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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533216/a-diverse-community-to-study-communities-integration-of-experiments-and-mathematical-models-to-study-microbial-consortia
#1
Antonella Succurro, Fiona Wanjiku Moejes, Oliver Ebenhöh
The last few years have seen the advancement of high-throughput experimental techniques produce an extraordinary amount of data. Bioinformatics and statistical analyses have become instrumental to interpreting the information coming from e.g. sequencing data, and often motivate further targeted experiments. The broad discipline of "computational biology" spans far beyond the well-established field of bioinformatics, but it is our impression that more theoretical methods like mathematical models are not yet as well integrated in the research studying microbial interactions...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509357/characterization-of-microbial-mixtures-by-mass-spectrometry
#2
REVIEW
Todd R Sandrin, Plamen A Demirev
MS applications in microbiology have increased significantly in the past 10 years, due in part to the proliferation of regulator-approved commercial MALDI MS platforms for rapid identification of clinical infections. In parallel, with the expansion of MS technologies in the "omics" fields, novel MS-based research efforts to characterize organismal as well as environmental microbiomes have emerged. Successful characterization of microorganisms found in complex mixtures of other organisms remains a major challenge for researchers and clinicians alike...
May 16, 2017: Mass Spectrometry Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505251/false-discovery-rate-control-incorporating-phylogenetic-tree-increases-detection-power-in-microbiome-wide-multiple-testing
#3
Jian Xiao, Hongyuan Cao, Jun Chen
Motivation: Next generation sequencing technologies have enabled the study of the human microbiome through direct sequencing of microbial DNA, resulting in an enormous amount of microbiome sequencing data. One unique characteristic of microbiome data is the phylogenetic tree that relates all the bacterial species. Closely related bacterial species have a tendency to exhibit a similar relationship with the environment or disease. Thus, incorporating the phylogenetic tree information can potentially improve the detection power for microbiome-wide association studies, where hundreds or thousands of tests are conducted simultaneously to identify bacterial species associated with a phenotype of interest...
May 13, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498899/magenta-a-galaxy-implemented-tool-for-complete-tn-seq-analysis-and-data-visualization
#4
Katherine Maia McCoy, Margaret L Antonio, Tim van Opijnen
Motivation: Transposon insertion sequencing (Tn-Seq) is a microbial systems-level tool, that can determine on a genome-wide scale and in high-throughput, whether a gene, or a specific genomic region, is important for fitness under a specific experimental condition. Results: Here, we present MAGenTA, a suite of analysis tools which accurately calculate the growth rate for each disrupted gene in the genome to enable the discovery of: a) new leads for gene function, b) non coding RNAs; c) genes, pathways and ncRNAs that are involved in tolerating drugs or induce disease; d) higher order genome organization; and e) host-factors that affect bacterial host susceptibility...
May 11, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494549/-changes-in-the-composition-of-intestinal-microbiota-in-mice-with-acute-liver-failure-induced-by-d-galactosamine
#5
Y X Hu, L Yu, H J Liu, M L Cheng
Objective: To investigate the changes in the composition of intestinal microbiota in mice with acute liver failure and identify characteristic bacteria, and to provide a basis for the diagnosis and treatment of acute liver failure with intestinal microbiota disorders. Methods: A total of 30 specific pathogen-free male BALB/c mice were used in this study, including 25 mice in the model group and 5 mice in the control group. An acute liver failure model was induced by D-galactosamine. Microbial DNA was extracted from intestinal contents in different segments of the lower digestive tract (ileum and colon) and feces and then were amplified using PCR...
April 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487430/rna-dependent-cysteine-biosynthesis-in-bacteria-and-archaea
#6
Takahito Mukai, Ana Crnković, Takuya Umehara, Natalia N Ivanova, Nikos C Kyrpides, Dieter Söll
The diversity of the genetic code systems used by microbes on earth is yet to be elucidated. It is known that certain methanogenic archaea employ an alternative system for cysteine (Cys) biosynthesis and encoding; tRNA(Cys) is first acylated with phosphoserine (Sep) by O-phosphoseryl-tRNA synthetase (SepRS) and then converted to Cys-tRNA(Cys) by Sep-tRNA:Cys-tRNA synthase (SepCysS). In this study, we searched all genomic and metagenomic protein sequence data in the Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) system and at the NCBI to reveal new clades of SepRS and SepCysS proteins belonging to diverse archaea in the four major groups (DPANN, Euryarchaeota, TACK, and Asgard) and two groups of bacteria ("Candidatus Parcubacteria" and Chloroflexi)...
