these interactions has yet to be achieved. With greater insight into how the microbiome can modulate immune checkpoint blockade comes the potential to target the microbiome to improve response rates and minimize toxicities. This mini-review looks at noteworthy studies that have explored the relationship between the microbiome and immune checkpoint blockade response and toxicity in both preclinical and clinical studies, with an emphasis on current hypotheses regarding mechanisms of action and potential microbiome-targeted therapeutic strategies under development.

RevDate: 2020-07-20
CmpDate: 2020-07-20

Konturek P, Konturek K, Zopf Y, et al (2020)

[Intestinal microbiota - a vital "organ" with manifold functions].

MMW Fortschritte der Medizin, 162(Suppl 4):9-14.

BACKGROUND: The intestinal microbiota must be seen as an elementary component of our health.

METHOD: Review article RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: An abnormal gut microbiota (dysbiosis) plays an essential role in the pathogenesis of functional and inflammatory bowel diseases. It is often also associated with diseases outside the intestine. The exact causality remains unclear ("chicken and egg problem"). With the help of prebiotics, probiotics or fecal microbiota therapy, relevant therapeutic effects can be achieved in chronic, dysbiosis-associated diseases. The choice of the preparation depends on the clinical symptoms, the duration of the treatment depends on the particular clinical picture.

RevDate: 2020-07-20

Zhu Z, Huang J, Li X, et al (2020)

Gut microbiota regulate tumor metastasis via circRNA/miRNA networks.

Gut microbes [Epub ahead of print].

BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence indicates that gut microbiota plays an important role in cancer progression. However, the underlying mechanism remains largely unknown. Here, we report that broad-spectrum antibiotics (ABX) treatment leads to enhanced metastasis by the alteration of gut microbiome composition.

METHODS: Cancer LLC and B16-F10 cell metastasis mouse models, and microarray/RNA sequencing analysis were used to reveal the regulatory functions of microbiota-mediated circular RNA (circRNA)/microRNA (miRNA) networks that may contribute to cancer metastasis.

RESULTS: The specific pathogen-free (SPF) mice with ABX treatment demonstrated enhanced lung metastasis. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) from SPF mice or Bifidobacterium into germ-free mice significantly suppressed lung metastasis. Mechanistically, gut microbiota impacts circRNA expression to regulate levels of corresponding miRNAs. Specifically, such modulations of gut microbiota inhibit mmu_circ_0000730 expression in an IL-11-dependent manner. Bioinformatics analysis combined with luciferase reporter assays revealed reciprocal repression between mmu_circ_0000730 and mmu-miR-466i-3p. We further showed that both mmu-miR-466i-3p and mmu-miR-466 f-3p suppresses a number of genes involved in epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and stemness of cancer stem cells such as SOX9.

CONCLUSIONS: These results provide evidence of a previously unrecognized regulatory role of non-coding RNAs in microbiota-mediated cancer metastasis, and thus, the microbiome may serve as a therapeutic target.

RevDate: 2020-07-20

Wei Z, Shen P, Cheng P, et al (2020)

Gut Bacteria Selectively Altered by Sennoside A Alleviate Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity Traits.

Oxidative medicine and cellular longevity, 2020:2375676.

Accumulating evidences implicate that gut microbiota play an important role in the onset and prolongation of fat inflammation and diabetes. Sennoside A, the main active ingredient of Rhizoma Rhei (rhubarb), is widely used for constipation as a kind of anthranoid laxative (e.g., senna). Here, we put forward the hypothesis that the structural alteration of gut microbiota in obesity mice may be involved in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes (T2D) which may be ameliorated by Sennoside A. We investigated the appearance of obesity, insulin resistance, host inflammation, and leaky gut phenotype with or without Sennoside A in db/db mice. Horizontal fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) was used to confirm the critical roles of gut microbiota in the amelioration of the indices in T2D mice after Sennoside A treatment. As a result, we found that Sennoside A administration markedly improved the indices in T2D mice and obesity-related traits including blood glucose level, body weight, lipid metabolism disorder, and insulin resistance. The gut microbiota changed quickly during the onset of T2D in db/db mice, which confirmed the hypothesis that gut microbiota was involved in the pathogenesis of T2D. Sennoside A altered gut microbial composition which might mediate the antiobesogenic effects in T2D remission. Sennoside A also reduced inflammation and increased tight junction proteins in the ileum in gene-deficient mice via gut microbiota alteration. FMT lowered the blood glucose level and improved insulin resistance, corroborating that Sennoside A perhaps exerted its antiobesogenic effects through gut microbiota alteration. Chemical Compounds Studied in This Article. Compounds studied in this article include Sennoside A (PubChem CID: 73111) and metformin hydrochloride (PubChem CID: 14219).

RevDate: 2020-07-20

Martínez-González AE, P Andreo-Martínez (2020)

Prebiotics, probiotics and fecal microbiota transplantation in autism: A systematic review.

Revista de psiquiatria y salud mental pii:S1888-9891(20)30071-9 [Epub ahead of print].

In recent years, there has been an increase in studies of the implications of the gut microbiota (GM) in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There is a hypothesis which propose a relationship between the emotional state and the abundance of intestinal microbes through the so-called microbiota-intestine-brain axis. In this sense, dysbiotic GM could be a contributing factor to the appearance of ASD. This systematic review article analyzes the results of the intervention using prebiotics (carrot powder, vitamin A, partially hydrolyzed guar gum, galactooligosaccharides, etc.), probiotics (mainly: Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, etc.) and transplantation of fecal microbiota in ASD children. In conclusion, the results of the initial studies suggest changes in ASD symptoms, gastro-intestinal symptoms and GM composition after the interventions. However, the results should be taken with caution because there are very few studies that analyze the efficacy of long-term treatments and the different combinations of them.

RevDate: 2020-07-20
CmpDate: 2020-07-20

Kelly CR, SA Kahn (2020)

Is it unethical to conduct placebo-controlled trials of faecal microbiota transplantation for recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection?.

The lancet. Gastroenterology & hepatology, 5(5):432-433.

RevDate: 2020-07-18

Holvoet T, Joossens M, Vázquez-Castellanos JF, et al (2020)

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation Reduces Symptoms in Some Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Predominant Abdominal Bloating: Short- and Long-Term Results from a Placebo-Controlled Randomized Trial.

Gastroenterology pii:S0016-5085(20)34937-4 [Epub ahead of print].

BACKGROUND & AIMS: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional gastrointestinal disorder associated with intestinal dysbiosis. Given reported promising results of open-label fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) therapy in patients with predominant abdominal bloating, we studied efficacy of this treatment in a randomized, placebo-controlled trial.

METHODS: Patients with refractory IBS, defined as failure of ≥ 3 conventional therapies, were randomly assigned to single-dose nasojejunal administration of donor stools (n=43) or autologous stools (n=19) in a double-blind study, performed from December 2015 through October 2017, and followed for 1 year. IBS-related symptoms were assessed using a daily symptom diary to determine general abdominal discomfort, abdominal bloating, abdominal pain and flatulence on a scale of 1-6. Number of daily bowel movements, consistency of the stools, and the abdominal circumference were also recorded. Patients completed the IBS-specific quality of life questionnaire. Primary endpoints were improvement of IBS symptoms and bloating at 12 weeks (response). Secondary endpoints were changes in IBS-symptom-scores and quality of life. Stool samples were collected for microbiota amplicon sequencing. Open-label re-transplantation was offered after the trial.

RESULTS: At week 12, 56% of patients given donor stool reported improvement in both primary endpoints compared with 26% of patients given placebo (P=.03). Patients given donor stool had significant improvements in level of discomfort (mean reduction of 19%; median score preFMT, 3.98; range, 2.13-6.00; median score post-FMT, 3.1; range, 951.29-5.90), stool frequency (mean reduction of 13%, median score preFMT, 2.10; range, 0.57-14.29; median score postFMT 1.7; range, 0.71-4.29), urgency (mean reduction of 38%; median score preFMT, 0.61; range, 0.00-1.00; median score postFMT, 0.37; range, 0.00-1.00), abdominal pain (mean reduction of 26%; median score preFMT, 3.88; range, 1.57-5.17; median score postFMT, 2.80; range, 1.14-4.94), flatulence (mean reduction of 10%; median score preFMT, 3.42; range, 0.71-6.00; median score postFMT, 3.07; range, 0.79-4.23), and quality of life (mean increase of 16%; median score preFMT 32.6; range, 11-119; median score postFMT, 43.1; range, 32.25-99). A significantly higher proportion of women given donor stool (69%) had a response than men (29%) (P=.01). Fecal samples from responders had higher diversity of microbiomes before administration of donor material than fecal samples from non-responders (P=.04) and distinct baseline composition (P= .04), but no specific marker taxa were associated with response. After single FMT, 21% of patients given donor stool reported effects that lasted for more than 1 year, compared with 5% of patients given placebo stool. A second FMT reduced symptoms in 67% of patients with an initial response to donor stool, but not in patients with a prior non-response.

CONCLUSIONS: In a randomized trial of patients with treatment-refractory IBS with predominant bloating, FMT relieved symptoms compared with placebo (autologous transplant), although effects decreased over 1 year. A second FMT restored the response patients with a prior response. Response associated with composition of the fecal microbiomes before FMT; this might be used to as a biomarker to select patients for this treatment. no: NCT02299973.

RevDate: 2020-07-18

Ghani R, Mullish BH, McDonald JAK, et al (2020)

Disease prevention not decolonization - a model for fecal microbiota transplantation in patients colonized with multidrug-resistant organisms.

Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America pii:5873448 [Epub ahead of print].

Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) yields variable intestinal decolonization results for multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs). This study showed significant reductions in antibiotic duration, bacteremia and length of stay in 20 patients colonized/ infected with MDRO receiving FMT (compared to pre-FMT history, and a matched group not receiving FMT), despite modest decolonization rates.

RevDate: 2020-07-18

Jang YO, Lee SH, Choi JJ, et al (2020)

Fecal microbial transplantation and a high fiber diet attenuates emphysema development by suppressing inflammation and apoptosis.

Experimental & molecular medicine pii:10.1038/s12276-020-0469-y [Epub ahead of print].

Recent work has suggested a microbial dysbiosis association between the lung and gut in respiratory diseases. Here, we demonstrated that gut microbiome modulation attenuated emphysema development. To modulate the gut microbiome, fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) and diet modification were adopted in mice exposed to smoking and poly I:C for the emphysema model. We analyzed the severity of emphysema by the mean linear intercept (MLI) and apoptosis by the fluorescent TUNEL assay. Microbiome analysis was also performed in feces and fecal extracellular vesicles (EVs). The MLI was significantly increased with smoking exposure. FMT or a high-fiber diet (HFD) attenuated the increase. Weight loss, combined with smoking exposure, was not noted in mice with FMT. HFD significantly decreased macrophages and lymphocytes in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. Furthermore, IL-6 and IFN-γ were decreased in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and serum. The TUNEL score was significantly lower in mice with FMT or HFD, suggesting decreased cell apoptosis. In the microbiome analysis, Bacteroidaceae and Lachnospiraceae, which are alleged to metabolize fiber into short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), increased at the family level with FMT and HFD. FMT and HFD attenuated emphysema development via local and systemic inhibition of inflammation and changes in gut microbiota composition, which could provide a new paradigm in COPD treatment.

RevDate: 2020-07-17

Sui H, Zhang L, Gu K, et al (2020)

YYFZBJS ameliorates colorectal cancer progression in ApcMin/+ mice by remodeling gut microbiota and inhibiting regulatory T-cell generation.

Cell communication and signaling : CCS, 18(1):113 pii:10.1186/s12964-020-00596-9.

BACKGROUND: Progression of Colorectal cancer (CRC) is influenced by single or compounded environmental factors. Accumulating evidence shows that microbiota can influence the outcome of cancer immunotherapy. T cell, one of the main populations of effector immune cells in antitumor immunity, has been considered as a double-edged sword during the progression of CRC. Our previous studies indicate that traditional Chinese herbs (TCM) have potential anticancer effects in improving quality of life and therapeutic effect. However, little is known about the mechanism of TCM formula in cancer prevention.

METHODS: Here, we used C57BL/6 J ApcMin/+ mice, an animal model of human intestinal tumorigenesis, to investigate the gut bacterial diversity and their mechanisms of action in gastrointestinal adenomas, and to evaluate the effects of Yi-Yi-Fu-Zi-Bai-Jiang-San (YYFZBJS) on of colon carcinogenesis in vivo and in vitro. Through human-into-mice fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) experiments from YYFZBJS volunteers or control donors, we were able to differentially modulate the tumor microbiome and affect tumor growth as well as tumor immune infiltration.

RESULTS: We report herein, YYFZBJS treatment blocked tumor initiation and progression in ApcMin/+ mice with less change of body weight and increased immune function. Moreover, diversity analysis of fecal samples demonstrated that YYFZBJS regulated animal's natural gut flora, including Bacteroides fragilis, Lachnospiraceae and so on. Intestinal tumors from conventional and germ-free mice fed with stool from YYFZBJS volunteers had been decreased. Some inflammation' expression also have been regulated by the gut microbiota mediated immune cells. Intestinal lymphatic, and mesenteric lymph nodes (MLN), accumulated CD4+ CD25+ Foxp3 positive Treg cells were reduced by YYFZBJS treatment in ApcMin/+ mice. Although YYFZBJS had no inhibition on CRC cell proliferation by itself, the altered Tregs mediated by YYFZBJS repressed CRC cancer cell growth, along with reduction of the phosphorylation of β-catenin.

