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While genomics is the study of DNA extracted from individuals — individual cells, tissues, or organisms — metagenomics is a more recent refinement that analyzes samples of pooled DNA taken from the environment, not from an individual. Like genomics, metagenomic methods have great potential in many areas of biology, but none so much as in providing access to the hitherto invisible world of unculturable microbes, often estimated to comprise 90% or more of bacterial species and, in some ecosystems, the bulk of the biomass. A recent describes how this new science of metagenomics is beginning to reveal the secrets of our microbial world: The opportunity that stands before microbiologists today is akin to a reinvention of the microscope in the expanse of research questions it opens to investigation. Metagenomics provides a new way of examining the microbial world that not only will transform modern microbiology but has the potential to revolutionize understanding of the entire living world. In metagenomics, the power of genomic analysis is applied to entire communities of microbes, bypassing the need to isolate and culture individual bacterial community members.

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RevDate: 2020-01-17

Ng C, Li H, Wu WKK, et al (2019)

Genomics and metagenomics of colorectal cancer.

Journal of gastrointestinal oncology, 10(6):1164-1170.

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a common cancer globally. It is a complex disease influenced by genetic and environmental factors. Early studies on familial cases have identified major genes involved in CRC, such as proto-oncogenes KRAS, PIK3CA and BRAF, and tumour-suppressor genes APC and TP53. These genes have provided valuable insight into the molecular pathogenesis of CRC, and some have made ways to clinical utility to help diagnose cancer syndromes, prognosticate oncological outcomes and predict treatment responses. While these genetic factors are important, recent studies have suggested contribution of microorganisms to colorectal carcinogenesis. Observational studies, animal experiments and translational works have identified several microorganisms as potential carcinogenic bacteria, such as Fusobacterium nucleatum and Peptostreptococcus anaerobius. With the advent of sequencing technology and bioinformatics, more genomic and metagenomic factors are being uncovered as important players in CRC carcinogenesis. This article aims to review recent genomic and metagenomic discoveries relating to CRC.

RevDate: 2020-01-17

Tse EHY, Zhang LY, Lau SL, et al (2020)

Genome Sequence of a Human Norovirus GII.4 Hong Kong[P31] Variant in Hong Kong, China.

Microbiology resource announcements, 9(3): pii:9/3/e01391-19.

We report the nearly complete genome of a norovirus GII.4 Hong Kong[P31] variant (GII strain Hu/HK/2019/GII.4 Hong Kong[P31]/CUHK-NS-2200) that was detected in a patient with gastroenteritis in August 2019. The genome was sequenced by metagenomic next-generation sequencing and was found to have 92.8% nucleotide similarity to the closest GII.4 norovirus sequence in GenBank.

RevDate: 2020-01-17

Stüken A, THA Haverkamp (2020)

Metagenomic Sequences of Three Drinking Water and Two Shower Hose Biofilm Samples Treated with or without Copper-Silver Ionization.

Microbiology resource announcements, 9(3): pii:9/3/e01220-19.

We announce five shotgun metagenomics data sets from two Norwegian premise plumbing systems. The samples were shotgun sequenced on two lanes of an Illumina HiSeq 3000 instrument (THRUplex chemistry, 151 bp, paired-end reads), providing an extensive resource for sequence analyses of tap water and biofilm microbial communities.

RevDate: 2020-01-17

Knight SJ, Karon O, MR Goddard (2020)

Small scale fungal community differentiation in a vineyard system.

Food microbiology, 87:103358.

Microbes influence the quality of agricultural commodities and contribute to their distinctive sensorial attributes. Increasingly studies have demonstrated not only differential geographic patterns in microbial communities and populations, but that these contribute to valuable regionally distinct agricultural product identities, the most well-known example being wine. However, little is understood about microbial geographic patterns at scales of less than 100 km. For wine, single vineyards are the smallest (and most valuable) scale at which wine is asserted to differ; however, it is unknown whether microbes play any role in agricultural produce differentiation at this scale. Here we investigate whether vineyard fungal communities and yeast populations driving the spontaneous fermentation of fruit from these same vineyards are differentiated using metagenomics and population genetics. Significant differentiation of fungal communities was revealed between four Central Otago (New Zealand) Pinot Noir vineyard sites. However, there was no vineyard demarcation between fermenting populations of S. cerevisiae. Overall, this provides evidence that vineyard microbiomes potentially contribute to vineyard specific attributes in wine. Understanding the scale at which microbial communities are differentiated, and how these communities influence food product attributes has direct economic implications for industry and could inform sustainable management practices that maintain and enhance microbial diversity.

RevDate: 2020-01-17

Purkamo L, Kietäväinen R, Nuppunen-Puputti M, et al (2020)

Ultradeep Microbial Communities at 4.4 km within Crystalline Bedrock: Implications for Habitability in a Planetary Context.

Life (Basel, Switzerland), 10(1): pii:life10010002.

The deep bedrock surroundings are an analog for extraterrestrial habitats for life. In this study, we investigated microbial life within anoxic ultradeep boreholes in Precambrian bedrock, including the adaptation to environmental conditions and lifestyle of these organisms. Samples were collected from Pyhäsalmi mine environment in central Finland and from geothermal drilling wells in Otaniemi, Espoo, in southern Finland. Microbial communities inhabiting the up to 4.4 km deep bedrock were characterized with phylogenetic marker gene (16S rRNA genes and fungal ITS region) amplicon and DNA and cDNA metagenomic sequencing. Functional marker genes (dsrB, mcrA, narG) were quantified with qPCR. Results showed that although crystalline bedrock provides very limited substrates for life, the microbial communities are diverse. Gammaproteobacterial phylotypes were most dominant in both studied sites. Alkanindiges -affiliating OTU was dominating in Pyhäsalmi fluids, while different depths of Otaniemi samples were dominated by Pseudomonas. One of the most common OTUs detected from Otaniemi could only be classified to phylum level, highlighting the uncharacterized nature of the deep biosphere in bedrock. Chemoheterotrophy, fermentation and nitrogen cycling are potentially significant metabolisms in these ultradeep environments. To conclude, this study provides information on microbial ecology of low biomass, carbon-depleted and energy-deprived deep subsurface environment. This information is useful in the prospect of finding life in other planetary bodies.

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CmpDate: 2020-01-17

Matesanz S, Pescador DS, Pías B, et al (2019)

Estimating belowground plant abundance with DNA metabarcoding.

Molecular ecology resources, 19(5):1265-1277.

Most work on plant community ecology has been performed above ground, neglecting the processes that occur in the soil. DNA metabarcoding, in which multiple species are computationally identified in bulk samples, can help to overcome the logistical limitations involved in sampling plant communities belowground. However, a major limitation of this methodology is the quantification of species' abundances based on the percentage of sequences assigned to each taxon. Using root tissues of five dominant species in a semi-arid Mediterranean shrubland (Bupleurum fruticescens, Helianthemum cinereum, Linum suffruticosum, Stipa pennata and Thymus vulgaris), we built pairwise mixtures of relative abundance (20%, 50% and 80% biomass), and implemented two methods (linear model fits and correction indices) to improve estimates of root biomass. We validated both methods with multispecies mixtures that simulate field-collected samples. For all species, we found a positive and highly significant relationship between the percentage of sequences and biomass in the mixtures (R2 = .44-.66), but the equations for each species (slope and intercept) differed among them, and two species were consistently over- and under-estimated. The correction indices greatly improved the estimates of biomass percentage for all five species in the multispecies mixtures, and reduced the overall error from 17% to 6%. Our results show that, through the use of post-sequencing quantification methods on mock communities, DNA metabarcoding can be effectively used to determine not only species' presence but also their relative abundance in field samples of root mixtures. Importantly, knowledge of these aspects will allow us to study key, yet poorly understood, belowground processes.

RevDate: 2020-01-17
CmpDate: 2020-01-17

McCartney-Melstad E, Gidiş M, HB Shaffer (2019)

An empirical pipeline for choosing the optimal clustering threshold in RADseq studies.

Molecular ecology resources, 19(5):1195-1204.

Genomic data are increasingly used for high resolution population genetic studies including those at the forefront of biological conservation. A key methodological challenge is determining sequence similarity clustering thresholds for RADseq data when no reference genome is available. These thresholds define the maximum permitted divergence among allelic variants and the minimum divergence among putative paralogues and are central to downstream population genomic analyses. Here we develop a novel set of metrics to determine sequence similarity thresholds that maximize the correct separation of paralogous regions and minimize oversplitting naturally occurring allelic variation within loci. These metrics empirically identify the threshold value at which true alleles at opposite ends of several major axes of genetic variation begin to incorrectly separate into distinct clusters, allowing researchers to choose thresholds just below this value. We test our approach on a recently published data set for the protected foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana boylii). The metrics recover a consistent pattern of roughly 96% similarity as a threshold above which genetic divergence and data missingness become increasingly correlated. We provide scripts for assessing different clustering thresholds and discuss how this approach can be applied across a wide range of empirical data sets.

RevDate: 2020-01-16

Wang J, Yuan S, Tang L, et al (2019)

Contribution of heavy metal in driving microbial distribution in a eutrophic river.

The Science of the total environment, 712:136295 pii:S0048-9697(19)36291-6 [Epub ahead of print].

Urban rivers represent an important source of freshwater. Accelerated urban development has resulted in imbalances in the water ecological environment and even eutrophication. Moreover, both natural and anthropogenic sources result in frequent heavy metal pollution in urban rivers. However, the combined impact of eutrophication and heavy metal pollution on the diversity and structure of the river microbial communities has not been adequately addressed. The microbial community distribution and predicted functions were examined in six water and sediment samples from the Laojingshui (LJS) River using metagenomic sequencing. The results showed that there were distinct differences in the microbial composition along the river. Redundancy analysis (RDA) revealed that the redox potential (Eh) was the most influential factor, explaining 76.5% of the variation (p = 0.002), and the heavy metals Zn and Cu explained 4.5 and 3.9%, respectively (p < 0.05). The results revealed that high nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations may have affected the proliferation of opportunistic plant species, such as Eichhornia crassipes, but Eh and heavy metals may have had greater impacts than N and P on the microorganisms in the water and sediment. The sensitivities of Deltaproteobacteria, Acidobacteria, Gemmatimonadetes and Nitrospira were most significant under Zn and Cu contamination when accompanied by eutrophic conditions. The expression ratio of the CYS (Cystain) gene might explain why the spatial distribution of each metal differed. This study suggests that heavy metals in eutrophication water continue to be the main factors determining the composition of microbial community, so the treatment of eutrophic water still needs to attach great importance to the complex pollution of heavy metals.

RevDate: 2020-01-16

Meenatchi R, Thinesh T, Brindangnanam P, et al (2019)

Revealing the impact of global mass bleaching on coral microbiome through 16S rRNA gene-based metagenomic analysis.

Microbiological research, 233:126408 pii:S0944-5013(19)31312-6 [Epub ahead of print].

Coral bleaching, a phenomenon by which the expulsion of corals' alveolate endosymbiont (zooxanthellae) occurs when experiencing thermal stress is the major cause for devastation of corals. However, apart from this obligate symbiont of Scleractinian corals, there are different kinds of microbes that exist as stable, transient or sporadic members of the holobiont which reside within various microhabitats in the coral structures. Thus, this study aims to profile the coral bacterial community composition among different coral genera (thermally-sensitive (Acropora digetifera and A. noblis) and thermally resistant (Favites abdita) coral genera analyzed by field monitoring surveys) and also in a particular coral genus (thermally sensitive coral-A. digetifera) at two different sampling times (March 2016 and January 2017). A total of about 608695 paired end reads were obtained through Illumina MiSeq Sequencing platform. The alpha diversity indices (ACE, Chao1 and Shannon) were found to be higher in A. nobilis, followed by A. digetifera and Favites abdita, and the corresponding Simpson values were also found to follow the same trend, indicating that the samples are both rich in species diversity and species evenness. Proteobacteria was found to be the most dominant phylum and Gammaproteobacteria was the predominant class present in all the coral genera studied as also during different sampling time periods. As Vibrionaceae was previously reported to increase its abundance during bleaching stress conditions, bacterial profiling among different coral genera showed the presence of 86 % Vibrionaceae in A. digetifera colonies, and it was 93 % in A. digetifera samples collected during March 2016 whereas, it was found to decrease significantly (7 %) in same tagged colonies collected during January 2017. Thus, profiling of microbiome is of prime importance while studying the holobiont organism like the corals. Stress levels experienced by Palk Bay are even depicted in this microbiome study showing high alpha diversity indices that should alarm reef managers to pay attention to this precious stress tolerant reef community.

RevDate: 2020-01-16

Puvar AC, Nathani NM, Shaikh I, et al (2019)

Bacterial line of defense in Dirinaria lichen from two different ecosystems: First genomic insights of its mycobiont Dirinaria sp. GBRC AP01.

Microbiological research, 233:126407 pii:S0944-5013(19)30938-3 [Epub ahead of print].

Lichens have been widely studied for their symbiotic properties and for the secondary metabolites production by its fungal symbiont. Recent molecular studies have confirmed coexistence of bacteria along with the fungal and algal symbionts. Direct nucleic acid study by -omics approaches is providing better insights into their structural and functional dynamics. However, genomic analysis of individual members of lichen is difficult by the conventional approach. Hence, genome assembly from metagenome data needs standardization in the eukaryotic system like lichens. The present study aimed at metagenomic characterization of rock associated lichen Dirinaria collected from Kutch and Dang regions of Gujarat, followed by genome reconstruction and annotation of the mycobiont Dirinaria. The regions considered in the study are eco-geographically highly variant. The results revealed higher alpha diversity in the dry region Kutch as compared to the tropical forest associated lichen from Dang. Ascomycota was the most abundant eukaryote while Proteobacteria dominated the bacterial population. There were 23 genera observed only in the Kutch lichen (KL) and one genus viz., Candidatus Vecturithrix unique to the Dang lichen (DL). The exclusive bacterial genera in the Kutch mostly belonged to groups reported for stress tolerance and earlier isolated from lithobionts of extreme niches. The assembled data of KL & DL were further used for genome reconstruction of Dirinaria sp. using GC and tetra-pentamer parameters and reassembly that resulted into a final draft genome of 31.7 Mb and 9556 predicted genes. Twenty-eight biosynthesis gene clusters were predicted that included genes for polyketide, indole and terpene synthesis. Association analysis of bacteria and mycobiont revealed 8 pathways specific to bacteria with implications in lichen symbiosis and environment interaction. The study provides the first draft genome of the entire fungal Dirinaria genus and provides insights into the Dirinaria lichen metagenome from Gujarat region.

RevDate: 2020-01-16

Wang X, Chen Z, Mu Q, et al (2020)

Ionic Liquid Enriches the Antibiotic Resistome, Especially Efflux Pump Genes, Before Significantly Affecting Microbial Community Structure.

Environmental science & technology [Epub ahead of print].

An expanding list of chemicals may permeabilize bacterial cells and facilitate horizontal gene transfer (HGT), which enhances propagation of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in the environment. Previous studies showed that 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([BMIm][PF6]), an ionic liquid, can facilitate HGT of some ARGs among bacteria. However, the dynamic response of a wider range of ARGs and associated mobile genetic elements (MGEs) in different environments is unknown. Here, we used metagenomic tools to study shifts of the resistome and microbiome in both sediments and freshwater microcosms exposed to [BMIm][PF6]. Exposure for 16 h to 0.1 or 1.0 g/L significantly enriched more than 207 ARG subtypes primarily encoding efflux pumps in freshwater microcosms, as well as cultivable antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This resistome enrichment was attributed to HGT facilitated by MGEs (428 plasmids, 61 integron-integrase genes, and 45 gene cassettes were enriched), as well as to HGT-related functional genes. Interestingly, resistome enrichment occurred fast (within 16 h) after [BMIm][PF6] exposure, before any significant changes in bacterial community structure. Similar ARG enrichment occurred in sediment microcosms exposed to [BMIm][PF6] for 28 d, and this longer exposure affected the microbial community structure (e.g., Proteobacteria abundance increased significantly). Overall, this study suggests that [BMIm][PF6] releases could rapidly enrich the antibiotic resistome in receiving environments by increasing HGT and fortuitously selecting for efflux pump genes, thus contributing to ARG propagation.

RevDate: 2020-01-16

Magnuson E, Mykytczuk NCS, Pellerin A, et al (2020)

Thiomicrorhabdus streamers and sulfur cycling in perennial hypersaline cold springs in the Canadian high Arctic.

Environmental microbiology [Epub ahead of print].

The Gypsum Hill (GH) springs on Axel Heiberg Island in the Canadian high Arctic are host to chemolithoautotrophic, sulfur-oxidizing streamers that flourish in the high Arctic winter in water temperatures from -1.3-7°C with ~8% salinity in a high Arctic winter environment with air temperatures commonly less than -40°C and an average annual air temperature of -15°C. Metagenome sequencing and binning of streamer samples produced a 96% complete Thiomicrorhabdus sp. metagenome-assembled genome representing a possible new species or subspecies. This is the most cold- and salt-extreme source environment for a Thiomicrorhabdus genome yet described. Metaproteomic and metatranscriptomic analysis attributed nearly all gene expression in the streamers to the Thiomicrorhabdus sp. and suggested that it is active in CO2 fixation and oxidation of sulfide to elemental sulfur. In situ geochemical and isotopic analyses of the fractionation of multiple sulfur isotopes determined the biogeochemical transformation of sulfur from its source in Carboniferous evaporites to biotic processes occurring in the sediment and streamers. These complementary molecular tools provided a functional link between the geochemical substrates and the collective traits and activity that define the microbial community's interactions within a unique polar saline habitat where Thiomicrorhabdus-dominated streamers form and flourish. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

RevDate: 2020-01-16

Li R, Li X, Huang T, et al (2020)

Influence of cecotrophy on fat metabolism mediated by caecal microorganisms in New Zealand white rabbits.

Journal of animal physiology and animal nutrition [Epub ahead of print].

Cecotrophy is a special behaviour of rabbits. Eating soft faeces can improve feed efficiency and maintain gut flora in rabbits. In our previous study, we found that fasting from soft faeces significantly reduced growth rate and total cholesterol (TC) in New Zealand white rabbits (NZW rabbits), thereby resulting in lower values for body weight and fat deposition in the soft faeces fasting group than in the control group. However, it has not been demonstrated whether cecotrophy by NZW rabbits can regulate lipid metabolism by changing the diversity of caecal microorganisms. In this study, thirty-six 28-day-old weaned NZW female rabbits were randomly divided into two groups (the soft faeces fasting group and the control group) and fed to 90 days. Rabbits in the experimental group were treated with an Elizabeth circle to prevent them from eating their soft faeces. Then, the caecal contents of three rabbits from the soft faeces fasting group and three rabbits from the control group were collected for metagenomic sequencing. We found that the abundance of Bacteroides increased, while Ruminococcus decreased, compared with the control group after fasting from soft faeces. Relative abundance was depressed for genes related to metabolic pathways such as ascorbate and aldarate metabolism, riboflavin metabolism and bile secretion. Moreover, there was a general correlation between variation in microbial diversity and fat deposition. Bacteroides affects body weight and TC by participating in the riboflavin metabolism pathway. By investigating the effect of cecotrophy on caecal microorganisms of rabbits, we identified the key microorganisms that regulate the rapid growth performance of NZW rabbits, which may provide useful reference for the future research and development of microecological preparations for NZW rabbits.

