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Appl Environ Microbiol. 2003 Jul;69(7):4320-4.

Oligonucleotide probes that detect quantitatively significant groups of butyrate-producing bacteria in human feces.

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  • 1Rowett Research Institute, Bucksburn, Aberdeen AB21 9SB, Scotland, UK. g.l.hold@abdn.ac.uk


16S rRNA-targeted oligonucleotide probes were designed for butyrate-producing bacteria from human feces. Three new cluster-specific probes detected bacteria related to Roseburia intestinalis, Faecalibacterium prausnitzii, and Eubacterium hallii at mean populations of 2.3, 3.8, and 0.6%, respectively, in samples from 10 individuals. Additional species-level probes accounted for no more than 1%, with a mean of 7.7%, of the total human fecal microbiota identified as butyrate producers in this study. Bacteria related to E. hallii and the genera Roseburia and Faecalibacterium are therefore among the most abundant known butyrate-producing bacteria in human feces.

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