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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340372/shotgun-metagenomic-sequencing-reveals-freshwater-beach-sands-as-reservoir-of-bacterial-pathogens
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Mahi M Mohiuddin, Yasser Salama, Herb E Schellhorn, G Brian Golding
Recreational waters and adjacent beach sands harbor complex microbial communities which may contain human pathogens that cannot be detected by conventional methods. Here, we investigate the diversity of bacterial populations inhabiting four freshwater beaches of the Great Lakes region using shotgun metagenomic sequencing approach. Our analysis suggests that average taxonomic richness and alpha diversity are significantly higher (P < 0.001) in beach sands compared to the corresponding water environments...
March 1, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340310/viruses-in-cystic-fibrosis-patients-airways
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Lisa Billard, Rozenn Le Berre, Léa Pilorgé, Christopher Payan, Geneviève Héry-Arnaud, Sophie Vallet
Although bacteria have historically been considered to play a major role in cystic fibrosis (CF) airway damage, a strong impact of respiratory viral infections (RVI) is also now recognized. Emerging evidence confirms that respiratory viruses are associated with deterioration of pulmonary function and exacerbation and facilitation of bacterial colonization in CF patients. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of the current knowledge on respiratory viruses in CF airways, to discuss the resulting inflammation and RVI response, to determine how to detect the viruses, and to assess their clinical consequences, prevalence, and interactions with bacteria...
March 24, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335448/a-community-multi-omics-approach-towards-the-assessment-of-surface-water-quality-in-an-urban-river-system
#3
David J Beale, Avinash V Karpe, Warish Ahmed, Stephen Cook, Paul D Morrison, Christopher Staley, Michael J Sadowsky, Enzo A Palombo
A multi-omics approach was applied to an urban river system (the Brisbane River (BR), Queensland, Australia) in order to investigate surface water quality and characterize the bacterial population with respect to water contaminants. To do this, bacterial metagenomic amplicon-sequencing using Illumina next-generation sequencing (NGS) of the V5-V6 hypervariable regions of the 16S rRNA gene and untargeted community metabolomics using gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (GC-MS) were utilized. The multi-omics data, in combination with fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) counts, trace metal concentrations (by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)) and in-situ water quality measurements collected from various locations along the BR were then used to assess the health of the river ecosystem...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334407/organismal-and-spatial-partitioning-of-energy-and-macronutrient-transformations-within-a-hypersaline-mat
#4
Jennifer M Mobberley, Stephen R Lindemann, Hans C Bernstein, James J Moran, Ryan S Renslow, Jerome Babauta, Dehong Hu, Haluk Beyenal, William C Nelson
Phototrophic mat communities are model ecosystems for studying energy cycling and elemental transformations because complete biogeochemical cycles occur over millimeter-to-centimeter scales. Characterization of energy and nutrient capture within hypersaline phototrophic mats has focused on specific processes and organisms, however little is known about community-wide distribution of and linkages between these processes. To investigate energy and macronutrient capture and flow through a structured community, the spatial and organismal distribution of metabolic functions within a compact hypersaline mat community from Hot Lake have been broadly elucidated through species-resolved metagenomics and geochemical, microbial diversity, and metabolic gradient measurements...
March 15, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334267/resistomap-online-visualization-of-human-gut-microbiota-antibiotic-resistome
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Konstantin S Yarygin, Boris A Kovarsky, Tatyana S Bibikova, Damir S Melnikov, Alexander V Tyakht, Dmitry G Alexeev
Summary: We created ResistoMap - a Web-based interactive visualization of the presence of genetic determinants conferring resistance to antibiotics, biocides and heavy metals in human gut microbiota. ResistoMap displays the data on more than 1500 published gut metagenomes of world populations including both healthy subjects and patients. Multiparameter display filters allow visual assessment of the associations between the meta-data and proportions of resistome. The geographic map navigation layer allows to state hypotheses regarding the global trends of antibiotic resistance and correlate the gut resistome variations with the national clinical guidelines on antibiotics application...
March 14, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334086/pseudoalignment-for-metagenomic-read-assignment
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L Schaeffer, H Pimentel, N Bray, P Melsted, L Pachter
Motivation: Read assignment is an important first step in many metagenomic analysis workflows, providing the basis for identification and quantification of species. However ambiguity among the sequences of many strains makes it difficult to assign reads at the lowest level of taxonomy, and reads are typically assigned to taxonomic levels where they are unambiguous. We explore connections between metagenomic read assignment and the quantification of transcripts from RNA-Seq data in order to develop novel methods for rapid and accurate quantification of metagenomic strains...