RevDate: 2020-01-16

Hogan CA, Yang S, Garner OB, et al (2020)

Clinical Impact of Metagenomic Next-Generation Sequencing of Plasma Cell-Free DNA for the Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: A Multicenter Retrospective Cohort Study.

Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America pii:5703656 [Epub ahead of print].

BACKGROUND: Metagenomic next-generation sequencing (mNGS) of plasma cell-free DNA has emerged as an attractive diagnostic modality allowing broad-range pathogen detection, noninvasive sampling, and earlier diagnosis. However, little is known about its real-world clinical impact as used in routine practice.

METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of all patients for whom plasma mNGS (Karius test) was performed for all indications at 5 U.S. institutions over 1.5 years. Comprehensive chart review was performed, and standardized assessment of clinical impact of the mNGS based on the treating team's interpretation of Karius results and patient management was established.

RESULTS: A total of 82 Karius tests were evaluated, from 39 (47.6%) adults and 43 (52.4%) children and a total of 53 (64.6%) immunocompromised patients. Karius positivity rate was 50/82 (61.0%), with 25 (50.0%) showing two or more organisms (range, 2-8). The Karius test results led to positive impact in 6 (7.3%), negative impact in 3 (3.7%), no impact in 71 (86.6%), and was indeterminate in 2 (2.4%). Cases with positive Karius result and clinical impact involved bacteria and/or fungi but not DNA viruses or parasites. In 10 patients who underwent 16 additional repeated tests, only one was associated with clinical impact.

CONCLUSIONS: The real-world impact of the Karius test as currently used in routine clinical practice is limited. Further studies are needed to identify high-yield patient populations, define the complementary role of mNGS to conventional microbiological methods and how best to integrate mNGS into current testing algorithms.

RevDate: 2020-01-16

Babady NE (2020)

Clinical Metagenomics for Bloodstream Infections: Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?.

Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America pii:5703616 [Epub ahead of print].

RevDate: 2020-01-16

Xing C, Chen J, Zheng X, et al (2020)

Functional metagenomic exploration identifies novel prokaryotic copper resistance genes from the soil microbiome.

Metallomics : integrated biometal science [Epub ahead of print].

Functional metagenomics is a premise-free approach for exploring metal resistance genes, enabling more profound effects on the development of bioremediation tools than pure culture based selection. Six soil metagenomic libraries were screened for copper (Cu) resistance genes in the current study through conventional functional genomics. Clones from the six metagenomic libraries were randomly selected from solid medium supplied with Cu, resulting in 411 Cu resistance clones. Thirty-five clones with the strongest Cu resistance were sequenced and 12 unique sequences harboring 25 putative open reading frames were obtained. It is inferred by bioinformatic analysis that putative genes carried by these recombinant plasmids probably function in the pathways of responding to Cu stress, including energy metabolism, integral components of membrane, ion transport/chelation, protein/amino acid metabolism, carbohydrate/fatty acid metabolism, signal transduction and DNA binding. The sequenced clones were re-transformed into Escherichia coli strain DH5α, and the host's biomass and the metal sorption under Cu stress were subsequently determined. The results showed that the biomass of eight of the clones was significantly increased, whereas four of them were significantly reduced. A negative correlation (R = 0.86) was found between the biomass and Cu sorption capacity. The 12 positive clones were further transferred into a Cu-sensitive E. coli strain (ΔCopA), among which nine restored the host's Cu resistance substantially. The Cu resistant genes explored in this study by functional metagenomics possess a potential capacity for developing novel bioremediation strategies, and the findings imply a vast diversity of microbial Cu resistance genetic factors in soil yet to be discovered.

RevDate: 2020-01-16

Chen Q, Meyer WA, Zhang Q, et al (2020)

16S rRNA metagenomic analysis of the bacterial community associated with turf grass seeds from low moisture and high moisture climates.

PeerJ, 8:e8417 pii:8417.

Turfgrass investigators have observed that plantings of grass seeds produced in moist climates produce seedling stands that show greater stand evenness with reduced disease compared to those grown from seeds produced in dry climates. Grass seeds carry microbes on their surfaces that become endophytic in seedlings and promote seedling growth. We hypothesize that incomplete development of the microbiome associated with the surface of seeds produced in dry climates reduces the performance of seeds. Little is known about the influence of moisture on the structure of this microbial community. We conducted metagenomic analysis of the bacterial communities associated with seeds of three turf species (Festuca rubra, Lolium arundinacea, and Lolium perenne) from low moisture (LM) and high moisture (HM) climates. The bacterial communities were characterized by Illumina high-throughput sequencing of 16S rRNA V3-V4 regions. We performed seed germination tests and analyzed the correlations between the abundance of different bacterial groups and seed germination at different taxonomy ranks. Climate appeared to structure the bacterial communities associated with seeds. LM seeds vectored mainly Proteobacteria (89%). HM seeds vectored a denser and more diverse bacterial community that included Proteobacteria (50%) and Bacteroides (39%). At the genus level, Pedobacter (20%), Sphingomonas (13%), Massilia (12%), Pantoea (12%) and Pseudomonas (11%) were the major genera in the bacterial communities regardless of climate conditions. Massilia, Pantoea and Pseudomonas dominated LM seeds, while Pedobacter and Sphingomonas dominated HM seeds. The species of turf seeds did not appear to influence bacterial community composition. The seeds of the three turf species showed a core microbiome consisting of 27 genera from phyla Actinobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Patescibacteria and Proteobacteria. Differences in seed-vectored microbes, in terms of diversity and density between high and LM climates, may result from effects of moisture level on the colonization of microbes and the development of microbe community on seed surface tissues (adherent paleas and lemmas). The greater diversity and density of seed vectored microbes in HM climates may benefit seedlings by helping them tolerate stress and fight disease organisms, but this dense microbial community may also compete with seedlings for nutrients, slowing or modulating seed germination and seedling growth.

RevDate: 2020-01-16

Siranosian BA, Tamburini FB, Sherlock G, et al (2020)

Acquisition, transmission and strain diversity of human gut-colonizing crAss-like phages.

Nature communications, 11(1):280 pii:10.1038/s41467-019-14103-3.

CrAss-like phages are double-stranded DNA viruses that are prevalent in human gut microbiomes. Here, we analyze gut metagenomic data from mother-infant pairs and patients undergoing fecal microbiota transplantation to evaluate the patterns of acquisition, transmission and strain diversity of crAss-like phages. We find that crAss-like phages are rarely detected at birth but are increasingly prevalent in the infant microbiome after one month of life. We observe nearly identical genomes in 50% of cases where the same crAss-like clade is detected in both the mother and the infant, suggesting vertical transmission. In cases of putative transmission of prototypical crAssphage (p-crAssphage), we find that a subset of strains present in the mother are detected in the infant, and that strain diversity in infants increases with time. Putative tail fiber proteins are enriched for nonsynonymous strain variation compared to other genes, suggesting a potential evolutionary benefit to maintaining strain diversity in specific genes. Finally, we show that p-crAssphage can be acquired through fecal microbiota transplantation.

RevDate: 2020-01-16

Zhang C, Wang Z, Cai J, et al (2020)

Seroreactive profiling of filoviruses in Chinese bats reveals extensive infection of diverse viruses.

Journal of virology pii:JVI.02042-19 [Epub ahead of print].

Southern China is a hotspot of emerging infectious diseases, in which dwell diverse species of bats, a large group of flying mammals considered natural reservoirs for zoonotic viruses. Recently, divergent filoviruses (FiVs) have been identified in bats within this region, which pose a potential risk to public health, but their true infection situation in bats remains largely unclear. Here, 689 archived bat serum samples were analyzed by ELISA, western blot and neutralization assay to investigate the seroprevalence and cross-reactivity of four divergent FiVs and two other viruses (Rabies virus and Tuhoko pararubulavirus 1) of different families within the order Mononegavirales Results showed no cross-antigenicity between FiVs and other mononegaviruses, but different cross-reactivity among the FiVs themselves. The total FiV seroreactive rate was 36.3% (250/689), with infection by the indigenous Chinese FiV DH04 or antigenically-related one being the most widely and the most highly prevalent. Further viral metagenomic analysis of fruit bat tissues also identified the gene sequence of a novel FiV. These results indicate the likely prevalence of other so far unidentified FiVs within Chinese bat population, with frugivorous Rousettus leschenaulti and Eonycteris spelaea bats and insectivorous Myotis horsfieldii and M. schreibersi bats being their major reservoirs.IMPORTANCE Bats are natural hosts of many FiVs, from which diverse FiVs were serologically or virologically detected in Africa, Europe and East Asia. Recently, very divergent FiVs were identified in Chinese bat population, but their antigenic relationship with other known FiVs remains unknown. Here we conducted serological characterization and investigation of Chinese indigenous FiVs and prototypes of other viruses in bats. Results indicated that Chinese indigenous FiVs are antigenically distant to other FiVs and infection of novel or multiple FiVs occurred in Chinese bats with FiV DH04 or antigenically-related one being the most widely and the most highly prevalent. Additionally, besides Rousettus leschenaulti and Eonycteris spelaea bats, the insectivorous Myotis horsfieldii and M. schreibersi bats are highly preferential hosts of FiVs. Seroreactive and viral metagenomic results indicated that more as yet unknown bat-borne FiVs circulate in the Southern China, and to uncover them further investigation and timely surveillance is needed.

RevDate: 2020-01-16

Pinto OHB, Silva TF, Vizzotto CS, et al (2020)

Genome-resolved metagenomics analysis provides insights into the ecological role of Thaumarchaeota in the Amazon River and its plume.

BMC microbiology, 20(1):13 pii:10.1186/s12866-020-1698-x.

BACKGROUND: Thaumarchaeota are abundant in the Amazon River, where they are the only ammonia-oxidizing archaea. Despite the importance of Thaumarchaeota, little is known about their physiology, mainly because few isolates are available for study. Therefore, information about Thaumarchaeota was obtained primarily from genomic studies. The aim of this study was to investigate the ecological roles of Thaumarchaeota in the Amazon River and the Amazon River plume.

RESULTS: The archaeal community of the shallow in Amazon River and its plume is dominated by Thaumarchaeota lineages from group 1.1a, which are mainly affiliated to Candidatus Nitrosotenuis uzonensis, members of order Nitrosopumilales, Candidatus Nitrosoarchaeum, and Candidatus Nitrosopelagicus sp. While Thaumarchaeota sequences have decreased their relative abundance in the plume, Candidatus Nitrosopelagicus has increased. One genome was recovered from metagenomic data of the Amazon River (ThauR71 [1.05 Mpb]), and two from metagenomic data of the Amazon River plume (ThauP25 [0.94 Mpb] and ThauP41 [1.26 Mpb]). Phylogenetic analysis placed all three Amazon genome bins in Thaumarchaeota Group 1.1a. The annotation revealed that most genes are assigned to the COG subcategory coenzyme transport and metabolism. All three genomes contain genes involved in the hydroxypropionate/hydroxybutyrate cycle, glycolysis, tricarboxylic acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation. However, ammonia-monooxygenase genes were detected only in ThauP41 and ThauR71. Glycoside hydrolases and auxiliary activities genes were detected only in ThauP25.

CONCLUSIONS: Our data indicate that Amazon River is a source of Thaumarchaeota, where these organisms are important for primary production, vitamin production, and nitrification.

RevDate: 2020-01-16

Hierweger MM, Werder S, T Seuberlich (2020)

Parainfluenza Virus 5 Infection in Neurological Disease and Encephalitis of Cattle.

International journal of molecular sciences, 21(2): pii:ijms21020498.

The etiology of viral encephalitis in cattle often remains unresolved, posing a potential risk for animal and human health. In metagenomics studies of cattle with bovine non-suppurative encephalitis, parainfluenza virus 5 (PIV5) was identified in three brain samples. Interestingly, in two of these animals, bovine herpesvirus 6 and bovine astrovirus CH13 were additionally found. We investigated the role of PIV5 in bovine non-suppurative encephalitis and further characterized the three cases. With traditional sequencing methods, we completed the three PIV5 genomes, which were compared to one another. However, in comparison to already described PIV5 strains, unique features were revealed, like an 81 nucleotide longer open reading frame encoding the small hydrophobic (SH) protein. With in situ techniques, we demonstrated PIV5 antigen and RNA in one animal and found a broad cell tropism of PIV5 in the brain. Comparative quantitative analyses revealed a high viral load of PIV5 in the in situ positive animal and therefore, we propose that PIV5 was probably the cause of the disease. With this study, we clearly show that PIV5 is capable of naturally infecting different brain cell types in cattle in vivo and therefore it is a probable cause of encephalitis and neurological disease in cattle.

RevDate: 2020-01-16

Du XP, Cai ZH, Zuo P, et al (2020)

Temporal Variability of Virioplankton during a Gymnodinium catenatum Algal Bloom.

Microorganisms, 8(1): pii:microorganisms8010107.

Viruses are key biogeochemical engines in the regulation of the dynamics of phytoplankton. However, there has been little research on viral communities in relation to algal blooms. Using the virMine tool, we analyzed viral information from metagenomic data of field dinoflagellate (Gymnodinium catenatum) blooms at different stages. Species identification indicated that phages were the main species. Unifrac analysis showed clear temporal patterns in virioplankton dynamics. The viral community was dominated by Siphoviridae, Podoviridae, and Myoviridae throughout the whole bloom cycle. However, some changes were observed at different phases of the bloom; the relatively abundant Siphoviridae and Myoviridae dominated at pre-bloom and peak bloom stages, while at the post-bloom stage, the members of Phycodnaviridae and Microviridae were more abundant. Temperature and nutrients were the main contributors to the dynamic structure of the viral community. Some obvious correlations were found between dominant viral species and host biomass. Functional analysis indicated some functional genes had dramatic response in algal-associated viral assemblages, especially the CAZyme encoding genes. This work expands the existing knowledge of algal-associated viruses by characterizing viral composition and function across a complete algal bloom cycle. Our data provide supporting evidence that viruses participate in dinoflagellate bloom dynamics under natural conditions.

RevDate: 2020-01-16

Bastaraud A, Cecchi P, Handschumacher P, et al (2020)

Urbanization and Waterborne Pathogen Emergence in Low-Income Countries: Where and How to Conduct Surveys?.

International journal of environmental research and public health, 17(2): pii:ijerph17020480.

A major forthcoming sanitary issue concerns the apparition and spreading of drug-resistant microorganisms, potentially threatening millions of humans. In low-income countries, polluted urban runoff and open sewage channels are major sources of microbes. These microbes join natural microbial communities in aquatic ecosystems already impacted by various chemicals, including antibiotics. These composite microbial communities must adapt to survive in such hostile conditions, sometimes promoting the selection of antibiotic-resistant microbial strains by gene transfer. The low probability of exchanges between planktonic microorganisms within the water column may be significantly improved if their contact was facilitated by particular meeting places. This could be specifically the case within biofilms that develop on the surface of the myriads of floating macroplastics increasingly polluting urban tropical surface waters. Moreover, as uncultivable bacterial strains could be involved, analyses of the microbial communities in their whole have to be performed. This means that new-omic technologies must be routinely implemented in low- and middle-income countries to detect the appearance of resistance genes in microbial ecosystems, especially when considering the new 'plastic context.' We summarize the related current knowledge in this short review paper to anticipate new strategies for monitoring and surveying microbial communities.

RevDate: 2020-01-15

Breusing C, Franke M, CR Young (2020)

Intra-host symbiont diversity in eastern Pacific cold seep tubeworms identified by the 16S-V6 region, but undetected by the 16S-V4 region.

PloS one, 15(1):e0227053 pii:PONE-D-19-14752.

Vestimentiferan tubeworms are key taxa in deep-sea chemosynthetic habitats worldwide. As adults they obtain their nutrition through their sulfide-oxidizing bacterial endosymbionts, which are acquired from the environment. Although horizontal transmission should favor infections by various symbiotic microbes, the current paradigm holds that every tubeworm harbors only one endosymbiotic 16S rRNA phylotype. Although previous studies based on traditional Sanger sequencing have questioned these findings, population level high-throughput analyses of the symbiont 16S diversity are still missing. To get further insights into the symbiont genetic variation and uncover hitherto hidden diversity we applied state-of-the-art 16S-V4 amplicon sequencing to populations of the co-occurring tubeworm species Lamellibrachia barhami and Escarpia spicata that were collected during E/V Nautilus and R/V Western Flyer cruises to cold seeps in the eastern Pacific Ocean. In agreement with earlier work our sequence data indicated that L. barhami and E. spicata share one monomorphic symbiont phylotype. However, complementary CARD-FISH analyses targeting the 16S-V6 region implied the existence of an additional phylotype in L. barhami. Our results suggest that the V4 region might not be sufficiently variable to investigate diversity in the intra-host symbiont population at least in the analyzed sample set. This is an important finding given that this region has become the standard molecular marker for high-throughput microbiome analyses. Further metagenomic research will be necessary to solve these issues and to uncover symbiont diversity that is hidden below the 16S rRNA level.

RevDate: 2020-01-15

Honap TP, Sankaranarayanan K, Schnorr SL, et al (2020)

Biogeographic study of human gut-associated crAssphage suggests impacts from industrialization and recent expansion.

PloS one, 15(1):e0226930 pii:PONE-D-19-23396.

CrAssphage (cross-assembly phage) is a bacteriophage that was first discovered in human gut metagenomic data. CrAssphage belongs to a diverse family of crAss-like bacteriophages thought to infect gut commensal bacteria belonging to Bacteroides species. However, not much is known about the biogeography of crAssphage and whether certain strains are associated with specific human populations. In this study, we screened publicly available human gut metagenomic data from 3,341 samples for the presence of crAssphage sensu stricto (NC_024711.1). We found that crAssphage prevalence is low in traditional, hunter-gatherer populations, such as the Hadza from Tanzania and Matses from Peru, as compared to industrialized, urban populations. Statistical comparisons showed no association of crAssphage prevalence with variables such as age, sex, body mass index, and health status of individuals. Phylogenetic analyses show that crAssphage strains reconstructed from the same individual over multiple time-points, cluster together. CrAssphage strains from individuals from the same study population do not always cluster together. Some evidence of clustering is seen at the level of broadly defined geographic regions, however, the relative positions of these clusters within the crAssphage phylogeny are not well-supported. We hypothesize that this lack of strong biogeographic structuring is suggestive of an expansion event within crAssphage. Using a Bayesian dating approach, we estimate that this expansion has occurred fairly recently. Overall, we determine that crAssphage presence is associated with an industrialized lifestyle and the absence of strong biogeographic structuring within global crAssphage strains is likely due to a recent population expansion within this bacteriophage.

RevDate: 2020-01-15

Nair RR, Rangaswamy B, Sarojini BSI, et al (2020)

Anaerobic ammonia-oxidizing bacteria in tropical bioaugmented zero water exchange aquaculture ponds.

Environmental science and pollution research international pii:10.1007/s11356-020-07663-1 [Epub ahead of print].

