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Mashkoor Choudhry, PhD; Loyola University Chicago


Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, IMSA, STEM, residential high school, gifted, student inquiry, student research, burns, burn management, enterobacteriaceae, Microbiome, bacteria, small intestine, large intestine, trauma medicine


Gastroenterology | Medicine and Health Sciences


Sepsis remains one of the leading causes of death in burn patients who survive the initial insult of injury. Disruption of the intestinal epithelial barrier has been shown after burn injury; this can lead to the translocation of bacteria or their products (e.g., endotoxin) from the intestinal lumen to the circulation, thereby increasing the risk for sepsis in immunocompromised individuals. Since the maintenance of the epithelial barrier is largely dependent on the intestinal microbiota, we examined the diversity of the intestinal microbiome of severely burned patients and a controlled mouse model of burn injury. We show that burn injury induces a dramatic dysbiosis of the intestinal microbiome of both humans and mice and allows for similar overgrowths of Gram-negative aerobic bacteria. Furthermore, we show that the bacteria increasing in abundance have the potential to translocate to extra-intestinal sites. This study provides an insight into how the diversity of the intestinal microbiome changes after burn injury and some of the consequences these gut bacteria can have in the host.


Originally published in PLOS | ONE.



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