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Clifford McDonald, MD and Alison Laufer-Halpin, Ph.D., of the CDC Discuss the Human Microbiome on C. diff. Spores and More

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Researchers Explore Effects of Probiotics Supplements on Intestinal Microbiota of Food Allergic Mice

Exploration of the effect of probiotics supplementation on intestinal microbiota of food allergic mice

Abstract

Environmental factor-induced alterations in intestinal microbiota have been demonstrated to be associated with increasing prevalence of food allergy. However, it is not clear to what extent oral administration of probiotics can affect gut microbiota composition, thus inhibiting food allergy development. Using ovalbumin (OVA)-sensitized murine model, it was demonstrated that probiotics ameliorated allergic symptoms, including reducing OVA specific-IgE, and -IgG1 levels in the serum, Th2 cytokines release in spleen, and occurrence of diarrhea. Moreover, 16S rRNA analysis showed that the probiotics-mediated protection was conferred by an enrichment of Coprococcus and Rikenella. The present study supports the theory that probiotics can treat food allergy by modulating specific genera of the gut microbiota.

Introduction

Food allergy is an adverse immune response to certain kinds of food. It is estimated that food allergy affects about 8% of children and 4% of adults [1,2]. The rapid increase in the prevalence of food allergy over past several decades cannot be explained by genetic variation alone. In current, avoidance of dietary allergens is the only proven remedy available for food allergic suffers.

Growing evidence suggests that gut microbiota exerts profound influence on immune system maturation and tolerance acquisition. Intestinal microflora alteration, caused by environmental factors (e.g., mode of birth, antibiotics, diet, vaccination, sanitation), has been observed to be associated with many gastrointestinal diseases, including food allergy [3], inflammatory bowel diseases [4], or colorectal cancer [58]. Of note, intestinal microflora has been demonstrated to play an important role in maintaining the Th1/Th2 balance [9], which is the key mechanism involved in allergic diseases.

The role of probiotics in allergic disease has been highlighted recently. Bifidobacteria and lactobacilli, which are common species of probiotics existing in most people, can affect immune function by various pathways. In many cases, probiotics supplementation was demonstrated to induce TGF-β expression, which ameliorates food allergy by suppressing Th2 response, and inducing Foxp3+ Treg production [1015]. A microarray analysis of intestinal epithelial cells from gnotobiotic mice revealed a mechanism that Clostridia facilitated immune cells to produce interleukin-22 (IL-22), regulated innate lymphoid cell function and intestinal epithelial permeability to protect against allergen sensitization [3]. Besides, the suppressive effect of probiotics on Th17 response has been shown both in murine asthma [16] and atopic dermatitis model [17]. However, whether probiotics treatment elicited changes in the composition of the intestinal microbiota, thereby regulating allergic disease remains poorly understood.

The current study investigated the beneficial effect of Bifidobacterium Infantis (BB) in a murine model of food allergy at the level of commensal microbiota. Sequencing of the V4-V5 regions of 16S rRNA genes revealed that BB could modulate specific genera of intestinal microbiota in mice, which may induce immune responses in gastrointestinal tract to defend against food allergens.

Materials and methods

Animals

All the animal experimental procedures were conducted according to the guidelines approved by the Experimental Animal Ethic Committee at Shenzhen University, and were carried out in accordance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals published by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH publication no. 85-23, revised 1996). 6-8 weeks old female Balb/c mice were housed in a SPF animal facility with a 12 h light-dark cycle and were free to access standard diet and water.

Food allergic animal model

Mice were intragastrically administered with 100 mg OVA plus 20 mg cholera toxin (CT) in a final volume of 300 ml using a ball-end mouse feeding tube once a week for 4 consecutive weeks. At the end of sensitization, mice were challenged with 5 mg OVA orally. After 24 h, the mice were killed and serum and splenocytes were collected for the following analysis as reported previously (referred to as FA group) [25].

