Characteristics of the gut microbiota in professional martial arts athletes: A comparison between different competition levels

Autoři: Ru Liang aff001;  Shu Zhang aff002;  Xiangji Peng aff003;  Wanna Yang aff004;  Yanwei Xu aff002;  Ping Wu aff005;  Junhui Chen aff002;  Yongjiang Cai aff006;  Jiyuan Zhou aff002
Působiště autorů: Institute of Management, Beijing Sport University, Beijing, China aff001;  Intervention and Cell Therapy Center, Peking University Shenzhen Hospital, Shenzhen Peking University-The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Medical Center, Shenzhen, China aff002;  Institute of Martial Arts and Traditional Ethnic Sports, Beijing Sport University, Beijing, China aff003;  Department of Infectious Disease, Center for Liver Disease, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing, China aff004;  Realbio Genomics Institute, Shanghai, China aff005;  Health Management Center, Peking University Shenzhen Hospital, Shenzhen, China aff006;  Department of Gastroenterology, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China aff007
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(12)
Kategorie: Research Article


Recent evidence suggests that athletes have microbial features distinct from those of sedentary individuals. However, the characteristics of the gut microbiota in athletes competing at different levels have not been assessed. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the gut microbiome is significantly different between higher-level and lower-level athletes. Faecal microbiota communities were analysed with hypervariable tag sequencing of the V3–V4 region of the 16S rRNA gene among 28 professional martial arts athletes, including 12 higher-level and 16 lower-level athletes. The gut microbial richness and diversity (the Shannon diversity index (p = 0.019) and Simpson diversity index (p = 0.001)) were significantly higher in the higher-level athletes than in the lower-level athletes. Moreover, the genera Parabacteroides, Phascolarctobacterium, Oscillibacter and Bilophila were enriched in the higher-level athletes, whereas Megasphaera was abundant in the lower-level athletes. Interestingly, the abundance of the genus Parabacteroides was positively correlated with the amount of time participants exercised during an average week. Further analysis of the functional prediction revealed that histidine metabolism and carbohydrate metabolism pathways were markedly over-represented in the gut microbiota of the higher-level athletes. Collectively, this study provides the first insight into the gut microbiota characteristics of professional martial arts athletes. The higher-level athletes had increased diversity and higher metabolic capacity of the gut microbiome for it may positively influence athletic performance.

Klíčová slova:

Carbohydrate metabolism – Exercise – Gut bacteria – Linear discriminant analysis – Microbiome – Ribosomal RNA – Sports


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