Other Serum metabolome and gut microbiome alterations are associated with low handgrip strength in older adults (Feb 2024, n=15)

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https://www.aging-us.com/article/205501/text

Abstract​


Handgrip strength (HGS), which represents global muscle strength, is a powerful indicator of disability and mortality in older adults; it is also used for the diagnosis of possible- or probable- sarcopenia and physical frailty. This study aimed to explore the metabolic mechanisms and potential biomarkers associated with declining HGS among older adults.

We recruited 15 age- and environment-matched inpatients (age, 77–90 years) with low or normal HGS. Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and 16S ribosomal DNA (rDNA) gene sequencing were performed to analyze the metabolome of serum and stool samples and the gut microbiome composition of stool samples. Spearman’s correlation analysis was used to identify the potential serum and fecal metabolites associated with HGS. We assessed the levels of serum and fecal metabolites belonging to the class of cinnamic acids and derivatives and reported that the levels of carboxylic acids and their derivatives decreased in the low-HGS group.

Serum levels of microbial metabolites, including cinnamoylglycine, 4-methoxycinnamic acid, and (e)-3,4,5-trimethoxycinnamic acid, were positively correlated with HGS. We found that gut microbial α-diversity was significantly higher in the low-HGS group, whereas higher β-diversity was observed in the normal group. The relative abundances of the genera Parabacteroides and Intestinibacter increased significantly in the low-HGS group and were negatively correlated with the serum levels of cinnamoylglycine.

The identified metabolites whose levels were markedly altered, and intestinal flora associated with these metabolites suggest the potential metabolic underpinnings for HGS and provide a basis for the further identification of biomarkers of muscle strength decline in older adults.
 
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