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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913230/effects-of-combined-oral-contraceptives-depot-medroxyprogesterone-acetate-and-the-levonorgestrel-releasing-intrauterine-system-on-the-vaginal-microbiome
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J Paul Brooks, David J Edwards, Diana L Blithe, Jennifer M Fettweis, Myrna G Serrano, Nihar U Sheth, Jerome F Strauss, Gregory A Buck, Kimberly K Jefferson
OBJECTIVES: Prior studies suggest that the composition of the vaginal microbiome may positively or negatively affect susceptibility to sexually transmitted infections (STI) and bacterial vaginosis (BV). Some female hormonal contraceptive methods also appear to positively or negatively influence STI transmission and BV. Therefore changes in the vaginal microbiome that are associated with different contraceptive methods may explain, in part, effects on STI transmission and BV. STUDY DESIGN: We performed a retrospective study of 16S rRNA gene survey data of vaginal samples from a subset of participants from the Human Vaginal Microbiome Project at Virginia Commonwealth University...
November 29, 2016: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899504/gene-function-analysis-in-the-ubiquitous-human-commensal-and-pathogen-malassezia-genus
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Giuseppe Ianiri, Anna F Averette, Joanne M Kingsbury, Joseph Heitman, Alexander Idnurm
: The genus Malassezia includes 14 species that are found on the skin of humans and animals and are associated with a number of diseases. Recent genome sequencing projects have defined the gene content of all 14 species; however, to date, genetic manipulation has not been possible for any species within this genus. Here, we develop and then optimize molecular tools for the transformation of Malassezia furfur and Malassezia sympodialis using Agrobacterium tumefaciens delivery of transfer DNA (T-DNA) molecules...
November 29, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887570/metamis-a-metagenomic-microbial-interaction-simulator-based-on-microbial-community-profiles
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Grace Tzun-Wen Shaw, Yueh-Yang Pao, Daryi Wang
BACKGROUND: The complexity and dynamics of microbial communities are major factors in the ecology of a system. With the NGS technique, metagenomics data provides a new way to explore microbial interactions. Lotka-Volterra models, which have been widely used to infer animal interactions in dynamic systems, have recently been applied to the analysis of metagenomic data. RESULTS: In this paper, we present the Lotka-Volterra model based tool, the Metagenomic Microbial Interacticon Simulator (MetaMIS), which is designed to analyze the time series data of microbial community profiles...
November 25, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822556/impact-of-sample-type-and-dna-isolation-procedure-on-genomic-inference-of-microbiome-composition
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Berith E Knudsen, Lasse Bergmark, Patrick Munk, Oksana Lukjancenko, Anders Priemé, Frank M Aarestrup, Sünje J Pamp
Explorations of complex microbiomes using genomics greatly enhance our understanding about their diversity, biogeography, and function. The isolation of DNA from microbiome specimens is a key prerequisite for such examinations, but challenges remain in obtaining sufficient DNA quantities required for certain sequencing approaches, achieving accurate genomic inference of microbiome composition, and facilitating comparability of findings across specimen types and sequencing projects. These aspects are particularly relevant for the genomics-based global surveillance of infectious agents and antimicrobial resistance from different reservoirs...
September 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822524/from-sample-to-multi-omics-conclusions-in-under-48-hours
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Robert A Quinn, Jose A Navas-Molina, Embriette R Hyde, Se Jin Song, Yoshiki Vázquez-Baeza, Greg Humphrey, James Gaffney, Jeremiah J Minich, Alexey V Melnik, Jakob Herschend, Jeff DeReus, Austin Durant, Rachel J Dutton, Mahdieh Khosroheidari, Clifford Green, Ricardo da Silva, Pieter C Dorrestein, Rob Knight
Multi-omics methods have greatly advanced our understanding of the biological organism and its microbial associates. However, they are not routinely used in clinical or industrial applications, due to the length of time required to generate and analyze omics data. Here, we applied a novel integrated omics pipeline for the analysis of human and environmental samples in under 48 h. Human subjects that ferment their own foods provided swab samples from skin, feces, oral cavity, fermented foods, and household surfaces to assess the impact of home food fermentation on their microbial and chemical ecology...
