Smoking cessation induces profound changes in the composition of the intestinal microbiota in humans
OPEN PloS one | 22 Mar 2013
L Biedermann, J Zeitz, J Mwinyi, E Sutter-Minder, A Rehman, SJ Ott, C Steurer-Stey, A Frei, P Frei, M Scharl, MJ Loessner, SR Vavricka, M Fried, S Schreiber, M Schuppler and G Rogler
The human intestinal microbiota is a crucial factor in the pathogenesis of various diseases, such as metabolic syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Yet, knowledge about the role of environmental factors such as smoking (which is known to influence theses aforementioned disease states) on the complex microbial composition is sparse. We aimed to investigate the role of smoking cessation on intestinal microbial composition in 10 healthy smoking subjects undergoing controlled smoking cessation.
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