Discovery and characterization of gut microbiota decarboxylases that can produce the neurotransmitter tryptamine

Brianna B. Williams, Andrew H. Van Benschoten, Peter Cimermancic, Mohamed S. Donia, Michael Zimmermann, Mao Taketani, Atsushi Ishihara, Purna C. Kashyap, James S. Fraser, Michael A. Fischbach

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Abstract

Gut microbiota produce tryptamine via tryptophan (Trp) decarboxylationTwo bacterial Trp decarboxylases from gut Firmicutes were identified and characterizedStructure of one of the tryptophan decarboxylase suggests catalytic mechanism>10% of healthy humans harbor a Trp decarboxylase in their gut microbiome

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-503
Number of pages9
JournalCell Host and Microbe
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 8 2014

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Virology

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Williams, B. B., Van Benschoten, A. H., Cimermancic, P., Donia, M. S., Zimmermann, M., Taketani, M., Ishihara, A., Kashyap, P. C., Fraser, J. S., & Fischbach, M. A. (2014). Discovery and characterization of gut microbiota decarboxylases that can produce the neurotransmitter tryptamine. Cell Host and Microbe, 16(4), 495-503. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chom.2014.09.001