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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: 2024-02-21

Yuan N, Li Z, Shang Q, et al (2024)

High efficiency of drinking water treatment residual-based sintered ceramsite in biofilter for domestic wastewater treatment.

Journal of environmental management, 354:120401 pii:S0301-4797(24)00387-6 [Epub ahead of print].

Aluminum (Al)-based drinking water treatment residue (DWTR) has often been attempted to be recycled as dominant ingredient to produce sintered ceramsite for water treatment. This study aimed to determine the long-term performance of DWTR-based ceramsite in treating domestic wastewater based on a 385-d biofilter test and by using physicochemical, metagenomic, and metatranscriptomic analyses. The results showed that the ceramsite-packed biofilter exhibited high and stable capability in removing phosphorus (P) and chemical oxygen demand (COD), with removal efficiencies of 92.6 ± 3.97% and 81.1 ± 14.0% for total P and COD, respectively; moreover, 88-100% of ammonium-nitrogen (N) was normally converted, and the total N removal efficiency reached 80-86% under proper aeration. Further analysis suggested that the forms of the removed P in the ceramsite were mainly NH4F- and NaOH-extractable. Microbial communities in the ceramsite biofilter exhibited relatively high activity. Typically, various organic matter degradation-related genes (e.g., hemicellulose and starch degradations) were enriched, and a complete N-cycling pathway was established, which is beneficial for enriching microbes involved in ammonium-N conversion, especially Candidatus Brocadia, Candidatus Jettenia, Nitrosomonas, and Nitrospira. In addition, the structures of the ceramsite had high stability (e.g., compressive strength and major compositions). The ceramsites showed limited metal and metalloid pollution risks and even accumulated copper from the wastewater. These results demonstrate the high feasibility of applying ceramsite prepared from Al-based DWTR for water treatment.

RevDate: 2024-02-21

Xiao X, He M, Ma L, et al (2024)

Insights into microbial contamination and antibiotic resistome traits in pork wholesale market: An evaluation of the disinfection effect of sodium hypochlorite.

Journal of hazardous materials, 468:133811 pii:S0304-3894(24)00390-X [Epub ahead of print].

Chlorine and its derivatives, such as sodium hypochlorite (NaClO) and chlorine dioxide, are frequently employed as disinfectants throughout the pork supply chain in China. Nevertheless, the extensive use of NaClO has the potential to cause the creation of 'chlorine-tolerant bacteria' and accelerate the evolution of antibiotic resistance. This study evaluated the efficacy of NaClO disinfection by examining alterations in the microbiome and resistome of a pork wholesale market (PWM), and bacteria isolation and analysis were performed to validate the findings. As expected, the taxonomic compositions of bacteria was significantly different before and after disinfection. Notably, Salmonella enterica (S. enterica), Salmonella bongori (S. bongori), Escherichia coli (E. coli), Klebsiella pneumoniae (K. pneumoniae), and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) were observed on all surfaces, indicating that the application of NaClO disinfection treatment in PWM environments for pathogenic bacteria is limited. Correlations were identified between antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) associated with aminoglycosides (aph(3'')-I, aph(6')-I), quinolone (qnrB, abaQ), polymyxin (arnA, mcr-4) and disinfectant resistance genes (emrA/BD, mdtA/B/C/E/F). Furthermore, correlations were found between risk Rank I ARGs associated with aminoglycoside (aph(3')-I), tetracycline (tetH), beta_lactam (TEM-171), and disinfectant resistance genes (mdtB/C/E/F, emrA, acrB, qacG). Importantly, we found that Acinetobacter and Salmonella were the main hosts of disinfectant resistance genes. The resistance mechanisms of the ARGs identified in PWM were dominated by antibiotic deactivation (38.7%), antibiotic efflux (27.2%), and antibiotic target protection (14.4%). The proportion of genes encoding efflux pumps in the PWM resistome increased after disinfection. Microbial cultures demonstrated that the traits of microbial contamination and antibiotic resistane were consistent with those observed by metagenomic sequencing. This study highlights the possibility of cross-resistance between NaClO disinfectants and antibiotics, which should not be ignored.

RevDate: 2024-02-21

Wang JT, Hu W, Xue Z, et al (2024)

Mapping multi-omics characteristics related to short-term PM2.5 trajectory and their impact on type 2 diabetes in middle-aged and elderly adults in Southern China.

Journal of hazardous materials, 468:133784 pii:S0304-3894(24)00363-7 [Epub ahead of print].

The relationship between PM2.5 and metabolic diseases, including type 2 diabetes (T2D), has become increasingly prominent, but the molecular mechanism needs to be further clarified. To help understand the mechanistic association between PM2.5 exposure and human health, we investigated short-term PM2.5 exposure trajectory-related multi-omics characteristics from stool metagenome and metabolome and serum proteome and metabolome in a cohort of 3267 participants (age: 64.4 ± 5.8 years) living in Southern China. And then integrate these features to examine their relationship with T2D. We observed significant differences in overall structure in each omics and 193 individual biomarkers between the high- and low-PM2.5 groups. PM2.5-related features included the disturbance of microbes (carbohydrate metabolism-associated Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron), gut metabolites of amino acids and carbohydrates, serum biomarkers related to lipid metabolism and reducing n-3 fatty acids. The patterns of overall network relationships among the biomarkers differed between T2D and normal participants. The subnetwork membership centered on the hub nodes (fecal rhamnose and glycylproline, serum hippuric acid, and protein TB182) related to high-PM2.5, which well predicted higher T2D prevalence and incidence and a higher level of fasting blood glucose, HbA1C, insulin, and HOMA-IR. Our findings underline crucial PM2.5-related multi-omics biomarkers linking PM2.5 exposure and T2D in humans.

RevDate: 2024-02-21

Li ZT, Song X, Yuan S, et al (2024)

Unveiling the inhibitory mechanisms of chromium exposure on microbial reductive dechlorination: Kinetics and microbial responses.

Water research, 253:121328 pii:S0043-1354(24)00230-6 [Epub ahead of print].

Chromium and organochlorine solvents, particularly trichloroethene (TCE), are pervasive co-existing contaminants in subsurface aquifers due to their extensive industrial use and improper disposal practices. In this study, we investigated the microbial dechlorination kinetics under different TCE-Cr(Ⅲ/VI) composite pollution conditions and elucidated microbial response mechanisms based on community shift patterns and metagenomic analysis. Our results revealed that the reductive dechlorinating consortium had high resistance to Cr(III) but extreme sensitivity to Cr(VI) disturbance, resulting in a persistent inhibitory effect on subsequent dechlorination. Interestingly, the vinyl chloride-respiring organohalide-respiring bacteria (OHRB) was notably more susceptible to Cr(III/VI) exposure than the trichloroethene-respiring one, possibly due to inferior competition for growth substrates, such as electron donors. In terms of synergistic non-OHRB populations, Cr(III/VI) exposure had limited impacts on lactate fermentation but significantly interfered with H2-producing acetogenesis, leading to inhibited microbial dechlorination due to electron donor deficiencies. However, this inhibition can be effectively mitigated by the amendment of exogenous H2 supply. Furthermore, being the predominant OHRB, Dehalococcoides have inherent Cr(VI) resistance defects and collaborate with synergistic non-OHRB populations to achieve concurrent bio-detoxication of Cr(VI) and TCE. Our findings expand the understanding of the response patterns of different functional populations towards Cr(III/VI) stress, and provide valuable insights for the development of in situ bioremediation strategies for sites co-contaminated with chloroethene and chromium.

RevDate: 2024-02-21

Jin MK, Zhang Q, Xu N, et al (2024)

Lipid Metabolites as Potential Regulators of the Antibiotic Resistome in Tetramorium caespitum.

Environmental science & technology [Epub ahead of print].

Antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) are ancient but have become a modern critical threat to health. Gut microbiota, a dynamic reservoir for ARGs, transfer resistance between individuals. Surveillance of the antibiotic resistome in the gut during different host growth phases is critical to understanding the dynamics of the resistome in this ecosystem. Herein, we disentangled the ARG profiles and the dynamic mechanism of ARGs in the egg and adult phases of Tetramorium caespitum. Experimental results showed a remarkable difference in both gut microbiota and gut resistome with the development of T. caespitum. Meta-based metagenomic results of gut microbiota indicated the generalizability of gut antibiotic resistome dynamics during host development. By using Raman spectroscopy and metabolomics, the metabolic phenotype and metabolites indicated that the biotic phase significantly changed lipid metabolism as T. caespitum aged. Lipid metabolites were demonstrated as the main factor driving the enrichment of ARGs in T. caespitum. Cuminaldehyde, the antibacterial lipid metabolite that displayed a remarkable increase in the adult phase, was demonstrated to strongly induce ARG abundance. Our findings show that the gut resistome is host developmental stage-dependent and likely modulated by metabolites, offering novel insights into possible steps to reduce ARG dissemination in the soil food chain.

RevDate: 2024-02-21

Camprubí-Ferrer D, Tomazatos A, Balerdi-Sarasola L, et al (2024)

Assessing viral metagenomics for the diagnosis of acute undifferentiated fever in returned travellers: a multicenter cohort study.

Journal of travel medicine pii:7612062 [Epub ahead of print].

BACKGROUND: Up to 45% of febrile returning travellers remain undiagnosed after a thorough diagnostic work-up, even at referral centers. Although metagenomic next-generation sequencing (mNGS) has emerged as a promising tool, evidence of its usefulness in imported fever is very limited.

METHODS: Travellers returning with fever were prospectively recruited in three referral clinics from November 2017 to November 2019. Unbiased mNGS optimized for virus detection was performed on serum samples of participants with acute undifferentiated febrile illness (AUFI) and results were compared to those obtained by reference diagnostic methods (RDM).

RESULTS: Among 507 returned febrile travellers, 433(85.4%) presented with AUFI. Dengue virus (n=86) and Plasmodium spp. (n=83) were the most common causes of fever. 103/433(23.8%)AUFI remained undiagnosed at the end of the follow-up.mNGS unveiled potentially pathogenic microorganisms in 196/433(38.7%) AUFI. mNGS identifications were more common in patients with shorter duration of fever (42.3% in ≤5 days vs. 28.7% in >5 days, p=0.005). Potential causes of fever were revealed in 25/103(24.2%) undiagnosed AUFI and 5/23(21.7%) travellers with severe undiagnosed AUFI. Missed severe aetiologies included 8 bacterial identifications and one co-infection of B19 parvovirus and Aspergillus spp.Additional identifications indicating possible co-infections occurred in 29/316(9.2%) travellers with AUFI, and in 11/128(8.6%) travellers with severe AUFI, who had received a diagnosis through RDM. Most common co-infections detected in severe AUFI were caused by Gram-negative bacteria. Serum mNGS was unable to detect >50% of infectious diagnoses achieved by RDM and also yielded 607 non-pathogenic identifications.

DISCUSSION: mNGS of serum can be a valuable diagnostic tool for selected travellers with undiagnosed AUFI or severe disease in addition to reference diagnostic techniques, especially during the first days of symptoms. Nevertheless, mNGS results interpretation presents a great challenge. Further studies evaluating the performance of mNGS using different sample types and protocols tailored to non-viral agents are needed.

RevDate: 2024-02-21

Wang X, Ding Z, Yang Y, et al (2024)

ViromeFlowX: a Comprehensive Nextflow-based Automated Workflow for Mining Viral Genomes from Metagenomic Sequencing Data.

Microbial genomics, 10(2):.

Understanding the link between the human gut virome and diseases has garnered significant interest in the research community. Extracting virus-related information from metagenomic sequencing data is crucial for unravelling virus composition, host interactions, and disease associations. However, current metagenomic analysis workflows for viral genomes vary in effectiveness, posing challenges for researchers seeking the most up-to-date tools. To address this, we present ViromeFlowX, a user-friendly Nextflow workflow that automates viral genome assembly, identification, classification, and annotation. This streamlined workflow integrates cutting-edge tools for processing raw sequencing data for taxonomic annotation and functional analysis. Application to a dataset of 200 metagenomic samples yielded high-quality viral genomes. ViromeFlowX enables efficient mining of viral genomic data, offering a valuable resource to investigate the gut virome's role in virus-host interactions and virus-related diseases.

RevDate: 2024-02-21

Zhang IH, Borer B, Zhao R, et al (2024)

Uncultivated DPANN archaea are ubiquitous inhabitants of global oxygen-deficient zones with diverse metabolic potential.

mBio [Epub ahead of print].

Archaea belonging to the DPANN (Diapherotrites, Parvarchaeota, Aenigmarchaeota, Nanoarchaeota, and Nanohaloarchaeota) superphylum have been found in an expanding number of environments and perform a variety of biogeochemical roles, including contributing to carbon, sulfur, and nitrogen cycling. Generally characterized by ultrasmall cell sizes and reduced genomes, DPANN archaea may form mutualistic, commensal, or parasitic interactions with various archaeal and bacterial hosts, influencing the ecology and functioning of microbial communities. While DPANN archaea reportedly comprise a sizeable fraction of the archaeal community within marine oxygen-deficient zone (ODZ) water columns, little is known about their metabolic capabilities in these ecosystems. We report 33 novel metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs) belonging to the DPANN phyla Nanoarchaeota, Pacearchaeota, Woesearchaeota, Undinarchaeota, Iainarchaeota, and SpSt-1190 from pelagic ODZs in the Eastern Tropical North Pacific and the Arabian Sea. We find these archaea to be permanent, stable residents of all three major ODZs only within anoxic depths, comprising up to 1% of the total microbial community and up to 25%-50% of archaea as estimated from read mapping to MAGs. ODZ DPANN appear to be capable of diverse metabolic functions, including fermentation, organic carbon scavenging, and the cycling of sulfur, hydrogen, and methane. Within a majority of ODZ DPANN, we identify a gene homologous to nitrous oxide reductase. Modeling analyses indicate the feasibility of a nitrous oxide reduction metabolism for host-attached symbionts, and the small genome sizes and reduced metabolic capabilities of most DPANN MAGs suggest host-associated lifestyles within ODZs.IMPORTANCEArchaea from the DPANN (Diapherotrites, Parvarchaeota, Aenigmarchaeota, Nanoarchaeota, and Nanohaloarchaeota) superphylum have diverse metabolic capabilities and participate in multiple biogeochemical cycles. While metagenomics and enrichments have revealed that many DPANN are characterized by ultrasmall genomes, few biosynthetic genes, and episymbiotic lifestyles, much remains unknown about their biology. We report 33 new DPANN metagenome-assembled genomes originating from the three global marine oxygen-deficient zones (ODZs), the first from these regions. We survey DPANN abundance and distribution within the ODZ water column, investigate their biosynthetic capabilities, and report potential roles in the cycling of organic carbon, methane, and nitrogen. We test the hypothesis that nitrous oxide reductases found within several ODZ DPANN genomes may enable ultrasmall episymbionts to serve as nitrous oxide consumers when attached to a host nitrous oxide producer. Our results indicate DPANN archaea as ubiquitous residents within the anoxic core of ODZs with the potential to produce or consume key compounds.

