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Lactobacillus, in vaginitis [keywords]
- Characterisation of culturable vaginal Lactobacillus species among women with and without Bacterial Vaginosis from the United States and India: A cross-sectional study. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- J Med Microbiol 2014 May 16.
Lactobacillus plays an integral part in the health of the vaginal microbiota. We compared vaginal Lactobacillus species in women with and without bacterial vaginosis (BV) from India and the US. Between July 2009 and November 2010, a cross-sectional study was conducted among 40 women attending a women's health clinic in Mysore, India, and STD clinic in San Francisco, USA. Women were diagnosed for BV by Amsel's criteria and Nugent Score. Lactobacillus 16SrDNA was sequenced to speciate the cultured isolates. Ten Indian and 10 American women without BV were compared to an equal number of women with BV. Lactobacilli were isolated from all healthy women but only 10% of Indian, and 50% of US women with BV. 16SrDNA from 164 Lactobacillus colonies were sequenced from healthy women (126 colonies) and women with BV (38 colonies). Seven cultivable Lactobacillus species were isolated from 11 Indian women, and 9 species from 15 US women. The majority of Lactobacillus colonies in Indian women were L. crispatus (25%), L. jensenii (25%), and L. reuteri (16.7%). Among US women, L. crispatus (32.0%), L. jensenii (20.0%), and L. coleohominis (12.0%) predominated. L. jensenii and L. crispatus dominated the vaginal flora of healthy Indian and US women. Indian women appeared to have a higher percentage of obligative heterofermentative species suggesting the need for a larger degree of metabolic flexibility and a more challenging vaginal environment.
- Ultra-low-dose estriol and Lactobacillus acidophilus vaginal tablets (Gynoflor(®)) for vaginal atrophy in postmenopausal breast cancer patients on aromatase inhibitors: pharmacokinetic, safety, and efficacy phase I clinical study. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Breast Cancer Res Treat 2014 Apr 10.
Phase I pharmacokinetic (PK) study assessed circulating estrogens in breast cancer (BC) patients on a non-steroidal aromatase inhibitor (NSAI) with vaginal atrophy using vaginal ultra-low-dose 0.03 mg estriol (E3) and Lactobacillus combination vaginal tablets (Gynoflor(®)). 16 women on NSAI with severe vaginal atrophy applied a daily vaginal tablet of Gynoflor(®) for 28 days followed by a maintenance therapy of 3 tablets weekly for 8 weeks. Primary outcomes were serum concentrations and PK of E3, estradiol (E2), and estrone (E1) using highly sensitive gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Secondary outcomes were clinical measures for efficacy and side effects; microscopic changes in vaginal epithelium and microflora; and changes in serum FSH, LH, and sex hormone-binding globulin. Compared with baseline, serum E1 and E2 did not increase in any of the women at any time following vaginal application. Serum E3 transiently increased after the first application in 15 of 16 women, with a maximum of 168 pg/ml 2-3 h post-insertion. After 4 weeks, serum E3 was slightly increased in 8 women with a maximum of 44 pg/ml. The vaginal atrophy resolved or improved in all women. The product was well tolerated, and discontinuation of therapy was not observed. The low-dose 0.03 mg E3 and Lactobacillus acidophilus vaginal tablets application in postmenopausal BC patients during AI treatment suffering from vaginal atrophy lead to small and transient increases in serum E3, but not E1 or E2, and therefore can be considered as safe and efficacious for treatment of atrophic vaginitis in BC patients taking NSAIs.
- Probiotics in the prevention of recurrences of bacterial vaginosis. [Journal Article, Review]
- Altern Ther Health Med 2014.:52-7.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common cause of vaginal discharge in women during their fertile years. BV prevalence runs from 10%-50%, in part due to the high rate of recurrence after standard treatment. Women with BV may experience a decreased quality of life and are at risk of serious obstetric complications. Limited data are available regarding optimal management strategies for preventing recurrence of BV, emphasizing the importance of the availability of a comprehensive source of scientific information and therapeutic strategies.The aim of this study was to evaluate the frequency and clinical relevance of the recurrence of BV and to collect and review data about prophylactic approaches based on probiotic supplementation with lactobacilli (LB).A review of the literature was performed, based on combinations of the following keywords: bacterial vaginosis, bacterial vaginosis recurrences, vaginal discharge, vaginal flora, LB, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and probiotic supplementation.The studies were evaluated in terms of the cure rates for BV, incidence of recurrence of BV, decrease in patients' discomfort, maintenance of a healthy vaginal recolonization, and occurrence of complications and side effects.Recurrence of BV after standard therapy is a relevant clinical problem, with an incidence of 30%-40% and a significant impact on women's quality of life and on their risk of infrequent but serious obstetric complications. Therefore, finding effective prophylactic therapies to avoid or decrease the recurrence of BV is important. Even when they are effective, typical antibacterial regimens for long-term maintenance are known to have side effects. Different schemes of treatment with exogenous LB have proven effective in preventing recurrence of BV, even in patients at high risk for relapse.Probiotic supplementation with vaginal LB proved to be crucial in hindering bacteria growth after antibiotic therapy; therefore this intervention may be considered a new adjuvant treatment for preventing recurrence of BV, even in high-risk patients.
