Journal article

Faecal Microbiota of Cats with Insulin-Treated Diabetes Mellitus

Erin T Bell, Jan S Suchodolski, Anitha Isaiah, Linda M Fleeman, Audrey K Cook, Joerg M Steiner, Caroline S Mansfield

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2014


Microorganisms within the gastrointestinal tract significantly influence metabolic processes within their mammalian host, and recently several groups have sought to characterise the gastrointestinal microbiota of individuals affected by metabolic disease. Differences in the composition of the gastrointestinal microbiota have been reported in mouse models of type 2 diabetes mellitus, as well as in human patients. Diabetes mellitus in cats has many similarities to type 2 diabetes in humans. No studies of the gastrointestinal microbiota of diabetic cats have been previously published. The objectives of this study were to compare the composition of the faecal microbiota of diabetic and non-diabe..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by a grant from Hills Pet Nutrition, The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. This does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.