CONCLUSIONS: In conclusion, we demonstrated that gut microbiota and Treg were involved in CRC development and progression, and we propose YYFZBJS as a new potential drug option for the treatment of CRC. Video abstract.

RevDate: 2020-07-17

Khanna S (2020)

Fecal transplant clinical trials for Clostridioides difficile: an interview with Sahil Khanna.

Future microbiology [Epub ahead of print].

This interview was conducted by Atiya Henry, Commissioning Editor of Future Microbiology. Sahil Khanna is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester (MN, USA). He is directing the Comprehensive Gastroenterology Interest group, Clostridioides difficile clinic, Fecal Microbiota Transplantation program and C. difficile related clinical trials at Mayo Clinic. He completed Medical School at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi; followed by Post Doctoral Research at University of California, San Diego (CA, USA); residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic, before joining the Faculty. He also completed Masters in Clinical and Translational Sciences during his fellowship. His research and clinical interests include epidemiology, outcomes and emerging therapeutics for C. difficile infection, an arena in which he has had numerous publications and presentations. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, serves as reviewer, is on the editorial board of several journals and has won numerous awards.

RevDate: 2020-07-17

Dubois NE, Read CY, O'Brien K, et al (2020)

Challenges of Screening Prospective Stool Donors for Fecal Microbiota Transplantation.

Biological research for nursing [Epub ahead of print].

Despite high efficacy rates, significant costs and logistical challenges associated with procuring stool from healthy donors for fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) have presented barriers to broader institutional adoption and limited the availability of this life-saving treatment. Published outcomes for donor screening programs report donor deferral rates between 90% and 96%. Due to the paucity of FMT donor screening data, a secondary analysis on a cohort of previously screened donors (n = 7,968) was conducted to provide a synopsis of the observed trends and rationales for prospective stool donor deferrals. Upon completion of the evaluation, 1.7% of prospective donors (n = 134) qualified for stool donation. Over 50% of donors who completed the online pre-screen were deferred, primarily for a body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or greater (n = 1,516, 37.0%), logistics (n = 841, 20.5%), and travel history (n = 638, 15.5%). Despite pre-screening, 569 donors (72.8%) who completed the in-person clinical assessment were ultimately deferred due primarily to potentially microbiome-mediated diseases (n = 187, 32.9%). A notably small portion of donors (n = 46, 25.6%) were deferred during the laboratory assessment process suggesting the clinical assessment was effective at deferring donors at higher risk for transmissible diseases. Donors lost to follow-up throughout the screening process presented a significant challenge and contributed to a notable (n = 3,117; 39.1%) portion of donor attrition. Findings were used to support recommendations for improving prospective stool donor screening programs and to provide suggestions for future research.

RevDate: 2020-07-17

Dupont HL, Jiang ZD, Dupont AW, et al (2020)


Transactions of the American Clinical and Climatological Association, 131:178-197.

The Human Microbiome Initiative of NIH, begun in 2007, has opened the door to the power of the intestinal microbiome in health and disease. The 100 trillion gut microbes influence body function through three pathways: (1) via the neural route where 500 million neurons of the enteric nervous system (the body's second brain) connect to the brain and spinal cord, (2) via the immune route where the gut-immune capacity prevents infection and elicits immune response to vaccines, and (3) by the hormonal route wherein biologically active chemicals are released from enteroendocrine cells to control mood and body functions. Through research, the identification of diseases and disorders associated with abnormal microbiome ("dysbiosis") has increased in number with potential for reversibility. Our team has developed an orally administered fecal microbiota transplantation product that is effective in reversing dysbiosis in recurrent Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile) and is being used to reverse abnormal microbiomes in chronic dysbiotic disorders.

RevDate: 2020-07-17

Touchefeu Y, Duchalais E, Bruley des Varannes S, et al (2020)

Concomitant decrease of double-positive lymphocyte population CD4CD8αα and Faecalibacterium prausnitzii in patients with colorectal cancer.

European journal of gastroenterology & hepatology [Epub ahead of print].

INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: Changes in the composition of the gut microbiota in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) compatible with a contribution of the gut microbiota in carcinogenesis have been reported. In particular, a decrease Faecalibacterium prausnitzii has been identified. A CD4CD8αα, double-positive lymphocyte population (DP8α) has recently been demonstrated in the human colon and blood with regulatory functions and specificity for F. prausnitzii. Here, we aimed to detect dysbiosis in the fecal microbiome of patients with CRC by metagenomic analysis, and to look for changes in the levels of DP8α circulating T cells specific for F. prausnitzii in these patients.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with CRC and control subjects were prospectively included. None had received antibiotics in the previous month or any anti-tumor treatment. A stool sample was collected for each participant, and analyzed by shotgun sequencing. The DP8α T cell population was identified and quantified on fresh whole blood by flow cytometry with anti-CD45, anti-CD3, anti-CD4 and anti-CD8α co-labeling.

RESULTS: Twenty-one patients with CRC and 20 controls subjects were included. We found that mean relative abundance of five species was significantly decreased in CRC patients compared with controls, including F. prausnitzii, Barnesiella intestinihominis, Alistipes finegoldii, Bacteroides eggerthii and Eubacterium siraeum. We also found that the DP8α T cell population was significantly decreased in the blood of CRC patients compared with controls.

CONCLUSION: In our work, we showed that a reduced abundance of F. prausnitzii in CRC patients was associated to a significant decrease in the circulating DP8α Treg population, suggesting a potential involvement of reduced activity of DP8α T cells in colonic carcinogenesis. These findings open new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for CRC.

RevDate: 2020-07-16

Wang T, Liu K, Wen L, et al (2020)

Autophagy and Gastrointestinal Diseases.

Advances in experimental medicine and biology, 1207:529-556.

Normal gastrointestinal physiology is fundamental for all the living beings. Gastrointestinal diseases mainly include gastrointestinal motility disorders, infectious inflammation (such as Helicobacter pylori infection, cholera, and intestinal parasites), non-infectious inflammation (such as chronic gastritis and Crohn's disease), and gastrointestinal cancers. In addition, intestinal microbial disorder is also an important cause of intestinal diseases, so intestinal microecological treatment (fecal microbiota transplantation) is an important mean of treating gastrointestinal diseases. In recent years, the role of autophagy in gastrointestinal diseases has been studied extensively. Autophagy is observed under various pathological processes of the gastrointestinal tract. For example, it has been demonstrated that autophagy plays an important role in maintaining the homeostasis and integrity of intestinal epithelium. Additionally, autophagy regulates host response to H. pylori infection and development of gastrointestinal cancers. Therefore, we will discuss pivotal roles of autophagy in various gastrointestinal diseases and analyze the underlying molecular mechanisms, which may provide new therapeutic targets applicable for the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases.

RevDate: 2020-07-17

Qi X, Zhong X, Xu S, et al (2020)

Extracellular Matrix and Oxidative Phosphorylation: Important Role in the Regulation of Hypothalamic Function by Gut Microbiota.

Frontiers in genetics, 11:520.

Background: In previous studies, our team examined the gut microbiota of healthy individuals and depressed patients using fecal microbiota transplantation of germ-free (GF) mice. Our results showed that depression-like and anxiety-like behavioral phenotypes of host mice were increased, but the molecular mechanism by which gut microbiota regulate host behavioral phenotypes is still unclear.

Methods: To investigate the molecular mechanism by which gut microbiota regulate host brain function, adult GF mice were colonized with fecal samples derived from healthy control (HC) individuals or patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). Transcriptomic profiling of hypothalamus samples was performed to detect differentially expressed genes (DEGs). qRT-PCR was used for validation experiments.

Results: Colonization germ-free (CGF) mice had 243 DEGs compared with GF mice. The most enriched KEGG pathways associated with upregulated genes were "protein digestion and absorption," "extracellular matrix (ECM)-receptor interaction," and "focal adhesion." MDD mice had 642 DEGs compared with HC mice. The most enriched KEGG pathways associated with upregulated genes in MDD mice were also "protein digestion and absorption," "ECM-receptor interaction," and "focal adhesion." Meanwhile, the most enriched KEGG pathway associated with downregulated genes in these mice was "oxidative phosphorylation," and genes related to this pathway were found to be highly correlated in PPI network analysis.

Conclusion: In summary, our findings suggested that regulation of ECM is a key mechanism shared by different gut microbiota and that inhibition of energy metabolism in the hypothalamus by gut microbiota derived from MDD patients is a potential mechanism of behavioral regulation and depression.

RevDate: 2020-07-15

Generoso JS, Giridharan VV, Lee J, et al (2020)

The role of the microbiota-gut-brain axis in neuropsychiatric disorders.

Revista brasileira de psiquiatria (Sao Paulo, Brazil : 1999) pii:S1516-44462020005021202 [Epub ahead of print].

The microbiota-gut-brain axis is a bidirectional signaling mechanism between the gastrointestinal tract and the central nervous system. The complexity of the intestinal ecosystem is extraordinary; it comprises more than 100 trillion microbial cells that inhabit the small and large intestine, and this interaction between microbiota and intestinal epithelium can cause physiological changes in the brain and influence mood and behavior. Currently, there has been an emphasis on how such interactions affect mental health. Evidence indicates that intestinal microbiota are involved in neurological and psychiatric disorders. This review covers evidence for the influence of gut microbiota on the brain and behavior in Alzheimer disease, dementia, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, Parkinson's disease, and schizophrenia. The primary focus is on the pathways involved in intestinal metabolites of microbial origin, including short-chain fatty acids, tryptophan metabolites, and bacterial components that can activate the host's immune system. We also list clinical evidence regarding prebiotics, probiotics, and fecal microbiota transplantation as adjuvant therapies for neuropsychiatric disorders.

RevDate: 2020-07-15

Zhang S, Lv J, Ren X, et al (2020)

The efficacy and safety of fecal microbiota transplantation in the treatment of systemic sclerosis: A protocol for systematic review and meta analysis.

Medicine, 99(28):e21267.

BACKGROUND: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is 1 of the most complex systemic autoimmune diseases.Accumulating evidence suggests that gut microbiota affect the development and function of the immune system and may play a role in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases. This new paradigm raises the possibility that many diseases result, at least partially, from microbiota-related dysfunction. This understanding invites the investigation of fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) in the treatment of SSc. However, no study has specifically and systematically investigated the efficacy and safety of FMT in the treatment of SSc. Thus, this study will systematically and comprehensively appraise the efficacy and safety of FMT in the treatment of SSc.

METHODS: We will search the following sources without restrictions for date, language, or publication status: PubMed, Web of Science,Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) Cochrane Library, EMBASE and China National Knowledge Infrastructure. We will apply a combination of Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) and free-text terms incorporating database-specific controlled vocabularies and text words to implement search strategies. We will also search the ongoing trials registered in the World Health Organization's International Clinical Trials Registry Platform. Besides, the previous relevant reviews conducted on FMT for SSc and reference lists of included studies will also be searched.

RESULTS: This study will provide a reliable basis for the treatment of SSc with FMT.

CONCLUSIONS: The findings will be an available reference to evaluate the efficacy and safety of FMT in the treatment of SSc.


RevDate: 2020-07-14

Lim YY, Lee YS, DSQ Ooi (2020)

Engineering the Gut Microbiome for Treatment of Obesity: A Review of Current Understanding and Progress.

Biotechnology journal [Epub ahead of print].

BACKGROUND: Obesity is a complex, multifactorial disease that is increasing in prevalence despite extensive research and efforts to curb it. Over the last decade, gut microbiome has emerged as an important contributor to the pathogenesis of obesity. Microbiome profile is altered in obese phenotype and the causative role of microbiome in obesity is demonstrated in fecal microbiota transplantation studies.

PURPOSE AND SCOPE: Herein, current evidences supporting the role of gut microbiome in obesity and the current therapies designed to engineer gut microbiome for treatment of obesity are reviewed.

SUMMARY: We outlined the microbial enterotypes associated with obesity and examined the gut microbiota-driven metabolism and low-grade inflammation linking gut microbiome and obesity. We evaluated how the different intrinsic and extrinsic factors such as host genetics, mode of childbirth delivery, diet, lifestyle habits and use of antibiotics influenced the composition of the gut microbiome in the development of obesity. We also discussed the efficacy of current therapies in the forms of prebiotics, probiotics and engineered microbes that are used to manipulate gut microbiome in treating obesity.

CONCLUSION: The recent evidences discussed in this review showed that obesity is correlated with distinct gut microbiome profiles, which may partly explain the association between obesity and environmental factors. Moreover, therapies that target the gut microbiome can potentially treat obesity. Further studies are needed to design specific microbiome-based therapies that can alter the gut microbiota composition to resemble that of non-obese phenotype and the effectiveness of these therapies in maintaining a healthy gut microbiome can be validated in longitudinal prospective studies. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

RevDate: 2020-07-14

Matsuoka K (2020)

Fecal microbiota transplantation for ulcerative colitis.

Immunological medicine [Epub ahead of print].

