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Patel M.N.,University of Cambridge | Bernard W.G.,University of Cambridge | Bernard W.G.,Addenbrookes Center for Clinical Investigation | Milev N.B.,University of Cambridge | And 29 more authors.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America | Year: 2015

Obesity increases the risk of developing life-threatening metabolic diseases including cardiovascular disease, fatty liver disease, diabetes, and cancer. Efforts to curb the global obesity epidemic and its impact have proven unsuccessful in part by a limited understanding of these chronic progressive diseases. It is clear that low-grade chronic inflammation, or metaflammation, underlies the pathogenesis of obesity-associated type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis. However, the mechanisms that maintain chronicity and prevent inflammatory resolution are poorly understood. Here, we show that inhibitor of κB kinase epsilon (IKBKE) is a novel regulator that limits chronic inflammation during metabolic disease and atherosclerosis. The pathogenic relevance of IKBKE was indicated by the colocalization with macrophages in human and murine tissues and in atherosclerotic plaques. Genetic ablation of IKBKE resulted in enhanced and prolonged priming of the NLRP3 inflammasome in cultured macrophages, in hypertrophic adipose tissue, and in livers of hypercholesterolemic mice. This altered profile associated with enhanced acute phase response, deregulated cholesterol metabolism, and steatoheptatitis. Restoring IKBKE only in hematopoietic cells was sufficient to reverse elevated inflammasome priming and these metabolic features. In advanced atherosclerotic plaques, loss of IKBKE and hematopoietic cell restoration altered plaque composition. These studies reveal a new role for hematopoietic IKBKE: To limit inflammasome priming and metaflammation.


PubMed | Saint Antoine Hospital, Clinical Trial Safety Office, Aix - Marseille University, Unit for Basic and Clinical research on Viral Hepatitis and 12 more.
Type: | Journal: Clinics and research in hepatology and gastroenterology | Year: 2016

In this French multicentre, open-label study, we analyzed the efficacy, safety and patient-reported outcomes of a boceprevir-based triple therapy in HCV genotype 1 cirrhotic patients awaiting liver transplantation (LT).Patients received PEG-IFN/ribavirin (RBV) for 48 weeks (W) and boceprevir from W4 to W48 or until LT.Fifty-one patients (80% males, median age: 56 years) were included. Fifty-seven percent had hepatocellular carcinoma and 43% end-stage liver disease. At enrolment, the median MELD score was 9 (range: 6-18); the Child-Pugh score was A in 65%, B in 35% and C in 2%. Therapy was discontinued because of severe adverse events (SAEs) in 39% of cases and virological inefficacy in 24%. 16% of patients had undetectable HCV RNA 24 weeks after the end of treatment (SVR24). LT was performed in 18 patients (35%). HCV RNA was undetectable in 16.6% at LT. Seven patients (14%) died and three deaths were attributed to treatment. SAEs (n=129) were observed in 84% of patients. Twenty-four percent of patients developed severe infections. Albumin<35g/L was independently associated with severe infection. Compared with baseline values, a significant decrease (P=0.02) of the physical dimension of health-related quality of life was observed between W4 and W24. The mean (95% CI) number of self-reported symptoms doubled during treatment (from 6.3 [4.8-7.7] to 11.8 [9.3-14.3]; P<0.001).The safety of the PEG-IFN/RBV/boceprevir combination is poor in patients awaiting LT, with a high risk of severe infection. Moreover, the limited efficacy confirms the indication for IFN-free combinations in these patients.


Suez J.,Weizmann Institute of Science | Korem T.,Weizmann Institute of Science | Zeevi D.,Weizmann Institute of Science | Zilberman-Schapira G.,Weizmann Institute of Science | And 16 more authors.
Nature | Year: 2014

Non-caloric artificial sweeteners (NAS) are among the most widely used food additives worldwide, regularly consumed by lean and obese individuals alike. NAS consumption is considered safe and beneficial owing to their low caloric content, yet supporting scientific data remain sparse and controversial. Here we demonstrate that consumption of commonly used NAS formulations drives the development of glucose intolerance through induction of compositional and functional alterations to the intestinal microbiota. These NAS-mediated deleterious metabolic effects are abrogated by antibiotic treatment, and are fully transferrable to germ-free mice upon faecal transplantation of microbiota configurations from NAS-consuming mice, or of microbiota anaerobically incubated in the presence of NAS. We identify NAS-altered microbial metabolic pathways that are linked to host susceptibility to metabolic disease, and demonstrate similar NAS-induced dysbiosis and glucose intolerance in healthy human subjects. Collectively, our results link NAS consumption, dysbiosis and metabolic abnormalities, thereby calling for a reassessment of massive NAS usage. ©2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.


