Oscillospira: a Central, Enigmatic Component of the Human Gut Microbiota

Tom Konikoff, Uri Gophna*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Oscillospira is an enigmatic bacterial genus that has never been cultured, but is constantly detected by 16S rRNA gene surveys of the human microbiome. Here we summarize recent evidence that Oscillospira is positively associated with leanness and health, speculate about its physiology, and argue its potential importance for human health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-524
Number of pages2
JournalTrends in Microbiology
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2016


  • butyrate
  • colon
  • fecal microbiota
  • gut microbiome
  • gut microbiota


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