March 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822521/geography-and-location-are-the-primary-drivers-of-office-microbiome-composition
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John Chase, Jennifer Fouquier, Mahnaz Zare, Derek L Sonderegger, Rob Knight, Scott T Kelley, Jeffrey Siegel, J Gregory Caporaso
In the United States, humans spend the majority of their time indoors, where they are exposed to the microbiome of the built environment (BE) they inhabit. Despite the ubiquity of microbes in BEs and their potential impacts on health and building materials, basic questions about the microbiology of these environments remain unanswered. We present a study on the impacts of geography, material type, human interaction, location in a room, seasonal variation, and indoor and microenvironmental parameters on bacterial communities in offices...
March 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814509/linking-the-human-gut-microbiome-to-inflammatory-cytokine-production-capacity
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Melanie Schirmer, Sanne P Smeekens, Hera Vlamakis, Martin Jaeger, Marije Oosting, Eric A Franzosa, Trees Jansen, Liesbeth Jacobs, Marc Jan Bonder, Alexander Kurilshikov, Jingyuan Fu, Leo A B Joosten, Alexandra Zhernakova, Curtis Huttenhower, Cisca Wijmenga, Mihai G Netea, Ramnik J Xavier
Gut microbial dysbioses are linked to aberrant immune responses, which are often accompanied by abnormal production of inflammatory cytokines. As part of the Human Functional Genomics Project (HFGP), we investigate how differences in composition and function of gut microbial communities may contribute to inter-individual variation in cytokine responses to microbial stimulations in healthy humans. We observe microbiome-cytokine interaction patterns that are stimulus specific, cytokine specific, and cytokine and stimulus specific...
November 3, 2016: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814508/host-and-environmental-factors-influencing-individual-human-cytokine-responses
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Rob Ter Horst, Martin Jaeger, Sanne P Smeekens, Marije Oosting, Morris A Swertz, Yang Li, Vinod Kumar, Dimitri A Diavatopoulos, Anne F M Jansen, Heidi Lemmers, Helga Toenhake-Dijkstra, Antonius E van Herwaarden, Matthijs Janssen, Renate G van der Molen, Irma Joosten, Fred C G J Sweep, Johannes W Smit, Romana T Netea-Maier, Mieke M J F Koenders, Ramnik J Xavier, Jos W M van der Meer, Charles A Dinarello, Norman Pavelka, Cisca Wijmenga, Richard A Notebaart, Leo A B Joosten, Mihai G Netea
Differences in susceptibility to immune-mediated diseases are determined by variability in immune responses. In three studies within the Human Functional Genomics Project, we assessed the effect of environmental and non-genetic host factors of the genetic make-up of the host and of the intestinal microbiome on the cytokine responses in humans. We analyzed the association of these factors with circulating mediators and with six cytokines after stimulation with 19 bacterial, fungal, viral, and non-microbial metabolic stimuli in 534 healthy subjects...
November 3, 2016: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27781166/the-single-species-metagenome-subtyping-staphylococcus-aureus-core-genome-sequences-from-shotgun-metagenomic-data
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Sandeep J Joseph, Ben Li, Robert A Petit Iii, Zhaohui S Qin, Lyndsey Darrow, Timothy D Read
In this study we developed a genome-based method for detecting Staphylococcus aureus subtypes from metagenome shotgun sequence data. We used a binomial mixture model and the coverage counts at >100,000 known S. aureus SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) sites derived from prior comparative genomic analysis to estimate the proportion of 40 subtypes in metagenome samples. We were able to obtain >87% sensitivity and >94% specificity at 0.025X coverage for S. aureus. We found that 321 and 149 metagenome samples from the Human Microbiome Project and metaSUB analysis of the New York City subway, respectively, contained S...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770008/evaluation-of-buccal-cell-samples-for-studies-of-oral-microbiota
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Guoqin Yu, Steve Phillips, Mitchell H Gail, James J Goedert, Michael Humphrys, Jacques Ravel, Yanfang Ren, Neil E Caporaso
BACKGROUND: The human microbiota is postulated to affect cancer risk, but collecting microbiota specimens with prospective follow-up for diseases will take time. Buccal cell samples have been obtained from mouthwash for the study of human genomic DNA in many cohort studies. Here we evaluate the feasibility of using buccal cell samples to examine associations of human microbiota and disease risk. METHODS: We obtained buccal cells from mouthwash in 41 healthy participants using a protocol that is widely employed to obtain buccal cells for the study of human DNA...