RevDate: 2024-02-21

Zhong J, Osborn T, Del Rosario Hernández T, et al (2024)

Increasing transposase abundance with ocean depth correlates with a particle-associated lifestyle.

mSystems [Epub ahead of print].

Transposases are mobile genetic elements that move within and between genomes, promoting genomic plasticity in microorganisms. In marine microbial communities, the abundance of transposases increases with depth, but the reasons behind this trend remain unclear. Our analysis of metagenomes from the Tara Oceans and Malaspina Expeditions suggests that a particle-associated lifestyle is the main covariate for the high occurrence of transposases in the deep ocean, and this trend holds true for individual genomes as well as in a community-wide sense. We observed a strong and depth-independent correlation between transposase abundance and the presence of biofilm-associated genes, as well as the prevalence of secretory enzymes. This suggests that mobile genetic elements readily propagate among microbial communities within crowded biofilms. Furthermore, we show that particle association positively correlates with larger genome size, which is in turn associated with higher transposase abundance. Cassette sequences associated with transposons are enriched with genes related to defense mechanisms, which are more highly expressed in the deep sea. Thus, while transposons spread at the expense of their microbial hosts, they also introduce novel genes and potentially benefit the hosts in helping to compete for limited resources. Overall, our results suggest a new understanding of deep ocean particles as highways for gene sharing among defensively oriented microbial genomes.IMPORTANCEGenes can move within and between microbial genomes via mobile genetic elements, which include transposases and transposons. In the oceans, there is a puzzling increase in transposase abundance in microbial genomes as depth increases. To gain insight into this trend, we conducted an extensive analysis of marine microbial metagenomes and metatranscriptomes. We found a significant correlation between transposase abundance and a particle-associated lifestyle among marine microbes at both the metagenome and genome-resolved levels. We also observed a link between transposase abundance and genes related to defense mechanisms. These results suggest that as microbes become densely packed into crowded particles, mobile genes are more likely to spread and carry genetic material that provides a competitive advantage in crowded habitats. This may enable deep sea microbes to effectively compete in such environments.

RevDate: 2024-02-21

Xiong Q, Sopko B, Klimov PB, et al (2024)

A novel Bartonella-like bacterium forms an interdependent mutualistic symbiosis with its host, the stored-product mite Tyrophagus putrescentiae.

mSystems [Epub ahead of print].

A novel Bartonella-like symbiont (BLS) of Tyrophagus putrescentiae was characterized. BLS formed a separate cluster from the Bartonella clade together with an ant symbiont. BLS was present in mite bodies (103 16S DNA copies/mite) and feces but was absent in eggs. This indicated the presence of the BLS in mite guts. The BLS showed a reduction in genome size (1.6 Mb) and indicates gene loss compared to Bartonella apis. The BLS can be interacted with its host by using host metabolic pathways (e.g., the histidine and arginine metabolic pathways) as well as by providing its own metabolic pathways (pantothenate and lipoic acid) to the host, suggesting the existence of a mutualistic association. Our experimental data further confirmed these potential mutualistic nutritional associations, as cultures of T. putrescentiae with low BLS abundance showed the strongest response after the addition of vitamins. Despite developing an arguably tight dependency on its host, the BLS has probably retained flagellar mobility, as evidenced by the 32 proteins enriched in KEGG pathways associated with flagellar assembly or chemotaxis (e.g., fliC, flgE, and flgK, as highly expressed genes). Some of these proteins probably also facilitate adhesion to host gut cells. The microcin C transporter was identified in the BLS, suggesting that microcin C may be used in competition with other gut bacteria. The 16S DNA sequence comparison indicated a mite clade of BLSs with a broad host range, including house dust and stored-product mites. Our phylogenomic analyses identified a unique lineage of arachnid specific BLSs in mites and scorpions.IMPORTANCEA Bartonella-like symbiont was found in an astigmatid mite of allergenic importance. We assembled the genome of the bacterium from metagenomes of different stored-product mite (T. putrescentiae) cultures. The bacterium provides pantothenate and lipoic acid to the mite host. The vitamin supply explains the changes in the relative abundance of BLSs in T. putrescentiae as the microbiome response to nutritional or pesticide stress, as observed previously. The phylogenomic analyses of available 16S DNA sequences originating from mite, scorpion, and insect samples identified a unique lineage of arachnid specific forming large Bartonella clade. BLSs associated with mites and a scorpion. The Bartonella clade included the previously described Ca. Tokpelaia symbionts of ants.

RevDate: 2024-02-21

Galli BD (2024)

Sustainability implications and relevance of using omics sciences to investigate cheeses with protected designation of origin (PDO).

Journal of the science of food and agriculture [Epub ahead of print].

Cheese, a fundamental component of the human diet and a cornerstone of the global food economy, holds significance beyond its role as a market commodity, playing a crucial part in the cultural identity of various social communities. The intricate natural aging process, known as maturation, involves a series of reactions that induce changes in physical, biochemical, microbiological, and particularly sensory characteristics, making it a complex aspect of cheese production. Recently, the adoption of omics sciences (e.g., metagenomics, metabolomics, proteomics) in PDO cheese studies has emerged as a new trend. This mini-summary aims to outline the relationship between omics studies in these food matrices and all the sustainability facets of the production chain in general, as well as discuss and recognize that the importance of these studies goes beyond comprehending the cheesebiome; it extends to fostering and ensuring the sustainability of the production chain. In this context, numerous studies in recent years have linked the identification of intrinsic characteristics of PDO cheeses through omics sciences to crucial sustainability themes such as territoriality, biodiversity, and the preservation of product authenticity. The trajectory suggests that increasingly multidisciplinary studies, spanning various omics sciences, will not only contribute to characterizing these products but also address sustainability aspects directly related to the production chain (e.g., authenticity, microbial biodiversity, functionality). This expansion underscores the multidisciplinary nature of these studies, broadening their social impact beyond the academic realm. Consequently, these pivotal studies play a crucial role in advancing discussions on PDO products and sustainability. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

RevDate: 2024-02-21

Visconti V, Wirtz S, Schiffer M, et al (2024)

Distinct Changes in Gut Microbiota of Patients With Kidney Graft Rejection.

Transplantation direct, 10(3):e1582.

BACKGROUND: Kidney graft rejection still represents the major cause of graft loss in kidney transplant recipients. Of growing interest is the bidirectional relationship between gut microbiome and immune system suggesting that gut microbiota can affect allograft outcome.

METHODS: In this cross-sectional case-control study, we characterized the gut microbial profile of adult renal transplant recipients with and without graft rejection to define a cohort-specific microbial fingerprint through 16S ribosomal RNA gene sequencing. We used very strict inclusion and exclusion criteria to address confounder of microbiota composition.

RESULTS: Different relative abundances in several gut microbial taxa were detectable in control patients compared with patients with kidney allograft rejection. Alpha diversity was lower in the rejection group and beta diversity revealed dissimilarity between patients with and without kidney graft rejection (P < 0.01). When the rejection group was stratified according to different types of allograft rejection, major changes were identified between patients with chronic T-cellular-mediated rejection and controls. Changes in alpha diversity within the gut microbiome were related to the probability of chronic T-cellular-mediated rejection (P < 0.05). Kidney transplant patients without rejection showed significant enrichment of rather anti-inflammatory taxa whereas in the rejection group bacteria well known for their role in chronic inflammation were increased. For example, amplicon sequence variant (ASV) 362 belonging to the genus Bacteroides and ASV 312 belonging to Tannerellaceae were enriched in no rejection (P < 0.001 and P < 0.01), whereas ASV 365 was enriched in patients with allograft rejection (P = 0.04). Looking at metagenomic functions, a higher abundance of genes coding for enzymes involved in bacterial multidrug resistance and processing of short-chain fatty acids was found in patients without rejection but an increase in enzymes involved in nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate production was seen in patients with allograft rejection.

CONCLUSIONS: A distinct microbial fingerprint of patients with allograft rejection might serve as noninvasive biomarker in the future.

RevDate: 2024-02-21

Pramono AK, Hidayanti AK, Tagami Y, et al (2024)

Bacterial community and genome analysis of cytoplasmic incompatibility-inducing Wolbachia in American serpentine leafminer, Liriomyza trifolii.

Frontiers in microbiology, 15:1304401.

Liriomyza trifolii, an agricultural pest, is occasionally infected by Wolbachia. A Wolbachia strain present in Liriomyza trifolii is associated with cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI) effects, leading to the death of embryos resulting from incompatible crosses between antibiotic-treated or naturally Wolbachia-free strain females and Wolbachia-infected males. In this study, high-throughput sequencing of hypervariable rRNA genes was employed to characterize the bacterial community in Wolbachia-infected L. trifolii without antibiotic treatment. The analysis revealed that Wolbachia dominates the bacterial community in L. trifolii, with minor presence of Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas, and Limnobacter. To elucidate the genetic basis of the CI phenotype, metagenomic sequencing was also conducted to assemble the genome of the Wolbachia strain. The draft-genome of the Wolbachia strain wLtri was 1.35 Mbp with 34% GC content and contained 1,487 predicted genes. Notably, within the wLtri genome, there are three distinct types of cytoplasmic incompatibility factor (cif) genes: Type I, Type III, and Type V cifA;B. These genes are likely responsible for inducing the strong cytoplasmic incompatibility observed in L. trifolii.

RevDate: 2024-02-21

Yahaya N, Mohamed Rehan M, Hamdan NH, et al (2024)

Metagenomic data of microbiota in mangrove soil from Lukut River, Malaysia.

Data in brief, 53:110155.

The mangrove ecosystem contains sediment microorganisms that play a crucial part in the decomposition of organic matter and the cycling of water and nutrients in the mangrove. Here we present the metagenomics whole genome shotgun (mWGS) sequence data analysis from three soil samples that were collected at the freshwater riverine mangrove at Lukut River, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. Data analysis shows different distributions of bacteria of the genera Bradyrhizobium, Methyloceanibacter and Desulfobacteaceae were detected in soil samples collected at freshwater riverine mangrove. In the data analysis, we report the existence of a large number of Carbohydrate-Active genes in metagenomes collected from mangrove soil. An in-depth exploration of functional annotation analysis based on the KEGG database also showed that the most abundant genes found in these three soils are those that function in carbon fixation pathways, followed by methane, nitrogen, sulfur metabolisms, atrazine and dioxin degradations.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Wang S, Tian Y, Wu Y, et al (2024)

Fusobacterium nucleatum bacteremia complicated with intracranial Porphyromonas gingivalis and HSV-1 infection: a case report and literature review.

BMC infectious diseases, 24(1):225.

BACKGROUND: Fusobacterium nucleatum (F. nucleatum) belongs to the genus Fusobacterium, which is a gram-negative obligate anaerobic bacterium. Bacteremia associated with F. nucleatum is a serious complication, which is not common in clinic, especially when it is combined with other intracranial pathogenic microorganism infection. We reported for the first time a case of F. nucleatum bacteremia combined with intracranial Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis) and herpes simplex virus type 1(HSV-1) infection.

CASE PRESENTATION: A 60-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with a headache for a week that worsened for 2 days. Combined with history, physical signs and examination, it was characterized as ischemic cerebrovascular disease (ICVD). F. nucleatum was detected in blood by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-offight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS). Meanwhile, P. gingivalis and HSV-1 in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) were identified by metagenome next generation sequencing (mNGS). After a quick diagnosis and a combination of antibiotics and antiviral treatment, the patient recovered and was discharged.

CONCLUSION: To our knowledge, this is the first report of intracranial P. gingivalis and HSV-1 infection combined with F. nucleatum bacteremia.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Li J, Li Y, Zhou L, et al (2024)

Microbiome analysis reveals the inducing effect of Pseudomonas on prostatic hyperplasia via activating NF-κB signalling.

Virulence, 15(1):2313410.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a prevalent disease among middle-aged and elderly males, but its pathogenesis remains unclear. Dysbiosis of the microbiome is increasingly recognized as a significant factor in various human diseases. Prostate tissue also contains a unique microbiome, and its dysbiosis has been proposed to contribute to prostate diseases. Here, we obtained prostate tissues and preoperative catheterized urine from 24 BPH individuals, and 8 normal prostate samples as controls, which followed strict aseptic measures. Using metagenomic next-generation sequencing (mNGS), we found the disparities in the microbiome composition between normal and BPH tissues, with Pseudomonas significantly enriched in BPH tissues, as confirmed by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). Additionally, we showed that the prostate microbiome differed from the urine microbiome. In vitro experiments revealed that lipopolysaccharide (LPS) of Pseudomonas activated NF-κB signalling, leading to inflammation, proliferation, and EMT processes, while inhibiting apoptosis in prostatic cells. Overall, our research determines the presence of microbiome dysbiosis in BPH, and suggests that Pseudomonas, as the dominant microflora, may promote the progression of BPH through LPS activation of NF-κB signalling.

RevDate: 2024-02-21

Wang S, Yuan X, Li T, et al (2024)

Changes in soil microbe-mediated carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling during spontaneous succession in abandoned PbZn mining areas.

The Science of the total environment, 920:171018 pii:S0048-9697(24)01157-4 [Epub ahead of print].