Bioaugmented zero water exchange aquaculture production systems (ZWEAPS) maintained with minimal or no water exchange prevent the ammonia accumulation in the system, leading to environmental sustainability and biosecurity. The microbes in the bioaugmented ZWEAPS plays a major role in maintaining low levels of ammonia through ammonia oxidation and nitrite oxidation. The comprehensive understanding on anammox population in the systems will provide an insight on the environmental factors controlling the functional anammox bacterial communities for potential biostimulation and augmented ammonia removal in ZWEAPS. The sediment metagenome of such three tropical bioaugmented ZWE shrimp culture ponds were analysed to determine the diversity, distribution and abundance of anaerobic ammonia-oxidizing (anammox) bacteria based on hydrazine oxidoreductase (hzo) gene as a phylogenetic marker. The restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) phylotypes from the clone libraries were identified with maximum distribution to Candidatus Kuenenia, as the dominant population in the study sites with high ammonia load followed by Candidatus Scalindua. The environmental factors associated with the abundance and diversity of the anammox population were analysed using RDA and Pearson correlation. The samples of final culturing period (75th day) of TCR-S ZWE pond was observed with the highest operational taxonomic unit (OTU)-based diversity, where comparatively higher ammonia (water 0.71 mg L-1 and sediment 1.21 mg L-1) was recorded among the study sites. The gene abundance of the anammox population ranged from 106 to 107 copies per gram of sediment, in spite of less diversity. The physiochemical factors such as ammonia, nitrite, redox potential and the total organic carbon indicated a strong and positive correlation to the abundance and distribution of the anammox population, which highlights the importance of anammox communities and the potential of biostimulation for ammonia removal in the aquaculture systems.

RevDate: 2020-01-15

Weissman JL, PLF Johnson (2020)

Network-Based Prediction of Novel CRISPR-Associated Genes in Metagenomes.

mSystems, 5(1): pii:5/1/e00752-19.

A diversity of clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)-Cas systems provide adaptive immunity to bacteria and archaea through recording "memories" of past viral infections. Recently, many novel CRISPR-associated proteins have been discovered via computational studies, but those studies relied on biased and incomplete databases of assembled genomes. We avoided these biases and applied a network theory approach to search for novel CRISPR-associated genes by leveraging subtle ecological cooccurrence patterns identified from environmental metagenomes. We validated our method using existing annotations and discovered 32 novel CRISPR-associated gene families. These genes span a range of putative functions, with many potentially regulating the response to infection.IMPORTANCE Every branch on the tree of life, including microbial life, faces the threat of viral pathogens. Over the course of billions of years of coevolution, prokaryotes have evolved a great diversity of strategies to defend against viral infections. One of these is the CRISPR adaptive immune system, which allows microbes to "remember" past infections in order to better fight them in the future. There has been much interest among molecular biologists in CRISPR immunity because this system can be repurposed as a tool for precise genome editing. Recently, a number of comparative genomics approaches have been used to detect novel CRISPR-associated genes in databases of genomes with great success, potentially leading to the development of new genome-editing tools. Here, we developed novel methods to search for these distinct classes of genes directly in environmental samples ("metagenomes"), thus capturing a more complete picture of the natural diversity of CRISPR-associated genes.

RevDate: 2020-01-15

Olm MR, Crits-Christoph A, Diamond S, et al (2020)

Consistent Metagenome-Derived Metrics Verify and Delineate Bacterial Species Boundaries.

mSystems, 5(1): pii:5/1/e00731-19.

Longstanding questions relate to the existence of naturally distinct bacterial species and genetic approaches to distinguish them. Bacterial genomes in public databases form distinct groups, but these databases are subject to isolation and deposition biases. To avoid these biases, we compared 5,203 bacterial genomes from 1,457 environmental metagenomic samples to test for distinct clouds of diversity and evaluated metrics that could be used to define the species boundary. Bacterial genomes from the human gut, soil, and the ocean all exhibited gaps in whole-genome average nucleotide identities (ANI) near the previously suggested species threshold of 95% ANI. While genome-wide ratios of nonsynonymous and synonymous nucleotide differences (dN/dS) decrease until ANI values approach ∼98%, two methods for estimating homologous recombination approached zero at ∼95% ANI, supporting breakdown of recombination due to sequence divergence as a species-forming force. We evaluated 107 genome-based metrics for their ability to distinguish species when full genomes are not recovered. Full-length 16S rRNA genes were least useful, in part because they were underrecovered from metagenomes. However, many ribosomal proteins displayed both high metagenomic recoverability and species discrimination power. Taken together, our results verify the existence of sequence-discrete microbial species in metagenome-derived genomes and highlight the usefulness of ribosomal genes for gene-level species discrimination.IMPORTANCE There is controversy about whether bacterial diversity is clustered into distinct species groups or exists as a continuum. To address this issue, we analyzed bacterial genome databases and reports from several previous large-scale environment studies and identified clear discrete groups of species-level bacterial diversity in all cases. Genetic analysis further revealed that quasi-sexual reproduction via horizontal gene transfer is likely a key evolutionary force that maintains bacterial species integrity. We next benchmarked over 100 metrics to distinguish these bacterial species from each other and identified several genes encoding ribosomal proteins with high species discrimination power. Overall, the results from this study provide best practices for bacterial species delineation based on genome content and insight into the nature of bacterial species population genetics.

RevDate: 2020-01-15

Alcalá-Briseño RI, Casarrubias-Castillo K, López-Ley D, et al (2020)

Network Analysis of the Papaya Orchard Virome from Two Agroecological Regions of Chiapas, Mexico.

mSystems, 5(1): pii:5/1/e00423-19.

The study of complex ecological interactions, such as those among host, pathogen, and vector communities, can help to explain host ranges and the emergence of novel pathogens. We evaluated the viromes of papaya orchards, including weed and insect viromes, to identify common viruses in intensive production of papaya in the Pacific Coastal Plain and the Central Depression of Chiapas, Mexico. Samples of papaya cultivar Maradol, susceptible to papaya ringspot virus (PRSV), were categorized by symptoms by local farmers (papaya ringspot symptoms, non-PRSV symptoms, or asymptomatic). These analyses revealed the presence of 61 viruses, where only 4 species were shared among both regions, 16 showed homology to known viruses, and 36 were homologous with genera including Potyvirus, Comovirus, and Tombusvirus (RNA viruses) and Begomovirus and Mastrevirus (DNA viruses). We analyzed the network of associations between viruses and host-location combinations, revealing ecological properties of the network, such as an asymmetric nested pattern, and compared the observed network to null models of network association. Understanding the network structure informs management strategies, for example, revealing the potential role of PRSV in asymptomatic papaya and that weeds may be an important pathogen reservoir. We identify three key management implications: (i) each region may need a customized management strategy; (ii) visual assessment of papaya may be insufficient for PRSV, requiring diagnostic assays; and (iii) weed control within orchards may reduce the risk of virus spread to papaya. Network analysis advances understanding of host-pathogen interactions in the agroecological landscape.IMPORTANCE Virus-virus interactions in plants can modify host symptoms. As a result, disease management strategies may be unsuccessful if they are based solely on visual assessment and diagnostic assays for known individual viruses. Papaya ringspot virus is an important limiting factor for papaya production and likely has interactions with other viruses that are not yet known. Using high-throughput sequencing, we recovered known and novel RNA and DNA viruses from papaya orchards in Chiapas, Mexico, and categorized them by host and, in the case of papaya, symptom type: asymptomatic papaya, papaya with ringspot virus symptoms, papaya with nonringspot symptoms, weeds, and insects. Using network analysis, we demonstrated virus associations within and among host types and described the ecological community patterns. Recovery of viruses from weeds and asymptomatic papaya suggests the need for additional management attention. These analyses contribute to the understanding of the community structure of viruses in the agroecological landscape.

RevDate: 2020-01-15

Subramaniam K, Behringer DC, Bojko J, et al (2020)

A New Family of DNA Viruses Causing Disease in Crustaceans from Diverse Aquatic Biomes.

mBio, 11(1): pii:mBio.02938-19.

Panulirus argus virus 1 (PaV1) is the only known virus infecting the Caribbean spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) from the Caribbean Sea. Recently, related viruses, Dikerogammarus haemobaphes virus 1 (DhV1) and Carcinus maenas virus 1 (CmV1), have been detected in the demon shrimp (Dikerogammarus haemobaphes) and the European shore crab (Carcinus maenas), respectively, from sites in the United Kingdom. The virion morphology of these crustacean viruses is similar to that of iridoviruses. However, unlike iridoviruses and other nucleocytoplasmic large DNA viruses (NCLDVs), these viruses complete their morphogenesis in the host cell nucleus rather than in the cytoplasm. To date, these crustacean viruses have remained unclassified due to a lack of genomic data. Using an Illumina MiSeq sequencer, we sequenced the complete genomes of PaV1, CmV1, and DhV1. Comparative genome analysis shows that these crustacean virus genomes encode the 10 hallmark proteins previously described for the NCLDVs of eukaryotes, strongly suggesting that they are members of this group. With a size range of 70 to 74 kb, these are the smallest NCLDV genomes identified to date. Extensive gene loss, divergence of gene sequences, and the accumulation of low-complexity sequences reflect the extreme degradation of the genomes of these "minimal" NCLDVs rather than any direct relationship with the NCLDV ancestor. Phylogenomic analysis supports the classification of these crustacean viruses as a distinct family, "Mininucleoviridae," within the pitho-irido-Marseille branch of the NCLDVs.IMPORTANCE Recent genomic and metagenomic studies have led to a dramatic expansion of the known diversity of nucleocytoplasmic large DNA viruses (NCLDVs) of eukaryotes, which include giant viruses of protists and important pathogens of vertebrates, such as poxviruses. However, the characterization of viruses from nonmodel hosts still lags behind. We sequenced the complete genomes of three viruses infecting crustaceans, the Caribbean spiny lobster, demon shrimp, and European shore crab. These viruses have the smallest genomes among the known NCLDVs, with losses of many core genes, some of which are shared with iridoviruses. The deterioration of the transcription apparatus is compatible with microscopic and ultrastructural observations indicating that these viruses replicate in the nucleus of infected cells rather than in the cytoplasm. Phylogenomic analysis indicates that these viruses are sufficiently distinct from all other NCLDVs to justify the creation of a separate family, for which we propose the name "Mininucleoviridae" (i.e., small viruses reproducing in the cell nucleus).

RevDate: 2020-01-15

Kang S, You HJ, Lee YG, et al (2020)

Production, Structural Characterization, and In Vitro Assessment of the Prebiotic Potential of Butyl-Fructooligosaccharides.

International journal of molecular sciences, 21(2): pii:ijms21020445.

Short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), especially butyrate, produced in mammalian intestinal tracts via fermentation of dietary fiber, are known biofunctional compounds in humans. However, the variability of fermentable fiber consumed on a daily basis and the diversity of gut microbiota within individuals often limits the production of short-chain fatty acids in the human gut. In this study, we attempted to enhance the butyrate levels in human fecal samples by utilizing butyl-fructooligosaccharides (B-FOS) as a novel prebiotic substance. Two major types of B-FOS (GF3-1B and GF3-2B), composed of short-chain fructooligosaccharides (FOS) bound to one or two butyric groups by ester bonds, were synthesized. Qualitative analysis of these B-FOS using Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and low-resolution fast-atom bombardment mass spectra (LR-FAB-MS), showed that the chemical structure of GF3-1B and GF3-2B were [O-(1-buty-β-D-fru-(2→1)-O-β-D-fru-(2→1)-O-β-D-fru-O-α-D-glu] and [O-(1-buty)-β-D-fru-(2→1)-O-β-D-fru-(2→1)-O-(4-buty)-β-D-fru-O-α-D-glu], respectively. The ratio of these two compounds was approximately 5:3. To verify their biofunctionality as prebiotic oligosaccharides, proliferation and survival patterns of human fecal microbiota were examined in vitro via 16S rRNA metagenomics analysis compared to a positive FOS control and a negative control without a carbon source. B-FOS treatment showed different enrichment patterns on the fecal microbiota community during fermentation, and especially stimulated the growth of major butyrate producing bacterial consortia and modulated specific butyrate producing pathways with significantly enhanced butyrate levels. Furthermore, the relative abundance of Fusobacterium and ammonia production with related metabolic genes were greatly reduced with B-FOS and FOS treatment compared to the control group. These findings indicate that B-FOS differentially promotes butyrate production through the enhancement of butyrate-producing bacteria and their metabolic genes, and can be applied as a novel prebiotic compound in vivo.

RevDate: 2020-01-14

O' Donovan CM, Connor B, Madigan SM, et al (2020)

Instances of altered gut microbiomes among Irish cricketers over periods of travel in the lead up to the 2016 World Cup: A sequencing analysis.

Travel medicine and infectious disease pii:S1477-8939(20)30003-X [Epub ahead of print].

BACKGROUND: Changes and stresses experienced during travel have the potential to impact the gut microbiome, with travel implicated in the spread of antibiotic resistance genes across continents. The possibility of gut microbiome-mediated negative impacts arising from travel, and consequences for peak performance, would be of particular concern for elite athletes.

METHODS: Faecal samples were collected from male (N = 14) and female (N = 7) cricket players during the build-up to the 2016 Cricket World Cup. Baseline and post-travel samples were collected from all participants and subjected to 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing. Samples from a subset of participants (N = 4) were analysed by shotgun metagenomic sequencing.

RESULTS: Analysis revealed a single travel time point as having the potential to have an impact on the gut microbiome. Reductions in alpha diversity following travel were observed, accompanied by shifts in the taxonomic profile of the gut microbiome. Antibiotic resistance and virulence genes were also identified as undergoing changes following travel.

CONCLUSIONS: This study reveals that periods of travel, in particular following gastrointestinal distress, may result in gut microbiome disruption. While this analysis was completed in athletes, the findings are applicable to all travelling individuals and considerations should be made surrounding travel in an attempt to reduce these changes.

RevDate: 2020-01-17

Orłowska A, Iwan E, Smreczak M, et al (2019)

Evaluation of Direct Metagenomics and Target Enriched Approaches for High-throughput Sequencing of Field Rabies Viruses.

Journal of veterinary research, 63(4):471-479.

Introduction: High-throughput sequencing (HTS) identifies random viral fragments in environmental samples metagenomically. High reliability gains it broad application in virus evolution, host-virus interaction, and pathogenicity studies. Deep sequencing of field samples with content of host genetic material and bacteria often produces insufficient data for metagenomics and must be preceded by target enrichment. The main goal of the study was the evaluation of HTS for complete genome sequencing of field-case rabies viruses (RABVs).

Material and Methods: The material was 23 RABVs isolated mainly from red foxes and one European bat lyssavirus-1 isolate propagated in neuroblastoma cells. Three methods of RNA isolation were tested for the direct metagenomics and RABV-enriched approaches. Deep sequencing was performed with a MiSeq sequencer (Illumina) and reagent v3 kit. Bioinformatics data were evaluated by Kraken and Centrifuge software and de novo assembly was done with metaSPAdes.

Results: Testing RNA extraction procedures revealed the deep sequencing scope superiority of the combined TRIzol/column method. This HTS methodology made it possible to obtain complete genomes of all the RABV isolates collected in the field. Significantly greater rates of RABV genome coverages (over 5,900) were obtained with RABV enrichment. Direct metagenomic studies sequenced the full length of 6 out of 16 RABV isolates with a medium coverage between 1 and 71.

Conclusion: Direct metagenomics gives the most realistic illustration of the field sample microbiome, but with low coverage. For deep characterisation of viruses, e.g. for spatial and temporal phylogeography during outbreaks, target enrichment is recommended as it covers sequences much more completely.

RevDate: 2020-01-14

Aguirre-Garrido JF, Martínez-Abarca F, Montiel-Lugo D, et al (2020)

Metagenomic analyses uncover the differential effect of azide treatment on bacterial community structure by enriching a specific Cyanobacteria present in a saline-alkaline environmental sample.

International microbiology : the official journal of the Spanish Society for Microbiology pii:10.1007/s10123-020-00119-z [Epub ahead of print].

Treatment of environmental samples under field conditions may require the application of chemical preservatives, although their use sometimes produces changes in the microbial communities. Sodium azide, a commonly used preservative, is known to differentially affect the growth of bacteria. Application of azide and darkness incubation to Isabel soda lake water samples induced changes in the structure of the bacterial community, as assessed by partial 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing. Untreated water samples (WU) were dominated by gammaproteobacterial sequences accounting for 86%, while in the azide-treated (WA) samples, this group was reduced to 33% abundance, and cyanobacteria-related sequences became dominant with 53%. Shotgun sequencing and genome recruitment analyses pointed to Halomonas campanensis strain LS21 (genome size 4.07 Mbp) and Synechococcus sp. RS9917 (2.58 Mbp) as the higher recruiting genomes from the sequence reads of WA and WU environmental libraries, respectively, covering nearly the complete genomes. Combined treatment of water samples with sodium azide and darkness has proven effective on the selective enrichment of a cyanobacterial group. This approach may allow the complete (or almost-complete) genome sequencing of Cyanobacteria from metagenomic DNA of different origins, and thus increasing the number of the underrepresented cyanobacterial genomes in the databases.

RevDate: 2020-01-14

Xu Y, Zhang G, Ding H, et al (2020)

Influence of salt stress on the rhizosphere soil bacterial community structure and growth performance of groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.).

International microbiology : the official journal of the Spanish Society for Microbiology pii:10.1007/s10123-020-00118-0 [Epub ahead of print].

Soil salinity is regarded as severe environmental stress that can change the composition of rhizosphere soil bacterial community and import a plethora of harms to crop plants. However, relatively little is known about the relationship between salt stress and root microbial communities in groundnuts. The goal of this study was to assess the effect of salt stress on groundnut growth performance and rhizosphere microbial community structure. Statistical analysis exhibited that salt stress indeed affected groundnut growth and pod yield. Further taxonomic analysis showed that the bacterial community predominantly consisted of phyla Proteobacteria, Actinobacteria, Saccharibacteria, Chloroflexi, Acidobacteria, and Cyanobacteria. Among these bacteria, numbers of Cyanobacteria and Acidobacteria mainly increased, while that of Actinobacteria and Chloroflexi decreased after salt treatment via taxonomic and qPCR analysis. Moreover, Sphingomonas and Microcoleus as the predominant genera in salt-treated rhizosphere soils might enhance salt tolerance as plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria. Metagenomic profiling showed that series of sequences related to signaling transduction, posttranslational modification, and chaperones were enriched in the salt-treated soils, which may have implications for plant survival and salt tolerance. These data will help us better understand the symbiotic relationship between the dominant microbial community and groundnuts and form the foundation for further improvement of salt tolerance of groundnuts via modification of soil microbial community.

RevDate: 2020-01-14

Deng X, Achari A, Federman S, et al (2020)

Metagenomic sequencing with spiked primer enrichment for viral diagnostics and genomic surveillance.

Nature microbiology pii:10.1038/s41564-019-0637-9 [Epub ahead of print].

