Alterations of the Ileal and Colonic Mucosal Microbiota in Canine Chronic Enteropathies

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2016-02-03
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Wang, Chong
Cassmann, Eric
White, Robin
Atherly, Todd
Wang, Chong
Sun, Yaxuan
Khoda, Samir
Ackermann, Mark
Mosher, Curtis
Ackermann, Mark
Jergens, Albert
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Veterinary PathologyVeterinary Clinical SciencesGenetics, Development and Cell BiologyVeterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine
Abstract

Background

The intestinal microbiota is increasingly linked to the pathogenesis of chronic enteropathies (CE) in dogs. While imbalances in duodenal and fecal microbial communities have been associated with mucosal inflammation, relatively little is known about alterations in mucosal bacteria seen with CE involving the ileum and colon.

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To investigate the composition and spatial organization of mucosal microbiota in dogs with CE and controls.

Methods

Tissue sections from endoscopic biopsies of the ileum and colon from 19 dogs with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), 6 dogs with granulomatous colitis (GC), 12 dogs with intestinal neoplasia, and 15 controls were studied by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) on a quantifiable basis.

Results

The ileal and colonic mucosa of healthy dogs and dogs with CE is predominantly colonized by bacteria localized to free and adherent mucus compartments. CE dogs harbored more (P < 0.05) mucosal bacteria belonging to the Clostridium-coccoides/Eubacterium rectale group, Bacteroides, Enterobacteriaceae, and Escherichia coli versus controls. Within the CE group, IBD dogs had increased (P < 0.05) Enterobacteriaceae and E. coli bacteria attached onto surface epithelia or invading within the intestinal mucosa. Bacterial invasion with E. coli was observed in the ileal and colonic mucosa of dogs with GC (P < 0.05). Dogs with intestinal neoplasia had increased (P < 0.05) adherent (total bacteria, Enterobacteriaceae, E. coli) and invasive (Enterobacteriaceae, E. coli, and Bacteroides) bacteria in biopsy specimens. Increased numbers of total bacteria adherent to the colonic mucosa were associated with clinical disease severity in IBD dogs (P < 0.05).

Conclusion

Pathogenic events in canine CE are associated with different populations of the ileal and colonic mucosal microbiota.

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This article is from PLoS ONE 11(2): e0147321. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0147321.

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