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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145425/statistical-analysis-of-co-occurrence-patterns-in-microbial-presence-absence-datasets
#1
Kumar P Mainali, Sharon Bewick, Peter Thielen, Thomas Mehoke, Florian P Breitwieser, Shishir Paudel, Arjun Adhikari, Joshua Wolfe, Eric V Slud, David Karig, William F Fagan
Drawing on a long history in macroecology, correlation analysis of microbiome datasets is becoming a common practice for identifying relationships or shared ecological niches among bacterial taxa. However, many of the statistical issues that plague such analyses in macroscale communities remain unresolved for microbial communities. Here, we discuss problems in the analysis of microbial species correlations based on presence-absence data. We focus on presence-absence data because this information is more readily obtainable from sequencing studies, especially for whole-genome sequencing, where abundance estimation is still in its infancy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143489/spatial-variation-in-the-parasite-communities-and-genomic-structure-of-urban-rats-in-new-york-city
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L P Angley, M Combs, C Firth, M J Frye, I Lipkin, J L Richardson, J Munshi-South
Brown rats (Rattus norvegicus) are a globally distributed pest. Urban habitats can support large infestations of rats, posing a potential risk to public health from the parasites and pathogens they carry. Despite the potential influence of rodent-borne zoonotic diseases on human health, it is unclear how urban habitats affect the structure and transmission dynamics of ectoparasite and microbial communities (all referred to as "parasites" hereafter) among rat colonies. In this study, we use ecological data on parasites and genomic sequencing of their rat hosts to examine associations between spatial proximity, genetic relatedness and the parasite communities associated with 133 rats at five sites in sections of New York City with persistent rat infestations...
November 16, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142241/diverse-marinimicrobia-bacteria-may-mediate-coupled-biogeochemical-cycles-along-eco-thermodynamic-gradients
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Alyse K Hawley, Masaru K Nobu, Jody J Wright, W Evan Durno, Connor Morgan-Lang, Brent Sage, Patrick Schwientek, Brandon K Swan, Christian Rinke, Monica Torres-Beltrán, Keith Mewis, Wen-Tso Liu, Ramunas Stepanauskas, Tanja Woyke, Steven J Hallam
Microbial communities drive biogeochemical cycles through networks of metabolite exchange that are structured along energetic gradients. As energy yields become limiting, these networks favor co-metabolic interactions to maximize energy disequilibria. Here we apply single-cell genomics, metagenomics, and metatranscriptomics to study bacterial populations of the abundant "microbial dark matter" phylum Marinimicrobia along defined energy gradients. We show that evolutionary diversification of major Marinimicrobia clades appears to be closely related to energy yields, with increased co-metabolic interactions in more deeply branching clades...
November 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138307/microdiversity-of-an-abundant-terrestrial-bacterium-encompasses-extensive-variation-in-ecologically-relevant-traits
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Alexander B Chase, Ulas Karaoz, Eoin L Brodie, Zulema Gomez-Lunar, Adam C Martiny, Jennifer B H Martiny
Much genetic diversity within a bacterial community is likely obscured by microdiversity within operational taxonomic units (OTUs) defined by 16S rRNA gene sequences. However, it is unclear how variation within this microdiversity influences ecologically relevant traits. Here, we employ a multifaceted approach to investigate microdiversity within the dominant leaf litter bacterium, Curtobacterium, which comprises 7.8% of the bacterial community at a grassland site undergoing global change manipulations. We use cultured bacterial isolates to interpret metagenomic data, collected in situ over 2 years, together with lab-based physiological assays to determine the extent of trait variation within this abundant OTU...
November 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137643/efficient-gene-editing-in-corynebacterium-glutamicum-using-the-crispr-cas9-system
#5
Feng Peng, Xinyue Wang, Yang Sun, Guibin Dong, Yankun Yang, Xiuxia Liu, Zhonghu Bai
BACKGROUND: Corynebacterium glutamicum (C. glutamicum) has traditionally been used as a microbial cell factory for the industrial production of many amino acids and other industrially important commodities. C. glutamicum has recently been established as a host for recombinant protein expression; however, some intrinsic disadvantages could be improved by genetic modification. Gene editing techniques, such as deletion, insertion, or replacement, are important tools for modifying chromosomes...
