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Gut Microbiome in Psoriasis: An Updated Review

Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Warsaw, 02-091 Warsaw, Poland
Student Research Committee, Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Warsaw, 02-091 Warsaw, Poland
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Pathogens 2020, 9(6), 463;
Received: 8 May 2020 / Revised: 29 May 2020 / Accepted: 8 June 2020 / Published: 12 June 2020


(1) Background: A growing body of evidence highlights that intestinal dysbiosis is associated with the development of psoriasis. The gut–skin axis is the novel concept of the interaction between skin diseases and microbiome through inflammatory mediators, metabolites and the intestinal barrier. The objective of this study was to synthesize current data on the gut microbial composition in psoriasis. (2) Methods: We conducted a systematic review of studies investigating intestinal microbiome in psoriasis, using the PRISMA checklist. We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Web of Science databases for relevant published articles (2000–2020). (3) Results: All of the 10 retrieved studies reported alterations in the gut microbiome in patients with psoriasis. Eight studies assessed alpha- and beta-diversity. Four of them reported a lack of change in alpha-diversity, but all confirmed significant changes in beta-diversity. At the phylum-level, at least two or more studies reported a lower relative abundance of Bacteroidetes, and higher Firmicutes in psoriasis patients versus healthy controls. (4) Conclusions: There is a significant association between alterations in gut microbial composition and psoriasis; however, there is high heterogeneity between studies. More unified methodological standards in large-scale studies are needed to understand microbiota’s contribution to psoriasis pathogenesis and its modulation as a potential therapeutic strategy.

1. Introduction

Psoriasis is a common and chronic dermatological disease considered as a systemic inflammatory disorder [1]. Subclinical gut inflammation [2] and intestinal barrier dysfunction [3] reported in patients with psoriasis gave rise to the concept of the gut–skin axis. A growing body of evidence indicates that gut microbiota have a critical role in the regulation of metabolism [4], the immune system [5] and intestinal permeability [6]. The distortion in the biodiversity and composition of the gut microbiota, known as gut dysbiosis, has been linked to metabolic syndrome [7], inflammatory arthritis [8], depression [9], cardiovascular disease [10], inflammatory bowel diseases [11], which all are psoriasis comorbidities. Preclinical investigations provide evidence for the role of the gut microbiome in psoriasis pathogenesis. In mice with an experimental model of psoriasis induced by imiquimod, oral treatment with broad-spectrum antibiotic reduces the severity of skin inflammation through downregulation of Th17 immune response [12,13]. These results are supported by clinical observations based on a case series showing improvement in psoriatic skin lesions after antibiotic treatment [14], modulation of gut microbiota by probiotics [15] or fecal microbial transplantation [16].
In recent years, advancements in next-generation sequencing technologies have led to a thorough exploration of the intestinal microbiota composition [17]. However, the association of psoriasis with gut dysbiosis is mainly based on limited studies with small number of patients involved. Thus, the study aims to conduct an up-to-date systematic review of available gut microbiome composition studies in psoriasis, identify current methodological inconsistencies and outline directions for future research.

2. Materials and Methods

The systematic review was performed according the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines [18]. The primary outcome measure of our study was a comparison of relative abundances of bacterial phyla, families, and genera in the gut microbiome of patients with psoriasis. Discrepancies between investigators at every stage of review were thoroughly discussed by all authors until a consensus was reached.

2.1. Search Strategy

Studies were identified by searching electronic databases and scanning reference lists of articles. We searched four electronic databases from their inception to March 2020: MEDLINE (via PubMed), Embase (via OvidSP), Web of Science Core Collection, and Scopus. To identify studies comparing gut microbiome composition in patients with psoriasis and normal healthy controls the combination of the following keywords was included: “psoriasis”, “psoriatic arthritis”, “microbiome”, “microbiota”, “bacteria”, “dysbiosis”, “gut”, “gastrointestinal”, “intestine”, “stool”, “fecal”. Reference lists of the retrieved articles and relevant reviews were manually searched to identify further manuscripts not captured by the electronic searches.