- Bacteria in the Vaginal Microbiome Alter the Innate Immune Response and Barrier Properties of the Human Vaginal Epithelia in a Species-Specific Manner. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- J Infect Dis 2014 Feb 12.
Background. Bacterial vaginosis increases the susceptibility to sexually transmitted infections and negatively affects women's reproductive health.Methods. To investigate host-vaginal microbiota interactions and the impact on immune barrier function, we colonized 3-dimensional (3-D) human vaginal epithelial cells with 2 predominant species of vaginal microbiota (Lactobacillus iners and Lactobacillus crispatus) or 2 prevalent bacteria associated with bacterial vaginosis (Atopobium vaginae and Prevotella bivia).Results. Colonization of 3-D vaginal epithelial cell aggregates with vaginal microbiota was observed with direct attachment to host cell surface with no cytotoxicity. A. vaginae infection yielded increased expression membrane-associated mucins and evoked a robust proinflammatory, immune response in 3-D vaginal epithelial cells (ie, expression of CCL20, hBD-2, interleukin 1β, interleukin 6, interleukin 8, and tumor necrosis factor α) that can negatively affect barrier function. However, P. bivia and L. crispatus did not significantly upregulate pattern-recognition receptor-signaling, mucin expression, antimicrobial peptides/defensins, or proinflammatory cytokines in 3-D vaginal epithelial cell aggregates. Notably, L. iners induced pattern-recognition receptor-signaling activity, but no change was observed in mucin expression or secretion of interleukin 6 and interleukin 8.Conclusions. We identified unique species-specific immune signatures from vaginal epithelial cells elicited by colonization with commensal and bacterial vaginosis-associated bacteria. A. vaginae elicited a signature that is consistent with significant disruption of immune barrier properties, potentially resulting in enhanced susceptibility to sexually transmitted infections during bacterial vaginosis.
- Potential influence of the microbiome on infertility and assisted reproductive technology. [Journal Article, Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural]
- Semin Reprod Med 2014 Jan; 32(1):35-42.
Although an altered vaginal microbiota has been demonstrated to affect parturition, its role in assisted reproductive technologies is uncertain. Nevertheless, the effect of known pathogens such as Mycoplasma tuberculosis, Chlamydia trachomatis, and Neisseria gonorrhoeae is clear, causing subclinical changes thought to be risk factors in subfertility. The Human Microbiome Project (HMP) has allowed for metagenomic studies to aid in characterizing normal vaginal flora. Recent findings from the HMP demonstrate that many different species of Lactobacillus are present in the vaginal tract, with a few that predominate. Studies that characterize the vaginal microbiome in assisted reproductive technology support the hypothesis that colonizing the transfer-catheter tip with Lactobacillus crispatus at the time of embryo transfer may increase the rates of implantation and live birth rate while decreasing the rate of infection. In addition, there is some evidence that a progesterone-resistant endometrium might increase the risk of an abnormal vaginal microbiome.
- Modulating the vaginal microbiome: the need for a bridge between science and practice. [Journal Article]
- Semin Reprod Med 2014 Jan; 32(1):28-34.
Infections of the urinary and reproductive tracts continue to afflict hundreds of millions of women and girls each year. For those fortunate enough to have access to medical care, the diagnostic and treatment measures used on them have changed little in 40 years and remain far from adequate. The development of alternatives, such as probiotics, has been hindered by lack of funding, but now face bureaucratic barriers that reflect an outdated regulatory system more concerned with policies than care for the patient. The technological advances emerging from human microbiome studies are making it possible to generate a completely new understanding of how microbes interact with the host, what influences them, and when the result is an aberration requiring intervention. But until bridges are built between scientific progress and practice, it is women and girls who will continue to receive suboptimal care for their often persistent and debilitating conditions.
- Benzoyl peroxide formulated polycarbophil/carbopol 934P hydrogel with selective antimicrobial activity, potentially beneficial for treatment and prevention of bacterial vaginosis. [Journal Article]
- Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol 2013.:909354.
The human vagina is colonized by a variety of indigenous microflora; in healthy individuals the predominant bacterial genus is Lactobacillus while those with bacterial vaginosis (BV) carry a variety of anaerobic representatives of the phylum Actinobacteria. In this study, we evaluated the antimicrobial activity of benzoyl peroxide (BPO) encapsulated in a hydrogel against Gardnerella vaginalis, one of the causative agents of BV, as well as indicating its safety for healthy human lactobacilli. Herein, it is shown that in well diffusion assays G. vaginalis is inhibited at 0.01% hydrogel-encapsulated BPO and that the tested Lactobacillus spp. can tolerate concentrations of BPO up to 2.5%. In direct contact assays (cells grown in a liquid culture containing hydrogel with 1% BPO or BPO particles), we demonstrated that hydrogels loaded with 1% BPO caused 6-log reduction of G. vaginalis. Conversely, three of the tested Lactobacillus spp. were not inhibited while L. acidophilus growth was slightly delayed. The rheological properties of the hydrogel formulation were probed using oscillation frequency sweep, oscillation shear stress sweep, and shear rate sweep. This shows the gel to be suitable for vaginal application and that the encapsulation of BPO did not alter rheological properties.
