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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066818/microbiome-helper-a-custom-and-streamlined-workflow-for-microbiome-research
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André M Comeau, Gavin M Douglas, Morgan G I Langille
Sequence-based approaches to study microbiomes, such as 16S rRNA gene sequencing and metagenomics, are uncovering associations between microbial taxa and a myriad of factors. A drawback of these approaches is that the necessary sequencing library preparation and bioinformatic analyses are complicated and continuously changing, which can be a barrier for researchers new to the field. We present three essential components to conducting a microbiome experiment from start to finish: first, a simplified and step-by-step custom gene sequencing protocol that requires limited lab equipment, is cost-effective, and has been thoroughly tested and utilized on various sample types; second, a series of scripts to integrate various commonly used bioinformatic tools that is available as a standalone installation or as a single downloadable virtual image; and third, a set of bioinformatic workflows and tutorials to provide step-by-step guidance and education for those new to the microbiome field...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052134/assessment-of-common-and-emerging-bioinformatics-pipelines-for-targeted-metagenomics
#2
Léa Siegwald, Hélène Touzet, Yves Lemoine, David Hot, Christophe Audebert, Ségolène Caboche
Targeted metagenomics, also known as metagenetics, is a high-throughput sequencing application focusing on a nucleotide target in a microbiome to describe its taxonomic content. A wide range of bioinformatics pipelines are available to analyze sequencing outputs, and the choice of an appropriate tool is crucial and not trivial. No standard evaluation method exists for estimating the accuracy of a pipeline for targeted metagenomics analyses. This article proposes an evaluation protocol containing real and simulated targeted metagenomics datasets, and adequate metrics allowing us to study the impact of different variables on the biological interpretation of results...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025202/calypso-a-user-friendly-web-server-for-mining-and-visualizing-microbiome-environment-interactions
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Martha Zakrzewski, Carla Proietti, Jonathan J Ellis, Shihab Hasan, Marie-Jo Brion, Bernard Berger, Lutz Krause
: Calypso is an easy-to-use online software suite that allows non-expert users to mine, interpret and compare taxonomic information from metagenomic or 16S rDNA datasets. Calypso has a focus on multivariate statistical approaches that can identify complex environment-microbiome associations. The software enables quantitative visualizations, statistical testing, multivariate analysis, supervised learning, factor analysis, multivariable regression, network analysis and diversity estimates...
December 24, 2016: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025198/dace-a-scalable-dp-means-algorithm-for-clustering-extremely-large-sequence-data
#4
Linhao Jiang, Yichao Dong, Ning Chen, Ting Chen
MOTIVATION: Advancements in next-generation sequencing technology have produced large amounts of reads at low cost in a short time. In metagenomics, 16S and 18S rRNA gene have been widely used as marker genes to profile diversity of microorganisms in environmental samples. Through clustering of sequencing reads we can determine both number of OTUs and their relative abundance. In many applications, clustering of very large sequencing data with high efficiency and accuracy is essential for downstream analysis...
December 23, 2016: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018306/the-plant-as-metaorganism-and-research-on-next-generation-systemic-pesticides-prospects-and-challenges
#5
Zisis Vryzas
Systemic pesticides (SPs) are usually recommended for soil treatments and as seed coating agents and are taken up from the soil by involving various plant-mediated processes, physiological, and morphological attributes of the root systems. Microscopic insights and next-generation sequencing combined with bioinformatics allow us now to identify new functions and interactions of plant-associated bacteria and perceive plants as meta-organisms. Host symbiotic, rhizo-epiphytic, endophytic microorganisms and their functions on plants have not been studied yet in accordance with uptake, tanslocation and action of pesticides...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018236/host-microbiome-interaction-and-cancer-potential-application-in-precision-medicine
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Alejandra V Contreras, Benjamin Cocom-Chan, Georgina Hernandez-Montes, Tobias Portillo-Bobadilla, Osbaldo Resendis-Antonio
It has been experimentally shown that host-microbial interaction plays a major role in shaping the wellness or disease of the human body. Microorganisms coexisting in human tissues provide a variety of benefits that contribute to proper functional activity in the host through the modulation of fundamental processes such as signal transduction, immunity and metabolism. The unbalance of this microbial profile, or dysbiosis, has been correlated with the genesis and evolution of complex diseases such as cancer...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005526/introducing-ezbiocloud-a-taxonomically-united-database-of-16s-rrna-and-whole-genome-assemblies
#7
Seok-Hwan Yoon, Sung-Min Ha, Soonjae Kwon, Jeongmin Lim, Yeseul Kim, Hyungseok Seo, Jongsik Chun
The recent advent of DNA sequencing technologies facilitates the use of genome sequencing data that provide means for more informative and precise classification and identification of Bacteria and Archaea. Because the current species definition is based on the comparison of genome sequences between type and other strains in a given species, building a genome database with correct taxonomic information is a premium need to enhance our efforts in exploring prokaryotic diversity and discovering new species as well as for routine identifications...
