Morus alba L. water extract changes gut microbiota and fecal metabolome in mice induced by high-fat and high-sucrose diet plus low-dose streptozotocin


Gut microbiota plays a key role in the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D). Mulberry leaf has a hypoglycemic effect, but the potential mechanism is not fully understood. This study aimed to explore the influences and potential mechanisms of mulberry leaf water extract (MLWE) intervention on mice with T2D induced through a high-fat and high-sucrose diet combined with streptozotocin by the combination of fecal metabolomics and gut microbiota analysis. Results showed that MLWE could decrease fasting blood glucose and body weight while ameliorating lipid profiles, insulin resistance, liver inflammation, and the accumulation of lipid droplets in T2D mice. MLWE could reverse the abundances of the phyla Actinobacteria and Bacteroidetes and the ratio of Firmicutes/Bacteroidetes, and increase the abundances of the phyla Cyanobacteria and Epsilonbacteraeota in the feces of T2D mice. The abundances of genera AlloprevotellaParabacteroidesMuribaculaceae, and Romboutsia in the feces of T2D mice could be reversed, while Oscillatoriales_cyanobacterium and Gastranaerophilales could be reinforced by MLWE supplementation. The levels of nine metabolites in the feces of T2D mice were improved, among which glycine, Phe-Pro, urocanic acid, phylloquinone, and lactate were correlated with Romboutsia and Gastranaerophilales. Taken together, we conclude that MLWE can effectively alleviate T2D by mediating the host–microbial metabolic axis.

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