Efficacy and Mechanisms of Action of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Ulcerative Colitis: Pitfalls and Promises From a First Meta-Analysis

Franco Scaldaferri, Gianluca Ianiro, Alfredo Papa, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Luca Masucci, Giovanni Cammarota, Antonio Gasbarrini, Silvia Pecere, Valentina Petito, Daniela Zambrano, Luigi Fiore, Elisa Schiavoni, Gennaro Bruno, Viviana Gerardi, Lucrezia Laterza, Marco Pizzoferrato, Jovana Stojanovic, Andrea Poscia

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is the results of a chronic inflammatory process deriving from disequilibrium between self-microbiota composition and immune response. METHODS: New evidence, coming from Clostridium difficile infection, clearly showed that active and powerful modulation of microbiota composition by fecal microbiota composition (FMT) is safe, easy to perform, and efficacious, opening new frontiers in gastrointestinal and extra-intestinal diseases. FMT has been proposed also for IBD as well as other non-gastrointestinal conditions related to intestinal microbiota dysfunctions, with good preliminary data. RESULTS: In this setting, ulcerative colitis (UC) represents one of the most robust potential indications for FMT after C difficile colitis. CONCLUSIONS: In the present review, we focus on FMT and its application on ulcerative colitis, clarifying mechanisms of actions and efficacy data, trough completion of a meta-analysis on available randomized, controlled trial data in UC. Because microbiota is so crucially involved in this topic, a short review of microbial alterations in UC will also be performed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-407
Number of pages6
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Volume48
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • microbiota

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