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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432307/arsenic-metabolism-in-high-altitude-modern-stromatolites-revealed-by-metagenomic-analysis
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Daniel Kurth, Ariel Amadio, Omar F Ordoñez, Virginia H Albarracín, Wolfgang Gärtner, María E Farías
Modern stromatolites thrive only in selected locations in the world. Socompa Lake, located in the Andean plateau at 3570 masl, is one of the numerous extreme Andean microbial ecosystems described over recent years. Extreme environmental conditions include hypersalinity, high UV incidence, and high arsenic content, among others. After Socompa's stromatolite microbial communities were analysed by metagenomic DNA sequencing, taxonomic classification showed dominance of Proteobacteria, Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes, and a remarkably high number of unclassified sequences...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431529/hirbin-high-resolution-identification-of-differentially-abundant-functions-in-metagenomes
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Tobias Österlund, Viktor Jonsson, Erik Kristiansson
BACKGROUND: Gene-centric analysis of metagenomics data provides information about the biochemical functions present in a microbiome under a certain condition. The ability to identify significant differences in functions between metagenomes is dependent on accurate classification and quantification of the sequence reads (binning). However, biological effects acting on specific functions may be overlooked if the classes are too general. METHODS: Here we introduce High-Resolution Binning (HirBin), a new method for gene-centric analysis of metagenomes...
April 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431173/programmatic-access-to-bioinformatics-tools-from-embl-ebi-update-2017
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Szymon Chojnacki, Andrew Cowley, Joon Lee, Anna Foix, Rodrigo Lopez
Since 2009 the EMBL-EBI provides free and unrestricted access to several bioinformatics tools via the user's browser as well as programmatically via Web Services APIs. Programmatic access to these tools, which is fundamental to bioinformatics, is increasingly important as more high-throughput data is generated, e.g. from proteomics and metagenomic experiments. Access is available using both the SOAP and RESTful approaches and their usage is reviewed regularly in order to ensure that the best, supported tools are available to all users...
April 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430964/metalims-a-simple-open-source-laboratory-information-management-system-for-small-metagenomic-labs
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Cassie Elizabeth Heinle, Nicolas Paul Eugène Gaultier, Dana Miller, Rikky Wenang Purbojati, Federico M Lauro
BACKGROUND: As the cost of sequencing continues to fall, smaller groups increasingly initiate and manage larger sequencing projects and take on the complexity of data storage for high volumes of samples. This has created a need for low-cost laboratory information management systems (LIMS) that contain flexible fields to accommodate the unique nature of individual labs. Many labs do not have a dedicated IT position, so LIMS must also be easy to setup and maintain with minimal technical proficiency...
April 18, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430189/warming-enhances-old-organic-carbon-decomposition-through-altering-functional-microbial-communities
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Lei Cheng, Naifang Zhang, Mengting Yuan, Jing Xiao, Yujia Qin, Ye Deng, Qichao Tu, Kai Xue, Joy D Van Nostrand, Liyou Wu, Zhili He, Xuhui Zhou, Mary Beth Leigh, Konstantinos T Konstantinidis, Edward Ag Schuur, Yiqi Luo, James M Tiedje, Jizhong Zhou
Soil organic matter (SOM) stocks contain nearly three times as much carbon (C) as the atmosphere and changes in soil C stocks may have a major impact on future atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations and climate. Over the past two decades, much research has been devoted to examining the influence of warming on SOM decomposition in topsoil. Most SOM, however, is old and stored in subsoil. The fate of subsoil SOM under future warming remains highly uncertain. Here, by combining a long-term field warming experiment and a meta-analysis study, we showed that warming significantly increased SOM decomposition in subsoil...
April 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424887/a-metagenomics-study-for-the-identification-of-respiratory-viruses-in-mixed-clinical-specimens-an-application-of-the-iterative-mapping-approach
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Yu-Nong Gong, Shu-Li Yang, Guang-Wu Chen, Yu-Wen Chen, Yhu-Chering Huang, Hsiao-Chen Ning, Kuo-Chien Tsao
Metagenomic approaches to detect viral genomes and variants in clinical samples have various challenges, including low viral titers and bacterial and human genome contamination. To address these limitations, we examined a next-generation sequencing (NGS) and iterative mapping approach for virus detection in clinical samples. We analyzed 40 clinical specimens from hospitalized children diagnosed with acute bronchiolitis, croup, or respiratory tract infections in which virus identification by viral culture or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was unsuccessful...
