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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340239/fastviromeexplorer-a-pipeline-for-virus-and-phage-identification-and-abundance-profiling-in-metagenomics-data
#1
Saima Sultana Tithi, Frank O Aylward, Roderick V Jensen, Liqing Zhang
With the increase in the availability of metagenomic data generated by next generation sequencing, there is an urgent need for fast and accurate tools for identifying viruses in host-associated and environmental samples. In this paper, we developed a stand-alone pipeline called FastViromeExplorer for the detection and abundance quantification of viruses and phages in large metagenomic datasets by performing rapid searches of virus and phage sequence databases. Both simulated and real data from human microbiome and ocean environmental samples are used to validate FastViromeExplorer as a reliable tool to quickly and accurately identify viruses and their abundances in large datasets...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335005/in-depth-resistome-analysis-by-targeted-metagenomics
#2
Val F Lanza, Fernando Baquero, José Luís Martínez, Ricardo Ramos-Ruíz, Bruno González-Zorn, Antoine Andremont, Antonio Sánchez-Valenzuela, Stanislav Dusko Ehrlich, Sean Kennedy, Etienne Ruppé, Willem van Schaik, Rob J Willems, Fernando de la Cruz, Teresa M Coque
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial resistance is a major global health challenge. Metagenomics allows analyzing the presence and dynamics of "resistomes" (the ensemble of genes encoding antimicrobial resistance in a given microbiome) in disparate microbial ecosystems. However, the low sensitivity and specificity of available metagenomic methods preclude the detection of minority populations (often present below their detection threshold) and/or the identification of allelic variants that differ in the resulting phenotype...
January 15, 2018: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328869/inflammatory-bowel-diseases-and-fermentable-oligosaccharides-disaccharides-monosaccharides-and-polyols-an-overview
#3
Sandra Maria Barbalho, Ricardo de Alvares Goulart, Ana Luíza de Carvalho Aranão, Pamela Grazielle Correa de Oliveira
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) are mainly represented by ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, and the increase in the incidence tends to follow the rapid industrialization and lifestyle of modern societies. FODMAP (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols) consist of molecules that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine and are fermented by bacteria in the colon leading to symptoms such as bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Reduction of the ingestion of FODMAP could reduce the symptoms and improve the quality of life...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327330/microbiome-analysis-and-omics-studies-of-microbial-denitrification-processes-in-wastewater-treatment-recent-advances
#4
REVIEW
Lili Miao, Zhipei Liu
Nitrogen pollution is an increasingly severe worldwide problem because of drainage of nitrogen-containing wastewater and intensive application of nitrogen-containing fertilizers. Denitrification, a key process in nitrogen cycles, is commonly employed for nitrogen removal in engineered wastewater treatment systems. Biological denitrification is performed by denitrifying microbes (bacteria) that use nitrate as terminal electron acceptor. Better understanding the functions of diverse microbial populations in denitrification-based wastewater treatment systems, and the interactions of these populations with operating environments, is essential for improving both treatment performance and system stability...
January 9, 2018: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318340/evaluating-protocols-for-porcine-faecal-microbiome-recollection-storage-and-dna-extraction-from-the-farm-to-the-lab
#5
Anixa Muiños-Bühl, Oscar González-Recio, María Muñoz, Cristina Óvilo, Juan García-Casco, Ana I Fernández
There is a growing interest in understanding the role of the gut microbiome on productive and meat quality-related traits in livestock species in order to develop new useful tools for improving pig production systems and industry. Faecal samples are analysed as a proxy of gut microbiota and here the selection of suitable protocols for faecal sampling and DNA isolation is a critical first step in order to obtain reliable results, even more to compare results obtained from different studies. The aim of the current study was to establish in a cost-effective way, using automated ribosomal intergenic spacer analysis technique, a protocol for porcine faecal sampling and storage at farm and slaughterhouse and to determine the most efficient microbiota DNA isolation kit among those most widely used...
