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Evidence of a hormonal reshuffle in the cecal metabolome fingerprint of a strain of rats resistant to decompression sickness

  • Vallee, Nicolas1
  • Dugrenot, Emmanuel2
  • Desruelle, Anne-Virginie1
  • Tardivel, Catherine3
  • Martin, Jean-Charles3
  • Guernec, Anthony2
  • Boussuges, Alain1
  • Rives, Sarah1
  • Risso, Jean-Jacques1
  • Guerrero, François2
  • 1 Institut de Recherche Biomédicale des Armées, Equipe de Recherche Subaquatique Opérationnelle, Toulon Cedex 9, 83800, France , Toulon Cedex 9 (France)
  • 2 Univ Brest, ORPHY, IBSAM, Brest, 29200, France , Brest (France)
  • 3 C2VN, INRAE, INSERM, BIOMET, Aix Marseille Univ, Marseille, France , Marseille (France)
Published Article
Scientific Reports
Springer Nature
Publication Date
Apr 15, 2021
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-87952-y
Springer Nature


On one side, decompression sickness (DCS) with neurological disorders lead to a reshuffle of the fecal metabolome from rat caecum. On the other side, there is high inter-individual variability in terms of occurrence of DCS. One could wonder whether the fecal metabolome could be linked to the DCS-susceptibility. We decided to study male and female rats selected for their resistance to decompression sickness, and we hypothesize a strong impregnation concerning the fecal metabolome. The aim is to verify whether the rats resistant to the accident have a fecal metabolomic signature different from the stem generations sensitive to DCS. 39 DCS-resistant animals (21 females and 18 males), aged 14 weeks, were compared to 18 age-matched standard Wistar rats (10 females and 8 males), i.e., the same as those we used for the founding stock. Conventional and ChemRICH approaches helped the metabolomic interpretation of the 226 chemical compounds analyzed in the cecal content. Statistical analysis shows a panel of 81 compounds whose expression had changed following the selection of rats based on their resistance to DCS. 63 compounds are sex related. 39 are in common. This study shows the spectral fingerprint of the fecal metabolome from the caecum of a strain of rats resistant to decompression sickness. This study also confirms a difference linked to sex in the metabolome of non-selected rats, which disappear with selective breeding. Results suggest hormonal and energetic reshuffle, including steroids sugars or antibiotic compounds, whether in the host or in the microbial community.

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