Dietary habit affects the composition of human feces thus determining intestinal environment and exposure of colon mucosa to risk factors. Fecal water (FW) citotoxicity and genotoxicity were investigated in 33 healthy young Italian people, as well as the relationship between genotoxicity and nutrient intake or microflora composition. Two fecal samples were collected at two weeks apart and 3-d dietary diary was recorded for each volunteer. Cytotoxicity was measured using the Trypan Blue Dye Exclusion assay and genotoxicity using the Comet Assay (alkaline single-cell electrophoresis). Fecal bifidobacteria, total microbial count and nutrient intakes were also assessed. High intra- and inter-variability in genotoxicity data and in bacteria counts were found. None of the FW samples were citotoxic, but 90% of FW samples were genotoxic. Seventy five percent indicated intermediate and 15% were highly genotoxic. There was a different sex-related distribution. Genotoxicity was positively correlated to the total lipid intake in females and to the bifidobacteria/total bacteria count ratio in male volunteers. These results demonstrate that the majority of FW samples isolated from free-living Italian people show intermediate level of genotoxicity and sustain a relation between this possible non-invasive marker of colorectal cancer risk with both dietary habits and colonic ecosystem.
|Titolo:||Fecal water genotoxicity in healthy free-living young Italian people|
|Parole Chiave:||fecal water; genotoxicity; comet assay; bifidobacteria; dietary habit|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/09 - Fisiologia|
Settore AGR/16 - Microbiologia Agraria
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.fct.2013.11.019|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|