Host-microbiota coevolution in the mammalian intestine

Understanding the forces that shape variation in host-associated bacterial communities within- and between host species is key to understanding the evolution and maintenance of metaorganisms.

While a multitude of studies have investigated the influence of genetic and environmental factors at the level of community profiling, little information on the underlying functional genomic basis exists. In this project, we will identify signatures of coevolution between hosts and their intestinal microbes, using a multi-tiered approach in the Western-Eastern house mouse and human-chimpanzee host species pairs. First, we will employ genetic mapping to identify host genes that vary within and/or between species and influence microbial traits. These efforts will be aided using a “systems genetics” approach by incorporating genome-wide expression data in the mouse system and molecular population genetic analysis of host genomic regions. Second, candidate bacterial group (trait) signals will be further investigated, using a combination of shotgun metagenomic sequencing and single-cell/isolate analysis to characterize them at the functional level and identify potential signatures of adaptation to their hosts.


Dr. Femke-Anouska Heinsen

Postdoctoral Researcher, Associated Junior Researcher
Kiel University Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology

Marie Vallier

PhD Candidate, Alumni
Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Biology

Dr. Philipp Rausch

Postdoctoral Researcher, Associated Junior Researcher
Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Biology

Shauni Doms

PhD Candidate
Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Biology Institute for Experimental Medicine

Hanna Fokt

PhD Candidate
Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Biology

Prof. Dr. John Baines

Principal Investigator
Kiel University Institute for Experimental Medicine Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Biology



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Improved detection of gene-microbe interactions in the mouse skin microbiota using high-resolution QTL mapping of 16S rRNA transcripts.

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Hypothalamic Inflammation in Human Obesity is Mediated by Environmental and Genetic Factors.

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A Proposal for a Study on Treatment Selection and Lifestyle Recommendations in Chronic Inflammatory Diseases: A Danish Multidisciplinary Collaboration on Prognostic Factors and Personalised Medicine.

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The PF4/PPBP/CXCL5 Gene Cluster Is Associated with Periodontitis.

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A genome-wide association study identifies nucleotide variants at SIGLEC5 and DEFA1A3 as risk loci for periodontitis.

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A distinct cutaneous microbiota pofile in autoimmune bullous disease patients.

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A post-GWAS analysis of predicted regulatory variants and tuberculosis susceptibility.

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Serum metabolomic profiling highlights pathways associated with liver fat content in a general population sample.

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Meeting Report of the Pathogenesis of Pemphigus and Pemphigoid Meeting in Munich.

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Genome-wide association analysis for chronic venous disease identifies EFEMP1 and KCNH8 as susceptibility loci.

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miRNAs in Ancient Tissue Specimens of the Tyrolean Iceman.

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Faecal microbiota profiles as diagnostic biomarkers in primary sclerosing cholangitis.

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Inflammatory bowel disease and oral health: systematic review and a meta-analysis.

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MiRNA profiling of gastrointestinal stromal tumors by next-generation sequencing.

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LitDB – Keeping Track of Research Papers From Your Institute Made Simple.

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Association mapping of morphological traits in wild and captive zebra finches: reliable within, but not between populations.

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Opportunities and challenges of whole-genome and -exome sequencing.

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Rare genetic variants in SMAP1, B3GAT2, and RIMS1 contribute to pediatric venous thromboembolism.

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Genome-wide association study of primary sclerosing cholangitis identifies new risk loci and quantifies the genetic relationship with inflammatory bowel disease.

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Global Disease That Needs a Broader Ensemble of Populations.

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Association Between Loss-of-Function Mutations Within the FANCM Gene and Early-Onset Familial Breast Cancer.

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Beneficial Effects of a Dietary Weight Loss Intervention on Human Gut Microbiome Diversity and Metabolism Are Not Sustained during Weight Maintenance.

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Functional variants in the sucrase-isomaltase gene associate with increased risk of irritable bowel syndrome.

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The Mouse Intestinal Bacterial Collection (miBC) provides host-specific insight into cultured diversity and functional potential of the gut microbiota.

