Development of an Index Score for Intestinal Inflammation-Associated Dysbiosis Using Real-World Stool Test Results.
Dig Dis Sci. 2019 Sep 16;:
Authors: Chen L, Reynolds C, David R, Peace Brewer A
BACKGROUND: Gut microbiota play an important role in human health. However, the application of gut microbiome in regular clinical practice is limited by interindividual variations and complexity of test results.
HYPOTHESIS: It is possible to address interindividual variation by using large data-based exploratory-pattern analysis.
METHODS: The current study was conducted using a large data set (n = 173,221) of nonselective incoming patients’ test results from a stool test. The data set included assays for the detection of 24 selected commensal microorganisms and multiple biomarkers in feces. Patients were grouped based on their levels of inflammation biomarkers such as calprotectin, eosinophil protein X, and IgA. Group mean values of biomarkers and commensal microbes were used in an exploratory-pattern analysis for association from which an index score for intestinal inflammation-associated dysbiosis (IAD) was developed. The IAD score was evaluated in one questionnaire-based study (n = 7263) and one prospective case series study (n = 122) with patients of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and celiac disease.
RESULTS: We identified a microbial profile strongly associated with fecal inflammation biomarkers. Developed on the pattern of the microbial profile, the IAD score demonstrated a strong association with fecal inflammation biomarkers and was significantly different between patients with IBD and those with IBS or celiac disease.
CONCLUSION: Using real-world data, we have developed a method to predict gut dysbiosis associated with different GI disease conditions. It may help clinicians simplify the process of interpreting gut microbial status and provide gut health assessment and treatment evaluation.
PMID: 31529411 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]