Metagenomic next-generation sequencing (mNGS), the shotgun sequencing of RNA and DNA from clinical samples, has proved useful for broad-spectrum pathogen detection and the genomic surveillance of viral outbreaks. An additional target enrichment step is generally needed for high-sensitivity pathogen identification in low-titre infections, yet available methods using PCR or capture probes can be limited by high cost, narrow scope of detection, lengthy protocols and/or cross-contamination. Here, we developed metagenomic sequencing with spiked primer enrichment (MSSPE), a method for enriching targeted RNA viral sequences while simultaneously retaining metagenomic sensitivity for other pathogens. We evaluated MSSPE for 14 different viruses, yielding a median tenfold enrichment and mean 47% (±16%) increase in the breadth of genome coverage over mNGS alone. Virus detection using MSSPE arboviral or haemorrhagic fever viral panels was comparable in sensitivity to specific PCR, demonstrating 95% accuracy for the detection of Zika, Ebola, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever viruses in plasma samples from infected patients. Notably, sequences from re-emerging and/or co-infecting viruses that have not been specifically targeted a priori, including Powassan and Usutu, were successfully enriched using MSSPE. MSSPE is simple, low cost, fast and deployable on either benchtop or portable nanopore sequencers, making this method directly applicable for diagnostic laboratory and field use.

RevDate: 2020-01-13

Obata O, Salar-Garcia MJ, Greenman J, et al (2020)

Development of efficient electroactive biofilm in urine-fed microbial fuel cell cascades for bioelectricity generation.

Journal of environmental management, 258:109992 pii:S0301-4797(19)31710-4 [Epub ahead of print].

The Microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology harnesses the potential of some naturally occurring bacteria for electricity generation. Digested sludge is commonly used as the inoculum to initiate the process. There are, however, health hazards and practical issues associated with the use of digested sludge depending on its origin as well as the location for system deployment. This work reports the development of an efficient electroactive bacterial community within ceramic-based MFCs fed with human urine in the absence of sludge inoculum. The results show the development of a uniform bacterial community with power output levels equal to or higher than those generated from MFCs inoculated with sludge. In this case, the power generation begins within 2 days of the experimental set-up, compared to about 5 days in some sludge-inoculated MFCs, thus significantly reducing the start-up time. The metagenomics analysis of the successfully formed electroactive biofilm (EAB) shows significant shifts between the microbial ecology of the feeding material (fresh urine) and the developed anodic biofilm. A total of 21 bacteria genera were detected in the urine feedstock whilst up to 35 different genera were recorded in the developed biofilm. Members of Pseudomonas (18%) and Anaerolineaceae (17%) dominate the bacterial community of the fresh urine feed while members of Burkholderiaceae (up to 50%) and Tissierella (up to 29%) dominate the anodic EAB. These results highlight a significant shift in the bacterial community of the feedstock towards a selection and adaptation required for the various electrochemical reactions essential for survival through power generation.

RevDate: 2020-01-13

Bowerman KL, Varelias A, Lachner N, et al (2020)

Continuous pre- and post-transplant exposure to a disease-associated gut microbiome promotes hyper-acute graft-versus-host disease in wild-type mice.

Gut microbes [Epub ahead of print].

Objective: The gut microbiome plays a key role in the development of acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Here we investigate the individual contribution of the pre- and post-transplant gut microbiome to acute GVHD using a well-studied mouse model.Design: Wild-type mice were cohoused with IL-17RA-/ - mice, susceptible to hyperacute GVHD, either pre- or post-transplant alone or continuously (i.e., pre- and post-transplant). Fecal samples were collected from both WT and IL-17RA-/ - mice pre- and post-cohousing and post-transplant and the microbiome analyzed using metagenomic sequencing.Results: Priming wild-type mice via cohousing pre-transplant only is insufficient to accelerate GVHD, however, accelerated disease is observed in WT mice cohoused post-transplant only. When mice are cohoused continuously, the effect of priming and exacerbation is additive, resulting in a greater acceleration of disease in WT mice beyond that seen with cohousing post-transplant only. Metagenomic analysis of the microbiome revealed pre-transplant cohousing is associated with the transfer of specific species within two as-yet-uncultured genera of the bacterial family Muribaculaceae; CAG-485 and CAG-873. Post-transplant, we observed GVHD-associated blooms of Enterobacteriaceae members Escherichia coli and Enterobacter hormaechei subsp. steigerwaltii, and hyperacute GVHD gut microbiome distinct from that associated with delayed-onset disease (>10 days post-transplant).Conclusion: These results clarify the importance of the peri-transplant microbiome in the susceptibility to acute GVHD post-transplant and demonstrate the species-specific nature of this association.

RevDate: 2020-01-13

Ye Z, Wu C, Zhang N, et al (2020)

Altered gut microbiome composition in patients with Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease.

Gut microbes [Epub ahead of print].

Background: Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada (VKH) disease is a multisystemic autoimmune disorder characterized by granulomatous panuveitis. Gut microbiome has been considered to play a role in the pathogenesis of this disease but whether the alternation of gut microbiome was involved is unclear. This study was set up to identify abnormalities of gut microbiome composition in VKH disease.Results: Depleted butyrate-producing bacteria, lactate-producing bacteria and methanogens as well as enriched Gram-negative bacteria were identified in the active VKH patients, as well as in VKH patients of Mix enterotype and Bacteroides enterotype. Changes of gut microbiome in the VKH patients were partially restored after an immunosuppressive treatment. The disease susceptibility genotype HLA-DRA was associated with Bacteroides sp.2.1.33B, Paraprevotella clara, Alistipes finegoldii and Eubacterium eligens. A microbial marker profile including 40 disease-associated species was established to differentiate patients from controls. Another microbial marker profile including 37 species was found to be associated with the response to treatment. An animal experiment showed that transfer of gut microbiome from VKH patients could significantly exacerbate disease activity clinically and pathologically in the recipient mice.Conclusion: Our results revealed a distinct gut microbiome signature in VKH patients and showed an exacerbating effect of this gut microbiome on experimental autoimmune uveitis (EAU). We also developed two microbial marker profiles in differentiating VKH patients from healthy controls as well as predicting the effectiveness of treatment.

RevDate: 2020-01-13

Song Y, Himmel B, Öhrmalm L, et al (2020)

The Microbiota in Hematologic Malignancies.

Current treatment options in oncology, 21(1):2 pii:10.1007/s11864-019-0693-7.

OPINION STATEMENT: There are approximately 1.2 million new hematologic malignancy cases resulting in ~ 690,000 deaths each year worldwide, and hematologic malignancies remain the most commonly occurring cancer in children. Even though advances in anticancer treatment regimens in recent decades have considerably improved survival rates, their cytotoxic effects and the resulting long-term complications pose a significant burden on the patients and the health care system. Therefore, non-toxic treatment modalities are needed to decrease side effects. The human body is the host to approximately 40 trillion microbes, known as the human microbiota. The large majority of the microbiota is located in the gastrointestinal tract, and is primarily composed of bacteria. The microbiota plays several important physiological roles, ranging from digestive functions to immunological and neural development. Investigating the microbiota in patients with hematologic malignancies has several important implications. The microbiota affects hematopoiesis, and influences the efficacies of chemotherapy and antimicrobial treatments. Determination of the microbiota composition and diversity could be an important part of risk stratification in the future, and may also take part to personalize antimicrobial treatments. Modulation of the microbiota via probiotics or fecal transplant can potentially be involved in reducing side effects of chemotherapy, and eliminating multiple drug resistant strains in patients with hematologic malignancies.

RevDate: 2020-01-13

Sun F, Wang C, Chen H, et al (2020)

Metagenomic Analysis of the Effect of Enteromorpha prolifera Bloom on Microbial Community and Function in Aquaculture Environment.

Current microbiology pii:10.1007/s00284-019-01862-x [Epub ahead of print].

Enteromorpha prolifera blooms considerably affected coastal environments in recent years. However, the effects of E. prolifera on microbial ecology and function remained unknown. In this study, metagenomic sequencing was used to investigate the effect of E. prolifera bloom on the microbial communities and functional genes in an aquaculture environment. Results showed that E. prolifera bloom could significantly alter the microbial composition and abundance, and heterotrophic bacteria comprised the major groups in the E. prolifera bloom pond, which was dominated by Actinomycetales and Flavobacteriales. The study indicated that viruses played an important role in shaping the microbial community and diversity during E. prolifera bloom. These viruses affected various dominant microbial taxa (such as Rhodobacteraceae, Synechococcus, and Prochlorococcus), which produced an obvious impact on potential nutrient transformation. Functional annotation analysis indicated that E. prolifera bloom would considerably shift the metabolism function by altering the structure and abundance of the microbial community. E. prolifera bloom pond had the low ability of potential metabolic capabilities of nitrogen, sulfur, and phosphate, whereas promoted gene abundance of genetic information processing. These changes in the microbial community and function could produce serious effect on aquaculture ecosystem.

RevDate: 2020-01-13

Mindikoglu AL, Abdulsada MM, Jain A, et al (2020)

Intermittent fasting from dawn to sunset for 30 consecutive days is associated with anticancer proteomic signature and upregulates key regulatory proteins of glucose and lipid metabolism, circadian clock, DNA repair, cytoskeleton remodeling, immune system and cognitive function in healthy subjects.

Journal of proteomics pii:S1874-3919(20)30013-0 [Epub ahead of print].

Murine studies showed that disruption of circadian clock rhythmicity could lead to cancer and metabolic syndrome. Time-restricted feeding can reset the disrupted clock rhythm, protect against cancer and metabolic syndrome. Based on these observations, we hypothesized that intermittent fasting for several consecutive days without calorie restriction in humans would induce an anticarcinogenic proteome and the key regulatory proteins of glucose and lipid metabolism. Fourteen healthy subjects fasted from dawn to sunset for over 14 h daily. Fasting duration was 30 consecutive days. Serum samples were collected before fasting, at the end of 4th week during 30-day intermittent fasting, and one week after 30-day intermittent fasting. An untargeted serum proteomic profiling was performed using ultra high-performance liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry. Our results showed that 30-day intermittent fasting was associated with an anticancer serum proteomic signature, upregulated key regulatory proteins of glucose and lipid metabolism, circadian clock, DNA repair, cytoskeleton remodeling, immune system, and cognitive function, and resulted in a serum proteome protective against cancer, metabolic syndrome, inflammation, Alzheimer's disease, and several neuropsychiatric disorders. These findings suggest that fasting from dawn to sunset for 30 consecutive days can be preventive and adjunct therapy in cancer, metabolic syndrome, and several cognitive and neuropsychiatric diseases. SIGNIFICANCE: The clinical implications of our study are profound. Our results showed that intermittent fasting from dawn to sunset for over 14 h daily for 30 consecutive days was associated with an anticancer serum proteomic signature and upregulated key regulatory proteins of glucose and lipid metabolism, insulin signaling, circadian clock, DNA repair, cytoskeleton remodeling, immune system, and cognitive function, and resulted in a serum proteome protective against cancer, obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, inflammation, Alzheimer's disease, and several neuropsychiatric disorders. Importantly, these findings occurred in the absence of any calorie restriction and significant weight loss. These findings suggest that intermittent fasting from dawn to sunset can be a preventive and adjunct therapy in cancer, metabolic syndrome and Alzheimer's disease and several neuropsychiatric diseases.

RevDate: 2020-01-13

Lau CH, DeJong EN, Dussault F, et al (2020)

A penicillin-binding protein that can promote advanced-generation cephalosporin resistance and genome adaptation in the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

International journal of antimicrobial agents pii:S0924-8579(20)30035-2 [Epub ahead of print].

A previous soil metagenomics study recovered a novel cephalosporin resistance determinant, pbpTET A6, for which the exact resistance mechanism was unclear. Here, using a three-dimensional structure-guided mutagenesis approach, it is demonstrated that PBPTET A6 is a probable member of the Class-A penicillin binding proteins and that its ability to confer cephalosporin resistance is directly linked to the functional integrity of its transpeptidase (TP) catalytic core. Screening of a library of PBPTET A6 variants carrying randomly-introduced point mutations reveals additional residue modifications that compromised resistance, with all being proximal to the TP active-site except one which is found in a 29-amino acid long superstructure (α6-α7 loop) absent in other class-A PBP homologues. Based on the site-specific mutagenesis results, it is hypothesized that residue arginine-400 plays an important role in limiting access of certain cephalosporin compounds to the enzymatic core of PBPTET A6 's TP domain. Using a combination of adaptive evolution assays and whole-genome sequencing, the potential impact of PBPTET A6 on promoting resistance development in the clinically-significant opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa was investigated. Under the selective pressure of serial ceftazidime exposures, the pbpTET A6-expressing P. aeruginosa population readily evolved by excluding a ∼400kbp chromosomal element to acquire additional resistance against cephalosporins, suggesting PBPTET A6 has a catalytic effect on facilitating antibiotic resistance-associated genome adaptation. Overall, the soil environment contains genes conferring resistance to critically important antibiotics by cryptic mechanisms. Understanding what impact anthropogenic activities might have on the abundance and evolution of these genes should be a priority.

RevDate: 2020-01-14

Edge TA, Baird DJ, Bilodeau G, et al (2019)

The Ecobiomics project: Advancing metagenomics assessment of soil health and freshwater quality in Canada.

The Science of the total environment, 710:135906 pii:S0048-9697(19)35901-7 [Epub ahead of print].

Transformative advances in metagenomics are providing an unprecedented ability to characterize the enormous diversity of microorganisms and invertebrates sustaining soil health and water quality. These advances are enabling a better recognition of the ecological linkages between soil and water, and the biodiversity exchanges between these two reservoirs. They are also providing new perspectives for understanding microorganisms and invertebrates as part of interacting communities (i.e. microbiomes and zoobiomes), and considering plants, animals, and humans as holobionts comprised of their own cells as well as diverse microorganisms and invertebrates often acquired from soil and water. The Government of Canada's Genomics Research and Development Initiative (GRDI) launched the Ecobiomics Project to coordinate metagenomics capacity building across federal departments, and to apply metagenomics to better characterize microbial and invertebrate biodiversity for advancing environmental assessment, monitoring, and remediation activities. The Project has adopted standard methods for soil, water, and invertebrate sampling, collection and provenance of metadata, and nucleic acid extraction. High-throughput sequencing is located at a centralized sequencing facility. A centralized Bioinformatics Platform was established to enable a novel government-wide approach to harmonize metagenomics data collection, storage and bioinformatics analyses. Sixteen research projects were initiated under Soil Microbiome, Aquatic Microbiome, and Invertebrate Zoobiome Themes. Genomic observatories were established at long-term environmental monitoring sites for providing more comprehensive biodiversity reference points to assess environmental change.

RevDate: 2020-01-17

Zhang H, Chen S, Zhang Q, et al (2020)

Fungicides enhanced the abundance of antibiotic resistance genes in greenhouse soil.

Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987), 259:113877 pii:S0269-7491(19)35484-3 [Epub ahead of print].

Long-term substantial application of fungicides in greenhouse cultivation led to residual pollution in soils and then altered soil microbial community. However, it is unclear whether residual fungicides could affect the diversity and abundance of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in greenhouse soils. Here, the dissipation of fungicides and its impact on the abundance of ARGs were determined using shotgun metagenomic sequencing in the greenhouse and mountain soils under laboratory conditions. Our results showed the greenhouse soils harbored more diverse and abundant ARGs than the mountain soils. The application of carbendazim, azoxystrobin, and chlorothalonil could increase the abundance of total ARGs in the greenhouse soils, especially for those dominant ARG subtypes including sul2, sul1, aadA, tet(L), tetA(G), and tetX2. The abundant ARGs were significantly correlated with mobile genetic elements (MGEs, e.g. intI1and R485) in the greenhouse soils but no significant relationship in the mountain soils. Meanwhile, the co-occurrence patterns of ARGs and MGEs, e.g., sul2 and R485, sul1 and transposase, were further verified via the genetic arrangement of genes on the metagenome-assembled contigs in the greenhouse soils. Additionally, host tracking analysis indicated that ARGs were mainly carried by enterobacteria in the greenhouse soils but actinomyces in the mountain soils. These findings confirmed that some fungicides might serve as the co-selectors of ARGs and elevated their abundance via MGEs-mediated horizontal gene transfer in the greenhouse soils.

RevDate: 2020-01-11

Dos Santos Gonçalves AC, Rezende RP, de Lima Silva Marques E, et al (2020)

Biotechnological potential of mangrove sediments: Identification and functional attributes of thermostable and salinity-tolerant β-glucanase.

International journal of biological macromolecules pii:S0141-8130(19)36808-4 [Epub ahead of print].

Microorganisms native to mangroves are expected to contain enzymes capable of hydrolyzing different carbon sources. However, most of these microorganisms aren't cultivable; hence, alternative techniques as metagenomics are tools for studying and obtaining some of the natural genomes, genes and enzymes of biotechnological interest. The β-glucanase was produced using a metagenomic clone of mangrove sediments and detected by functional screening on carboxymethylcellulose substrate. The enzyme was purified by cation exchange chromatography. The peptides detected by mass spectrometry showed 20% identity with the polypeptide deduced from the genomic fragment sequenced. The ORF identified as BglfosD9 possessed 729 bp and the encoded protein showed predicted MW and pI of 28kD and 6.8, respectively. The enzyme was active in a wide range of pH (5-10) with optimum pH at 8, had relative activity greater than 50% at all temperatures tested (5-90 °C), was stable at temperatures of 5, 50 and 90 °C and showed excellent relative activity at high NaCl concentrations. This β-glucanase also showed high relative activity in the presence of SDS and it could hydrolyze β-glucan, CMC and Avicel as substrates. These findings support the idea of a new thermostable and active enzyme at basic pH from metagenomic library of mangrove sediment.

RevDate: 2020-01-11

Niu KM, Lee BJ, Kothari D, et al (2020)

Dietary effect of low fish meal aquafeed on gut microbiota in olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus) at different growth stages.

MicrobiologyOpen [Epub ahead of print].

This study was conducted to investigate the long-term effect of a low fish meal (FM) diet comprising plant-based protein sources (PPS) on changes of gut microbial diversity in olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus) over the course of life. Two experimental diets were prepared to contain 74% FM (control) or 52% FM with 22% PPS (30% FM replacement, FM30). Fish were fed one of the two experimental diets for 8 months, and we collected the midgut contents to analyze the gut bacterial community by Illumina MiSeq based on the metagenomic sequences in the V3-V4 regions of 16S rRNA. We found that there were nine dominant phyla, which in turn presented Proteobacteria, Firmicutes, and Actinobacteria as the three major phyla in the gut microbiota of the flounder. At genus level, the dominant genera were Delftia, Prevotella, and Chthoniobacter at the juvenile stage (below 100 g/fish); Chthoniobacter, Bacillus, and Bradyrhizobium at the grower stage (400 g/fish); Chthoniobacter, Bacillus, and Delftia at the subadult stage (800 g/fish); and Lactobacillus and Prevotella at the adult stage (over 1,000 g/fish). The microbial diversity in olive flounders arched from the juvenile and subadult stage and reached a plateau thereafter. The fish fed the FM30 diet significantly had an increased abundance of Lactobacillus and Photobacterium and had less abundance of Prevotella and Paraprevotella than the control. However, the effect of dietary PPS was not significant on total microbial richness, indicating no negative effect as feed sources on the intestinal microbiota in olive flounder. These results indicate that the life stage of olive flounder is more important in modulating intestinal microbiota than is the diet. It could also be concluded that dietary PPS might be used as a potential fish meal alternative without any compromising effects on microbial diversity of olive flounder for long-term feeding.