February 21, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331945/from-a-metagenomic-source-to-a-high-resolution-structure-of-a-novel-alkaline-esterase
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Mariana Rangel Pereira, Thaís Carvalho Maester, Gustavo Fernando Mercaldi, Eliana Gertrudes de Macedo Lemos, Marko Hyvönen, Andrea Balan
Esterases catalyze the cleavage and formation of ester bonds and are members of the diverse family of α/β hydrolase fold. They are useful in industries from different sectors, such as food, detergent, fine chemicals, and biofuel production. In a previous work, 30 positive clones for lipolytic activity were identified from a metagenomic library of a microbial consortium specialized in diesel oil degradation. In this study, a putative gene encoding an esterase/lipase, denominated est8, has been cloned and the corresponding protein expressed recombinantly, purified to homogeneity and characterized functional and structurally...
March 22, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330508/proteobacteria-explain-significant-functional-variability-in-the-human-gut-microbiome
#8
Patrick H Bradley, Katherine S Pollard
BACKGROUND: While human gut microbiomes vary significantly in taxonomic composition, biological pathway abundance is surprisingly invariable across hosts. We hypothesized that healthy microbiomes appear functionally redundant due to factors that obscure differences in gene abundance between individuals. RESULTS: To account for these biases, we developed a powerful test of gene variability called CCoDA, which is applicable to shotgun metagenomes from any environment and can integrate data from multiple studies...
March 23, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330292/comparative-assessment-of-methods-for-metagenomic-dna-isolation-from-soils-of-different-crop-growing-fields
#9
Aiman Tanveer, Sangeeta Yadav, Dinesh Yadav
The isolation of good quality metagenomic DNA from diverse soil, in appreciable amount, is a prerequisite for metagenomics. The availability of commercial kits for isolation of genomic DNAs from soil has drastically expedited the application of metagenomics approach for identifying novel sources of industrially important enzymes. The quantitative and qualitative assessment of metagenomic DNA isolated using either the manual method or the kit-based method should be performed prior to its use in downstream applications...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330232/high-quality-metagenomic-dna-from-marine-sediment-samples-for-genomic-studies-through-a-preprocessing-approach
#10
Solly Solomon, Bhavya Kachiprath, G Jayanath, T P Sajeevan, I S Bright Singh, Rosamma Philip
Recent advances in culture-independent studies of microbes had proved to be more reliable and efficient than the conventional ones. The isolation of good quality and quantity of total community DNA are one of the major hurdles in this endeavour. Shearing of DNA during the extraction process and the co-extraction of inhibitory compounds reduce the quality of the isolated nucleic acids making it unsuitable for the construction of large insert metagenomic libraries. In the present study, a multi-level filtration step was brought in which efficiently isolated total bacterial DNA from three different environment samples...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330225/metagenomics-analysis-of-microbial-communities-associated-with-a-traditional-rice-wine-starter-culture-xaj-pitha-of-assam-india
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Sudipta Sankar Bora, Jyotshna Keot, Saurav Das, Kishore Sarma, Madhumita Barooah
This is the first report on the microbial diversity of xaj-pitha, a rice wine fermentation starter culture through a metagenomics approach involving Illumine-based whole genome shotgun (WGS) sequencing method. Metagenomic DNA was extracted from rice wine starter culture concocted by Ahom community of Assam and analyzed using a MiSeq(®) System. A total of 2,78,231 contigs, with an average read length of 640.13 bp, were obtained. Data obtained from the use of several taxonomic profiling tools were compared with previously reported microbial diversity studies through the culture-dependent and culture-independent method...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330093/exploration-of-nifh-gene-through-soil-metagenomes-of-the-western-indian-himalayas
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Ravindra Soni, Deep Chandra Suyal, Santosh Sai, Reeta Goel
This group has previously highlighted the prevalence of Csp genes from cold Himalayan environments. However, this study has explored the uncultured diazotrophs from metagenomes of western Indian Himalayas. The metagenomic nifH gene clone library was constructed from the Temperate, Subtropical and Tarai soils of Western Himalaya, India followed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification. After preliminary screening, selected clones were sequenced. In silico analysis of the clones was done, which documented 83...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327976/minion%C3%A2-nanopore-sequencing-of-environmental-metagenomes-a-synthetic-approach
#13
Bonnie L Brown, Mick Watson, Samuel S Minot, Maria C Rivera, Rima B Franklin
Background: Environmental metagenomic analysis is typically accomplished by assigning taxonomy and/or function from whole genome sequencing (WGS) or 16S amplicon sequences. Both of these approaches are limited, however, by read length, among other technical and biological factors. A nanopore-based sequencing platform, MinION™, produces reads that are ≥1×10 4 bp in length, potentially providing for more precise assignment, thereby alleviating some of the limitations inherent in determining metagenome composition from short reads...
