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Erratum to: The altered gut microbiota in adults with cystic fibrosis

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BMC MicrobiologyBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201717:102

  • Received: 11 April 2017
  • Accepted: 11 April 2017
  • Published:

The original article was published in BMC Microbiology 2017 17:58


In the original manuscript [1] there was a mislabelling of the data resulting in Actinobacteria and Bacteroidetes at phylum level being switched. This has been corrected in the amended Figs. 2 and 4 below where before you had high levels of Actinobacteria; these are now corrected to Bacteroidetes. These amended figures show that there was a significant (p < 0.05) decrease in the relative abundance of Actinobacteria, Proteobacteria, Cyanobacteria, Verrucomicrobia, RF3, Tenericutes, and Lentisphaerae in individuals with CF at the phylum level, relative to the non-CF controls (Fig. 2). Notably, there was a significant (p < 0.05) increase in Firmicutes in people with CF relative to the controls (47% vs. 39% respectively). The overall conclusions in the manuscript remain unchanged.
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Fig. 2

Percentage relative abundance of phyla in those with CF compared to in non-CF controls

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Fig. 4

Percentage relative abundance of phyla in the non-CF controls compared to the individuals with CF, stratified based on number of IV courses in the previous 12 months



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Authors’ Affiliations

Teagasc Food Research Centre, Cork, Ireland
APC Microbiome Institute, Cork, Ireland
HRB Clinical Research Facility, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
Cork Cystic Fibrosis Centre, University College Cork, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland
School of Microbiology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
Department of Medicine, University College Cork, National University of Ireland, Cork, Ireland
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS), University College Cork, Cork, Ireland


  1. Burke DG, Fouhy F, Harrison MJ, Rea MC, Cotter PD, O’Sullivan O, Stanton C, Hill C, Shanahan F, Plant BJ, Ross RP. The altered gut microbiota in adults with cystic fibrosis. BMC Microbiol. 2017;17(1):58.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar


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