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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679047/a-quality-improvement-initiative-to-reduce-necrotizing-enterocolitis-across-hospital-systems
#1
Amy T Nathan, Laura Ward, Kurt Schibler, Laurel Moyer, Andrew South, Heather C Kaplan
OBJECTIVE: Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a devastating intestinal disease in premature infants. Local rates of NEC were unacceptably high. We hypothesized that utilizing quality improvement methodology to standardize care and apply evidence-based practices would reduce our rate of NEC. STUDY DESIGN: A multidisciplinary team used the model for improvement to prioritize interventions. Three neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) developed a standardized feeding protocol for very low birth weight (VLBW) infants, and employed strategies to increase the use of human milk, maximize intestinal perfusion, and promote a healthy microbiome...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668831/using-standard-microbiome-reference-groups-to-simplify-beta-diversity-analyses-and-facilitate-independent-validation
#2
Marlena Maziarz, Ruth M Pfeiffer, Yunhu Wan, Mitchell H Gail
Motivation: Comparisons of microbiome communities across populations are often based on pairwise distance measures (beta-diversity). Standard analyses (principal coordinate plots, permutation tests, kernel methods) require access to primary data if another investigator wants to add or compare independent data.We propose using standard reference measurements to simplify microbiome beta-diversity analyses, to make them more transparent, and to facilitate independent validation and comparisons across studies...
April 12, 2018: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29658784/fast-metagenomic-binning-via-hashing-and-bayesian-clustering
#3
Victoria Popic, Volodymyr Kuleshov, Michael Snyder, Serafim Batzoglou
We introduce GATTACA, a framework for fast unsupervised binning of metagenomic contigs. Similar to recent approaches, GATTACA clusters contigs based on their coverage profiles across a large cohort of metagenomic samples; however, unlike previous methods that rely on read mapping, GATTACA quickly estimates these profiles from kmer counts stored in a compact index. This approach can result in over an order of magnitude speedup, while matching the accuracy of earlier methods on synthetic and real data benchmarks...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Computational Biology: a Journal of Computational Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29568289/an-ontology-systems-approach-on-human-brain-expression-and-metaproteomics
#4
Adolfo Flores Saiffe Farías, Adriana P Mendizabal, J Alejandro Morales
Research in the last decade has shown growing evidence of the gut microbiota influence on brain physiology. While many mechanisms of this influence have been proposed in animal models, most studies in humans are the result of a pathology-dysbiosis association and very few have related the presence of certain taxa with brain substructures or molecular pathways. In this paper, we associated the functional ontologies in the differential expression of brain substructures from the Allen Brain Atlas database, with those of the metaproteome from the Human Microbiome Project...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29557050/dissecting-cause-and-effect-in-host-microbiome-interactions-using-the-combined-worm-bug-model-system
#5
Marina Ezcurra
High-throughput molecular studies are greatly advancing our knowledge of the human microbiome and its specific role in governing health and disease states. A myriad of ongoing studies aim at identifying links between microbial community disequilibria (dysbiosis) and human diseases. However, due to the inherent complexity and heterogeneity of the human microbiome we need robust experimental models that allow the systematic manipulation of variables to test the multitude of hypotheses arisen from large-scale 'meta-omic' projects...
March 19, 2018: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29553575/cultivation-and-sequencing-of-rumen-microbiome-members-from-the-hungate1000-collection
#6
Rekha Seshadri, Sinead C Leahy, Graeme T Attwood, Koon Hoong Teh, Suzanne C Lambie, Adrian L Cookson, Emiley A Eloe-Fadrosh, Georgios A Pavlopoulos, Michalis Hadjithomas, Neha J Varghese, David Paez-Espino, Rechelle Perry, Gemma Henderson, Christopher J Creevey, Nicolas Terrapon, Pascal Lapebie, Elodie Drula, Vincent Lombard, Edward Rubin, Nikos C Kyrpides, Bernard Henrissat, Tanja Woyke, Natalia N Ivanova, William J Kelly
Productivity of ruminant livestock depends on the rumen microbiota, which ferment indigestible plant polysaccharides into nutrients used for growth. Understanding the functions carried out by the rumen microbiota is important for reducing greenhouse gas production by ruminants and for developing biofuels from lignocellulose. We present 410 cultured bacteria and archaea, together with their reference genomes, representing every cultivated rumen-associated archaeal and bacterial family. We evaluate polysaccharide degradation, short-chain fatty acid production and methanogenesis pathways, and assign specific taxa to functions...
