Pamer Lab

Collaborative Clinical Microbiome Studies

Our laboratory has worked closely with clinical groups to investigate the role of the microbiota in clinical outcomes.  We have demonstrated that loss of microbiota diversity during allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation adversely impacts outcomes and have conducted a clinical trial of autologous fecal transplantation to re-establish a diverse microbiota.  We have also investigated the impact of microbiota composition on the risk of developing colitis during checkpoint blockade cancer immunotherapy.

Clinical microbiome-specific publications

Peled JU, Gomes ALC, Devlin SM, Littmann ER, Taur Y, Sung AD, Weber D, Hashimoto D, Slingerland AE, Slingerland JB, Maloy M, Clurman AG, Stein-Thoeringer CK, Markey KA, Docampo MD, Burgos da Silva M, Khan N, Gessner A, Messina JA, Romero K, Lew MV, Bush A, Bohannon L, Brereton DG, Fontana E, Amoretti LA, Wright RJ, Armijo GK, Shono Y, Sanchez-Escamilla M, Castillo Flores N, Alarcon Tomas A, Lin RJ, Yáñez San Segundo L, Shah GL, Cho C, Scordo M, Politikos I, Hayasaka K, Hasegawa Y, Gyurkocza B, Ponce DM, Barker JN, Perales MA, Giralt SA, Jenq RR, Teshima T, Chao NJ, Holler E, Xavier JB, Pamer EG, van den Brink MRM. Microbiota as Predictor of Mortality in Allogeneic Hematopoietic-Cell Transplantation. N Engl J Med. 2020 Feb 27;382(9):822-834. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1900623.

Taur Y, Coyte K, Schluter J, Gjonbalaj M, Littmann E, Ling L, Miller L, Gyaltshen Y, Fontana E, Morjaria S, Gyurkocza B, Perales MA, Castro-Malaspina H, Tamari R, Ponce D, Koehne G, Barker J, Jakubowski A, Papadopoulos E, Dahi P, Sauter C, Shaffer B, Young J, Peled J, Meagher R, Jenq R, van den Brink M, Giralt S, Pamer E, Xavier J. Reconstitution of the gut microbiota of antibiotic-treated patients by autologous fecal microbiota transplant. Science Translational Medicine. 2018; 10(460). pii: eaap9489.

Haak BW, Littmann ER, Chaubard JL, Pickard AJ, Fontana E, Adhi F, Gyaltshen Y, Ling L, Morjaria SM, Peled JU, van den Brink MR, Geyer AI, Cross JR, Pamer EG, Taur Y. Impact of gut colonization with butyrate producing microbiota on respiratory viral infection following allo-HCT. Blood. 2018; 131(26):745-753.

Harris B, Morjaria SM, Littmann ER, Geyer AI, Stover DE, Barker JN, Giralt SA, Taur Y, Pamer EG. Gut Microbiota Predict Pulmonary Infiltrates After Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2016; 194:450-63.

Dubin K, Callahan MK, Ren B, Khanin R, Viale A, Ling L, No D, Gobourne A, Littmann E, Huttenhower C, Pamer EG, Wolchok JD. Intestinal microbiome analyses identify melanoma patients at risk for checkpoint-blockade-induced colitis. Nature Communications. 2016; (7):10391.

Taur Y, Jenq RR, Perales MA, Littmann ER, Morjaria S, Ling L, No D, Gobourne A, Viale A, Dahi PB, Ponce DM, Barker JN, Giralt S, van den Brink M, Pamer EG. The effects of intestinal tract bacterial diversity on mortality following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Blood. 2014; 124(7):1174-82.

Taur Y, Xavier JB, Lipuma L, Ubeda C, Goldberg J, Gobourne A, Lee YJ, Dubin KA, Socci ND, Viale A, Perales MA, Jenq RR, van den Brink MR, Pamer EG. Intestinal domination and the risk of bacteremia in patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2012; 55(7):905-14.

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