BB preparation and supplementation

BB was kindly provided by Shenzhen Kexing Biotech CO., LTD (Shenzhen, China) as lyophilized powder and inoculated before giving to mice. From Day 15 to Day 28, sensitized mice were orally administered with 200 ml/mouse of normal saline containing 108 cfu/ml as previously described (referred to as FAPro group) [13]. On day 29, the mice were challenged as described above.

Serum immunoglobulin levels

Serum was collected, and OVA-specific IgE was detected by commercial ELISA kit (Biolegend, USA) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. OVA-specific IgG1 was measured by an in-house ELISA as previously described [26].

DNA extraction, amplification and sequencing

During the process of food allergy model establishment, fecal samples (up to ~1 g) were collected on Day 0, 7, 14, 28, 29, and stored at -80°C. The total DNA from fecal samples was extracted by reported method [27]. The 16S rRNA was amplified and sequenced on the Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine as reported in previous study [28].

Bioinformatics analysis

The data was treated with in-house pipeline developed based on mothur v.1.33.3 [29]. The community structure was calculated based on the membership and relative abundance of taxonomic groups in the sample. In this study, the Permutational multivariate analysis of variance (PERMANOVA) was used to assess the effect of BB (covariate) on operational taxonomic units (OTUs) profiles. A two-tailed Wilcoxon rank-sum test was used in the profile to identify the different OTUs and KEGG Orthologs (KOs). In addition, we used PICRUSt [30] to produce predicted KOs from the 16S rRNA gene sequence data.

Statistical analysis

In Figure 1, all values are presented as the means ± SEM. Differences between two groups were evaluated with the Student t test, while data among three or more groups were evaluated with one-way ANOVA (Prism version 5, GraphPad Software; CA, USA). A P value less than 0.05 was considered to indicate significant differences.

Allergic reactions in the mouse intestine were attenuated by BB. Balb/c mice were treated with PBS (Naïve group), OVA/CT (FA group), OVA/CT+BB (FAPro group). The bars indicate the levels of serum OVA-specific IgE (A), -IgG1 (B), IL-4, -5, and

Results

BB showed significant protective effect on food allergic mice

Food allergic mice model was established using OVA as allergen, CT as adjuvant. As shown in Figure 1A and and1B,1B, treatment with BB for two weeks attenuated sIgE and sIgG1 by 33% and 32% respectively, when compared with FA group. Moreover, spleneocytes were harvested from all the three groups of mice and incubated with OVA for 3 days. The levels of typical Th2-type cytokines in supernatant were determined by commercial ELISA. Intragastrically administered with BB significantly reduced IL-4, -5, and -13 by 31%, 24%, and 50% respectively in FA mice (Figure 1C). In addition, after challenge with OVA, the FA mice showed significant diarrhea (Figure 1D), which could be ameliorated by BB.

BB-induced phenotypic improvement was associated with specific OTUs

Next, to investigate the effect of BB on gut microbiome, we carried out metagenomic sequencing of fecal samples from FA and FAPro mice. All sequencing reads were finally classified into 1195 operational taxonomic units (OTUs). The correlation between food allergic phenotypes and OTUs was calculated. It was found that 61 OTUs were significantly related to sIgE, sIgG1, IL-4, IL-5, and IL-13. Among them, 45 OTUs were positively correlated with these phenotypes and 16 OTUs were negatively correlated (Figure 2). For instance, Otu0724, annotated to the family S24-7, was significantly positive correlated with allergic phenotypes. On the contrary, Otu0543, annotated to the genus Bacteroides, was significantly negatively correlated. Upregulation or downregulation of the relative abundances of these OTUs could trigger certain immune responses. The results indicated that BB treatment may change immune indexes of food allergy through modulation of these OTUs.

The heatmap of correlation between five phenotypes and OTUs profile. Red means positive correlation, while blue represents negative correlation.

