Journal of Asthma and Allergy (2020-10-01)

Consumption of Lamb Meat or Basa Fish Shapes the Gut Microbiota and Aggravates Pulmonary Inflammation in Asthmatic Mice

  • Zheng H,
  • Wang Y,
  • Liu Z,
  • Li Y,
  • Kong J,
  • Ge D,
  • Peng G

Journal volume & issue
Vol. Volume 13
pp. 509 – 520


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Hao-cheng Zheng,1,* Yong-an Wang,1,* Zi-rui Liu,1 Ya-lan Li,1 Jing-wei Kong,1 Dong-yu Ge,2 Gui-ying Peng1 1Department of Immunology and Microbiology, School of Life Sciences, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, People’s Republic of China; 2Experimental Teaching Center, School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, People’s Republic of China*These authors contributed equally to this workCorrespondence: Gui-ying PengBeijing University of Chinese Medicine, No. 11, East Road North Ring 3rd, Chao-Yang District, Beijing 100029, People’s Republic of ChinaTel +86-010-53912169Email [email protected]: In China, lamb and fish are well-known triggers for an asthma attack. Our investigation aims at assessing whether the long-term intake of lamb meat or Basa fish would aggravate pulmonary inflammation as well as exploring changes in the intestinal microbiota and immune cells in asthmatic mice.Materials and Methods: The murine asthmatic model was established by intraperitoneal injection of ovalbumin (OVA) plus aluminum on day 0 and 14 and nebulization of OVA from day 21 to 27. Lamb meat or fish was administered to asthmatic mice by oral gavage from day 0 to 27.Results: Our results showed that long-term consumption of lamb meat or Basa fish in asthmatic mice increased the number of inflammatory cells in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), enhanced levels of IL-5, IL-13 in BALF and total IgE in serum, aggravated pulmonary inflammatory cell infiltration and mucus secretion. Long-term oral lamb enhanced the proportion of type 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2) from small intestine while it inhibited that of Treg from lung in asthmatic mice. Oral fish showed no remarkable effect on that of ILC2 from lung and small intestine but inhibited that of intestinal Treg in asthmatic mice. What’s more, the chao-1 and observed species richness as well as PD whole tree diversity increased in asthmatic mice while these increments were inhibited after lamb treatment. PCA analysis indicated that there were significant differences in the bacterial community composition after lamb or fish treatment in asthmatic mice. Both lamb and fish treatment enhanced the abundance of colonic Alistipes in asthmatic mice.Conclusion: Collectively, long-term intake of lamb or fish shapes colonic bacterial communities and aggravates pulmonary inflammation in asthmatic mice, which provides reasonable food guidance for asthmatic patients.Keywords: asthma, intestinal microbiota, lamb, fish, ILC2, Treg