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BioMed Research International
Volume 2018, Article ID 3860743, 6 pages
Research Article

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation Is Effective in Relieving Visceral Hypersensitivity in a Postinfectious Model

Division of Gastroenterology, Union Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430022, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Jun Song; moc.621@nuj111gnos

Received 3 August 2017; Revised 9 December 2017; Accepted 24 December 2017; Published 30 January 2018

Academic Editor: Toshimi Chiba

Copyright © 2018 Tao Bai et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Aim. To investigate the effect of fecal microbiota transplantation on visceral hypersensitivity compared with Bifidobacterium longum. Methods. Mice visceral hypersensitivity was induced by Trichinella spiralis. After 8 weeks, they were divided into three groups (controls, Bifidobacterium longum, and fecal microbiota transplantation) and were daily treated by gavage with 0.2 ml PBS, Bifidobacterium longum HB55020, or fecal microbiota for 7 days. Visceral hypersensitivity was tested with abdominal withdrawal reflex. Permeability of colon epithelium was assessed with Ussing chamber. Results. After administration of Bifidobacterium longum, compared with mice in postinfectious group, mice had higher pain threshold (). After administration of fecal microbiota, compared with mice in postinfectious group, mice had higher pain threshold (). Fecal microbiota transplantation was as effective as Bifidobacterium in relieving visceral hypersensitivity. Administration of Bifidobacterium longum or fecal microbiota transplantation improved colon epithelium permeability. Expression of occluding-1 was increased. Conclusion. Manipulation of microbiota is effective in relieving visceral hypersensitivity. Fecal microbiota transplantation is as effective as Bifidobacterium longum administration.