High-fat-diet-induced obesity is associated with decreased antiinflammatory Lactobacillus reuteri sensitive to oxidative stress in mouse Peyer's patches

Nutrition. 2016 Feb;32(2):265-72. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2015.08.020. Epub 2015 Sep 25.


Objective: Diet-induced inflammation in the small intestine may represent an early event that precedes and predisposes to obesity and insulin resistance. This is related to decrease of lactobacilli in Peyer's patches (PP) revealed in our previous study. The present study aimed to clarify specific changes of PP Lactobacillus on the strain level and related biological activity.

Methods: C57 BL/6 J male mice were fed with either low-fat diet (control [CT]; 10% calories from fat) or high-fat diet (HFD; 50% calories from fat) for 25 wk, and the HFD-fed mice were classified into obesity prone (OP) or obesity resistant (OR) on the basis of their body weight gain. Lactobacillus was isolated from PP using a selective medium. Oxidative resistance and cytokine-inducing effect were analyzed in vitro.

Results: We obtained 52, 18, and 22 isolates from CT, OP, and OR mice, respectively. They belonged to 13 different types according to enterobacterial repetitive intergenic consensus sequence-PCR analysis. Lactobacillus reuteri was the most abundant strain, but its abundance in OP mice was much lower than that in CT and OR mice. This strain includes eight subgroups according to genotyping. L. reuteri L3 and L. reuteri L8 were the specific strains found in CT and OP mice, respectively. Oxidative-resistant L. reuteri was much higher in HFD-fed mice. When co-cultured with PP cells, L8 induced higher production of proinflammatory cytokines such as interleukin (IL)-6, IL-12, and tumor necrosis factor-α, whereas L3 induced higher production of an anti-inflammatory cytokine (IL-10).

Conclusion: HFD may induce oxidative stress that drives strain selection of Lactobacillus strains, resulting in decreased anti-inflammatory response in PP.

Keywords: Anti-inflammatory response; Diet-induced obesity; High-fat diet; Lactobacillus reuteri; Peyer's patches.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / metabolism
  • Diet, Fat-Restricted
  • Diet, High-Fat / adverse effects*
  • Genotype
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Interleukin-10 / blood
  • Interleukin-12 / blood
  • Limosilactobacillus reuteri*
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Obese
  • Microbiota
  • Obesity / microbiology
  • Obesity / physiopathology*
  • Oxidative Stress*
  • Peyer's Patches / microbiology*
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha / blood


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha
  • Interleukin-10
  • Interleukin-12