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Rare phenotypes in the understanding of autoimmunity.

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Genome-wide association analysis identifies variation in vitamin D receptor and other host factors influencing the gut microbiota.

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The gut microbiota contributes to a mouse model of spontaneous bile duct inflammation.

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Male-specific association between MT-ND4 11719 A/G polymorphism and ulcerative colitis: a mitochondria-wide genetic association study.

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Genetic Factors of the Disease Course After Sepsis: Rare Deleterious Variants Are Predictive.

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Uncoupling of mucosal gene regulation, mRNA splicing and adherent microbiota signatures in inflammatory bowel disease.

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Fitness consequences of polymorphic inversions in the zebra finch genome.

Knief U, Hemmrich-Stanisak G, Wittig M, Franke A, Griffith S C, Kempenaers B, Forstmeier W (2016); Genome Biol., 17(1):199. doi: 10.1186/s13059-016-1056-3

CD4+ T cells from patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis exhibit reduced apoptosis and down-regulation of proapoptotic Bim in peripheral blood.

Schoknecht T, Schwinge D, Stein S, Weiler-Normann C, Sebode M, Mucha S, Otto B, Ellinghaus E, Stahl F, Franke A, Lohse A W, Herkel J, Schramm C (2016); J Leukoc Biol., pii: jlb.5A1015-469R. doi: 10.1189/jlb.5A1015-469R

Paired proteomics, transcriptomics and miRNomics in non-small cell lung cancers: known and novel signaling cascades.

Backes C, Ludwig N, Leidinger P, Huwer H, Tenzer S, Fehlmann T, Franke A, Meese E, Lenhof H P, Keller A (2016); Oncotarget. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.11723

Paternal chronic colitis causes epigenetic inheritance of susceptibility to colitis.

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Immunochip analysis identifies association of the RAD50/IL13 region with human longevity.

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Analysis of five chronic inflammatory diseases identifies 27 new associations and highlights disease-specific patterns at shared loci.

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Genome-wide association study of serum coenzyme Q10 levels identifies susceptibility loci linked to neuronal diseases.

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Epithelial calcineurin controls microbiota-dependent intestinal tumor development.

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Stool frequency is associated with gut microbiota composition.

Hadizadeh F, Walter S, Belheouane M, Bonfiglio F, Heinsen F A, Andreasson A, Agreus L, Engstrand L, Baines J F, Rafter J, Franke A, D’Amato M (2016); Gut., pii:gutjnl-2016-311935. doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2016-311935

Association Between Genetic Traits for Immune-Mediated Diseases and Alzheimer Disease.

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Lipocalin 2 Protects from Inflammation and Tumorigenesis Associated with Gut Microbiota Alterations.

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1053 Bloom of Fecal Megamonas After a 4 Week High Oral Fructose Challenge Disturbs Energy and Lipid Metabolism: Linking Diet to Microbiota, Bile Acid and Host Metabolism Alterations

Kienbacher C, Traussnigg S, Halilbasic E, Fuchs C D, Dolak W, Munda P, Stojakovic T, Fauler G, Forster M, Heinsen F A, Rühlemann M C, Franke A, Trauner M H (2016); Gastroenterology, 150(4):S1056-S1057. doi: 10.1016/S0016-5085(16)33568-5

Genome-wide rare copy number variation screening in ulcerative colitis identifies potential susceptibility loci.

Saadati H R, Wittig M, Helbig I, Häsler R, Anderson C A, Mathew C G, Kupcinskas L, Parkes M, Karlsen T H, Rosenstiel P, Schreiber S, Franke A (2016); BMC Med. Genet.,  doi: 10.1186/s12881-016-0289-z

Getting the Hologenome Concept Right: An Eco-Evolutionary Framework for Hosts and Their Microbiomes.

