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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439121/bioinformatic-approaches-including-predictive-metagenomic-profiling-reveal-characteristics-of-bacterial-response-to-petroleum-hydrocarbon-contamination-in-diverse-environments
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...
April 11, 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
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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
#8
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
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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...
April 6, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381207/microbial-composition-of-spiny-ants-hymenoptera-formicidae-polyrhachis-across-their-geographic-range
#10
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379466/mackinac-a-bridge-between-modelseed-and-cobrapy-to-generate-and-analyze-genome-scale-metabolic-models
#11
Michael Mundy, Helena Mendes-Soares, Nicholas Chia
Summary: Reconstructing and analyzing a large number of genome-scale metabolic models is a fundamental part of the integrated study of microbial communities; however, two of the most widely used frameworks for building and analyzing models use different metabolic network representations. Here we describe Mackinac, a Python package that combines ModelSEED's ability to automatically reconstruct metabolic models with COBRApy's advanced analysis capabilities to bridge the differences between the two frameworks and facilitate the study of the metabolic potential of microorganisms...
August 30, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369460/from-reads-to-operational-taxonomic-units-an-ensemble-processing-pipeline-for-miseq-amplicon-sequencing-data
#12
Mohamed Mysara, Mercy Njima, Natalie Leys, Jeroen Raes, Pieter Monsieurs
The development of high-throughput sequencing technologies has provided microbial ecologists with an efficient approach to assess bacterial diversity at an unseen depth, particularly with the recent advances in the Illumina MiSeq sequencing platform. However, analyzing such high-throughput data is posing important computational challenges, requiring specialized bioinformatics solutions at different stages during the processing pipeline, such as assembly of paired-end reads, chimera removal, correction of sequencing errors, and clustering of those sequences into Operational Taxonomic Units (OTUs)...
February 1, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348833/microreact-visualizing-and-sharing-data-for-genomic-epidemiology-and-phylogeography
#13
Silvia Argimón, Khalil Abudahab, Richard J E Goater, Artemij Fedosejev, Jyothish Bhai, Corinna Glasner, Edward J Feil, Matthew T G Holden, Corin A Yeats, Hajo Grundmann, Brian G Spratt, David M Aanensen
Visualization is frequently used to aid our interpretation of complex datasets. Within microbial genomics, visualizing the relationships between multiple genomes as a tree provides a framework onto which associated data (geographical, temporal, phenotypic and epidemiological) are added to generate hypotheses and to explore the dynamics of the system under investigation. Selected static images are then used within publications to highlight the key findings to a wider audience. However, these images are a very inadequate way of exploring and interpreting the richness of the data...
November 2016: Microbial Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348067/proteomics-and-integrative-omic-approaches-for-understanding-host-pathogen-interactions-and-infectious-diseases
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REVIEW
Pierre M Jean Beltran, Joel D Federspiel, Xinlei Sheng, Ileana M Cristea
Organisms are constantly exposed to microbial pathogens in their environments. When a pathogen meets its host, a series of intricate intracellular interactions shape the outcome of the infection. The understanding of these host-pathogen interactions is crucial for the development of treatments and preventive measures against infectious diseases. Over the past decade, proteomic approaches have become prime contributors to the discovery and understanding of host-pathogen interactions that represent anti- and pro-pathogenic cellular responses...
March 27, 2017: Molecular Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346358/genomic-evidence-for-bacterial-determinants-influencing-obesity-development
#15
Raphael D Isokpehi, Shaneka S Simmons, Matilda O Johnson, Marinelle Payton
Obesity is a major global public health problem requiring multifaceted interventional approaches including dietary interventions with probiotic bacteria. High-throughput genome sequencing of microbial communities in the mammalian gastrointestinal system continues to present diverse protein function information to understand the bacterial determinants that influence obesity development. The goal of the research reported in this article was to identify biological processes in probiotic bacteria that could influence the mechanisms for the extraction of energy from diet in the human gastrointestinal system...
