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Abstract Title:

Adjunctive Probiotics Alleviates Asthmatic Symptoms via Modulating the Gut Microbiome and Serum Metabolome.

Abstract Source:

Microbiol Spectr. 2021 10 31 ;9(2):e0085921. Epub 2021 Oct 6. PMID: 34612663

Abstract Author(s):

Ailing Liu, Teng Ma, Ning Xu, Hao Jin, Feiyan Zhao, Lai-Yu Kwok, Heping Zhang, Shukun Zhang, Zhihong Sun

Article Affiliation:

Ailing Liu


Asthma is a multifactorial disorder, and microbial dysbiosis enhances lung inflammation and asthma-related symptoms. Probiotics have shown anti-inflammatory effects and could regulate the gut-lung axis. Thus, a 3-month randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled human trial was performed to investigate the adjunctive efficacy of probiotics in managing asthma. Fifty-five asthmatic patients were randomly assigned to a probiotic group ( = 29; received Bifidobacterium lactis Probio-M8 powder and Symbicort Turbuhaler) and a placebo group ( = 26; received placebo and Symbicort Turbuhaler), and all 55 subjects provided details of their clinical history and demographic data. However, only 31 patients donated a complete set of fecal and blood samples at all three time points for further analysis. Compared with those of the placebo group, co-administering Probio-M8 with Symbicort Turbuhaler significantly decreased the fractional exhaled nitric oxide level at day 30 (= 0.049) and improved the asthma control test score at the end of the intervention (= 0.023). More importantly, the level of alveolar nitric oxide concentration decreased significantly among the probiotic receivers at day 30 (= 0.038), and the symptom relief effect was even more obvious at day 90 (= 0.001). Probiotic co-administration increased the resilience of the gut microbiome, which was reflected by only minor fluctuations in the gut microbiome diversity (> 0.05, probiotic receivers;< 0.05, placebo receivers). Additionally, the probiotic receivers showed significantly changes in some species-level genome bins (SGBs), namely, increases in potentially beneficial species Bifidobacterium animalis, Bifidobacterium longum, andsp. CAG and decreases in Parabacteroides distasonis and(< 0.05). Compared with that of the placebo group, the gut metabolic potential of probiotic receivers exhibited increased levels of predicted microbial bioactive metabolites (linoleoyl ethanolamide, adrenergic acid, erythronic acid) and serum metabolites (5-dodecenoic acid, tryptophan, sphingomyelin) during/after intervention. Collectively, our results suggested that co-administering Probio-M8 synergized with conventional therapy to alleviate diseases associated with the gut-lung axis, like asthma, possibly via activating multiple anti-inflammatory pathways.The human gut microbiota has a potential effect on the pathogenesis of asthma and is closely related to the disease phenotype. Our trial has demonstrated that co-administering Probio-M8 synergized with conventional therapy to alleviate asthma symptoms. The findings of the present study provide new insights into the pathogenesis and treatment of asthma, mechanisms of novel therapeutic strategies, and application of probiotics-based therapy.

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