January 9, 2018: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317508/spatiotemporally-heterogeneous-population-dynamics-of-gut-bacteria-inferred-from-fecal-time-series-data
#6
Hidetoshi Inamine, Stephen P Ellner, Peter D Newell, Yuan Luo, Nicolas Buchon, Angela E Douglas
A priority in gut microbiome research is to develop methods to investigate ecological processes shaping microbial populations in the host from readily accessible data, such as fecal samples. Here, we demonstrate that these processes can be inferred from the proportion of ingested microorganisms that is egested and their egestion time distribution, by using general mathematical models that link within-host processes to statistics from fecal time series. We apply this framework to Drosophila melanogaster and its gut bacterium Acetobacter tropicalis Specifically, we investigate changes in their interactions following ingestion of a food bolus containing bacteria in a set of treatments varying the following key parameters: the density of exogenous bacteria ingested by the flies (low/high) and the association status of the host (axenic or monoassociated with A...
January 9, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316481/rapidly-moving-new-bacteria-to-model-organism-status
#7
REVIEW
Hualan Liu, Adam M Deutschbauer
The paradigm of large research communities collectively working on a small number of model bacteria such as Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis is changing. While these classic model bacteria will continue to be important for advanced systems biology and new technology development, we envision that increasingly small research teams will be deeply investigating their own favorite strains, for example as new hosts for metabolic engineering or as key members of a complex microbiome. Given the lack of a research community and the sheer number of possible bacteria to interrogate, the development and application of technologies to rapidly and inexpensively advance these unstudied strains to 'model-organism' status is imperative...
January 6, 2018: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297702/group-b-wolbachia-strain-dependent-inhibition-of-arboviruses
#8
Michaela J Schultz, John H Connor, Horacio M Frydman
Mosquito-borne viruses, including Zika virus (ZIKV) and dengue virus (DENV), are global threats that continue to infect millions annually. Historically, efforts to combat the spread of these diseases have sought to eradicate the mosquito population. This has had limited success. Recent efforts to combat the spread of these diseases have targeted the mosquito population and the mosquito's ability to transmit viruses by altering the mosquito's microbiome. The introduction of particular strains of Wolbachia bacteria into mosquitos suppresses viral growth and blocks disease transmission...
January 3, 2018: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280960/metagomics-a-web-based-tool-for-peptide-centric-functional-and-taxonomic-analysis-of-metaproteomics-data
#9
Michael Riffle, Damon H May, Emma Timmins-Schiffman, Molly P Mikan, Daniel Jaschob, William Stafford Noble, Brook L Nunn
Metaproteomics is the characterization of all proteins being expressed by a community of organisms in a complex biological sample at a single point in time. Applications of metaproteomics range from the comparative analysis of environmental samples (such as ocean water and soil) to microbiome data from multicellular organisms (such as the human gut). Metaproteomics research is often focused on the quantitative functional makeup of the metaproteome and which organisms are making those proteins. That is: What are the functions of the currently expressed proteins? How much of the metaproteome is associated with those functions? And, which microorganisms are expressing the proteins that perform those functions? However, traditional protein-centric functional analysis is greatly complicated by the large size, redundancy, and lack of biological annotations for the protein sequences in the database used to search the data...
December 27, 2017: Proteomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280095/the-efficacy-of-tetrasodium-edta-on-biofilms
#10
S L Percival, A-M Salisbury
The aetiology of delayed wound healing characteristic of a chronic wound is relatively unknown but is thought to be due to a combination of the patient's underlying pathophysiology and external factors including infection and biofilm formation. The invasion of the wound by the hosts' resident microbiome and exogenous microorganisms can lead to biofilm formation. Biofilms have increased tolerance to antimicrobial interventions and constitute a concern to chronic wound healing. Consequently, anti-biofilm technologies with proven efficacy in areas outside of wound care need evaluation to determine whether their efficacy could be relevant to the control of biofilms in wounds...