Altered abundance and composition of the gut microbiota, i.e., dysbiosis, is reported to be involved in the pathogenesis of various diseases including not only gastrointestinal diseases but also metabolic, neurological, and autoimmune disorders. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) aims to correct dysbiosis by administrating feces collected from donors and thus treat the underlying disease. Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a disease characterized by chronic inflammation in the large intestine. Patients with UC have been reported to have dysbiosis, and more specifically, reduced diversity and abundance of the gut microbiota. FMT has been tried as a treatment for UC. Favorable effects of FMT on UC had been reported in case reports or case series. Recently, four randomized controlled trials of FMT for UC were published. Three of the four studies reported that FMT was more effective than control treatment. Thus, FMT is considered as a promising treatment for UC; however, there are many issues to solve before FMT can become a standard therapy for UC including donor selection, administration routes, frequencies, easy-to-administer formulation development, and optimal patient population.

RevDate: 2020-07-15
CmpDate: 2020-07-15

Chadchan SB, Cheng M, Parnell LA, et al (2019)

Antibiotic therapy with metronidazole reduces endometriosis disease progression in mice: a potential role for gut microbiota.

Human reproduction (Oxford, England), 34(6):1106-1116.

STUDY QUESTION: Does altering gut microbiota with antibiotic treatment have any impact on endometriosis progression?

SUMMARY ANSWER: Antibiotic therapy reduces endometriosis progression in mice, possibly by reducing specific gut bacteria.

WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Endometriosis, a chronic condition causing abdominal pain and infertility, afflicts up to 10% of women between the ages of 25 and 40, ~5 million women in the USA. Current treatment strategies, including hormone therapy and surgery, have significant side effects and do not prevent recurrences. We have little understanding of why some women develop endometriosis and others do not.

STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, DURATION: Mice were treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics or metronidazole, subjected to surgically-induced endometriosis and assayed after 21 days.

The volumes and weights of endometriotic lesions and histological signatures were analysed. Proliferation and inflammation in lesions were assessed by counting cells that were positive for the proliferation marker Ki-67 and the macrophage marker Iba1, respectively. Differences in faecal bacterial composition were assessed in mice with and without endometriosis, and faecal microbiota transfer studies were performed.

In mice treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics (vancomycin, neomycin, metronidazole and ampicillin), endometriotic lesions were significantly smaller (~ 5-fold; P < 0.01) with fewer proliferating cells (P < 0.001) than those in mice treated with vehicle. Additionally, inflammatory responses, as measured by the macrophage marker Iba1 in lesions and IL-1β, TNF-α, IL-6 and TGF-β1 in peritoneal fluid, were significantly reduced in mice treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics (P < 0.05). In mice treated with metronidazole only, but not in those treated with neomycin, ectopic lesions were significantly (P < 0.001) smaller in volume than those from vehicle-treated mice. Finally, oral gavage of faeces from mice with endometriosis restored the endometriotic lesion growth and inflammation (P < 0.05 and P < 0.01, respectively) in metronidazole-treated mice.


These findings are from a mouse model of surgically-induced endometriosis. Further studies are needed to determine the mechanism by which gut bacteria promote inflammation, identify bacterial genera or species that promote disease progression and assess the translatability of these findings to humans.

Our findings suggest that gut bacteria promote endometriosis progression in mice. This finding if translated to humans, could aid in the development of improved diagnostic tools and personalised treatment strategies.

This work was funded, in part, by: a National Institutes of Health (NIH)/ National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) grant (R00HD080742) to RK; Washington University School of Medicine start-up funds to RK; an Endometriosis Foundation of America Research Award to R.K.; and an NIH/NICHD grant (R01HD091218) to IUM. The authors report no conflict of interest.

RevDate: 2020-07-13

Blanco C (2020)

The influence of the gut microbiome on obesity.

Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 32(7):504-510.

Obesity is a disease with multiple environmental and genetic factors, which when combined contribute to the maintenance of an elevated body weight, thereby reducing long-term success of weight loss. The human gut microbiome is becoming a new potential contributor to obesity. Specifically, gut bacteria and their metabolites are known to affect dysbiosis, metabolism, endotoxemia, and inflammation. Many environmental and lifestyle factors can alter the gut microbiota affecting obesity. Potential therapies to alter the gut microbiota include supplementation with probiotic organisms and the use of fecal microbiota transplantation. This review will examine the growing evidence supporting the mechanisms with which the human gut microbiota may influence obesity, various influences on the microbiota, and potential therapies.

RevDate: 2020-07-13

Huang GQ, Bai Y, Sun ZQ, et al (2020)

Successful Treatment of Pseudomembranous Colitis with Fecal Microbiota Transplantation - A Case Study on A Patient Rescued by Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation After Cardiac Arrest.

Annals of transplantation, 25:e923283 pii:923283.

BACKGROUND Pseudomembranous colitis (PMC) is an opportunistic, nosocomial infection caused by Clostridium difficile. CASE REPORT Here we described a patient who developed PMC during her recovery from cardiac arrest. A 16-year-old female high school student experienced sudden cardiac arrest. Spontaneous circulation was not returned by standard cardiopulmonary resuscitation. After her admission to the emergency unit, her cardiac function and neurologic function were finally resumed by extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR); however, after 14 days, her recovery was complicated with excessive diarrhea and shock. Colonoscopy confirmed the diagnosis of PMC. Metronidazole and vancomycin were immediately administered; however, the treatment did not result in any improvement. Fecal microbiota transplantation was then performed, and after 4 transplantations, her diarrhea was significantly ameliorated. After hospital stay for 135 days, the patient was finally discharged with grade II brain function. She later recovered self-care ability in follow-up. CONCLUSIONS The patient suffered from a long-term gastrointestinal ischemia-hypoxia resulting from cardiac arrest. The use of broad-spectrum antibiotics in the later treatment led to refractory PMC, which was successfully managed by multiple fecal microbiota transplantation.

RevDate: 2020-07-13

Agarwal A, Maheshwari A, Verma S, et al (2020)

Superiority of Higher-Volume Fresh Feces Compared to Lower-Volume Frozen Feces in Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for Recurrent Clostridioides Difficile Colitis.

Digestive diseases and sciences pii:10.1007/s10620-020-06459-0 [Epub ahead of print].

GOALS: To compare the clinical outcomes of different protocols for fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) in two community hospitals with similar patient demographics.

BACKGROUND: FMT is commonly performed for recurrent or refractory Clostridioides difficile infection (rCDI). The clinical efficacy of FMT for this indication has been well established. However, there has been no standardization or optimization of the amount of fecal material, method of feces preparation, or route of delivery for FMT.

STUDY: In this retrospective study, patients with rCDI received FMT using commercially available frozen fecal preparation (22.7 g) at Center A and locally prepared fresh fecal filtrate (30-50 g) at Center B. The primary outcome was defined as complete resolution of clinical symptoms related to rCDI after at least 8 weeks of follow-up.

RESULTS: Fifty patients from each center were included in the study. Clinical success after initial FMT with lower-volume frozen fecal preparation at Center A was 32/50 (64.0%) compared to 49/50 (98.0%) with higher-volume fresh fecal filtrate at Center B (p < 0.0001). Seventeen patients in Center A and 1 patient in Center B underwent at least one repeat FMT. Overall clinical success was achieved in 43/50 (86%) of patients in Center A and 50/50 (100%) in Center B (p = 0.012).

CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest superior clinical efficacy of a larger amount of fresh fecal filtrate over a smaller amount of commercially available frozen fecal preparation. Further studies are needed to examine the effect of varying amounts of feces and the optimal protocol for FMT in patients with rCDI.

RevDate: 2020-07-13

Zhu Y, Zhang JY, Wei YL, et al (2020)

The polyphenol-rich extract from chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa L.) modulates gut microbiota and improves lipid metabolism in diet-induced obese rats.

Nutrition & metabolism, 17:54 pii:473.

The gut microbiota plays a critical role in obesity and lipid metabolism disorder. Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa L.) are rich in polyphenols with various physiological and pharmacological activities. We determined serum physiological parameters and fecal microbial components by using related kits, liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and 16S rRNA gene sequencing every 10 days. Real-time PCR analysis was used to measure gene expression of bile acids (BAs) and lipid metabolism in liver and adipose tissues. We analyzed the effects of different Chokeberry polyphenol (CBPs) treatment time on obesity and lipid metabolism in high fat diet (HFD)-fed rats. The results indicated that CBPs treatment prevents obesity, liver steatosis and improves dyslipidemia in HFD-fed rats. CBPs modulated the composition of the gut microbiota with the extended treatment time, reducing the Firmicutes/Bacteroidetes ratio (F/B ratio) and increasing the relative abundance of Bacteroides, Prevotella, Akkermansia and other bacterial species associated with anti-obesity properties. We found that CBPs treatment gradually decreased the total BAs pool and particularly reduced the relative content of cholic acid (CA), deoxycholic acid (DCA) and enhanced the relative content of chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA). These changes were positively correlated Bacteroides, Prevotella and negatively correlated with Clostridium, Eubacterium, Ruminococcaceae. In liver and white adipose tissues, the gene expression of lipogenesis, lipolysis and BAs metabolism were regulated after CBPs treatment in HFD-fed rats, which was most likely mediated through FXR and TGR-5 signaling pathway to improve lipid metabolism. In addition, the mRNA expression of PPARγ, UCP1 and PGC-1α were upregulated markedly in interscapular brown adipose tissue (iBAT) after CBPs treatment. We confirmed that CBPs could reduce the body weight of HFD-fed rats by accelerating energy homeostasis and thermogenesis in iBAT. Finally, the fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) experiment results demonstrated that FMT from CBPs-treated rats failed to reduce the weight of HFD-fed rats. However, FMT from CBPs-treated rats improved dyslipidemia and reshaped gut microbiota in HFD-fed rats. In conclusion, CBPs treatment improved obesity and complications by regulating gut microbiota in HFD-fed rats. The gut microbiota plays an important role in BAs metabolism after CBPs treatment, and BAs have therefore emerged as major effectors in microbe-host signaling events that influence host lipid metabolism, energy metabolism and thermogenesis.

RevDate: 2020-07-13

Ryu AJ, Rahimi RS, MD Leise (2020)

The Current Hepatic Encephalopathy Pipeline.

Journal of clinical and experimental hepatology, 10(4):377-385.

Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a complication of acute or chronic liver failure; its mechanism is complex, involving multiple organ systems, and is still being elucidated. The standard of care, lactulose, has remained generally unchanged for decades. However, in recent years, better understanding of the pathophysiology has yielded new therapeutic targets for this reversible condition. These novel treatments act both on traditional pathways established in the ammonia hypothesis and through more recently discovered mechanisms. Here, we review contemporary investigational therapies for HE. We used narrative reviews and searched database for the condition "hepatic encephalopathy" through August 29, 2019. Our review yielded six key areas of therapeutic focus: (1) antibiotics against urease-producing gut bacteria, (2) intravenous ammonia scavengers, (3) modified synthetic probiotics, (4) fecal microbiota transplant, (5) brain steroid-modulating agents, and 6) nonlactulose laxatives. Active trials are ongoing in each of these therapeutic areas.

RevDate: 2020-07-13
CmpDate: 2020-07-13

Fielding RA, Reeves AR, Jasuja R, et al (2019)

Muscle strength is increased in mice that are colonized with microbiota from high-functioning older adults.

Experimental gerontology, 127:110722.

Evidence in support of a gut-muscle axis has been reported in rodents, but studies in older adult humans are limited. Accordingly, the primary goals of the present study were to compare gut microbiome composition in older adults that differed in terms of the percentage of whole body lean mass and physical functioning (high-functioning, HF, n = 18; low-functioning, LF, n = 11), and to evaluate the causative role of the gut microbiome on these variables by transferring fecal samples from older adults into germ-free mice. Family-level Prevotellaceae, genus-level Prevotella and Barnesiella, and the bacterial species Barnesiella intestinihominis were higher in HF older adults at the initial study visit, at a 1-month follow-up visit, in HF human fecal donors, and in HF-colonized mice, when compared with their LF counterparts. Grip strength was significantly increased by 6.4% in HF-, when compared with LF-colonized mice. In contrast, despite significant differences for the percentage of whole body lean mass and physical functioning when comparing the human fecal donors, the percentage of whole body lean mass and treadmill endurance capacity were not different when comparing human microbiome-containing mice. In sum, these data suggest a role for gut bacteria on the maintenance of muscle strength, but argue against a role for gut bacteria on the maintenance of the percentage of whole body lean mass or endurance capacity, findings that collectively add to elucidation of the gut-muscle axis in older adults.

RevDate: 2020-06-01
CmpDate: 2020-06-01

The Lancet Gastroenterology Hepatology (2019)

Probiotics: elixir or empty promise?.

The lancet. Gastroenterology & hepatology, 4(2):81.

RevDate: 2020-07-10

Keskey R, Cone JT, DeFazio JR, et al (2020)

The use of fecal microbiota transplant in sepsis.

Translational research : the journal of laboratory and clinical medicine pii:S1931-5244(20)30168-7 [Epub ahead of print].