RevDate: 2020-01-11

Lakin SM, Kuhnle A, Alipanahi B, et al (2019)

Hierarchical Hidden Markov models enable accurate and diverse detection of antimicrobial resistance sequences.

Communications biology, 2(1):294 pii:10.1038/s42003-019-0545-9.

The characterization of antimicrobial resistance genes from high-throughput sequencing data has become foundational in public health research and regulation. This requires mapping sequence reads to databases of known antimicrobial resistance genes to determine the genes present in the sample. Mapping sequence reads to known genes is traditionally accomplished using alignment. Alignment methods have high specificity but are limited in their ability to detect sequences that are divergent from the reference database, which can result in a substantial false negative rate. We address this shortcoming through the creation of Meta-MARC, which enables detection of diverse resistance sequences using hierarchical, DNA-based Hidden Markov Models. We first describe Meta-MARC and then demonstrate its efficacy on simulated and functional metagenomic datasets. Meta-MARC has higher sensitivity relative to competing methods. This sensitivity allows for detection of sequences that are divergent from known antimicrobial resistance genes. This functionality is imperative to expanding existing antimicrobial gene databases.

RevDate: 2020-01-11

Francis R, Ominami Y, Bou Khalil JY, et al (2019)

High-throughput isolation of giant viruses using high-content screening.

Communications biology, 2(1):216 pii:10.1038/s42003-019-0475-6.

The race to discover and isolate giant viruses began 15 years ago. Metagenomics is counterbalancing coculture, with the detection of giant virus genomes becoming faster as sequencing technologies develop. Since the discovery of giant viruses, many efforts have been made to improve methods for coculturing amebas and giant viruses, which remains the key engine of isolation of these microorganisms. However, these techniques still lack the proper tools for high-speed detection. In this paper, we present advances in the isolation of giant viruses. A new strategy was developed using a high-throughput microscope for real-time monitoring of cocultures using optimized algorithms targeting infected amebas. After validating the strategy, we adapted a new tabletop scanning electron microscope for high-speed identification of giant viruses directly from culture. The speed and isolation rate of this strategy has raised the coculture to almost the same level as sequencing techniques in terms of detection speed and sensitivity.

RevDate: 2020-01-11

Sato Y, Hori T, Koike H, et al (2019)

Transcriptome analysis of activated sludge microbiomes reveals an unexpected role of minority nitrifiers in carbon metabolism.

Communications biology, 2(1):179 pii:10.1038/s42003-019-0418-2.

Although metagenomics researches have illuminated microbial diversity in numerous biospheres, understanding individual microbial functions is yet difficult due to the complexity of ecosystems. To address this issue, we applied a metagenome-independent, de novo assembly-based metatranscriptomics to a complex microbiome, activated sludge, which has been used for wastewater treatment for over a century. Even though two bioreactors were operated under the same conditions, their performances differed from each other with unknown causes. Metatranscriptome profiles in high- and low-performance reactors demonstrated that denitrifiers contributed to the anaerobic degradation of heavy oil; however, no marked difference in the gene expression was found. Instead, gene expression-based nitrification activities that fueled the denitrifiers by providing the respiratory substrate were notably high in the high-performance reactor only. Nitrifiers-small minorities with relative abundances of <0.25%-governed the heavy-oil degradation performances of the reactors, unveiling an unexpected linkage of carbon- and nitrogen-metabolisms of the complex microbiome.

RevDate: 2020-01-11

Suttner BJ, Johnston ER, Orellana LH, et al (2020)

Potential and limitations of metagenomics as a public health risk assessment tool in a study of natural creek sediments influenced by agricultural and livestock runoff.

Applied and environmental microbiology pii:AEM.02525-19 [Epub ahead of print].

Little is known about the public health risks associated with natural creek sediments that are affected by runoff and fecal pollution from agricultural and livestock practices. For instance, the persistence of foodborne pathogens originating from these practices such as Shiga Toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) remains poorly quantified. Towards closing these knowledge gaps, the water-sediment interface of two creeks in the Salinas River Valley of California was sampled over a nine-month period using metagenomics and traditional culture-based tests for STEC. Our results revealed that these sediment communities are extremely diverse and comparable to the functional and taxonomic diversity observed in soils. With our sequencing effort (∼4Gbp per library), we were unable to detect any pathogenic E. coli in the metagenomes of 11 samples that had tested positive using culture-based methods, apparently due to relatively low abundance. Further, there were no significant differences in the abundance of human- or cow-specific gut microbiome sequences in the downstream, impacted sites compared to upstream, more pristine (control) sites, indicating natural dilution of anthropogenic inputs. Notably, a high number of metagenomic reads carrying antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) was found in all samples that was significantly higher compared to ARG reads in other available freshwater and soil metagenomes, suggesting that these communities may be natural reservoirs of ARGs. The work presented here should serve as guide for sampling volumes, amount of sequencing to apply, and what bioinformatics analyses to perform when using metagenomics for public health risk studies of environmental samples such as sediments.IMPORTANCE Current agricultural and livestock practices contribute to fecal contamination in the environment and the spread of food and water-borne disease and antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs). Traditionally, the level of pollution and risk to public health is assessed by culture-based tests for the intestinal bacterium, E. coli However, the accuracy of these traditional methods (e.g., low accuracy in quantification, and false positive signal when PCR-based) and their suitability for sediments remains unclear. We collected sediments for a time series metagenomics study from one of the most highly productive agricultural regions in the U.S. in order to assess how agricultural runoff affects the native microbial communities and if the presence of STEC in sediment samples can be detected directly by sequencing. Our study provided important information on the potential for using metagenomics as a tool for assessment of public health risk in natural environments.

RevDate: 2020-01-11

Jnana A, Muthuraman V, Varghese VK, et al (2020)

Distribution of microbial communities and core microbiome in successive wound grades of diabetic foot ulcer individuals.

Applied and environmental microbiology pii:AEM.02608-19 [Epub ahead of print].

Diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) is a major complication of diabetes with high morbidity and mortality rates. Pathogenesis of DFUs is governed by a complex milieu of environmental and host factors. The empirical treatment is initially based on wound severity since culturing and profiling the antibiotic sensitivity of wound-associated microbes is time consuming. Hence, a thorough and rapid analysis of the microbial landscape is a major requirement towards devising evidence-based interventions. Towards this, 122 wound (100 diabetic and 22 non-diabetic) samples were sampled for their bacterial community structure using both culture-based and next-generation 16S rRNA based metagenomics approach. Both the approaches showed that the Gram-negative microbes were more abundant in the wound microbiome. The core microbiome consisted of bacterial genera including Alcaligenes, Pseudomonas, Burkholderia, and Corynebacterium in decreasing order of average relative abundance. Despite the heterogenous nature and extensive sharing of microbes, an inherent community structure was apparent as revealed by a cluster analysis based on Euclidean distances. Facultative anaerobes (26.5%) were predominant in Wagner grade 5 while strict anaerobes were abundant in Wagner grade 1 (26%). A non-metric dimensional scaling analysis could not clearly discriminate samples based on HbA1c levels. Sequencing approach revealed the presence of major culturable species even in samples with no bacterial growth in culture-based approach. Our study indicates that a) composition of core microbial community varies with wound severity, b) polymicrobial species distribution is individual-specific, and c) antibiotic susceptibility varies with individuals. Our study suggests the need to evolve better-personalized care for better wound management therapies.IMPORTANCE: Chronic non-healing diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) is a serious complication of diabetes and is further exacerbated by bacterial colonization. Microbial burden in the wound of each individual displays diverse morphological and physiological characteristics with unique patterns of host-pathogen interactions, antibiotic resistance and virulence. Treatment involves empirical decisions until definitive results on the causative wound pathogens and their antibiotic susceptibility profiles are available. Hence, there is a need for rapid and accurate detection of these polymicrobial communities for effective wound management. Deciphering microbial communities will aid clinicians to tailor their treatment specifically to the microbes prevalent in the DFU at the time of assessment. This may reduce DFU associated morbidity and mortality while impeding the rise of multi drug resistant microbes.

RevDate: 2020-01-17

Dang C, Xia Y, Zheng M, et al (2020)

Metagenomic insights into the profile of antibiotic resistomes in a large drinking water reservoir.

Environment international, 136:105449 pii:S0160-4120(19)32794-1 [Epub ahead of print].

Reservoirs play a vital role in the control and management of surface water resources. However, the long water residence time in the reservoir potentially increases the storage and accumulation of antibiotic resistant genes (ARGs). The full profiles and potential health risks of antibiotic resistomes in reservoirs are largely unknown. In this study, we investigated the antibiotic resistomes of water and sediment during different seasons in the Danjiangkou Reservoir, which is one of the largest reservoirs in China, using a metagenomic sequencing approach. A total of 436 ARG subtypes belonging to 20 ARG types were detected from 24 water and 18 sediment samples, with an average abundance of 0.138 copies/cell. The overall ARG abundance in the sediment was higher than that in the water, and bacitracin and vancomycin resistance genes were the predominant ARG types in the water and sediment, respectively. The overall ARG abundance in the dry season was higher than that in the wet season, and a significant difference in ARG subtype compositions was observed in water, but not in the sediment, between the different seasons. The potential horizontal gene transfer frequency in the water was higher than that in the sediment, and the ARGs in water mainly came from the sediment upstream of the reservoir. The metagenomic assembly identified 14 contigs as ARG-carrying pathogens including Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and 3 of 14 carried virulence factors. Overall, the potential public health risks posed by resistomes in the water of the Danjiangkou Reservoir were higher in the dry season than in the wet season. Based on these results, strategies including sediment control and pathogen monitoring are suggested for water safety management in drinking water reservoirs.

RevDate: 2020-01-15

Stubbs SCB, Quaye O, Acquah ME, et al (2020)

Full genomic characterization of a porcine rotavirus strain detected in an asymptomatic piglet in Accra, Ghana.

BMC veterinary research, 16(1):11.

BACKGROUND: The introduction of rotavirus A vaccination across the developing world has not proved to be as efficacious as first hoped. One cause of vaccine failure may be infection by zoonotic rotaviruses that are very variable antigenically from the vaccine strain. However, there is a lack of genomic information about the circulating rotavirus A strains in farm animals in the developing world that may be a source of infection for humans. We therefore screened farms close to Accra, Ghana for animals sub-clinically infected with rotavirus A and then sequenced the virus found in one of these samples.

RESULTS: 6.1% of clinically normal cows and pigs tested were found to be Rotavirus A virus antigen positive in the faeces. A subset of these (33.3%) were also positive for virus RNA. The most consistently positive pig sample was taken forward for metagenomic sequencing. This gave full sequence for all open reading frames except segment 5 (NSP1), which is missing a single base at the 5' end. The virus infecting this pig had genome constellation G5-P[7]-I5-R1-C1-M1-A8-N1-T7-E1-H1, a known porcine genotype constellation.

CONCLUSIONS: Farm animals carry rotavirus A infection sub-clinically at low frequency. Although the rotavirus A genotype discovered here has a pig-like genome constellation, a number of the segments most closely resembled those isolated from humans in suspected cases of zoonotic transmission. Therefore, such viruses may be a source of variable gene segments for re-assortment with other viruses to cause vaccine breakdown. It is recommended that further human and pig strains are characterized in West Africa, to better understand this dynamic.

RevDate: 2020-01-11

Liu Z, Luo G, Du R, et al (2020)

Effects of spaceflight on the composition and function of the human gut microbiota.

Gut microbes [Epub ahead of print].

Interaction between humans and the gut microbiota is important for human physiology. Here, the gut microbiota was analyzed via metagenomic sequencing, and the fluctuations in the gut microbiota under the conditions of spaceflight were characterized. The composition and function of the gut microbiota were substantially affected by spaceflight; however, individual specificity was uncompromised. We further confirmed the species fluctuations and functional genes from both missions. Resistance and virulence genes in the gut microbiota were affected by spaceflight, but the species attributions remained stable. Spaceflight markedly affected the composition and function of the human gut microbiota, implying that the human gut microbiota is sensitive to spaceflight.

RevDate: 2020-01-11

Triplett J, Ellis D, Braddock A, et al (2020)

Temporal and region-specific effects of sleep fragmentation on gut microbiota and intestinal morphology in Sprague Dawley rats.

Gut microbes [Epub ahead of print].

Sleep is a fundamental biological process, that when repeatedly disrupted, can result in severe health consequences. Recent studies suggest that both sleep fragmentation (SF) and dysbiosis of the gut microbiome can lead to metabolic disorders, though the underlying mechanisms are largely unclear. To better understand the consequences of SF, we investigated the effects of acute (6 days) and chronic (6 weeks) SF on rats by examining taxonomic profiles of microbiota in the distal ileum, cecum and proximal colon, as well as assessing structural and functional integrity of the gastrointestinal barrier. We further assayed the impact of SF on a host function by evaluating inflammation and immune response. Both acute and chronic SF induced microbial dysbiosis, more dramatically in the distal ileum (compared to other two regions studied), as noted by significant perturbations in alpha- and beta-diversity; though, specific microbial populations were significantly altered throughout each of the three regions. Furthermore, chronic SF resulted in increased crypt depth in the distal ileum and an increase in the number of villi lining both the cecum and proximal colon. Additional changes were noted with chronic SF, including: decreased microbial adhesion and penetration in the distal ileum and cecum, elevation in serum levels of the cytokine KC/GRO, and depressed levels of corticotropin. Importantly, our data show that perturbations to microbial ecology and intestinal morphology intensify in response to prolonged SF and these changes are habitat specific. Together, these results reveal consequences to gut microbiota homeostasis and host response following acute and chronic SF in rats.

RevDate: 2020-01-10

Morris MM, Frixione NJ, Burkert AC, et al (2020)

Microbial abundance, composition, and function in nectar are shaped by flower visitor identity.

FEMS microbiology ecology pii:5700281 [Epub ahead of print].

Microbial dispersal is essential for establishment in new habitats, but the role of vector identity is poorly understood in community assembly and function. Here, we compared microbial assembly and function in floral nectar visited by legitimate pollinators (hummingbirds) and nectar robbers (carpenter bees). We assessed effects of visitation on the abundance and composition of culturable bacteria and fungi and their taxonomy and function using shotgun metagenomics, and nectar chemistry. We also compared metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs) of Acinetobacter, a common and highly abundant nectar bacteria, among visitor treatments. Visitation increased microbial abundance, but robbing resulting in 10x higher microbial abundance than pollination. Microbial communities differed among visitor treatments: robbed flowers were characterized by predominant nectar specialists within Acetobacteraceae and Metschnikowiaceae, with a concurrent loss of rare taxa, and these resulting communities harbored genes relating to osmotic stress, saccharide metabolism, and specialized transporters. Gene differences were mirrored in function: robbed nectar contained 25% more monosaccharides. Draft genomes of Acinetobacter revealed distinct amino acid and saccharide utilization pathways in strains isolated from robbed versus pollinated flowers. Our results suggest an unrecognized cost of nectar robbing for pollination and distinct effects of visitor type on interactions between plants and pollinators. Overall, these results suggest vector identity is an underappreciated factor structuring microbial community assembly and function.

RevDate: 2020-01-10

Kanger K, Guilford NGH, Lee H, et al (2020)

Antibiotic resistome and microbial community structure during anaerobic co-digestion of food waste, paper and cardboard.

FEMS microbiology ecology pii:5700280 [Epub ahead of print].

Solid organic waste is a significant source of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and effective treatment strategies are urgently required to limit the spread of antimicrobial resistance. Here we studied ARG diversity and abundance as well as the relationship between antibiotic resistome and microbial community structure within a lab-scale solid-state anaerobic digester treating a mixture of food waste, paper and cardboard. A total of ten samples from digester feed and digestion products were collected for microbial community analysis including SSU rRNA gene sequencing, total community metagenome sequencing and high-throughput quantitative PCR. We observed a significant shift in microbial community composition and a reduction in ARG diversity and abundance after 6 weeks of digestion. ARGs were identified in all samples with multidrug resistance being the most abundant ARG type. 32% of ARGs detected in digester feed were located on plasmids indicating potential for horizontal gene transfer. Using metagenomic assembly and binning we detected potential bacterial hosts of ARGs in digester feed, that included Erwinia, Bifidobacteriaceae, Lactococcus lactis and Lactobacillus. Our results indicate that the process of sequential solid-state anaerobic digestion of food waste, paper and cardboard tested herein provides a significant reduction in the relative abundance of ARGs per 16S rRNA gene.

RevDate: 2020-01-13

Dai Y, Chen L, Chang W, et al (2019)

Culture-Negative Streptococcus suis Infection Diagnosed by Metagenomic Next-Generation Sequencing.

Frontiers in public health, 7:379.

Background:Streptococcus suis is a zoonotic pathogen that can cause severe infections such as meningitis and septicemia in both swine and humans. Rapid and accurate identification of the causative agent is very important for guiding clinical choices in administering countermeasures. Case Report: Here, we report a case of fatal S. suis infection in a patient who worked as a butcher in China. The 59-year-old man, who had previously undergone splenectomy, injured his finger while processing pork and developed severe sepsis. While blood cultures were negative following antibiotic treatment, S. suis was determined to be the causative agent by metagenomic next-generation sequencing (mNGS) and Sanger sequencing. Conclusion: Identification of etiological agents using techniques such as blood culture prior to antibiotic treatment is very important. mNGS may represent a useful method for diagnosis of infectious diseases, especially post-antibiotic treatment.

RevDate: 2020-01-13

Zhao Y, Zhou J, Liu J, et al (2019)

Metagenome of Gut Microbiota of Children With Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.

Frontiers in pediatrics, 7:518.

Aim: To investigate the intestinal flora of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in Chinese children and adolescents using metagenomic approach. Methods: All participants underwent magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to quantify liver fat content. Hepatic steatosis was defined as MRS proton density fat fraction (MRS-PDFF) >5%. A total of 58 children and adolescents were enrolled in this study, including 25 obese NAFLD patients, 18 obese non-NAFLD children, and 15 healthy children. Stool samples were collected and analyzed with metagenomics. We used Shannon index to reflect the alpha diversities of gut microbiota. Wilcoxon rank sum test and Kruskal-Wallis test were performed to evaluate alpha diversities between groups. At last, the differences of gut microbiota composition and functional annotations between obese with and without NAFLD and healthy children were assessed by Kruskal-Wallis test. Results: Significant differences in gut microbiota composition and functional annotations among three groups of children and adolescents have been observed. Deep sequencing of gut microbiota revealed high abundance of phylum Proteobacteria (Gammaproteobacteria) in obese NAFLD patients, comparing with the control group. Overall, obese children without NAFLD had less abundant Helicobacter and Helicobacter pylori. Compared to the control group, in obese children with NAFLD, the abundance of Bacteroidetes (Alistipes) were significantly reduced. Faecalibacterium prausnitzii was the only species representing a difference between obese children with and without NAFLD. There were not significant differences in terms of alpha diversity among three groups. Functional annotations demonstrated that several pathways were differentially enriched between groups, including metabolism of other amino acids, replication and repair, folding, sorting, degradation, and glycan biosynthesis and metabolism. Conclusion: Significantly differences are observed in gut microbiota composition and functional annotations between obese children with and without NAFLD in comparison to the healthy children group. The characteristic of gut microbiota in this study may contribute to a further understanding the gut-liver axis of pediatric NAFLD in China.

