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Lactobacillus rhamnosus L34 Attenuates Gut Translocation-Induced Bacterial Sepsis in Murine Models of Leaky Gut

  • 2018-01
  • Infection and Immunity 86(1)
    • Wimonrat Panpetch
    • W. Chancharoenthana
    • Kanthika Bootdee
    • Sumanee Nilgate
    • M. Finkelman
    • S. Tumwasorn
    • A. Leelahavanichkul


Gastrointestinal (GI) bacterial translocation in sepsis is well known, but the role of Lactobacillus species probiotics is still controversial. We evaluated the therapeutic effects of Lactobacillus rhamnosus L34 in a new sepsis model of oral administration of pathogenic bacteria with GI leakage induced by either an antibiotic cocktail (ATB) and/or dextran sulfate sodium (DSS). GI leakage with ATB, DSS, and DSS plus ATB (DSS+ATB) was demonstrated by fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-dextran translocation to the circulation. The administration of pathogenic bacteria, either Klebsiella pneumoniae or Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium, enhanced translocation. Bacteremia was demonstrated within 24 h in 50 to 88% of mice with GI leakage plus the administration of pathogenic bacteria but not with GI leakage induction alone or bacterial gavage alone. Salmonella bacteremia was found in only 16 to 29% and 0% of mice with Salmonella and Klebsiella administrations, respectively. Klebsiella bacteremia was demonstrated in 25 to 33% and 10 to 16% of mice with Klebsiella and Salmonella administrations, respectively. Lactobacillus rhamnosus L34 attenuated GI leakage in these models, as shown by the reductions of FITC-dextran gut translocation, serum interleukin-6 (IL-6) levels, bacteremia, and sepsis mortality. The reduction in the amount of fecal Salmonella bacteria with Lactobacillus treatment was demonstrated. In addition, an anti-inflammatory effect of the conditioned medium from Lactobacillus rhamnosus L34 was also demonstrated by the attenuation of cytokine production in colonic epithelial cells in vitro In conclusion, Lactobacillus rhamnosus L34 attenuated the severity of symptoms in a murine sepsis model induced by GI leakage and the administration of pathogenic bacteria.

Keywords: Lactobacillus rhamnosus L34; antibiotics; dextran sulfate solution; gastrointestinal leakage; murine model.

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SupplementHealth OutcomeEffect TypeEffect Size
Lactobacillus rhamnosus R0343NDReduced BacteremiaBeneficial
Lactobacillus rhamnosus R0343NDReduced Cytokine Production in Colonic Epithelial CellsBeneficial
Lactobacillus rhamnosus R0343NDReduced Fecal Salmonella BacteriaBeneficial
Lactobacillus rhamnosus R0343NDReduced Gastrointestinal LeakageBeneficial
Lactobacillus rhamnosus R0343NDReduced Sepsis MortalityBeneficial
Lactobacillus rhamnosus R0343NDReduced Serum IL-6 LevelsBeneficial
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