Short-term colon

The gut simulation of colonic fermentation to assess the product/microbiome interaction dynamics

A short-term colonic simulation provides gastrointestinal in vitro data of test products in an easy scalable fashion. These small volume reactors are ideally suited to screen a variety of test products for their interaction with the gut microbiota - at luminal and mucosal level - of one or multiple host organisms (age groups, interindividual variability, healthy vs. disease, ileum compartment, …). Compared to the Colon-on-a-plate® the short-term colonic simulation offers the advantage of frequent samplings from the same reactor providing insights into the kinetics of the colonic simulation and the test product.

During the full duration of the incubation, samples will be analysed, providing data on the dynamic evolution of the effects of a single dose of a specific treatment. When coupled to our Upper GI tract model, an entire GI tract transit can be simulated through time.

Microbial community composition and metabolomics analysis, gut permeability and intestinal immune responses: A full gastrointestinal in vitro analysis

The data that is generated during a short-term colonic simulation provide information on the interplay between test products and the human gut microbiota (microbial composition and activity) as well as the effect of the microbial metabolism on test products stability (e.g. APIs). When followed by off-line cell-based assays, the short-term colon can generate data about host responses at the level of the epithelial layer and immune parameters. Finally, by coupling the colon simulation to the in house MetaKey® platform, it is possible to assess the impact of any treatment on the microbial metabolome.

Research endpoints

Microbial composition analysis

  • qPCR
  • 16S rRNA gene profiling
  • Shotgun Sequencing
  • Flow cytometry

Probiotic & LBP detection

Microbial activity analysis

  • SCFA, Lactate, Ammonium, pH, gas production and composition

Metabolomics: MetaKey® platform

  • LA-REIMS: General screening
  • HPLC-HRMS: Targeted metabolite determination and specific panels


  • Bioavailability
  • Barrier integrity and immuno-modulatory properties
  • Tight junction proteins and mucin production
  • Wound healing
  • Adhesion/invasion of pathogens

Project-specific detections and analysis

Short-term colon
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