The mechanism through which soil microorganisms mediate carbon and nutrient cycling during mine wasteland restoration remained unknown. Using soil metagenome sequencing, we investigated the dynamic changes in soil microbial potential metabolic functions during the transition from biological soil crusts (BSC) to mixed broad-conifer forest (MBF) in a typical PbZn mine. The results showed soil microorganisms favored carbon sequestration through anaerobic and microaerobic pathways, predominantly using efficient, low-energy pathways during succession. Genes governing carbon degradation and aerobic respiration increased by 19.56 % and 24.79 %, respectively, reflecting change toward more efficient and intensive soil carbon utilization in late succession. Nitrogen-cycling genes mediated by soil microorganisms met their maximum influence during early succession (sparse grassland, SGL), leading to a respective increase of 75.29 % and 76.81 % in the net potential nitrification rate and total nitrogen content. Mantel and correlation analyses indicated that TOC, TN, Zn and Cd contents were the main factors affecting the soil carbon and phosphorus cycles. Soil AP content emerged as the primary influencer of genes associated with the nitrogen cycle. These results shed light on the dynamic shifts in microbial metabolic activities during succession, providing a genetic insight into biogeochemical cycling mechanisms and underscoring crucial factors influencing soil biogeochemical processes in mining regions.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Li J, Chen Z, Wang Q, et al (2024)

Microbial and metabolic profiles unveil mutualistic microbe-microbe interaction in obesity-related colorectal cancer.

Cell reports. Medicine pii:S2666-3791(24)00052-1 [Epub ahead of print].

Obesity is a risk factor for colorectal cancer (CRC), and the involvement of gut microbiota in the pathogenesis of obesity and CRC is widely recognized. However, the landscape of fecal microbiome and metabolome distinguishing patients with obesity-related CRC from obesity remains unknown. Here, we utilize metagenomic sequencing and metabolomics from 522 patients with CRC and healthy controls to identify the characteristics of obese CRC. Our integrated analysis reveals that obesity-related CRC is characterized by elevated Peptostreptococcus stomatis, dysregulated fatty acids and phospholipids, and altered Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathways involving glycerophospholipid metabolism and lipopolysaccharide synthesis. Correlation analysis unveils microbial interactions in obesity, where the probiotic Faecalibacterium prausnitzii and the tumor-promoting species P. stomatis may engage in cross-feeding, thereby promoting tumorigenesis. In vitro experiments affirm enhanced growth under cross-feeding conditions. The mutualistic microbe-microbe interaction may contribute to the association between obesity and elevated CRC risk. Additionally, diagnostic models incorporating BMI-specific microbial biomarkers display promise for precise CRC screening.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Egli T, Campostrini L, Leifels M, et al (2024)

Domestic hot-water boilers harbour active thermophilic bacterial communities distinctly different from those in the cold-water supply.

Water research, 253:121109 pii:S0043-1354(24)00010-1 [Epub ahead of print].

Running cold and hot water in buildings is a widely established commodity. However, interests regarding hygiene and microbiological aspects had so far been focussed on cold water. Little attention has been given to the microbiology of domestic hot-water installations (DHWIs), except for aspects of pathogenic Legionella. World-wide, regulations consider hot (or warm) water as 'heated drinking water' that must comply (cold) drinking water (DW) standards. However, the few reports that exist indicate presence and growth of microbial flora in DHWIs, even when supplied with water with disinfectant residual. Using flow cytometric (FCM) total cell counting (TCC), FCM-fingerprinting, and 16S rRNA-gene-based metagenomic analysis, the characteristics and composition of bacterial communities in cold drinking water (DW) and hot water from associated boilers (operating at 50 - 60 °C) was studied in 14 selected inhouse DW installations located in Switzerland and Austria. A sampling strategy was applied that ensured access to the bulk water phase of both, supplied cold DW and produced hot boiler water. Generally, 1.3- to 8-fold enhanced TCCs were recorded in hot water compared to those in the supplied cold DW. FCM-fingerprints of cold and corresponding hot water from individual buildings indicated different composition of cold- and hot-water microbial floras. Also, hot waters from each of the boilers sampled had its own individual FCM-fingerprint. 16S rRNA-gene-based metagenomic analysis confirmed the marked differences in composition of microbiomes. E.g., in three neighbouring houses supplied from the same public network pipe each hot-water boiler contained its own thermophilic bacterial flora. Generally, bacterial diversity in cold DW was broad, that in hot water was restricted, with mostly thermophilic strains from the families Hydrogenophilaceae, Nitrosomonadaceae and Thermaceae dominating. Batch growth assays, consisting of cold DW heated up to 50 - 60 °C and inoculated with hot water, resulted in immediate cell growth with doubling times between 5 and 10 h. When cold DW was used as an inoculum no significant growth was observed. Even boilers supplied with UVC-treated cold DW contained an actively growing microbial flora, suggesting such hot-water systems as autonomously operating, thermophilic bioreactors. The generation of assimilable organic carbon from dissolved organic carbon due to heating appears to be the driver for growth of thermophilic microbial communities. Our report suggests that a man-made microbial ecosystem, very close to us all and of potential hygienic importance, may have been overlooked so far. Despite consumers having been exposed to microbial hot-water flora for a long time, with no major pathogens so far been associated specifically with hot-water usage (except for Legionella), the role of harmless thermophiles and their interaction with potential human pathogens able to grow at elevated temperatures in DHWIs remains to be investigated.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Martiny HM, Pyrounakis N, Petersen TN, et al (2024)

ARGprofiler-a pipeline for large-scale analysis of antimicrobial resistance genes and their flanking regions in metagenomic datasets.

Bioinformatics (Oxford, England) pii:7611646 [Epub ahead of print].

MOTIVATION: Analyzing metagenomic data can be highly valuable for understanding the function and distribution of antimicrobial resistance genes (ARGs). However, there is a need for standardized and reproducible workflows to ensure the comparability of studies, as the current options involve various tools and reference databases, each designed with a specific purpose in mind.

RESULTS: In this work, we have created the workflow ARGprofiler to process large amounts of raw sequencing reads for studying the composition, distribution, and function of ARGs. ARGprofiler tackles the challenge of deciding which reference database to use by providing the PanRes database of 14,078 unique ARGs that combines several existing collections into one. Our pipeline is designed to not only produce abundance tables of genes and microbes but also to reconstruct the flanking regions of ARGs with ARGextender. ARGextender is a bioinformatic approach combining KMA and SPAdes to recruit reads for a targeted de novo assembly. While our aim is on ARGs, the pipeline also creates Mash sketches for fast searching and comparisons of sequencing runs.

AVAILABILITY: The ARGprofiler pipeline is a Snakemake workflow that supports the reuse of metagenomic sequencing data and is easily installable and maintained at

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Dindhoria K, Kumar R, Bhargava B, et al (2024)

Metagenomic assembled genomes indicated the potential application of hypersaline microbiome for plant growth promotion and stress alleviation in salinized soils.

mSystems [Epub ahead of print].

Climate change is causing unpredictable seasonal variations globally. Due to the continuously increasing earth's surface temperature, the rate of water evaporation is enhanced, conceiving a problem of soil salinization, especially in arid and semi-arid regions. The accumulation of salt degrades soil quality, impairs plant growth, and reduces agricultural yields. Salt-tolerant, plant-growth-promoting microorganisms may offer a solution, enhancing crop productivity and soil fertility in salinized areas. In the current study, genome-resolved metagenomic analysis has been performed to investigate the salt-tolerating and plant growth-promoting potential of two hypersaline ecosystems, Sambhar Lake and Drang Mine. The samples were co-assembled independently by Megahit, MetaSpades, and IDBA-UD tools. A total of 67 metagenomic assembled genomes (MAGs) were reconstructed following the binning process, including 15 from Megahit, 26 from MetaSpades, and 26 from IDBA_UD assembly tools. As compared to other assemblers, the MAGs obtained by MetaSpades were of superior quality, with a completeness range of 12.95%-96.56% and a contamination range of 0%-8.65%. The medium and high-quality MAGs from MetaSpades, upon functional annotation, revealed properties such as salt tolerance (91.3%), heavy metal tolerance (95.6%), exopolysaccharide (95.6%), and antioxidant (60.86%) biosynthesis. Several plant growth-promoting attributes, including phosphate solubilization and indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) production, were consistently identified across all obtained MAGs. Conversely, characteristics such as iron acquisition and potassium solubilization were observed in a substantial majority, specifically 91.3%, of the MAGs. The present study indicates that hypersaline microflora can be used as bio-fertilizing agents for agricultural practices in salinized areas by alleviating prevalent stresses.IMPORTANCEThe strategic implementation of metagenomic assembled genomes (MAGs) in exploring the properties and harnessing microorganisms from ecosystems like hypersaline niches has transformative potential in agriculture. This approach promises to redefine our comprehension of microbial diversity and its ecosystem roles. Recovery and decoding of MAGs unlock genetic resources, enabling the development of new solutions for agricultural challenges. Enhanced understanding of these microbial communities can lead to more efficient nutrient cycling, pest control, and soil health maintenance. Consequently, traditional agricultural practices can be improved, resulting in increased yields, reduced environmental impacts, and heightened sustainability. MAGs offer a promising avenue for sustainable agriculture, bridging the gap between cutting-edge genomics and practical field applications.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Yang Q, Wu B, Wang W, et al (2024)

Metagenomic sequencing expedites diagnosis of disseminated BCG in an infant with BRAFV600E mutation.

Journal of infection in developing countries, 18(1):162-167.

INTRODUCTION: Disseminated bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) disease is a rare but serious BCG complication in children. Early diagnosis and timely interventions are essential to improve prognosis. However, its manifestations can closely mimic those of Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH), which usually leads to a high rate of misdiagnoses. Herein we report the first case of successful application of biopsy tissue metagenomic next-generation sequencing (mNGS) in the differential diagnosis of disseminated BCG disease and LCH.

CASE STUDY: A 5-month-old female infant was transferred to our center for the treatment of paroxysmal cough, intermittent hematochezia and trunk rash. Examination on admission showed moderate anemia, erythropenia, thrombocytopenia and hepatosplenomegaly. The immunohistochemistry of her intestinal biopsy samples showed CD1a (+) and Langerin (+). Genetic testing of both peripheral blood and bone marrow samples suggested BRAFV600E mutation. Hence, she was initially diagnosed with LCH. However, no improvement was observed after a course of systemic chemotherapy. The left axillary lymph node and colonic mucosal biopsy specimens were sent for mNGS which resulted in sequence reads of Mycobacterium bovis-BCG. Triple antimycobacterial therapy was started according to the diagnosis.

RESULTS: The diagnosis of this case was corrected as disseminated BCG disease by mNGS. Currently, she is doing well clinically and continues to follow-up at our outpatient clinic.

CONCLUSIONS: This case suggests that mNGS is a valuable tool in the differential diagnosis of disseminated BCG disease and LCH, which can improve the early diagnosis rate of disseminated BCG disease.

RevDate: 2024-02-21

Shi Z, Zhang C, Tan X, et al (2024)

Syntrophic microbes involved in the oxidation of short-chain fatty acids in continuous-flow anaerobic digesters treating waste activated sludge with hydrochar.

Applied and environmental microbiology, 90(2):e0204723.

The rapid degradation of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) is an essential issue of anaerobic digestion (AD), in which SCFA oxidizers could generally metabolize in syntrophy with methanogens. The dynamic responses of active metagenome-assembled genomes to low concentrations of propionate and acetate were analyzed to identify specific syntrophic SCFA oxidizers and their metabolic characteristics in continuous-flow AD systems treating waste activated sludge with and without hydrochar. In this study, hydrochar increased methane production by 19%, possibly due to hydrochar enhancing acidification and methanogenesis processes. A putative syntrophic propionate oxidizer and two acetate oxidizers contributed substantially to the syntrophic degradation of SCFAs, and hydrochar positively regulated their functional gene expressions. A significant relationship was established between the replication rate of SCFA oxidizers and their stimulation-related transcriptional activity. Acetate was degraded in the hydrochar group, which might be mainly through the syntrophic acetate oxidizer from the genus Desulfallas and methanogens from the genus Methanosarcina.IMPORTANCEShort-chain fatty acid (SCFA) degradation is an important process in the methanogenic ecosystem. However, current knowledge of this microbial mechanism is mainly based on studies on a few model organisms incubated as mono- or co-cultures or in enrichments, which cannot provide appropriate evidence in complex environments. Here, this study revealed the microbial mechanism of a hydrochar-mediated anaerobic digestion (AD) system promoting SCFA degradation at the species level and identified key SCFA oxidizing bacteria. Our analysis provided new insights into the SCFA oxidizers involved in the AD of waste activated sludge facilitated by hydrochar.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Zhang K, Xu J, Chen G, et al (2024)

Metagenomic Next-Generation Sequencing (mNGS) of cerebrospinal fluid for diagnosis of human herpesvirus 6B encephalitis following transplantation for severe aplastic anemia.

Journal of infection in developing countries, 18(1):152-157.

INTRODUCTION: Human herpesvirus 6B (HHV-6B) encephalitis is common in immunosuppressed patients and presents a diagnostic challenge for physicians. Metagenomic next-generation sequencing (mNGS) may facilitate early diagnosis of HHV-6B encephalitis. Herein, we described a case of HHV-6B encephalitis following transplantation for severe aplastic anemia (SAA) diagnosed by mNGS.

CASE SUMMARY: A 31-year-old male underwent myeloablative haploid hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for the treatment of SAA. On day + 21 after transplantation, the patient developed symptoms such as sudden epilepsy, drowsiness, memory dislocation, and memory loss. HHV-6B encephalitis was confirmed based on cranial MRI and mNGS of cerebrospinal fluid. Following antiviral therapy with sodium foscarnet, the symptoms improved and HHV-6B was negative by mNGS. There were no serious sequelae. Currently, the patient is in good health and is still under follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS: A case of HHV-6B encephalitis after SAA transplantation was diagnosed by mNGS of cerebrospinal fluid in time and was effectively treated with sodium foscarnet.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Isali I, Helstrom EK, Uzzo N, et al (2024)

Current Trends and Challenges of Microbiome Research in Bladder Cancer.

Current oncology reports [Epub ahead of print].

PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: Microbiome research has provided valuable insights into the associations between microbial communities and bladder cancer. However, this field faces significant challenges that hinder the interpretation, generalization, and translation of findings into clinical practice. This review aims to elucidate these challenges and highlight the importance of addressing them for the advancement of microbiome research in bladder cancer.

