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Title: Vaginal microbiome Lactobacillus crispatus is heritable among European American women.

Authors: Wright, Michelle L; Fettweis, Jennifer M; Eaves, Lindon J; Silberg, Judy L; Neale, Michael C; Serrano, Myrna G; Jimenez, Nicole R; Prom-Wormley, Elizabeth; Girerd, Philippe H; Borzelleca Jr, Joseph F; Jefferson, Kimberly K; Strauss 3rd, Jerome F; York, Timothy P; Buck, Gregory A

Published In Commun Biol, (2021 Aug 05)

Abstract: The diversity and dominant bacterial taxa in the vagina are reported to be influenced by multiple intrinsic and extrinsic factors, including but not limited to pregnancy, contraceptive use, pathogenic states, socioeconomic status, and ancestry. However, the extent to which host genetic factors influence variation in the vaginal microbiota is unclear. We used a biometrical genetic approach to determine whether host genetic factors contribute to inter-individual differences in taxa from a sample of 332 twins who self-identified as being of African (44 pairs) or European ancestry (122 pairs). Lactobacillus crispatus, a major determinant of vaginal health, was identified as heritable among European American women (narrow-sense heritability = 34.7%, P-value = 0.018). Heritability of L. crispatus is consistent with the reduced prevalence of adverse reproductive disorders, including bacterial vaginosis and preterm birth, among women of European ancestry.

PubMed ID: 34354222 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Adult; Aged; Black or African American/statistics & numerical data*; Female; Heredity*; Humans; Lactobacillus crispatus/physiology*; Microbiota*; Middle Aged; Vagina/microbiology*; Virginia; White People/statistics & numerical data*; Young Adult

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