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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453677/afs-identification-and-quantification-of-species-composition-by-metagenomic-sequencing
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Yongchao Liu, Fabian Ripp, Rene Koeppel, Hanno Schmidt, Sören Lukas Hellmann, Mathias Weber, Christopher Felix Krombholz, Bertil Schmidt, Thomas Hankeln
Summary: DNA-based methods to detect and quantify taxon composition in biological materials are often based on species-specific polymerase chain reaction, limited to detecting species targeted by the assay. Next-generation sequencing overcomes this drawback by untargeted shotgun sequencing of whole metagenomes at affordable cost. Here we present AFS, a software pipeline for quantification of species composition in food. AFS uses metagenomic shotgun sequencing and sequence read counting to infer species proportions...
May 1, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449106/microbiomeanalyst-a-web-based-tool-for-comprehensive-statistical-visual-and-meta-analysis-of-microbiome-data
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Achal Dhariwal, Jasmine Chong, Salam Habib, Irah L King, Luis B Agellon, Jianguo Xia
The widespread application of next-generation sequencing technologies has revolutionized microbiome research by enabling high-throughput profiling of the genetic contents of microbial communities. How to analyze the resulting large complex datasets remains a key challenge in current microbiome studies. Over the past decade, powerful computational pipelines and robust protocols have been established to enable efficient raw data processing and annotation. The focus has shifted toward downstream statistical analysis and functional interpretation...
April 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448616/abundance-profiling-of-specific-gene-groups-using-precomputed-gut-metagenomes-yields-novel-biological-hypotheses
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Konstantin Yarygin, Alexander Tyakht, Andrey Larin, Elena Kostryukova, Sergei Kolchenko, Vilgelm Bitner, Dmitry Alexeev
The gut microbiota is essentially a multifunctional bioreactor within a human being. The exploration of its enormous metabolic potential provides insights into the mechanisms underlying microbial ecology and interactions with the host. The data obtained using "shotgun" metagenomics capture information about the whole spectrum of microbial functions. However, each new study presenting new sequencing data tends to extract only a little of the information concerning the metabolic potential and often omits specific functions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443069/long-term-enrichment-of-stress-tolerant-cellulolytic-soil-populations-following-timber-harvesting-evidenced-by-multi-omic-stable-isotope-probing
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Roland C Wilhelm, Erick Cardenas, Hilary Leung, András Szeitz, Lionel D Jensen, William W Mohn
Soil management is vital for maintaining the productivity of commercial forests, yet the long-term impact of timber harvesting on soil microbial communities remains largely a matter of conjecture. Decomposition of plant biomass, comprised mainly of lignocellulose, has a broad impact on nutrient cycling, microbial activity and physicochemical characteristics of soil. At "Long-term Soil Productivity Study" sites in California dominated by Ponderosa pine, we tested whether clear-cut timber harvesting, accompanied by varying degrees of organic matter (OM) removal, affected the activity and structure of the cellulose-degrading microbial populations 16 years after harvesting...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424662/untangling-genomes-of-novel-planctomycetal-and-verrucomicrobial-species-from-monterey-bay-kelp-forest-metagenomes-by-refined-binning
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John Vollmers, Martinique Frentrup, Patrick Rast, Christian Jogler, Anne-Kristin Kaster
The kelp forest of the Pacific temperate rocky marine coastline of Monterey Bay in California is a dominant habitat for large brown macro-algae in the order of Laminariales. It is probably one of the most species-rich, structurally complex and productive ecosystems in temperate waters and well-studied in terms of trophic ecology. However, still little is known about the microorganisms thriving in this habitat. A growing body of evidence suggests that bacteria associated with macro-algae represent a huge and largely untapped resource of natural products with chemical structures that have been optimized by evolution for biological and ecological purposes...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421041/metagenome-wide-association-study-and-machine-learning-prediction-of-bulk-soil-microbiome-and-crop-productivity
#6
Hao-Xun Chang, James S Haudenshield, Charles R Bowen, Glen L Hartman
Areas within an agricultural field in the same season often differ in crop productivity despite having the same cropping history, crop genotype, and management practices. One hypothesis is that abiotic or biotic factors in the soils differ between areas resulting in these productivity differences. In this study, bulk soil samples collected from a high and a low productivity area from within six agronomic fields in Illinois were quantified for abiotic and biotic characteristics. Extracted DNA from these bulk soil samples were shotgun sequenced...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394451/ancient-dna-analysis-identifies-marine-mollusc-shells-as-new-metagenomic-archives-of-the-past
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Clio Der Sarkissian, Vianney Pichereau, Catherine Dupont, Peter C Ilsøe, Mickael Perrigault, Paul Butler, Laurent Chauvaud, Jón Eiríksson, James Scourse, Christine Paillard, Ludovic Orlando
Marine mollusc shells enclose a wealth of information on coastal organisms and their environment. Their life history traits as well as (palaeo-) environmental conditions, including temperature, food availability, salinity, and pollution, can be traced through the analysis of their shell (micro-) structure and biogeochemical composition. Adding to this list the DNA entrapped in shell carbonate biominerals potentially offers a novel and complementary proxy both for reconstructing palaeoenvironments and tracking mollusc evolutionary trajectories...