November 14, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136663/phylogenic-inference-using-alignment-free-methods-for-applications-in-microbial-community-surveys-using-16s-rrna-gene
#6
Yifei Zhang, Alexander V Alekseyenko
The diversity of microbiota is best explored by understanding the phylogenetic structure of the microbial communities. Traditionally, sequence alignment has been used for phylogenetic inference. However, alignment-based approaches come with significant challenges and limitations when massive amounts of data are analyzed. In the recent decade, alignment-free approaches have enabled genome-scale phylogenetic inference. Here we evaluate three alignment-free methods: ACS, CVTree, and Kr for phylogenetic inference with 16s rRNA gene data...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132963/screening-for-viral-extraneous-agents-in-live-attenuated-avian-vaccines-by-using-a-microbial-microarray-and-sequencing
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Majken Lindholm Olesen, Lotte Leick Jørgensen, Merete Blixenkrone-Møller, Eva Sandberg, Peer Lyng Frandsen, Erik Østergaard, Eva Rauhe Bækdahl, Helena Fridholm, Anders Fomsgaard, Maiken Worsøe Rosenstierne
The absence of extraneous agents (EA) in the raw material used for production and in finished products is one of the principal safety elements related to all medicinal products of biological origin, such as live-attenuated vaccines. The aim of this study was to investigate the applicability of the Lawrence Livermore Microbial detection array version 2 (LLMDAv2) combined with whole genome amplification and sequencing for screening for viral EAs in live-attenuated vaccines and specific pathogen-free (SPF) eggs...
November 10, 2017: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132754/the-engineering-potential-of-rhodosporidium-toruloides-as-a-workhorse-for-biotechnological-applications
#8
REVIEW
Young-Kyoung Park, Jean-Marc Nicaud, Rodrigo Ledesma-Amaro
Moving our society towards a bioeconomy requires efficient and sustainable microbial production of chemicals and fuels. Rhodotorula (Rhodosporidium) toruloides is a yeast that naturally synthesizes substantial amounts of specialty chemicals and has been recently engineered to (i) enhance its natural production of lipids and carotenoids, and (ii) produce novel industrially relevant compounds. The use of R. toruloides by companies and research groups has exponentially increased in recent years as a result of recent improvements in genetic engineering techniques and the availability of multiomics information on its genome and metabolism...
November 10, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132318/bugmat-and-findneighbour-command-line-and-server-applications-for-investigating-bacterial-relatedness
#9
Oriol Mazariegos-Canellas, Trien Do, Tim Peto, David W Eyre, Anthony Underwood, Derrick Crook, David H Wyllie
BACKGROUND: Large scale bacterial sequencing has made the determination of genetic relationships within large sequence collections of bacterial genomes derived from the same microbial species an increasingly common task. Solutions to the problem have application to public health (for example, in the detection of possible disease transmission), and as part of divide-and-conquer strategies selecting groups of similar isolates for computationally intensive methods of phylogenetic inference using (for example) maximal likelihood methods...
November 13, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132146/identification-of-unique-neoantigen-qualities-in-long-term-survivors-of-pancreatic-cancer
#10
Vinod P Balachandran, Marta Łuksza, Julia N Zhao, Vladimir Makarov, John Alec Moral, Romain Remark, Brian Herbst, Gokce Askan, Umesh Bhanot, Yasin Senbabaoglu, Daniel K Wells, Charles Ian Ormsby Cary, Olivera Grbovic-Huezo, Marc Attiyeh, Benjamin Medina, Jennifer Zhang, Jennifer Loo, Joseph Saglimbeni, Mohsen Abu-Akeel, Roberta Zappasodi, Nadeem Riaz, Martin Smoragiewicz, Z Larkin Kelley, Olca Basturk, Mithat Gönen, Arnold J Levine, Peter J Allen, Douglas T Fearon, Miriam Merad, Sacha Gnjatic, Christine A Iacobuzio-Donahue, Jedd D Wolchok, Ronald P DeMatteo, Timothy A Chan, Benjamin D Greenbaum, Taha Merghoub, Steven D Leach
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is a lethal cancer with fewer than 7% of patients surviving past 5 years. T-cell immunity has been linked to the exceptional outcome of the few long-term survivors, yet the relevant antigens remain unknown. Here we use genetic, immunohistochemical and transcriptional immunoprofiling, computational biophysics, and functional assays to identify T-cell antigens in long-term survivors of pancreatic cancer. Using whole-exome sequencing and in silico neoantigen prediction, we found that tumours with both the highest neoantigen number and the most abundant CD8(+) T-cell infiltrates, but neither alone, stratified patients with the longest survival...
