A potential pathogenic association between periodontal disease and Crohn's disease

Jin Imai, Hitoshi Ichikawa, Sho Kitamoto, Jonathan L. Golob, Motoki Kaneko, Junko Nagata, Miho Takahashi, Merritt G. Gillilland, Rika Tanaka, Hiroko Nagao-Kitamoto, Atsushi Hayashi, Kohei Sugihara, Shrinivas Bishu, Shingo Tsuda, Hiroyuki Ito, Seiichiro Kojima, Kazunari Karakida, Masashi Matsushima, Takayoshi Suzuki, Katsuto HozumiNorihito Watanabe, William V. Giannobile, Takayuki Shirai, Hidekazu Suzuki, Nobuhiko Kamada

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Oral conditions are relatively common in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). However, the contribution of oral maladies to gut inflammation remains unexplored. Here, we investigated the effect of periodontitis on disease phenotypes of patients with IBD. In all, 60 patients with IBD (42 with ulcerative colitis [UC] and 18 with Crohn's disease [CD]) and 45 healthy controls (HCs) without IBD were recruited for this clinical investigation. The effects of incipient periodontitis on the oral and gut microbiome as well as IBD characteristics were examined. In addition, patients were prospectively monitored for up to 12 months after enrollment. We found that, in both patients with UC and those with CD, the gut microbiome was significantly more similar to the oral microbiome than in HCs, suggesting that ectopic gut colonization by oral bacteria is increased in patients with IBD. Incipient periodontitis did not further enhance gut colonization by oral bacteria. The presence of incipient periodontitis did not significantly affect the clinical outcomes of patients with UC and CD. However, the short CD activity index increased in patients with CD with incipient periodontitis but declined or was unchanged during the study period in patients without periodontitis. Thus, early periodontitis may associate with worse clinically symptoms in some patients with CD.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere148543
JournalJCI Insight
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec 8

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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