May 9, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469373/the-use-of-next-generation-sequencing-in-the-identification-of-a-fastidious-pathogen-a-lesson-from-a-clinical-setup
#7
Amr Tm Saeb, Mohamed Abouelhoda, Manojkumar Selvaraju, Sahar I Althawadi, Maysoon Mutabagani, Mohammad Adil, Abdullah Al Hokail, Hamsa T Tayeb
Clostridium haemolyticum is the causal agent of bacillary hemoglobinuria in cattle, goat, sheep, and ruminants. In this study, we report the first recorded human-infecting C. haemolyticum strain collected from an 18-year-old woman diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After failure of traditional techniques, only next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology in combination with bioinformatics, phylogenetic, and pathogenomics analyses revealed that our King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSHRC) bacterial isolate belongs to C...
2017: Evolutionary Bioinformatics Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467461/16s-rrna-gene-sequencing-and-healthy-reference-ranges-for-28-clinically-relevant-microbial-taxa-from-the-human-gut-microbiome
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Daniel E Almonacid, Laurens Kraal, Francisco J Ossandon, Yelena V Budovskaya, Juan Pablo Cardenas, Elisabeth M Bik, Audrey D Goddard, Jessica Richman, Zachary S Apte
Changes in the relative abundances of many intestinal microorganisms, both those that naturally occur in the human gut microbiome and those that are considered pathogens, have been associated with a range of diseases. To more accurately diagnose health conditions, medical practitioners could benefit from a molecular, culture-independent assay for the quantification of these microorganisms in the context of a healthy reference range. Here we present the targeted sequencing of the microbial 16S rRNA gene of clinically relevant gut microorganisms as a method to provide a gut screening test that could assist in the clinical diagnosis of certain health conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450373/rnaseq-analysis-of-the-drosophila-response-to-the-entomopathogenic-nematode-steinernema
#9
Shruti Yadav, Sean Daugherty, Amol Carl Shetty, Ioannis Eleftherianos
Drosophila melanogaster is an outstanding model to study the molecular and functional basis of host-pathogen interactions. Currently our knowledge of microbial infections in D. melanogaster is well understood, however the response of flies to nematode infections is still in its infancy. Here we have used the potent parasitic nematode Steinernema carpocapsae that lives in mutualism with its endosymbiotic bacteria X. nematophila to examine the transcriptomic basis of the interaction between D. melanogaster and entomopathogenic nematodes...
April 26, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449639/clovr-comparative-automated-cloud-enabled-comparative-microbial-genome-sequence-analysis-pipeline
#10
Sonia Agrawal, Cesar Arze, Ricky S Adkins, Jonathan Crabtree, David Riley, Mahesh Vangala, Kevin Galens, Claire M Fraser, Hervé Tettelin, Owen White, Samuel V Angiuoli, Anup Mahurkar, W Florian Fricke
BACKGROUND: The benefit of increasing genomic sequence data to the scientific community depends on easy-to-use, scalable bioinformatics support. CloVR-Comparative combines commonly used bioinformatics tools into an intuitive, automated, and cloud-enabled analysis pipeline for comparative microbial genomics. RESULTS: CloVR-Comparative runs on annotated complete or draft genome sequences that are uploaded by the user or selected via a taxonomic tree-based user interface and downloaded from NCBI...
April 27, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439121/bioinformatic-approaches-including-predictive-metagenomic-profiling-reveal-characteristics-of-bacterial-response-to-petroleum-hydrocarbon-contamination-in-diverse-environments
#11
Arghya Mukherjee, Bobby Chettri, James S Langpoklakpam, Pijush Basak, Aravind Prasad, Ashis K Mukherjee, Maitree Bhattacharyya, Arvind K Singh, Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay
Microbial remediation of oil polluted habitats remains one of the foremost methods for restoration of petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated environments. The development of effective bioremediation strategies however, require an extensive understanding of the resident microbiome of these habitats. Recent developments such as high-throughput sequencing has greatly facilitated the advancement of microbial ecological studies in oil polluted habitats. However, effective interpretation of biological characteristics from these large datasets remain a considerable challenge...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430873/bioinformatics-in-germany-toward-a-national-level-infrastructure
#12
Andreas Tauch, Arwa Al-Dilaimi
The German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI) is a national initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The mission of de.NBI is (i) to provide high-quality bioinformatics services to users in basic and applied life sciences research from academia, industry and biomedicine; (ii) to offer bioinformatics training to users in Germany and Europe through a wide range of workshops and courses; and (iii) to foster the cooperation of the German bioinformatics community with international network structures such as the European life-sciences Infrastructure for biological Information (ELIXIR)...
