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Analysis of fecal microbiota, organic acids and plasma lipids in hepatic cancer patients with or without liver cirrhosis.
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PMID:  23068014     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Changes in the microbiota composition are able to affect nutrient absorption and energy metabolism, but there are few human studies. The aims were to analyze fecal constituents quantitatively and compare them with liver dysfunction in hepatic cancer patients and to evaluate the relationships among intestinal microbiota, fecal organic acids and plasma lipid composition. METHODS: Fecal samples collected from 46 hepatic cancer patients (with liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis or liver fibrosis and normal liver) were evaluated for fecal constituents. Blood organic acid, lipid and fatty acid concentrations were analyzed. RESULTS: Fecal microbiota and organic acids showed no significant differences among different liver dysfunction patients. In normal liver patients, fecal Candida was positively correlated with plasma phospholipid while Bifidobacterium was negatively correlated with plasma eicosapentaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid/arachidonic acid ratio (all p < 0.05). In cirrhotic liver patients, positive correlations were noted for Lactobacillus and docosahexaenoic acid and Candida and eicosapentaenoic acid or eicosapentaenoic acid/arachidonic acid ratio (all p < 0.01). It was suggested that intestinal biota affected serum fatty acid metabolism and were modified by liver disorders. CONCLUSIONS: Intestinal microbiota and organic acid concentrations in hepatic cancer patients had positive and/or negative correlations with serum lipid levels.
Makoto Usami; Makoto Miyoshi; Yoshihiro Kanbara; Michiko Aoyama; Hiroe Sakaki; Katsuhito Shuno; Kenrou Hirata; Masanori Takahashi; Kimihiko Ueno; Yasuhiro Hamada; Shouzou Tabata; Takashi Asahara; Koji Nomoto
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical nutrition (Edinburgh, Scotland)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-1983     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Nutr     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309603     Medline TA:  Clin Nutr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd and European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. All rights reserved.
Division of Nutrition and Metabolism, Kobe University Graduate School of Health Sciences, Kobe, Japan; Department of Nutrition, Kobe University Hospital, Kobe University School of Medicine, Kobe, Japan. Electronic address:
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