Sepsis is defined as a dysregulated inflammatory response, which ultimately results from a perturbed interaction of both an altered immune system and the biomass and virulence of involved pathogens. This response has been tied to the intestinal microbiota, as the microbiota and its associated metabolites play an essential role in regulating the host immune response to infection. In turn, critical illness as well as necessary healthcare treatments result in a collapse of the intestinal microbiota diversity and a subsequent loss of health-promoting short chain fatty acids, such as butyrate, leading to the development of a maladaptive pathobiome. These perturbations of the microbiota contribute to the dysregulated immune response and organ failure associated with sepsis. Several case series have reported the ability of fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) to restore the host immune response and aid in recovery of septic patients. Additionally, animal studies have revealed the mechanism of FMT rescue in sepsis is likely related to the ability of FMT to restore butyrate producing bacteria and alter the innate immune response aiding in pathogen clearance. However, several studies have reported lethal complications associated with FMT, including bacteremia. Therefore, FMT in the treatment of sepsis is and should remain investigational until a more detailed mechanism of how FMT restores the host immune response in sepsis is determined, allowing for the development of more fine-tuned microbiota therapies.

RevDate: 2020-07-10

Shin YC, Shin W, Koh D, et al (2020)

Three-Dimensional Regeneration of Patient-Derived Intestinal Organoid Epithelium in a Physiodynamic Mucosal Interface-on-a-Chip.

Micromachines, 11(7): pii:mi11070663.

The regeneration of the mucosal interface of the human intestine is critical in the host-gut microbiome crosstalk associated with gastrointestinal diseases. The biopsy-derived intestinal organoids provide genetic information of patients with physiological cytodifferentiation. However, the enclosed lumen and static culture condition substantially limit the utility of patient-derived organoids for microbiome-associated disease modeling. Here, we report a patient-specific three-dimensional (3D) physiodynamic mucosal interface-on-a-chip (PMI Chip) that provides a microphysiological intestinal milieu under defined biomechanics. The real-time imaging and computational simulation of the PMI Chip verified the recapitulation of non-linear luminal and microvascular flow that simulates the hydrodynamics in a living human gut. The multiaxial deformations in a convoluted microchannel not only induced dynamic cell strains but also enhanced particle mixing in the lumen microchannel. Under this physiodynamic condition, an organoid-derived epithelium obtained from the patients diagnosed with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, or colorectal cancer independently formed 3D epithelial layers with disease-specific differentiations. Moreover, co-culture with the human fecal microbiome in an anoxic-oxic interface resulted in the formation of stochastic microcolonies without a loss of epithelial barrier function. We envision that the patient-specific PMI Chip that conveys genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors of individual patients will potentially demonstrate the pathophysiological dynamics and complex host-microbiome crosstalk to target a patient-specific disease modeling.

RevDate: 2020-07-10
CmpDate: 2020-07-10

Nie P, Li Z, Wang Y, et al (2019)

Gut microbiome interventions in human health and diseases.

Medicinal research reviews, 39(6):2286-2313.

Ongoing studies have determined that the gut microbiota is a major factor influencing both health and disease. Host genetic factors and environmental factors contribute to differences in gut microbiota composition and function. Intestinal dysbiosis is a cause or a contributory cause for diseases in multiple body systems, ranging from the digestive system to the immune, cardiovascular, respiratory, and even nervous system. Investigation of pathogenesis has identified specific species or strains, bacterial genes, and metabolites that play roles in certain diseases and represent potential drug targets. As research progresses, gut microbiome-based diagnosis and therapy are proposed and applied, which might lead to considerable progress in precision medicine. We further discuss the limitations of current studies and potential solutions.

RevDate: 2020-07-09

Cheng YW, Alhaffar D, Saha S, et al (2020)

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation is Safe and Effective in Patients with Clostridioides difficile Infection and Cirrhosis.

Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association pii:S1542-3565(20)30915-0 [Epub ahead of print].

BACKGROUND & AIMS: Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) harms a large proportion of patients with cirrhosis. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is recommended for recurrent CDI, but its effects in patients with cirrhosis have not been established. We performed a multicenter, observational study to evaluate efficacy and safety of FMT for CDI in patients with cirrhosis.

METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of 63 adults with cirrhosis (median model for end-stage liver disease score, 14.5; 24 patients with decompensated cirrhosis) who underwent FMT for CDI from January 2012 through November 2018 at 8 academic centers in the United States, Canada, and Italy. We collected data on patient demographics and characteristics of cirrhosis, CDI, and FMT from medical records and compared differences among patients with different severities of cirrhosis, and FMT successes vs failures at 8 weeks follow up. We also obtained data on adverse events (AE) and severe AEs (SAE) within 12 weeks of FMT.

RESULTS: Patients underwent FMT for recurrent CDI (55/63; 87.3%), severe CDI (6/63; 9.5%), or fulminant CDI (2/63; 3.2%) primarily via colonoscopy (59/63; 93.7%) as outpatients (47/63; 76.8%). FMT success was achieved for 54 patients (85.7%). Among FMT failures, a higher proportion used non-CDI antibiotics at time of FMT (44.4% vs 5.6%; P<.001), had Child-Pugh scores of B or C (100% vs 37.7%; P<.001), used probiotics (77.8% vs 24.1%, P=.003), had pseudomembranes (22.2% vs 0; P=.018), and underwent FMT as inpatients (45.5% vs 19%; P=.039), compared with FMT successes. In multivariable analysis, use of non-CDI antibiotics at time of FMT (odds ratio, 17.43; 95% CI, 2.00-152.03; P=.01) and use of probiotics (odds ratio, 11.9; 95% CI, 1.81-78.3; P=.01) were associated with greater risk of FMT failure. FMT-related AEs occurred in 33.3% of patients (21/63)-most were self-limited abdominal cramps or diarrhea. There were only 5 SAEs that were possibly related to FMT; none involved infection or death.

CONCLUSIONS: In a retrospective study, we found FMT to be safe and effective for treatment of CDI in patients with cirrhosis.

RevDate: 2020-07-09

Seekatz AM (2020)

mSphere of Influence: Translating Gut Microbiome Studies To Benefit Human Health.

mSphere, 5(4): pii:5/4/e00592-20.

Anna M. Seekatz works in the field of the gut microbiome as it related to infectious diseases. In this "mSphere of Influence" article, she reflects on how two studies, "The impact of a consortium of fermented milk strains on the gut microbiome of gnotobiotic mice and monozygotic twins" (N. P. McNulty, T. Yatsunenko, A. Hsiao, et al., Sci Transl Med 3:106ra106, 2011) and "High-throughput DNA sequence analysis reveals stable engraftment of gut microbiota following transplantation of previously frozen fecal bacteria" (M. J. Hamilton, A. R. Weingarden, T. Unno, A. Khoruts, and M. J. Sadowsky, Gut Microbes 4:125-135, 2013), shaped how she approaches interpreting microbiome studies.

RevDate: 2020-07-08

Van den Houte K, Colomier E, Schol J, et al (2020)

Recent advances in diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome.

Current opinion in psychiatry [Epub ahead of print].

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review summarizes recent progress in the diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome, with a focus on dietary and microbiota aspects.

RECENT FINDINGS: From a pathophysiological point of view, IBS is a multifactorial condition with both peripheral (transit) as central (visceral hypersensitivity, anxiety, depression) contribution in a cumulative fashion to the symptom pattern and severity. More recently, the focus has shifted to diet and microbiota. The number of dietary options that can be used for IBS and the understanding of determinants of their efficacy is rapidly increasing. Several studies have confirmed the efficacy of the low fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols (FODMAP) diet. Sucrose-isomaltase deficiency has emerged as pathogenetic mechanisms in a subset of patients, who do not respond to low FODMAP diet but may respond to starch and sucrose elimination. Herbal remedies, probiotics and secretagogues have been the topic of additional treatment trials. The efficacy of fecal microbiota transplantation in IBS is variable across studies, but donor selection is emerging as a critical factor.

SUMMARY: Irritable bowel syndrome has evolved into a disorder of interaction between dietary factors and gut microbiota, with impact on bowel symptoms as well as extra-intestinal, central, symptoms. Dietary adjustments and treatments targeting the gut microbiota are areas of active research and clinical progress.

RevDate: 2020-07-08

Moreno-Indias I, Lundberg R, Krych L, et al (2020)

A Humanized Diet Profile May Facilitate Colonization and Immune Stimulation in Human Microbiota-Colonized Mice.

Frontiers in microbiology, 11:1336.

Background: In spite of the importance of the use of gnotobiotic mice for human fecal transfer, colonization efficiency and immune stimulation after human microbiota inoculation in mice are poorly studied compared to mouse microbiota inoculation. We tested the colonization efficiency and immune responses in mice bred for one additional generation after inoculating the parent generation with either a human (HM) or a mouse microbiota (MM). Furthermore, we tested if colonization efficiency and immune stimulation could be improved in HM-colonized mice by dietary approaches: if these were fed a diet closer to the human diet either in its sources of animal fat and protein [the "animal source" (AS) diet] or in its proportions of macronutrients from the normal sources of a mouse diet [the "human profile" (HP) diet].

Results: Although significantly lower in mice with a human microbiota (30-40% vs. 61-70%) the colonization efficiency was significantly higher in HM mice fed the HP diet (40%), and in MM mice fed AS (70%). The microbiota of mice fed HP was comparable to the microbiota of mice fed a standard rodent chow, while the microbiota of mice fed the animal source diet (AS) clustered separately. Mice inoculated with mouse fecal matter had significantly more CD4+ T cells and Cd4 expression and significantly fewer regulatory T cells (Tregs) and FoxP3 expression than human microbiota inoculated mice, but cell proportions differences were mostly apparent between mice fed the AS diet. Mice fed the HP diet had significantly higher expression of Cd8a.

Conclusion: It is concluded that a diet with a humanized profile could support the establishment of a human microbiota in mice, which will, however, still elicit a lower colonization efficiency compared to mice inoculated with a mouse microbiota.

RevDate: 2020-07-07
CmpDate: 2020-07-07

Huang Z, Chen J, Li B, et al (2020)

Faecal microbiota transplantation from metabolically compromised human donors accelerates osteoarthritis in mice.

Annals of the rheumatic diseases, 79(5):646-656.

OBJECTIVES: Emerging evidence suggests that the microbiome plays an important role in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis (OA). We aimed to test the two-hit model of OA pathogenesis and potentiation in which one 'hit' is provided by an adverse gut microbiome that activates innate immunity; the other 'hit' is underlying joint damage.

METHODS: Medical history, faecal and blood samples were collected from human healthy controls (OA-METS-, n=4), knee OA without metabolic syndrome (OA+METS-, n=7) and knee OA with metabolic syndrome (OA+METS+, n=9). Each group of human faecal samples, whose microbial composition was identified by 16S rRNA sequencing, was pooled and transplanted into germ-free mice 2 weeks prior to meniscal/ligamentous injury (MLI) (n≥6 per group). Eight weeks after MLI, mice were evaluated for histological OA severity and synovitis, systemic inflammation and gut permeability.

RESULTS: Histological OA severity following MLI was minimal in germ-free mice. Compared with the other groups, transplantation with the OA+METS+ microbiome was associated with higher mean systemic concentrations of inflammatory biomarkers (interleukin-1β, interleukin-6 and macrophage inflammatory protein-1α), higher gut permeability and worse OA severity. A greater abundance of Fusobacterium and Faecalibaterium and lesser abundance of Ruminococcaceae in transplanted mice were consistently correlated with OA severity and systemic biomarkers concentrations.

CONCLUSION: The study clearly establishes a direct gut microbiome-OA connection that sets the stage for a new means of exploring OA pathogenesis and potentially new OA therapeutics. Alterations of Fusobacterium, Faecalibaterium and Ruminococcaceae suggest a role of these particular microbes in exacerbating OA.

RevDate: 2020-07-06

Su CW, Chen CY, Jiao L, et al (2020)

Helminth-induced and Th2-dependent alterations of the gut microbiota attenuate obesity caused by high fat diet.

Cellular and molecular gastroenterology and hepatology pii:S2352-345X(20)30105-3 [Epub ahead of print].

BACKGROUND & AIMS: Epidemiological and animal studies have indicated an inverse correlation between the rising prevalence of obesity and metabolic syndrome and exposure to helminths. Whether helminth-induced immune response contributes to microbiota remodeling in obesity remains unknown. The aim of this study is to explore the immune-regulatory role of helminth in the prevention of HFD-induced obesity through remodeling gut microbiome.

METHODS: C57BL/6J WT and STAT6-/- mice were infected with Heligmosomoides polygyrus and followed by high fat diet (HFD) feeding for 6 weeks. The host immune response, body weight, and fecal microbiota composition were analyzed. We used adoptive transfer of M2 macrophages and microbiota transplantation approaches to determine the impact of these factors on HFD-obesity. We also examined stool microbiota composition and short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) concentration and determined the expression of SCFA-relevant receptors in the recipient mice.

RESULTS: Helminth infection of STAT6-/- (Th2-deficient) mice and adoptive transfer of helminth-induced alternatively activated (M2) macrophages demonstrated that the helminth-associated Th2 immune response plays an important role in the protection against obesity and induces changes in microbiota composition. Microbiota transplantation showed that helminth-induced, Th2-dependent alterations of the gut microbiota are sufficient to confer protection against obesity. Collectively, these results indicate that helminth infection protects against HFD-induced obesity by Th2-dependent, M2 macrophage-mediated alterations of the intestinal microbiota.

CONCLUSION: Our findings provide new mechanistic insights into the complex interplay between helminth infection, the immune system and the gut microbiota in a HFD-induced obesity model and holds promise for gut microbiome-targeted immunotherapy in obesity prevention.

