Fecal transplant from resveratrol-fed donors improves glycaemia and cardiovascular features of the metabolic syndrome in mice

Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2018 Oct 1;315(4):E511-E519. doi: 10.1152/ajpendo.00471.2017. Epub 2018 Jun 5.


Oral administration of resveratrol attenuates several symptoms associated with the metabolic syndrome, such as impaired glucose homeostasis and hypertension. Recent work has shown that resveratrol can improve glucose homeostasis in obesity via changes in the gut microbiota. Studies involving fecal microbiome transplants (FMTs) suggest that either live gut microbiota or bacterial-derived metabolites from resveratrol ingestion are responsible for producing the observed benefits in recipients. Herein, we show that obese mice receiving FMTs from healthy resveratrol-fed mice have improved glucose homeostasis within 11 days of the first transplant, and that resveratrol-FMTs is more efficacious than oral supplementation of resveratrol for the same duration. The effects of FMTs from resveratrol-fed mice are also associated with decreased inflammation in the colon of obese recipient mice. Furthermore, we show that sterile fecal filtrates from resveratrol-fed mice are sufficient to improve glucose homeostasis in obese mice, demonstrating that nonliving bacterial, metabolites, or other components within the feces of resveratrol-fed mice are sufficient to reduce intestinal inflammation. These postbiotics may be an integral mechanism by which resveratrol improves hyperglycemia in obesity. Resveratrol-FMTs also reduced the systolic blood pressure of hypertensive mice within 2 wk of the first transplant, indicating that the beneficial effects of resveratrol-FMTs may also assist with improving cardiovascular conditions associated with the metabolic syndrome.

Keywords: fecal transplant; glycemia; hypertension; metabolic syndrome; resveratrol.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology*
  • Blood Glucose / drug effects
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism*
  • Blood Pressure
  • Colon / immunology
  • Cytokines / immunology
  • Diet, High-Fat
  • Dietary Sucrose
  • Fecal Microbiota Transplantation*
  • Gastrointestinal Microbiome*
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Hypertension
  • Inflammation
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Metabolic Syndrome / immunology
  • Metabolic Syndrome / metabolism*
  • Mice
  • Obesity / immunology
  • Obesity / metabolism*
  • Resveratrol / pharmacology*


  • Antioxidants
  • Blood Glucose
  • Cytokines
  • Dietary Sucrose
  • Resveratrol