April 10, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389755/soda-pans-of-the-pannonian-steppe-harbor-unique-bacterial-communities-adapted-to-multiple-extreme-conditions
#8
Attila Szabó, Kristóf Korponai, Csaba Kerepesi, Boglárka Somogyi, Lajos Vörös, Dániel Bartha, Károly Márialigeti, Tamás Felföldi
Soda pans of the Pannonian steppe are unique environments regarding their physical and chemical characteristics: shallowness, high turbidity, intermittent character, alkaline pH, polyhumic organic carbon concentration, hypertrophic condition, moderately high salinity, sodium and carbonate ion dominance. The pans are highly productive environments with picophytoplankton predominance. Little is known about the planktonic bacterial communities inhabiting these aquatic habitats; therefore, amplicon sequencing and shotgun metagenomics were applied to reveal their composition and functional properties...
April 7, 2017: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384336/filthy-lucre-a-metagenomic-pilot-study-of-microbes-found-on-circulating-currency-in-new-york-city
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Julia M Maritz, Steven A Sullivan, Robert J Prill, Emre Aksoy, Paul Scheid, Jane M Carlton
BACKGROUND: Paper currency by its very nature is frequently transferred from one person to another and represents an important medium for human contact with-and potential exchange of-microbes. In this pilot study, we swabbed circulating $1 bills obtained from a New York City bank in February (Winter) and June (Summer) 2013 and used shotgun metagenomic sequencing to profile the communities found on their surface. Using basic culture conditions, we also tested whether viable microbes could be recovered from bills...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384184/assessing-biosynthetic-potential-of-agricultural-groundwater-through-metagenomic-sequencing-a-diverse-anammox-community-dominates-nitrate-rich-groundwater
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William B Ludington, Thaddeus D Seher, Olin Applegate, Xunde Li, Joseph I Kliegman, Charles Langelier, Edward R Atwill, Thomas Harter, Joseph L DeRisi
BACKGROUND: Climate change produces extremes in both temperature and precipitation causing increased drought severity and increased reliance on groundwater resources. Agricultural practices, which rely on groundwater, are sensitive to but also sources of contaminants, including nitrate. How agricultural contamination drives groundwater geochemistry through microbial metabolism is poorly understood. METHODS: On an active cow dairy in the Central Valley of California, we sampled groundwater from three wells at depths of 4...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383679/ezmap-a-simple-pipeline-for-reproducible-analysis-of-the-human-virome
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Patrick Czeczko, Steven C Greenway, A P Jason de Koning
Summary: In solid-organ transplant recipients, a delicate balance between immunosuppression and immunocompetence must be achieved, which can be difficult to monitor in real-time. Shotgun sequencing of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) has been recently proposed as a new way to indirectly assess immune function in transplant recipients through analysis of the status of the human virome. To facilitate exploration of the utility of the human virome as an indicator of immune status, and to enable rapid, straightforward analyses by clinicians, we developed a fully-automated computational pipeline, EzMap, for performing metagenomic analysis of the human virome...
April 5, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382231/metagenomic-analysis-exploring-taxonomic-and-functional-diversity-of-soil-microbial-communities-in-chilean-vineyards-and-surrounding-native-forests
#12
Luis E Castañeda, Olga Barbosa
Mediterranean biomes are biodiversity hotspots, and vineyards are important components of the Mediterranean landscape. Over the last few decades, the amount of land occupied by vineyards has augmented rapidly, thereby increasing threats to Mediterranean ecosystems. Land use change and agricultural management have important effects on soil biodiversity, because they change the physical and chemical properties of soil. These changes may also have consequences on wine production considering that soil is a key component of terroir...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379472/a-possible-novel-prosthetic-joint-infection-pathogen-mycoplasma-salivarium-identified-by-metagenomic-shotgun-sequencing
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Matthew Thoendel, Patricio Jeraldo, Kerryl E Greenwood-Quaintance, Nicholas Chia, Matthew P Abdel, James M Steckelberg, Douglas R Osmon, Robin Patel
Defining the microbial etiology of culture-negative prosthetic joint infection (PJI) can be challenging. Metagenomic shotgun sequencing is a new tool to identify organisms undetected by conventional methods. We present a case where metagenomics was used to identify Mycoplasma salivarium as a novel PJI pathogen in a hypogammaglobulinemic individual.
April 1, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373716/microbial-functional-capacity-is-preserved-within-engineered-soil-formulations-used-in-mine-site-restoration
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Deepak Kumaresan, Adam T Cross, Benjamin Moreira-Grez, Khalil Kariman, Paul Nevill, Jason Stevens, Richard J N Allcock, Anthony G O'Donnell, Kingsley W Dixon, Andrew S Whiteley
Mining of mineral resources produces substantial volumes of crushed rock based wastes that are characterised by poor physical structure and hydrology, unstable geochemistry and potentially toxic chemical conditions. Recycling of these substrates is desirable and can be achieved by blending waste with native soil to form a 'novel substrate' which may be used in future landscape restoration. However, these post-mining substrate based 'soils' are likely to contain significant abiotic constraints for both plant and microbial growth...