RECENT FINDINGS: Recent findings underscore the complexities involved in microbiome research, particularly in the context of bladder cancer. Challenges include low microbial biomass in urine samples, potential contamination issues during collection and processing, variability in sequencing methods and primer selection, and the difficulty of establishing causality between microbiota and bladder cancer. Studies have shown the impact of sample storage conditions and DNA isolation kits on microbiome analysis, emphasizing the need for standardization. Additionally, variations in urine collection methods can introduce contamination and affect results. The choice of 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing or shotgun metagenomic sequencing introduces technical challenges, including primer selection and sequencing read length. Establishing causality between the microbiota and bladder cancer requires experimental methods like fecal microbiota transplantation and human microbiota-associated murine models, which face their own set of challenges. Translating microbiome research into therapeutic applications is hindered by methodological variability, incomplete understanding of bioactive molecules, imperfect animal models, and the inherent heterogeneity of microbiome communities among individuals. Microbiome research in bladder cancer presents significant challenges stemming from technical and conceptual complexities. Addressing these challenges through standardization, improved experimental models, and advanced analytical approaches is essential for advancing our understanding of the microbiome's role in bladder cancer and its potential clinical applications. Achieving this goal can lead to improved patient outcomes and novel therapeutic strategies in the future.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

François S, Hill SC, Perrins CM, et al (2024)

Characterization of the genomic sequence of a circo-like virus and of three chaphamaparvoviruses detected in mute swan (Cygnus olor).

Microbiology resource announcements [Epub ahead of print].

We report the complete genomes of four ssDNA viruses: a circular replication-associated protein-encoding single-stranded DNA virus belonging to a clade previously detected only in mammals, and three chaphamaparvoviruses, which were detected by viromic surveillance of mute swan (Cygnus olor) fecal samples from the United Kingdom.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Hiralal A, Geelhoed JS, Hidalgo-Martinez S, et al (2024)

Closing the genome of unculturable cable bacteria using a combined metagenomic assembly of long and short sequencing reads.

Microbial genomics, 10(2):.

Many environmentally relevant micro-organisms cannot be cultured, and even with the latest metagenomic approaches, achieving complete genomes for specific target organisms of interest remains a challenge. Cable bacteria provide a prominent example of a microbial ecosystem engineer that is currently unculturable. They occur in low abundance in natural sediments, but due to their capability for long-distance electron transport, they exert a disproportionately large impact on the biogeochemistry of their environment. Current available genomes of marine cable bacteria are highly fragmented and incomplete, hampering the elucidation of their unique electrogenic physiology. Here, we present a metagenomic pipeline that combines Nanopore long-read and Illumina short-read shotgun sequencing. Starting from a clonal enrichment of a cable bacterium, we recovered a circular metagenome-assembled genome (5.09 Mbp in size), which represents a novel cable bacterium species with the proposed name Candidatus Electrothrix scaldis. The closed genome contains 1109 novel identified genes, including key metabolic enzymes not previously described in incomplete genomes of cable bacteria. We examined in detail the factors leading to genome closure. Foremost, native, non-amplified long reads are crucial to resolve the many repetitive regions within the genome of cable bacteria, and by analysing the whole metagenomic assembly, we found that low strain diversity is key for achieving genome closure. The insights and approaches presented here could help achieve genome closure for other keystone micro-organisms present in complex environmental samples at low abundance.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Kitamura N, Kajihara T, Volpiano CG, et al (2024)

Exploring the effects of antimicrobial treatment on the gut and oral microbiomes and resistomes from elderly long-term care facility residents via shotgun DNA sequencing.

Microbial genomics, 10(2):.

Monitoring antibiotic-resistant bacteria (ARB) and understanding the effects of antimicrobial drugs on the human microbiome and resistome are crucial for public health. However, no study has investigated the association between antimicrobial treatment and the microbiome-resistome relationship in long-term care facilities, where residents act as reservoirs of ARB but are not included in the national surveillance for ARB. We conducted shotgun metagenome sequencing of oral and stool samples from long-term care facility residents and explored the effects of antimicrobial treatment on the human microbiome and resistome using two types of comparisons: cross-sectional comparisons based on antimicrobial treatment history in the past 6 months and within-subject comparisons between stool samples before, during and 2-4 weeks after treatment using a single antimicrobial drug. Cross-sectional analysis revealed two characteristics in the group with a history of antimicrobial treatment: the archaeon Methanobrevibacter was the only taxon that significantly increased in abundance, and the total abundance of antimicrobial resistance genes (ARGs) was also significantly higher. Within-subject comparisons showed that taxonomic diversity did not decrease during treatment, suggesting that the effect of the prescription of a single antimicrobial drug in usual clinical treatment on the gut microbiota is likely to be smaller than previously thought, even among very elderly people. Additional analysis of the detection limit of ARGs revealed that they could not be detected when contig coverage was <2.0. This study is the first to report the effects of usual antimicrobial treatments on the microbiome and resistome of long-term care facility residents.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Cook R, Brown N, Rihtman B, et al (2024)

The long and short of it: benchmarking viromics using Illumina, Nanopore and PacBio sequencing technologies.

Microbial genomics, 10(2):.

Viral metagenomics has fuelled a rapid change in our understanding of global viral diversity and ecology. Long-read sequencing and hybrid assembly approaches that combine long- and short-read technologies are now being widely implemented in bacterial genomics and metagenomics. However, the use of long-read sequencing to investigate viral communities is still in its infancy. While Nanopore and PacBio technologies have been applied to viral metagenomics, it is not known to what extent different technologies will impact the reconstruction of the viral community. Thus, we constructed a mock bacteriophage community of previously sequenced phage genomes and sequenced them using Illumina, Nanopore and PacBio sequencing technologies and tested a number of different assembly approaches. When using a single sequencing technology, Illumina assemblies were the best at recovering phage genomes. Nanopore- and PacBio-only assemblies performed poorly in comparison to Illumina in both genome recovery and error rates, which both varied with the assembler used. The best Nanopore assembly had errors that manifested as SNPs and INDELs at frequencies 41 and 157 % higher than found in Illumina only assemblies, respectively. While the best PacBio assemblies had SNPs at frequencies 12 and 78 % higher than found in Illumina-only assemblies, respectively. Despite high-read coverage, long-read-only assemblies recovered a maximum of one complete genome from any assembly, unless reads were down-sampled prior to assembly. Overall the best approach was assembly by a combination of Illumina and Nanopore reads, which reduced error rates to levels comparable with short-read-only assemblies. When using a single technology, Illumina only was the best approach. The differences in genome recovery and error rates between technology and assembler had downstream impacts on gene prediction, viral prediction, and subsequent estimates of diversity within a sample. These findings will provide a starting point for others in the choice of reads and assembly algorithms for the analysis of viromes.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Brown KM, Ward CS, GS Bullerjahn (2024)

Metagenome-assembled genome sequences of two cyanobacterial cultures from Homa Bay County, Kenya.

Microbiology resource announcements [Epub ahead of print].

Metagenome-assembled genomes were generated for two xenic cyanobacterial strains collected from aquatic sources in Kenya and sequenced by NovaSeq S4. Here, we report the classification and genome statistics of Microcystis panniformis WG22 and Limnospira fusiformis LS22.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Huang J, Wu Y, Gao Q, et al (2024)

Metagenomic exploration of the rhizosphere soil microbial community and their significance in facilitating the development of wild-simulated ginseng.

Applied and environmental microbiology [Epub ahead of print].

Panax ginseng, a prized medicinal herb, has faced increasingly challenging field production due to soil degradation and fungal diseases in Northeast China. Wild-simulated cultivation has prevailed because of its sustainable soil management and low disease incidence. Despite the recognized benefits of rhizosphere microorganisms in ginseng cultivation, their genomic and functional diversity remain largely unexplored. In this work, we utilized shotgun metagenomic analysis to reveal that Pseudomonadota, Actinomycetota, and Acidobacteriota were dominant in the ginseng rhizobiome and recovered 14 reliable metagenome-assembled genomes. Functional analysis indicated an enrichment of denitrification-associated genes, potentially contributing to the observed decline in soil fertility, while genes associated with aromatic carbon degradation may be linked to allelochemical degradation. Further analysis demonstrated enrichment of Actinomycetota in 9-year-old wild-simulated ginseng (WSG), suggesting the need for targeted isolation of Actinomycetota bacteria. Among these, at least three different actinomycete strains were found to play a crucial role in fungal disease resistance, with Streptomyces spp. WY144 standing out for its production of actinomycin natural products active against the pathogenic fungus Ilyonectria robusta. These findings not only enhance our understanding of the rhizobiome of WSG but also present promising avenues for combating detrimental fungal pathogens, underscoring the importance of ginseng in both medicinal and agricultural contexts.IMPORTANCEWild-simulated ginseng, growing naturally without human interference, is influenced by its soil microbiome. Using shotgun metagenomics, we analyzed the rhizospheric soil microbiome of 7- and 9-year-old wild-simulated ginseng. The study aimed to reveal its composition and functions, exploring the microbiome's key roles in ginseng growth. Enrichment analysis identified Streptomycetes in ginseng soil, with three strains inhibiting plant pathogenic fungi. Notably, one strain produced actinomycins, suppressing the ginseng pathogenic fungus Ilyonectria robusta. This research accelerates microbiome application in wild-simulated ginseng cultivation, offering insights into pathogen protection and supporting microbiome utilization in agriculture.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Saito D, Saito CPB, Cannavan FdS, et al (2024)

Draft genome sequences of 13 putatively novel Haemophilus species and strains assembled from human saliva.

Microbiology resource announcements [Epub ahead of print].

We present the draft metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs) of 13 Haemophilus representatives from human saliva. MAGs were reconstructed by a streamlined pre-assembly mapping approach performed against 9 clinically relevant reference genomes. Overall, genomes belonging to 2 potentially novel Haemophilus species and 11 strains were recovered, as determined by genome-wide ANI analysis.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Xu Q, Li L, Guo J, et al (2024)

Active microbial population dynamics and life strategies drive the enhanced carbon use efficiency in high-organic matter soils.

mBio [Epub ahead of print].

Microbial carbon use efficiency (CUE) is a critical parameter that controls carbon storage in soil, but many uncertainties remain concerning adaptations of microbial communities to long-term fertilization that impact CUE. Based on H2[18]O quantitative stable isotope probing coupled with metagenomic sequencing, we disentangled the roles of active microbial population dynamics and life strategies for CUE in soils after a long-term (35 years) mineral or organic fertilization. We found that the soils rich in organic matter supported high microbial CUE, indicating a more efficient microbial biomass formation and a greater carbon sequestration potential. Organic fertilizers supported active microbial communities characterized by high diversity and a relative increase in net growth rate, as well as an anabolic-biased carbon cycling, which likely explains the observed enhanced CUE. Overall, these results highlight the role of population dynamics and life strategies in understanding and predicting microbial CUE and sequestration in soil.IMPORTANCEMicrobial CUE is a major determinant of global soil organic carbon storage. Understanding the microbial processes underlying CUE can help to maintain soil sustainable productivity and mitigate climate change. Our findings indicated that active microbial communities, adapted to long-term organic fertilization, exhibited a relative increase in net growth rate and a preference for anabolic carbon cycling when compared to those subjected to chemical fertilization. These shifts in population dynamics and life strategies led the active microbes to allocate more carbon to biomass production rather than cellular respiration. Consequently, the more fertile soils may harbor a greater microbially mediated carbon sequestration potential. This finding is of great importance for manipulating microorganisms to increase soil C sequestration.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Schaan AP, Vidal A, Zhang A-N, et al (2024)

Temporal dynamics of gut microbiomes in non-industrialized urban Amazonia.

mSystems [Epub ahead of print].

Increasing levels of industrialization have been associated with changes in gut microbiome structure and loss of features thought to be crucial for maintaining gut ecological balance. The stability of gut microbial communities over time within individuals seems to be largely affected by these changes but has been overlooked among transitioning populations from low- to middle-income countries. Here, we used metagenomic sequencing to characterize the temporal dynamics in gut microbiomes of 24 individuals living an urban non-industrialized lifestyle in the Brazilian Amazon. We further contextualized our data with 165 matching longitudinal samples from an urban industrialized and a rural non-industrialized population. We show that gut microbiome composition and diversity have greater variability over time among non-industrialized individuals when compared to industrialized counterparts and that taxa may present diverse temporal dynamics across human populations. Enterotype classifications show that community types are generally stable over time despite shifts in microbiome structure. Furthermore, by tracking genomes over time, we show that levels of bacterial population replacements are more frequent among Amazonian individuals and that non-synonymous variants accumulate in genes associated with degradation of host dietary polysaccharides. Taken together, our results suggest that the stability of gut microbiomes is influenced by levels of industrialization and that tracking microbial population dynamics is important to understand how the microbiome will adapt to these transitions.IMPORTANCEThe transition from a rural or non-industrialized lifestyle to urbanization and industrialization has been linked to changes in the structure and function of the human gut microbiome. Understanding how the gut microbiomes changes over time is crucial to define healthy states and to grasp how the gut microbiome interacts with the host environment. Here, we investigate the temporal dynamics of gut microbiomes from an urban and non-industrialized population in the Amazon, as well as metagenomic data sets from urban United States and rural Tanzania. We showed that healthy non-industrialized microbiomes experience greater compositional shifts over time compared to industrialized individuals. Furthermore, bacterial strain populations are more frequently replaced in non-industrialized microbiomes, and most non-synonymous mutations accumulate in genes associated with the degradation of host dietary components. This indicates that microbiome stability is affected by transitions to industrialization, and that strain tracking can elucidate the ecological dynamics behind such transitions.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Hegarty B, Riddell V J, Bastien E, et al (2024)

Benchmarking informatics approaches for virus discovery: caution is needed when combining in silico identification methods.

mSystems [Epub ahead of print].