2.2. Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

The eligible inclusion criteria were presented as follows:
  • Subjects aged 18 years or older;
  • Human case-control studies investigating the association between gut microbiota and psoriasis
  • usage of culture-independent, high-throughput sequencing methods for gut microbiota quantification;
  • Articles published in English.
We excluded from the analysis: review papers, conference abstracts, case reports, expert opinions, editorials, and studies using animal models.

2.3. Study Selection

Four authors (M.S., A.S., M.C., A.K.) independently reviewed the titles and abstracts of all papers retrieved by the search strategy. Relevant full-text articles were evaluated for fulfilling the inclusion and exclusion criteria.

2.4. Quality Assessment

The quality of included studies was rated according to the Newcastle–Ottawa Scale (NOS), which is a valid tool for quality assessment of case–control studies. The scale evaluates three categories:
  • Selection (adequate case definition, representativeness of the cases, selection of controls, definition of controls);
  • Comparability (factors that the study controlled for by design or analysis to improve the comparability of baseline characteristics of cases and controls);
  • Exposure (ascertainment of exposure, same method of ascertainment for cases and controls, nonresponse rate).

2.5. Data Extraction

Six authors (M.S., A.S., M.C., A.K., A.W.-B., A.R.) in a pair-wise manner extracted the following data from the eligible studies: first author, publication year, country where the study was conducted, participant characteristics (sample size, age, sex, current treatment), sample materials, DNA extraction method, 16S rRNA variable region, sequencing platform, data analysis platform, reference sequences database employed in the studies, microbial diversity, alterations in gut microbiota in patients with psoriasis.

3. Results

3.1. Search Results and Study Characteristics

Ten records were included for the final analysis. The details of the article selection process are shown in Figure 1.
All eligible studies were published between 2015 and 2019 [19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28]. The general characteristics of the included studies are provided in Table 1. The studies were conducted in seven countries: China (two studies), Spain (two studies), Taiwan (two studies), Israel (one study), Netherland (one study), Egypt (one study), and the US (one study). The total sample size of included studies was 431 (299 patients with psoriasis and 254 healthy controls). Codoner et al. [24] compared psoriatic patients with a cohort of over 300 healthy individuals extracted from the Human Microbiome Project. This study was excluded from the age and sex analysis because the age range as well as gender distribution data for control group were not reported. The remaining studies were sex- and age-matched. The mean age was similar between compared groups and varied from 39.4 to 52.7 in patients with psoriasis and 40.4 to 52.9 in controls. Male patients constituted 56.6% of the studied population (57.5% in psoriasis group and 55.5% in control group).
All of the included studies used stool samples for gut microbiota profiling (sample and methodology characteristics of the included studies are summarized in Table 2). In five studies, the samples were frozen immediately after collection and remained frozen until DNA extraction. Other studies shipped the samples on ice (n = 3), and used either a nucleotide stabilizer before freezing (n = 1) or shipped the samples at ambient temperature within 48 h (n = 1). The majority of studies used different DNA extraction kits with QIAamp DNA Stool Mini Kit (Qiagen, Hilden, Germany) and PowerSoil DNA Extraction Kits (MoBio, Carlsbad, CA) used in several studies: five and two, respectively.
Eight studies have employed 16S rRNA gene sequencing, although with different variable regions for DNA amplification: region V1–V2 [28], region V2–V3 [22], region V3–V4 [19,23,24], region V4 [20,25], region V4–V5 [21]. Eppinga et al. [26] compared the abundance of Faecalibacterium prausnitzii and Escherichia coli in the fecal samples using quantitative PCR, while Masallat et al. [27] analyzed abundance of Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes and Actinobacteria. The most commonly used sequencing platform was the Illumina MiSeq platform. Data analysis pipelines were QIIME, UPARSE and USEARCH. Reference sequence databases used in the studies included the Silva database, Greengenes database, and Ribosomal Database Project.

