Role of the Gut Microbiota of Children in Diarrhea Due to the Protozoan Parasite Entamoeba histolytica


BACKGROUND An estimated 1 million children die each year before their fifth birthday from diarrhea. Previous population-based surveys of pediatric diarrheal diseases have identified the protozoan parasite Entamoeba histolytica, the etiological agent of amebiasis, as one of the causes of moderate-to-severe diarrhea in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. METHODS We prospectively studied the natural history of E. histolytica colonization and diarrhea among infants in an urban slum of Dhaka, Bangladesh. RESULTS Approximately 80% of children were infected with E. histolytica by the age of 2 years. Fecal anti-galactose/N-acetylgalactosamine lectin immunoglobulin A was associated with protection from reinfection, while a high parasite burden and expansion of the Prevotella copri level was associated with diarrhea. CONCLUSIONS E. histolytica infection was prevalent in this population, with most infections asymptomatic and diarrhea associated with both the amount of parasite and the composition of the microbiota.

DOI: 10.1093/infdis/jiv772

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@inproceedings{Gilchrist2016RoleOT, title={Role of the Gut Microbiota of Children in Diarrhea Due to the Protozoan Parasite Entamoeba histolytica}, author={Carol A Gilchrist and Sarah E. Petri and Brittany N. Schneider and Daniel Reichman and Nona M. Jiang and Sharmin Begum and Koji Watanabe and Caroline W Stegink Jansen and Kelley P. Elliott and Stacey L. Burgess and Jennie Z. Ma and Masud Alam and M. Lutful Kabir and Rashidul Haque and William A Petri}, booktitle={The Journal of infectious diseases}, year={2016} }