Understanding the ecological impacts of viruses on natural and engineered ecosystems relies on the accurate identification of viral sequences from community sequencing data. To maximize viral recovery from metagenomes, researchers frequently combine viral identification tools. However, the effectiveness of this strategy is unknown. Here, we benchmarked combinations of six widely used informatics tools for viral identification and analysis (VirSorter, VirSorter2, VIBRANT, DeepVirFinder, CheckV, and Kaiju), called "rulesets." Rulesets were tested against mock metagenomes composed of taxonomically diverse sequence types and diverse aquatic metagenomes to assess the effects of the degree of viral enrichment and habitat on tool performance. We found that six rulesets achieved equivalent accuracy [Matthews Correlation Coefficient (MCC) = 0.77, Padj ≥ 0.05]. Each contained VirSorter2, and five used our "tuning removal" rule designed to remove non-viral contamination. While DeepVirFinder, VIBRANT, and VirSorter were each found once in these high-accuracy rulesets, they were not found in combination with each other: combining tools does not lead to optimal performance. Our validation suggests that the MCC plateau at 0.77 is partly caused by inaccurate labeling within reference sequence databases. In aquatic metagenomes, our highest MCC ruleset identified more viral sequences in virus-enriched (44%-46%) than in cellular metagenomes (7%-19%). While improved algorithms may lead to more accurate viral identification tools, this should be done in tandem with careful curation of sequence databases. We recommend using the VirSorter2 ruleset and our empirically derived tuning removal rule. Our analysis provides insight into methods for in silico viral identification and will enable more robust viral identification from metagenomic data sets.IMPORTANCEThe identification of viruses from environmental metagenomes using informatics tools has offered critical insights in microbial ecology. However, it remains difficult for researchers to know which tools optimize viral recovery for their specific study. In an attempt to recover more viruses, studies are increasingly combining the outputs from multiple tools without validating this approach. After benchmarking combinations of six viral identification tools against mock metagenomes and environmental samples, we found that these tools should only be combined cautiously. Two to four tool combinations maximized viral recovery and minimized non-viral contamination compared with either the single-tool or the five- to six-tool ones. By providing a rigorous overview of the behavior of in silico viral identification strategies and a pipeline to replicate our process, our findings guide the use of existing viral identification tools and offer a blueprint for feature engineering of new tools that will lead to higher-confidence viral discovery in microbiome studies.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Reuter MA, Tucker M, Marfori Z, et al (2024)

Dietary resistant starch supplementation increases gut luminal deoxycholic acid abundance in mice.

Gut microbes, 16(1):2315632.

Bile acids (BA) are among the most abundant metabolites produced by the gut microbiome. Primary BAs produced in the liver are converted by gut bacterial 7-α-dehydroxylation into secondary BAs, which can differentially regulate host health via signaling based on their varying affinity for BA receptors. Despite the importance of secondary BAs in host health, the regulation of 7-α-dehydroxylation and the role of diet in modulating this process is incompletely defined. Understanding this process could lead to dietary guidelines that beneficially shift BA metabolism. Dietary fiber regulates gut microbial composition and metabolite production. We tested the hypothesis that feeding mice a diet rich in a fermentable dietary fiber, resistant starch (RS), would alter gut bacterial BA metabolism. Male and female wild-type mice were fed a diet supplemented with RS or an isocaloric control diet (IC). Metabolic parameters were similar between groups. RS supplementation increased gut luminal deoxycholic acid (DCA) abundance. However, gut luminal cholic acid (CA) abundance, the substrate for 7-α-dehydroxylation in DCA production, was unaltered by RS. Further, RS supplementation did not change the mRNA expression of hepatic BA producing enzymes or ileal BA transporters. Metagenomic assessment of gut bacterial composition revealed no change in the relative abundance of bacteria known to perform 7-α-dehydroxylation. P. ginsenosidimutans and P. multiformis were positively correlated with gut luminal DCA abundance and increased in response to RS supplementation. These data demonstrate that RS supplementation enriches gut luminal DCA abundance without increasing the relative abundance of bacteria known to perform 7-α-dehydroxylation.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Qian L, Zhuang Z, Lu J, et al (2024)

Metagenomic survey of viral diversity obtained from feces of piglets with diarrhea.

Heliyon, 10(4):e25616.

Pigs are natural host to various zoonotic pathogens including viruses. In this study, we analyzed the viral communities in the feces of 89 piglets with diarrhea under one month old which were collected from six farms in Jiangsu Province of the Eastern China, using the unbiased virus metagenomic method. A total of 89 libraries were constructed, and 46937894 unique sequence reads were generated by Illumina sequencing. Overall, the family Picornaviridae accounted for the majority of the total reads of putative mammalian viruses. Ten novel virus genomes from different family members were discovered, including Parvoviridae (n = 2), Picobirnaviridae (n = 4) and CRESS DNA viruses (n = 4). A large number of phages were identified, which mainly belonged to the order Caudovirales and the family Microviridae. Moreover, some identified viruses were closely related to viruses found in non-porcine hosts, highlighting the potential for cross-species virus dissemination. This study increased our understanding of the fecal virus communities of diarrhea piglets and provided valuable information for virus monitoring and preventing.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Peeters J, Bot DM, Rovelo Ruiz G, et al (2024)

Snowflake: visualizing microbiome abundance tables as multivariate bipartite graphs.

Frontiers in bioinformatics, 4:1331043.

Current visualizations in microbiome research rely on aggregations in taxonomic classifications or do not show less abundant taxa. We introduce Snowflake: a new visualization method that creates a clear overview of the microbiome composition in collected samples without losing any information due to classification or neglecting less abundant reads. Snowflake displays every observed OTU/ASV in the microbiome abundance table and provides a solution to include the data's hierarchical structure and additional information obtained from downstream analysis (e.g., alpha- and beta-diversity) and metadata. Based on the value-driven ICE-T evaluation methodology, Snowflake was positively received. Experts in microbiome research found the visualizations to be user-friendly and detailed and liked the possibility of including and relating additional information to the microbiome's composition. Exploring the topological structure of the microbiome abundance table allows them to quickly identify which taxa are unique to specific samples and which are shared among multiple samples (i.e., separating sample-specific taxa from the core microbiome), and see the compositional differences between samples. An R package for constructing and visualizing Snowflake microbiome composition graphs is available at

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Sadeghi M, Mestivier D, Carbonnelle E, et al (2023)

Loss of symbiotic and increase of virulent bacteria through microbial networks in Lynch syndrome colon carcinogenesis.

Frontiers in oncology, 13:1313735.

PURPOSE: Through a pilot study, we performed whole gut metagenomic analysis in 17 Lynch syndrome (LS) families, including colorectal cancer (CRC) patients and their healthy first-degree relatives. In a second asymptomatic LS cohort (n=150) undergoing colonoscopy-screening program, individuals with early precancerous lesions were compared to those with a normal colonoscopy. Since bacteria are organized into different networks within the microbiota, we compared related network structures in patients and controls.

EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Fecal prokaryote DNA was extracted prior to colonoscopy for whole metagenome (n=34, pilot study) or 16s rRNA sequencing (validation study). We characterized bacteria taxonomy using Diamond/MEGAN6 and DADA2 pipelines and performed differential abundances using Shaman website. We constructed networks using SparCC inference tools and validated the construction's accuracy by performing qPCR on selected bacteria.

RESULTS: Significant differences in bacterial communities in LS-CRC patients were identified, with an enrichment of virulent bacteria and a depletion of symbionts compared to their first-degree relatives. Bacteria taxa in LS asymptomatic individuals with colonic precancerous lesions (n=79) were significantly different compared to healthy individuals (n=71). The main bacterial network structures, constructed based on bacteria-bacteria correlations in CRC (pilot study) and in asymptomatic precancerous patients (validation-study), showed a different pattern than in controls. It was characterized by virulent/symbiotic co-exclusion in both studies and illustrated (validation study) by a higher Escherichia/Bifidobacterium ratio, as assessed by qPCR.

CONCLUSION: Enhanced fecal virulent/symbiotic bacteria ratios influence bacterial network structures. As an early event in colon carcinogenesis, these ratios can be used to identify asymptomatic LS individual with a higher risk of CRC.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Liu C, Xu Q, Dong S, et al (2024)

New mechanistic insights of anti-obesity by sleeve gastrectomy-altered gut microbiota and lipid metabolism.

Frontiers in endocrinology, 15:1338147.

BACKGROUND: The obesity epidemic has been on the rise due to changes in living standards and lifestyles. To combat this issue, sleeve gastrectomy (SG) has emerged as a prominent bariatric surgery technique, offering substantial weight reduction. Nevertheless, the mechanisms that underlie SG-related bodyweight loss are not fully understood.

METHODS: In this study, we conducted a collection of preoperative and 3-month postoperative serum and fecal samples from patients who underwent laparoscopic SG at the First Affiliated Hospital of Shandong First Medical University (Jinan, China). Here, we took an unbiased approach of multi-omics to investigate the role of SG-altered gut microbiota in anti-obesity of these patients. Non-target metabolome sequencing was performed using the fecal and serum samples.

RESULTS: Our data show that SG markedly increased microbiota diversity and Rikenellaceae, Alistipes, Parabacteroides, Bactreoidales, and Enterobacteraies robustly increased. These compositional changes were positively correlated with lipid metabolites, including sphingolipids, glycerophospholipids, and unsaturated fatty acids. Increases of Rikenellaceae, Alistipes, and Parabacteroide were reversely correlated with body mass index (BMI).

CONCLUSION: In conclusion, our findings provide evidence that SG induces significant alterations in the abundances of Rikenellaceae, Alistipes, Parabacteroides, and Bacteroidales, as well as changes in lipid metabolism-related metabolites. Importantly, these changes were found to be closely linked to the alleviation of obesity. On the basis of these findings, we have identified a number of microbiotas that could be potential targets for treatment of obesity.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Shen B, Tong L, Qiu J, et al (2024)

Suppurative Meningitis Complicated with Arthritis Caused by Streptococcus Suis Infection: A Case Report.

Infection and drug resistance, 17:561-569.

BACKGROUND: Streptococcus suis (S. suis) is a common gram-positive bacterium in pigs. Its natural infection sites are the upper respiratory tract (especially tonsils and nasal cavity), reproductive tract and digestive tract of pigs. It is a new emerging human and animal disease. A co-morbid pathogen that can cause serious infections in humans, including meningitis, sepsis, septic arthritis, and sometimes deafness. No cases have been reported in Huzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China.

CASE PRESENTATION: A 50-year-old male patient who had Worked as a butcher in a slaughterhouse for 20 years. Admitted to the hospital due to abdominal pain, joint pain, fever, and headache.His condition rapidly worsened causing altered consciousness, drowsiness and developed hearing loss. S. suis induced pyogenic meningitis complicated by arthritis was suspected based on the results of biochemical and culture analysis of the cerebrospinal fluid, and metagenomic next-generation sequencing, The patient's symptoms significantly improved after treatment with antibiotics such as ceftriaxone, meropenem, and linezolid, as well as supportive therapies including steroids and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and his hearing improved significantly.After about 2 years of follow-up, the hearing was significantly better than before, but hearing impairment still remained.

CONCLUSION: Streptococcus suis is endemic in pork-consuming and pig-raising countries, but can occur throughout the world, especially among individuals with occupational exposure to pigs and/or pork, such as slaughterhouse workers, butchers, farmers, etc. Strengthen science education among key groups. This case was diagnosed as Streptococcus suis meningitis combined with arthritis. However, abdominal pain in the early stage of the disease is very rare and is easy to be misdiagnosed. It is necessary to identify whether it is complicated by peritonitis. For hearing loss caused by Streptococcus suis infection, the use of hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatment has obvious therapeutic effects.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Panyako PM, Ommeh SC, Kuria SN, et al (2024)

Metagenomic Characterization of Poultry Cloacal and Oropharyngeal Swabs in Kenya Reveals Bacterial Pathogens and Their Antimicrobial Resistance Genes.

International journal of microbiology, 2024:8054338.

Poultry enteric bacterial diseases are of significant economic importance because they are responsible for production losses due to weight loss, increased morbidity and mortality, and increased cost of production arising from poor feed conversion and treatment. This cross-sectional purposive study characterized enteric bacterial pathogens in poultry from selected agroclimatic regions in Kenya and investigated their antimicrobial resistance gene profiles. Cloacal (n = 563) and oropharyngeal (n = 394) swabs were collected and pooled into 16 and 14 samples, respectively, to characterize bacterial pathogens and their antimicrobial resistance gene profiles. We report that Proteobacteria, Chlamydiae, and Firmicutes are the most dominant phyla present in both cloacal and oropharyngeal swabs of the six poultry species studied, indicating the colonization of the poultry gut by many pathogenic bacteria. Using KEGG and COG databases, some pathways related to metabolism, genetic information, and cellular processing were detected. We also report the abundance of antimicrobial resistance genes that confer resistance to β-lactamases, aminoglycosides, and tetracycline in most of the poultry analyzed, raising concern about the dangers associated with continuous and inappropriate use of these antibiotics in poultry production. The antimicrobial resistance gene data generated in this study provides a valuable indicator of the use of antimicrobials in poultry in Kenya. The information generated is essential for managing bacterial diseases, especially in backyard poultry raised under scavenging conditions.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Zhang L, Bai J, Zhai Y, et al (2024)

Seasonal changes in N-cycling functional genes in sediments and their influencing factors in a typical eutrophic shallow lake, China.

Frontiers in microbiology, 15:1363775.

N-cycling processes mediated by microorganisms are directly linked to the eutrophication of lakes and ecosystem health. Exploring the variation and influencing factors of N-cycling-related genes is of great significance for controlling the eutrophication of lakes. However, seasonal dynamics of genomic information encoding nitrogen (N) cycling in sediments of eutrophic lakes have not yet been clearly addressed. We collected sediments in the Baiyangdian (BYD) Lake in four seasons to explore the dynamic variation of N-cycling functional genes based on a shotgun metagenome sequencing approach and to reveal their key influencing factors. Our results showed that dissimilatory nitrate reduction (DNRA), assimilatory nitrate reduction (ANRA), and denitrification were the dominant N-cycling processes, and the abundance of nirS and amoC were higher than other functional genes by at least one order of magnitude. Functional genes, such as nirS, nirK and amoC, generally showed a consistent decreasing trend from the warming season (i.e., spring, summer, fall) to the cold season (i.e., winter). Furthermore, a significantly higher abundance of nitrification functional genes (e.g., amoB, amoC and hao) in spring and denitrification functional genes (e.g., nirS, norC and nosZ) in fall were observed. N-cycling processes in four seasons were influenced by different dominant environmental factors. Generally, dissolved organic carbon (DOC) or sediment organic matter (SOM), water temperature (T) and antibiotics (e.g., Norfloxacin and ofloxacin) were significantly correlated with N-cycling processes. The findings imply that sediment organic carbon and antibiotics may be potentially key factors influencing N-cycling processes in lake ecosystems, which will provide a reference for nitrogen management in eutrophic lakes.