3.1.1. Gut Microbiome Diversity in Psoriasis

Eight of ten studies assessed alpha-diversity. The majority of them fail to show significant changes [19,20,23,25], two reported lower alpha-diversity [22,28] and one greater diversity in psoriasis [24]. Huang et al. demonstrated lower community richness in psoriasis with similar level of diversity [21]. All studies used Shannon’s Diversity Index to assess alpha-diversity. Four studies additionally assess alpha-diversity with Simpson or Chao1; two studies used the abundance-based Coverage Estimator (ACE) and Faith phylogenetic diversity index. Observed species richness and rarefaction curve were also mentioned.
Beta-diversity was assessed in all studies that performed 16S rRNA gene sequencing, all of which reported a significant difference between psoriasis and healthy controls. However, a study by Chen et al. [23] reported that differences reached statistical significance only for psoriatic patients with a BMI lower than 25. Employed estimates of beta-diversity included Bray–Curtis dissimilarity distance, principal coordinate analysis, and weighted and unweighted UniFrac distances. An overview of alpha- and beta-diversity in psoriasis is provided in Table 3.

3.1.2. Gut Microbiome Alterations in Psoriasis

All studies confirmed the association of psoriasis and gut microbiota dysbiosis. At the phylum level, Bacteroidetes had a lower relative abundance and Firmicutes a higher relative abundance in patients with psoriasis than in healthy controls [20,22,23]. However, in a study by Huang et al., Bacteroidetes was reported to be increased and Firmicutes decreased in psoriasis [21]. Additionally, two studies showed decreased amounts of Proteobacteria in psoriatic cohort [20,22]. Studies for Actinobacteria provide conflicting results—an increase in two studies [20,22] and decrease in the other two studies [27,28].
At the family level, the relative abundance of Ruminococcaceae, Lachnospiraceae, Clostridiales Family XIII, Peptostreptococcaceae, Enterococcaceae, Coriobacteriaceae, and Eggerthellaceae was increased in psoriasis, whereas Prevotellaceae, Barnesiellaceae, Tannerellaceae, Rikenellaceae, Porphyromonadaceae, Marinifilaceae, S24-7, Lactobacillaceae, Streptococcaceae, Pasteurellaceae, Burkholderiaceae, Desulfovibrionaceae, Victivallaceae, and Verrucomicrobiaceae decreased. There were conflicting results for Bacteroidaceae, Erysipelotrichaceae, Veillonellaceae and Bifidobacteriaceae. Some studies reported these families to be decreased in psoriasis [22,23,28] while others showed their increase [22,25].
At the genus level, Paraprevotella, Barnesiella, Alistipes, Allobaculum, Coprobacillus, Carnobacterium, Granulicatella, Rothia, Gordonibacter, Thermus were found to be decreased. Following genera were relatively increased in psoriasis: Ruminococcus, Subdoligranulum, Blautia, Coprococcus, Dorea, Christensenella, Streptococcus, Lactococcus, Enterococcus, Bacillus, Collinsella, Slackia. Divergent findings were reported for Bacteroides, Parabacteroides, Faecalibacterium, Lachnospira, Akkermansia, Sutterella, and Bifidobacterium.
At the species level, Prevotella copri, Faecalibacterium prausnitzii and Akkermiansia muciniphila were found to be significantly decreased, while Ruminococcus gnavus, Dorea formicigenerans, Clostridium citroniae, Escherichia coli, and Collinsella aerofaciens were increased in patients with psoriasis compared to control group. However, these alterations have not been confirmed in more than one study. Details indicating the altered bacteria are shown in Table 4.

3.1.3. Changes in Gut Microbiota after Antipsoriatic Treatment

To date, only one study compared changes in the composition of the pre-treatment and post-treatment intestinal microbiome. Yeh et al. [19] analyzed stool samples from 12 healthy individuals and 34 psoriatic patients at baseline, 3 and 6 months after biological treatment with secukinumab (24 patients) or ustekinumab (10 patients). Secukinumab treatment caused more profound alterations in gut microbiome, such as an increase in the relative abundance of phylum Proteobacteria and decrease in Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes. At other levels of taxonomic classification, treatment with secukinumab led to an increase in Citrobacter and a decrease in Aeromonas, Bacteroides, Ruminococcus torques at the genera level. At the family level, Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonadaceae were significantly increased, while Aeromonadaceae decreased. In contrast, there was no significant change in gut microbiome after ustekinumab treatment, where only genus Coprococcus significantly increased after 6 months.