March 19, 2018: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29490879/optimization-of-fecal-sample-processing-for-microbiome-study-the-journey-from-bathroom-to-bench
#7
REVIEW
Wei-Kai Wu, Chieh-Chang Chen, Suraphan Panyod, Rou-An Chen, Ming-Shiang Wu, Lee-Yan Sheen, Shan-Chwen Chang
Although great interest has been displayed by researchers in the contribution of gut microbiota to human health, there is still no standard protocol with consensus to guarantee the sample quality of metagenomic analysis. Here we reviewed existing methodology studies and present suggestions for optimizing research pipeline from fecal sample collection to DNA extraction. First, we discuss strategies of clinical metadata collection as common confounders for microbiome research. Second, we propose general principles for freshly collected fecal sample and its storage and share a DIY stool collection kit protocol based on the manual procedure of Human Microbiome Project (HMP)...
February 25, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29378630/host-genetic-variation-and-its-microbiome-interactions-within-the-human-microbiome-project
#8
Raivo Kolde, Eric A Franzosa, Gholamali Rahnavard, Andrew Brantley Hall, Hera Vlamakis, Christine Stevens, Mark J Daly, Ramnik J Xavier, Curtis Huttenhower
BACKGROUND: Despite the increasing recognition that microbial communities within the human body are linked to health, we have an incomplete understanding of the environmental and molecular interactions that shape the composition of these communities. Although host genetic factors play a role in these interactions, these factors have remained relatively unexplored given the requirement for large population-based cohorts in which both genotyping and microbiome characterization have been performed...
January 29, 2018: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29373999/combining-16s-rrna-gene-variable-regions-enables-high-resolution-microbial-community-profiling
#9
Garold Fuks, Michael Elgart, Amnon Amir, Amit Zeisel, Peter J Turnbaugh, Yoav Soen, Noam Shental
BACKGROUND: Most of our knowledge about the remarkable microbial diversity on Earth comes from sequencing the 16S rRNA gene. The use of next-generation sequencing methods has increased sample number and sequencing depth, but the read length of the most widely used sequencing platforms today is quite short, requiring the researcher to choose a subset of the gene to sequence (typically 16-33% of the total length). Thus, many bacteria may share the same amplified region, and the resolution of profiling is inherently limited...