April 19, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424669/inferring-microbial-interactions-in-the-gut-of-the-hong-kong-whipping-frog-polypedates-megacephalus-and-a-validation-using-probiotics
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Francis Cheng-Hsuan Weng, Grace Tzun-Wen Shaw, Chieh-Yin Weng, Yi-Ju Yang, Daryi Wang
The concerted activity of intestinal microbes is crucial to the health and development of their host organisms. Investigation of microbial interactions in the gut should deepen our understanding of how these micro-ecosystems function. Due to advances in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies, various bioinformatic strategies have been proposed to investigate these microbial interactions. However, due to the complexity of the intestinal microbial community and difficulties in monitoring their interactions, at present there is a gap between the theory and biological application...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424662/untangling-genomes-of-novel-planctomycetal-and-verrucomicrobial-species-from-monterey-bay-kelp-forest-metagenomes-by-refined-binning
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John Vollmers, Martinique Frentrup, Patrick Rast, Christian Jogler, Anne-Kristin Kaster
The kelp forest of the Pacific temperate rocky marine coastline of Monterey Bay in California is a dominant habitat for large brown macro-algae in the order of Laminariales. It is probably one of the most species-rich, structurally complex and productive ecosystems in temperate waters and well-studied in terms of trophic ecology. However, still little is known about the microorganisms thriving in this habitat. A growing body of evidence suggests that bacteria associated with macro-algae represent a huge and largely untapped resource of natural products with chemical structures that have been optimized by evolution for biological and ecological purposes...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424524/hqia-a-novel-quorum-quenching-enzyme-which-expands-the-ahl-lactonase-family
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Marta Torres, Stéphane Uroz, Rafael Salto, Laure Fauchery, Emilia Quesada, Inmaculada Llamas
The screening of a metagenomic library of 250,000 clones generated from a hypersaline soil (Spain) allowed us to identify a single positive clone which confers the ability to degrade N-acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs). The sequencing of the fosmid revealed a 42,318 bp environmental insert characterized by 46 ORFs. The subcloning of these ORFs demonstrated that a single gene (hqiA) allowed AHL degradation. Enzymatic analysis using purified HqiA and HPLC/MS revealed that this protein has lactonase activity on a broad range of AHLs...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421059/phages-in-the-human-body
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Ferran Navarro, Maite Muniesa
Bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacteria, have re-emerged as powerful regulators of bacterial populations in natural ecosystems. Phages invade the human body, just as they do other natural environments, to such an extent that they are the most numerous group in the human virome. This was only revealed in recent metagenomic studies, despite the fact that the presence of phages in the human body was reported decades ago. The influence of the presence of phages in humans has yet to be evaluated; but as in marine environments, a clear role in the regulation of bacterial populations could be envisaged, that might have an impact on human health...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421041/metagenome-wide-association-study-and-machine-learning-prediction-of-bulk-soil-microbiome-and-crop-productivity
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Hao-Xun Chang, James S Haudenshield, Charles R Bowen, Glen L Hartman
Areas within an agricultural field in the same season often differ in crop productivity despite having the same cropping history, crop genotype, and management practices. One hypothesis is that abiotic or biotic factors in the soils differ between areas resulting in these productivity differences. In this study, bulk soil samples collected from a high and a low productivity area from within six agronomic fields in Illinois were quantified for abiotic and biotic characteristics. Extracted DNA from these bulk soil samples were shotgun sequenced...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419766/microbial-community-function-in-the-bleaching-disease-of-the-marine-macroalgae-delisea-pulchra
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Enrique Zozaya-Valdés, Alexandra J Roth-Schulze, Suhelen Egan, Torsten Thomas
Disease is increasingly viewed as a major factor impacting the health of both natural and cultured populations of marine organisms, including macroalgae. The red macroalga Delisea pulchra suffers from a bleaching disease resulting from host stress and infection by opportunistic bacterial pathogens. However how pathogens cause the disease and how the entire algal-associated community is involved in the process is unclear. Here we perform a metagenomic analysis of microbial communities associated with diseased and healthy D...
April 17, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419748/the-known-genetic-potential-for-microbial-communities-to-degrade-organic-phosphorus-is-reduced-in-low-ph-soils
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Ian D E A Lidbury, Tandra Fraser, Andrew R J Murphy, David J Scanlan, Gary D Bending, Alexandra M E Jones, Jonathan D Moore, Andrew Goodall, Mark Tibbett, John P Hammond, Elizabeth M H Wellington
In soil, bioavailable inorganic orthophosphate is found at low concentrations and thus limits biological growth. To overcome this phosphorus scarcity, plants and bacteria secrete numerous enzymes, namely acid and alkaline phosphatases, which cleave orthophosphate from various organic phosphorus substrates. Using profile hidden Markov modeling approaches, we investigated the abundance of various non specific phosphatases, both acid and alkaline, in metagenomes retrieved from soils with contrasting pH regimes...
April 16, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419691/the-low-diverse-gastric-microbiome-of-the-jellyfish-cotylorhiza-tuberculata-is-dominated-by-four-novel-taxa
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Tomeu Viver, Luis H Orellana, Janet K Hatt, Mercedes Urdiain, Sara Díaz, Michael Richter, Josefa Antón, Massimo Avian, Rudolf Amann, Konstantinos T Konstantinidis, Ramon Rosselló-Móra
Cotylorhiza tuberculata is an important scyphozoan jellyfish producing population blooms in the Mediterranean probably due to pelagic ecosystem's decay. Its gastric cavity can serve as a simple model of microbial - animal digestive associations, yet poorly characterized. Using state-of-the-art metagenomic population binning and catalyzed reporter deposition fluorescence in situ hybridization (CARD-FISH), we show that only four novel clonal phylotypes were consistently associated with multiple jellyfish adults...