3.1.4. Quality of the Evidence

All included studies were assessed for quality according to NOS and scored between 4 to 8 points (Table 1).

4. Discussion

Recent advances in genome sequencing and bioinformatic analysis have enabled a greater understanding of the complex host–microbiome associations. However, since the first publication on gut microbiome differences in psoriasis by Scher et al. [28], there have been more opinion papers and editorials on the significance of the gut–skin axis than laboratory investigations. This paper provides a detailed and comprehensive systematic review regarding gut microbiome in patients with psoriasis. To cover a wider range of microbiome alterations we extracted the data of every available bacterial group using the lowest taxonomic level of each included study.
In this review, we found that most of the studies reported no significant differences in alpha-diversity between patients with psoriasis and healthy subjects based on similar indices. Comparable findings have also been shown in other chronic inflammatory diseases, namely multiple sclerosis [29], ankylosing spondylitis [30] and ulcerative colitis [31]. Although alpha-diversity remained unchanged in psoriasis, all studies revealed significant beta-diversity differences. Diversity indices are one of the tools enable to characterized microbiome [32]. Alpha-diversity describes the variety of the microbial community in a single sample, taking into account the number of different taxa and their relative abundances. Beta-diversity measures diversity of microbial communities’ composition between different samples. Microbial community may experience a complete shift in composition, where no taxa are shared, but can still have similar alpha-diversity index [33]. Given all the above findings, it can be speculated that gut dysbiosis in psoriasis may be a result of differential abundance of bacteria instead of the quantity of bacterial species.
We presented several taxa that differed in their relative abundance in psoriasis. For instance, a reduction in Bacteroides and Proteobacteria with increased proportions of Firmicutes and Actinobacteria, at phylum level was reported in more than one study. These four phyla constitute > 98% of the gut microbiota. Therefore, the Firmicutes/Bacteroidetes (F/B) ratio is considered as an important marker of gut microbiota state. Several studies have shown that an altered F/B ratio in gut microbiome is associated with psoriasis comorbidities, such as cardiovascular diseases [34], obesity [35], insulin resistance [36] and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease [37]. Only one study by Huang et al. reported opposite changes in Bacteroides and Firmicutes [21]. This dissimilarity partially may be related to a small number of participants and very diverse group, which consisted of people with plaque psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
The tendencies for the change of Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes in patients with psoriasis are also present at the lower taxonomic levels. Families Bacteroidaceae and Prevotellaceae are two important subgroups in phylum Bacteroides. While alterations in Bacteroidaceae and Bacteroides have been confirmed in psoriasis, there is no agreement about the direction of these changes. Similarly, the role of these bacteria is also controversial. Bacteroides fragilis, can produce enterotoxins responsible for inflammation and impairment of the intestinal barrier [38]. Conversely, non-toxigenic Bacteroides fragilis exerts beneficial effects by production of short-chain fatty acids and polysaccharide A with anti-inflammatory properties [38]. Prevotella copri, another species belonging to the same phylum, was found to be decreased in psoriasis. This finding is in opposite to other inflammatory diseases—ankylosing spondylitis [39] or rheumatoid arthritis [40]—where there is an increased abundance of P. copri. This shift in microbial composition may be modulated by the duration of the disease as well as by using conventional or biological therapy [39,40]. A problem that remains to be resolved is whether P. copri is beneficial or detrimental, as studies report conflicting results on metabolic and inflammatory actions [41]. The pro- or anti-inflammatory effect may be dependent on the diet and the fact that P. copri is not a monotypic species but composed of four distinct clades [42].
Regarding the second important phylum, Firmicutes, at least two studies have found increased abundance of families Ruminococcaceae and Lachnospiraceae, with depletion of Faecalibacterium prausnitzii and augmentation of Ruminococcus gnavus at the species level. F. prausnitzii metabolites exert a protective effect on the gut barrier and inhibit the activation of the NF-κB, altering the pro-inflammatory response [43]. The depletion of F. prausnitzii has been associated with inflammatory disorders, such as inflammatory bowel disease or ankylosing spondylitis [26,39]. On the other hand, R. gnavus produces an inflammatory polysaccharide and contributes to gut barrier dysfunction. Its increased abundance was observed in inflammatory bowel disease, spondyloarthritis, eczema and coronary artery disease [44].