- [Effect of IL-1beta on growth properties of vaginal microsymbionts]. [English Abstract, Journal Article]
- Zh Mikrobiol Epidemiol Immunobiol 2013 Jul-Aug; (4):65-9.
Study the effect of IL-1beta in concentrations that are characteristic for vaginal normo- and pathocenosis on growth properties of vaginal microsymbionts.Concentration of IL-1beta in vaginal contents of women during bacterial vaginosis and normocenosis was determined by using enzume immunoassay. Changes of growth characteristics and biofilm formation ability of Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Lactobacilus spp., Corynebacterium spp. under the effect of various IL-1beta concentrations by method of O'Toole G.A. (1999) were studied.IL-1beta in concentrations characteristic for normocenosis was shown to be able to cause stimulating effect on growth properties of lactobacilli and corynebacteria and suppress growth of S. aureus and E. coli in both plankton and biofilm cultures. IL-1beta concentrations characteristic for vaginal dysbiosis on the contrary result in suppression of growth of lactobacilli biomass against the background of stimulation of growth properties and biofilm formation ability of S. aureus and E. coli.Differential dose-dependent effect of IL-1beta on biomass growth and biofilm formation ability of vaginal microsymbionts is a mechanism of regulation of vaginal microbiocenosis.
- More than meets the eye: associations of vaginal bacteria with gram stain morphotypes using molecular phylogenetic analysis. [Journal Article, Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural]
- PLoS One 2013; 8(10):e78633.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a highly prevalent condition associated with adverse health outcomes. Gram stain analysis of vaginal fluid is the standard for confirming the diagnosis of BV, wherein abundances of key bacterial morphotypes are assessed. These Lactobacillus, Gardnerella, Bacteroides, and Mobiluncus morphotypes were originally linked to particular bacterial species through cultivation studies, but no studies have systematically investigated associations between uncultivated bacteria detected by molecular methods and Gram stain findings. In this study, 16S-rRNA PCR/pyrosequencing was used to examine associations between vaginal bacteria and bacterial morphotypes in 220 women with and without BV. Species-specific quantitative PCR (qPCR) and fluorescence in Situ hybridization (FISH) methods were used to document concentrations of two bacteria with curved rod morphologies: Mobiluncus and the fastidious BV-associated bacterium-1 (BVAB1). Rank abundance of vaginal bacteria in samples with evidence of curved gram-negative rods showed that BVAB1 was dominant (26.1%), while Mobiluncus was rare (0.2% of sequence reads). BVAB1 sequence reads were associated with Mobiluncus morphotypes (p<0.001). Among women with curved rods, mean concentration of BVAB1 DNA was 2 log units greater than Mobiluncus (p<0.001) using species-specific quantitative PCR. FISH analyses revealed that mean number of BVAB1 cells was 2 log units greater than Mobiluncus cells in women with highest Nugent score (p<0.001). Prevotella and Porphyromonas spp. were significantly associated with the "Bacteroides morphotype," whereas Bacteroides species were rare. Gram-negative rods designated Mobiluncus morphotypes on Gram stain are more likely BVAB1. These findings provide a clearer picture of the bacteria associated with morphotypes on vaginal Gram stain.
- Effects of probiotics on the recurrence of bacterial vaginosis: a review. [Journal Article]
- J Low Genit Tract Dis 2014 Jan; 18(1):79-86.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common cause of genital discomfort in women in reproductive ages, which causes many complications. Bacterial vaginosis is usually treated by metronidazole and clindamycin. However, this protocol does not prevent its recurrence, which is a main complaint of the patients. The number of lactobacilli in the vagina of women with BV is significantly lower than that in healthy women. Hence, efforts have been made to normalize vaginal flora by oral or vaginal administration of lactobacilli. The objective of the present study was to review clinical evidences available regarding the efficacy of probiotics in the prevention and treatment of BV.Published randomized controlled trials were searched in PubMed, Science Direct, and the Cochrane Database between 1990 and 2011. Search terms included bacterial vaginosis, urinary tract infection, lactobacillus, and probiotics.Orally consumed probiotics are believed to ascend to the vaginal tract after they are excreted from the rectum; vaginal administration allows for direct replacement of the probiotics for unhealthy vaginal microbiota and occupation of specific adhesion sites at the epithelial surface of the urinary tract, which consequently results in maintenance of a low pH and production of antimicrobial substances like acids and hydrogen peroxide. Receiving Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1, and Lactobacillus fermentum RC-14 at a dose of at least 10 CFU/day for 2 months has been shown to present the patients with better results.Although the results of different studies are controversial, most studies have been in favor of the probiotics in the prevention or treatment of BV, and no adverse effects have been reported. Therefore, it may be helpful to recommend daily consumption of probiotic products to improve public health among women.