Treatment with BB shows no effect on alpha-diversity of intestinal microflora

Chao [18] and ACE [19] are usually used to compute community richness; the higher score, the more richness. Shannon and Simpson metrics are commonly used to calculate community diversity [20]. The higher Shannon index indicates the greater community diversity, while the higher Simpson index indicates the lesser community diversity. We used these 4 kinds of alpha diversity parameters to describe the microbiologic species diversity changes between FA group and FAPro group (Figure 3). Student’s t-test showed that there were no significant differences of these four indexes (Figure 3). The results indicated that BB was not strong enough to change population diversity and richness of intestinal microbiota.

Boxplot of 4 kinds of alpha diversity between FA and FAPro group. Chao, ACE, Shannon, simpson are the four kinds of alpha diversity metrics. FA (n=27), FAPro (n=34). Mean values ± SEM are plotted.

BB didn’t alter intestinal microbiota compositon in mice

In order to investigate whether probiotics treatment change the composition of intestinal microbiota, we used principal coordinate analysis (PCoA) to compare FA and FAPro group. As shown in Figure 4, there was no significant difference between FA and FAPro group. Thus, it was implied that BB showed no effect on modulation of microbiota composition.

The PCoA of OTU profile between FA and FAPro mice. 16S rRNA gene surveys (analyzed by JSD-based PCoA) from mice fed PBS (red) or probiotics (blue) diets are presented in a different clustering pattern. Principal coordinate1 (PC)1 and PC2 are the x axis

The taxonomic classification of gut microbiota in mice

We found that Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes were two most prevalent phyla present in food allergic mice treated with or without probiotics, the same as that under physiological status [3]. Furthermore, Lachnospiraceae, S24-7, Rikenellaceae, and Ruminococcaceae accounted for four major components at family levels (Figure 5A). Further analysis revealed that 2-wk of BB treatment resulted in a significant change in fecal microbiota composition at genus level. As shown in Figure 5B, the levels of Coprococcus and Rikenella were significantly increased by 66% and 60% respectively, after BB treatment. Thus, the relative abundances of Coprococcus and Rikenella may be used as microbial biomarkers to diagnose food allergy.

A. Taxonomic distributions in gut communities. Values represent the relative abundance of bacteria at family level across all samples within FA group and FAPro group. A small amount of microorganism is unknown. B. Comparision of 12 major genera between

Comparison of OTUs levels between FA and FAPro mice

Next, Wilcoxon rank test showed that 92 OTUs were significantly different between FA group and FAPro group. Among them, 40 OTUs (43.5%) were enriched in FA group. 33 OTUs were picked out through a FDR adjust and make a heatmap with the OTU percentage profile (Figure 6). Moreover, we found that probiotics administration could enrich more bacteria assigned to Coprococcus, Rikenella and Bacteroides in the mice gut (Figure 6).

Heatmap of gut bacteria in FA and FAPro group at OTU level. Blue regions represent relatively low OUT abundance, while red regions means relatively high OTU abundance.

Mice gut microflora changed across time

In order to monitor the change of gut bacteria during the period of probiotics administration, we collected fecal samples at 5 time points: before oral treatment of probiotics (FAPro1), after one week’s probiotics administration (FAPro2), after two weeks’ administration (FAPro3), 1 h after allergen challenge (FAPro4), 24 h after allergen challenge (FAPro5). Intriguingly, we selected 12 most abundant genera and found that at least 6 genera of gut bacteria, including Odoribacter, Bacteroides, Coprococcus, Blautia, Eubacterium, Prevotella changed with time after probiotics treatment (Figure 7). For example, the levels of Odoribacter were significantly increased by 3.3 fold at the time point of 24 h after challenge compared to the time point of 1 h after challenge.

Time-dependent manner of gut bacteria changes at genus level. During the period of probiotics administration, we collected fecal samples at 5 time points: before oral treatment of probiotics (FAPro1), after one week’s probiotics administration

Metabolic pathways of gut microbiota was altered by BB supplementation

We used PICRUSt to produce predicted metagenomes from 16S rRNA gene sequence database. 143 KOs were found to be significantly different between FA and FAPro mice, using Wilcoxon rank test, p value < 0.05. Among them, only 4 KOs were enriched in FAPro group (Table 1). The results implied that BB supplementation significantly modified metabolic pathways of gut microbiota.

