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Impact of birth weight and postnatal diet on the gut microbiota of young adult guinea pigs.
  • Kait Al
  • Ousseynou Sarr
  • Kristyn Dunlop
  • Gregory B Gloor
  • Gregor Reid
  • Jeremy Burton
  • Timothy Regnault, Western University
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BACKGROUND: The gastrointestinal tract (GIT) microbiota is essential to metabolic health, and the prevalence of the Western diet (WD) high in fat and sugar is increasing, with evidence highlighting a negative interaction between the GIT and WD, resulting in liver dysfunction. Additionally, an adverse

METHODS: The fecal microbiota of normal birth weight (NBW) and LBW young guinea pig offspring, weaned onto either a control diet (CD) or WD was determined with 16S rRNA gene next generation sequencing at young adulthood following the early rapid growth phase after weaning. A liver blood chemistry profile was also performed.

RESULTS: The life-long consumption of WD following weaning into young adulthood resulted in increased total cholesterol, triglycerides and alanine aminotransferase levels in association with an altered GIT microbiota when compared to offspring consuming CD. Neither birth weight nor sex were associated with any significant changes in microbiota alpha diversity, by measuring the Shannon's diversity index. One hundred forty-eight operational taxonomic units were statistically distinct between the diet groups, independent of birth weight. In the WD group, significant decreases were detected in

DISCUSSION: These results describe the GIT microbiota in a guinea pig model of LBW and WD associated metabolic syndrome and highlight several WD specific GIT alterations associated with human metabolic disease.

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Kait Al, Ousseynou Sarr, Kristyn Dunlop, Gregory B Gloor, et al.. "Impact of birth weight and postnatal diet on the gut microbiota of young adult guinea pigs." PeerJ Vol. 5 (2017) p. 2840 - 2840
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