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  • Ruuskanen, Matti; Åberg, Fredrik; Männistö, Ville T.; Havulinna, Aki S.; Méric, Guillaume; Liu, Yang; Loomba, Rohit; Vazquez-Baeza, Yoshiki; Tripathi, Anupriya; Valsta, Liisa M.; Inouye, Michael; Jousilahti, Pekka; Salomaa, Veikko; Jain, Mohit; Knight, Rob; Lahti, Leo; Niiranen, Teemu J. (2021)
    Fatty liver disease is the most common liver disease in the world. Its connection with the gut microbiome has been known for at least 80 y, but this association remains mostly unstudied in the general population because of underdiagnosis and small sample sizes. To address this knowledge gap, we studied the link between the Fatty Liver Index (FLI), a well-established proxy for fatty liver disease, and gut microbiome composition in a representative, ethnically homogeneous population sample of 6,269 Finnish participants. We based our models on biometric covariates and gut microbiome compositions from shallow metagenome sequencing. Our classification models could discriminate between individuals with a high FLI (≥60, indicates likely liver steatosis) and low FLI (<60) in internal cross-region validation, consisting of 30% of the data not used in model training, with an average AUC of 0.75 and AUPRC of 0.56 (baseline at 0.30). In addition to age and sex, our models included differences in 11 microbial groups from class Clostridia, mostly belonging to orders Lachnospirales and Oscillospirales. Our models were also predictive of the high FLI group in a different Finnish cohort, consisting of 258 participants, with an average AUC of 0.77 and AUPRC of 0.51 (baseline at 0.21). Pathway analysis of representative genomes of the positively FLI-associated taxa in (NCBI) Clostridium subclusters IV and XIVa indicated the presence of, e.g., ethanol fermentation pathways. These results support several findings from smaller case–control studies, such as the role of endogenous ethanol producers in the development of the fatty liver.
  • Setti, Mounir Ould; Voutilainen, Ari; Tajik, Behnam; Niskanen, Leo; Tuomainen, Tomi-Pekka (2021)
    Background and objectives Fatty liver disease (FLD) and hypertension are separately associated with cardiovascular (CV) mortality. The two conditions are related in multiple ways. This work aimed to study the joint effect and interaction of FLD and hypertension in respect to overall and CV mortality. Methods The population-based cohort, Kuopio Ischaemic Disease Risk Factor Study, followed 1569 middle-aged non-diabetic Finnish men for 34 years. Considering adjustment for age, body mass index, smoking and alcohol consumption, separate and combined effects of FLD and hypertension and their interaction at the multiplicative and additive scales regarding all-cause and CV death were assessed using Cox proportional hazards models. Results FLD and hypertension coexisted in 8.54% of the men (n = 134). FLD and hypertension associated, independently and combined, with an increased hazard of all-cause and CV deaths. Non-CV mortality associated with FLD, but not with hypertension. We found a negative interaction between FLD and hypertension regarding the hazard of all-cause (relative excess risk due to interaction (RERI), -0.97; 95% confidence interval (CI), -1.65 to -0.28) and CV mortality (RERI, -1.74; 95% CI, -2.98 to -0.5). The interaction was also found on a multiplicative scale. Conclusions We found evidence of a negative interaction between FLD and hypertension in respect to CV mortality. We thus recommend adjusting for FLD or hypertension when studying the effect of the other condition on mortality or CV diseases in middle-aged men.
  • Lensu, Sanna; Pariyani, Raghunath; Mäkinen, Elina; Yang, Baoru; Saleem, Wisam; Munukka, Eveliina; Lehti, Maarit; Driuchina, Anastasiia; Linden, Jere; Tiirola, Marja; Lahti, Leo; Pekkala, Satu (2020)
    Understanding the importance of the gut microbiota (GM) in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has raised the hope for therapeutic microbes. We have shown that high hepatic fat content associated with low abundance of Faecalibacterium prausnitzii in humans and, further, the administration of F. prausnitzii prevented NAFLD in mice. Here, we aimed at targeting F. prausnitzii by prebiotic xylo-oligosaccharides (XOS) to treat NAFLD. First, the effect of XOS on F. prausnitzii growth was assessed in vitro. Then, XOS was supplemented or not with high (HFD, 60% of energy from fat) or low (LFD) fat diet for 12 weeks in Wistar rats (n = 10/group). XOS increased F. prausnitzii growth, having only a minor impact on the GM composition. When supplemented with HFD, XOS ameliorated hepatic steatosis. The underlying mechanisms involved enhanced hepatic beta-oxidation and mitochondrial respiration. Nuclear magnetic resonance (H-1-NMR) analysis of cecal metabolites showed that, compared to the HFD, the LFD group had a healthier cecal short-chain fatty acid profile and on the HFD, XOS reduced cecal isovalerate and tyrosine, metabolites previously linked to NAFLD. Cecal branched-chain fatty acids associated positively and butyrate negatively with hepatic triglycerides. In conclusion, XOS supplementation can ameliorate NAFLD by improving hepatic oxidative metabolism and affecting GM.