Dietary and lifestyle associations with microbiome diversity

Katherine M. Watson, Kyla N. Siemens, Sudarshan Anand, Ivy H. Gardner, Thomas J. Sharpton, Elizabeth N. Dewey, Robert Martindale, Christopher A. Gaulke, Vassiliki Liana Tsikitis

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Background: Microbial dysbiosis has been closely linked with colorectal cancer development. However, data is limited regarding the relationship of the mucosal microbiome, adenomatous polyps and dietary habits. Understanding these associations may elucidate pathways for risk stratification according to diet. Results: Patients undergoing screening colonoscopy were included in our prospective, single center study and divided into adenoma or no adenoma cohorts. Oral, fecal, and mucosal samples were obtained. Microbial DNA was extracted, and amplicon libraries generated using primers for the 16S rRNA gene V4 region. Patient and dietary information was collected. Of 104 participants, 44% presented with polyps, which were predominantly tubular adenomas (87%). Adenoma formation and multiple patient dietary and lifestyle characteristics were associated with mucosal microbiome diversity. Lifestyle factors included age, body mass index, adenoma number, and dietary consumption of red meats, processed meats, vegetables, fruit, grain, fermented foods and alcohol. Conclusion: In this study we showed associations between dietary habits, adenoma formation and the mucosal microbiome. These early findings suggest that ongoing research into diet modification may help reduce adenoma formation and subsequently the development of CRC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number49
JournalGut Pathogens
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases


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