TitleThe Chemistry of Gut Microbial Metabolism of Polyphenols.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsStevens JF, Maier CS
JournalPhytochem Rev
Date Published2016 Jun

Gut microbiota contribute to the metabolism of dietary polyphenols and affect the bioavailability of both the parent polyphenols and their metabolites. Although there is a large number of reports of specific polyphenol metabolites, relatively little is known regarding the chemistry and enzymology of the metabolic pathways utilized by specific microbial species and taxa, which is the focus of this review. Major classes of dietary polyphenols include monomeric and oligomeric catechins (proanthocyanidins), flavonols, flavanones, ellagitannins, and isoflavones. Gut microbial metabolism of representatives of these polyphenol classes can be classified as A- and C-ring cleavage (retro Claisen reactions), C-ring cleavage mediated by dioxygenases, dehydroxylations (decarboxylation or reduction reactions followed by release of HO molecules), and hydrogenations of alkene moieties in polyphenols, such as resveratrol, curcumin, and isoflavones (mediated by NADPH-dependent reductases). The qualitative and quantitative metabolic output of the gut microbiota depends to a large extent on the metabolic capacity of individual taxa, which emphasizes the need for assessment of functional analysis in conjunction with determinations of gut microbiota compositions.

Alternate JournalPhytochem Rev
PubMed ID27274718
PubMed Central IDPMC4888912
Grant ListR01 AT009168 / AT / NCCIH NIH HHS / United States