February 24, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327957/nanosim-nanopore-sequence-read-simulator-based-on-statistical-characterization
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Chen Yang, Justin Chu, René L Warren, Inanç Birol
Background: The MinION sequencing instrument from Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT) produces long read lengths from single-molecule sequencing - valuable features for detailed genome characterization. To realize the potential of this platform, a number of groups are developing bioinformatics tools tuned for the unique characteristics of its data. We note that these development efforts would benefit from a simulator software, output of which could be used to benchmark analysis tools. Findings: Here, we introduce NanoSim, a fast and scalable read simulator that captures the technology-specific features of ONT data, and allows for adjustments upon improvement of nanopore sequencing technology...
February 24, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327667/genetic-and-functional-diversity-of-ubiquitous-dna-viruses-in-selected-chinese-agricultural-soils
#15
Li-Li Han, Dan-Ting Yu, Li-Mei Zhang, Ju-Pei Shen, Ji-Zheng He
Viral community structures in complex agricultural soils are largely unknown. Electron microscopy and viromic analyses were conducted on six typical Chinese agricultural soil samples. Tailed bacteriophages, spherical and filamentous viral particles were identified by the morphological analysis. Based on the metagenomic analysis, single-stranded DNA viruses represented the largest viral component in most of the soil habitats, while the double-stranded DNA viruses belonging to the Caudovirales order were predominanted in Jiangxi-maize soils...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326156/porphyromonas-gingivalis-is-the-most-abundant-species-detected-in-coronary-and-femoral-arteries
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J-L C Mougeot, C B Stevens, B J Paster, M T Brennan, P B Lockhart, F K B Mougeot
An association between oral bacteria and atherosclerosis has been postulated. A limited number of studies have used 16S RNA gene sequencing-based metagenomics approaches to identify bacteria at the species level from atherosclerotic plaques in arterial walls. The objective of this study was to establish detailed oral microbiome profiles, at both genus and species level, of clinically healthy coronary and femoral artery tissues from patients with atherosclerosis. Tissue specimens were taken from clinically non-atherosclerotic areas of coronary or femoral arteries used for attachment of bypass grafts in 42 patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease...
2017: Journal of Oral Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323391/metagenomic-analysis-reveals-changes-of-the-drosophila-suzukii-microbiota-in-the-newly-colonised-regions
#17
Isabel Martinez-Sañudo, Mauro Simonato, Andrea Squartini, Nicola Mori, Laura Marri, Luca Mazzon
The spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) (Diptera: Drosophilidae) is a highly polyphagous pest of a wide variety of wild or cultivated berry and stone fruit. Originating from Southeast Asia, it has recently invaded a wide range of regions in Europe and North-America. It is well known that insect microbiotas may significantly influence several aspects of the host biology and play an important role in invasive species introduction into new areas. However, in spite of the great economic importance of D...
March 21, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321234/a-review-of-bioinformatics-tools-for-bio-prospecting-from-metagenomic-sequence-data
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Despoina D Roumpeka, R John Wallace, Frank Escalettes, Ian Fotheringham, Mick Watson
The microbiome can be defined as the community of microorganisms that live in a particular environment. Metagenomics is the practice of sequencing DNA from the genomes of all organisms present in a particular sample, and has become a common method for the study of microbiome population structure and function. Increasingly, researchers are finding novel genes encoded within metagenomes, many of which may be of interest to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. However, such "bioprospecting" requires a suite of sophisticated bioinformatics tools to make sense of the data...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319100/metagenomic-discovery-of-polybrominated-diphenyl-ether-biosynthesis-by-marine-sponges
#19
Vinayak Agarwal, Jessica M Blanton, Sheila Podell, Arnaud Taton, Michelle A Schorn, Julia Busch, Zhenjian Lin, Eric W Schmidt, Paul R Jensen, Valerie J Paul, Jason S Biggs, James W Golden, Eric E Allen, Bradley S Moore
Naturally produced polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) pervade the marine environment and structurally resemble toxic man-made brominated flame retardants. PBDEs bioaccumulate in marine animals and are likely transferred to the human food chain. However, the biogenic basis for PBDE production in one of their most prolific sources, marine sponges of the order Dysideidae, remains unidentified. Here, we report the discovery of PBDE biosynthetic gene clusters within sponge-microbiome-associated cyanobacterial endosymbionts through the use of an unbiased metagenome-mining approach...
March 20, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318115/microbial-players-and-processes-involved-in-phytoplankton-bloom-utilization-in-the-water-column-of-a-fast-flowing-river-dominated-estuary
#20
Maria W Smith, Lydie Herfort, Caroline S Fortunato, Byron C Crump, Holly M Simon
Fueled by seasonal phytoplankton blooms, the Columbia River estuary is a natural bioreactor for organic matter transformations. Prior metagenome analyses indicated high abundances of diverse Bacteroidetes taxa in estuarine samples containing phytoplankton. To examine the hypothesis that Bacteroidetes taxa have important roles in phytoplankton turnover, we further analyzed metagenomes from water collected along a salinity gradient at 0, 5, 15, 25, and 33 PSU during bloom events. Size fractions were obtained by using a 3-μm prefilter and 0...
March 20, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
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