Decrease in lactobacilli in the intestinal microbiota of celiac children with a gluten-free diet, and selection of potentially probiotic strains

Can J Microbiol. 2015 Jan;61(1):32-7. doi: 10.1139/cjm-2014-0472.


The intestinal microbiota would be implicated in pathology associated with celiac disease caused by an abnormal immune system reaction against gluten present in cereal grains. The objectives of this work were to detect through basic methods the changes in the composition of the most common genera of bacteria from the intestinal microbiota of symptom-free celiac disease children with a gluten-free diet compared with healthy children from Tucumán and to select lactobacilli (Lb) strains with probiotic potential from the feces of healthy children. Results demonstrated that the feces of celiac children with a gluten-free diet showed significantly lower counts of Lb (P < 0.05) compared with healthy children, while enterobacteria tended to increase in celiac children. On the basis of these results, isolation of some Lb from the feces of healthy children was carried out. Thus, 5 Lb strains were selected because of their high resistance percentages to gastrointestinal tract conditions. In addition, their autoaggregation and hydrophobicity properties were evaluated: Lactobacillus rhamnosus (LC4) showed the highest percentage of autoaggregation while Lactobacillus paracasei (LC9) showed high hydrophobicity. Based on these results, LC4 and LC9 were selected, and their use as potential probiotic strains to improve signs and symptoms associated with celiac disease is discussed. This is the first study performed in Argentina concerning the relationship between intestinal microbiota and celiac disease in celiac children with a gluten-free diet. In addition, the development of a probiotic food addressed towards celiac patients and designed with Lb isolated from the feces of healthy children from our province represents a promising alternative to improve the quality of life of celiac patients.

Keywords: Lactobacillus; celiac disease; intestinal microbiota; maladie cœliaque; microflore intestinale; probiotics; probiotiques.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Argentina
  • Bacteria / classification
  • Bacteria / genetics
  • Bacteria / isolation & purification*
  • Bacteria / metabolism
  • Celiac Disease / diet therapy
  • Celiac Disease / metabolism
  • Celiac Disease / microbiology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diet, Gluten-Free
  • Feces / microbiology
  • Female
  • Gastrointestinal Microbiome*
  • Humans
  • Lactobacillus / classification
  • Lactobacillus / growth & development*
  • Male
  • Probiotics / isolation & purification*
  • Quality of Life