Colonization-Induced Host-Gut Microbial Metabolic Interaction

S.P. Claus, S.L. Ellero, B. Berger, L. Krause, A. Bruttin, J. Molina, A. Paris, E.J. Want, I. de Waziers, O. Cloarec, S.E. Richards, Y. Wang, M.E. Dumas, A. Ross, S. Rezzi, S. Kochhar, P.J. van Bladeren, J.C. LindOn, E. Holmes, J.K. Nicholson

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The gut microbiota enhances the host’s metabolic capacity for processing nutrients and drugs and modulate the activities of multiple pathways in a variety of organ systems. We have probed the systemic metabolic adaptation to gut colonization for 20 days following exposure of axenic mice (n = 35) to a typical environmental microbial background using high-resolution 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to analyze urine, plasma, liver, kidney, and colon (5 time points) metabolic profiles. Acquisition of the gut microbiota was associated with rapid increase in body weight (4%) over the first 5 days of colonization with parallel changes in multiple pathways in all compartments analyzed. The colonization process stimulated glycogenesis in the liver prior to triggering increases in hepatic triglyceride synthesis. These changes were associated with modifications of hepatic Cyp8b1 expression and the subsequent alteration of bile acid metabolites, including taurocholate and tauromuricholate, which are essential regulators of lipid absorption. Expression and activity of major drug-metabolizing enzymes (Cyp3a11 and Cyp2c29) were also significantly stimulated. Remarkably, statistical modeling of the interactions between hepatic metabolic profiles and microbial composition analyzed by 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing revealed strong associations of the Coriobacteriaceae family with both the hepatic triglyceride, glucose, and glycogen levels and the metabolism of xenobiotics. These data demonstrate the importance of microbial activity in metabolic phenotype development, indicating that microbiota manipulation is a useful tool for beneficially modulating xenobiotic metabolism and pharmacokinetics in personalized health care.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere00271-10
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • diet-induced obesity
  • bile-acids
  • absorption
  • liver
  • mice
  • rat
  • cholesterol
  • bacteria
  • energy
  • flora


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