Four KEGG Orthologs were enriched in FAPro group

Discussion

Gut microbiota plays an important role in the pathogenesis of food allergy. In this study, we found that oral administration of BB induced significant improvement on allergic symptoms in mice. Furthermore, the results demonstrated that BB conferred a protective effect on food allergic mice through up-regulation of the relative abundance of Coprococcus and Rikenella at genus level. Furthermore, the genera of gut microflora were presented in a time-dependent pattern after BB treatment.

Growing evidence suggests that the relationship among diet, probiotics, immune system and gut microbiota ecology determines the disease susceptibility to allergy [21]. Thus, it is very likely that intragastrical administration of probiotics may treat food allergy by restoring the unbalanced indigenous microbiota and controlling the inflammatory responses. Until now, there is no investigation targeting the direct effect of probiotic supplementation on intestinal microbiota. Although there are more than 1000 species of intestinal bacteria, most of them belong to just a few phyla. Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes phyla dominate the adult intestine. The intestinal microbiota is of high variation from people to people at species-level, but bifidobacteria and lactobacilli are common species existing in most people [22]. Thus, in the present study we chose BB to treat a classical animal model sensitized by OVA. In this study, animals treated with probiotics for two weeks showed improvement in all major indicators of experimental mucosal allergy, in line with the results previously reported [23].

When use traditional culture based techniques to determine the composition of the gut microbiota, there are only ~10% of gut bacteria possibly to be studied since others are not culturable [24]. Therefore, in order to further determine the different components of intestinal microbiota caused by probiotics, we chose state-of-the-art next-generation sequencing method to detect the 16S rRNA of faces samples and determine the frequency of microbes and its metabolic pathway in gastrointestinal tract. We found that there were 12 genera of gut bacteria existing in both FA and FAPro groups. After supplementation with BB for two weeks, each genus changed periodically. Based on their relative abundances, BB administration could up-regulate Rikenlla and down-regulate Eubacterium. These two genera of bacteria have never been highlighted by other related researches. Instead, Stefka [3] et al demonstrated that a Clostridia-containing microbiota was associated with innate lymphoid cell function and intestinal epithelial permeability. The divergence may be attributed to that they didn’t use a kind of probiotics to treat allergic mice.

In conclusion, this is the first study to explore microbial population changes in food allergic animal model, in case of probiotics administration. Likely, specific gut bacterial changes contributed to disease process altered by probiotics. Still, patients study are warranted in the future to determine whether the findings herein reported can be validated and correlated with the clinical features.

Acknowledgements

This work was supported by grants from the Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 81300292 to B.Y., No. 81271950 to Q.M.J., and 81460252 to X.Y.L.), Guangdong Foreign Scientific Technology Cooperative Project (No. 2013B051000088 to Z.G.L.), Shenzhen Scientific Technology Basic Research Projects (No. 005177 to Q.M.J., JCYJ20140418095735538 to Z.G.L., and JCYJ20130402151227168 to S.G.H.).

Disclosure of conflict of interest

None.

Authors’ contribution

B.Y., L.X. and S.L. performed experiments and analyzed data. B.Y. wrote the manuscript. X.Y.L. and Y.L. performed experiments. Q.M.J, P.C.Y. and Z.G.L. organized the project and supervised the experiments. P.C.Y. revised the manuscript.

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Study shows Microbiome Differences Between Intensive Care Unit Patients Hospitalized From Healthy Patients

 

The microbiome of patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) at a hospital differs dramatically from that of healthy patients, according to a new study published in mSphere.

 

Researchers analyzing microbial taxa in ICU patients’ guts, mouth and skin reported finding dysbiosis, or a bacterial imbalance, that worsened during a patient’s stay in the hospital. Compared to healthy people, ICU patients had depleted populations of commensal, health-promoting microbes and higher counts of bacterial taxa with pathogenic strains – leaving patients vulnerable to hospital-acquired infections that may lead to sepsis, organ failure and potentially death.