April 18, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424669/inferring-microbial-interactions-in-the-gut-of-the-hong-kong-whipping-frog-polypedates-megacephalus-and-a-validation-using-probiotics
#13
Francis Cheng-Hsuan Weng, Grace Tzun-Wen Shaw, Chieh-Yin Weng, Yi-Ju Yang, Daryi Wang
The concerted activity of intestinal microbes is crucial to the health and development of their host organisms. Investigation of microbial interactions in the gut should deepen our understanding of how these micro-ecosystems function. Due to advances in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies, various bioinformatic strategies have been proposed to investigate these microbial interactions. However, due to the complexity of the intestinal microbial community and difficulties in monitoring their interactions, at present there is a gap between the theory and biological application...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420677/tcup-typing-and-characterization-of-bacteria-using-bottom-up-tandem-mass-spectrometry-proteomics
#14
Fredrik Boulund, Roger Karlsson, Lucia Gonzales-Siles, Anna Johnning, Nahid Karami, Omar Al-Bayati, Christina Ahren, Edward R B Moore, Erik Kristiansson
Methods for rapid and reliable microbial identification are essential in modern healthcare. The ability to detect and correctly identify pathogenic species and their resistance phenotype is necessary for accurate diagnosis and efficient treatment of infectious diseases. Bottom-up tandem mass spectrometry (MS) proteomics enables rapid characterization of large parts of the expressed genes of microorganisms. However, the generated data is highly fragmented, making down-stream analyses complex. Here we present TCUP, a new computational method for typing and characterizing bacteria using proteomics data from bottom-up tandem MS...
April 18, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409116/prepare_taxa_charts-py-a-python-program-to-automate-generation-of-publication-ready-taxonomic-pie-chart-images-from-qiime
#15
Vijay Lakhujani, Chandan Badapanda
QIIME (Quantitative Insights Into Microbial Ecology) is one of the most popular open-source bioinformatics suite for performing metagenome, 16S rRNA amplicon and Internal Transcribed Spacer (ITS) data analysis. Although, it is very comprehensive and powerful tool, it lacks a method to provide publication ready taxonomic pie charts. The script plot_taxa_summary.py bundled with QIIME generate a html file and a folder containing taxonomic pie chart and legend as separate images. The images have randomly generated alphanumeric names...
June 2017: Genomics Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401315/improving-the-tool-box-for-robust-industrial-enzymes
#16
REVIEW
J A Littlechild
The speed of sequencing of microbial genomes and metagenomes is providing an ever increasing resource for the identification of new robust biocatalysts with industrial applications for many different aspects of industrial biotechnology. Using 'natures catalysts' provides a sustainable approach to chemical synthesis of fine chemicals, general chemicals such as surfactants and new consumer-based materials such as biodegradable plastics. This provides a sustainable and 'green chemistry' route to chemical synthesis which generates no toxic waste and is environmentally friendly...
May 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399822/dominant-bacterial-phyla-in-caves-and-their-predicted-functional-roles-in-c-and-n-cycle
#17
Surajit De Mandal, Raghunath Chatterjee, Nachimuthu Senthil Kumar
BACKGROUND: Bacteria present in cave often survive by modifying their metabolic pathway or other mechanism. Understanding these adopted bacteria and their survival strategy inside the cave is an important aspect of microbial ecology. Present study focuses on the bacterial community and geochemistry in five caves of Mizoram, Northeast India. The objective of this study was to explore the taxonomic composition and presumed functional diversity of cave sediment metagenomes using paired end Illumina sequencing using V3 region of 16S rRNA gene and bioinformatics pipeline...
April 11, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390576/functional-relevance-of-microbiome-signatures-the-correlation-era-requires-tools-for-consolidation
#18
Ludovica F Buttó, Dirk Haller
Compelling research over the past decade identified a fundamental role of the intestinal microbiome on human health. Compositional and functional changes of this microbial ecosystem are correlated with a variety of human pathologies. Metagenomic resolution and bioinformatic tools considerably improved, allowing even strain-level analysis. However, the search for microbial risk patterns in human cohorts is often confounded by environmental factors (eg, medication) and host status (eg, disease relapse), questioning the prognostic and therapeutic value of the currently available information...
April 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386631/microbial-rhamnolipid-production-a-critical-re-evaluation-of-published-data-and-suggested-future-publication-criteria
#19
REVIEW
Victor U Irorere, Lakshmi Tripathi, Roger Marchant, Stephen McClean, Ibrahim M Banat
High production cost and potential pathogenicity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, commonly used for rhamnolipid synthesis, have led to extensive research for safer producing strains and cost-effective production methods. This has resulted in numerous research publications claiming new non-pathogenic producing strains and novel production techniques many of which are unfortunately without proper characterisation of product and/or producing strain/s. Genes responsible for rhamnolipid production have only been confirmed in P...
May 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381207/microbial-composition-of-spiny-ants-hymenoptera-formicidae-polyrhachis-across-their-geographic-range
#20
Manuela Oliveira Ramalho, Odair Correa Bueno, Corrie Saux Moreau
BACKGROUND: Symbiotic relationships between insects and bacteria are found across almost all insect orders, including Hymenoptera. However there are still many remaining questions about these associations including what factors drive host-associated bacterial composition. To better understand the evolutionary significance of this association in nature, further studies addressing a diversity of hosts across locations and evolutionary history are necessary. Ants of the genus Polyrhachis (spiny ants) are distributed across the Old World and exhibit generalist diets and habits...
April 5, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
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