RevDate: 2020-07-04

Xiao Y, Angulo MT, Lao S, et al (2020)

An ecological framework to understand the efficacy of fecal microbiota transplantation.

Nature communications, 11(1):3329 pii:10.1038/s41467-020-17180-x.

Human gut microbiota plays critical roles in physiology and disease. Our understanding of ecological principles that govern the dynamics and resilience of this highly complex ecosystem remains rudimentary. This knowledge gap becomes more problematic as new approaches to modifying this ecosystem, such as fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), are being developed as therapeutic interventions. Here we present an ecological framework to understand the efficacy of FMT in treating conditions associated with a disrupted gut microbiota, using the recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection as a prototype disease. This framework predicts several key factors that determine the efficacy of FMT. Moreover, it offers an efficient algorithm for the rational design of personalized probiotic cocktails to decolonize pathogens. We analyze data from both preclinical mouse experiments and a clinical trial of FMT to validate our theoretical framework. The presented results significantly improve our understanding of the ecological principles of FMT and have a positive translational impact on the rational design of general microbiota-based therapeutics.

RevDate: 2020-07-04

Ianiro G, Mullish BH, Kelly CR, et al (2020)

Reorganisation of faecal microbiota transplant services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gut pii:gutjnl-2020-321829 [Epub ahead of print].

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an exponential increase in SARS-CoV-2 infections and associated deaths, and represents a significant challenge to healthcare professionals and facilities. Individual countries have taken several prevention and containment actions to control the spread of infection, including measures to guarantee safety of both healthcare professionals and patients who are at increased risk of infection from COVID-19. Faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) has a well-established role in the treatment of Clostridioides difficile infection. In the time of the pandemic, FMT centres and stool banks are required to adopt a workflow that continues to ensure reliable patient access to FMT while maintaining safety and quality of procedures. In this position paper, based on the best available evidence, worldwide FMT experts provide guidance on issues relating to the impact of COVID-19 on FMT, including patient selection, donor recruitment and selection, stool manufacturing, FMT procedures, patient follow-up and research activities.

RevDate: 2020-07-03

Claytor JD, N El-Nachef (2020)

Fecal microbial transplant for inflammatory bowel disease.

Current opinion in clinical nutrition and metabolic care [Epub ahead of print].

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this brief review is to investigate the current utility of fecal microbial transplantation (FMT) to ameliorate dysbiosis contributing to inflammatory bowel disease pathogenesis.

RECENT FINDINGS: Increasing data from randomized, controlled trials support a role for multiple FMT administrations in the induction of remission and even as a maintenance therapy in mild-to-moderate Ulcerative Colitis. Small series and one small randomized controlled trial among patients with Crohn's Disease and with pouchitis continue to produce conflicting clinical results and microbial profile data on the host and donor levels. It is not clear whether patients with Crohn's disease are more susceptible to disease flare after FMT. Novel FMT delivery systems, including oral, and early-intensity colonoscopic devices, are under investigation.

SUMMARY: The allure of minimizing the risks and cost of long-term immunosuppression via modulation of patient microbiota remains enticing, and the most recent randomized controlled data in ulcerative colitis reveals acceptable clinical remission rates. However, prior to wide adoption of FMT within the inflammatory bowel disease treatment armamentarium, large clinical trials identifying biomarkers of treatment success, ensuring safety across all indications, and cultivating optimized donor and host selection are needed.

RevDate: 2020-07-03

Craven L, Rahman A, Nair Parvathy S, et al (2020)

Allogenic Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Patients With Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Improves Abnormal Small Intestinal Permeability: A Randomized Control Trial.

The American journal of gastroenterology, 115(7):1055-1065.

INTRODUCTION: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an obesity-related disorder that is rapidly increasing in incidence and is considered the hepatic manifestation of the metabolic syndrome. The gut microbiome plays a role in metabolism and maintaining gut barrier integrity. Studies have found differences in the microbiota between NAFLD and healthy patients and increased intestinal permeability in patients with NAFLD. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) can be used to alter the gut microbiome. It was hypothesized that an FMT from a thin and healthy donor given to patients with NAFLD would improve insulin resistance (IR), hepatic proton density fat fraction (PDFF), and intestinal permeability.

METHODS: Twenty-one patients with NAFLD were recruited and randomized in a ratio of 3:1 to either an allogenic (n = 15) or an autologous (n = 6) FMT delivered by using an endoscope to the distal duodenum. IR was calculated by HOMA-IR, hepatic PDFF was measured by MRI, and intestinal permeability was tested using the lactulose:mannitol urine test. Additional markers of metabolic syndrome and the gut microbiota were examined. Patient visits occurred at baseline, 2, 6 weeks, and 6 months post-FMT.

RESULTS: There were no significant changes in HOMA-IR or hepatic PDFF in patients who received the allogenic or autologous FMT. Allogenic FMT patients with elevated small intestinal permeability (>0.025 lactulose:mannitol, n = 7) at baseline had a significant reduction 6 weeks after allogenic FMT.

DISCUSSION: FMT did not improve IR as measured by HOMA-IR or hepatic PDFF but did have the potential to reduce small intestinal permeability in patients with NAFLD.

RevDate: 2020-07-03

Khanna S, D Pardi (2020)

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for Recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection: The COVID-19 Era.

The American journal of gastroenterology, 115(7):971-974.

RevDate: 2020-07-03

Floyd JL, MB Grant (2020)

The Gut-Eye Axis: Lessons Learned from Murine Models.

Ophthalmology and therapy pii:10.1007/s40123-020-00278-2 [Epub ahead of print].

A healthy gut microbiota is essential in maintaining the human body in a homeostatic state by its functions in digestion and immune tolerance. Under states of aberrant microbial composition or function (dysbiosis), the gut microbiota induces systemic inflammation that can lead to the onset of many diseases. In this review, we describe some evidence, largely from rodent studies, that supports the possible role of a dysbiotic gut microbiota in the onset and exacerbation of ocular diseases, primarily diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, choroidal neovascularization, and uveitis. Furthermore, we examine several potential therapeutic measures that show promise in restoring the gut microbiota to a eubiotic state, preventing the aforementioned disease pathologies.

RevDate: 2020-07-02

Woodworth MH (2020)

mSphere of Influence: Microbiome-Associated Phenotypes Are Modifiable.

mSphere, 5(4): pii:5/4/e00508-20.

Michael Woodworth focuses on translational microbiome therapeutic research. In this mSphere of Influence article, he reflects on how "Gut microbiomes of Malawian twin pairs discordant for kwashiorkor" by Michelle Smith et al. (M. I. Smith, T. Yatsunenko, M. J. Manary, I. Trehan, et al., Science 339:548-554, 2013, made an impact on him by revealing the causal influence of microbial communities in the development of severe malnutrition.

RevDate: 2020-07-02

Bilinski J, Dziurzynski M, Grzesiowski P, et al (2020)

Multimodal Approach to Assessment of Fecal Microbiota Donors based on Three Complementary Methods.

Journal of clinical medicine, 9(7): pii:jcm9072036.

Methods of stool assessment are mostly focused on next-generation sequencing (NGS) or classical culturing, but only rarely both. We conducted a series of experiments using a multi-method approach to trace the stability of gut microbiota in various donors over time, to find the best method for the proper selection of fecal donors and to find "super-donor" indicators. Ten consecutive stools donated by each of three donors were used for the experiments (30 stools in total). The experiments assessed bacterial viability measured by flow cytometry, stool culturing on different media and in various conditions, and NGS (90 samples in total). There were no statistically significant differences between live and dead cell numbers; however, we found a group of cells classified as not-dead-not-alive, which may be possibly important in selection of "good" donors. Donor C, being a regular stool donor, was characterized by the largest number of cultivable species (64). Cultivable core microbiota (shared by all donors) was composed of only 16 species. ANCOM analysis of NGS data highlighted particular genera to be more abundant in one donor vs. the others. There was a correlation between the not-dead-not-alive group found in flow cytometry and Anaeroplasma found by NGS, and we could distinguish a regular stool donor from the others. In this work, we showed that combining various methods of microbiota assessment gives more information than each method separately.

RevDate: 2020-06-24
CmpDate: 2020-06-24

Daharsh L, Zhang J, Ramer-Tait A, et al (2019)

A Double Humanized BLT-mice Model Featuring a Stable Human-Like Gut Microbiome and Human Immune System.

Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE.

Humanized mice (hu-mice) that feature a functional human immune system have fundamentally changed the study of human pathogens and disease. They can be used to model diseases that are otherwise difficult or impossible to study in humans or other animal models. The gut microbiome can have a profound impact on human health and disease. However, the murine gut microbiome is very different than the one found in humans. There is a need for improved pre-clinical hu-mice models that have an engrafted human gut microbiome. Therefore, we created double hu-mice that feature both a human immune system and stable human-like gut microbiome. NOD.Cg-PrkdcscidIl2rgtm1Wjl/SzJ (NSG) mice are one of the best animals for humanization due to their high level of immunodeficiency. However, germ-free NSG mice, and various other important germ-free mice models are not currently commercially available. Further, many research settings do not have access to gnotobiotic facilities, and working under gnotobiotic conditions can often be expensive and time consuming. Importantly, germ-free mice have several immune deficiencies that exist even after the engraftment of microbes. Therefore, we developed a protocol that does not require germ-free animals or gnotobiotic facilities. To generate double hu-mice, NSG mice were treated with radiation prior to surgery to create bone-marrow, liver, thymus-humanized (hu-BLT) mice. The mice were then treated with broad spectrum antibiotics to deplete the pre-existing murine gut microbiome. After antibiotic treatment, the mice were given fecal transplants with healthy human donor samples via oral gavage. Double hu-BLT mice had unique 16S rRNA gene profiles based on the individual human donor sample that was transplanted. Importantly, the transplanted human-like microbiome was stable in the double hu-BLT mice for the duration of the study up to 14.5 weeks post-transplant.

RevDate: 2020-07-02
CmpDate: 2020-07-02

Bajaj JS, Salzman NH, Acharya C, et al (2019)

Fecal Microbial Transplant Capsules Are Safe in Hepatic Encephalopathy: A Phase 1, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial.

Hepatology (Baltimore, Md.), 70(5):1690-1703.

Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) can cause major morbidity despite standard of care (SOC; rifaximin/lactulose). Fecal microbial transplant (FMT) enemas postantibiotics are safe, but the effect of FMT without antibiotics using the capsular route requires investigation. The aim of this work was to determine the safety, tolerability, and impact on mucosal/stool microbiota and brain function in HE after capsular FMT in a randomized, single-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial in Virginia. Patients with cirrhosis with recurrent HE with MELD (Model for End-Stage Liver Disease) <17 on SOC were randomized 1:1 into receiving 15 FMT capsules versus placebo from a single donor enriched in Lachnospiraceae and Ruminococcaceae. Endoscopies with duodenal and sigmoid biopsies, stool analysis, cognition, serum lipopolysaccharide-binding protein (LBP), and duodenal antimicrobial peptide (AMP) expression at baseline were used. Clinical follow-up with SOC maintenance was performed until 5 months. FMT-assigned patients underwent repeat endoscopies 4 weeks postenrollment. Twenty subjects on lactulose/rifaximin were randomized 1:1. MELD score was similar at baseline (9.6 vs. 10.2) and study end (10.2 vs. 10.5). Six patients in the placebo group required hospitalizations compared to 1 in FMT, which was deemed unrelated to FMT. Infection/HE episodes were similar between groups. Baseline microbial diversity was similar in all tissues between groups. Post-FMT, duodenal mucosal diversity (P = 0.01) increased with higher Ruminococcaceae and Bifidobacteriaceae and lower Streptococcaceae and Veillonellaceae. Reduction in Veillonellaceae were noted post-FMT in sigmoid (P = 0.04) and stool (P = 0.05). Duodenal E-cadherin (P = 0.03) and defensin alpha 5 (P = 0.03) increased whereas interleukin-6 (P = 0.02) and serum LBP (P = 0.009) reduced post-FMT. EncephalApp performance improved post-FMT only (P = 0.02). Conclusion: In this phase 1 study, oral FMT capsules are safe and well tolerated in patients with cirrhosis and recurrent HE. FMT was associated with improved duodenal mucosal diversity, dysbiosis, and AMP expression, reduced LBP, and improved EncephalApp performance. Further studies are needed to prove efficacy.

RevDate: 2020-07-01

Park R, Umar S, A Kasi (2020)

Immunotherapy in Colorectal Cancer: Potential of Fecal Transplant and Microbiota-augmented Clinical Trials.

Current colorectal cancer reports, 16(4):81-88.

Purpose of review: This review summarizes the role of the microbiome in colorectal cancer (CRC) in the setting of immunotherapy and emphasizes the potential of microbiota-influencing strategies with a focus on the use of fecal microbiota transplant (FMT).

Recent findings: Observations from preclinical and clinical studies suggest that the human gut microbiome is implicated in the CRC carcinogenesis and is integral in determining the clinical response and toxicity to immunotherapy. Among the therapeutic methods devised to exploit the microbiome, FMT is the most direct method and is backed by the highest level of evidence of efficacy in nonneoplastic disease settings. Furthermore, a favorable microbiome has the potential to overcome immunotherapy resistance and ameliorate immune-related adverse events (irAEs). To this end, clinical trials are underway to evaluate the potential of FMT and microbiota-augmented methods in the setting of immunotherapy in CRC.

