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Human gut Bacteroidetes can utilize yeast mannan through a selfish mechanism

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, January 2015
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14 news outlets
13 blogs
98 tweeters
5 patents
8 Facebook pages
2 Wikipedia pages


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Human gut Bacteroidetes can utilize yeast mannan through a selfish mechanism
Published in
Nature, January 2015
DOI 10.1038/nature13995
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Fiona Cuskin, Elisabeth C. Lowe, Max J. Temple, Yanping Zhu, Elizabeth A. Cameron, Nicholas A. Pudlo, Nathan T. Porter, Karthik Urs, Andrew J. Thompson, Alan Cartmell, Artur Rogowski, Brian S. Hamilton, Rui Chen, Thomas J. Tolbert, Kathleen Piens, Debby Bracke, Wouter Vervecken, Zalihe Hakki, Gaetano Speciale, Jose L. Munōz-Munōz, Andrew Day, Maria J. Peña, Richard McLean, Michael D. Suits, Alisdair B. Boraston, Todd Atherly, Cherie J. Ziemer, Spencer J. Williams, Gideon J. Davies, D. Wade Abbott, Eric C. Martens, Harry J. Gilbert


Yeasts, which have been a component of the human diet for at least 7,000 years, possess an elaborate cell wall α-mannan. The influence of yeast mannan on the ecology of the human microbiota is unknown. Here we show that yeast α-mannan is a viable food source for the Gram-negative bacterium Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron, a dominant member of the microbiota. Detailed biochemical analysis and targeted gene disruption studies support a model whereby limited cleavage of α-mannan on the surface generates large oligosaccharides that are subsequently depolymerized to mannose by the action of periplasmic enzymes. Co-culturing studies showed that metabolism of yeast mannan by B. thetaiotaomicron presents a 'selfish' model for the catabolism of this difficult to breakdown polysaccharide. Genomic comparison with B. thetaiotaomicron in conjunction with cell culture studies show that a cohort of highly successful members of the microbiota has evolved to consume sterically-restricted yeast glycans, an adaptation that may reflect the incorporation of eukaryotic microorganisms into the human diet.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 10 2%
Canada 4 <1%
United Kingdom 4 <1%
Germany 2 <1%
France 2 <1%
Spain 2 <1%
China 1 <1%
Belgium 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Other 4 <1%
Unknown 437 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 121 26%
Researcher 112 24%
Student > Master 48 10%
Student > Bachelor 38 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 25 5%
Other 77 16%
Unknown 47 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 188 40%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 97 21%
Immunology and Microbiology 33 7%
Chemistry 21 4%
Medicine and Dentistry 20 4%
Other 43 9%
Unknown 66 14%

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