March 26, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341746/leveraging-sequence-based-faecal-microbial-community-survey-data-to-identify-a-composite-biomarker-for-colorectal-cancer
#16
Manasi S Shah, Todd Z DeSantis, Thomas Weinmaier, Paul J McMurdie, Julia L Cope, Adam Altrichter, Jose-Miguel Yamal, Emily B Hollister
OBJECTIVE: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer-associated mortality in the USA. The faecal microbiome may provide non-invasive biomarkers of CRC and indicate transition in the adenoma-carcinoma sequence. Re-analysing raw sequence and metadata from several studies uniformly, we sought to identify a composite and generalisable microbial marker for CRC. DESIGN: Raw 16S rRNA gene sequence data sets from nine studies were processed with two pipelines, (1) QIIME closed reference (QIIME-CR) or (2) a strain-specific method herein termed SS-UP (Strain Select, UPARSE bioinformatics pipeline)...
March 24, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337072/precision-metagenomics-rapid-metagenomic-analyses-for-infectious-disease-diagnostics-and-public-health-surveillance
#17
Ebrahim Afshinnekoo, Chou Chou, Noah Alexander, Sofia Ahsanuddin, Audrey N Schuetz, Christopher E Mason
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies have ushered in the era of precision medicine, transforming the way we treat cancer patients and diagnose disease. Concomitantly, the advent of these technologies has created a surge of microbiome and metagenomic studies over the last decade, many of which are focused on investigating the host-gene-microbial interactions responsible for the development and spread of infectious diseases, as well as delineating their key role in maintaining health. As we continue to discover more information about the etiology of infectious diseases, the translational potential of metagenomic NGS methods for treatment and rapid diagnosis is becoming abundantly clear...
April 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Techniques: JBT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337070/genomic-methods-and-microbiological-technologies-for-profiling-novel-and-extreme-environments-for-the-extreme-microbiome-project-xmp
#18
Scott Tighe, Ebrahim Afshinnekoo, Tara M Rock, Ken McGrath, Noah Alexander, Alexa McIntyre, Sofia Ahsanuddin, Daniela Bezdan, Stefan J Green, Samantha Joye, Sarah Stewart Johnson, Don A Baldwin, Nathan Bivens, Nadim Ajami, Joseph R Carmical, Ian Charold Herriott, Rita Colwell, Mohamed Donia, Jonathan Foox, Nick Greenfield, Tim Hunter, Jessica Hoffman, Joshua Hyman, Ellen Jorgensen, Diana Krawczyk, Jodie Lee, Shawn Levy, Natàlia Garcia-Reyero, Matthew Settles, Kelley Thomas, Felipe Gómez, Lynn Schriml, Nikos Kyrpides, Elena Zaikova, Jon Penterman, Christopher E Mason
The Extreme Microbiome Project (XMP) is a project launched by the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities Metagenomics Research Group (ABRF MGRG) that focuses on whole genome shotgun sequencing of extreme and unique environments using a wide variety of biomolecular techniques. The goals are multifaceted, including development and refinement of new techniques for the following: 1) the detection and characterization of novel microbes, 2) the evaluation of nucleic acid techniques for extremophilic samples, and 3) the identification and implementation of the appropriate bioinformatics pipelines...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Techniques: JBT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334194/swga-a-primer-design-toolkit-for-selective-whole-genome-amplification
#19
Erik L Clarke, Sesh A Sundararaman, Stephanie N Seifert, Frederic D Bushman, Beatrice H Hahn, Dustin Brisson
Motivation: Population genomic analyses are often hindered by difficulties in obtaining sufficient numbers of genomes for analysis by DNA sequencing. Selective whole-genome amplification (SWGA) provides an efficient approach to amplify microbial genomes from complex backgrounds for sequence acquisition. However, the process of designing sets of primers for this method has many degrees of freedom and would benefit from an automated process to evaluate the vast number of potential primer sets...
February 27, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327976/minion%C3%A2-nanopore-sequencing-of-environmental-metagenomes-a-synthetic-approach
#20
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
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