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Enterotypes in the landscape of gut microbial community composition

Journal article
Authors P. I. Costea
F. Hildebrand
A. Manimozhiyan
Fredrik Bäckhed
M. J. Blaser
F. D. Bushman
W. M. de Vos
S. D. Ehrlich
C. M. Fraser
M. Hattori
C. Huttenhower
I. B. Jeffery
D. Knights
J. D. Lewis
R. E. Ley
H. Ochman
P. W. O'Toole
C. Quince
D. A. Relman
F. Shanahan
S. Sunagawa
Jun Wang
G. M. Weinstock
G. D. Wu
G. Zeller
L. P. Zhao
J. Raes
R. Knight
P. Bork
Published in Nature Microbiology
Volume 3
Issue 1
ISSN 2058-5276
Publication year 2018
Published at Wallenberg Laboratory
Institute of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine
Language en
Keywords human intestinal microbiota, diet, prevotella, infection, genes, age, association, bacteroides, metabolism, diversity, Microbiology, ates of america, v107, p14691, ates of america, v111, p16431
Subject categories Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Internal medicine


Population stratification is a useful approach for a better understanding of complex biological problems in human health and wellbeing. The proposal that such stratification applies to the human gut microbiome, in the form of distinct community composition types termed enterotypes, has been met with both excitement and controversy. In view of accumulated data and re-analyses since the original work, we revisit the concept of enterotypes, discuss different methods of dividing up the landscape of possible microbiome configurations, and put these concepts into functional, ecological and medical contexts. As enterotypes are of use in describing the gut microbial community landscape and may become relevant in clinical practice, we aim to reconcile differing views and encourage a balanced application of the concept.

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