December 27, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29279847/bacterial-diversity-in-feline-conjunctiva-based-on-16s-rrna-gene-sequence-analysis-a-pilot-study
#11
Katarzyna Płoneczka-Janeczko, Jacek Bania, Karolina Bierowiec, Maciej Kiełbowicz, Zdzisław Kiełbowicz
Changes in the microbial populations in the conjunctival sacs of animals have traditionally been evaluated using conventional microbiology techniques. The goal of this study was to examine the suitability of a methodology which may reveal a previously unknown microbiome inhabiting feline conjunctival membranes. In the present study, we determined the microbial diversity in feline conjunctivas based on 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis. Five taxa not described earlier in veterinary ophthalmology (i.e., Staphylococcus caprae, Staphylococcus succinus, Propionibacterium acnes, Psychrobacter faecalis, and Bacillus subtilis) were identified in feline conjunctivas with a high similarity (99-100%)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29261110/recent-development-of-prebiotic-research-statement-from-an-expert-workshop
#12
Giorgio La Fata, Robert A Rastall, Christophe Lacroix, Hermie J M Harmsen, M Hasan Mohajeri, Peter Weber, Robert E Steinert
A dietary prebiotic is defined as 'a substrate that is selectively utilized by host microorganisms conferring a health benefit'. Although this definition evolved concomitantly with the knowledge and technological developments that accrued in the last twenty years, what qualifies as prebiotic continues to be a matter of debate. In this statement, we report the outcome of a workshop where academic experts working in the field of prebiotic research met with scientists from industry. The workshop covered three main topics: (i) evolution of the prebiotic concept/definition; (ii) the gut modeling in vitro technology PolyFermS to study prebiotic effects; and (iii) the potential novel microbiome-modulating effects associated with vitamins...
December 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259289/resolution-of-habitat-associated-ecogenomic-signatures-in-bacteriophage-genomes-and-application-to-microbial-source-tracking
#13
Lesley A Ogilvie, Jonathan Nzakizwanayo, Fergus M Guppy, Cinzia Dedi, David Diston, Huw Taylor, James Ebdon, Brian V Jones
Just as the expansion in genome sequencing has revealed and permitted the exploitation of phylogenetic signals embedded in bacterial genomes, the application of metagenomics has begun to provide similar insights at the ecosystem level for microbial communities. However, little is known regarding this aspect of bacteriophage associated with microbial ecosystems, and if phage encode discernible habitat-associated signals diagnostic of underlying microbiomes. Here we demonstrate that individual phage can encode clear habitat-related 'ecogenomic signatures', based on relative representation of phage-encoded gene homologues in metagenomic data sets...
December 19, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237568/radiomicrobiomics-advancing-along-the-gut-brain-axis-through-big-data-analysis
#14
Silvia De Santis, David Moratal, Santiago Canals
The gut-brain axis communicates the brain with the gut microbiota, a bidirectional conduit that has received increasing attention in recent years thanks to its emerging role in brain development and function. Alterations in microbiota composition have been associated to neurological and psychiatric disorders, and several studies suggest that the immune system plays a fundamental role in the gut-brain interaction. Recent advances in brain imaging and in microbiome sequencing have generated a large amount of information, yet the data from both these sources need to be combined efficiently to extract biological meaning, and any diagnostic and/or prognostic benefit from these tools...
December 10, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226172/enteric-microbiome-markers-as-early-predictors-of-clinical-outcome-in-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-results-of-a-prospective-study-in-adult-patients
#15
Nicasio Mancini, Raffaella Greco, Renée Pasciuta, Maria Chiara Barbanti, Giacomo Pini, Olivia Beatrice Morrow, Mara Morelli, Luca Vago, Nicola Clementi, Fabio Giglio, Maria Teresa Lupo Stanghellini, Alessandra Forcina, Laura Infurnari, Sarah Marktel, Andrea Assanelli, Matteo Carrabba, Massimo Bernardi, Consuelo Corti, Roberto Burioni, Jacopo Peccatori, Maria Pia Sormani, Giuseppe Banfi, Fabio Ciceri, Massimo Clementi
Background: Infections and graft-vs-host disease (GvHD) still represent major, not easily predictable complications in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (allo-HSCT). Both conditions have been correlated to altered enteric microbiome profiles during the peritransplant period. The main objective of this study was to identify possible early microbiome-based markers useful in pretransplant risk stratification. Methods: Stool samples were collected from 96 consecutive patients at the beginning of the pretransplant conditioning regimen (T0) and at 10 (T1) and 30 (T2) days following transplant...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218869/chemical-reaction-vector-embeddings-towards-predicting-drug-metabolism-in-the-human-gut-microbiome
#16
Emily K Mallory, Ambika Acharya, Stefano E Rensi, Peter J Turnbaugh, Roselie A Bright, Russ B Altman
Bacteria in the human gut have the ability to activate, inactivate, and reactivate drugs with both intended and unintended effects. For example, the drug digoxin is reduced to the inactive metabolite dihydrodigoxin by the gut Actinobacterium E. lenta, and patients colonized with high levels of drug metabolizing strains may have limited response to the drug. Understanding the complete space of drugs that are metabolized by the human gut microbiome is critical for predicting bacteria-drug relationships and their effects on individual patient response...