December 22, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003808/microbiome-selection-could-spur-next-generation-plant-breeding-strategies
#8
Murali Gopal, Alka Gupta
"No plant is an island too…" Plants, though sessile, have developed a unique strategy to counter biotic and abiotic stresses by symbiotically co-evolving with microorganisms and tapping into their genome for this purpose. Soil is the bank of microbial diversity from which a plant selectively sources its microbiome to suit its needs. Besides soil, seeds, which carry the genetic blueprint of plants during trans-generational propagation, are home to diverse microbiota that acts as the principal source of microbial inoculum in crop cultivation...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003256/recycler-an-algorithm-for-detecting-plasmids-from-de-novo-assembly-graphs
#9
Roye Rozov, Aya Brown Kav, David Bogumil, Naama Shterzer, Eran Halperin, Itzhak Mizrahi, Ron Shamir
MOTIVATION: Plasmids and other mobile elements are central contributors to microbial evolution and genome innovation. Recently, they have been found to have important roles in antibiotic resistance and in affecting production of metabolites used in industrial and agricultural applications. However, their characterization through deep sequencing remains challenging, in spite of rapid drops in cost and throughput increases for sequencing. Here, we attempt to ameliorate this situation by introducing a new circular element assembly algorithm, leveraging assembly graphs provided by a conventional de novo assembler and alignments of paired-end reads to assemble cyclic sequences likely to be plasmids, phages and other circular elements...
December 21, 2016: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884202/extending-colonic-mucosal-microbiome-analysis-assessment-of-colonic-lavage-as-a-proxy-for-endoscopic-colonic-biopsies
#10
Euan Watt, Matthew R Gemmell, Susan Berry, Mark Glaire, Freda Farquharson, Petra Louis, Graeme I Murray, Emad El-Omar, Georgina L Hold
BACKGROUND: Sequencing-based analysis has become a well-established approach to deciphering the composition of the gut microbiota. However, due to the complexity of accessing sufficient material from colonoscopic biopsy samples, most studies have focused on faecal microbiota analysis, even though it is recognised that differences exist between the microbial composition of colonic biopsies and faecal samples. We determined the suitability of colonic lavage samples to see if it had comparable microbial diversity composition to colonic biopsies as they are without the limitations associated with sample size...
November 25, 2016: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881416/metagenomics-of-two-severe-foodborne-outbreaks-provides-diagnostic-signatures-and-signs-of-coinfection-not-attainable-by-traditional-methods
#11
Andrew D Huang, Chengwei Luo, Angela Pena-Gonzalez, Michael R Weigand, Cheryl L Tarr, Konstantinos T Konstantinidis
: Diagnostic testing for foodborne pathogens relies on culture-based techniques that are not rapid enough for real-time disease surveillance and do not give a quantitative picture of pathogen abundance or the response of the natural microbiome. Powerful sequence-based culture-independent approaches, such as shotgun metagenomics, could sidestep these limitations and potentially reveal a pathogen-specific signature on the microbiome that would have implications not only for diagnostics but also for better understanding disease progression and pathogen ecology...
February 1, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869143/genome-mining-unveils-widespread-natural-product-biosynthetic-capacity-in-human-oral-microbe-streptococcus-mutans
#12
Liwei Liu, Tingting Hao, Zhoujie Xie, Geoff P Horsman, Yihua Chen
Streptococcus mutans is a major pathogen causing human dental caries. As a Gram-positive bacterium with a small genome (about 2 Mb) it is considered a poor source of natural products. Due to a recent explosion in genomic data available for S. mutans strains, we were motivated to explore the natural product production potential of this organism. Bioinformatic characterization of 169 publically available genomes of S. mutans from human dental caries revealed a surprisingly rich source of natural product biosynthetic gene clusters...
November 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861983/genomic-and-metagenomic-technologies-to-explore-the-antibiotic-resistance-mobilome
#13
José L Martínez, Teresa M Coque, Val F Lanza, Fernando de la Cruz, Fernando Baquero
Antibiotic resistance is a relevant problem for human health that requires global approaches to establish a deep understanding of the processes of acquisition, stabilization, and spread of resistance among human bacterial pathogens. Since natural (nonclinical) ecosystems are reservoirs of resistance genes, a health-integrated study of the epidemiology of antibiotic resistance requires the exploration of such ecosystems with the aim of determining the role they may play in the selection, evolution, and spread of antibiotic resistance genes, involving the so-called resistance mobilome...
November 10, 2016: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861551/genomes-of-gardnerella-strains-reveal-an-abundance-of-prophages-within-the-bladder-microbiome
#14
Kema Malki, Jason W Shapiro, Travis K Price, Evann E Hilt, Krystal Thomas-White, Trina Sircar, Amy B Rosenfeld, Gina Kuffel, Michael J Zilliox, Alan J Wolfe, Catherine Putonti
Bacterial surveys of the vaginal and bladder human microbiota have revealed an abundance of many similar bacterial taxa. As the bladder was once thought to be sterile, the complex interactions between microbes within the bladder have yet to be characterized. To initiate this process, we have begun sequencing isolates, including the clinically relevant genus Gardnerella. Herein, we present the genomic sequences of four Gardnerella strains isolated from the bladders of women with symptoms of urgency urinary incontinence; these are the first Gardnerella genomes produced from this niche...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856569/personal-microbiomes-and-next-generation-sequencing-for-laboratory-based-education
#15
Mark R Hartman, Kristin T Harrington, Candice M Etson, Matthew B Fierman, Donna K Slonim, David R Walt
Sequencing and bioinformatics technologies have advanced rapidly in recent years, driven largely by developments in next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology. Given the increasing importance of these advances, there is a growing need to incorporate concepts and practices relating to NGS into undergraduate and high school science curricula. We believe that direct access to sequencing and bioinformatics will improve the ability of students to understand the information obtained through these increasingly ubiquitous research tools...
