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      The Controversial Role of Human Gut Lachnospiraceae


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          The complex polymicrobial composition of human gut microbiota plays a key role in health and disease. Lachnospiraceae belong to the core of gut microbiota, colonizing the intestinal lumen from birth and increasing, in terms of species richness and their relative abundances during the host’s life. Although, members of Lachnospiraceae are among the main producers of short-chain fatty acids, different taxa of Lachnospiraceae are also associated with different intra- and extraintestinal diseases. Their impact on the host physiology is often inconsistent across different studies. Here, we discuss changes in Lachnospiraceae abundances according to health and disease. With the aim of harnessing Lachnospiraceae to promote human health, we also analyze how nutrients from the host diet can influence their growth and how their metabolites can, in turn, influence host physiology.

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              From Dietary Fiber to Host Physiology: Short-Chain Fatty Acids as Key Bacterial Metabolites.

              A compelling set of links between the composition of the gut microbiota, the host diet, and host physiology has emerged. Do these links reflect cause-and-effect relationships, and what might be their mechanistic basis? A growing body of work implicates microbially produced metabolites as crucial executors of diet-based microbial influence on the host. Here, we will review data supporting the diverse functional roles carried out by a major class of bacterial metabolites, the short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). SCFAs can directly activate G-coupled-receptors, inhibit histone deacetylases, and serve as energy substrates. They thus affect various physiological processes and may contribute to health and disease.

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                [1 ]Department of Soil, Plant and Food Sciences, University of Bari Aldo Moro, 70126 Bari, Italy; mirco.vacca@ 123456uniba.it (M.V.); francesco.calabrese@ 123456uniba.it (F.M.C.); maria.deangelis@ 123456uniba.it (M.D.A.)
                [2 ]Clinica Medica “A. Murri”, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Human Oncology, University of Bari Medical School, 70121 Bari, Italy
                [3 ]Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen, 39100 Bolzano, Italy; marco.gobbetti@ 123456unibz.it
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                [* ]Correspondence: giuseppe.celano@ 123456uniba.it (G.C.); piero.portincasa@ 123456uniba.it (P.P.); Tel.: +39-080-5442950 (G.C.); Tel.: +39-0805478892 (P.P.)
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                lachnospiraceae,gut microbiota,gut microbial pathways,gut microbial metabolites,health,disease


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