November 8, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129284/the-b-vitamin-nutrition-of-insects-the-contributions-of-diet-microbiome-and-horizontally-acquired-genes
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REVIEW
Angela E Douglas
Insects generally cannot synthesize eight B vitamins that function as co-enzymes in various required enzymatic reactions. Most insects derive their B vitamin requirements from the diet, microbial symbionts, or a combination of these complementary sources. Exceptionally, the genomes of a few insects bear genes in vitamin B5 (pantothenate) and B7 (biotin) synthesis, horizontally acquired from bacteria. Biomarkers of B vitamin deficiency (e.g. vitamin titers, activity of vitamin-dependent enzymes) offer routes to investigate the incidence and the physiological and fitness consequences of B vitamin deficiency in laboratory and field populations of insects...
October 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127319/mitochondrial-gene-polymorphism-is-associated-with-gut-microbial-communities-in-mice
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Misa Hirose, Axel Künstner, Paul Schilf, Annika Sünderhauf, Jan Rupp, Olaf Jöhren, Markus Schwaninger, Christian Sina, John F Baines, Saleh M Ibrahim
Gut microbial communities are key mediators of health and disease and have the capacity to drive the pathogenesis of diverse complex diseases including metabolic and chronic inflammatory diseases as well as aging. Host genetics is also a major determinant of disease phenotypes, whereby two different genomes play a role, the nuclear (nDNA)- and mitochondrial genome (mtDNA). We investigated the impact of mutations in mtDNA on the gut microbiota using conplastic mouse strains exhibiting distinct mutations in their mtDNA on an identical nDNA...
November 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126191/evolution-of-exploitative-interactions-during-diversification-in-bacillus-subtilis-biofilms
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Anna Dragoš, Nivedha Lakshmanan, Marivic Martin, Balázs Horváth, Gergely Maróti, Carolina Falcón García, Oliver Lieleg, Ákos T Kovács
Microbial biofilms are tightly packed, heterogeneous structures that serve as arenas for social interactions. Studies on Gram negative models reveal that during evolution in structured environments like biofilms, isogenic populations commonly diversify into phenotypically and genetically distinct variants. These variants can settle in alternative biofilm niches and develop new types of interactions that greatly influence population productivity. Here, we explore the evolutionary diversification of pellicle biofilms of the Gram positive, spore-forming bacterium Bacillus subtilis...
November 8, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126050/metagenomic-analysis-of-the-bacterial-communities-and-their-functional-profiles-in-water-and-sediments-of-the-apies-river-south-africa-as-a-function-of-land-use
#14
Akebe Luther King Abia, Arghavan Alisoltani, Jitendra Keshri, Eunice Ubomba-Jaswa
Water quality is an important public health issue given that the presence of pathogenic organisms in such waters can adversely affect human and animal health. Despite the numerous studies conducted to assess the quality of environmental waters in many countries, limited efforts have been put on investigating the microbial quality of the sediments in developing countries and how this relates to different land uses. The present study evaluated the bacterial diversity in water and sediments in a highly used South African river to find out how the different land uses influenced the bacterial diversity, and to verify the human diseases functional classes of the bacterial populations...