Thaiss C.A.,Weizmann Institute of Science | Zeevi D.,Weizmann Institute of Science | Levy M.,Weizmann Institute of Science | Zilberman-Schapira G.,Weizmann Institute of Science | And 18 more authors.
Cell | Year: 2014

All domains of life feature diverse molecular clock machineries that synchronize physiological processes to diurnal environmental fluctuations. However, no mechanisms are known to cross-regulate prokaryotic and eukaryotic circadian rhythms in multikingdom ecosystems. Here, we show that the intestinal microbiota, in both mice and humans, exhibits diurnal oscillations that are influenced by feeding rhythms, leading to time-specific compositional and functional profiles over the course of a day. Ablation of host molecular clock components or induction of jet lag leads to aberrant microbiota diurnal fluctuations and dysbiosis, driven by impaired feeding rhythmicity. Consequently, jet-lag-induced dysbiosis in both mice and humans promotes glucose intolerance and obesity that are transferrable to germ-free mice upon fecal transplantation. Together, these findings provide evidence of coordinated metaorganism diurnal rhythmicity and offer a microbiome-dependent mechanism for common metabolic disturbances in humans with aberrant circadian rhythms, such as those documented in shift workers and frequent flyers. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.


Zeevi D.,Weizmann Institute of Science | Korem T.,Weizmann Institute of Science | Zmora N.,Weizmann Institute of Science | Zmora N.,Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center | And 22 more authors.
Cell | Year: 2015

Summary Elevated postprandial blood glucose levels constitute a global epidemic and a major risk factor for prediabetes and type II diabetes, but existing dietary methods for controlling them have limited efficacy. Here, we continuously monitored week-long glucose levels in an 800-person cohort, measured responses to 46,898 meals, and found high variability in the response to identical meals, suggesting that universal dietary recommendations may have limited utility. We devised a machine-learning algorithm that integrates blood parameters, dietary habits, anthropometrics, physical activity, and gut microbiota measured in this cohort and showed that it accurately predicts personalized postprandial glycemic response to real-life meals. We validated these predictions in an independent 100-person cohort. Finally, a blinded randomized controlled dietary intervention based on this algorithm resulted in significantly lower postprandial responses and consistent alterations to gut microbiota configuration. Together, our results suggest that personalized diets may successfully modify elevated postprandial blood glucose and its metabolic consequences. Video Abstract © 2015 Elsevier Inc.


Levy M.,Weizmann Institute of Science | Thaiss C.A.,Weizmann Institute of Science | Zeevi D.,Weizmann Institute of Science | Dohnalova L.,Weizmann Institute of Science | And 21 more authors.
Cell | Year: 2015

Summary Host-microbiome co-evolution drives homeostasis and disease susceptibility, yet regulatory principles governing the integrated intestinal host-commensal microenvironment remain obscure. While inflammasome signaling participates in these interactions, its activators and microbiome-modulating mechanisms are unknown. Here, we demonstrate that the microbiota-associated metabolites taurine, histamine, and spermine shape the host-microbiome interface by co-modulating NLRP6 inflammasome signaling, epithelial IL-18 secretion, and downstream anti-microbial peptide (AMP) profiles. Distortion of this balanced AMP landscape by inflammasome deficiency drives dysbiosis development. Upon fecal transfer, colitis-inducing microbiota hijacks this microenvironment-orchestrating machinery through metabolite-mediated inflammasome suppression, leading to distorted AMP balance favoring its preferential colonization. Restoration of the metabolite-inflammasome-AMP axis reinstates a normal microbiota and ameliorates colitis. Together, we identify microbial modulators of the NLRP6 inflammasome and highlight mechanisms by which microbiome-host interactions cooperatively drive microbial community stability through metabolite-mediated innate immune modulation. Therefore, targeted "postbiotic" metabolomic intervention may restore a normal microenvironment as treatment or prevention of dysbiosis-driven diseases. © 2015 Elsevier Inc.

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