January 26, 2018: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340028/high-resolution-microbiome-profiling-uncovers-fusobacterium-nucleatum-lactobacillus-gasseri-johnsonii-and-lactobacillus-vaginalis-associated-to-oral-and-oropharyngeal-cancer-in-saliva-from-hpv-positive-and-hpv-negative-patients-treated-with-surgery-and-chemo
#10
Rafael Guerrero-Preston, James Robert White, Filipa Godoy-Vitorino, Arnold Rodríguez-Hilario, Kelvin Navarro, Herminio González, Christina Michailidi, Anne Jedlicka, Sierra Canapp, Jessica Bondy, Amanda Dziedzic, Barbara Mora-Lagos, Gustavo Rivera-Alvarez, Carmen Ili-Gangas, Priscilla Brebi-Mieville, William Westra, Wayne Koch, Hyunseok Kang, Luigi Marchionni, Young Kim, David Sidransky
Microbiome studies show altered microbiota in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), both in terms of taxonomic composition and metabolic capacity. These studies utilized a traditional bioinformatics methodology, which allows for accurate taxonomic assignment down to the genus level, but cannot accurately resolve species level membership. We applied Resphera Insight, a high-resolution methodology for 16S rRNA taxonomic assignment that is able to provide species-level context in its assignments of 16S rRNA next generation sequencing (NGS) data...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335008/multi-omics-differentially-classify-disease-state-and-treatment-outcome-in-pediatric-crohn-s-disease
#11
Gavin M Douglas, Richard Hansen, Casey M A Jones, Katherine A Dunn, André M Comeau, Joseph P Bielawski, Rachel Tayler, Emad M El-Omar, Richard K Russell, Georgina L Hold, Morgan G I Langille, Johan Van Limbergen
BACKGROUND: Crohn's disease (CD) has an unclear etiology, but there is growing evidence of a direct link with a dysbiotic microbiome. Many gut microbes have previously been associated with CD, but these have mainly been confounded with patients' ongoing treatments. Additionally, most analyses of CD patients' microbiomes have focused on microbes in stool samples, which yield different insights than profiling biopsy samples. RESULTS: We sequenced the 16S rRNA gene (16S) and carried out shotgun metagenomics (MGS) from the intestinal biopsies of 20 treatment-naïve CD and 20 control pediatric patients...
January 15, 2018: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311644/dynamics-of-metatranscription-in-the-inflammatory-bowel-disease-gut-microbiome
#12
Melanie Schirmer, Eric A Franzosa, Jason Lloyd-Price, Lauren J McIver, Randall Schwager, Tiffany W Poon, Ashwin N Ananthakrishnan, Elizabeth Andrews, Gildardo Barron, Kathleen Lake, Mahadev Prasad, Jenny Sauk, Betsy Stevens, Robin G Wilson, Jonathan Braun, Lee A Denson, Subra Kugathasan, Dermot P B McGovern, Hera Vlamakis, Ramnik J Xavier, Curtis Huttenhower
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of chronic diseases of the digestive tract that affects millions of people worldwide. Genetic, environmental and microbial factors have been implicated in the onset and exacerbation of IBD. However, the mechanisms associating gut microbial dysbioses and aberrant immune responses remain largely unknown. The integrative Human Microbiome Project seeks to close these gaps by examining the dynamics of microbiome functionality in disease by profiling the gut microbiomes of >100 individuals sampled over a 1-year period...
March 2018: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282673/the-microbiome-gut-behavior-axis-crosstalk-between-the-gut-microbiome-and-oligodendrocytes-modulates-behavioral-responses
#13
REVIEW
Achilles Ntranos, Patrizia Casaccia
Environmental and dietary stimuli have always been implicated in brain development and behavioral responses. The gut, being the major portal of communication with the external environment, has recently been brought to the forefront of this interaction with the establishment of a gut-brain axis in health and disease. Moreover, recent breakthroughs in germ-free and antibiotic-treated mice have demonstrated the significant impact of the microbiome in modulating behavioral responses in mice and have established a more specific microbiome-gut-behavior axis...
January 2018: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29281638/mplasso-inferring-microbial-association-networks-using-prior-microbial-knowledge
#14
Chieh Lo, Radu Marculescu
Due to the recent advances in high-throughput sequencing technologies, it becomes possible to directly analyze microbial communities in human body and environment. To understand how microbial communities adapt, develop, and interact with the human body and the surrounding environment, one of the fundamental challenges is to infer the interactions among different microbes. However, due to the compositional and high-dimensional nature of microbial data, statistical inference cannot offer reliable results. Consequently, new approaches that can accurately and robustly estimate the associations (putative interactions) among microbes are needed to analyze such compositional and high-dimensional data...
