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Microbial–Mammalian Cometabolites Dominate the Age-associated Urinary Metabolic Phenotype in Taiwanese and American Populations

Author(s): Swann, Jonathan R; Spagou, Konstantina; Lewis, Matthew; Nicholson, Jeremy K; Glei, Dana A; et al

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Abstract: Understanding the metabolic processes associated with aging is key to developing effective management and treatment strategies for age-related diseases. We investigated the metabolic profiles associated with age in a Taiwanese and an American population. 1H NMR spectral profiles were generated for urine specimens collected from the Taiwanese Social Environment and Biomarkers of Aging Study (SEBAS; n= 857; age 54-91 years) and the Mid-Life in the USA study (MIDUS II; n= 1148; age 35-86 years). Multivariate and univariate linear projection methods revealed some common age-related characteristics in urinary metabolite profiles in the American and Taiwanese populations, as well as some distinctive features. In both cases, two metabolites--4- cresyl sulfate (4CS) and phenylacetylglutamine (PAG)—were positively associated with age. In addition, creatine and β-hydroxy-β-methylbutyrate (HMB) were negatively correlated with age in both populations (p<4×10-6). These age-associated gradients in creatine and HMB reflect decreasing muscle mass with age. The systematic increase in PAG and 4CS was confirmed using ultra-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS). Both are products of concerted microbial-mammalian host co-metabolism and indicate an age-related association with the balance of host-microbiome metabolism.
Publication Date: 5-Jul-2013
Citation: Swann, Jonathan R, Spagou, Konstantina, Lewis, Matthew, Nicholson, Jeremy K, Glei, Dana A, Seeman, Teresa E, Coe, Christopher L, Goldman, Noreen, Ryff, Carol D, Weinstein, Maxine, Holmes, Elaine. "Microbial–Mammalian Cometabolites Dominate the Age-associated Urinary Metabolic Phenotype in Taiwanese and American Populations" Journal of Proteome Research, (7), 12, 3166 - 3180, doi:10.1021/pr4000152
DOI: doi:10.1021/pr4000152
ISSN: 1535-3893
EISSN: 1535-3907
Pages: 3166 - 3180
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Journal of Proteome Research
Version: This is the author’s final manuscript. All rights reserved to author(s).

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