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MEBO - UBIOME study 2018



MEBO Gut Microbiome Study
"Microbial Basis of Systemic Malodor and PATM Conditions (PATM)"
Funded by uBiome Research Grant

"Microbial Basis of Systemic Malodor and PATM Conditions (PATM)"

Dynamics of the Gut Microbiota in
Idiopathic Malodor Production

Started May 2018 - Ongoing

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USA survey for anyone who wants to improve Denver TMAU test

begun : Dec22
end : no ending for now

A trainee genetic counselor is working at the Denver TMAU test lab. Probably as part of her training. As a project she wishes feedback on any aspect of the Denver TMAU test and process. You can fill in the survey and/or email her (email address is in survey). It's meant for USA people, but perhaps others can give their view too (as we have so few opportunities).

quote from her rareconnect post

"Hello all! I wanted to make you aware of a research study being conducted to better understand the experience and needs of individuals with trimethylaminuria with a goal of being able to create improved patient and healthcare provider education materials. Any participation is completely voluntary and all responses remain confidential. Feel free to use the contact information within the link with any questions or share the survey with others with TMAU."

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

New research paper suggests high TMAO levels associated with heart disease

The more of this by-product, called trimethylamine N-oxide or TMAO, a person or mouse has in the blood, the higher the risk of getting heart disease, the researchers found.

Gut bacteria are actually middlemen in TMAO production. The microbes convert lecithin to a gas that smells like rotten fish. Then an enzyme in the liver changes the foul-smelling gas to TMAO...

...The researchers don’t know exactly which types of gut bacteria make TMAO.

These findings show that the interactions of gut bacteria with diet can influence health, says Rader. The work also suggests that probiotics or drugs might be able to block TMAO production.
2011 Pubmed Abstract : Gut flora metabolism of phosphatidylcholine promotes cardiovascular disease

A new research paper suggests that high trimethylamine oxide (TMAO) levels in the blood may be a predictor of heart disease. This is inadvertently of special interest to those with trimethylamninuria because the high TMAO levels will be a result of gut bacterial degradation of choline to trimethylamine (TMA) which is then oxidized by the liver to TMAO. So it may lead to more research into TMAO, particularly into which gut bacteria produce TMA since it currently seems not to be public knowledge as to which species of bacteria produce the TMA. It may also lead to TMAO being more commonly tested. With TMAU, TMAO is probably mostly an issue in secondary TMAU, because in these cases the TMA and TMAO levels are much higher than normal. The authors may not have researched if TMA can be a predictor of heart disease too, because it is not expected to be in high levels in most humans (being converted from TMA to TMAO). In the TMAU community this is unfortunately not the case.

At this stage we can only watch with interest to see how this new lead develops, but hopefully it may indirectly (or directly) lead to more interest and treatment of TMAU.


Science News : Gut microbes producing trimethylamine oxide may foster heart disease article on subject

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