Research ArticleGUT MICROBIOTA

Increased weight gain by C-section: Functional significance of the primordial microbiome

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Science Advances  11 Oct 2017:
Vol. 3, no. 10, eaao1874
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aao1874

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Abstract

Epidemiological evidence supports a direct association between early microbiota impact—including C-section—and obesity. We performed antibiotic-free, fostered C-sections and determined the impact on the early microbiota and body weight during development. Mice in the C-section group gained more body mass after weaning, with a stronger phenotype in females. C-section–born mice lacked the dynamic developmental gut microbiota changes observed in control mice. The results demonstrate a causal relationship between C-section and increased body weight, supporting the involvement of maternal vaginal bacteria in normal metabolic development.

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