Publications by authors named "Thibault Cuisiniere"

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Improvement of colonic healing and surgical recovery with perioperative supplementation of inulin and galacto-oligosaccharides.

Clin Nutr 2021 Jun 27;40(6):3842-3851. Epub 2021 Apr 27.

Nutrition and Microbiome Laboratory, Institut du Cancer de Montréal, Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CRCHUM), 900 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, Québec, H2X 0A9, Canada; Department of Medicine, Université de Montréal, 2900 Boulevard Edouard-Montpetit, Montréal, Québec, H3T 1J4, Canada. Electronic address:

Background And Aims: Anastomotic leak (AL) is a major complication in colorectal surgery. Recent evidence suggests that the gut microbiota may affect healing and may cause or prevent AL. Butyrate is a beneficial short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) that is produced as a result of bacterial fermentation of dietary oligosaccharides and has been described as beneficial in the maintenance of colonic health. To assess the impact of oligosaccharides on colonic anastomotic healing in mice, we propose to modulate the microbiota with oligosaccharides to increase butyrate production via enhancement of butyrate-producing bacteria and, consequently, improve anastomotic healing in mice.

Methods: Animal experiments were conducted in mice that were subjected to diets supplemented with inulin, galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) or cellulose, as a control, for two weeks before undergoing a surgical colonic anastomosis. Macroscopic and histological assessment of the anastomosis was performed. Extent of epithelial proliferation was assessed by Ki-67 immunohistochemistry. Gelatin zymography was used to evaluate the extent of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) hydrolytic activity.

Results: Inulin and GOS diets were associated with increased butyrate production and better anastomotic healing. Histological analysis revealed an enhanced mucosal continuity, and this was associated with an increased re-epithelialization of the wound as determined by increased epithelial proliferation. Collagen concentration in peri-anastomotic tissue was higher with inulin and GOS diets and MMP activity, a marker of collagen degradation, was lower with both oligosaccharides. Inulin and GOS diets were further associated with lower bacterial translocation.

Conclusions: Dietary supplementation with inulin and GOS may improve anastomotic healing and reinforce the gut barrier in mice.
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June 2021

Oligosaccharides increase the genotoxic effect of colibactin produced by pks+ Escherichia coli strains.

BMC Cancer 2021 Feb 17;21(1):172. Epub 2021 Feb 17.

Nutrition and Microbiome Laboratory, Institut du cancer de Montréal, Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CRCHUM), 900 Rue Saint Denis, Montreal, QC, H2X 0A9, Canada.

Background: Colibactin is a genotoxin that induces DNA double-strand breaks that may lead to carcinogenesis and is produced by Escherichia coli strains harboring the pks island. Human and animal studies have shown that colibactin-producing gut bacteria promote carcinogenesis and enhance the progression of colorectal cancer through cellular senescence and chromosomal abnormalities. In this study, we investigated the impact of prebiotics on the genotoxicity of colibactin-producing E. coli strains Nissle 1917 and NC101.

Methods: Bacteria were grown in medium supplemented with 20, 30 and 40 mg/mL of prebiotics inulin or galacto-oligosaccharide, and with or without 5 μM, 25 μM and 125 μM of ferrous sulfate. Colibactin expression was assessed by luciferase reporter assay for the clbA gene, essential for colibactin production, in E. coli Nissle 1917 and by RT-PCR in E. coli NC101. The human epithelial colorectal adenocarcinoma cell line, Caco-2, was used to assess colibactin-induced megalocytosis by methylene blue binding assay and genotoxicity by γ-H2AX immunofluorescence analysis.

Results: Inulin and galacto-oligosaccharide enhanced the expression of clbA in pks+ E. coli. However, the addition of 125 μM of ferrous sulfate inhibited the expression of clbA triggered by oligosaccharides. In the presence of either oligosaccharide, E. coli NC101 increased dysplasia and DNA double-strand breaks in Caco-2 cells compared to untreated cells.

Conclusion: Our results suggest that, in vitro, prebiotic oligosaccharides exacerbate DNA damage induced by colibactin-producing bacteria. Further studies are necessary to establish whether oligosaccharide supplementation may lead to increased colorectal tumorigenesis in animal models colonized with pks+ E. coli.
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February 2021