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Phages Dynamics and Influences During Human Gut Microbiome Establishment (METAKIDS)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03296631
Recruitment Status : Terminated (The Pi has estimated that he has received sufficiently biological samples and associated data. it's no longer worth following up.)
First Posted : September 28, 2017
Last Update Posted : July 16, 2019
City of Orsay
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Institut Pasteur

Brief Summary:
Microbial communities are key components of human environment. Consequently, human gut microbiome have been extensively studied providing a better understanding of the relations between bacterial populations and host physiology. However, a typical analysis tends to elude the complexity of the mixes in term of species, strains, as well as extra-chromosomal DNA molecules such as and phages. MetaKids project aims at bringing, at an unprecedented resolution, a new view of those populations and the internal relationships during human gut establishment, a crucial step with long-term impacts on host health. This project relies on the ability of Meta3C, a newly technique developed in the lab, to identify the bacterial host genomes of the different phages the investigators will detect thanks to the physical collision these molecules experience. Given the role that human gut phages may play in shaping the development of host microbiomes, their potential for application is of great interest.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Human Gut Microbiome Development Other: collection of diapers with fresh stools

Detailed Description:
Over the last decade, the role of microorganisms residing in human intestines has been intensively studied. The intestinal microbiome includes bacteria, viruses, fungi and archaea. The importance of microbiome to human health is highlighted by the observation that dysbiotic shifts in these microbial communities have been associated with numerous human diseases, including obesity, inflammatory bowel disorders, autoimmune disease or gastrointestinal cancer. It is also clearly established that some of these microorganisms interact with the immune system and contribute to its development. The intestinal microbiome is established soon after birth, and its composition changes over the next several years toward a stereotypical 'adult-like' bacterial community structure. Epidemiological studies have demonstrated the importance of this period for a long-term health. It also has been shown that this process can be influenced by multiple interacting factors such as nutrition, antibiotic use and others environmental factors. Much less is known on the viral part of human microbiome. Most of them are phages (phageome) that are known to modulate microbial population through predation or transfer of genetic information between bacteria, and are likely to have important effects on intestinal microbiome establishment and, consequently, human physiology. MetaKids project aims at understanding how the gut phageome develops during the early human life and how it influences the composition of the bacterial microbiome. The investigators will carry a longitudinal study of 15-20 infants from 3-9 months till age 24-30 months. By combining latest metagenomic methods, will be investigated: 1) the composition, evolution and dynamic of the phageome and bacterial microbiome over this critical period; 2) the interactions between phages and bacteria and their relationships; and 3) the impact of environmental factors, like vaccinations or antibiotics treatment on the phages populations. The project is based on the combination of innovative recent metagenomic techniques developed in the lab. DNA is an ubiquitous and stable molecule that can be used as a marker of "compartmentalization" at cellular and population levels, providing important information regarding the genomic structure of a mix of species. Therefore, by combining approaches like purification of virales particles and 3C related methods, the investigators propose to characterize infant gut microbiome establishment and decipher the relationships between the different genomic entities present during this period. This project will bring crucial data on the role of phages during early life of human intestinal tract. Intervention to modify/control intestinal population is a dynamic field and MetaKids project will bring new perspectives for this research area.

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 19 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Phages Dynamics and Influences During Human Gut Microbiome Establishment
Actual Study Start Date : September 5, 2017
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 31, 2018
Actual Study Completion Date : December 31, 2018

Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment

Enrollment of 15 to 20 children (< 9 months old) at the early beginning of their entry in nursery (crèche) between August and November 2017.

This cohort will be followed during a maximum period of 36 months . Diapers with fresh stools will be collected once a week per child and then frozen.

Spontaneous personal day care informations given by the parents to the nurses and recorded in each child's daily logbook will be collected for the research. No specific interviews will be conducted.

Other: collection of diapers with fresh stools
collection of diapers with fresh stools

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Characterization of phages and bacteria genomes during infant gut development. [ Time Frame: 3 years ]
    Genomic reconstruction and characterization of the different genomes (phages, bacteria, yeast) present in the human gut during the three first years of life. This outcomes will provide a large catalog of DNA sequences.

  2. Characterization of phages and bacteria abundance and variations during infant gut development [ Time Frame: 3 years ]
    Characterization of the variation of the different species present in human gut during the 3 first years of life. This outcomes will provide access to the dynamics of the different species present during this period and possibility to correlate them with environmental variation (dietary, age)

  3. Characterization of phages-bacteria interactions [ Time Frame: 3 years ]
    Phages are the major predator of bacteria but their role during human gut establishment remains poorly characterized. This catalog of interactions will allow to understand the role of the phages during human gut development

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Characterization of phages and bacteria variations in response to environmental perturbations during infant gut development [ Time Frame: 2 to 3 weeks ]
    Characterization of the small variations of the different species present in human gut during the 3 first years of life in response to environmental perturbations. This outcome will provide access to the dynamics of the different species present during this period and possibility to correlate them with environmental perturbations (antibiotic, vaccine, illness).

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
fresh stools in diapers. Genomic DNA will be extracted from feces but no human genetic analysis will be realized.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   10 Weeks to 9 Months   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Children being in age to attend in a nursery day care structure of the town of Orsay (France) and aged less than 9 months.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Child attending at least 4 days a week one of the two municipal municipal nursery (crèches) in the town of Orsay (91, France);
  2. Aged less than 9 months at the time of entry to the crèche (August-October 2017);
  3. Parent (s) / legal representative not opposed to the child's participation in the research;

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Toilet training;
  • Prematurity;
  • Participation in clinical research requiring the use of a drug.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03296631

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Crèche du Parc
Orsay, Essonne, France, 91400
Crèche La Farandole
Orsay, Essonne, France, 91400
Sponsors and Collaborators
Institut Pasteur
City of Orsay
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Study Director: Martial Marbouty Institut Pasteur / CNRS
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Responsible Party: Institut Pasteur Identifier: NCT03296631    
Other Study ID Numbers: 2016-097
ID RCB number : 2017-A00750-53 ( Other Identifier: French national registration number of the study )
First Posted: September 28, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 16, 2019
Last Verified: July 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Institut Pasteur:
infant gut
phages-bacteria interactions
microbiome development