Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Vol.105, No.5, 2081-2095, 2021
Helicobacter pylori infection worsens impaired glucose regulation in high-fat diet mice in association with an altered gut microbiome and metabolome
Emerging evidence suggests that Helicobacter pylori infection is associated with metabolic disorders, although the underlying mechanisms are poorly defined. This study aimed to investigate the interaction among H. pylori, a high-fat diet (HFD), and the gut microbiota with glucose regulation and alterations in microbial metabolites. Mice were randomly allocated to H. pylori-infected and noninfected groups fed a chow diet or an HFD. After 4 weeks, two of the HFD groups were given antibiotic cocktails for 8 weeks to eliminate the gut microbiota. The results showed that an HFD significantly promoted increases in body weight, insulin resistance, and glucose intolerance, which were alleviated to normal after antibiotic treatment. H. pylori infection aggravated HFD-induced hyperglycemia, which could not be restored by antibiotics. The perturbation of the gut microbiota was greater in the mice cotreated with H. pylori and an HFD (HFDHp) compared to those administered either H. pylori or an HFD alone, with a loss of diversity, higher abundance of Helicobacter, and lower abundance of Lactobacillus. Furthermore, compared to that of the HFD alone group, the gut microbiota of the HFDHp group was much more susceptible to antibiotic destruction, with extremely lower diversity and dominance of Klebsiella. Fecal metabolome analyses demonstrated that the combination of H. pylori infection and an HFD altered metabolic composition and function, which were linked to glucose dysregulation. H. pylori infection may exacerbate the dysbiosis of the gut microenvironment induced by an HFD, including alterations in the microbiota and metabolites, which weakens the restorative effect of antibiotics and results in the persistence of glucose disorders.