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A randomised trial of the effect of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplements on the human intestinal microbiota

Overview of attention for article published in Gut, September 2017
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Title
A randomised trial of the effect of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplements on the human intestinal microbiota
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Gut, September 2017
DOI 10.1136/gutjnl-2017-314968
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Henry Watson, Suparna Mitra, Fiona C Croden, Morag Taylor, Henry M Wood, Sarah L Perry, Jade A Spencer, Phil Quirke, Giles J Toogood, Clare L Lawton, Louise Dye, Paul M Loadman, Mark A Hull

Abstract

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) have anticolorectal cancer (CRC) activity. The intestinal microbiota has been implicated in colorectal carcinogenesis. Dietary omega-3 PUFAs alter the mouse intestinal microbiome compatible with antineoplastic activity. Therefore, we investigated the effect of omega-3 PUFA supplements on the faecal microbiome in middle-aged, healthy volunteers (n=22). A randomised, open-label, cross-over trial of 8 weeks' treatment with 4 g mixed eicosapentaenoic acid/docosahexaenoic acid in two formulations (soft-gel capsules and Smartfish drinks), separated by a 12-week 'washout' period. Faecal samples were collected at five time-points for microbiome analysis by 16S ribosomal RNA PCR and Illumina MiSeq sequencing. Red blood cell (RBC) fatty acid analysis was performed by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. Both omega-3 PUFA formulations induced similar changes in RBC fatty acid content, except that drinks were associated with a larger, and more prolonged, decrease in omega-6 PUFA arachidonic acid than the capsule intervention (p=0.02). There were no significant changes in α or β diversity, or phyla composition, associated with omega-3 PUFA supplementation. However, a reversible increased abundance of several genera, including Bifidobacterium, Roseburia and Lactobacillus was observed with one or both omega-3 PUFA interventions. Microbiome changes did not correlate with RBC omega-3 PUFA incorporation or development of omega-3 PUFA-induced diarrhoea. There were no treatment order effects. Omega-3 PUFA supplementation induces a reversible increase in several short-chain fatty acid-producing bacteria, independently of the method of administration. There is no simple relationship between the intestinal microbiome and systemic omega-3 PUFA exposure. ISRCTN18662143.

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Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 68 15%
Researcher 48 11%
Student > Master 47 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 45 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 23 5%
Other 61 14%
Unknown 157 35%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 65 14%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 56 12%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 41 9%
Nursing and Health Professions 38 8%
Immunology and Microbiology 24 5%
Other 53 12%
Unknown 172 38%
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#158,027
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#106
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#3,216
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#3
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