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Intestinal microbiota metabolism of l-carnitine, a nutrient in red meat, promotes atherosclerosis

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Medicine, April 2013
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Title
Intestinal microbiota metabolism of l-carnitine, a nutrient in red meat, promotes atherosclerosis
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Nature Medicine, April 2013
DOI 10.1038/nm.3145
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Robert A Koeth, Zeneng Wang, Bruce S Levison, Jennifer A Buffa, Elin Org, Brendan T Sheehy, Earl B Britt, Xiaoming Fu, Yuping Wu, Lin Li, Jonathan D Smith, Joseph A DiDonato, Jun Chen, Hongzhe Li, Gary D Wu, James D Lewis, Manya Warrier, J Mark Brown, Ronald M Krauss, W H Wilson Tang, Frederic D Bushman, Aldons J Lusis, Stanley L Hazen, Koeth RA, Wang Z, Levison BS, Buffa JA, Org E, Sheehy BT, Britt EB, Fu X, Wu Y, Li L, Smith JD, Didonato JA, Chen J, Li H, Wu GD, Lewis JD, Warrier M, Brown JM, Krauss RM, Tang WH, Bushman FD, Lusis AJ, Hazen SL, Robert A. Koeth, Bruce S. Levison, Jennifer A. Buffa, Brendan T. Sheehy, Earl B. Britt, Jonathan D. Smith, Joseph A. DiDonato, Gary D. Wu, James D. Lewis, J. Mark Brown, Ronald M. Krauss, W. H. Wilson Tang, Frederic D. Bushman, Aldons J. Lusis, Stanley L. Hazen

Abstract

Intestinal microbiota metabolism of choline and phosphatidylcholine produces trimethylamine (TMA), which is further metabolized to a proatherogenic species, trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO). We demonstrate here that metabolism by intestinal microbiota of dietary L-carnitine, a trimethylamine abundant in red meat, also produces TMAO and accelerates atherosclerosis in mice. Omnivorous human subjects produced more TMAO than did vegans or vegetarians following ingestion of L-carnitine through a microbiota-dependent mechanism. The presence of specific bacterial taxa in human feces was associated with both plasma TMAO concentration and dietary status. Plasma L-carnitine levels in subjects undergoing cardiac evaluation (n = 2,595) predicted increased risks for both prevalent cardiovascular disease (CVD) and incident major adverse cardiac events (myocardial infarction, stroke or death), but only among subjects with concurrently high TMAO levels. Chronic dietary L-carnitine supplementation in mice altered cecal microbial composition, markedly enhanced synthesis of TMA and TMAO, and increased atherosclerosis, but this did not occur if intestinal microbiota was concurrently suppressed. In mice with an intact intestinal microbiota, dietary supplementation with TMAO or either carnitine or choline reduced in vivo reverse cholesterol transport. Intestinal microbiota may thus contribute to the well-established link between high levels of red meat consumption and CVD risk.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 41 4%
Germany 6 <1%
Canada 5 <1%
Japan 5 <1%
Italy 4 <1%
United Kingdom 4 <1%
France 3 <1%
Chile 3 <1%
Australia 3 <1%
Other 25 2%
Unknown 927 90%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 252 25%
Researcher 246 24%
Student > Master 116 11%
Student > Bachelor 111 11%
Other 70 7%
Other 231 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 489 48%
Medicine and Dentistry 270 26%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 72 7%
Chemistry 50 5%
Immunology and Microbiology 25 2%
Other 120 12%

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