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Fecal microbiota analysis of obese dogs with underlying diseases: a pilot study

  • Park, Hyung Jin (College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Lee, Sang Eun (Division of Malaria and Parasitic Diseases, Korea National Institute of Health, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) ;
  • Kim, Hyeun Bum (Department of Animal Resources Science, Dankook University) ;
  • Kim, Jae Hoon (College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Seo, Kyoung Won (College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Song, Kun Ho (College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungnam National University)
  • Received : 2015.02.27
  • Accepted : 2015.06.15
  • Published : 2015.09.30

Abstract

Ten dogs were enrolled in this study: two healthy dogs, two obese dogs without other medical issues and six obese dogs with underlying diseases including pemphigus, chronic active hepatitis, hyperadrenocorticism, narcolepsy, otitis media and heartworm infection. Pyrosequencing of the 16S rRNA gene to explore the gut bacterial diversity revealed that distal gut bacterial communities of samples from patients with pemphigus, otitis media and narcolepsy consisted primarily of Firmicutes, while the major phylum of the distal gut bacterial communities in patients with chronic active hepatitis and hyperadrenocorticism was Fusobacteria. Proteobacteria were the dominant phylum in heartworm infected obese patients.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : National Research Foundation of Korea

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