Summary: Evidence from animal studies, retrospective studies, and smaller-scale prospective human studies have led to initiation of a number of microbiota-augmented clinical trials in CRC. Given the intimate relationship between the gut microbiota and the immune system as well as antitumor immune responses, potentiating immunotherapy and managing its toxicity are major areas of research in microbiota-augmented therapies in cancer. Therefore, evaluation of the patient microbiome as a routine part of clinical outcome analysis is warranted in future clinical trials.

RevDate: 2020-07-01

Benech N, H Sokol (2020)

Fecal microbiota transplantation in gastrointestinal disorders: time for precision medicine.

Genome medicine, 12(1):58 pii:10.1186/s13073-020-00757-y.

Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) has demonstrated efficacy in treating inflammatory bowel diseases and irritable bowel syndrome in an increasing number of randomized controlled trials. Recently published data gives striking insights into the factors associated with FMT success paving the road for the use of precision medicine in gastrointestinal disorders.

RevDate: 2020-06-30

Meyer DC, Hill SS, Bebinger DM, et al (2020)

Resolution of multiply recurrent and multifocal diverticulitis after fecal microbiota transplantation.

Techniques in coloproctology pii:10.1007/s10151-020-02275-w [Epub ahead of print].

BACKGROUND: The exact pathophysiology of diverticulitis is not well understood and may be multifactorial. Recent studies highlight dysbiosis as a plausible mechanism. FMT is a safe strategy to restore commensal colon microbiota and has proven to be an effective treatment for gastrointestinal dysbiosis such as Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). There have been no studies reporting the treatment of diverticulitis with FMT. Our aim was to describe the novel application of fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) for the treatment of recurrent diverticulitis.

CASE: We report a case of a 63-year-old woman who had a 13-year history of multiply recurrent and multifocal diverticulitis previously treated with numerous short courses of intravenous and oral antibiotics for acute flares, two segmental colon resections, and suppressive antibiotic therapy for recurrent disease. Secondary to multiple courses of antibiotics , the patient developed CDI. She was treated with a single round of FMT and subsequently stopped all antibiotics at the time of FMT.

RESULTS: In 20 months of follow-up, the patient has had no further recurrence of diverticulitis or CDI.

CONCLUSIONS: FMT could prove to be a novel therapy for refractory diverticulitis but requires further investigation.

RevDate: 2020-06-30

Hazan S (2020)

Rapid improvement in Alzheimer's disease symptoms following fecal microbiota transplantation: a case report.

The Journal of international medical research, 48(6):300060520925930.

Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most common form of dementia, is a leading cause of death and a major cause of morbidity in older people. The disease is characterized by progressive memory loss, cognitive impairment, and the cerebral accumulation of amyloid-β peptide. Given the health and economic impacts of AD, treatments that target the underlying etiology of AD or modify the course of the disease are of significant interest. The gut microbiome has been increasingly implicated in the pathogenesis of several neurological diseases, including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. Furthermore, emerging evidence has demonstrated that there are alterations in gut microbiome composition in patients with AD, suggesting involvement of the microbiome-gut-brain axis. We present symptom improvement in a patient with AD following fecal microbiota transplantation for a Clostridioides difficile infection.

RevDate: 2020-06-29

Chen QY, Tian HL, Yang B, et al (2020)

[A case report of refractory methemoglobinemia after nitrite poisoning treated by fecal microbiota transplantation].

Zhonghua wei chang wai ke za zhi = Chinese journal of gastrointestinal surgery, 23(Z1):90-92.

RevDate: 2020-06-29

Yang B, Chen QY, Tian HL, et al (2020)

[Application of modified blind nasojejunal tube technique in fecal microbiota transplantation - report of 2267 cases].

Zhonghua wei chang wai ke za zhi = Chinese journal of gastrointestinal surgery, 23(Z1):86-89.

RevDate: 2020-06-29

Chen QY, Yang B, Tian HL, et al (2020)

[Association between the clinical efficacy of fecal microbiota transplantation in recipients and the choice of donor].

Zhonghua wei chang wai ke za zhi = Chinese journal of gastrointestinal surgery, 23(Z1):69-76.

Objective: To examine the association between the clinical efficacy of fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) in recipients and the choice of donor, and to observe the characteristics of intestinal flora and metabolites among different donors. Methods: A retrospective case-control study was conducted. Donor whose feces was administrated for more than 30 recipients was enrolled. Data of 20 FMT donors and corresponding recipients at Intestinal Microecology Diagnosis and Treatment Center of the Tenth People's Hospital from October 2018 to December 2019 were collected retrospectively. During follow-up, the efficacy of each recipient 8-week after FMT treatment was recorded and analyzed. Based on the efficacy of each donor, the donors were divided into three groups: high efficacy group (effective rate >60%, 10 donors), moderate efficacy group (effective rate 30%-60%, 6 donors) and low efficacy group (effective rate <30%, 4 donors). The structure of the bacterial flora and the content of fecal short-chain fatty acids in each group of donors were detected and compared among groups. Association of the efficacy of each donor group with the morbidity of complications, and association of efficacy of recipients with donors were analyzed. The evaluation indicators of FMT efficacy included objective clinical effectiveness and/or subjective effectiveness. Objective effectiveness indicated clinical cure plus clinical improvement, and subjective effectiveness indicated marked effectiveness plus medium effectiveness through questionnaire during follow-up. Results: A total of 1387 recipients were treated by 20 donors, including 749 cases of chronic constipation, 141 cases of chronic diarrhea, 107 cases of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), 121 cases of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), 83 cases of autism, and 186 cases of other diseases, such as radiation bowel injury, intestinal pseudo-obstruction, paralytic intestinal obstruction, functional bloating and allergic diseases. There were 829 cases, 403 cases, and 155 cases in high efficacy group, moderate efficacy group and low efficacy group respectively. Baseline data among 3 groups were not significantly different (all P> 0.05). In comparison of bacterial abundance (operational taxonomic unit, OTU) among different effective donor groups, the high efficacy group was the highest (330.68±57.28), the moderate efficacy group was the second (237.79±41.89), and the low efficacy group was the lowest (160.60±49.61), whose difference was statistically significant (F=16.910, P<0.001). In comparison of bacterial diversity (Shannon index), the high efficacy group and the moderate efficacy group were higher (2.96±0.36 and 2.67±0.54, respectively), and the low efficacy group was lower (2.09±0.55), whose difference was statistically significant (F=5.255, P=0.017). In comparison of butyric acid content among three groups, the high efficacy group had the highest [(59.20±9.00) μmol/g], followed by middle efficacy group [(46.92±9.48) μmol/g], and the low efficacy group had the lowest [(37.23±5.03) μmol/g], whose difference was statistically significant (F=10.383, P=0.001). The differences of acetic acid and propionic acid among three groups were not statistically significant (all P>0.05). A total of 418 cases developed complications (30.1%). Morbidity of complication in low efficacy group, moderate efficacy group and high efficacy group was 40.6% (63/155), 30.0% (121/403) and 28.2% (243/829) respectively, and the difference was statistically significant (χ(2)=9.568, P=0.008). The incidence of diarrhea in low efficacy group, moderate efficacy group and high efficacy group was 7.1% (11/155), 4.0% (16/403) and 2.8% (23/829) respectively, and the difference was statistically significant (χ(2)=7.239, P=0.027). Comparing the incidences of other types of complications, no statistically significant differences were found (all P>0.05). Follow up began 8 weeks after the FMT treatment. The total follow-up rate was 83.6% (1160/1387). The overall effective rate 58.3% (676/1160). Effective rates of various diseases were as follows: chronic constipation 54.3% (328/604), chronic diarrhea 88.5% (115/130), IBD 56.1% (55/98), IBS 55.1% (59/107), autism 61.6% (45/73), and other diseases 50.0% (74/148). Comparing the effective rate of three groups of donors for different diseases, there was no statistically significant difference in chronic diarrhea (P>0.05); there was a positive correlation trend in IBD, IBS and autism, but the differences were not statistically significant (all P>0.05). For chronic constipation and other diseases, high efficacy group had the highest effective rate [65.0% (243/374) and 63.2% (55/87)], followed by moderate efficacy group [49.4% (86/174) and 38.1% (16/42)], and low efficacy group had the lowest [16.1% (9/56) and 15.8% (3/19)], whose differences were significant (all P<0.05). Conclusions: Different donors have different efficacy in different diseases. Chronic constipation, radiation bowel injury, etc. need to choose donors with high efficacy. IBD, IBS and autism may also be related to the effectiveness of donors, while chronic diarrhea is not associated to the donor. The efficiency of the donor is negatively correlated to the morbidity of complications. The abundance and diversity of intestinal flora and the content of butyric acid may affect the efficacy of the donor.

RevDate: 2020-06-29

Tian HL, Chen QY, Yang B, et al (2020)

[Effects of fecal microbiota transplantation in different routes on the clinical efficacy of slow transit constipation].

Zhonghua wei chang wai ke za zhi = Chinese journal of gastrointestinal surgery, 23(Z1):63-68.

Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of the fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) in the different route administration for slow transit constipation (STC). Methods: A retrospective cohort study was conducted. The clinical data of 270 STC patients who voluntarily received FMT treatment in the Tenth People's Hospital of Tongji University from May 2018 to May 2019 were collected. Non-relative healthy adult standard donors were applied. The treatment routes of bacterial flora transplantation included nasojejunal tube (nasal enteral tube group, 120 cases), oral enterobacterial capsule treatment (oral capsule group, 120 cases), and colonoscopy infusion (colonoscopy group, 30 cases). The efficacy and safety of treatment among the three groups were compared. Results: Transplanted bacteria of three groups were extracted from 100 g of fresh feces. All the patients successfully completed the transplantation. The waiting time for the nasal enteral tube group, oral capsule group and colonoscopy group was (1.5±0.5) d, (0.4±0.3) d and (3.6±0.8) d respectively; the cost of establishing the transplantation path was (495±20) yuan, (25±10) yuan and (1420±45) yuan respectively, whose differences were statistically significant (F=9.210, P=0.03; F=10.600,P=0.01). The clinical improvement rates at 1 month after FMT treatment in the nasojejunal tube group, oral capsule group and colonoscopy group were 74.2% (89/120), 60.0% (72/120) and 53.3% (16/30) respectively, whose difference was statistically significant (χ(2)=5.990, P<0.05). The clinical improvement rates at 3 months after treatment were 71.1% (69/97), 53.6% (45/84), and 44.0% (11/25) respectively, whose difference was statistically significant (χ(2)=7.620, P<0.05). The incidence of adverse reactions in the colonoscopy group was 76.7% (23/30), which was higher than that in the nasal nasojejunal group (39.2%, 47/120) and oral capsule group (21.7%, 26/120). The most common adverse reactions in the nasojejunal tube group, oral capsule group and colonoscopy group were respiratory discomfort (17.5%, 21/120), nausea and vomiting (10.0%, 12/120), and diarrhea (36.7%, 11/30). During the 3-month follow-up after treatment, no FMT-related adverse reactions were reported. Conclusions: The nasojejunal tube route has stable clinical efficacy and operability, while the oral capsule route has shorter waiting time and less cost. However, the adverse reactions caused by different transplantation methods are different, thus personalized transplantation method should be recommended.

RevDate: 2020-06-29

Lin ZL, Chen QY, Tian HL, et al (2020)

[Effect of fecal bacterial preservation time on the outcomes of fecal microbiota transplantation for slow transit constipation].

Zhonghua wei chang wai ke za zhi = Chinese journal of gastrointestinal surgery, 23(Z1):56-62.

Objective: To investigate the effect of different fecal bacterial preservation time on the efficacy and complications of FMT. Methods: A retrospective cohort study was carried out. Clinical data of 483 patients with slow transit constipation undergoing voluntary FMT at Intestinal Microecology Diagnosis and Treatment Center from August 2017 to October 2019 were retrospectively collected. According to the storage time of fecal bacterial samples used in FMT treatment, the cases were divided into fresh bacterial solution (n=29), bacterial solution stored at -80℃ for 1 week (n=187), 1 month (n=121), 3 months (n=89), 6 months (n=38), and 12 months (n=19). The total number of complete bowel movement, Wexner constipation score, gastrointestinal quality of life index (GIQLI), FMT satisfaction score and related adverse reactions were summarized and compared among groups 1 week and 1 month after FMT treatment. Results: There were no statistically significant differences in the baseline data of patients among different bacterial solution storage time (all P>0.05). After 1 month of treatment, the overall frequency of defecation of all the patients was (3.83 ± 1.22) times/week, Wexner constipation score was (6.74 ± 3.56) points, GIQLI score was (108.76 ± 15.38) points, clinical cure rate was 57.8% (279/483). The improvement rate was 66.3% (320/483), and the treatment satisfaction was (3.85 ± 0.93) points. No severe FMT-associated complication and death were observed during treatment and follow-up period. FMT-related adverse events occurred in 115 cases (23.8%), including nausea in 25 cases (5.2%), vomiting in 13 (2.7%), diarrhea in 21 (4.3%), abdominal pain in 16 (3.3%), abdominal distension in 33 (6.8%), sore throat in 56 (11.6%) and fever in 16(3.3%), all of which relieved after symptomatic treatment. There were no statistically significant differences in the number of defecations, Wexner constipation scores, and GIQLI scores before FMT, 1 week and 1 month after FMT treatment among different bacterial solution storage groups (all P>0.05). Differences of clinical cure rate, clinical improvement rate, and treatment satisfaction of patients 1 week and 1 month after treatment were not statistically significant (all P>0.05). Among the groups, differences in the overall complications and types of complications after FMT treatment were not statistically significant (all P>0.05). Conclusions: FMT is safe and effective in the treatment of slow transit constipation. Fresh fecal bacterial samples or fecal bacterial samples frozen at -80℃ for 1 year can be safely applied to FMT for the treatment of slow transit constipation, with stable short-term efficacy and without serious adverse reactions.