RevDate: 2024-02-20

Verma LM, Kumar A, Kumar A, et al (2024)

Green chemistry routed sugar press mud for (2D) ZnO nanostructure fabrication, mineral fortification, and climate-resilient wheat crop productivity.

Scientific reports, 14(1):4074.

Nanotechnology appears to be a promising tool to redefine crop nutrition in the coming decades. However, the crucial interactions of nanomaterials with abiotic components of the environment like soil organic matter (SOM) and carbon‒sequestration may hold the key to sustainable crop nutrition, fortification, and climate change. Here, we investigated the use of sugar press mud (PM) mediated ZnO nanosynthesis for soil amendment and nutrient mobilisation under moderately alkaline conditions. The positively charged (+ 7.61 mv) ZnO sheet-like nanoparticles (~ 17 nm) from zinc sulphate at the optimum dose of (75 mg/kg blended with PM (1.4% w/w) were used in reinforcing the soil matrix for wheat growth. The results demonstrated improved agronomic parameters with (~ 24%) and (~ 19%) relative increases in yield and plant Zn content. Also, the soil solution phase interactions of the ZnO nanoparticles with the PM-induced soil colloidal carbon (- 27.9 mv and diameter 0.4864 μm) along with its other components have influenced the soil nutrient dynamics and mineral ecology at large. Interestingly, one such interaction seems to have reversed the known Zn-P interaction from negative to positive. Thus, the study offers a fresh insight into the possible correlations between nutrient interactions and soil carbon sequestration for climate-resilient crop productivity.

RevDate: 2024-02-19

Spohr P, Scharf S, Rommerskirchen A, et al (2024)

Insights into gut microbiomes in stem cell transplantation by comprehensive shotgun long-read sequencing.

Scientific reports, 14(1):4068.

The gut microbiome is a diverse ecosystem, dominated by bacteria; however, fungi, phages/viruses, archaea, and protozoa are also important members of the gut microbiota. Exploration of taxonomic compositions beyond bacteria as well as an understanding of the interaction between the bacteriome with the other members is limited using 16S rDNA sequencing. Here, we developed a pipeline enabling the simultaneous interrogation of the gut microbiome (bacteriome, mycobiome, archaeome, eukaryome, DNA virome) and of antibiotic resistance genes based on optimized long-read shotgun metagenomics protocols and custom bioinformatics. Using our pipeline we investigated the longitudinal composition of the gut microbiome in an exploratory clinical study in patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHSCT; n = 31). Pre-transplantation microbiomes exhibited a 3-cluster structure, characterized by Bacteroides spp. /Phocaeicola spp., mixed composition and Enterococcus abundances. We revealed substantial inter-individual and temporal variabilities of microbial domain compositions, human DNA, and antibiotic resistance genes during the course of alloHSCT. Interestingly, viruses and fungi accounted for substantial proportions of microbiome content in individual samples. In the course of HSCT, bacterial strains were stable or newly acquired. Our results demonstrate the disruptive potential of alloHSCTon the gut microbiome and pave the way for future comprehensive microbiome studies based on long-read metagenomics.

RevDate: 2024-02-19

Wang FQ, Bartosik D, Sidhu C, et al (2024)

Particle-attached bacteria act as gatekeepers in the decomposition of complex phytoplankton polysaccharides.

Microbiome, 12(1):32.

BACKGROUND: Marine microalgae (phytoplankton) mediate almost half of the worldwide photosynthetic carbon dioxide fixation and therefore play a pivotal role in global carbon cycling, most prominently during massive phytoplankton blooms. Phytoplankton biomass consists of considerable proportions of polysaccharides, substantial parts of which are rapidly remineralized by heterotrophic bacteria. We analyzed the diversity, activity, and functional potential of such polysaccharide-degrading bacteria in different size fractions during a diverse spring phytoplankton bloom at Helgoland Roads (southern North Sea) at high temporal resolution using microscopic, physicochemical, biodiversity, metagenome, and metaproteome analyses.

RESULTS: Prominent active 0.2-3 µm free-living clades comprised Aurantivirga, "Formosa", Cd. Prosiliicoccus, NS4, NS5, Amylibacter, Planktomarina, SAR11 Ia, SAR92, and SAR86, whereas BD1-7, Stappiaceae, Nitrincolaceae, Methylophagaceae, Sulfitobacter, NS9, Polaribacter, Lentimonas, CL500-3, Algibacter, and Glaciecola dominated 3-10 µm and > 10 µm particles. Particle-attached bacteria were more diverse and exhibited more dynamic adaptive shifts over time in terms of taxonomic composition and repertoires of encoded polysaccharide-targeting enzymes. In total, 305 species-level metagenome-assembled genomes were obtained, including 152 particle-attached bacteria, 100 of which were novel for the sampling site with 76 representing new species. Compared to free-living bacteria, they featured on average larger metagenome-assembled genomes with higher proportions of polysaccharide utilization loci. The latter were predicted to target a broader spectrum of polysaccharide substrates, ranging from readily soluble, simple structured storage polysaccharides (e.g., laminarin, α-glucans) to less soluble, complex structural, or secreted polysaccharides (e.g., xylans, cellulose, pectins). In particular, the potential to target poorly soluble or complex polysaccharides was more widespread among abundant and active particle-attached bacteria.

CONCLUSIONS: Particle-attached bacteria represented only 1% of all bloom-associated bacteria, yet our data suggest that many abundant active clades played a pivotal gatekeeping role in the solubilization and subsequent degradation of numerous important classes of algal glycans. The high diversity of polysaccharide niches among the most active particle-attached clades therefore is a determining factor for the proportion of algal polysaccharides that can be rapidly remineralized during generally short-lived phytoplankton bloom events. Video Abstract.

RevDate: 2024-02-19

Sun J, Xie F, Wang J, et al (2024)

Integrated meta-omics reveals the regulatory landscape involved in lipid metabolism between pig breeds.

Microbiome, 12(1):33.

BACKGROUND: Domesticated pigs serve as an ideal animal model for biomedical research and also provide the majority of meat for human consumption in China. Porcine intramuscular fat content associates with human health and diseases and is essential in pork quality. The molecular mechanisms controlling lipid metabolism and intramuscular fat accretion across tissues in pigs, and how these changes in response to pig breeds, remain largely unknown.

RESULTS: We surveyed the tissue-resident cell types of the porcine jejunum, colon, liver, and longissimus dorsi muscle between Lantang and Landrace breeds by single-cell RNA sequencing. Combining lipidomics and metagenomics approaches, we also characterized gene signatures and determined key discriminating markers of lipid digestibility, absorption, conversion, and deposition across tissues in two pig breeds. In Landrace, lean-meat swine mainly exhibited breed-specific advantages in lipid absorption and oxidation for energy supply in small and large intestinal epitheliums, nascent high-density lipoprotein synthesis for reverse cholesterol transport in enterocytes and hepatocytes, bile acid formation, and secretion for fat emulsification in hepatocytes, as well as intestinal-microbiota gene expression involved in lipid accumulation product. In Lantang, obese-meat swine showed a higher synthesis capacity of chylomicrons responsible for high serum triacylglycerol levels in small intestinal epitheliums, the predominant characteristics of lipid absorption in muscle tissue, and greater intramuscular adipcytogenesis potentials from muscular fibro-adipogenic progenitor subpopulation.

CONCLUSIONS: The findings enhanced our understanding of the cellular biology of lipid metabolism and opened new avenues to improve animal production and human diseases. Video Abstract.

RevDate: 2024-02-19

Bazzani D, Heidrich V, Manghi P, et al (2024)

Favorable subgingival plaque microbiome shifts are associated with clinical treatment for peri-implant diseases.

NPJ biofilms and microbiomes, 10(1):12.

We performed a longitudinal shotgun metagenomic investigation of the plaque microbiome associated with peri-implant diseases in a cohort of 91 subjects with 320 quality-controlled metagenomes. Through recently improved taxonomic profiling methods, we identified the most discriminative species between healthy and diseased subjects at baseline, evaluated their change over time, and provided evidence that clinical treatment had a positive effect on plaque microbiome composition in patients affected by mucositis and peri-implantitis.

RevDate: 2024-02-19

Chen X, Gong Y, Li Z, et al (2024)

Key function of Kouleothrix in stable formation of filamentous aerobic granular sludge at low superficial gas velocity with polymeric substrates.

Bioresource technology pii:S0960-8524(24)00169-X [Epub ahead of print].

Forming and maintaining stable aerobic granular sludge (AGS) at a low superficial gas velocity (SGV) is challenging, particularly with polymeric substrates. This study cultivated filamentous aerobic granular sludge (FAGS) with filamentous Kouleothrix (Type 1851) at low SGV (0.15 cm/s) utilizing mixed acetate-soluble starch. Within approximately 260 days, notable increases in the relative abundance of Kouleothrix (from 4 % to 10 %) and Ca. Competibacter (from 1 % to 26 %) were observed through 16S rRNA gene analysis. Metagenomic analysis revealed increased expression of functional genes involved in volatile fatty acid (VFA) production (e.g., ackA and pta) and polyhydroxyalkanoate synthesis (e.g., phbB and phbC). Kouleothrix acted as a skeleton for bacterial attachment and was the key fermenting bacteria promoting granulation and maintaining granule stability. This study provides insight into the formation of FAGS with low-energy and non-VFA substrates.

RevDate: 2024-02-19

Dumonteil E, Tu W, Jiménez FA, et al (2024)

Ecological interactions of Triatoma sanguisuga (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) and risk for human infection with Trypanosoma cruzi (Kinetoplastida: Trypanosomatidae) in Illinois and Louisiana.

Journal of medical entomology pii:7610815 [Epub ahead of print].

Triatoma sanguisuga (Leconte) is one of the most widely distributed kissing bugs in the United States, associated with an extensive zoonotic circulation of Trypanosoma cruzi, the agent of Chagas disease, in a large part of the country. However, the actual risk for human infection in the United States is poorly understood. Here, we further assessed the ecology of T. sanguisuga bugs collected in residents' houses in Illinois and Louisiana, using a metagenomic approach to identify their blood-feeding sources, T. cruzi parasites and gut microbiota. Blood meal analysis revealed feeding on domestic animals (dogs, cats, pigs, goats, and turkeys), synanthropic species (raccoons, opossums, and squirrels), as well as the more sylvatic white-tail deer. Human blood was identified in 11/14 (78%) of bugs, highlighting a frequent vector-human contact. The infection rate with T. cruzi was 53% (8/15), and most infected bugs (6/8) had fed on humans. A total of 41 bacterial families were identified, with significant differences in microbiota alpha and beta diversity between bugs from Louisiana and Illinois. However, predicted metabolic functions remained highly conserved, suggesting important constraints to fulfill their role in bug biology. These results confirmed a significant risk for vector-borne transmission of T. cruzi to humans in Louisiana and Illinois, which warrants more active screening for human infections. Also, while there is broad plasticity in the bacterial composition of T. sanguisuga microbiota, there are strong constraints to preserve metabolic profile and function, making it a good target for novel vector control strategies.

RevDate: 2024-02-19

Xie N, Lin Y, Li P, et al (2024)

Simultaneous identification of DNA and RNA pathogens using metagenomic sequencing in cases of severe acute respiratory infection.

Journal of medical virology, 96(2):e29406.

Metagenomic next-generation sequencing (mNGS) is a valuable technique for identifying pathogens. However, conventional mNGS requires the separate processing of DNA and RNA genomes, which can be resource- and time-intensive. To mitigate these impediments, we propose a novel method called DNA/RNA cosequencing that aims to enhance the efficiency of pathogen detection. DNA/RNA cosequencing uses reverse transcription of total nucleic acids extracted from samples by using random primers, without removing DNA, and then employs mNGS. We applied this method to 85 cases of severe acute respiratory infections (SARI). Influenza virus was identified in 13 cases (H1N1: seven cases, H3N2: three cases, unclassified influenza type: three cases) and was not detected in the remaining 72 samples. Bacteria were present in all samples. Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Acinetobacter baumannii were detected in four influenza-positive samples, suggesting coinfections. The sensitivity and specificity for detecting influenza A virus were 73.33% and 95.92%, respectively. A κ value of 0.726 indicated a high level of concordance between the results of DNA/RNA cosequencing and SARI influenza virus monitoring. DNA/RNA cosequencing enhanced the efficiency of pathogen detection, providing a novel capability to strengthen surveillance and thereby prevent and control infectious disease outbreaks.

RevDate: 2024-02-19

Gu X, Fu L, Wang Z, et al (2024)

A Novel Bifunctional Alginate Lyase and Antioxidant Activity of the Enzymatic Hydrolysates.

Journal of agricultural and food chemistry [Epub ahead of print].

Alginate lyase Aly448, a potential new member of the polysaccharide lyase (PL) 7 family, which was cloned and identified from the macroalgae-associated bacterial metagenomic library, showed bifunctionality. The molecular docking results revealed that Aly448 has two completely different binding sites for alginate (polyMG), poly-α-l-guluronic acid (polyG), and poly-β-d-mannuronic acid (polyM) substrates, respectively, which might be the molecular basis for the enzyme's bifunctionality. Truncational results confirmed that predicted key residues affected the bifunctionality of Aly448, but did not wholly explain. Besides, Aly448 presented excellent biochemical characteristics, such as higher thermal stability and pH tolerance. Degradation of polyMG, polyM, and polyG substrates by Aly448 produced tetrasaccharide (DP4), disaccharide (DP2), and galactose (DP1), which exhibited excellent antioxidant activity. These findings provide novel insights into the substrate recognition mechanism of bifunctional alginate lyases and pave a new path for the exploitation of natural antioxidant agents.

RevDate: 2024-02-19

Williams TJ, Allen MA, Ray AE, et al (2024)

Novel endolithic bacteria of phylum Chloroflexota reveal a myriad of potential survival strategies in the Antarctic desert.