It is still not clear whether psoriasis is an effect or a cause of the observed disbalance between beneficial and pathogenic microbes. These complex gut microbiome–host interactions include destruction of tight junction proteins and intestinal barrier integrity, initiation and maintenance of inflammation, and changes in metabolites production [3,45]. Another proposed mechanism underlying the link between gut dysbiosis and skin changes implies the modulation of T cells differentiation and function with an imbalance between Th17 and T regulatory (Treg) cells. In experimental model of psoriasis, it has been shown that alterations in the intestinal microbiota may promote Th17-mediated skin inflammation [12,13]. In this context, the study by Yeh et al. [19] provides very interesting results, showing significantly greater changes in the gut microbiome of patients with psoriasis treated with secukinumab (interleukin-17 inhibitor) compared to ustekinumab (inhibitor of interleukin-12 and -23). On the other hand, in the same study, the baseline composition of the microbiome differed significantly between responders and non-responders to secukinumab treatment [19]. In complex interactions in the gut–skin axis, psoriasis severity should also be considered in addition to the microbiome and intestinal barrier. It has been shown that Psoriasis Activity and Severity Index (PASI) positively correlates with the blood concentration of intestinal barrier damage biomarkers [46,47]. Much less is known about the potential relationship between the composition of gut microbiome and the severity of psoriasis. Among the analyzed studies, only two assessed such a potential relationship. Masallat et al. [27] found positive correlation between PASI and Firmicutes/Bacteroidetes ratio as well as a negative correlation between PASI and Actinobacteria phylum. On the contrary, according to a study by Chen et al. [23], disease activity assessed by PASI score did not significantly affect the abundance profile of gut microbiome among patients with psoriasis.
This review clearly demonstrated that despite significant differences in taxa between psoriasis and control groups, there is a lack of consistency in the results concerning microbial diversity, relative abundance, or directionality of differences. The results’ heterogeneity may be explained, to a certain degree, by differences in study population, design and methodology. Psoriasis is a heterogeneous disorder with a broad spectrum of clinical presentations. Similar to other chronic inflammatory diseases, disease activity, disease duration, comorbidities and treatment, may be also responsible for microbiota changes [30,31,39]. The low sample size, ranging from 14 to 52 patients with psoriasis, makes it impossible to assess the above factors for their confounding influence on microbiome composition. Unlike the fixed and unchangeable human genome, the gut microbiome is highly dynamic and it can be modulated by age, sex, geographical background and diet [32,48]. None of the analyzed studies were multicenter, which may account for inter-study differences as seven countries were represented. Another mentioned variable is diet, but most studies did not examine dietary habits. For future studies, it is highly recommended to provide a complete assessment of nutrient intake by food diaries or food frequency questionnaires.
We found different methodologies in all phases, starting from sample collection transportation and storage, through DNA extraction and sequencing to computational analysis. Microbiota profiling requires particular care in terms of methodology choices, while each step can be a potential source of bias [49]. All the included studies investigated the gut microbiome using fecal samples. This approach carries a serious limitation; it does not allow to determine changes in the microbiome across the intestine. There is also difference in composition of luminal- and mucosal-associated microbiota [50]. Additionally, it may not be clear whether an identified taxon maintains pathogenic role or is just nonviable and transient. To reduce this bias, there is a need for the simultaneous application of several sampling techniques, such as intestine bioptates, mucosal–luminal interface aspirates or colonic lavage. 16S rRNA gene profiling is the most common approach to the study of a microbiome. Only two articles limited their search of the gut microbiome a priori to specific taxa: F. prausnitzii and E. coli [26] or Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes and Actinobacteria [27]. Even among the eight studies that employed 16S rRNA gene sequencing, different selection of targeted variable region will bias identification and quantification [51].