RevDate: 2020-06-29

Chen QY, Tian HL, Yang B, et al (2020)

[Effect of intestinal preparation on the efficacy and safety of fecal microbiota transplantation treatment].

Zhonghua wei chang wai ke za zhi = Chinese journal of gastrointestinal surgery, 23(Z1):48-55.

Objective: To investigate the effect of intestinal preparation on the efficacy and complications of fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT). Methods: A retrospective cohort study was performed. Clinical and follow-up data of 1501 patients who received FMT in the department of Colorectal Disease Specialty, Intestinal Microecology Diagnosis and Treatment Center, the Tenth People's Hospital, Tongji University from February 2018 to June 2019 were collected retrospectively. According to the intestinal preparation before FMT treatment, patients were divided into non-intestinal preparation group (n=216), antibiotic pretreatment group (n=383), intestinal cleansing group (n=267), and antibiotic combined with intestinal cleansing group (n=635). The adverse reactions after FMT treatment and the effective rates at 4-week and 8-week after treatment among the groups were compared. Patients, who repeated FMT treatment in the 3rd month and the 6th month due to reduced efficacy or ineffectiveness were divided into two subgroups: without intestinal preparation group and with intestinal preparation group. The effective rates of the two subgroups were compared. Results: Of the 1501 cases, 588 were male and 913 were female with mean age of (43.3±13.7) years and body mass index of (20.2±2.1) kg/m(2). Transplantation course was (3.3±1.7) weeks. The underlying diseases mainly included constipation (n=564), Crohn's disease (n=157), ulcerative colitis (n=142), irritable bowel syndrome (n=158), recurrent C. difficile infection (CDI) (n=106), autism (n=84), radiation intestinal injury (n=133), radiation enteritis (n=133), and non-CDI chronic diarrhea (n=60); the remaining cases (n=155). Baseline data among the 4 groups were not significantly different (all P>0.05). The overall morbidity of complication was 31.1% (467/1501), including 41 cases of vomiting (2.7%), 91 of nausea (6.1%), 49 of diarrhea (3.3%), 41 of abdominal pain (2.7%), 79 of bloating (5.3%), 72 of throat pain (4.8%), 38 of dizziness (2.5%), 51 of fever (3.4%), 3 of pulmonary infection (0.2%) and 2 of intestinal infection (0.1%). The above symptoms disappeared after symptomatic treatment. There was no statistically significant difference in the incidence of adverse reactions among the 4 groups (P>0.05). After 4-week of FMT treatment, the overall effective rate was 63.5% (902/1420); the effective rate of non-intestinal preparation group, antibiotic pretreatment group, intestinal cleaning group, and antibiotic combined with intestinal cleansing groupwas 57.6% (114/198), 64.2% (231/360), 60.2% (154/265) and 66.5% (403/606), respectively, with no statistically significant difference (χ(2)=6.659, P=0.084). After 8-week of FMT treatment, the overall effective rate was 61.3% (729/1293); the effective rate of non-intestinal preparation group, antibiotic pretreatment group, intestinal cleaning group, and antibiotic combined with intestinal cleansing group was 54.0% (88/163), 62.2% (202/325), 57.4% (132/230) and 64.4% (370/575), respectively, with no statistically significant difference (χ(2)=13.620, P=0.003). The effective rates of antibiotic combined with intestinal cleansing group and antibiotic pretreatment group were obviously higher than that of non-intestinal preparation group (χ(2)=5.789, P=0.016; χ(2)=10.117, P=0.001). Subgroup analysis showed that in the third month, the effective rate at 4-week after treatment was 60.1% (184/306) in the without intestinal preparation group and 61.5% (115/187) in the with intestinal preparation group, whose difference was not significant (χ(2)=0.091, P=0.763); however, in the sixth month, the effective rate at 4-week after treatment was 51.4% (89/173) in the without intestinal preparation group and 61.2% (161/263) in the with intestinal preparationgroup, whose difference was significant (χ(2)=4.229, P=0.040). Conclusions: FMT treatment is safe and effective. The combination of antibiotics and intestinal cleaning can improve overall efficacy of FMT. For patients who need repeated FMT treatment, the combination of antibiotics and intestinal cleaning program within 3 months has no significant effect on the effective rate, but in the sixth month, combinedpreparation is necessary.

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Zhang FM, YF Liu (2020)

[Evidence and decision of the choice of delivery way in washed microbiota transplantation].

Zhonghua wei chang wai ke za zhi = Chinese journal of gastrointestinal surgery, 23(Z1):45-47.

Washed microbiota transplantation (WMT) is a new concept and technique of fecal microbiota transplantation. The delivery routes of WMT include oral capsule, nasogastric tube, nasojejunal tube, gastroscopy, colonic transendoscopic enteral tubing, and anal enema. The research results among different indications or different designs based on the same indication are quite different, partially because of the influence of WMT delivery route. In the process of clinical research design and clinical practice, there are four aspects that affect the decision-making of WMT delivery route: safety, efficacy, cost-effectiveness, and patients' willingness. This article focuses on how to integrate the four aspects mentioned above in the decision-making process of choosing proper delivery of WMT for the final goal of mutual satisfaction between doctors and patients.

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Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Branch of Chinese Medical Association, Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Branch of China International Health Care Promotion and Exchange Association, China Microecological Treatment Innovation Alliance, et al (2020)

[Chinese experts consensus on clinical practice of the selection and establishment of fecal microbiota transplantation delivery routes].

Zhonghua wei chang wai ke za zhi = Chinese journal of gastrointestinal surgery, 23(Z1):14-20.

Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) has gradually shown application prospects in the treatment of intestinal and extraintestinal diseases. In order to standardized FMT operation, based on the clinical experience of the Tenth People's Hospital Affiliated to Tongji University, combined with domestic and foreign literature, Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Branch of Chinese Medical Association, Enhanced Recovery after Surgery Branch of China International Health Care Promotion Exchange Association, China Microecological Treatment Innovation Alliance, and Microecology Committee of Shanghai Preventive Medicine Association to formulated the" Chinese experts consensus on clinical practice of the selection and establishment of fecal microbiota transplantation delivery routes". It includes four parts: the selection of delivery route, the methodology of transplantation path establishment, the clinical application, and the monitoring of adverse events.

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Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Branch of Chinese Medical Association, Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Branch of China International Health Care Promotion and Exchange Association, China Microecological Treatment Innovation Alliance, et al (2020)

[Chinese experts consensus on standardized methodology and clinical application of fecal microbiota transplantation].

Zhonghua wei chang wai ke za zhi = Chinese journal of gastrointestinal surgery, 23(Z1):5-13.

Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is to transplant the functional bacteria in the feces of healthy people into the patients' intestines, rebuild the new balance of intestinal flora, and achieve the treatment goals of intestinal and extraintestinal diseases. In the past 10 years, FMT has made a breakthrough in the treatment of intestinal and extraintestinal diseases, which is highly expected to treat difficult diseases. However, due to the complexity of FMT methodology and the lack of a unified standard, there is a high heterogeneity in FMT efficacy among various researches, greatly affected its clinical application. Under the initiative of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Branch of Chinese Medical Association, Enhanced Recovery after Surgery Branch of China International Health Care Promotion Exchange Association, China Microecological Treatment Innovation Alliance, and Microecology Committee of Shanghai Preventive Medicine Association, the first expert consensus on standardized methodology and clinical application of FMT was established in China, with a view to improving the efficacy of FMT, reducing the incidence of adverse reactions and promoting the clinical application of FMT.

RevDate: 2020-06-29

Li N (2020)

[Practice and consideration of fecal microbiota transplantation].

Zhonghua wei chang wai ke za zhi = Chinese journal of gastrointestinal surgery, 23(Z1):1-4.

As an innovative therapy, FMT has made a breakthrough in the treatment of recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). With the rapid development of biotechnology, the relationship between intestinal microflora and diseases has been gradually eluciated. Great hope has also been given to FMT in other intestinal and extraintestinal diseases with ineffective traditional treatment. However, as a new therapy method, FMT still has many unknown fields, such as the selection of clinical donors, the preparation of standardized bacterial solution and capsule, the selection of indications, the matching of donor and receptor, and the prevention and treatment of complications. Since 2012, our center has carried out treatment research and practice of FMT, so far with more than 60 000 FMTs for more than 3500 cases. Based on large sample data and experience, this special issue reports and discusses the above topics, and focuses on the establishment and clinical application of standardized methodology of FMT, which will undoubtedly play a positive role in promoting the healthy development of FMT treatment in China.

RevDate: 2020-06-30
CmpDate: 2020-06-30

Mikail M, O'Doherty KC, Poutanen SM, et al (2020)

Ethical implications of recruiting universal stool donors for faecal microbiota transplantation.

The Lancet. Infectious diseases, 20(3):e44-e49.

Faecal microbiota transplantation is an effective therapy for recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection, with potential therapeutic applications in other health conditions. As research uncovers potential associations between the intestinal microbiome and various disease states, stool donor screening has become increasingly stringent, leading to low donor acceptance. Many stool banks have opted to recruit universal stool donors, who are encouraged to donate frequently over a prolonged period and whose stool is used to treat multiple patients. However, various ethical concerns arise when recruiting universal stool donors, which need to be addressed to mitigate harm to donors. In this Personal View, we describe the major ethical issues with universal stool banks across six domains: informed consent, privacy, the imposing of restrictions on autonomy, stewardship of microbiome information, financial incentives, and preventing a sense of obligation. We also suggest several priorities for future research that should be pursued to address these crucial issues and develop more donor-centric stool banks.

RevDate: 2020-06-30
CmpDate: 2020-06-30

Duan Y, Prasad R, Feng D, et al (2019)

Bone Marrow-Derived Cells Restore Functional Integrity of the Gut Epithelial and Vascular Barriers in a Model of Diabetes and ACE2 Deficiency.

Circulation research, 125(11):969-988.

RATIONALE: There is incomplete knowledge of the impact of bone marrow cells on the gut microbiome and gut barrier function.

OBJECTIVE: We postulated that diabetes mellitus and systemic ACE2 (angiotensin-converting enzyme 2) deficiency would synergize to adversely impact both the microbiome and gut barrier function.

METHODS AND RESULTS: Bacterial 16S rRNA sequencing and metatranscriptomic analysis were performed on fecal samples from wild-type, ACE2-/y, Akita (type 1 diabetes mellitus), and ACE2-/y-Akita mice. Gut barrier integrity was assessed by immunofluorescence, and bone marrow cell extravasation into the small intestine was evaluated by flow cytometry. In the ACE2-/y-Akita or Akita mice, the disrupted barrier was associated with reduced levels of myeloid angiogenic cells, but no increase in inflammatory monocytes was observed within the gut parenchyma. Genomic and metatranscriptomic analysis of the microbiome of ACE2-/y-Akita mice demonstrated a marked increase in peptidoglycan-producing bacteria. When compared with control cohorts treated with saline, intraperitoneal administration of myeloid angiogenic cells significantly decreased the microbiome gene expression associated with peptidoglycan biosynthesis and restored epithelial and endothelial gut barrier integrity. Also indicative of diabetic gut barrier dysfunction, increased levels of peptidoglycan and FABP-2 (intestinal fatty acid-binding protein 2) were observed in plasma of human subjects with type 1 diabetes mellitus (n=21) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (n=23) compared with nondiabetic controls (n=23). Using human retinal endothelial cells, we determined that peptidoglycan activates a noncanonical TLR-2 (Toll-like receptor 2) associated MyD88 (myeloid differentiation primary response protein 88)-ARNO (ADP-ribosylation factor nucleotide-binding site opener)-ARF6 (ADP-ribosylation factor 6) signaling cascade, resulting in destabilization of p120-catenin and internalization of VE-cadherin as a mechanism of deleterious impact of peptidoglycan on the endothelium.

CONCLUSIONS: We demonstrate for the first time that the defect in gut barrier function and dysbiosis in ACE2-/y-Akita mice can be favorably impacted by exogenous administration of myeloid angiogenic cells.

RevDate: 2020-06-27

Jiang S, Wang B, Sha T, et al (2020)

Changes in the Intestinal Microbiota in Patients with Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease on a Low-Protein Diet and the Effects of Human to Rat Fecal Microbiota Transplantation.

Medical science monitor : international medical journal of experimental and clinical research, 26:e921557 pii:921557.