2018: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214071/is-bronchoscopy-an-obsolete-tool-in-cystic-fibrosis-the-role-of-bronchoscopy-in-cystic-fibrosis-and-its-clinical-use
#17
REVIEW
Lisa Paul
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a progressive life threatening multisystem genetic disease which affects the CF transmembrane conductance regulator channel. Respiratory causes remain the most common mortality in CF. With the onset of newborn screening, initiating treatments both for prophylaxis and disease management, optimizing nutritional support, and developing therapies targeting CF transmembrane conductance regulator protein, this has significantly changed the face of managing this devastating disease. Bronchoscopy and related procedures such as bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), transbronchial biopsies, and protected brush sampling have been looked at in the management of CF as patients with CF continue to live longer with the help of newer therapies, the microbiome in the lung becomes less diverse along with increased occurrences for noninfectious causes of airway diseases...
September 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214047/high-resolution-profiling-of-the-gut-microbiome-reveals-the-extent-of-clostridium-difficile-burden
#18
Ninalynn Daquigan, Anna Maria Seekatz, K Leigh Greathouse, Vincent B Young, James Robert White
Microbiome profiling through 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis has proven to be a useful research tool in the study of C. difficile infection (CDI); however, CDI microbiome studies typically report results at the genus level or higher, thus precluding identification of this pathogen relative to other members of the gut microbiota. Accurate identification of C. difficile relative to the overall gut microbiome may be useful in assessments of colonization in research studies or as a prognostic indicator for patients with CDI...
2017: NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214046/high-resolution-bacterial-16s-rrna-gene-profile-meta-analysis-and-biofilm-status-reveal-common-colorectal-cancer-consortia
#19
Julia L Drewes, James R White, Christine M Dejea, Payam Fathi, Thevambiga Iyadorai, Jamuna Vadivelu, April C Roslani, Elizabeth C Wick, Emmanuel F Mongodin, Mun Fai Loke, Kumar Thulasi, Han Ming Gan, Khean Lee Goh, Hoong Yin Chong, Sandip Kumar, Jane W Wanyiri, Cynthia L Sears
Colorectal cancer (CRC) remains the third most common cancer worldwide, with a growing incidence among young adults. Multiple studies have presented associations between the gut microbiome and CRC, suggesting a link with cancer risk. Although CRC microbiome studies continue to profile larger patient cohorts with increasingly economical and rapid DNA sequencing platforms, few common associations with CRC have been identified, in part due to limitations in taxonomic resolution and differences in analysis methodologies...
2017: NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212440/constax-a-tool-for-improved-taxonomic-resolution-of-environmental-fungal-its-sequences
#20
Kristi Gdanetz, Gian Maria Niccolò Benucci, Natalie Vande Pol, Gregory Bonito
BACKGROUND: One of the most crucial steps in high-throughput sequence-based microbiome studies is the taxonomic assignment of sequences belonging to operational taxonomic units (OTUs). Without taxonomic classification, functional and biological information of microbial communities cannot be inferred or interpreted. The internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region of the ribosomal DNA is the conventional marker region for fungal community studies. While bioinformatics pipelines that cluster reads into OTUs have received much attention in the literature, less attention has been given to the taxonomic classification of these sequences, upon which biological inference is dependent...
December 6, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
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