03124: Synbiotic-IgY Modulates MicroRNA Expression and Microbiota in Dogs with Chronic Enteropathy

Grant Status: Open

Grant Amount: $57,352
Albert E. Jergens, DVM, PhD; Iowa State University
February 1, 2023 - January 31, 2025

Sponsor(s): Irish Setter Club of America Foundation

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Research Program Area: Gastrointestinal Disease
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Chronic intestinal disease is a common cause for persistent diarrhea, vomiting, and weight loss in dogs. Recent scientific evidence has documented that disturbances in intestinal bacterial composition are associated with gut inflammation. Probiotics are live microbial cultures that are thought to restore normal microbial balance in the intestines. While studies have shown that probiotics are beneficial in dogs with gastroenteritis, how probiotics mediate their effects in the host is not known. Using archived intestinal biopsies collected from a previous probiotic trial, researchers will investigate the molecular mechanisms that influence probiotic actions.

The investigators hypothesize that probiotics regulate small molecules in the body (microRNAs) to improve canine health by reducing intestinal inflammation and promoting healthful bacterial composition in the intestines. Results from this study will provide a greater understanding of how probiotics work to maintain gut health and mitigate or prevent chronic gastrointestinal diseases in dogs.


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