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Can J Microbiol. 2017 Jun;63(6):475-492. doi: 10.1139/cjm-2016-0603. Epub 2017 Mar 3.

The oral cavity microbiota: between health, oral disease, and cancers of the aerodigestive tract.

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a UFR d'odontologie, UIC Odontologie, CHU hôtel-Dieu, Université de Nantes, 1, place Alexis Ricordeau, B.P. 84215, 44042 Nantes CEDEX 1, France.
b Walloon Excellence in Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Louvain Drug Research Institute, Metabolism and Nutrition Research Group, Louvain Drug Research Institute, Université catholique de Louvain, 1, place de l'Université, 1348 Brussels, Belgium.
c EA 3826 Thérapeutiques cliniques et expérimentales des infections, Faculté de médecine, CHU hôtel-Dieu, Université de Nantes, 1, rue G. Veil, 44000 Nantes, France.
d Biofortis Innovation Services - Mérieux NutriSciences, 3, route de la Chatterie, 44800 Saint-Herblain, France.


Many studies show that the human microbiome plays a critical role in the chronic pathologies of obesity, inflammatory bowel diseases, and diabetes. More recently, the interaction between cancer and the microbiome has been highlighted. Most studies have focused on the gut microbiota because it represents the most extensive bacterial community, and the body of evidence correlating it with gut syndromes is increasing. However, in the strict sense, the gastrointestinal (GI) tract begins in the oral cavity, and special attention should be paid to the specific flora of this cavity. This study reviewed the current knowledge about the various microbial ecosystems of the upper part of the GI tract and discussed their potential link to carcinogenesis. The overall composition of the microbial communities, as well as the presence or absence of "key species", in relation to carcinogenesis is addressed. Alterations in the oral microbiota can potentially be used to predict the risk of cancer. Molecular advances and the further monitoring of the microbiota will increase our understanding of the role of the microbiota in carcinogenesis and open new perspectives for future therapeutic and prophylactic modalities.


carcinogenesis; carcinogenèse; cavité orale; microbiome; oral cavity; upper aerodigestive; voie aérodigestives supérieures

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