Daily temporal dynamics of vaginal microbiota before, during and after episodes of bacterial vaginosis

Jacques Ravel, Rebecca M. Brotman, Pawel Gajer, Bing Ma, Melissa Nandy, Douglas W. Fadrosh, Joyce Sakamoto, Sara S.K. Koenig, Li Fu, Xia Zhou, Roxana J. Hickey, Jane R. Schwebke, Larry J. Forney

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Abstract

Background: Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common gynecologic diagnosis characterized by dysbiosis of the vaginal microbiota. It is often accompanied by vaginal symptoms such as odor and discharge, but can be asymptomatic. Despite over 50 years of research, the etiology of BV is not well understood, which is a major impediment to treatment and prevention of BV.Results: Here we report on the temporal dynamics of 25 vaginal communities over a 10 week period using samples collected daily from women who were diagnosed with symptomatic BV (15 women), asymptomatic BV (6 women), and women who did not have BV (4 women).Conclusion: This unique resource of samples and data will contribute to a better understanding of the role that the vaginal microbes have in the natural history of BV and lead to improved diagnosis and treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number29
JournalMicrobiome
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)

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    Ravel, J., Brotman, R. M., Gajer, P., Ma, B., Nandy, M., Fadrosh, D. W., Sakamoto, J., Koenig, S. S. K., Fu, L., Zhou, X., Hickey, R. J., Schwebke, J. R., & Forney, L. J. (2013). Daily temporal dynamics of vaginal microbiota before, during and after episodes of bacterial vaginosis. Microbiome, 1(1), [29]. https://doi.org/10.1186/2049-2618-1-29