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Emerging evidence shows the involvement of our gut microbiome in conditions apparently unrelated to the gut ecosystem. And it seems that is the case with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is a heterogeneous endocrine disorder that is often accompanied by altered insulin activity. Recent studies have associated alterations in gut microbiome composition and barrier function with imbalances in the stool…

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Emerging evidence shows the involvement of our gut microbiome in conditions apparently unrelated to the gut ecosystem. And it seems that is the case with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is a heterogeneous endocrine disorder that is often accompanied by altered insulin activity. Recent studies have associated alterations in gut microbiome composition and barrier function with imbalances in the stool…

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Traditionally, microbial communities that inhabit the human body and surrounding environments have been characterized through culturing on selective plates. However, this approach shows a low sensitivity and does not allow for exploring the unculturable fraction of the microbiome that may account for between 60% and 80% of the observable bacteria. Although culture-independent methods based on characterizing the 16S ribosomal ribonucleic…

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Traditionally, microbial communities that inhabit the human body and surrounding environments have been characterized through culturing on selective plates. However, this approach shows a low sensitivity and does not allow for exploring the unculturable fraction of the microbiome that may account for between 60% and 80% of the observable bacteria. Although culture-independent methods based on characterizing the 16S ribosomal ribonucleic…

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Parkinson’s disease is caused by the progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons and recent studies have widened the immune system and the gut microbiota's contribution to the disease. A new study in mice, led by researchers from the Université de Montréal and McGill University in Canada, shows the involvement of intestinal infections as a trigger in Parkinson’s disease through autoimmune mechanisms.…

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Parkinson’s disease is caused by the progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons and recent studies have widened the immune system and the gut microbiota's contribution to the disease. A new study in mice, led by researchers from the Université de Montréal and McGill University in Canada, shows the involvement of intestinal infections as a trigger in Parkinson’s disease through autoimmune mechanisms.…

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The fact some people respond to a drug treatment while for others the same treatment is totally ineffective may depend on our gut microbiota. In other words, after a drug is administered orally, it could either be absorbed into the bloodstream and metabolized by the liver, or it remains in the intestine where it can be metabolized by the gut…

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The fact some people respond to a drug treatment while for others the same treatment is totally ineffective may depend on our gut microbiota. In other words, after a drug is administered orally, it could either be absorbed into the bloodstream and metabolized by the liver, or it remains in the intestine where it can be metabolized by the gut…

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Imbalances in the small intestinal microbiome can drive clinical consequences in the form of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), characterized by higher numbers of bacteria and a distribution more commonly associated with the colon. In recent times, SIBO has been recognized as a frequent cause of common gastrointestinal conditions that share risk factors such as maldigestion and malabsorption. Methods used…

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Imbalances in the small intestinal microbiome can drive clinical consequences in the form of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), characterized by higher numbers of bacteria and a distribution more commonly associated with the colon. In recent times, SIBO has been recognized as a frequent cause of common gastrointestinal conditions that share risk factors such as maldigestion and malabsorption. Methods used…

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Life-threatening food allergies are constantly increasing in Westernized countries and alterations in the gut microbiome, especially in early life, could contribute to the rise in their prevalence. Although both a reduced bacterial diversity and an increased Enterobacteriaceae/Bacteroidaceae ratio in infancy have been associated with food sensitization, as well as increased levels of serum immunoglobulin E (IgE) in germ-free and antibiotics-treated…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

Life-threatening food allergies are constantly increasing in Westernized countries and alterations in the gut microbiome, especially in early life, could contribute to the rise in their prevalence. Although both a reduced bacterial diversity and an increased Enterobacteriaceae/Bacteroidaceae ratio in infancy have been associated with food sensitization, as well as increased levels of serum immunoglobulin E (IgE) in germ-free and antibiotics-treated…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

Maternal physiology and metabolism during pregnancy adjust so the fetus may grow healthy. As part of these changes, the gut microbiota evolves towards a pro-inflammatory profile, which contributes to a healthy pregnancy. Even so, the extent to which gut microbiota alterations induced by pregnancy and lactation may change autoimmune mechanisms that are involved in disease has not yet been explored.…

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Maternal physiology and metabolism during pregnancy adjust so the fetus may grow healthy. As part of these changes, the gut microbiota evolves towards a pro-inflammatory profile, which contributes to a healthy pregnancy. Even so, the extent to which gut microbiota alterations induced by pregnancy and lactation may change autoimmune mechanisms that are involved in disease has not yet been explored.…

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The functional metagenomic screening of the human gut microbiome gives us a better understanding of how microbial genes shape almost all aspects of physiology. Although an important number of microbial species have yet to be characterized, next generation approaches have increased the number of gut microorganism genomes that can be mapped. For instance, analysis of the gut metagenome has provided…

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The functional metagenomic screening of the human gut microbiome gives us a better understanding of how microbial genes shape almost all aspects of physiology. Although an important number of microbial species have yet to be characterized, next generation approaches have increased the number of gut microorganism genomes that can be mapped. For instance, analysis of the gut metagenome has provided…

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The microorganisms inhabiting the human gut can alter the chemical structures of drugs, leading to changes in their bioavailability, toxicity and efficacy. Although the gut microbial enzymes responsible for these chemical modifications are poorly understood, microbial mediation of therapeutic effects has been reported for metformin, chemotherapeutic drugs and antidepressants. A gut microbial enzymatic pathway is involved in metabolizing the drug…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

The microorganisms inhabiting the human gut can alter the chemical structures of drugs, leading to changes in their bioavailability, toxicity and efficacy. Although the gut microbial enzymes responsible for these chemical modifications are poorly understood, microbial mediation of therapeutic effects has been reported for metformin, chemotherapeutic drugs and antidepressants. A gut microbial enzymatic pathway is involved in metabolizing the drug…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

Preterm infants are at a high risk of growth failure that may affect their long-term health outcomes. Different factors have been involved in the etiology of postnatal growth failure in preterm infants, but despite research efforts regarding clinical management, growth failure rates continue to increase. Although differences in gut microbiota composition have been found in preterm infants compared with full-term…

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Preterm infants are at a high risk of growth failure that may affect their long-term health outcomes. Different factors have been involved in the etiology of postnatal growth failure in preterm infants, but despite research efforts regarding clinical management, growth failure rates continue to increase. Although differences in gut microbiota composition have been found in preterm infants compared with full-term…

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