RevDate: 2020-01-13

Gagen EJ, Zaugg J, Tyson GW, et al (2019)

Goethite Reduction by a Neutrophilic Member of the Alphaproteobacterial Genus Telmatospirillum.

Frontiers in microbiology, 10:2938.

In tropical iron ore regions, biologically mediated reduction of crystalline iron oxides drives ongoing iron cycling that contributes to the stability of surface duricrusts. This represents a biotechnological opportunity with respect to post-mining rehabilitation attempts, requiring re-formation of these duricrusts. However, cultivated dissimilatory iron reducing bacteria typically reduce crystalline iron oxides quite poorly. A glucose-fermenting microbial consortium capable of reducing at least 27 mmol/L goethite was enriched from an iron duricrust region. Metagenome analysis led to the recovery of a metagenome assembled genome (MAG) of an iron reducer belonging to the alphaproteobacterial genus Telmatospirillum. This is the first report of iron reduction within the Telmatospirillum and the first reported genome of an iron-reducing, neutrophilic member of the Alphaproteobacteria. The Telmatospirillum MAG encodes putative metal transfer reductases (MtrA, MtrB) and a novel, multi-heme outer membrane cytochrome for extracellular electron transfer. In the presence of goethite, short chain fatty acid production shifted significantly in favor of acetate rather than propionate, indicating goethite is a hydrogen sink in the culture. Therefore, the presence of fermentative bacteria likely promotes iron reduction via hydrogen production. Stimulating microbial fermentation has potential to drive reduction of crystalline iron oxides, the rate limiting step for iron duricrust re-formation.

RevDate: 2020-01-13

Haro-Moreno JM, Rodriguez-Valera F, M López-Pérez (2019)

Prokaryotic Population Dynamics and Viral Predation in a Marine Succession Experiment Using Metagenomics.

Frontiers in microbiology, 10:2926.

We performed an incubation experiment of seawater confined in plastic bottles with samples collected at three depths (15, 60, and 90 m) after retrieval from a single offshore location in the Mediterranean Sea, from a late summer stratified water column. Two samples representative of each depth were collected and stored in opaque bottles after two periods of 7 h. We took advantage of the "bottle effect" to investigate changes in the natural microbial communities (abundant and rare). We recovered 94 metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs) and 1089 metagenomic viral contigs and examined their abundance using metagenomic recruitment. We detected a significant fast growth of copiotrophic bacteria such as Alteromonas or Erythrobacter throughout the entire water column with different dynamics that we assign to "clonal," "polyclonal," or "multispecies" depending on the recruitment pattern. Results also showed a marked ecotype succession in the phototropic picocyanobacteria that were able to grow at all the depths in the absence of light, highlighting the importance of their mixotrophic potential. In addition, "wall-chain-reaction" hypothesis based on the study of phage-host dynamics showed the higher impact of viral predation on archaea in deeper waters, evidencing their prominent role during incubations. Our results provide a step forward in understanding the mechanisms underlying dynamic patterns and ecology of the marine microbiome and the importance of processing the samples immediately after collection to avoid changes in the community structure.

RevDate: 2020-01-13

Chen Q, Wu G, Chen H, et al (2019)

Quantification of Human Oral and Fecal Streptococcus parasanguinis by Use of Quantitative Real-Time PCR Targeting the groEL Gene.

Frontiers in microbiology, 10:2910.

Two pairs of species-specific PCR primers targeting the housekeeping groEL gene, Spa146f-Spa525r and Spa93f-Spa525r, were designed to quantify human oral and fecal Streptococcus parasanguinis. Blast analysis against reference sequences of NCBI nucleotide collection database and the Chaperonin Sequence Database showed the forward primers Spa146f and Spa93f 100% matched only with S. parasanguinis, and the in silico Simulated PCR algorithm showed both primer pairs hit only S. parasanguinis groEL gene in Chaperonin Sequence Database. The two primer pairs were respectively used to perform PCR with saliva DNA of each of 6 human subjects, and the amplicons of individual PCR reactions were cloned. The phylogenetic analysis showed cloned sequences were all affiliated to S. parasanguinis, which further validates the specificity of two primer pairs, and that individual subjects harbored multiple genotypes of S. parasanguinis in saliva. By spiking S. parasanguinis into human fecal samples, we found the quantification limit of quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) assays for both primer pairs was 5-6 log10groEL copies/g feces. Human fecal S. parasanguinis amounts quantified with qPCR using each of the two primer pairs correlated well with those determined with metagenomic sequencing. qPCR with either primer pair showed periodontitis patients had significantly lower level of saliva S. parasanguinis than healthy people. In both feces and saliva, the S. parasanguinis abundances quantified with two primer pairs exhibited strong and significant correlation. Our results show that the two S. parasanguinis-specific primer pairs can be used to quantify and profile human saliva and fecal S. parasanguinis.

RevDate: 2020-01-13

Chang Y, Hou F, Pan Z, et al (2019)

Optimization of Culturomics Strategy in Human Fecal Samples.

Frontiers in microbiology, 10:2891.

Most bacteria in the human gut are difficult to culture, and culturomics has been designed to overcome this issue. Culturomics makes it possible to obtain living bacteria for further experiments, unlike metagenomics. However, culturomics is work-intensive, which prevents its wide application. In this study, we performed a 30-day continuous enrichment in blood culture bottles and cultured bacterial isolates from pre-cultures removed at different time points. We compared the bacteria isolated from the enriched culture with or without adding fresh medium after each pre-culture was removed. We also compared "experienced" colony picking (i.e., picking two to three colonies for each recognized colony type) and picking all the colonies from each plate. In total, from five fecal samples, 106 species were isolated, including three novel species and six that have not previously been isolated from the human body. Adding fresh medium to the culture increased the rate of bacterial species isolation by 22% compared with the non-supplemented culture. Picking all colonies increased the rate of bacterial isolation by only 8.5% compared with experienced colony picking. After optimization through statistical analysis and simulation, sampling aerobic and anaerobic enrichment cultures at six and seven time-points, respectively, is likely to isolate >90% of bacterial species, reducing the workload by 40%. In conclusion, an extended enrichment step ensures isolation of different bacterial species at different time-points, while adding the same quantity of fresh medium after sampling, the experienced picking and the optimized time-points favor the chance of isolating more bacterial species with less work.

RevDate: 2020-01-13

Zhang Y, Ma Y, Zhang R, et al (2019)

Metagenomic Resolution of Functional Diversity in Copper Surface-Associated Marine Biofilms.

Frontiers in microbiology, 10:2863.

We used metagenomic sequencing combined with morphological and chemical analyses to investigate microbial taxa and functions related to copper-resistance and microbiologically influenced corrosion in mature copper-associated biofilms in coastal seawater for 44 months. Facultative anaerobic microbes such as Woeseia sp. were found to be the dominant groups on the copper surface. Genes related to stress response and possible heavy metal transport systems, especially RNA polymerase sigma factors (rpoE) and putative ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transport system permease protein (ABC.CD.P) were observed to be highly enriched in copper-associated biofilms, while genes encoding DNA-methyltransferase and RNA polymerase subunit were highly enriched in aluminum-associated biofilms and seawater planktonic cells, respectively. Moreover, copper-associated biofilms harbored abundant copper-resistance genes including cus, cop and pco, as well as abundant genes related to extracellular polymeric substances, indicating the presence of diverse copper-resistance patterns. The proportion of dsr in copper-associated biofilms, key genes related to sulfide production, was as low as that in aluminum biofilm and seawater, which ruled out the possibility of microbial sulfide-induced copper-corrosion under field conditions. These results may fill knowledge gaps about the in situ microbial functions of marine biofilms and their effects on toxic-metal corrosion.

RevDate: 2020-01-10

Vuko M, Cania B, Vogel C, et al (2020)

Shifts in reclamation management strategies shape the role of exopolysaccharide and lipopolysaccharide-producing bacteria during soil formation.

Microbial biotechnology [Epub ahead of print].

Polymeric substances produced by microbes play a key role for the development of soil aggregates. Here, we investigated the dynamics of bacterial families contributing to the formation of exopolysaccharides and lipopolysaccharides, major constituents of polymeric substances, at a managed land reclamation site of a post-mining area. We collected soil samples from the initial and the agricultural management phase and expected a peak in the abundance of bacteria capable for exopolysaccharide and lipopolysaccharide production at the points of the biggest disturbances. We used shotgun metagenomic sequencing in combination with measurements of exopolysaccharide concentrations. Our results underline the importance of exopolysaccharide and lipopolysaccharide-producing bacteria after nutrient input combined with structural disturbance events, caused here by the initial planting of alfalfa and the introduction of a tillage regime together with organic fertilization in the agricultural management phase. Moreover, the changes in management caused a shift in the exopolysaccharide/lipopolysaccharide-producing community. The initial phase was dominated by typical colonizers of oligotrophic environments, specifically nitrogen fixers (Rhizobiaceae, Comamonadaceae, Hyphomicrobiaceae), while bacteria common in agricultural soils, such as Sphingomonadaceae, Oxalobacteraceae and Nitrospiraceae, prevailed in the agricultural management phase.

RevDate: 2020-01-10

Zhang T, Lu G, Zhao Z, et al (2020)

Washed microbiota transplantation vs. manual fecal microbiota transplantation: clinical findings, animal studies and in vitro screening.

Protein & cell pii:10.1007/s13238-019-00684-8 [Epub ahead of print].

Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) by manual preparation has been applied to treat diseases for thousands of years. However, this method still endures safety risks and challenges the psychological endurance and acceptance of doctors, patients and donors. Population evidence showed the washed microbiota preparation with microfiltration based on an automatic purification system followed by repeated centrifugation plus suspension for three times significantly reduced FMT-related adverse events. This washing preparation makes delivering a precise dose of the enriched microbiota feasible, instead of using the weight of stool. Intraperitoneal injection in mice with the fecal microbiota supernatant obtained after repeated centrifugation plus suspension for three times induced less toxic reaction than that by the first centrifugation following the microfiltration. The toxic reactions that include death, the change in the level of peripheral white blood cells, and the proliferation of germinal center in secondary lymphoid follicles in spleen were noted. The metagenomic next-generation sequencing (NGS) indicated the increasing types and amount of viruses could be washed out during the washing process. Metabolomics analysis indicated metabolites with pro-inflammatory effects in the fecal microbiota supernatant such as leukotriene B4, corticosterone, and prostaglandin G2 could be removed by repeated washing. Near-infrared absorption spectroscopy could be served as a rapid detection method to control the quality of the washing-process. In conclusion, this study for the first time provides evidence linking clinical findings and animal experiments to support that washed microbiota transplantation (WMT) is safer, more precise and more quality-controllable than the crude FMT by manual.

RevDate: 2020-01-17

Donovan M, Lynch MDJ, Mackey CS, et al (2020)

Metagenome-Assembled Genome Sequences of Five Strains from the Microtus ochrogaster (Prairie Vole) Fecal Microbiome.

Microbiology resource announcements, 9(2):.

The prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster) is an important model for the study of social monogamy and dual parental care of offspring. Characterization of specific host species-microbe strain interactions is critical for understanding the effects of the microbiota on mood and behavior. The five metagenome-assembled genome sequences reported here represent an important step in defining the prairie vole microbiome.

RevDate: 2020-01-17

Patil A, Dubey A, Malla MA, et al (2020)

Complete Genome Sequence of Lactobacillus plantarum Strain JDARSH, Isolated from Sheep Milk.

Microbiology resource announcements, 9(2):.

Lactobacillus plantarum strain JDARSH, a potential probiotic with a wide range of functions, was isolated from sheep milk. Here, we report the whole-genome sequence of this bacterium. The draft genome yielded a 3.20-Mb genome and 2,980 protein-coding sequences.

RevDate: 2020-01-17

Kagaya Y, Minei R, Duong HTT, et al (2020)

Metagenome Sequences from the Environment of Diseased Otter Clams, Lutraria rhynchaena, from a Farm in Vietnam.

Microbiology resource announcements, 9(2):.

Otter clam farming in Vietnam has recently encountered difficulties due to swollen-siphon disease. Here, we report the metagenome sequences of microorganisms extracted from the siphon tissue of infected otter clams. The data comprised bacterial and viral sequences which likely include those derived from the disease-causing agent.

RevDate: 2020-01-13

Ahmed Y, Rebets Y, Estévez MR, et al (2020)

Engineering of Streptomyces lividans for heterologous expression of secondary metabolite gene clusters.

Microbial cell factories, 19(1):5.

BACKGROUND: Heterologous expression of secondary metabolite gene clusters is used to achieve increased production of desired compounds, activate cryptic gene clusters, manipulate clusters from genetically unamenable strains, obtain natural products from uncultivable species, create new unnatural pathways, etc. Several Streptomyces species are genetically engineered for use as hosts for heterologous expression of gene clusters. S. lividans TK24 is one of the most studied and genetically tractable actinobacteria, which remain untapped. It was therefore important to generate S. lividans chassis strains with clean metabolic backgrounds.

RESULTS: In this study, we generated a set of S. lividans chassis strains by deleting endogenous gene clusters and introducing additional φC31 attB loci for site-specific integration of foreign DNA. In addition to the simplified metabolic background, the engineered S. lividans strains had better growth characteristics than the parental strain in liquid production medium. The utility of the developed strains was validated by expressing four secondary metabolite gene clusters responsible for the production of different classes of natural products. Engineered strains were found to be superior to the parental strain in production of heterologous natural products. Furthermore, S. lividans-based strains were better producers of amino acid-based natural products than other tested common hosts. Expression of a Streptomyces albus subsp. chlorinus NRRL B-24108 genomic library in the modified S. lividans ΔYA9 and S. albus Del14 strains resulted in the production of 7 potentially new compounds, only one of which was produced in both strains.

CONCLUSION: The constructed S. lividans-based strains are a great complement to the panel of heterologous hosts for actinobacterial secondary metabolite gene expression. The expansion of the number of such engineered strains will contribute to an increased success rate in isolation of new natural products originating from the expression of genomic and metagenomic libraries, thus raising the chance to obtain novel biologically active compounds.

RevDate: 2020-01-15

Fukuda H, K Tomii (2020)

DeepECA: an end-to-end learning framework for protein contact prediction from a multiple sequence alignment.

BMC bioinformatics, 21(1):10.

BACKGROUND: Recently developed methods of protein contact prediction, a crucially important step for protein structure prediction, depend heavily on deep neural networks (DNNs) and multiple sequence alignments (MSAs) of target proteins. Protein sequences are accumulating to an increasing degree such that abundant sequences to construct an MSA of a target protein are readily obtainable. Nevertheless, many cases present different ends of the number of sequences that can be included in an MSA used for contact prediction. The abundant sequences might degrade prediction results, but opportunities remain for a limited number of sequences to construct an MSA. To resolve these persistent issues, we strove to develop a novel framework using DNNs in an end-to-end manner for contact prediction.

RESULTS: We developed neural network models to improve precision of both deep and shallow MSAs. Results show that higher prediction accuracy was achieved by assigning weights to sequences in a deep MSA. Moreover, for shallow MSAs, adding a few sequential features was useful to increase the prediction accuracy of long-range contacts in our model. Based on these models, we expanded our model to a multi-task model to achieve higher accuracy by incorporating predictions of secondary structures and solvent-accessible surface areas. Moreover, we demonstrated that ensemble averaging of our models can raise accuracy. Using past CASP target protein domains, we tested our models and demonstrated that our final model is superior to or equivalent to existing meta-predictors.

CONCLUSIONS: The end-to-end learning framework we built can use information derived from either deep or shallow MSAs for contact prediction. Recently, an increasing number of protein sequences have become accessible, including metagenomic sequences, which might degrade contact prediction results. Under such circumstances, our model can provide a means to reduce noise automatically. According to results of tertiary structure prediction based on contacts and secondary structures predicted by our model, more accurate three-dimensional models of a target protein are obtainable than those from existing ECA methods, starting from its MSA. DeepECA is available from

RevDate: 2020-01-17

Bugg TDH, Williamson JJ, GMM Rashid (2020)

Bacterial enzymes for lignin depolymerisation: new biocatalysts for generation of renewable chemicals from biomass.

Current opinion in chemical biology, 55:26-33 pii:S1367-5931(19)30128-0 [Epub ahead of print].

The conversion of polymeric lignin from plant biomass into renewable chemicals is an important unsolved problem in the biorefinery concept. This article summarises recent developments in the discovery of bacterial enzymes for lignin degradation, our current understanding of their molecular mechanism of action, and their use to convert lignin or lignocellulose into aromatic chemicals. The review also discusses the recent developments in screening of metagenomic libraries for new biocatalysts, and the use of protein engineering to enhance lignin degradation activity.

RevDate: 2020-01-16

Phan T, K Nagaro (2020)

Cutavirus: A newly discovered parvovirus on the rise.

Infection, genetics and evolution : journal of molecular epidemiology and evolutionary genetics in infectious diseases, 80:104175 pii:S1567-1348(20)30007-1 [Epub ahead of print].

Cutavirus is a new member of the Parvoviridae family. It was first discovered in 2016 through unbiased metagenomics performed on fecal samples collected from patients with diarrhea, and also in skin biopsies collected from patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL, also known as mycosis fungoides). We have systematically reviewed the literature to describe the discovery, genomic organization, prevalence, and geographic distribution of cutavirus.

RevDate: 2020-01-16

Kovtun AS, Averina OV, Alekseeva MG, et al (2020)

Antibiotic Resistance Genes in the Gut Microbiota of Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder as Possible Predictors of the Disease.

Microbial drug resistance (Larchmont, N.Y.) [Epub ahead of print].

The gut microbiota (GM), which contains thousands of bacterial species, is a reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) called resistome. Early life exposure to antibiotics alters significantly the composition and function of the gut microbiota of children, which may trigger symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is because the GM plays an important role in the bidirectional communication between the gut and the brain and influences the brain normal functioning through multiple pathways. The goal of this article is to study the distribution of ARGs in the GM of 3- to 5-year-old healthy children and children with ASD living in Moscow, Russia. The metagenomic analysis of samples from both groups revealed differences in the signatures between them. The signatures consisted of the bacterial genera and aminoglycoside, β-lactam, macrolide, and tetracycline resistance genes that they harbored. Our results show an increase in ARGs in the resistome of the GM of children with ASD. These findings emphasize the negative influence of early-life antibiotic therapy. We found three ARGs, aac(6')-aph(2''), cepA-49, and tet(40), which could serve as markers of ASD. The additional functions carried out by the enzymes, encoded by these genes, are being discussed.

RevDate: 2020-01-17

Wang Z, Tauzin AS, Laville E, et al (2020)

Harvesting of Prebiotic Fructooligosaccharides by Nonbeneficial Human Gut Bacteria.

mSphere, 5(1):.

