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Research Note: Akkermansia muciniphila After Antimicrobial Administration

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The protective mucin barrier of the GI tract is preserved through a constant breakdown-production cycle. Akkermansia muciniphila is the predominant mucin-degrading microorganism in the human GI tract, with lower numbers found in humans with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Treatment with this microorganism has been shown to improve markers of GI tract barrier function in rodents. This study measured the effects of oral A muciniphila administration on systemic markers of GI tract permeability and epithelial damage following antimicrobial treatment in healthy dogs. Results suggest that A muciniphila administration may have positive effects on epithelial damage in the GI tract caused by antimicrobial treatment. Further investigation is warranted for this potential probiotic.

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