December 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277868/comparative-metagenomics
#15
Andrew Maltez Thomas, Felipe Prata Lima, Livia Maria Silva Moura, Aline Maria da Silva, Emmanuel Dias-Neto, João C Setubal
Thanks in large part to newer, better, and cheaper DNA sequencing technologies, an enormous number of metagenomic sequence datasets have been and continue to be generated, covering a huge variety of environmental niches, including several different human body sites. Comparing these metagenomes and identifying their commonalities and differences is a challenging task, due not only to the large amounts of data, but also because there are several methodological considerations that need to be taken into account to ensure an appropriate and sound comparison between datasets...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232932/adjuvant-probiotics-and-the-intestinal-microbiome-enhancing-vaccines-and-immunotherapy-outcomes
#16
REVIEW
Luis Vitetta, Emma Tali Saltzman, Michael Thomsen, Tessa Nikov, Sean Hall
Immune defence against pathogenic agents comprises the basic premise for the administration of vaccines. Vaccinations have hence prevented millions of infectious illnesses, hospitalizations and mortality. Acquired immunity comprises antibody and cell mediated responses and is characterized by its specificity and memory. Along a similar congruent yet diverse mode of disease prevention, the human host has negotiated from in utero and at birth with the intestinal commensal bacterial cohort to maintain local homeostasis in order to achieve immunological tolerance in the new born...
December 11, 2017: Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196353/the-lung-microbiome-in-health-and-disease
#17
Miriam F Moffatt, William Ocm Cookson
The Human Microbiome Project began 10 years ago, leading to a significant growth in understanding of the role the human microbiome plays in health and disease. In this article, we explain with an emphasis on the lung, the origins of microbiome research. We discuss how 16S rRNA gene sequencing became the first major molecular tool to examine the bacterial communities present within the human body. We highlight the pitfalls of molecular-based studies, such as false findings resulting from contamination, and the limitations of 16S rRNA gene sequencing...
December 2017: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29178920/the-gut-mycobiome-of-the-human-microbiome-project-healthy-cohort
#18
Andrea K Nash, Thomas A Auchtung, Matthew C Wong, Daniel P Smith, Jonathan R Gesell, Matthew C Ross, Christopher J Stewart, Ginger A Metcalf, Donna M Muzny, Richard A Gibbs, Nadim J Ajami, Joseph F Petrosino
BACKGROUND: Most studies describing the human gut microbiome in healthy and diseased states have emphasized the bacterial component, but the fungal microbiome (i.e., the mycobiome) is beginning to gain recognition as a fundamental part of our microbiome. To date, human gut mycobiome studies have primarily been disease centric or in small cohorts of healthy individuals. To contribute to existing knowledge of the human mycobiome, we investigated the gut mycobiome of the Human Microbiome Project (HMP) cohort by sequencing the Internal Transcribed Spacer 2 (ITS2) region as well as the 18S rRNA gene...
November 25, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177026/2-way-k-means-as-a-model-for-microbiome-samples
#19
Weston J Jackson, Ipsita Agarwal, Itsik Pe'er
Motivation . Microbiome sequencing allows defining clusters of samples with shared composition. However, this paradigm poorly accounts for samples whose composition is a mixture of cluster-characterizing ones and which therefore lie in between them in the cluster space. This paper addresses unsupervised learning of 2-way clusters. It defines a mixture model that allows 2-way cluster assignment and describes a variant of generalized k -means for learning such a model. We demonstrate applicability to microbial 16S rDNA sequencing data from the Human Vaginal Microbiome Project...
2017: Journal of Healthcare Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152585/total-lipopolysaccharide-from-the-human-gut-microbiome-silences-toll-like-receptor-signaling
#20
Eva d'Hennezel, Sahar Abubucker, Leon O Murphy, Thomas W Cullen
Cohabitation of microbial communities with the host enables the formation of a symbiotic relationship that maintains homeostasis in the gut and beyond. One prevailing model suggests that this relationship relies on the capacity of host cells and tissues to remain tolerant to the strong immune stimulation generated by the microbiota such as the activation of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) pathways by lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Indeed, gut microbial LPS is thought to be one of the most potent activators of innate immune signaling and an important mediator of the microbiome's influence on host physiology...
November 2017: MSystems
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