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Kevin Portune

Kevin Portune

Short CV

Scientific Project Manager for the 4-year Horizon Europe funded project BlueAdapt (GA 101057764), consisting of a consortium of 12 European partners. Responsible for managing financial, administrative and logistical aspects of the project at the consortium level, organization of project meetings, and managing all interactions/communication between the European Commission, the project coordinator and project consortium partners, as well as the external advisory board and internal/external specialists on ethical and legal aspects.

Doctorate in Marine Biosciences from the University of Delaware, U.S.A. Postdoctoral research work at the University of California, Merced/University of North Carolina, Wilmington, USA. Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the University of Valencia, Spain. Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA-CSIC) in Valencia, Spain.

Research background in studying environmental/physicochemical factors involved in the proliferation and toxicity of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in coastal waters, characterization and optimization of microbial communities affecting contaminant removal efficiency in air purifying biofilters, effects of diet and lifestyle factors on the human gut microbiome and physiological and immunological functions.

Affiliation previous to BC3

1. Sot J, García-Arribas AB, Abad B, Arranz S, Portune K, Andrade F, Martín-Nieto A, Velasco O, Arana E, Tueros I, Ferreri C, Gaztambide S, Goñi FM, Castaño L, Alonso A. (2022) Erythrocyte membrane nanomechanical rigidity is decreased in obese patients. Int. J. Mol. Sci., 23, 1920. https:// doi.org/10.3390/ijms23031920.

2. Fabersani E, Portune K, Campillo I., López-Alema I, Montserrat de la Paz S, Romaní-Pérez M, Benítez-Páez A, Sanz Y. (2021) Bacteroides uniformis CECT 7771 alleviates inflammation within the gut-adipose tissue axis involving TLR5 signaling in obese mice. Sci Rep 11, 11788. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-90888-y.

3. Jauregibeitia I, Portune K, Rica I, Tueros I, Velasco O, Grau G, Castaño L, Di Nolfo F, Ferreri C, Arranz S. (2021) Potential of erythrocyte membrane lipid profile as a novel inflammatory biomarker to distinguish metabolically healthy obesity in children. J Pers Med. Apr 23;11(5):337. doi: 10.3390/jpm11050337. PMID: 33922764; PMCID: PMC8145511.

4. Jauregibeitia I, Portune K, Gaztambide S, Rica I, Tueros I, Velasco O, Grau G, Martín A, Castaño L, Larocca AV, Di Nolfo F, Ferreri C, Arranz S. (2021) Molecular differences based on erythrocyte fatty acid profile to personalize dietary strategies between adults and children with obesity. Metabolites. Jan 8;11(1):43. doi: 10.3390/metabo11010043. PMID: 33435565; PMCID: PMC7827034.

5. Jauregibeitia I, Portune K, Rica Itxaso, Tueros I, Velasco O, Grau G, Trebolazabala N, Castaño L, Vita Larocca A, Ferreri C, Arranz S. (2020). Fatty acid profile of mature red blood cell membranes and dietary intake as a new approach to characterize children with overweight and obesity. Nutrients. 12, 3446; doi:10.3390/nu12113446.

6. Jauregibeitia I, Portune K, Amezaga J, Tueros I, Arranz S. (2020) A Journey through ?-3 Supplements: Future Perspectives for Precision Nutrition. Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. Vol. 8, No. 10, 556-560. DOI:10.12691/jfnr-8-10-3.

7. González-Ramos S, Paz-García M, Fernández-García V, Portune KJ, Acosta-Medina EF, Sanz Y, Castrillo A, Martín-Sanz P, Obregon MJ, Boscá L. (2020) NOD1 deficiency promotes an imbalance of thyroid hormones and microbiota homeostasis in mice fed high fat diet. Scientific Reports. 10:12317. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-69295-2.

8. Farràs M, Martinez-Gili L, Portune K, Arranz S, Frost G, Tondo M, Blanco-Vaca F. (2020) Modulation of the Gut Microbiota by Olive Oil Phenolic Compounds: Implications for Lipid Metabolism, Immune System, and Obesity. Nutrients. 12(8), 2200; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12082200.

9. Portune KJ, Pérez MC, Álvarez-Hornos J, Gabaldon C. (2020) Contribution of bacterial biodiversity on the operational performance of a styrene biotrickling filter. Chemosphere. 247. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.125800

10. Sanz Y, Romani Perez M, Benítez-Páez A, Portune KJ, Brigidi P, Rampelli S, Dinan T, Stanton C, Delzenne N, Blachier F, Neyrinck AM, Beaumont M, Olivares M, Holzer P, Günther K, Wolters M, Ahrens W, Claus SP, Campoy C, Murphy R, Sadler C, Fernández L, van der Kamp JW. (2018) Towards microbiome-informed dietary recommendations for promoting metabolic and mental health: Opinion papers of the MyNewGut project. Clinical Nutrition. Dec;37(6 Pt A):2191-2197. doi: 10.1016/j.clnu.2018.07.007. Epub 2018 Jul 9.

11. Blachier F, Beaumont M, Portune KJ, Steuer N, Lan A., Audebert M, Khodorova N, Andriamihaja M, Airinei G., Benamouzig, R, Davila AM, Armand L, Rampelli S, Brigidi P, Tomé D, Claus SP, Sanz Y. High-protein diets for weight management: Interactions with the intestinal microbiota and consequences for gut health. A position paper by the my new gut study group. Clinical Nutrition. (2019). Jun;38(3):1012-1022. doi: 10.1016/j.clnu.2018.09.016. Epub 2018 Sep 20.

