TAGging dietary Fiber intake and their interest for health by measuring biomarkers related to the gut microbiota

ERA-HDHL cofunded call “Biomarkers for Nutrition and Health” (BioNH 2016)
TAGging dietary Fiber intake and their interest for health by measuring biomarkers related to the gut microbiota
Université catholique de Louvain, UCLouvain


Partner Organization Partner Country
Université de LyonFrance
University of HohenheimGermany
University of AlbertaCanada
Mondelez Int. R&DFrance

1. Overall project description

1.1 Summary

The FiberTAG project has established a set of biomarkers linking dietary fiber (DF) intake and gut microbiota-related health effect. We aim at refining the concept of DF based on novel biological effects that can occur upon gut microbiota-nutrients interaction by using existing cohorts and by developing innovative approaches to evaluate the health interest of novel insoluble DF.

The FiberTAG consortium gathers 4 academic principal investigators from Belgium, France, Germany and Canada, respectively. They gather complementary research expertises such as 1) host physiology with emphasis on management of cardio-metabolic disorders, 2) intervention studies based on diet and prebiotic DF, 3) microbial ecology, 4) data integration and modelling. Two industrial partners (Kitozyme and Mondelez) have developed and provided selected insoluble fiber for the intervention studies.

Specific metabolites selected as biomarkers of microbiota-driven fermentation and gut-related functions have been analyzed in 5 existing cohorts of healthy or overweight  populations in which the fecal microbiota composition and DF intake have been analyzed. New intervention studies has been performed in healthy and cardiometabolic risk volunteers to evaluate the interest for health of two insoluble fibers (chitin-glucan and a wheat bran fraction).

1.2 Highlights

Main outputs to be disseminated:

A repertoire and a food questionnaire for evaluation of DF intake (total and typology)taking into account their crucial role on key physiological parameters related to cardiometabolic risk and on health status

Innovative approaches to evaluate in intervention studies the health interest of novel insoluble DF, prone to interact with the gut microbiota

A set of novel innovative and non-invasive biomarkers linking DF intake and gut microbiota related health effect interesting to consider in the context of cardiometabolic risks.

A set of non-invasive biomarkers linking DF intake, due to adherence to the Mediterranean diet, to an increase in fecal short-chain fatty acids and an improved intestinal integrity.

Chitin-glucan fiber : effects on the human intestinal microbiota, on the function and intestinal permeability through the selection of biomarkers of interest ; this may allow to generate new health claims related to the investigated fibers (formulations: innovative administration forms)

13C-Wheat bran: metabolic signature of the 13C wheat bran effects on the human intestinal microbiota, health interest, so as to promote the inclusion of wheat bran in products.

Arabinoxylan: the health effects of the fiber supplementations can be predicted by fecal microbiota features and putative mechanistic biomarkers of host-microbe interactions. It provides basis information for understanding the potential mechanistic links between human health outcomes of fiber supplementation and the gut microbiota.

4. Impact

4.1 List of publications

AuthorsTitleYear, Issue, PPPartners NumberDoiPdf
A. M. Neyrinck, J. Rodriguez, S. Vinoy, V. Maquet, J. Walter, S. C. Bischoff, M. Laville and N. M. DelzenneThe FiberTAG project: Tagging dietary fibre intake by measuring biomarkers related to the gut microbiota and their interest for health2020, 45, 59–6510.1111/nbu.12416Download
B. Seethaler, M. Kogel, J. Beutel, M. Basrai, A. Neyrinck, J.Walter, M. Laville, N.M. Delzenne, M. Kiechle, S.C. BischoffChange of Gut Barrier Markers Following the Mediterranean Diet in the Lifestyle Intervention Study in Women at Risk for Hereditary Breast Cancer (LIBRE)2019, Volume 38, SUPPLEMENT 1, S9, https://doi.org/10.1016/S0261-5614(19)32484-7Download
A.M. Neyrinck, J.-A. Nazare, M. Sothier, L. Vandenbergue, C. Amadieu, J. Rodriguez, M. Alligier, M. Laville, N.M. DelzenneDevelopment of Tools Toassess Dietary Fiber Intake Taking Into Account Prebiotic (OLIGO)Saccharides2019, Volume 38, SUPPLEMENT 1, S54,https://doi.org/10.1016/S0261-5614(19)32595-6Download
Nguyen K. Nguyen; Edward C. Deehan; Zhengxiao Zhang; Mingliang Jin; Nami Baskota; Maria Elisa Perez-Muñoz; Janis Cole; Yunus E. Tuncil; Benjamin Seethaler; Ting Wang; Martine Laville; Nathalie M. Delzenne; Stephan C. Bischoff; Bruce R. Hamaker; Inés Martínez; Dan Knights; Jeffrey A. Bakal; Carla M. Prado; Jens WalterGut microbiota modulation with long-chain corn bran arabinoxylan in adults with overweight and obesity is linked to an individualized temporal increase in fecal propionatein press

4.2 Presentation of the project

Target groupAuthorsMeans of communicationHyperlinkPdf
Scientists, Nutrition expertsDelzenne. Microbiota in NAFLD: is there room for innovative treatments? 40th ESPEN Congress on Clinical Nutrition & Metabolism, Madrid, Spain, September, 2018Oral presentation
Industrials, ScientistsDelzenne N. FiberTAG: TAGging dietary Fiber intake and their interest for health by measuring biomarkers related to the gut microbiota. ILSI webinar, 2019WebinarLink

4.3 List of submitted patents and other outputs

Patent licencePartners involvedYearInternational eu or national patentCommentPdf

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s
H2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement n.696300

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