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Camu Camu in ART-treated People Living With HIV

2019-08-21 20:05:50 | BioPortfolio

Summary

Persons living with HIV and receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) remain with inflammation leading to higher risks of cardiovascular diseases, fatty liver and cancer. It has been observed in colitis and in HIV infection that abnormal composition of the gut microbes and leaky gut induce inflammation contributing to diabetes, fatty liver and cardiovascular risks. Abundance of Akkermansia muciniphila in stool, a type of good bacteria acting as a shield on the gut barrier has been shown to prevent obesity, diabetes and to improve cancer treatment response. Health food (prebiotic) increases the frequency of A. muciniphila in overweight individuals.

Dr Marette, a study collaborator from Laval University, has recently published (Gut, 2018) that an extract from a Brazilian fruit called Camu Camu (CC) protects mice from obesity, reduce LPS, a marker for passage of microbes from the gut into the blood and decreases inflammation in association with the frequency of A. muciniphila in stools. The extract of CC is sold in nutritional stores to regulate body fat.

The investigators will invite 22 participants to take 2 capsules of CC daily for 12 weeks in addition to their ART. CC tolerance and changes in blood and stools for inflammation and microbe composition will be evalutated at the end of the 12-week treatment and 8 weeks post-intake. An optional sub study will assess the changes of gut barrier by doing biopsies by colonoscopy.

CC is expected to beassociated with an enrichment of A. muciniphila in stools, combined with reduced gut damage and inflammation.

Study Design

Conditions

HIV Infections

Intervention

Camu Camu Capsules

Location

Mcgill University Health Center
Montreal
Quebec
Canada
H4A 3J1

Status

Not yet recruiting

Source

McGill University Health Center

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-08-21T20:05:50-0400

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