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Longitudinal analysis of the salivary metabolome of breast-fed and formula-fed infants over the first year of life

  • Neyraud, Eric1
  • Schwartz, Camille1
  • Brignot, Hélène1
  • Jouanin, Isabelle2, 3
  • Tremblay-Franco, Marie2, 3
  • Canlet, Cécile2, 3
  • Tournier, Carole1
  • 1 Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté, 17 rue Sully, Dijon, 21000, France , Dijon (France)
  • 2 Université de Toulouse, Toulouse, 31027, France , Toulouse (France)
  • 3 National Infrastructure for Metabolomics and Fluxomics, Toulouse, 31027, France , Toulouse (France)
Published Article
Springer US
Publication Date
Mar 11, 2020
DOI: 10.1007/s11306-020-01661-7
Springer Nature


IntroductionThe salivary metabolome has been increasingly studied over the past ten years due to the potential of saliva as a non-invasive source of biomarkers. However, although saliva has been studied in relation to various diseases, its dynamic evolution during life is not known. This is particularly true for the first months of life. Infancy is indeed a critical period during which numerous behavioural and physiological events occur, such as dietary transitions and tooth eruption, which can lead to important biological modifications in the oral cavity.ObjectivesThe aim of this work was therefore to study the evolution of the salivary metabolome during the first months of life by 1H NMR.MethodsSaliva of 32 infants with different milk feeding histories (breast vs formula) was collected at 6 stages, including 3 months old, 15 days before the onset of complementary feeding (CF), approximately 15 days after the onset of CF, approximately 21 days after the onset of CF and at approximately 11 and 15 months, and analysed.ResultsThe longitudinal analysis showed a significant modification of the profiles of 18 metabolites over time; 14 presented an increase in abundance whereas 4 presented a decrease. These modifications seemed to be linked, for the most part, to an increase in oral microbial metabolism. Milk feeding history during the first months of life had no effect on metabolites.ConclusionThis work shows that the salivary metabolome should be considered when studying the changes occurring during infancy.

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