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Low Relative Abundances of the Mucolytic Bacterium Akkermansia muciniphila and Bifidobacterium spp. in Feces of Children with Autism
- Wang, Lv, Christophersen, Claus T., Sorich, Michael J., Gerber, Jacobus P., Angley, Manya T., Conlon, Michael A.
- Applied and environmental microbiology 2011 v.77 no.18 pp. 6718-6721
- Bifidobacterium, bacteria, children, feces, polymerase chain reaction
- Gastrointestinal disturbance is frequently reported for individuals with autism. We used quantitative real-time PCR analysis to quantify fecal bacteria that could influence gastrointestinal health in children with and without autism. Lower relative abundances of Bifidobacteria species and the mucolytic bacterium Akkermansia muciniphila were found in children with autism, the latter suggesting mucus barrier changes.