5. Conclusions

Several studies demonstrate differences in the microbiome composition of patients with psoriasis. However, no specific changes in results, methodological inconsistencies and unaddressed confounders make the translation into clinical practice difficult. Useful information may be obtained from a meta-analysis, but, currently, due to the studies’ high heterogeneity and limited number of publications, this approach seems to be impractical. Instead, we highlighted commonalities and identify existing problems. An in-depth understanding of the complex gut–skin axis requires the standardization of study protocols and a unified methodological approach. Finally, large-scale, longitudinal studies with a multiomics assessment would give detailed insight into the microbiome–host interactions and allow to identify targeted therapies.

Author Contributions

Conceptualization, M.S., A.S., M.O. and L.R.; methodology, M.S., A.S., M.C., A.K., A.W.-B., A.R., M.O. and L.R.; writing—original draft preparation, M.S.; writing—review and editing, A.S., M.C., A.K., A.W.-B., A.R., M.O. and L.R.; funding acquisition, A.S., M.C., A.K. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.


This research was funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, grant number MNiSW/2020/220/DIR/NN4.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Figure 1. PRISMA flow diagram of study selection for inclusion in the systematic review; PRISMA—Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses.
Figure 1. PRISMA flow diagram of study selection for inclusion in the systematic review; PRISMA—Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses.
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Table 1. General characteristic of the included studies.
Table 1. General characteristic of the included studies.
StudyCountryCase NumberCase Age (Mean ± SD)Case Gender Men, (%)Antipsoriatic TherapyControl NumberControl Age (Mean ± SD)Control Gender Men, (%)NOS
Yeh et al., 2019 [19]Taiwan34SEC: 51 ± 12
UST: 48.4 ± 12.7
25 (73.5%)No treatment except for topical agents *1248.4 ± 13.310 (83.3%)8
Shapiro et al., 2019 [20]Israel2452.7 ± 11.616 (66.7%)Topical treatment (22)
Biologics (2)
2243.9 ± 12.716 (72.7%)8
Huang et al., 2019 [21]China3552.1 ± 3.022 (62.9%)NR2752.9 ± 1.516 (59.3%)6
Hidalgo-Cantabrana et al., 2019 [22]Spain1949 ± 1112 (63.2%)No treatment except for topical corticosteroids2043 ± 115 (25%)6
Chen et al., 2018 [23]Taiwan3242.8 ± 12.625 (78.1%)Phototherapy (8)
DMARDs/ Biologics (20)
Codoner et al., 2018 [24]Spain 5241.2 ± 14.425 (48.1%)NRNRNRNR4
Tan et al., 2018 [25]China1447.5 ± 4.710 (71.4%)NR1440.4 ± 2.58 (57.1%)7
Eppinga et al., 2016 [26]Netherlands2946 ± 14.012 (41.4%)No treatment (27)
DMARDs (2)
3341 ± 14.910 (30.3%)6
Massallat et al., 2016 [27]Egypt4542.3 ± 1018 (40%)NR4544.2 ± 7.120 (44.4%)8
Scher et al., 2015 [28]US1539.47 (46.7%)No systemic treatment1742.26 (35.3%)6
SD—standard deviation; NOS—the Newcastle-Ottawa Scale; NR—not reported; DMARDs—disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs; *—microbiome analysis before biological treatment.
Table 2. Sample and methodology characteristics of the included studies.
Table 2. Sample and methodology characteristics of the included studies.
StudySampleSample TransportDNA ExtractionMicrobiota Analysis TechniqueSequencing TargetSequencing PlatformData Analysis PlatformReference Sequences Database
Yeh et al., 2019 [19]stoolDNA stabilizer, Immediate freezing, Transport on iceQIAamp DNA Stool Mini Kit16S rRNA gene sequencingV3–V4Ilumnia MiSeq platformQIIMEKyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomies database