April 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367376/slimm-species-level-identification-of-microorganisms-from-metagenomes
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Temesgen Hailemariam Dadi, Bernhard Y Renard, Lothar H Wieler, Torsten Semmler, Knut Reinert
Identification and quantification of microorganisms is a significant step in studying the alpha and beta diversities within and between microbial communities respectively. Both identification and quantification of a given microbial community can be carried out using whole genome shotgun sequences with less bias than when using 16S-rDNA sequences. However, shared regions of DNA among reference genomes and taxonomic units pose a significant challenge in assigning reads correctly to their true origins. The existing microbial community profiling tools commonly deal with this problem by either preparing signature-based unique references or assigning an ambiguous read to its least common ancestor in a taxonomic tree...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356418/impact-of-contaminating-dna-in-whole-genome-amplification-kits-used-for-metagenomic-shotgun-sequencing-for-infection-diagnosis
#16
Matthew Thoendel, Patricio Jeraldo, Kerryl E Greenwood-Quaintance, Janet Yao, Nicholas Chia, Arlen D Hanssen, Matthew P Abdel, Robin Patel
Whole genome amplification (WGA) is a useful tool for amplification of very small quantities of DNA for many uses, including metagenomic shotgun sequencing for infection diagnosis. Depending on the application, background DNA from WGA kits can be problematic. Three WGA kits were tested for their utility in a metagenomics approach to identify pathogens in sonicate fluid comprised of biofilms and other materials dislodged from the surfaces of explanted prosthetic joints using sonication. The Illustra Genomiphi V2, Illustra Single Cell Genomiphi, and Qiagen REPLI-g Single Cell kits were tested on identical sonicate fluid samples...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352255/metaproteogenomics-reveals-taxonomic-and-functional-changes-between-cecal-and-fecal-microbiota-in-mouse
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Alessandro Tanca, Valeria Manghina, Cristina Fraumene, Antonio Palomba, Marcello Abbondio, Massimo Deligios, Michael Silverman, Sergio Uzzau
Previous studies on mouse models report that cecal and fecal microbial communities may differ in the taxonomic structure, but little is known about their respective functional activities. Here, we employed a metaproteogenomic approach, including 16S rRNA gene sequencing, shotgun metagenomics and shotgun metaproteomics, to analyze the microbiota of paired mouse cecal contents (CCs) and feces, with the aim of identifying changes in taxon-specific functions. As a result, Gram-positive anaerobes were observed as considerably higher in CCs, while several key enzymes, involved in oxalate degradation, glutamate/glutamine metabolism, and redox homeostasis, and most actively expressed by Bacteroidetes, were clearly more represented in feces...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350876/mipe-a-metagenome-based-community-structure-explorer-and-ssu-primer-evaluation-tool
#18
Bin Zou, JieFu Li, Quan Zhou, Zhe-Xue Quan
An understanding of microbial community structure is an important issue in the field of molecular ecology. The traditional molecular method involves amplification of small subunit ribosomal RNA (SSU rRNA) genes by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). However, PCR-based amplicon approaches are affected by primer bias and chimeras. With the development of high-throughput sequencing technology, unbiased SSU rRNA gene sequences can be mined from shotgun sequencing-based metagenomic or metatranscriptomic datasets to obtain a reflection of the microbial community structure in specific types of environment and to evaluate SSU primers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345059/health-and-disease-imprinted-in-the-time-variability-of-the-human-microbiome
#19
Jose Manuel Martí, Daniel Martínez-Martínez, Teresa Rubio, César Gracia, Manuel Peña, Amparo Latorre, Andrés Moya, Carlos P Garay
The animal microbiota (including the human microbiota) plays an important role in keeping the physiological status of the host healthy. Research seeks greater insight into whether changes in the composition and function of the microbiota are associated with disease. We analyzed published 16S rRNA and shotgun metagenomic sequencing (SMS) data pertaining to the gut microbiotas of 99 subjects monitored over time. Temporal fluctuations in the microbial composition revealed significant differences due to factors such as dietary changes, antibiotic intake, age, and disease...
March 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342734/integration-of-microbiome-and-epigenome-to-decipher-the-pathogenesis-of-autoimmune-diseases
#20
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Beidi Chen, Luxi Sun, Xuan Zhang
The interaction between genetic predisposition and environmental factors are of great significance in the pathogenesis and development of autoimmune diseases (AIDs). The human mucosa is the most frequent site that interacts with the exterior environment, and commensal microbiota at the gut and other human mucosal cavities play a crucial role in the regulation of immune system. Growing evidence has shown that the compositional and functional changes of mucosal microbiota are closely related to AIDs. Gut dysbiosis not only influence the expression level of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) of antigen presenting cells, but also contribute to Th17/Treg imbalance...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
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