October 21, 2016: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27734124/humichip2-for-strain-level-identification-and-functional-profiling-of-human-microbiomes
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Qichao Tu, Jiabao Li, Zhou Shi, Yanfei Chen, Lu Lin, Juan Li, Hongling Wang, Jianbo Yan, Qingming Zhou, Xiangzhen Li, Lanjuan Li, Jizhong Zhou, Zhili He
With the massive data generated by the Human Microbiome Project, how to transform such data into useful information and knowledge remains challenging. Here, with currently available sequencing information (reference genomes and metagenomes), we have developed a comprehensive microarray, HuMiChip2, for strain-level identification and functional characterization of human microbiomes. HuMiChip2 was composed of 29,467 strain-specific probes targeting 2063 microbial strains/species and 133,924 sequence- and group-specific probes targeting 157 key functional gene families involved in various metabolic pathways and host-microbiome interaction processes...
October 12, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27718300/insights-into-microbial-ecosystems-using-a-new-computational-approach
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Thuy Do
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 8, 2016: Oral Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27701448/integrity-of-the-human-faecal-microbiota-following-long-term-sample-storage
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Elahe Kia, Brett Wagner Mackenzie, Danielle Middleton, Anna Lau, David W Waite, Gillian Lewis, Yih-Kai Chan, Marta Silvestre, Garth J S Cooper, Sally D Poppitt, Michael W Taylor
In studies of the human microbiome, faecal samples are frequently used as a non-invasive proxy for the study of the intestinal microbiota. To obtain reliable insights, the need for bacterial DNA of high quality and integrity following appropriate faecal sample collection and preservation steps is paramount. In a study of dietary mineral balance in the context of type 2 diabetes (T2D), faecal samples were collected from healthy and T2D individuals throughout a 13-day residential trial. These samples were freeze-dried, then stored mostly at -20°C from the trial date in 2000/2001 until the current research in 2014...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27698613/the-influence-of-the-gut-microbiota-on-host-physiology-in-pursuit-of-mechanisms
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Rheinallt M Jones
The results generated from the NIH funded Human Microbiome Project (HMP) are necessarily tied to the overall mission of the agency, which is to foster scientific discoveries as a basis for protecting and improving health. The investment in the HMP phase 1 accomplished many of its goals including the preliminary characterization of the human microbiome and the identification of links between microbiome diversity and disease states. Going forward, the next step in these studies must involve the identification of the functional molecular elements that mediate the positive influence of a eubiotic microbiome on health and disease...
September 2016: Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27697111/probing-the-diversity-of-healthy-oral-microbiome-with-bioinformatics-approaches
#15
Ji-Hoi Moon, Jae-Hyung Lee
Human oral cavity contains a highly personalized microbiome that is essential to maintaining health but capable of causing oral and systemic diseases. Thus, an in-depth definition of "healthy oral microbiome" is critical to understanding variations in disease states from preclinical conditions and disease onset through progressive states of disease. With rapid advances in DNA sequencing and analytical technologies, population-based studies have documented the ranges and diversity of both taxonomic compositions and functional potentials observed in the oral microbiome in healthy individuals...
