Skip to content

Urinary Tract & Bladder Microbiome

The microbiome of the urinary tract & bladder. The urobiome.


Review, 2019: Urobiome: In Sickness and in Health

Review, 2019: The Urinary Microbiome: Implications in Bladder Cancer Pathogenesis and Therapeutics

Review, 2019: The Microbiome and Genitourinary Cancer: A Collaborative Review "There is preliminary evidence to implicate the members of the genitourinary microbiota as causative factors or cofactors in genitourinary malignancy. Clinical trials, such as fecal microbiota transplant to increase the efficacy of immunotherapy, are currently underway"

Review, 2018: Human bacterial repertoire of the urinary tract: a potential paradigm shift: "Most pathogenic bacteria are part of the commensal human urinary tract bacteria and their pathogenicity may occur following any imbalance of this microbiota. The restoration of urinary tract health can occur following a fecal transplantation. The potential gut origin of the human bacterial microbiota has to be explored."

Review, 2018: Urobiome updates: advances in urinary microbiome research

Deciphering the Urinary Microbiota Repertoire by Culturomics Reveals Mostly Anaerobic Bacteria From the Gut (Oct 2020, n=435) "results suggest that many members of the microbiota in the urinary tract are in fact derived from the gut, and a paradigm shift is thus needed in our understanding"

Faecal microbiota transplantations and urinary tract infections (Jan 2020)

Fecal transplant modifies urine chemistry risk factors for urinary stone disease (Feb 2019, mice)

Scientists and physicians at Loyola University Chicago and Loyola Medicine were the first to publish groundbreaking research that debunked the common belief that urine in healthy women is sterile. Expanding on this finding, a new study published in Nature Communications has found that the bladder not only contains bacteria, but the microbes are similar to those found in the vagina (2018).

Alterations in the Urinary Microbiota Are Associated With Cesarean Delivery (2018): "beneficial bacteria decreased, and pathogen growth increases after cesarean section, and clinicians should be aware that this might increase the risk of complications"

Bacteriophages Plentiful in Women’s Bladders. In one of the first looks at the urinary virome, researchers find hundreds of viruses, most of which have never been sequenced before. Bacteriophages of the Urinary Microbiome (2018):

Urinary Tract Infections:

Pathogen-specific alterations in intestinal microbiota precede urinary tract infections in preterm infants: a longitudinal case-control study (Apr 2024, n=151)

Fecal Microbiota Transfer for Clostridium difficile Infection and Its Effects on Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection (Oct 2023, n=135) "Patients with recurrent UTI undergoing FMT for recurrent CDI experienced a trend toward a decrease in frequency of UTI after FMT"

Early Economic Assessment of Faecal Microbiota Transplantation for Patients with Urinary Tract Infections Caused by Multidrug-Resistant Organisms (Apr 2023, n=5) "FMT was effective in reducing the occurrence of UTIs and mediated a marked reduction in hospital costs. We suggest that this strategy is cost-effective."

Reduction in urinary tract infections in patients treated with fecal microbiota transplantation for recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection (Jun 2023) "After FMT, we also observed a trend towards reduction of antibiotic resistance in organisms causing UTI"

A Case of Successful Treatment of Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection by Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamase Producing Klebsiella pneumoniae Using Oral Lyophilized Fecal Microbiota Transplant (Dec 2022)

Are Antibiotics the Cause, Not Solution, of Recurrent UTIs? (May 2022, n=31) Longitudinal multi-omics analyses link gut microbiome dysbiosis with recurrent urinary tract infections in women

"Recent evidence supports a role for the gut as a source for UTIs. We identify bacterial taxa associated with decreased risk for Enterobacteriaceae bacteriuria and Enterobacteriaceae UTI in kidney transplant recipients, which supports future studies on modulating the gut microbiota as a novel treatment for preventing UTIs" (Aug 2020)

Gut Microbiota Dysbiosis is an Independent Risk Factor for Development of Urinary Tract Infections in Kidney Transplantation (2018):

Urinary microbes and postoperative urinary tract infection risk in urogynecologic surgical patients (2018): "Postoperative UTI risk appears to be associated with preoperative bladder microbiome composition, where an abundance of L. iners appears to protect against postoperative UTI."

Direct Detection of Tissue-Resident Bacteria and Chronic Inflammation in the Bladder Wall of Postmenopausal Women with Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection (April 2019): "These data provide conclusive evidence that bacteria invade the human urothelium and suggest that diverse bacterial species and the adaptive immune response play important roles in RUTI in humans" Article:

The incidence of urinary stone disease (USD) has increased four-fold in 50 years. Oxalate, which is degraded exclusively by gut bacteria, is an important constituent in 80% of urinary stones. Results indicate that both antibiotics and diet strongly influence microbial oxalate metabolism. (Jan 2019): Loss of function dysbiosis associated with antibiotics and high fat, high sugar diet.