April 17, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418097/genome-and-epigenome-of-a-novel-marine-thaumarchaeota-strain-suggest-viral-infection-phosphorothioation-dna-modification-and-multiple-restriction-systems
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Nathan A Ahlgren, Yangyang Chen, David M Needham, Alma E Parada, Rohan Sachdeva, Vicki Trinh, Ting Chen, Jed A Fuhrman
Marine Thaumarchaeota are abundant ammonia-oxidizers but have few representative laboratory-cultured strains. We report the cultivation of Candidatus Nitrosomarinus catalina SPOT01, a novel strain that is less warm-temperature tolerant than other cultivated Thaumarchaeota. Using metagenomic recruitment, strain SPOT01 comprises a major portion of Thaumarchaeota (4-54%) in temperate Pacific waters. Its complete 1.36 Mbp genome possesses several distinguishing features: putative phosphorothioation (PT) DNA modification genes; a region containing probable viral genes; and putative urea utilization genes...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418094/the-skin-microbiome-of-the-common-thresher-shark-alopias-vulpinus-has-low-taxonomic-and-potential-metabolic-%C3%AE-diversity
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Michael P Doane, John Matthew Haggerty, Dovi Kacev, Bhavya Papudeshi, Elizabeth A Dinsdale
The health of sharks is linked with emergent properties of its microbiome. Most marine organisms have mucus overlying the skin, but shark have dermal denticles that protrude above the mucus. We characterized the microbiome from the skin of the common thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus) to investigate the structure and composition of the skin microbiome. An average of 618,812 reads per metagenomic library contained open reading frames (80.9% ± S.D. 0.44%), and 7.6 to 12.8% matched known protein sequences...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417460/effect-of-high-fat-diet-and-growth-stage-on-the-diversity-and-composition-of-intestinal-microbiota-in-healthy-bovine-livestock
#17
Shengyin Jiao, Hui Cao, Yue Dai, Junhui Wu, Jia Lv, Renjia Du, Bei Han
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the composition of bacteria in the bovine rectum and their functions during growth, in relation to different diets. Fecal samples were collected from 6-, 12-, 18- and 24-month cattle fed high-fat diet, and healthy female parents fed regular-diet. Total DNA was amplified (V3-V4 of 16S rRNA) and submitted to barcode-DNA-pyrosequencing. Then, intestinal microbiota profiles and functions were analysed. RESULTS: A total of 114,512 OTUs were detected from the 1,802,243 sequences obtained...
April 18, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417375/metagenomics-and-cazyme-discovery
#18
Benoit J Kunath, Andreas Bremges, Aaron Weimann, Alice C McHardy, Phillip B Pope
Microorganisms play a primary role in regulating biogeochemical cycles and are a valuable source of enzymes that have biotechnological applications, such as carbohydrate-active enzymes (CAZymes). However, the inability to culture the majority of microorganisms that exist in natural ecosystems using common culture-dependent techniques restricts access to potentially novel cellulolytic bacteria and beneficial enzymes. The development of molecular-based culture-independent methods such as metagenomics enables researchers to study microbial communities directly from environmental samples, and presents a platform from which enzymes of interest can be sourced...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414526/assessing-the-impact-of-assemblers-on-virus-detection-in-a-de-novo-metagenomic-analysis-pipeline
#19
Daniel J White, Jing Wang, Richard J Hall
Applying high-throughput sequencing to pathogen discovery is a relatively new field, the objective of which is to find disease-causing agents when little or no background information on disease is available. Key steps in the process are the generation of millions of sequence reads from an infected tissue sample, followed by assembly of these reads into longer, contiguous stretches of nucleotide sequences, and then identification of the contigs by matching them to known databases, such as those stored at GenBank or Ensembl...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Computational Biology: a Journal of Computational Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411151/enabling-a-sustainable-and-prosperous-future-through-science-and-innovation-in-the-bioeconomy-at-agriculture-and-agri-food-canada
#20
REVIEW
Sara F Sarkar, Jacquelyne S Poon, Etienne Lepage, Lori Bilecki, Benoit Girard
Science and innovation are important components underpinning the agricultural and agri-food system in Canada. Canada's vast geographical area presents diverse, regionally specific requirements in addition to the 21st century agricultural challenges facing the overall sector. As the broader needs of the agricultural landscape have evolved and will continue to do so in the next few decades, there is a trend in place to transition towards a sustainable bioeconomy, contributing to reducing greenhouse gas emission and our dependency on non-renewable resources...
April 11, 2017: New Biotechnology
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