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Sci Rep. 2017 Oct 30;7(1):14312. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-14707-z.

Cereal products derived from wheat, sorghum, rice and oats alter the infant gut microbiota in vitro.

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1
Department of Molecular Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW2113, Australia.
2
Department of Molecular Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW2113, Australia. sasha.tetu@mq.edu.au.
3
Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing, Sydney, NSW2261, Australia.
4
Department of Molecular Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW2113, Australia. ian.paulsen@mq.edu.au.

Abstract

The introduction of different nutrient and energy sources during weaning leads to significant changes in the infant gut microbiota. We used an in vitro infant digestive and gut microbiota model system to investigate the effect of four commercially available cereal products based on either wheat, sorghum, rice or oats, on the gut microbiota of six infants. Our results indicated cereal additions induced numerous changes in the gut microbiota composition. The relative abundance of bacterial families associated with fibre degradation, Bacteroidaceae, Bifidobacteriaceae, Lactobacillaceae, Prevotellaceae, Ruminococcaceae and Veillonellaceae increased, whilst the abundance of Enterobacteriaceae decreased with cereal additions. Corresponding changes in the production of SCFAs showed higher concentrations of acetate following all cereal additions, whilst, propionate and butyrate varied between specific cereal additions. These cereal-specific variations in the concentrations of SCFAs showed a moderate correlation with the relative abundance of potential SCFA-producing bacterial families. Overall, our results demonstrated clear shifts in the abundance of bacterial groups associated with weaning and an increase in the production of SCFAs following cereal additions.

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