Distinct mucosal microbial communities in infants with surgical necrotizing enterocolitis correlate with age and antibiotic exposure

Joann Romano-Keeler, Meghan H. Shilts, Andrey Tovchigrechko, Chunlin Wang, Robert M. Brucker, Daniel J. Moore, Christopher Fonnesbeck, Shufang Meng, Hernan Correa, Harold N. Lovvorn, Yi Wei Tang, Lora Hooper, Seth R. Bordenstein, Suman R. Das, Jorn Hendrik Weitkamp

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Abstract

Objective Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is the most common surgical emergency in preterm infants, and pathogenesis associates with changes in the fecal microbiome. As fecal samples incompletely represent microbial communities in intestinal mucosa, we sought to determine the NEC tissue-specific microbiome and assess its contribution to pathogenesis. Design We amplified and sequenced the V1-V3 hypervariable region of the bacterial 16S rRNA gene extracted from intestinal tissue and corresponding fecal samples from 12 surgical patients with NEC and 14 surgical patients without NEC. Low quality and non-bacterial sequences were removed, and taxonomic assignment was made with the Ribosomal Database Project. Operational taxonomic units were clustered at 97%. We tested for differences between NEC and non-NEC samples in microbiome alpha-and beta-diversity and differential abundance of specific taxa between NEC and non-NEC samples. Additional analyses were performed to assess the contribution of other demographic and environmental confounding factors on the infant tissue and fecal microbiome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0206366
JournalPloS one
Volume13
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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    Romano-Keeler, J., Shilts, M. H., Tovchigrechko, A., Wang, C., Brucker, R. M., Moore, D. J., Fonnesbeck, C., Meng, S., Correa, H., Lovvorn, H. N., Tang, Y. W., Hooper, L., Bordenstein, S. R., Das, S. R., & Weitkamp, J. H. (2018). Distinct mucosal microbial communities in infants with surgical necrotizing enterocolitis correlate with age and antibiotic exposure. PloS one, 13(10), [e0206366]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0206366