Prebiotic oligosaccharides, such as fructooligosaccharides, are increasingly being used to modulate the composition and activity of the gut microbiota. However, carbohydrate utilization analyses and metagenomic studies recently revealed the ability of deleterious and uncultured human gut bacterial species to metabolize these functional foods. Moreover, because of the difficulties of functionally profiling transmembrane proteins, only a few prebiotic transporters have been biochemically characterized to date, while carbohydrate binding and transport are the first and thus crucial steps in their metabolization. Here, we describe the molecular mechanism of a phosphotransferase system, highlighted as a dietary and pathology biomarker in the human gut microbiome. This transporter is encoded by a metagenomic locus that is highly conserved in several human gut Firmicutes, including Dorea species. We developed a generic strategy to deeply analyze, in vitro and in cellulo, the specificity and functionality of recombinant transporters in Escherichia coli, combining carbohydrate utilization locus and host genome engineering and quantification of the binding, transport, and growth rates with analysis of phosphorylated carbohydrates by mass spectrometry. We demonstrated that the Dorea fructooligosaccharide transporter is specific for kestose, whether for binding, transport, or phosphorylation. This constitutes the biochemical proof of effective phosphorylation of glycosides with a degree of polymerization of more than 2, extending the known functional diversity of phosphotransferase systems. Based on these new findings, we revisited the classification of these carbohydrate transporters.IMPORTANCE Prebiotics are increasingly used as food supplements, especially in infant formulas, to modify the functioning and composition of the microbiota. However, little is currently known about the mechanisms of prebiotic recognition and transport by gut bacteria, while these steps are crucial in their metabolism. In this study, we established a new strategy to profile the specificity of oligosaccharide transporters, combining microbiomics, genetic locus and strain engineering, and state-of-the art metabolomics. We revisited the transporter classification database and proposed a new way to classify these membrane proteins based on their structural and mechanistic similarities. Based on these developments, we identified and characterized, at the molecular level, a fructooligosaccharide transporting phosphotransferase system, which constitutes a biomarker of diet and gut pathology. The deciphering of this prebiotic metabolization mechanism by a nonbeneficial bacterium highlights the controversial use of prebiotics, especially in the context of chronic gut diseases.

RevDate: 2020-01-11

Alam MT, Amos GCA, Murphy ARJ, et al (2020)

Microbial imbalance in inflammatory bowel disease patients at different taxonomic levels.

Gut pathogens, 12:1.

Background: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), is a debilitating group of chronic diseases including Crohn's Disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), which causes inflammation of the gut and affects millions of people worldwide. At different taxonomic levels, the structure of the gut microbiota is significantly altered in IBD patients compared to that of healthy individuals. However, it is unclear how these IBD-affected bacterial groups are related to other common bacteria in the gut, and how they are connected across different disease conditions at the global scale.

Results: In this study, using faecal samples from patients with IBD, we show through diversity analysis of the microbial community structure based on the 16S rRNA gene that the gut microbiome of IBD patients is less diverse compared to healthy individuals. Furthermore, we have identified which bacterial groups change in abundance in both CD and UC compared to healthy controls. A substantial imbalance was observed across four major bacterial phyla including Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes, Proteobacteria and Actinobacteria, which together constitute > 98% of the gut microbiota. Next, we reconstructed a bacterial family co-abundance network based on the correlation of abundance profiles obtained from the public gut microbiome data of > 22,000 samples of faecal and gut biopsies taken from both diseased and healthy individuals. The data was compiled using the EBI metagenomics database (Mitchell et al. in Nucleic Acids Res 46:D726-D735, 2018). By mapping IBD-altered bacterial families to the network, we show that the bacterial families which exhibit an increased abundance in IBD conditions are not well connected to other groups, implying that these families generally do not coexist together with common gut organisms. Whereas, the bacterial families whose abundance is reduced or did not change in IBD conditions compared to healthy conditions are very well connected to other bacterial groups, suggesting they are highly important groups of bacteria in the gut that can coexist with other bacteria across a range of conditions.

Conclusions: IBD patients exhibited a less diverse gut microbiome compared to healthy individuals. Bacterial groups which changed in IBD patients were found to be groups which do not co-exist well with common commensal gut bacteria, whereas bacterial groups which did not change in patients with IBD were found to commonly co-exist with commensal gut microbiota. This gives a potential insight into the dynamics of the gut microbiota in patients with IBD.

RevDate: 2020-01-11

Liu C, Zhou N, Du MX, et al (2020)

The Mouse Gut Microbial Biobank expands the coverage of cultured bacteria.

Nature communications, 11(1):79.

Mice are widely used as experimental models for gut microbiome (GM) studies, yet the majority of mouse GM members remain uncharacterized. Here, we report the construction of a mouse gut microbial biobank (mGMB) that contains 126 species, represented by 244 strains that have been deposited in the China General Microorganism Culture Collection. We sequence and phenotypically characterize 77 potential new species and propose their nomenclatures. The mGMB includes 22 and 17 species that are significantly enriched in ob/ob and wild-type C57BL/6J mouse cecal samples, respectively. The genomes of the 126 species in the mGMB cover 52% of the metagenomic nonredundant gene catalog (sequence identity ≥ 60%) and represent 93-95% of the KEGG-Orthology-annotated functions of the sampled mouse GMs. The microbial and genome data assembled in the mGMB enlarges the taxonomic characterization of mouse GMs and represents a useful resource for studies of host-microbe interactions and of GM functions associated with host health and diseases.

RevDate: 2020-01-17

Saw JHW, Nunoura T, Hirai M, et al (2020)

Pangenomics Analysis Reveals Diversification of Enzyme Families and Niche Specialization in Globally Abundant SAR202 Bacteria.

mBio, 11(1):.

It has been hypothesized that the abundant heterotrophic ocean bacterioplankton in the SAR202 clade of the phylum Chloroflexi evolved specialized metabolisms for the oxidation of organic compounds that are resistant to microbial degradation via common metabolic pathways. Expansions of paralogous enzymes were reported and implicated in hypothetical metabolism involving monooxygenase and dioxygenase enzymes. In the proposed metabolic schemes, the paralogs serve the purpose of diversifying the range of organic molecules that cells can utilize. To further explore SAR202 evolution and metabolism, we reconstructed single amplified genomes and metagenome-assembled genomes from locations around the world that included the deepest ocean trenches. In an analysis of 122 SAR202 genomes that included seven subclades spanning SAR202 diversity, we observed additional evidence of paralog expansions that correlated with evolutionary history, as well as further evidence of metabolic specialization. Consistent with previous reports, families of flavin-dependent monooxygenases were observed mainly in the group III SAR202 genomes, and expansions of dioxygenase enzymes were prevalent in those of group VII. We found that group I SAR202 genomes encode expansions of racemases in the enolase superfamily, which we propose evolved for the degradation of compounds that resist biological oxidation because of chiral complexity. Supporting the conclusion that the paralog expansions indicate metabolic specialization, fragment recruitment and fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) with phylogenetic probes showed that SAR202 subclades are indigenous to different ocean depths and geographical regions. Surprisingly, some of the subclades were abundant in surface waters and contained rhodopsin genes, altering our understanding of the ecological role of SAR202 species in stratified water columns.IMPORTANCE The oceans contain an estimated 662 Pg C in the form of dissolved organic matter (DOM). Information about microbial interactions with this vast resource is limited, despite broad recognition that DOM turnover has a major impact on the global carbon cycle. To explain patterns in the genomes of marine bacteria, we propose hypothetical metabolic pathways for the oxidation of organic molecules that are resistant to oxidation via common pathways. The hypothetical schemes we propose suggest new metabolic pathways and classes of compounds that could be important for understanding the distribution of organic carbon throughout the biosphere. These genome-based schemes will remain hypothetical until evidence from experimental cell biology can be gathered to test them. Our findings also fundamentally change our understanding of the ecology of SAR202 bacteria, showing that metabolically diverse variants of these cells occupy niches spanning all depths and are not relegated to the dark ocean.

RevDate: 2020-01-17

Zhou Z, Liu Y, Xu W, et al (2020)

Genome- and Community-Level Interaction Insights into Carbon Utilization and Element Cycling Functions of Hydrothermarchaeota in Hydrothermal Sediment.

mSystems, 5(1):.

Hydrothermal vents release reduced compounds and small organic carbon compounds into the surrounding seawater, providing essential substrates for microbial growth and bioenergy transformations. Despite the wide distribution of the marine benthic group E archaea (referred to as Hydrothermarchaeota) in the hydrothermal environment, little is known about their genomic repertoires and biogeochemical significance. Here, we studied four highly complete (>80%) metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs) from a black smoker chimney and the surrounding sulfur-rich sediments on the South Atlantic Mid-Ocean Ridge and publicly available data sets (the Integrated Microbial Genomes system of the U.S. Department of Energy-Joint Genome Institute and NCBI SRA data sets). Genomic analysis suggested a wide carbon metabolic diversity of Hydrothermarchaeota members, including the utilization of proteins, lactate, and acetate; the anaerobic degradation of aromatics; the oxidation of C1 compounds (CO, formate, and formaldehyde); the utilization of methyl compounds; CO2 incorporation by the tetrahydromethanopterin-based Wood-Ljungdahl pathway; and participation in the type III ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase-based Calvin-Benson-Bassham cycle. These microbes also potentially oxidize sulfur, arsenic, and hydrogen and engage in anaerobic respiration based on sulfate reduction and denitrification. Among the 140 MAGs reconstructed from the black smoker chimney microbial community (including Hydrothermarchaeota MAGs), community-level metabolic predictions suggested a redundancy of carbon utilization and element cycling functions and interactive syntrophic and sequential utilization of substrates. These processes might make various carbon and energy sources widely accessible to the microorganisms. Further, the analysis suggested that Hydrothermarchaeota members contained important functional components obtained from the community via lateral gene transfer, becoming a distinctive clade. This might serve as a niche-adaptive strategy for metabolizing heavy metals, C1 compounds, and reduced sulfur compounds. Collectively, the analysis provides comprehensive metabolic insights into the HydrothermarchaeotaIMPORTANCE This study provides comprehensive metabolic insights into the Hydrothermarchaeota from comparative genomics, evolution, and community-level perspectives. Members of the Hydrothermarchaeota synergistically participate in a wide range of carbon-utilizing and element cycling processes with other microorganisms in the community. We expand the current understanding of community interactions within the hydrothermal sediment and chimney, suggesting that microbial interactions based on sequential substrate metabolism are essential to nutrient and element cycling.

RevDate: 2020-01-14

Qiu J, Zhang Y, Shi Y, et al (2020)

Identification and characterization of a novel phthalate-degrading hydrolase from a soil metagenomic library.

Ecotoxicology and environmental safety, 190:110148 pii:S0147-6513(19)31479-4 [Epub ahead of print].

Phthalate esters have raised public concerns owing to their effects on the environment and human health. We identified a novel phthalate-degrading hydrolase, EstJ6, from a metagenomic library using function-driven screening. Phylogenetic analysis indicated that EstJ6 is a member of family IV esterases. EstJ6 hydrolyzed various dialkyl and monoalkyl phthalate esters, and exhibited high hydrolytic activity (128 U/mg) toward dibutyl phthalate at 40 °C and pH 7.5. EstJ6 hydrolyzed not only common phthalate esters with simple side chains but also diethylhexyl phthalate and monoethylhexyl phthalate, which have complex and long side chains. Site-directed mutagenesis indicated that the catalytic triad residues of EstJ6 consists of Ser146, Glu240, and His270. EstJ6 is therefore a promising biodegradation enzyme, and our study illustrates the advantages of a metagenomic approach in identifying enzyme-coding genes for agricultural, food, and biotechnological applications.

RevDate: 2020-01-11

Lee K, Kim DW, Lee DH, et al (2020)

Mobile resistome of human gut and pathogen drives anthropogenic bloom of antibiotic resistance.

Microbiome, 8(1):2.

BACKGROUND: The impact of human activities on the environmental resistome has been documented in many studies, but there remains the controversial question of whether the increased antibiotic resistance observed in anthropogenically impacted environments is just a result of contamination by resistant fecal microbes or is mediated by indigenous environmental organisms. Here, to determine exactly how anthropogenic influences shape the environmental resistome, we resolved the microbiome, resistome, and mobilome of the planktonic microbial communities along a single river, the Han, which spans a gradient of human activities.

RESULTS: The bloom of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) was evident in the downstream regions and distinct successional dynamics of the river resistome occurred across the spatial continuum. We identified a number of widespread ARG sequences shared between the river, human gut, and pathogenic bacteria. These human-related ARGs were largely associated with mobile genetic elements rather than particular gut taxa and mainly responsible for anthropogenically driven bloom of the downstream river resistome. Furthermore, both sequence- and phenotype-based analyses revealed environmental relatives of clinically important proteobacteria as major carriers of these ARGs.

CONCLUSIONS: Our results demonstrate a more nuanced view of the impact of anthropogenic activities on the river resistome: fecal contamination is present and allows the transmission of ARGs to the environmental resistome, but these mobile genes rather than resistant fecal bacteria proliferate in environmental relatives of their original hosts. Video abstract.

RevDate: 2020-01-07

Mizutani S, Yamada T, S Yachida (2020)

Significance of the gut microbiome in multistep colorectal carcinogenesis.

Cancer science [Epub ahead of print].

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is highly prevalent worldwide. In 2018, there were over 1.8 million new cases. Most sporadic CRCs develop from polypoid adenomas and are preceded by intramucosal carcinoma (stage 0), which can progress into more malignant forms. This developmental process is known as the adenoma-carcinoma sequence. Early detection and endoscopic removal are crucial for CRC management. Accumulating evidence suggests that the gut microbiota is associated with CRC development in humans. Comprehensive characterization of this microbiota is of great importance to assess its potential as a diagnostic marker in the very early stages of CRC. In this review, we summarize recent studies on CRC-associated bacteria and their carcinogenic mechanisms in animal models, human cell lines, and human cohorts. High-throughput technologies have facilitated the identification of CRC-associated bacteria in human samples. We will present our metagenome and metabolome studies on fecal samples collected from a large Japanese cohort that revealed stage-specific phenotypes of the microbiota in CRC (Figure 1). Further, we will discuss the potential carcinogenic mechanisms of the gut microbiota, from which we can infer whether changes in the gut microbiota are a cause or effect in the multi-step process of CRC carcinogenesis.

RevDate: 2020-01-07

Cai W, Nunziata S, Costanzo S, et al (2020)

Genome Resource for the Huanglongbing Causal Agent 'Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus' Strain AHCA17 from Citrus Root Tissue in California, USA.

Plant disease [Epub ahead of print].

'Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus' is the unculturable causative agent of citrus huanglongbing disease. Here, we report the first citrus root metagenome sequence containing the draft genome of 'Ca. L. asiaticus' strain AHCA17, obtained from a pummelo tree in California. The assembled genome was 1.2 Mbp and resulted in 37 contigs (N50 = 158.7 kbp) containing 1,057 predicted open reading frames and 45 RNA-coding genes. This draft genome will provide a valuable resource in further study of 'Ca. L. asiaticus' genome diversity and pathogen epidemiology.

RevDate: 2020-01-11

Bremges A, Fritz A, AC McHardy (2020)

CAMITAX: Taxon labels for microbial genomes.

GigaScience, 9(1):.

BACKGROUND: The number of microbial genome sequences is increasing exponentially, especially thanks to recent advances in recovering complete or near-complete genomes from metagenomes and single cells. Assigning reliable taxon labels to genomes is key and often a prerequisite for downstream analyses.

FINDINGS: We introduce CAMITAX, a scalable and reproducible workflow for the taxonomic labelling of microbial genomes recovered from isolates, single cells, and metagenomes. CAMITAX combines genome distance-, 16S ribosomal RNA gene-, and gene homology-based taxonomic assignments with phylogenetic placement. It uses Nextflow to orchestrate reference databases and software containers and thus combines ease of installation and use with computational reproducibility. We evaluated the method on several hundred metagenome-assembled genomes with high-quality taxonomic annotations from the TARA Oceans project, and we show that the ensemble classification method in CAMITAX improved on all individual methods across tested ranks.

CONCLUSIONS: While we initially developed CAMITAX to aid the Critical Assessment of Metagenome Interpretation (CAMI) initiative, it evolved into a comprehensive software package to reliably assign taxon labels to microbial genomes. CAMITAX is available under Apache License 2.0 at

RevDate: 2020-01-09

Vlok M, Lang AS, CA Suttle (2019)

Application of a sequence-based taxonomic classification method to uncultured and unclassified marine single-stranded RNA viruses in the order Picornavirales.

Virus evolution, 5(2):vez056.

Metagenomics has altered our understanding of microbial diversity and ecology. This includes its applications to viruses in marine environments that have demonstrated their enormous diversity. Within these are RNA viruses, many of which share genetic features with members of the order Picornavirales; yet, very few of these have been taxonomically classified. The only recognized family of marine RNA viruses is the Marnaviridae, which was founded based on discovery and characterization of the species Heterosigma akashiwo RNA virus. Two additional genera of marine RNA viruses, Labyrnavirus (one species) and Bacillarnavirus (three species), were subsequently defined within the order Picornavirales but not assigned to a family. We have defined a sequence-based framework for taxonomic classification of twenty marine RNA viruses into the family Marnaviridae. Using RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) phylogeny and distance-based analyses, we assigned the genera Labyrnavirus and Bacillarnavirus to the family Marnaviridae and created four additional genera in the family: Locarnavirus (four species), Kusarnavirus (one species), Salisharnavirus (four species) and Sogarnavirus (six species). We used pairwise capsid protein comparisons to delineate species within families, with 75 per cent identity as the species demarcation threshold. The family displays high sequence diversities and Jukes-Cantor distances for both the RdRp and capsid genes, suggesting that the classified viruses are not representative of all of the virus diversity within the family and that there are many more extant taxa. Our proposed taxonomic framework provides a sound classification system for this group of viruses that will have broadly applicable principles for other viral groups. It is based on sequence data alone and provides a robust taxonomic framework to include viruses discovered via metagenomic studies, thereby greatly expanding the realm of viruses subject to taxonomic classification.

RevDate: 2020-01-07

Sausset R, Petit MA, Gaboriau-Routhiau V, et al (2020)

New insights into intestinal phages.

Mucosal immunology pii:10.1038/s41385-019-0250-5 [Epub ahead of print].

The intestinal microbiota plays important roles in human health. This last decade, the viral fraction of the intestinal microbiota, composed essentially of phages that infect bacteria, received increasing attention. Numerous novel phage families have been discovered in parallel with the development of viral metagenomics. However, since the discovery of intestinal phages by d'Hérelle in 1917, our understanding of the impact of phages on gut microbiota structure remains scarce. Changes in viral community composition have been observed in several diseases. However, whether these changes reflect a direct involvement of phages in diseases etiology or simply result from modifications in bacterial composition is currently unknown. Here we present an overview of the current knowledge in intestinal phages, their identity, lifestyles, and their possible effects on the gut microbiota. We also gather the main data on phage interactions with the immune system, with a particular emphasis on recent findings.