Applied and environmental microbiology [Epub ahead of print].

The ice-free McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica are dominated by nutrient-poor mineral soil and rocky outcrops. The principal habitat for microorganisms is within rocks (endolithic). In this environment, microorganisms are provided with protection against sub-zero temperatures, rapid thermal fluctuations, extreme dryness, and ultraviolet and solar radiation. Endolithic communities include lichen, algae, fungi, and a diverse array of bacteria. Chloroflexota is among the most abundant bacterial phyla present in these communities. Among the Chloroflexota are four novel classes of bacteria, here named Candidatus Spiritibacteria class. nov. (=UBA5177), Candidatus Martimicrobia class. nov. (=UBA4733), Candidatus Tarhunnaeia class. nov. (=UBA6077), and Candidatus Uliximicrobia class. nov. (=UBA2235). We retrieved 17 high-quality metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs) that represent these four classes. Based on genome predictions, all these bacteria are inferred to be aerobic heterotrophs that encode enzymes for the catabolism of diverse sugars. These and other organic substrates are likely derived from lichen, algae, and fungi, as metabolites (including photosynthate), cell wall components, and extracellular matrix components. The majority of MAGs encode the capacity for trace gas oxidation using high-affinity uptake hydrogenases, which could provide energy and metabolic water required for survival and persistence. Furthermore, some MAGs encode the capacity to couple the energy generated from H2 and CO oxidation to support carbon fixation (atmospheric chemosynthesis). All encode mechanisms for the detoxification and efflux of heavy metals. Certain MAGs encode features that indicate possible interactions with other organisms, such as Tc-type toxin complexes, hemolysins, and macroglobulins.IMPORTANCEThe ice-free McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica are the coldest and most hyperarid desert on Earth. It is, therefore, the closest analog to the surface of the planet Mars. Bacteria and other microorganisms survive by inhabiting airspaces within rocks (endolithic). We identify four novel classes of phylum Chloroflexota, and, based on interrogation of 17 metagenome-assembled genomes, we predict specific metabolic and physiological adaptations that facilitate the survival of these bacteria in this harsh environment-including oxidation of trace gases and the utilization of nutrients (including sugars) derived from lichen, algae, and fungi. We propose that such adaptations allow these endolithic bacteria to eke out an existence in this cold and extremely dry habitat.

RevDate: 2024-02-19

Nguyen VG, Kim HK, W Na (2024)

Editorial: Advanced bioinformatic approaches in veterinary virology.

Frontiers in microbiology, 15:1354424.

RevDate: 2024-02-19

Verma B, J Parkinson (2024)

HiTaxon: a hierarchical ensemble framework for taxonomic classification of short reads.

Bioinformatics advances, 4(1):vbae016.

MOTIVATION: Whole microbiome DNA and RNA sequencing (metagenomics and metatranscriptomics) are pivotal to determining the functional roles of microbial communities. A key challenge in analyzing these complex datasets, typically composed of tens of millions of short reads, is accurately classifying reads to their taxa of origin. While still performing worse relative to reference-based short-read tools in species classification, ML algorithms have shown promising results in taxonomic classification at higher ranks. A recent approach exploited to enhance the performance of ML tools, which can be translated to reference-dependent classifiers, has been to integrate the hierarchical structure of taxonomy within the tool's predictive algorithm.

RESULTS: Here, we introduce HiTaxon, an end-to-end hierarchical ensemble framework for taxonomic classification. HiTaxon facilitates data collection and processing, reference database construction and optional training of ML models to streamline ensemble creation. We show that databases created by HiTaxon improve the species-level performance of reference-dependent classifiers, while reducing their computational overhead. In addition, through exploring hierarchical methods for HiTaxon, we highlight that our custom approach to hierarchical ensembling improves species-level classification relative to traditional strategies. Finally, we demonstrate the improved performance of our hierarchical ensembles over current state-of-the-art classifiers in species classification using datasets comprised of either simulated or experimentally derived reads.

HiTaxon is available at:

RevDate: 2024-02-19

Nandakumar K, Anto PV, I Antony (2024)

Diversity of soil fungi from sacred groves of Kerala, India revealed by comparative metagenomics analysis using illumina sequencing.

3 Biotech, 14(3):79.

The diversity, composition, and abundance of soil fungi from three sacred groves in Kerala, namely Iringole kavu of Ernakulam District, Kollakal Thapovanam of Alappuzha District, and Poyilkavu of Kozhikode District were analysed using Metagenomics analysis and Illumina sequencing. A total of 30,584, 78,323, and 55,640 reads were obtained from these groves, respectively. Ascomycota constitutes over 96% of the total fungi, making it the most abundant phylum, followed by Mortierellomycota, Basidiomycota, Chytridiomycota, and Rozellomycota. These phyla were subdivided into 20 classes, 40 orders, 83 families, 119 genera, and 135 species, while 1269 OTUs remained unidentified at the species level. Eurotiomycetes predominates the class, while the genus Talaromyces from the family Trichomaceae dominates the genera. Neocarmospora falciformis, Trichoderma lixii, and Candida ethanolic are the most abundant fungal species. Diversity analysis shows that Kollakal Thapovanam is rich in fungal species, while Poyilkavu is rich in biodiversity, with a high degree of dominance. Several species were found only in a particular grove and were absent in others and vice-versa, indicating high fungal specificity. Therefore, fungi have to be preserved in their original habitat. The Principal Coordinate Analysis revealed that each grove is distinct highlighting the importance of preserving the unique diversity of each sacred grove. In conclusion, this research provides valuable information about the soil fungal genera in their natural habitat. It emphasizes the need for more systematic research to understand the actual diversity and ecological role of fungi in sacred groves. This study is the first of its kind to analyse and compare soil fungal diversity in sacred groves using the metagenomics approach.

RevDate: 2024-02-19

Gregorczyk-Maga I, Kania M, Dąbrowska M, et al (2023)

The interplay between gingival crevicular fluid microbiome and metabolomic profile in intensively treated people with type 1 diabetes - a combined metagenomic/metabolomic approach cross-sectional study.

Frontiers in endocrinology, 14:1332406.

AIMS: This study aimed to assess the gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) microbiome and metabolome of adults with type 1 diabetes (T1D) treated with continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII).

METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, the GCF of adults with T1D treated with CSII and non-diabetic controls were sampled, and metagenomic/metabolomic analyses were performed.

RESULTS: In total, 65 participants with T1D and 45 healthy controls with a mean age of 27.05 ± 5.95 years were investigated. There were 22 cases of mild gingivitis (G) in the T1D group. There were no differences considering the Shannon and Chao indices and β-diversity between people with T1D and G, with T1D without G, and healthy controls. Differential taxa were identified, which were mainly enriched in people with T1D and G. Acetic acid concentration was higher in people with T1D, regardless of the presence of G, than in healthy controls. Propionic acid was higher in people with T1D and G than in healthy controls. Isobutyric and isovaleric acid levels were higher in individuals with T1D and G than in the other two subgroups. The concentration of valeric acid was lower and that of caproic acid was higher in people with T1D (regardless of gingival status) than in healthy controls.

CONCLUSIONS: The identification of early changes in periodontal tissues by targeting the microbiome and metabolome could potentially enable effective prevention and initial treatment of periodontal disease in people with T1D.

RevDate: 2024-02-19

Zhang X, Xu H, Gong L, et al (2024)

Mannanase improves the growth performance of broilers by alleviating inflammation of the intestinal epithelium and improving intestinal microbiota.

Animal nutrition (Zhongguo xu mu shou yi xue hui), 16:376-394.

This experiment aimed to discuss and reveal the effect and mechanism of mannanase on intestinal inflammation in broilers triggered by a soybean meal diet. In this experiment, 384 Arbor Acres broilers at 1 d old were randomly divided into 3 treatment groups. The broilers were fed a corn-soybean meal basal diet, a low-energy diet (metabolizable energy reduced by 50 kcal/kg), and a low-energy diet supplemented with 100 mg/kg mannanase for 42 d. The low-energy diet increased feed conversion ratio from 0 to 42 d, reduced ileal villus height and villus height-to-crypt depth ratio and upregulated the expression of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) in the ileum (P < 0.05). It also reduced cecal short-chain fatty acids (SCFA), such as acetic acid (P < 0.05). Compared with low-energy diets, the addition of mannanase increased body weight at 42 d, promoted the digestibility of nutrients, and maintained the morphology and integrity of the intestinal epithelium of broilers (P < 0.05). In addition, mannanase upregulated the expression of claudin-1 (CLDN1) and zonula occludens-1 (ZO-1) in the jejunum at 21 d, downregulated the expression of ileal NF-κB, and increased the content of isobutyric acid in the cecum of broilers (P < 0.05). The results for the ileal microbiota showed that a low-energy diet led to a decrease in the relative abundance of Lactobacillus reuteri in the ileum of broilers. The addition of mannanase increased the relative abundance of Lactobacillus-KC45b and Lactobacillus johnsonii in broilers. Furthermore, a low-energy diet reduced the relative abundance of Butyricicoccus in the intestine of broilers and inhibited oxidative phosphorylation and phosphoinositol metabolism. Mannanase increased the relative abundance of Odoribacter, promoted energy metabolism and N-glycan biosynthesis, and increased the activities of GH3 and GH18. It is concluded that mannanase could improve the growth performance of broilers by reducing the expression of NF-κB in the ileum, increasing the production of SCFA in the cecum, suppressing intestinal inflammation, balancing the intestinal microbiota, reducing damage to the intestinal barrier, and improving the efficiency of nutrient utilization to alleviate the adverse effects caused by the decrease in dietary energy level.

RevDate: 2024-02-19

Bodilis J, Simenel O, Michalet S, et al (2024)

HME, NFE, and HAE-1 efflux pumps in Gram-negative bacteria: a comprehensive phylogenetic and ecological approach.

ISME communications, 4(1):ycad018.

The three primary resistance-nodulation-cell division (RND) efflux pump families (heavy metal efflux [HME], nodulation factor exporter [NFE], and hydrophobe/amphiphile efflux-1 [HAE-1]) are almost exclusively found in Gram-negative bacteria and play a major role in resistance against metals and bacterial biocides, including antibiotics. Despite their significant societal interest, their evolutionary history and environmental functions are poorly understood. Here, we conducted a comprehensive phylogenetic and ecological study of the RND permease, the subunit responsible for the substrate specificity of these efflux pumps. From 920 representative genomes of Gram-negative bacteria, we identified 6205 genes encoding RND permeases with an average of 6.7 genes per genome. The HME family, which is involved in metal resistance, corresponds to a single clade (21.8% of all RND pumps), but the HAE-1 and NFE families had overlapping distributions among clades. We propose to restrict the HAE-1 family to two phylogenetic sister clades, representing 41.8% of all RND pumps and grouping most of the RND pumps involved in multidrug resistance. Metadata associated with genomes, analyses of previously published metagenomes, and quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) analyses confirmed a significant increase in genes encoding HME permeases in metal-contaminated environments. Interestingly, and possibly related to their role in root colonization, genes encoding HAE-1 permeases were particularly abundant in the rhizosphere. In addition, we found that the genes encoding these HAE-1 permeases are significantly less abundant in marine environments, whereas permeases of a new proposed HAE-4 family are predominant in the genomes of marine strains. These findings emphasize the critical role of the RND pumps in bacterial resistance and adaptation to diverse ecological niches.

RevDate: 2024-02-19

Chen Y, Wang J, Gan X, et al (2024)

Application of plasma metagenomic next-generation sequencing improves prognosis in hematology patients with neutropenia or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for infection.

Frontiers in cellular and infection microbiology, 14:1338307.

INTRODUCTION: Metagenomic next-generation sequencing (mNGS) is a novel technique for detecting pathogens. This retrospective study evaluated the diagnostic value of mNGS using plasma for infections in hematology patients and its impact on clinical treatment and prognosis in different subgroups of hematology patients.

METHODS: A total of 153 hematology patients with suspected infection who underwent mNGS using plasma were enrolled in the study. Their clinical histories, conventional microbiological test (CMT) results, mNGS results, treatment and prognosis were retrospectively analyzed.

RESULTS: In 153 plasma samples, mNGS yielded a higher positivity rate than CMT (total: 88.24% vs. 40.52%, P<0.001; bacteria: 35.95% vs. 21.57%, P < 0.01; virus: 69.93% vs. 21.57%, P<0.001; fungi: 20.26% vs. 7.84%, P<0.01). mNGS had a higher positivity rate for bacteria and fungi in the neutropenia group than in the non-neutropenia group (bacteria: 48.61% vs. 24.69%, P<0.01; fungi: 27.78% vs. 13.58%, P<0.05). mNGS demonstrated a greater advantage in the group of patients with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Both the 3-day and 7-day efficacy rates in the HSCT group were higher than those in the non-HSCT group (3-day: 82.22% vs. 58.65%, P < 0.01; 7-day: 88.89% vs. 67.31%, P < 0.01), and the 28-day mortality rate was lower in the HSCT group than in the non-HSCT group (6.67% vs. 38.89%, P < 0.000). The neutropenia group achieved similar efficacy and mortality rates to the non-neutropenia group (7-day efficiency rate: 76.39% vs. 71.43%, P > 0.05; mortality rate: 29.17% vs. 29.63%, P > 0.05) with more aggressive antibiotic adjustments (45.83% vs. 22.22%, P < 0.01).

CONCLUSION: mNGS can detect more microorganisms with higher positive rates, especially in patients with neutropenia. mNGS had better clinical value in patients with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) or neutropenia, which had a positive effect on treatment and prognosis.

RevDate: 2024-02-19

Marlida Y, Susalam MK, Harnentis H, et al (2023)

Metagenomic analysis and biodiversity of bacteria in traditional fermented fish or Budu from West Sumatera, Indonesia.

Journal of advanced veterinary and animal research, 10(4):801-808.

OBJECTIVE: This research aims to investigate the microbial diversity of Budu prepared from fresh and frozen fish from the Pariaman and Pasaman districts in West Sumatra Province, Indonesia, as well as provide basic information about Budu quality.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: To obtain the bacterial microbial composition, deoxyribonucleic acid extraction was carried out using amplicon-sequencing of the 16S-rRNA gene in the V3-V4 region from two types of Budu and carried out in duplicate.

