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Females with impaired ovarian function could be vulnerable to environmental pollutants: identification via next-generation sequencing of the vaginal microbiome

Authors
Kim, SeongminLee, Se HeeMin, Kyung JinLee, SanghoonHong, Jin HwaSong, Jae YunLee, Jae KwanLee, Nak WooLee, Eunil
Issue Date
Jul-2022
Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Keywords
Vaginal microbiome; premature ovarian insufficiency; environmental pollutants; volatile organic compounds; next-generation sequencing
Citation
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, v.42, no.5, pp.1482 - 1488
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Journal Title
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume
42
Number
5
Start Page
1482
End Page
1488
URI
https://scholarworks.korea.ac.kr/kumedicine/handle/2020.sw.kumedicine/55198
DOI
10.1080/01443615.2021.2006162
ISSN
0144-3615
Abstract
The vaginal microbiome has been widely investigated. However, its relationship with impaired ovarian function has not been evaluated. We conducted a next-generation sequencing (NGS) study of the vaginal microbiome in females with normal and decreased ovarian function and analysed its sensitivity to environmental pollutants. Vaginal swabs were collected from 92 individuals (22 with impaired ovarian function). The 16S rDNA sequences were assembled by FLASH and clustered in OTUs. Diversity analysis was performed using QIIME. The impaired function group showed lower AMH (p < .01) and higher FSH (p = .04). Only two species showed significant differences: Propionibacterium acnes and Prevotella copri. Moreover, more environmental pollutants were related to changes in the vaginal microbiome in the impaired ovarian function group than in the normal group. Vaginal microbiomes in young women with decreased ovarian function tended to be more sensitive to environmental pollutants, especially volatile organic compounds.Impact Statement What is already known on this subject? In this study, the possible influence of environmental pollutants, especially volatile organic compounds to ovarian function were identified via next-generation sequencing. What do the results of this study add? This is the first study that shows vaginal microbiomes in young women with decreased ovarian function to be more sensitive to environmental pollutants. What are the implications of these findings for clinical practice and/or further research? The association between impaired ovarian function and environmental pollutants from this study could be helpful when counselling patients with POI.
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