Theis K R, Dheilly N M, Klassen J L, Brucker R M, Baines J F, Bosch T C, Cryan J F, Gilbert S F, Goodnight C J, Lloyd E A, Sapp J, Vandenkoornhuyse P, Zilber-Rosenberg I, Rosenberg E, Bordenstein S R (2016); mSystems., 1(2).pii:e00028-16. doi: 10.1128/mSystems.00028-16

Interdisciplinary approach towards a systems medicine toolbox using the example of inflammatory diseases.

Bauer C R, Knecht C, Fretter C, Baum B, Jendrossek S, Rühlemann M, Heinsen F A, Umbach N, Grimbacher B, Franke A, Lieb W, Krawczak M, Hütt M T, Sax U (2016); Brief. Bioinformatics., pii:bbw024. doi: 10.1093/bib/bbw024

Coding Variation in ANGPTL4, LPL, and SVEP1 and the Risk of Coronary Disease.

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Integrated quantitative proteomic and transcriptomic analysis of lung tumor and control tissue: a lung cancer showcase.

Tenzer S, Leidinger P, Backes C, Huwer H, Hildebrandt A, Lenhof H P, Wesse T, Franke A, Meese E, Keller A (2016); Oncotarget, 7(12):14857-70. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.7562.

Multicenter quality assessment of 16S ribosomal DNA-sequencing for microbiome analyses reveals high inter-center variability.

Hiergeist A, Reischl U, Priority Program 1656 Intestinal Microbiota Consortium / quality assessment participants, Gessner A (2016); Int J Med Microbiol., 306(5):334-42. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmm.2016.03.005

Haplotype synthesis analysis reveals functional variants underlying known genome-wide associated susceptibility loci.

Lacour A, Ellinghaus D, Schreiber S, Franke A, Becker T (2016); Bioinformatics., doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btw125

Corrigendum: CEACAM1 regulates TIM-3-mediated tolerance and exhaustion.

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Analysis of factors contributing to variation in the C57BL/6J fecal microbiota across German animal facilities

Rausch P, Basic M, Batra A, Bischoff S C, Blaut M, Clavel T, Gläsner J, Gopalakrishnan S, Grassl G A, Günther C, Haller D, Hirose M, Ibrahim S, Loh G, Mattner J, Nagel S, Pabst O, Schmidt F, Siegmund B, Strowig T, Volynets V, Wirtz S, Zeissig S, Zeissig Y, Bleich A, Baines J F (2016); Int J Med Microbiol., 306(5):343-55. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmm.2016.03.004

The role of tissue-specific microbiota in initial establishment success of Pacific oysters.

Lokmer A, Kuenzel S, Baines, J F, Wegner K M (2016); Environmental Microbiology, 18(3):970-987. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.13163

Doublesex and mab-3 related transcription factor 1 (DMRT1) is a sex-specific genetic determinant of childhood-onset asthma and is expressed in testis and macrophages.

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Dissecting genetics of cutaneous miRNA in a mouse model of an autoimmune blistering disease.

Gupta Y, Möller S, Witte M, Belheouane M, Sezin T, Hirose M, Vorobyev A, Niesar F, Bischof J, Ludwig R J, Zillikens D, Sadik C D, Restle T, Häsler R, Baines J F, Ibrahim S M (2016); BMC Genomics, 17:112. doi: 10.1186/s12864-016-2455-2.

Deep characterization of blood cell miRNomes by NGS.

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Genetic associations at 53 loci highlight cell types and biological pathways relevant for kidney function.

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MyD88 deficient Hydra reveal an ancient function of TLR-signaling in sensing bacterial colonizers.

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Microbial exposure during early life has persistent effects on natural killer T cell function.

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Effects of probiotics and antibiotics on the intestinal homeostasis in a computer controlled model of the large intestine.

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Colonic mucosa-associated microbiota is influenced by an interaction of Crohn disease and FUT2 (Secretor) genotype

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A genome-wide association study reveals evidence of association with sarcoidosis at 6p12.1.

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A tissue-specific landscape of sense/antisense transcription in the mouse intestine.

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Systematic association mapping identifies NELL1 as a novel IBD disease gene.

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