Shapiro et al., 2019 [20]stoolImmediate freezingPowerSoil HTP 96 Kit16S rRNA gene sequencingV4Ilumnia MiSeq platformQIIMEGreengenes database
Huang et al., 2019 [21]stoolTransport on icePowerSoil HTP 96 Kit16S rRNA gene sequencingV4–V5Ilumnia MiSeq platformUPARSENational Center for Biotechnology Information Sequence
Read Archive database
Hidalgo-Cantabrana et al., 2019 [22]stoolImmediate freezingQIAamp DNA Stool Mini Kit16S rRNA gene sequencingV2–V3Ion Gene Studio S5 sequencerQIIMESILVA database
Chen et al., 2018 [23]stoolTransport on iceQIAamp DNA Stool Mini Kit16S rRNA gene sequencingV3–V4Ilumnia MiSeq platformUPARSEGreengenes database
Codoner et al., 2018 [24]stool Immediate freezingQIAamp DNA Stool Mini Kit16S rRNA gene sequencingV3–V4Ilumnia MiSeq platformQIIMENational Center for Biotechnology Information
Tan et al., 2018 [25]stoolImmediate freezingE.Z.N.A. stool DNA Kit16S rRNA gene sequencingV4Ilumnia MiSeq platformUSEARCHRibosomal Database Project (RDP)
Eppinga et al., 2016 [26]stoolAmbient temperatureNRreal-time quantitative PCR-quantitative PCR--
Massallat et al., 2016 [27]stoolNRQIAamp DNA Stool Mini Kit real-time quantitative PCR-quantitative PCR--
Scher et al., 2015 [28]stoolNRNR16S rRNA gene pyro-sequencingV1–V2454 GS FLX
Titanium platform
MothurSILVA database
NR—not reported.
Table 3. Alpha- and beta-diversity of gut microbiome in psoriasis compared with healthy controls.
Table 3. Alpha- and beta-diversity of gut microbiome in psoriasis compared with healthy controls.
StudyIndices of
Gut Microbiota α-Diversity in
Indices of
Gut Microbiota β-Diversity in
Yeh et al. [19]Shannon index, Simpson indexNo differences were observedUniFrac analysis (weighted and unweighted analyses),
Bray Curtis index
Significant difference
Shapiro et al. [20]Shannon index, rarefaction curvesNo differences were observedUniFrac analysis (weighted and unweighted analyses)Significant difference
Huang et al. [21]Shannon index, Simpson index,
ACE index,
Chao1 index
Shannon and Simpson indexes—no differences
ACE and Chao indexes—decreased in psoriasis
PCA based on the Bray-Curtis dissimilarity distanceSignificant difference
Hidalgo-Cantabrana et al. [22]Shannon index,
Chao1 index,
Faith’s phylogenetic diversity index
Lower diversity in psoriasisunweighted Unifrac analysisSignificant difference
Chen et al. [23]Shannon index, Simpson index,
Chao1 index,
number of observed OTUs
No differences were observedUniFrac analysis (weighted and unweighted analyses),
Bray Curtis index
Significant difference (psoriasis patients with BMI < 25)
Codoner et al. [24]Shannon indexGreater diversity in psoriasisPCASignificant difference
Tan et al. [25]Shannon index, Simpson index,
ACE index,
Chao1 index
No differences were observedPCA,
Significant difference
Scher et al. [28]Shannon index, Faith’s phylogenetic diversity indexLower diversity in psoriasisunweighted Unifrac analysisSignificant difference
ACE—abundance-based coverage estimator; OTUs—operational taxonomic units; PCA—principal component analysis; UPGMA—The Unweighted Pair Group Method with Arithmetic Mean.
Table 4. Gut microbiota alterations in psoriasis.
Table 4. Gut microbiota alterations in psoriasis.
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PrevotellaPrevotella copri
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Akkermiansia muciniphila
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GammaproteobacteriaEnterobacteralesEnterobacteriaceaeEscherichiaEscherichia coli
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Collinsella aerofaciens
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