BACKGROUND Dietary protein restriction is recommended for patients with stage 5 chronic kidney disease (CKD), or end-stage renal disease (ESRD). This study aimed to investigate the changes in the intestinal microbiota due to different dietary regimens in patients with stage 5 CKD and the effects of human to rat fecal microbiota transplantation. MATERIAL AND METHODS Second-generation high-throughput sequencing was used to analyze the amplifiers in the 16S rRNA V4 region in the intestinal microbiota of patients with stage 5 CKD and healthy individuals. The intestinal microbiota of patients with stage 5 CKD in the low-protein group and the healthy individual group was transferred by human to rat fecal microbiota transplantation using Sprague-Dawley rats. Data underwent meta-analysis using Meta-Stat. RESULTS Patients with CKD on a very low-protein diet showed an increase in intestinal Escherichia, Shigella, and Klebsiella, a decrease in Blautia, heat map analysis showed that Christensenellaceae R-7 group rs1 were significantly increased, and MetaStat analysis showed that Bacteroides, Prevotella, and Mitsuokella were significantly increased. Following human to rat fecal microbiota transplantation from patients with stage 5 CKD, the profile of the rat intestinal microbiota became similar to the human donors. The weight of the rats fed a very low-protein diet after fecal microbiota transplantation significantly decreased after six weeks compared with normal rats and rats that received normal fecal microbiota transplantation. CONCLUSIONS Patients with stage 5 CKD on a very low-protein diet showed changes in the intestinal microbiota that could be transferred from humans to rats by fecal microbiota transplantation.

RevDate: 2020-06-26

Zhgun ES, Kislun YV, Kalachniuk TN, et al (2020)

[Evaluation of metabolites levels in feces of patients with inflammatory bowel diseases].

Biomeditsinskaia khimiia, 66(3):233-240.

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), which include ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD), are chronic intestinal inflammatory disorders with an unknown etiology. They are characterized by chronic recurrent inflammation of the intestinal mucosa and lead to a significant decrease in the quality of life and death of patients. IBD are associated with suppression of normal intestinal microflora, including a decrease in bacteria, producers of short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), exhibiting anti-inflammatory and protective properties. Among the various methods of intestinal microflora correction, fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), which engrafts the fecal microbiota from a healthy donor into a patient recipient, is of a particular interest. As a result, a positive therapeutic effect is observed, accompanied by the restoration of the normal intestinal microflora of the patient. A significant drawback of the method is the lack of standardization. Metabolites produced by intestinal microflora, namely SCFAs, allow objective assessment of the functional state of the intestinal microbiota and, consequently, the success of the FMT procedure. Using gas chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy techniques, we have analyzed concentrations and molar ratios of SCFAs in fecal samples of 60 healthy donors. Results were in good accord when comparing two methods as well as with published data. Analysis of SCFAs in feces of patients with UC (19 patients) and CD (17 patients) revealed a general decrease in the concentration of fatty acids in the experimental groups with significant fluctuations in the values in experimental groups compared to control group of healthy donors. On the limited group of IBD patients (6 patients with UC and 5 patients with CD) concentration of SCFAs before and within 30 days of observation after FMT was determined. It was shown that FMT had a significant impact on the SCFAs levels within 1 month term; tendency to reach characteristics of healthy donors is unambiguously traced for both diseases.

RevDate: 2020-06-26

Li H, Xu H, Li Y, et al (2020)

Alterations of gut microbiota contribute to the progression of unruptured intracranial aneurysms.

Nature communications, 11(1):3218 pii:10.1038/s41467-020-16990-3.

Unruptured intracranial aneurysm (UIA) is a life-threatening cerebrovascular condition. Whether changes in gut microbial composition participate in the development of UIAs remains largely unknown. We perform a case-control metagenome-wide association study in two cohorts of Chinese UIA patients and control individuals and mice that receive fecal transplants from human donors. After fecal transplantation, the UIA microbiota is sufficient to induce UIAs in mice. We identify UIA-associated gut microbial species link to changes in circulating taurine. Specifically, the abundance of Hungatella hathewayi is markedly decreased and positively correlated with the circulating taurine concentration in both humans and mice. Consistently, gavage with H. hathewayi normalizes the taurine levels in serum and protects mice against the formation and rupture of intracranial aneurysms. Taurine supplementation also reverses the progression of intracranial aneurysms. Our findings provide insights into a potential role of H. hathewayi-associated taurine depletion as a key factor in the pathogenesis of UIAs.

RevDate: 2020-06-26

Leo S, Lazarevic V, Girard M, et al (2020)

Metagenomic Characterization of Gut Microbiota of Carriers of Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamase or Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae Following Treatment with Oral Antibiotics and Fecal Microbiota Transplantation: Results from a Multicenter Randomized Trial.

Microorganisms, 8(6): pii:microorganisms8060941.

Background: The R-GNOSIS (Resistance in Gram-Negative Organisms: Studying Intervention Strategies) WP3 study was the first multicenter randomized clinical trial systematically investigating fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) for intestinal decolonization of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-E) or carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE). Here, we characterized the temporal dynamics of fecal microbiota changes in a sub-cohort of the R-GNOSIS WP3 participants before and after antibiotics/FMT using whole metagenome shotgun sequencing. Methods: We sequenced fecal DNA obtained from 16 ESBL-E/CPE carriers having received oral colistin/neomycin followed by FMT and their corresponding seven donors. Ten treatment-naïve controls from the same trial were included. Fecal samples were collected at baseline (V0), after antibiotics but before FMT (V2) and three times after FMT (V3, V4 and V5). Results: Antibiotic treatment transiently decreased species richness and diversity and increased the abundance of antibiotic resistance determinants (ARDs). Bifidobacterium species, together with butyrate- and propionate-producing species from Lachnospiraceae and Ruminococcaceae families were significantly enriched in post-FMT microbiota of treated carriers. After FMT, the proportion of Enterobacteriaceae was lower compared to baseline but without statistical significance. Conclusions: Combined antibiotic and FMT treatment resulted in enrichment of species that are likely to limit the gut colonization by ESBL-E/CPE.

RevDate: 2020-06-25

Basson AR, Zhou Y, Seo B, et al (2020)

Autologous fecal microbiota transplantation for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.

Translational research : the journal of laboratory and clinical medicine pii:S1931-5244(20)30111-0 [Epub ahead of print].

The term autologous fecal microbiota transplantation (a-FMT) refers herein to the use of one's feces during a healthy state for later use to restore gut microbial communities after perturbations. Generally, heterologous fecal microbiota transplantation (h-FMT), where feces from a ``healthy" donor is transplanted into a person with illness, has been used to treat infectious diseases such as recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI), with cure rates of up to 90%. In humans, due to limited response to medicines, h-FMT has become a hallmark intervention to treat CDI. Extrapolating the benefits from CDI, h-FMT has been attempted in various diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but clinical response has been variable and less effective (ranging between 24% and 50%). Differences in h-FMT clinical response could be because CDI is caused by a Clostridial infection, whereas IBD is a complex, microbiome-driven immunological inflammatory disorder that presents predominantly within the gut wall of genetically-susceptible hosts. FMT response variability could also be due to differences in microbiome composition between donors, recipients, and within individuals, which vary with diet, and environments, across regions. While donor selection has emerged as a key factor in FMT success, the use of heterologous donor stool still places the recipient at risk of exposure to infectious/pathogenic microorganisms. As an implementable solution, herein we review the available literature on a-FMT, and list some considerations on the benefits of a-FMT for IBD.

RevDate: 2020-06-25

Gong Z, Y Wang (2020)

Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor-Mediated Diarrhea and Colitis: A Clinical Review.

JCO oncology practice [Epub ahead of print].

Immune-mediated diarrhea and colitis (IMDC) is among the most common immune-related adverse events in patients with cancer treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs). Many factors will affect the risk of IMDC, including the type of ICI used, the type of underlying cancer, and patient characteristics. A recent study showed that preexisting inflammatory bowel disease significantly increases the risk of diarrhea and colitis with ICI treatment. In terms of management, early endoscopic evaluation improves clinical outcome by identifying high-risk patients who will benefit from early add-on immunosuppressants. Inflammatory markers, including fecal lactoferrin and calprotectin, are good screening tools to predict which patients are at risk for colitis. Calprotectin especially is associated with colitis outcome and can be used as a surrogate marker to follow treatment response. Corticosteroids remain the first-line medical treatment of IMDC management, and add-on therapy with vedolizumab or infliximab should be considered in selected patients. Fecal microbiota transplantation may be considered in refractory cases. The decision to resume ICI should be decided by balancing the risk of recurrent IMDC and the likelihood of benefiting from further ICI treatment. There is no clear evidence about whether the use of immunosuppressants will result in a worse cancer outcome. With emerging evidence, our understanding and management strategies are likely to evolve in the future.

RevDate: 2020-06-25

Yan Y, Zhou X, Guo K, et al (2020)

Chlorogenic Acid Protects Against Indomethacin-Induced Inflammation and Mucosa Damage by Decreasing Bacteroides-Derived LPS.

Frontiers in immunology, 11:1125.

Background: Chlorogenic acid (CGA), a natural bioactive polyphenol, exerts anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial effects that support the maintenance of intestinal health. However, the influence of CGA on gut microbiota and their metabolites, as well as its potential effects and mechanism of action in inflammatory bowel disease, remain to be elucidated. Methods: First, an oral gavage was used to administer CGA to indomethacin-treated mice. Then, fecal microbiota transplantation was performed to explore the role of intestinal microbiota in indomethacin-induced inflammation. Results: CGA treatment protected against body weight loss, damage to intestinal morphology and integrity, inflammation, and alteration of microbiota composition in indomethacin-treated mice. Interestingly, CGA failed to inhibit inflammation or protect intestine integrity in mice treated with antibiotics. Notably, mice who had been colonized with intestinal microbiota from CGA-treated or CGA-and-indomethacin-treated mice, through the fecal microbiota transplantation program, were protected from indomethacin-induced inflammation, growth of Bacteroides, and the accumulation of Bacteroides-derived LPS, in congruence with those who had been treated with CGA. Conclusion: The results suggest that CGA may protect intestine integrity and alleviate inflammatory responses, primarily by inhibiting the growth of Bacteroides and the accumulation of Bacteroides-derived LPS, in indomethacin-induced colitis. This newly identified mechanism broadens our knowledge of how CGA exerts protective effects on intestinal inflammation and provides strategies for the prevention of gastrointestinal mucosal damage in patients treated with indomethacin.

RevDate: 2020-06-25

Liang W, Zhao L, Zhang J, et al (2020)

Colonization Potential to Reconstitute a Microbe Community in Pseudo Germ-Free Mice After Fecal Microbe Transplant From Equol Producer.

Frontiers in microbiology, 11:1221.

Human intestinal microbiota plays a crucial role in the conversion of isoflavones into equol. Usually, human microbiota-associated (HMA) animal models are used, since it is difficult to establish the mechanism and causal relationship between equol and microbiota in human studies. Currently, several groups have successfully established HMA animal models that produce equol through germ-free mice or rats; however, the HMA model of producing equol through pseudo germ-free mice has not been established. The objective of this study is to establish an HMA mice model for equol production through pseudo germ-free mice, mimicking the gut microbiota of an adult human equol producer. First, a higher female equol producer was screened as a donor from 15 volunteers. Then, mice were exposed to vancomycin, neomycin sulfate, metronidazole, and ampicillin for 3 weeks to obtain pseudo germ-free mice. Finally, pseudo germ-free mice were inoculated with fecal microbiota of the equol producer for 3 weeks to establish HMA mice of producing equol. The results showed that (i) the ability to produce equol was partially transferred from the donor to the HMA mice. (ii) Most of the original intestinal microbiota of mice were eliminated after broad-spectrum antibiotic administration. (iii) The taxonomy data from HMA mice revealed similar taxa to the donor sample, and the species richness returned to the level close to the donor. (iv) The family Coriobacteriaceae and genera Collinsella were successfully transferred from the donor to HMA mice. In conclusion, the HMA mice model for equol production, based on pseudo germ-free mice, can replace the model established by germ-free mice. The model also provides a basis for studying microbiota during the conversion from isoflavones into equol.

RevDate: 2020-06-24

Inamura K (2020)

Gut microbiota contributes towards immunomodulation against cancer: New frontiers in precision cancer therapeutics.

Seminars in cancer biology pii:S1044-579X(20)30142-5 [Epub ahead of print].

The microbiota influences human health and the development of diverse diseases, including cancer. Microbes can influence tumor initiation and development in either a positive or negative manner. In addition, the composition of the gut microbiota affects the efficacy and toxicity of cancer therapeutics as well as therapeutic resistance. The striking impact of microbiota on oncogenesis and cancer therapy provides compelling evidence to support the notion that manipulating microbial networks represents a promising strategy for treating and preventing cancer. Specific microbes or the microbial ecosystem can be modified via a multiplicity of processes, and therapeutic methods and approaches have been evolving. Microbial manipulation can be applied as an adjunct to traditional cancer therapies such as chemotherapy and immunotherapy. Furthermore, this approach displays great promise as a stand-alone therapy following the failure of standard therapy. Moreover, such strategies may also benefit patients by avoiding the emergence of toxic side effects that result in treatment discontinuation. A better understanding of the host-microbial ecosystem in patients with cancer, together with the development of methodologies for manipulating the microbiome, will help expand the frontiers of precision cancer therapeutics, thereby improving patient care. This review discusses the roles of the microbiota in oncogenesis and cancer therapy, with a focus on efforts to harness the microbiota to fight cancer.


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