Intestinal and systemic inflammatory responses are positively associated with sulfidogenic bacteria abundance in high-fat-fed male C57BL/6J mice

Wan Shen, Patricia G. Wolf, Franck Carbonero, Wei Zhong, Tanya Reid, H. Rex Gaskins, Michael K. McIntosh

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Abstract

Recent studies have highlighted the relation between high-fat (HF) diets, the gut microbiota, and inflammation. However, the role of sulfidogenic bacteria inmediating these effects has been explored only recently. Therefore,we tested the hypothesis that an HF diet rich in saturated fat stimulates sulfidogenic bacteria and that these increases correlate with intestinal and systemic inflammatory responses. Forty C57BL/6J malemice were fed a low-fat (LF; 10% of energy) or an HF lard-based (60% of energy) diet for ± or 20 wk. Mucosa samples were collected from the ileum, cecum, and colon and used for measuring 16S ribosomal RNA and functional genes of sulfidogenic bacteria. Matching intestinal samples and visceral and subcutaneous white adipose tissue (WAT) depots were used to measure mRNA upregulated (P < 0.05) abundance of 3 types of sulfidogenic bacteria, primarily in colonic mucosa, compared with LF-fed mice at week 20. Although HF feeding did not increase intestinal inflammation atweek 6, ileal markers ofmacrophage infiltration and inflammation were upregulated (P < 0.05) 1- to 6-fold at week 20. HF feeding impaired the localization of the tight junction protein zonula occludens 1 at the apical area of the ileal epithelium atweeks ± and 20. Mice fed the HF diet had 1- to 100-fold greater (P < 0.05) mRNA levels of markers ofmacrophage infiltration in visceral and subcutaneous WAT atweek 20, but not at week 6, compared with LF-fedmice. These results provide evidence that chronic, but not acute, consumption of an HF lard-based diet may be linked with pathways of microbial metabolism that potentially contribute to chronic intestinal and systemic inflammation. Such linkage provides further support for reducing consumption of saturated fats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1181-1187
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nutrition
Volume144
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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