November 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123645/beerdecoded-the-open-beer-metagenome-project
#15
Jonathan Sobel, Luc Henry, Nicolas Rotman, Gianpaolo Rando
Next generation sequencing has radically changed research in the life sciences, in both academic and corporate laboratories. The potential impact is tremendous, yet a majority of citizens have little or no understanding of the technological and ethical aspects of this widespread adoption. We designed BeerDeCoded as a pretext to discuss the societal issues related to genomic and metagenomic data with fellow citizens, while advancing scientific knowledge of the most popular beverage of all. In the spirit of citizen science, sample collection and DNA extraction were carried out with the participation of non-scientists in the community laboratory of Hackuarium, a not-for-profit organisation that supports unconventional research and promotes the public understanding of science...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123506/challenges-and-advances-for-genetic-engineering-of-non-model-bacteria-and-uses-in-consolidated-bioprocessing
#16
REVIEW
Qiang Yan, Stephen S Fong
Metabolic diversity in microorganisms can provide the basis for creating novel biochemical products. However, most metabolic engineering projects utilize a handful of established model organisms and thus, a challenge for harnessing the potential of novel microbial functions is the ability to either heterologously express novel genes or directly utilize non-model organisms. Genetic manipulation of non-model microorganisms is still challenging due to organism-specific nuances that hinder universal molecular genetic tools and translatable knowledge of intracellular biochemical pathways and regulatory mechanisms...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123227/the-enigmatic-archaeal-virosphere
#17
REVIEW
David Prangishvili, Dennis H Bamford, Patrick Forterre, Jaime Iranzo, Eugene V Koonin, Mart Krupovic
One of the most prominent features of archaea is the extraordinary diversity of their DNA viruses. Many archaeal viruses differ substantially in morphology from bacterial and eukaryotic viruses and represent unique virus families. The distinct nature of archaeal viruses also extends to the gene composition and architectures of their genomes and the properties of the proteins that they encode. Environmental research has revealed prominent roles of archaeal viruses in influencing microbial communities in ocean ecosystems, and recent metagenomic studies have uncovered new groups of archaeal viruses that infect extremophiles and mesophiles in diverse habitats...
November 10, 2017: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121465/co-culture-of-marine-invertebrate-associated-bacteria-and-interdisciplinary-technologies-enable-biosynthesis-and-discovery-of-a-new-antibiotic-keyicin
#18
Navid Adnani, Marc Chevrette, Srikar N Adibhatla, Fan Zhang, Qing Yu, Doug R Braun, Justin Nelson, Scott W Simpkins, Bradon R McDonald, Chad L Myers, Jeff S Piotrowski, Christopher J Thompson, Cameron R Currie, Lingjun Li, Scott R Rajski, Tim S Bugni
Advances in genomics and metabolomics have made clear in recent years that microbial biosynthetic capacities on Earth far exceed previous expectations. This is attributable, in part, to the realization that most microbial natural product (NP) producers harbor biosynthetic machineries not readily amenable to classical laboratory fermentation conditions. Such "cryptic" or dormant biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) encode for a vast assortment of potentially new antibiotics and, as such, have become extremely attractive targets for activation under controlled laboratory conditions...
November 9, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121460/diverse-class-2-crispr-cas-effector-proteins-for-genome-engineering-applications
#19
Neena K Pyzocha, Sidi Chen
CRISPR-Cas genome editing technologies have revolutionized modern molecular biology by making targeted DNA edits simple and scalable. These technologies are developed by domesticating naturally occurring microbial adaptive immune systems that display wide diversity of functionality for targeted nucleic acid cleavage. Several CRISPR-Cas single effector enzymes have been characterized and engineered for use in mammalian cells. The unique properties of the single effector enzymes can make a critical difference in experimental use or targeting specificity...
November 9, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118049/the-first-microbial-colonizers-of-the-human-gut-composition-activities-and-health-implications-of-the-infant-gut-microbiota
#20
REVIEW
Christian Milani, Sabrina Duranti, Francesca Bottacini, Eoghan Casey, Francesca Turroni, Jennifer Mahony, Clara Belzer, Susana Delgado Palacio, Silvia Arboleya Montes, Leonardo Mancabelli, Gabriele Andrea Lugli, Juan Miguel Rodriguez, Lars Bode, Willem de Vos, Miguel Gueimonde, Abelardo Margolles, Douwe van Sinderen, Marco Ventura
The human gut microbiota is engaged in multiple interactions affecting host health during the host's entire life span. Microbes colonize the neonatal gut immediately following birth. The establishment and interactive development of this early gut microbiota are believed to be (at least partially) driven and modulated by specific compounds present in human milk. It has been shown that certain genomes of infant gut commensals, in particular those of bifidobacterial species, are genetically adapted to utilize specific glycans of this human secretory fluid, thus representing a very intriguing example of host-microbe coevolution, where both partners are believed to benefit...
December 2017: Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews: MMBR
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