December 2016: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842515/evaluation-of-pacbio-sequencing-for-full-length-bacterial-16s-rrna-gene-classification
#16
Josef Wagner, Paul Coupland, Hilary P Browne, Trevor D Lawley, Suzanna C Francis, Julian Parkhill
BACKGROUND: Currently, bacterial 16S rRNA gene analyses are based on sequencing of individual variable regions of the 16S rRNA gene (Kozich, et al Appl Environ Microbiol 79:5112-5120, 2013).This short read approach can introduce biases. Thus, full-length bacterial 16S rRNA gene sequencing is needed to reduced biases. A new alternative for full-length bacterial 16S rRNA gene sequencing is offered by PacBio single molecule, real-time (SMRT) technology. The aim of our study was to validate PacBio P6 sequencing chemistry using three approaches: 1) sequencing the full-length bacterial 16S rRNA gene from a single bacterial species Staphylococcus aureus to analyze error modes and to optimize the bioinformatics pipeline; 2) sequencing the full-length bacterial 16S rRNA gene from a pool of 50 different bacterial colonies from human stool samples to compare with full-length bacterial 16S rRNA capillary sequence; and 3) sequencing the full-length bacterial 16S rRNA genes from 11 vaginal microbiome samples and compare with in silico selected bacterial 16S rRNA V1V2 gene region and with bacterial 16S rRNA V1V2 gene regions sequenced using the Illumina MiSeq...
November 14, 2016: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825829/metagenomics-probing-pollutant-fate-in-natural-and-engineered-ecosystems
#17
REVIEW
Emna Bouhajja, Spiros N Agathos, Isabelle F George
Polluted environments are a reservoir of microbial species able to degrade or to convert pollutants to harmless compounds. The proper management of microbial resources requires a comprehensive characterization of their genetic pool to assess the fate of contaminants and increase the efficiency of bioremediation processes. Metagenomics offers appropriate tools to describe microbial communities in their whole complexity without lab-based cultivation of individual strains. After a decade of use of metagenomics to study microbiomes, the scientific community has made significant progress in this field...
December 2016: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822553/mockrobiota-a-public-resource-for-microbiome-bioinformatics-benchmarking
#18
Nicholas A Bokulich, Jai Ram Rideout, William G Mercurio, Arron Shiffer, Benjamin Wolfe, Corinne F Maurice, Rachel J Dutton, Peter J Turnbaugh, Rob Knight, J Gregory Caporaso
Mock communities are an important tool for validating, optimizing, and comparing bioinformatics methods for microbial community analysis. We present mockrobiota, a public resource for sharing, validating, and documenting mock community data resources, available at http://caporaso-lab.github.io/mockrobiota/. The materials contained in mockrobiota include data set and sample metadata, expected composition data (taxonomy or gene annotations or reference sequences for mock community members), and links to raw data (e...
September 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822515/open-source-sequence-clustering-methods-improve-the-state-of-the-art
#19
Evguenia Kopylova, Jose A Navas-Molina, Céline Mercier, Zhenjiang Zech Xu, Frédéric Mahé, Yan He, Hong-Wei Zhou, Torbjørn Rognes, J Gregory Caporaso, Rob Knight
Sequence clustering is a common early step in amplicon-based microbial community analysis, when raw sequencing reads are clustered into operational taxonomic units (OTUs) to reduce the run time of subsequent analysis steps. Here, we evaluated the performance of recently released state-of-the-art open-source clustering software products, namely, OTUCLUST, Swarm, SUMACLUST, and SortMeRNA, against current principal options (UCLUST and USEARCH) in QIIME, hierarchical clustering methods in mothur, and USEARCH's most recent clustering algorithm, UPARSE...
January 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793585/methodologies-for-probing-the-metatranscriptome-of-grassland-soil
#20
Aaron Garoutte, Erick Cardenas, James Tiedje, Adina Howe
Metatranscriptomics provides an opportunity to identify active microbes and expressed genes in complex soil communities in response to particular conditions. Currently, there are a limited number of soil metatranscriptome studies to provide guidance for using this approach in this challenging matrix. Hence, we evaluated the technical challenges of applying soil metatranscriptomics to a highly diverse, low activity natural system. We used a non-targeted rRNA removal approach, duplex nuclease specific (DSN) normalization, to generate a metatranscriptomic library from field collected soil supporting a perennial grass, Miscanthus x giganteus (a biofuel crop), and evaluated its ability to provide insight into its active community members and their expressed protein-coding genes...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
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