RevDate: 2020-01-07

Deblais L, Kathayat D, Helmy YA, et al (2020)

Translating 'big data': better understanding of host-pathogen interactions to control bacterial foodborne pathogens in poultry.

Animal health research reviews pii:S1466252319000124 [Epub ahead of print].

Recent technological advances has led to the generation, storage, and sharing of colossal sets of information ('big data'), and the expansion of 'omics' in science. To date, genomics/metagenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics are arguably the most ground breaking approaches in food and public safety. Here we review some of the recent studies of foodborne pathogens (Campylobacter spp., Salmonella spp., and Escherichia coli) in poultry using big data. Genomic/metagenomic approaches have reveal the importance of the gut microbiota in health and disease. They have also been used to identify, monitor, and understand the epidemiology of antibiotic-resistance mechanisms and provide concrete evidence about the role of poultry in human infections. Transcriptomics studies have increased our understanding of the pathophysiology and immunopathology of foodborne pathogens in poultry and have led to the identification of host-resistance mechanisms. Proteomic/metabolomic approaches have aided in identifying biomarkers and the rapid detection of low levels of foodborne pathogens. Overall, 'omics' approaches complement each other and may provide, at least in part, a solution to our current food-safety issues by facilitating the development of new rapid diagnostics, therapeutic drugs, and vaccines to control foodborne pathogens in poultry. However, at this time most 'omics' approaches still remain underutilized due to their high cost and the high level of technical skills required.

RevDate: 2020-01-08

Winand R, Bogaerts B, Hoffman S, et al (2019)


International journal of molecular sciences, 21(1): pii:ijms21010298.

Rapid, accurate bacterial identification in biological samples is an important task for microbiology laboratories, for which 16S~rRNA gene Sanger sequencing of cultured isolates is frequently used. In contrast, next-generation sequencing does not require intermediate culturing steps and can be directly applied on communities, but its performance has not been extensively evaluated. We present a comparative evaluation of second (Illumina) and third (Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT)) generation sequencing technologies for 16S targeted genomics using a well-characterized reference sample. Different 16S gene regions were amplified and sequenced using the Illumina MiSeq, and analyzed with Mothur. Correct classification was variable, depending on the region amplified. Using a majority vote over all regions, most false positives could be eliminated at the genus level but not the species level. Alternatively, the entire 16S gene was amplified and sequenced using the ONT MinION, and analyzed with Mothur, EPI2ME, and GraphMap. Although >99\% of reads were correctly classified at the genus level, up to $\approx$40\% were misclassified at the species level. Both~technologies, therefore, allow reliable identification of bacterial genera, but can potentially misguide identification of bacterial species, and constitute viable alternatives to Sanger sequencing for rapid analysis of mixed samples without requiring any culturing steps.

RevDate: 2020-01-08

Blomström AL, Luz HR, Öhlund P, et al (2019)

Novel Viruses Found in Antricola Ticks Collected in Bat Caves in the Western Amazonia of Brazil.

Viruses, 12(1): pii:v12010048.

In this study, we describe the viral composition of adult Antricoladelacruzi ticks collected in a hot bat cave in the state of Rondônia, Western Amazonia, Brazil. A.delacruzi ticks, are special, compared to many other ticks, in that they feed on both bats (larval blood feeding) and bat guano (nymphal and adult feeding) instead of feeding exclusively on vertebrate hosts (blood feeding). Considering this unique life-cycle it is potentially possible that these ticks can pick up/be infected by viruses not only present in the blood of viremic bats but also by virus shed through the bat guano. The viral metagenomic investigation of adult ticks showed that single-stranded negative-sense RNA viruses were the dominant group of viruses identified in the investigated ticks. Out of these, members of the Nairoviridae family were in clear majority constituting 88% of all viral reads in the data set. Genetic and phylogenetic analyses indicate the presence of several different orthonairoviruses in the investigated ticks with only distant relationship to previously described ones. In addition, identification of viral sequences belonging to Orthomyxoviridae, Iflaviridae, Dicistroviridae, Polycipiviridae, Reoviridae and different unclassified RNA viruses showed the presence of viruses with low sequence similarity to previously described viruses.

RevDate: 2020-01-08

Tsoleridis T, Chappell JG, Monchatre-Leroy E, et al (2019)

Discovery and Prevalence of Divergent RNA Viruses in European Field Voles and Rabbits.

Viruses, 12(1): pii:v12010047.

The advent of unbiased metagenomic virus discovery has revolutionized studies of virus biodiversity and evolution. Despite this, our knowledge of the virosphere, including in mammalian species, remains limited. We used unbiased metagenomic sequencing to identify RNA viruses in European field voles and rabbits. Accordingly, we identified a number of novel RNA viruses including astrovirus, rotavirus A, picorna-like virus and a morbilli-like paramyxovirus. In addition, we identified a sobemovirus and a novel luteovirus that likely originated from the rabbit diet. These newly discovered viruses were often divergent from those previously described. The novel astrovirus was most closely related to a virus sampled from the rodent-eating European roller bird (Coracias garrulous). PCR screening revealed that the novel morbilli-like paramyxovirus in the UK field vole had a prevalence of approximately 4%, and shared common ancestry with other rodent morbilli-like viruses sampled globally. Two novel rotavirus A sequences were detected in a UK field vole and a French rabbit, the latter with a prevalence of 5%. Finally, a highly divergent picorna-like virus found in the gut of the French rabbit virus was only ~35% similar to an arilivirus at the amino acid level, suggesting the presence of a novel viral genus within the Picornaviridae.

RevDate: 2020-01-06

Dillon ML, Hawes I, Jungblut AD, et al (2020)

Energetic and environmental constraints on the community structure of benthic microbial mats in lake fryxell, Antarctica.

FEMS microbiology ecology pii:5697196 [Epub ahead of print].

Ecological communities are regulated by the flow of energy through environments. Energy flow is typically limited by access to photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) and oxygen concentration ([O2]). The microbial mats growing on the bottom of Lake Fryxell, Antarctica, have well-defined environmental gradients in PAR and [O2]. We analyzed the metagenomes of layers from these microbial mats to test the extent to which access to oxygen and light controls community structure. We found variation in the diversity and relative abundances of Archaea, Bacteria, and Eukaryotes across three [O2] and PAR conditions: high [O2] and maximum PAR, variable [O2] with lower maximum PAR, and low [O2] and maximum PAR. We found distinct communities structured by the optimization of energy use on a millimeter-scale across these conditions. In mat layers where [O2] was saturated, PAR structured the community. In contrast, [O2] positively correlated with diversity and affected the distribution of dominant populations across the three habitats, suggesting that meter-scale diversity is structured by energy availability. Microbial communities changed across covarying gradients of PAR and [O2]. The comprehensive metagenomic analysis suggests that the benthic microbial communities in Lake Fryxell are structured by energy flow across both meter- and millimeter-scales.

RevDate: 2020-01-06

Dougas G, Tsakris A, Beleri S, et al (2020)

Evidence of Brucella melitensis DNA in the Microbiome of Ctenocephalides felis from Pet Cats in Greece.

Vector borne and zoonotic diseases (Larchmont, N.Y.) [Epub ahead of print].

Cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) are the most prevalent ectoparasites of pet animals with cosmopolitan distribution, obligatory hematophagous, and may prey on humans to receive bloodmeals. We studied the microbiota of 100 flea-pools, containing C. felis, and collected from equal number of cats and dogs in the region of Attica, Greece, including Athens. The 16S metagenomics technique detected Brucella spp. nucleotide sequence that was identified as Brucella melitensis DNA by a real-time PCR, in five flea-pools, corresponding to five cats, one owned and the remaining four stray, residing in semiurban and urban areas, respectively. No definite conclusions can be drawn as to the pathway that led to the presence of B. melitensis in common fleas parasitizing cats. We suspect flea or cat contact with wild rodents, ubiquitous in various environments, which participate in the B. melitensis biology. The proximity of the cats and their fleas with humans and previous observations of flea potential to transmit B. melitensis in laboratory animals warrant a more elaborate research as to the vectorial dynamics, the ecological pathways resulting in pathogen carriage, and the risk for public health.

RevDate: 2020-01-06

Zhang X, N Yi (2020)

Fast Zero-Inflated Negative Binomial Mixed Modeling Approach for Analyzing Longitudinal Metagenomics Data.

Bioinformatics (Oxford, England) pii:5697093 [Epub ahead of print].

MOTIVATION: Longitudinal metagenomics data, including both 16S rRNA and whole-metagenome shotgun sequencing data, enhanced our abilities to understand the dynamic associations between the human microbiome and various diseases. However, analytic tools have not been fully developed to simultaneously address the main challenges of longitudinal metagenomics data, i.e. high-dimensionality, dependence among samples and zero-inflation of observed counts.

RESULTS: We propose a fast zero-inflated negative binomial mixed modeling (FZINBMM) approach to analyze high-dimensional longitudinal metagenomic count data. The FZINBMM approach is based on zero-inflated negative binomial mixed models (ZINBMMs) for modeling longitudinal metagenomic count data and a fast EM-IWLS algorithm for fitting ZINBMMs. FZINBMM takes advantage of a commonly used procedure for fitting linear mixed models (LMMs), which allows us to include various types of fixed and random effects and within-subject correlation structures and quickly analyze many taxa. We found that FZINBMM remarkably outperformed in computational efficiency and was statistically comparable with two R packages, GLMMadaptive and glmmTMB, that use numerical integration to fit ZINBMMs. Extensive simulations and real data applications showed that FZINBMM outperformed other previous methods, including LMMs, negative binomial mixed models and zero-inflated Gaussian mixed models.

AVAILABILITY: FZINBMM has been implemented in the R package NBZIMM, available in the public GitHub repository

RevDate: 2020-01-06

Chu S, Wylie TN, Wylie KM, et al (2020)

A virome sequencing approach to feline oral squamous cell carcinoma to evaluate viral causative factors.

Veterinary microbiology, 240:108491.

Feline oral squamous cell carcinoma (FOSCC) may be the best naturally-occurring model of human head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). HNSCC can be broadly divided into human papillomavirus (HPV)-negative cancers and HPV-positive cancers where HPV is the causative agent. Previous studies in FOSCC have used both species-specific and species-nonspecific PCR primers that may be insensitive to the detection of PVs and other viruses that may be divergent from known sequences. ViroCap is a targeted capture and next generation sequencing tool that was designed to identify all known vertebrate DNA and RNA viruses. In this study we used a metagenomic approach using ViroCap for DNA viruses in 20 FOSCC, 9 normal feline oral mucosal, and 8 suspected PV positive control samples. We tested the hypothesis that viruses would be enriched in FOSCC compared to normal oral mucosa. The virome of the FOSCC and normal feline oral mucosa consisted of feline foamy virus in 7/20 and 2/9 (35% and 22%), feline torque teno virus in 2/20 and 0/9 (10% and 0%), alphaherpesvirus in 2/10 and 0/9 (10% and 0%), FIV (0% and 22%), Epstein-Barr virus in 1/20 and 0/9 (5% and 0%) and feline papillomavirus in 1/20 and 0/9 samples (5% and 0% respectively). Felis catus papillomavirus-3 was found in 1 of 20 FOSCC samples. A virus was not associated consistently with FOSCC. If PVs have a role in FOSCC it is at most a supplementary or uncommon role. FOSCC appears most closely related to HPV-negative HNSCC. Future research on FOSCC should focus on identifying genetic and environmental causes.

RevDate: 2020-01-06

Guo Y, McMullen C, Timsit E, et al (2020)

Genetic relatedness and antimicrobial resistance in respiratory bacteria from beef calves sampled from spring processing to 40 days after feedlot entry.

Veterinary microbiology, 240:108478.

Recent studies have shown an increase in antimicrobial-resistant bovine respiratory disease (BRD) pathogens. To investigate the origin of antimicrobial resistance in the respiratory microbiota of beef cattle, three groups (A, B, or C) of 40 calves sourced from different calf-ranches were sampled by deep nasopharyngeal swab (DNS) at the time of first on-ranch vaccination (Time point 1, T1), feedlot entry (Time point 2, T2), and 40 days after feedlot entry (Time point 3, T3; feedlots differed by group). Pasteurella multocida, Mannheimia haemolytica, and Histophilus somni were isolated from DNS samples, tested for antimicrobial susceptibility, and subtyped by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). Antimicrobial resistance genes [tet(H), tet(W), and sul2] were also quantified in DNS metagenomic DNA using PCR. Prevalence of calves positive for BRD pathogens differed among groups and time-points but P. multocida was the most prevalent (61% of calves positive, at least, at one timepoint), followed by M. haemolytica (48%) and H. somni (26%). Most M. haemolytica were susceptible to all antimicrobials (88.6%; n = 70). For P. multocida, the dominant resistance phenotype was against oxytetracycline and neomycin (35.8%). Resistant P. multocida isolates were mainly detected in group C at T3 and had the same PFGE profile. For H. somni, the dominant resistance phenotype was against neomycin (63.3%) and was only observed at T3. The abundance of tet(W) did not change significantly over time (P > 0.05). Abundances of tet(H) and sul2 only increased for group C at T3 (P < 0.05). Overall, this study showed that resistance in the respiratory microbiota of beef calves can increase from calf-ranch to feedlot however, the results can vary by calf-ranch and feedlot.

RevDate: 2020-01-16

Gurung M, Li Z, You H, et al (2020)

Role of gut microbiota in type 2 diabetes pathophysiology.

EBioMedicine, 51:102590 pii:S2352-3964(19)30800-X [Epub ahead of print].

A substantial body of literature has provided evidence for the role of gut microbiota in metabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes. However, reports vary regarding the association of particular taxonomic groups with disease. In this systematic review, we focused on the potential role of different bacterial taxa affecting diabetes. We have summarized evidence from 42 human studies reporting microbial associations with disease, and have identified supporting preclinical studies or clinical trials using treatments with probiotics. Among the commonly reported findings, the genera of Bifidobacterium, Bacteroides, Faecalibacterium, Akkermansia and Roseburia were negatively associated with T2D, while the genera of Ruminococcus, Fusobacterium, and Blautia were positively associated with T2D. We also discussed potential molecular mechanisms of microbiota effects in the onset and progression of T2D.

RevDate: 2020-01-16

Aagaard KM (2019)

Mode of delivery and pondering potential sources of the neonatal microbiome.

EBioMedicine, 51:102554 pii:S2352-3964(19)30764-9 [Epub ahead of print].

RevDate: 2020-01-16

Xu W, Zhao H, Cao H, et al (2019)

New insights of enhanced anaerobic degradation of refractory pollutants in coking wastewater: Role of zero-valent iron in metagenomic functions.

Bioresource technology, 300:122667 pii:S0960-8524(19)31896-6 [Epub ahead of print].

Coking wastewater (CWW) has long been a serious challenge for anaerobic treatment due to its high concentrations of phenolics and nitrogen-containing heterocyclic compounds (NHCs). Herein, we proposed and validated a new strategy of using zero-valent iron (ZVI) to strengthen the anaerobic treatment of CWW. Results showed that COD removal efficiencies was increased by 9.5-13.7% with the assistance of ZVI. GC-MS analysis indicated that the removal of phenolics and NHCs was improved, and the intermediate 2(1H)-Quinolinone of quinoline degradation was further removed by ZVI addition. High-throughput sequencing showed that phenolics and NHCs degraders, such as Levilinea and Sedimentibacter were significantly enriched, and the predicted gene abundance of xenobiotic degradation and its downstream metabolic pathways was also increased by ZVI. Network and redundancy analysis indicated that the decreased oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) by ZVI was the main driver for microbial community succession. This study provided an alternative strategy for strengthening CWW anaerobic treatment.

RevDate: 2020-01-09

Prussin AJ, Belser JA, Bischoff W, et al (2020)

Viruses in the Built Environment (VIBE) meeting report.

Microbiome, 8(1):1.

BACKGROUND: During a period of rapid growth in our understanding of the microbiology of the built environment in recent years, the majority of research has focused on bacteria and fungi. Viruses, while probably as numerous, have received less attention. In response, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation supported a workshop entitled "Viruses in the Built Environment (VIBE)," at which experts in environmental engineering, environmental microbiology, epidemiology, infection prevention, fluid dynamics, occupational health, metagenomics, and virology convened to synthesize recent advances and identify key research questions and knowledge gaps regarding viruses in the built environment.

RESULTS: Four primary research areas and funding priorities were identified. First, a better understanding of viral communities in the built environment is needed, specifically which viruses are present and their sources, spatial and temporal dynamics, and interactions with bacteria. Second, more information is needed about viruses and health, including viral transmission in the built environment, the relationship between virus detection and exposure, and the definition of a healthy virome. The third research priority is to identify and evaluate interventions for controlling viruses and the virome in the built environment. This encompasses interactions among viruses, buildings, and occupants. Finally, to overcome the challenge of working with viruses, workshop participants emphasized that improved sampling methods, laboratory techniques, and bioinformatics approaches are needed to advance understanding of viruses in the built environment.

CONCLUSIONS: We hope that identifying these key questions and knowledge gaps will engage other investigators and funding agencies to spur future research on the highly interdisciplinary topic of viruses in the built environment. There are numerous opportunities to advance knowledge, as many topics remain underexplored compared to our understanding of bacteria and fungi. Video abstract.


ESP Quick Facts

ESP Origins

In the early 1990's, Robert Robbins was a faculty member at Johns Hopkins, where he directed the informatics core of GDB — the human gene-mapping database of the international human genome project. To share papers with colleagues around the world, he set up a small paper-sharing section on his personal web page. This small project evolved into The Electronic Scholarly Publishing Project.

ESP Support

In 1995, Robbins became the VP/IT of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA. Soon after arriving in Seattle, Robbins secured funding, through the ELSI component of the US Human Genome Project, to create the original ESP.ORG web site, with the formal goal of providing free, world-wide access to the literature of classical genetics.

ESP Rationale

Although the methods of molecular biology can seem almost magical to the uninitiated, the original techniques of classical genetics are readily appreciated by one and all: cross individuals that differ in some inherited trait, collect all of the progeny, score their attributes, and propose mechanisms to explain the patterns of inheritance observed.

ESP Goal

In reading the early works of classical genetics, one is drawn, almost inexorably, into ever more complex models, until molecular explanations begin to seem both necessary and natural. At that point, the tools for understanding genome research are at hand. Assisting readers reach this point was the original goal of The Electronic Scholarly Publishing Project.

ESP Usage

Usage of the site grew rapidly and has remained high. Faculty began to use the site for their assigned readings. Other on-line publishers, ranging from The New York Times to Nature referenced ESP materials in their own publications. Nobel laureates (e.g., Joshua Lederberg) regularly used the site and even wrote to suggest changes and improvements.

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When the site began, no journals were making their early content available in digital format. As a result, ESP was obliged to digitize classic literature before it could be made available. For many important papers — such as Mendel's original paper or the first genetic map — ESP had to produce entirely new typeset versions of the works, if they were to be available in a high-quality format.

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With the development of methods for adding typeset side notes to PDF files, the ESP project now plans to add annotated versions of some classical papers to its holdings. We also plan to add new reference and pedagogical material. We have already started providing regularly updated, comprehensive bibliographies to the ESP.ORG site.

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