What is dysbiosis?  Pathogens, antibiotic use, diet, inflammation, and other forces can cause dysbiosis, a disruption in these microbial ecosystems that can lead to or perpetuate disease  (1)

What makes a gut microbiome healthy or not remains poorly defined in the field. Nonetheless, researchers suspect that critical illness requiring a stay in the ICU is associated with the the loss of bacteria that help keep a person healthy. The new study, which prospectively monitored and tracked changes in bacterial makeup, delivers evidence for that hypothesis.
“The results were what we feared them to be,” says study leader Paul Wischmeyer, an anesthesiologist at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “We saw a massive depletion of normal, health-promoting species.”
Wischmeyer, who will move to Duke University in the fall, runs a lab that focuses on nutrition-related interventions to improve outcomes for critically ill patients.

He notes that treatments used in the ICU – including courses of powerful antibiotics, medicines to sustain blood pressure, and lack of nutrition – can reduce the population of known healthy bacteria. An understanding of how those changes affect patient outcomes could guide the development of targeted interventions to restore bacterial balance, which in turn could reduce the risk of infection by dangerous pathogens.
Previous studies have tracked microbiome changes in individual or small numbers of critically ill patients, but Wischmeyer and his collaborators analyzed skin, stool, and oral samples from 115 ICU patients across four hospitals in the United States and Canada. They analyzed bacterial populations in the samples twice – once 48 hours after admission, and again after 10 days in the ICU (or when the patient was discharged). They also recorded what the patients ate, what treatments patients received, and what infections patients incurred.
The researchers compared their data to data collected from a healthy subset of people who participated in the American Gut project dataset. (American Gut is a crowd-sourced project aimed at characterizing the human microbiome by the Rob Knight Lab at the University of California San Diego.) They reported that samples from ICU patients showed lower levels of Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes bacteria, two of the largest groups of microbes in the gut, and higher abundances of Proteobacteria, which include many pathogens.
Wischmeyer was surprised by how quickly the microbiome changed in the patients. “We saw the rapid rise of organisms clearly associated with disease,” he says. “In some cases, those organisms became 95 percent of the entire gut flora – all made up of one pathogenic taxa – within days of admission to the ICU. That was really striking.” Notably, the researchers reported that some of the patient microbiomes, even at the time of admission, resembled the microbiomes of corpses. “That happened in more people than we would like to have seen,” he says.
Wischmeyer suggests the microbiome could be tracked like other vital signs and could potentially be used to identify patient problems and risks before they become symptomatic. In addition, now that researchers have begun to understand how the microbiome changes in the ICU, Wischmeyer says the next step is to use the data to identify therapies – perhaps including probiotics – to restore a healthy bacterial balance to patients.
Everyone who collaborated on the project – including dietitians, pharmacists, statisticians, critical care physicians, and computer scientists – participated on a largely voluntary basis without significant funding to explore the role of the microbiome in ICU medicine, says Wischmeyer.

 

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Matthew Henn is the Senior Vice President and Head of Drug Discovery & Bioinformatics of Seres Therapeutics, Inc. He has more than 16 years of combined research experience in microbial ecology, genomics, and bioinformatics that spans both environmental and infectious disease applications.

Dr. Henn’s research has focused on the development, implementation, and application of genomic technologies in the area of microbial populations and their metabolic functions. Prior to joining Seres, he was the Director of Viral Genomics and Assistant Director of the Genome Sequencing Center for Infectious Diseases at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

Join us on Tuesday, July 19th as Dr. Henn provides the foundation educational information about the microbiome by answering the fundamental questions of what is it, why is it important, how does it impact patients with C. difficile infections, and what are the possibilities of the microbiome as a therapeutic target for future drugs.  This interview will solely be with Dr. Matthew Henn, Senior Vice President and Head of Drug Discovery & Bioinformatics at Seres Therapeutics, Inc,.

