The influences of low protein diet on the intestinal microbiota of mice

Masuoka, Hiroaki, Suda, Wataru, Tomitsuka, Eriko, Shindo, Chie, Takayasu, Lena, Horwood, Paul, Greenhill, Andrew R., Hattori, Masahira, Umezaki, Masahiro, and Hirayama, Kazuhiro (2020) The influences of low protein diet on the intestinal microbiota of mice. Scientific Reports, 10. 17077.

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Recent research suggests that protein deficiency symptoms are influenced by the intestinal microbiota. We investigated the influence of low protein diet on composition of the intestinal microbiota through animal experiments. Specific pathogen-free (SPF) mice were fed one of four diets (3, 6, 9, or 12% protein) for 4 weeks (n = 5 per diet). Mice fed the 3% protein diet showed protein deficiency symptoms such as weight loss and low level of blood urea nitrogen concentration in their serum. The intestinal microbiota of mice in the 3% and 12% protein diet groups at day 0, 7, 14, 21 and 28 were investigated by 16S rRNA gene sequencing, which revealed differences in the microbiota. In the 3% protein diet group, a greater abundance of urease producing bacterial species was detected across the duration of the study. In the 12% diet protein group, increases of abundance of Streptococcaceae and Clostridiales families was detected. These results suggest that protein deficiency may be associated with shifts in intestinal microbiota.

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Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2045-2322
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Funders: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (GIASR), Takeda Science Foundation
Projects and Grants: GIASR - 15H04430, GIASR - 19H03315
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2020 00:42
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320211 Infectious diseases @ 100%
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