September 29, 2016: BMB Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27670602/biomarkers-in-search-of-precision-medicine-in-ibd
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Ray K Boyapati, Rahul Kalla, Jack Satsangi, Gwo-Tzer Ho
The completion of the human genome project in 2003 represented a major scientific landmark, ushering in a new era with hopes and expectations of fresh insights into disease mechanisms and treatments. In inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), many important discoveries soon followed, notably the identification of >200 genetic susceptibility loci and characterization of the gut microbiome. As "big data", driven by advances in technology, becomes increasingly available and affordable, individuals with IBD and clinicians alike yearn for tangible outcomes from the promise of "precision medicine"-precise diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment...
September 27, 2016: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27666579/heritable-components-of-the-human-fecal-microbiome-are-associated-with-visceral-fat
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Michelle Beaumont, Julia K Goodrich, Matthew A Jackson, Idil Yet, Emily R Davenport, Sara Vieira-Silva, Justine Debelius, Tess Pallister, Massimo Mangino, Jeroen Raes, Rob Knight, Andrew G Clark, Ruth E Ley, Tim D Spector, Jordana T Bell
BACKGROUND: Variation in the human fecal microbiota has previously been associated with body mass index (BMI). Although obesity is a global health burden, the accumulation of abdominal visceral fat is the specific cardio-metabolic disease risk factor. Here, we explore links between the fecal microbiota and abdominal adiposity using body composition as measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry in a large sample of twins from the TwinsUK cohort, comparing fecal 16S rRNA diversity profiles with six adiposity measures...
September 26, 2016: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27572971/uncovering-oral-neisseria-tropism-and-persistence-using-metagenomic-sequencing
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Claudio Donati, Moreno Zolfo, Davide Albanese, Duy Tin Truong, Francesco Asnicar, Valerio Iebba, Duccio Cavalieri, Olivier Jousson, Carlotta De Filippo, Curtis Huttenhower, Nicola Segata
Microbial epidemiology and population genomics have previously been carried out near-exclusively for organisms grown in vitro. Metagenomics helps to overcome this limitation, but it is still challenging to achieve strain-level characterization of microorganisms from culture-independent data with sufficient resolution for epidemiological modelling. Here, we have developed multiple complementary approaches that can be combined to profile and track individual microbial strains. To specifically profile highly recombinant neisseriae from oral metagenomes, we integrated four metagenomic analysis techniques: single nucleotide polymorphisms in the clade's core genome, DNA uptake sequence signatures, metagenomic multilocus sequence typing and strain-specific marker genes...
2016: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27527985/testing-the-neutral-theory-of-biodiversity-with-human-microbiome-datasets
#19
Lianwei Li, Zhanshan Sam Ma
The human microbiome project (HMP) has made it possible to test important ecological theories for arguably the most important ecosystem to human health-the human microbiome. Existing limited number of studies have reported conflicting evidence in the case of the neutral theory; the present study aims to comprehensively test the neutral theory with extensive HMP datasets covering all five major body sites inhabited by the human microbiome. Utilizing 7437 datasets of bacterial community samples, we discovered that only 49 communities (less than 1%) satisfied the neutral theory, and concluded that human microbial communities are not neutral in general...
2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27517672/low-dose-mixture-hypothesis-of-carcinogenesis-workshop-scientific-underpinnings-and-research-recommendations
#20
Mark F Miller, William H Goodson, Masoud H Manjili, Nicole Kleinstreuer, William H Bisson, Leroy Lowe
BACKGROUND: The current "single chemical as carcinogen" risk assessment paradigm might underestimate or miss the cumulative effects of exposure to chemical mixtures, as highlighted in recent work from the Halifax Project. This is particularly important for chemical exposures in the low-dose range that may be affecting crucial cancer hallmark mechanisms that serve to enable carcinogenesis. OBJECTIVE: Could ongoing low-dose exposures to a mixture of commonly encountered environmental chemicals produce effects in concert that lead to carcinogenesis? A workshop held at the NIEHS in August, 2015, evaluated the scientific support for the Low-Dose Mixture Hypothesis of Carcinogenesis and developed a research agenda...
August 12, 2016: Environmental Health Perspectives
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