Seres Therapeutics is a leading microbiome therapeutics company dedicated to creating a new class of medicines to treat diseases resulting from imbalances in the microbiome.  These first-in-class drugs, called Ecobiotics®, are ecological compositions of beneficial organisms that are designed to restore a healthy human microbiome. The discovery efforts at Seres Therapeutics currently span metabolic, inflammatory, and infectious diseases.

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C. difficile Infection (CDI) Prevention, Treatment, Environmental Safety, Research, Clinical Trials Being Discussed with World Topic Experts On September 20th In Atlanta, Georgia USA

September 20th

It is with great pride and certainty in the power of the healthcare community to present the 4th Annual International Raising. C. diff. Awareness Conference and Health Expo

being hosted at the

DoubleTree by Hilton — Atlanta Airport 
3400 Norman Berry Drive
Atlanta,Georgia 30344 USA  (Hotel Phone: 1-404-763-1600)

Doors open at 7:15 a.m — Sign In and Continental Breakfast

Conference begins at: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Raising C. difficile awareness is essential to build upon and advance existing knowledge and necessary for overcoming the challenges our healthcare communities are faced with today.

“None of us can do this alone — All of us can do this together”

Nearly half a million Americans suffered from Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) infections in a single year according to a study released February 25, 2015 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   C. diff. is a leading cause of infectious disease death worldwide; 29,000 died within 30 days of the initial diagnosis in the USA.   Previous studies indicate that C. diff. has become the most common microbial cause of healthcare-associated infections found in U.S. hospitals driving up costs to $4.8 billion each year in excess health care costs in acute care facilities alone.

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Clinical professionals gather for one day to present up-to-date data to expand on the existing knowledge and raise awareness of the urgency focused on a Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) —

    • Prevention
    • Treatments
    • Research
    • Environmental Safety
    • Clinical trials and studies

WITH

  • Microbiome research, studies
  • Infection Prevention
  • Fecal Microbiota Restoration and Transplants for Adults & Pediatrics
  • A Panel Of C. diff. Infection Survivors
  • Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Healthcare EXPO
    ……………………and much more.

You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to learn from
International topic experts delivering data directed at evidence-based
prevention, treatments, and environmental safety in the C. diff.
and healthcare community.

Gain insights on September 20th that will not be available anywhere else with an opportunity to receive up-to-date data on major topics in this program being presented in one day.

5 Leading reasons to attend this dynamic conference:

  • Learn from leading healthcare professionals, clinicians, researchers, and industry.
  • Networking opportunities with new and reconnect with those in the healthcare community with similar interests.
  • Gain breakthrough results through research in progress and gaining positive results. Programs focused on Antibiotic-resistance such as the  Antibiotic Stewardship making a difference. Front line developments in progress focused on C. diff. infection prevention, treatments, environmental safety.
  • Implement and share the knowledge well after the conference ends.  Every attendee receives a booklet with guest speakers information, media to review audio programs, and Health Expo Sponsor information focused on the important agenda topics.
  • Embrace the opportunity, with all of the topic experts presenting, and hold the conference in the highest priority from the participation in this conference to an audience of medical students, and fellow healthcare professionals, who will benefit the most from the data and gain tools to overcome the barriers facing healthcare each day.

“The information and up-to-date studies shared at the 2015 conference added to an existing knowledge base that helps us to continue delivering quality care in the medical community.”   Linda Davis, RN,BSN

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REGISTRATION FEES:

$75.00  —  Conference Registration

$30.00  —  Student Conference Registration (Student ID To Be Presented At the Door)

TO REGISTER Click on the “Raising C. diff. Awareness” Ribbon below

Room accommodations are available —  Complete and Confirm 

by August 19th to reserve your hotel reservations.   

To create a reservation please click on the DoubleTree By Hilton Logo below – – – – – –

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 A suggested travel coordinator, for your convenience

Michael Beckman — Team Leader,  Liberty Travel, 467 Washington Street, Boston, MA  02111
617-936-2435
Michael.Beckman@flightcenter.com

 For Additional Information visit the C Diff Foundation Website:

https://cdifffoundation.org/

https://cdifffoundation.org/

And Click on the 2016 September Conference Tab

 

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