Assessment of the qualitative variation in bacterial microflora among compartments of the intestinal tract of dogs by use of a molecular fingerprinting technique

ArticleinAmerican Journal of Veterinary Research 66(9):1556-62 · October 2005with14 Reads
DOI: 10.2460/ajvr.2005.66.1556 · Source: PubMed
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.
    • "This is important when comparing studies with each other, as bacterial populations have been shown to differ between different substrates and intestinal sites (Momozawa et al. 2011). In general, bacterial number and diversity increase gradually along the GI tract (Suchodolski et al. 2005) (Fig. 1 ). In the healthy canine stomach, total bacterial load is comparably low (10 5 log10 16S rRNA copy numbers), and mostly belong to Proteobacteria (99.6% of obtained gene sequences) with only few Firmicutes (0.3%) (Garcia-Mazcorro et al. 2012). "
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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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