12. Gomez-Hurtado I, Zapater P, Portune K, Juanola O; Fernández-Iglesias A, Gonzalez-Navajas JM, Gracia-Sancho J, Sanz Y, Francés R. (2019) Improved hemodynamic and liver function in portal hypertensive cirrhotic rats after administration of B. pseudocatenulatum CECT 7765. European Journal of Nutrition. Jun;58(4):1647-1658. doi: 10.1007/s00394-018-1709-y. Epub 2018 May 10.

13. Casanova-Martí A., Serrano J, Portune KJ, Sanz Y, Blay MT, Terra X, Ardévol A, Pinent M. (2018) Grape seed proanthocyanidins influence gut microbiota and enteroendocrine secretions in female rats. Food & Function. 9(3):1672-1682 DOI: 10.1039/C7FO02028G.

14. Beaumont M, Portune KJ, Steuer N, Lan A, Cerrudo V, Audebert M, Dumont F, Mancano G, Khodorova N, Andriamihaja M, Airinei G, Tomé D, Benamouzig R, Davila AM, Claus SP, Sanz Y, Blachier F. (2017) Quantity and source of dietary protein influence metabolite production by gut microbiota and rectal mucosa gene expression: a randomized, parallel, double-blind trial in overweight humans. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 106(4):1005-1019. DOI:https://doi.org/10.3945/ajcn.117.158816.

15. Portune KJ, Beaumont M, Davila AM, Tomé D, Blachier F, Sanz Y. (2016) Gut microbiota role in dietary protein metabolism and health-related outcomes: The two sides of the coin. Trends in Food Science & Technology. 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.tifs.2016.08.011. Volume 57, Part B, November 2016, Pages 213-232.

16. Portune KJ, Benítez Paéz A, Gomez del Pulgar EM, Cerrudo V, Sanz Y. (2016) Gut microbiota, diet, and obesity-related disorders—The good, the bad, and the future challenges. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. DOI: 10.1002/mnfr.201600252.

17. Beni?tez-Pa?ez A, Portune KJ, Sanz Y (2016) Species-level resolution of 16S rRNA gene amplicons sequenced through the MinIONTM portable nanopore sequencer. GigaScience. 5:4 DOI 10.1186/s13742-016-0111-z

18. Moratalla A, Caparro?s E, Juanola O, Portune K, Puig-Kro?ger A, Estrada-Capetillo L, Bellot P, Go?mez-Hurtado I, Pin?ero P, Zapater P, Gonza?lez-Navajas JM, Such J, Sanz Y, France?s R (2016) Bifidobacterium pseudocatenulatum CECT7765 induces an M2 anti-inflammatory transition in macrophages from patients with cirrhosis. Journal of Hepatology. 64: 135-145.

19. Portune KJ, Pérez MC, Álvarez-Hornos FJ, Gabaldón C (2014) Investigating bacterial populations in styrene-degrading biofilters by 16S rDNA tag pyrosequencing. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. DOI 10.1007/s00253-014-5868-3

20. Pérez MC, Álvarez-Hornos FJ, Portune KJ, Gabaldón C (2014) Abatement of styrene waste gas emission by biofilter and biotrickling filter: comparison of packing materials and inoculation procedures. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. DOI 10.1007/s00253-014-5773-9

21. Portune KJ, Voolstra CR, Medina M, Szmant AM (2010) Development and heat stress-induced transcriptomic changes during embryogenesis of the scleractinian coral Acropora palmata. Marine Genomics. 3:51-62.

22. Portune KJ, Cary SC, Warner ME. (2010) Superoxide dismutase and catalase enzyme response to reactive oxygen species production in marine Raphidophytes. Journal of Phycology. 46:1161-1171.

23. Portune KJ, Coyne KJ, Hutchins DA, Handy SM, and Cary SC (2009) Germination of Heterosigma akashiwo and Chattonella subsalsa (Raphidophyceae) cysts in Delaware’s Inland Bays, USA. Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 55:229-239.

24. Handy SH, Demir E, Hutchins DA, Portune KJ, Whereat EB, Hare CE, Rose JM, Warner ME, Farestad M, Cary SC, Coyne KJ (2008) Using quantitative real-time PCR to study competition and community dynamics among Delaware Inland Bays harmful algae in field and laboratory studies. Harmful Algae 7:599-613.

25. Hutchins DA, Fu FX, Zhang Y, Warner ME, Feng Y, Portune K, Bernhardt PW, Mulholland MR (2007) CO2 control of Trichodesmium N2 fixation, photosynthesis, growth rates, and elemental ratios: Implications for past, present, and future ocean biogeochemistry. Limnology & Oceanography. 52:1293-1304.

26. Coyne KJ, Handy SM, Demir E, Whereat E, Hutchins DA, Portune KJ, Doblin MA, Cary SC (2005) Improved quantitative real-time PCR assays for enumeration of harmful algal species in field samples using an exogenous DNA reference standard. Limnology & Oceanography Methods 3:381-391.

27. Handy SM, Coyne KJ, Portune KJ, Demir E, Doblin MA, Hare CE, Cary SC, Hutchins DA (2005) Evaluating vertical migration behavior of harmful raphidophytes in the Delaware Inland Bays utilizing quantitative real-time PCR. Aquat Microb Ecol 40:121-132.

28. Wommack KE, Williamson SJ, Sundbergh A, Helton RR, Glazer BT, Portune K, Cary SC (2004) An instrument for collecting discrete large-volume water samples suitable for ecological studies of microorganisms. Deep-Sea Research I 51:1781-1792.

Affiliation previous to BC3

1. Sanz Y, Portune K, Gómez EM, Benítez-Páez A. (2016) Targeting the Microbiota: Considerations for Developing Probiotics as Functional Foods. The Gut-Brain Axis. Chapter 2 pp. 17 - 30. Elsevier.
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