Suchodolski JS, Ruaux CG, Steiner JM, Fetz K, Williams DA.. Assessment of the qualitative variation in bacterial microflora among compartments of the intestinal tract of dogs by use of a molecular fingerprinting technique. Am J Vet Res 66: 1556-1562

Gastrointestinal Laboratory, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4474, USA.
American Journal of Veterinary Research (Impact Factor: 1.34). 10/2005; 66(9):1556-62. DOI: 10.2460/ajvr.2005.66.1556
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To evaluate the qualitative variation in bacterial microflora among compartments of the intestinal tract of dogs by use of a molecular fingerprinting technique.
14 dogs (similarly housed and fed identical diets).
Samples of intestinal contents were collected from the duodenum, jejunum, ileum, colon, and rectum of each dog. Bacterial DNA was extracted from the samples, and the variable V6 to V8 region of 16S ribosomal DNA (gene coding for 16S ribosomal RNA) was amplified by use of universal bacterial primers; polymerase chain reaction amplicons were separated via denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). Similarity indices of DGGE banding patterns were used to assess variation in the bacterial microflora among different compartments of the intestine within and among dogs. Bacterial diversity was assessed by calculating the Simpson diversity index, the Shannon-Weaver diversity index, and evenness.
DGGE profiles indicated marked differences in bacterial composition of intestinal compartments among dogs (range of similarity, 25.6% to 36.6%) and considerable variation among compartments within individual dogs (range of similarity, 36.7% to 579%). Similarities between neighboring intestinal compartments were significantly greater than those between non-neighboring compartments. Diversity indices for the colon and rectum were significantly higher than those of the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum.
Results indicated that the different intestinal compartments of individual dogs appear to host different bacterial populations, and these compartmental populations vary among dogs. In dogs, fecal sample analysis may not yield accurate information regarding the composition of bacterial populations in compartments of the gastrointestinal tract.

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    • "With respect to the variability of the composition of canine intestinal microbiota, considerable intraspecies differences have been observed in dogs housed under identical conditions and receiving the same diet, with very marked variations in the microbial species residing in the large intestine compared to those found in the small intestine. Moreover, there are large differences between the bacterial species that inhabit the different sections of the intestine and faecal microbiota (Suchodolski et al., 2005). The animal's age is one of the factors influ[page 170] [Ital J Anim Sci vol.13:2014] encing the composition of faecal microbiota: in older animals, lecithinase-positive clostridia and bacteria belonging to the class bacilli are found in higher concentrations than lactobacilli , pepto-streptococci and bifidobacteria (Benno and Mitsuoka, 1989; Benno et al., 1992; Mitsuoka, 1992); furthermore, faecal microbiota seems to be influenced not only by age, but also by the dog breed (Simpson et al., 2002). "
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