RESULTS: Budu prepared with fresh (Pariaman) or frozen (Pasaman) fish was dominated by Firmicutes (78.455%-92.37%) and Proteobacteria (6.477%-7.23%) phyla. The total microbial species in Budu from Pariaman were higher (227 species) than in Pasaman (153 species). The bacterial species found are Lentibacillus kimchi (1.878%-2.21%), Staphylococcus cohnii (0.597%-0.70%), Peptostreptococcus russeli (0.00%-0.002%), Clostridium disporicum (0.073%-0.09%), Clostridium novyi (0.00%-0.01%), Nioella sediminis (0.00%-0.001%), and Shewanella baltica (0.00%-0.003%). Lentibacillus kimchi, S. cohnii, and C. disporicum are found in both Budu. Nioella sediminis and S. baltica are found in Budu Pariaman. Peptostreptococcus russeli and C. novyi were found in Budu Pasaman.

CONCLUSION: Metagenomic analysis of Budu from different fish, Pariaman (fresh fish) and Pasaman (frozen fish) showed that the biodiversity of bacteria was barely different. Both Budu found lactic acid bacteria from the Enterococcaceae family, genus Vagococcus, and pathogenic bacteria, such as S. cohnii, P. russeli, C. disporicum, and S. baltica. The discovery of various species of pathogenic bacteria indicates that development is still needed in the Budu production process to improve Budu quality.

RevDate: 2024-02-19

McMillan AS, Zhang G, Dougherty MK, et al (2024)

Metagenomic, metabolomic, and lipidomic shifts associated with fecal microbiota transplantation for recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection.

bioRxiv : the preprint server for biology pii:2024.02.07.579219.

Recurrent C. difficile infection (rCDI) is an urgent public health threat for which the last resort and lifesaving treatment is a fecal microbiota transplant (FMT). However, the exact mechanisms which mediate a successful FMT are not well understood. Here we use longitudinal stool samples collected from patients undergoing FMT to evaluate changes in the microbiome, metabolome, and lipidome after successful FMTs. We show changes in the abundance of many lipids, specifically acylcarnitines and bile acids, in response to FMT. These changes correlate with Enterobacteriaceae, which encode carnitine metabolism genes, and Lachnospiraceae, which encode bile salt hydrolases and baiA genes. LC-IMS-MS revealed a shift from microbial conjugation of primary bile acids pre-FMT to secondary bile acids post-FMT. Here we define the structural and functional changes in successful FMTs. This information will help guide targeted Live Biotherapeutic Product development for the treatment of rCDI and other intestinal diseases.

RevDate: 2024-02-19

Rohwer RR, Kirkpatrick M, Garcia SL, et al (2024)

Bacterial ecology and evolution converge on seasonal and decadal scales.

bioRxiv : the preprint server for biology pii:2024.02.06.579087.

Ecology and evolution are distinct theories, but the short lifespans and large population sizes of microbes allow evolution to unfold along contemporary ecological time scales. To document this in a natural system, we collected a two-decade, 471-metagenome time series from a single site in a freshwater lake, which we refer to as the TYMEFLIES dataset. This massive sampling and sequencing effort resulted in the reconstruction of 30,389 metagenomic-assembled genomes (MAGs) over 50% complete, which dereplicated into 2,855 distinct genomes (>96% nucleotide sequence identity). We found both ecological and evolutionary processes occurred at seasonal time scales. There were recurring annual patterns at the species level in abundances, nucleotide diversities (π), and single nucleotide variant (SNV) profiles for the majority of all taxa. During annual blooms, we observed both higher and lower nucleotide diversity, indicating that both ecological differentiation and competition drove evolutionary dynamics. Overlayed upon seasonal patterns, we observed long-term change in 20% of the species' SNV profiles including gradual changes, step changes, and disturbances followed by resilience. Most abrupt changes occurred in a single species, suggesting evolutionary drivers are highly specific. Nevertheless, seven members of the abundant Nanopelagicaceae family experienced abrupt change in 2012, an unusually hot and dry year. This shift coincided with increased numbers of genes under selection involved in amino acid and nucleic acid metabolism, suggesting fundamental organic nitrogen compounds drive strain differentiation in the most globally abundant freshwater family. Overall, we observed seasonal and decadal trends in both interspecific ecological and intraspecific evolutionary processes. The convergence of microbial ecology and evolution on the same time scales demonstrates that understanding microbiomes requires a new unified approach that views ecology and evolution as a single continuum.

RevDate: 2024-02-19

Elmassry MM, Sugihara K, Chankhamjon P, et al (2024)

A meta-analysis of the gut microbiome in inflammatory bowel disease patients identifies disease-associated small molecules.

bioRxiv : the preprint server for biology pii:2024.02.07.579278.

Changes in the gut microbiome have been associated with several human diseases, but the molecular and functional details underlying these associations remain largely unknown. Here, we performed a multi-cohort analysis of small molecule biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) in 5,306 metagenomic samples of the gut microbiome from 2,033 Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) patients and 833 matched healthy subjects and identified a group of Clostridia-derived BGCs that are significantly associated with IBD. Using synthetic biology, we discovered and solved the structures of six fatty acid amides as the products of the IBD-enriched BGCs. Using two mouse models of colitis, we show that the discovered small molecules disrupt gut permeability and exacerbate inflammation in chemically and genetically susceptible mice. These findings suggest that microbiome-derived small molecules may play a role in the etiology of IBD and represent a generalizable approach for discovering molecular mediators of microbiome-host interactions in the context of microbiome-associated diseases.

RevDate: 2024-02-19

Diener C, SM Gibbons (2024)

Metagenomic estimation of dietary intake from human stool.

bioRxiv : the preprint server for biology pii:2024.02.02.578701.

Dietary intake is tightly coupled to gut microbiota composition, human metabolism, and to the incidence of virtually all major chronic diseases. Dietary and nutrient intake are usually quantified using dietary questionnaires, which tend to focus on broad food categories, suffer from self-reporting biases, and require strong compliance from study participants. Here, we present MEDI (Metagenomic Estimation of Dietary Intake): a method for quantifying dietary intake using food-derived DNA in stool metagenomes. We show that food items can be accurately detected in metagenomic shotgun sequencing data, even when present at low abundances (>10 reads). Furthermore, we show how dietary intake, in terms of DNA abundance from specific organisms, can be converted into a detailed metabolic representation of nutrient intake. MEDI could identify the onset of solid food consumption in infants and it accurately predicted food questionnaire responses in an adult population. Additionally, we were able to identify specific dietary features associated with metabolic syndrome in a large clinical cohort, providing a proof-of-concept for detailed quantification of individual-specific dietary patterns without the need for questionnaires.

RevDate: 2024-02-19

Hai L, Li P, Xiao Z, et al (2024)

Rhizopus microsporus and Mucor racemosus coinfection following COVID-19 detected by metagenomics next-generation sequencing: A case of disseminated mucormycosis.

Heliyon, 10(4):e25840.

Mucormycosis is an invasive opportunistic fungal infection, which may be lethal and mostly affects patients with immunodeficiency or diabetes mellitus. Among Mucorales fungi, Rhizopus spp. is the most common cause of mucormycosis, followed by genera such as Mucor and Lichtheimia. Here we report a patient with severe COVID-19 infection who developed nasal pain, facial swelling, prominent black eschar on the nasal root. CT scan revealed pansinusitis along the maxillary, ethmoidal, and sphenoid sinuses. Mixed mold infection with Rhizopus microsporus and Mucor racemosus was detected by blood metagenomics next-generation sequencing (mNGS) and later nasal mucosa histological investigation confirmed mucormycosis. Severe COVID-19 infection led to the patient's thrombocytopenia and leukopenia. Later disseminated mucormycosis aggravated the infection and sepsis eventually resulted in death. It is the first case report of mucormycosis in which R. microsporus and M. racemosus as the etiologic agents were found simultaneously in one patient. COVID-19 infection combined with disseminated mucormycosisis can be fatal and mNGS is a fast, sensitive and accurate diagnostic method for fungi detection.

RevDate: 2024-02-18

Chang X, Zhang Y, Chen X, et al (2024)

Gut microbiome and serum amino acid metabolome alterations in autism spectrum disorder.

Scientific reports, 14(1):4037.

Gut microbiota and their metabolic products might play important roles in regulating the pathogenesis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The purpose of this study was to characterize gut microbiota and serum amino acid metabolome profiles in children with ASD. A non-randomized controlled study was carried out to analyze the alterations in the intestinal microbiota and their metabolites in patients with ASD (n = 30) compared with neurotypical controls (NC) (n = 30) by metagenomic sequencing to define the gut microbiota community and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) analysis to characterize the metabolite profiles. Compared with children in the NC group, those in the ASD group showed lower richness, higher evenness, and an altered microbial community structure. At the class level, Deinococci and Holophagae were significantly lower in children with ASD compared with TD. At the phylum level, Deinococcus-Thermus was significantly lower in children with ASD compared with TD. In addition, the functional properties (such as galactose metabolism) displayed significant differences between the ASD and NC groups. Five dominant altered species were identified and analyzed (LDA score > 2.0, P < 0.05), including Subdoligranulum, Faecalibacterium_praushitzii, Faecalibacterium, Veillonellaceae, and Rumminococcaceae. The peptides/nickel transport system was the main metabolic pathway involved in the differential species in the ASD group. Decreased ornithine levels and elevated valine levels may increase the risk of ASD through a metabolic pathway known as the nickel transport system. The microbial metabolism in diverse environments was negatively correlated with phascolarctobacterium succinatutens. Our study provides novel insights into compositional and functional alterations in the gut microbiome and metabolite profiles in ASD and the underlying mechanisms between metabolite and ASD.

RevDate: 2024-02-18

Zou S, Yang C, Zhang J, et al (2024)

Multi-omic profiling reveals associations between the gut microbiome, host genome and transcriptome in patients with colorectal cancer.

Journal of translational medicine, 22(1):175.

BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the leading cancer worldwide. Microbial agents have been considered to contribute to the pathogenesis of different disease. But the underlying relevance between CRC and microbiota remain unclear.

METHODS: We dissected the fecal microbiome structure and genomic and transcriptomic profiles of matched tumor and normal mucosa tissues from 41 CRC patients. Of which, the relationship between CRC-associated bacterial taxa and their significantly correlated somatic mutated gene was investigated by exome sequencing technology. Differentially expressed functional genes in CRC were clustered according to their correlation with differentially abundant species, following by annotation with DAVID. The composition of immune and stromal cell types was identified by XCELL.

RESULTS: We identified a set of 22 microbial gut species associated with CRC and estimate the relative abundance of KEGG ontology categories. Next, the interactions between CRC-related gut microbes and clinical phenotypes were evaluated. 4 significantly mutated gene: TP53, APC, KRAS, SMAD4 were pointed out and the associations with cancer related microbes were identified. Among them, Fusobacterium nucleatum positively corelated with different host metabolic pathways. Finally, we revealed that Fusobacterium nucleatum modified the tumor immune environment by TNFSF9 gene expression.

CONCLUSION: Collectively, our multi-omics data could help identify novel biomarkers to inform clinical decision-making in the detection and diagnosis of CRC.

RevDate: 2024-02-18

Voutsinos MY, West-Roberts JA, Sachdeva R, et al (2024)

Weathered granites and soils harbour microbes with lanthanide-dependent methylotrophic enzymes.

BMC biology, 22(1):41.

BACKGROUND: Prior to soil formation, phosphate liberated by rock weathering is often sequestered into highly insoluble lanthanide phosphate minerals. Dissolution of these minerals releases phosphate and lanthanides to the biosphere. Currently, the microorganisms involved in phosphate mineral dissolution and the role of lanthanides in microbial metabolism are poorly understood.

RESULTS: Although there have been many studies of soil microbiology, very little research has investigated microbiomes of weathered rock. Here, we sampled weathered granite and associated soil to identify the zones of lanthanide phosphate mineral solubilisation and genomically define the organisms implicated in lanthanide utilisation. We reconstructed 136 genomes from 11 bacterial phyla and found that gene clusters implicated in lanthanide-based metabolism of methanol (primarily xoxF3 and xoxF5) are surprisingly common in microbial communities in moderately weathered granite. Notably, xoxF3 systems were found in Verrucomicrobia for the first time, and in Acidobacteria, Gemmatimonadetes and Alphaproteobacteria. The xoxF-containing gene clusters are shared by diverse Acidobacteria and Gemmatimonadetes, and include conserved hypothetical proteins and transporters not associated with the few well studied xoxF systems. Given that siderophore-like molecules that strongly bind lanthanides may be required to solubilise lanthanide phosphates, it is notable that candidate metallophore biosynthesis systems were most prevalent in bacteria in moderately weathered rock, especially in Acidobacteria with lanthanide-based systems.

CONCLUSIONS: Phosphate mineral dissolution, putative metallophore production and lanthanide utilisation by enzymes involved in methanol oxidation linked to carbonic acid production co-occur in the zone of moderate granite weathering. In combination, these microbial processes likely accelerate the conversion of granitic rock to soil.

RevDate: 2024-02-19
CmpDate: 2024-02-19

Kvapilova K, Misenko P, Radvanszky J, et al (2024)

Validated WGS and WES protocols proved saliva-derived gDNA as an equivalent to blood-derived gDNA for clinical and population genomic analyses.

BMC genomics, 25(1):187.

BACKGROUND: Whole exome sequencing (WES) and whole genome sequencing (WGS) have become standard methods in human clinical diagnostics as well as in population genomics (POPGEN). Blood-derived genomic DNA (gDNA) is routinely used in the clinical environment. Conversely, many POPGEN studies and commercial tests benefit from easy saliva sampling. Here, we evaluated the quality of variant call sets and the level of genotype concordance of single nucleotide variants (SNVs) and small insertions and deletions (indels) for WES and WGS using paired blood- and saliva-derived gDNA isolates employing genomic reference-based validated protocols.

METHODS: The genomic reference standard Coriell NA12878 was repeatedly analyzed using optimized WES and WGS protocols, and data calls were compared with the truth dataset published by the Genome in a Bottle Consortium. gDNA was extracted from the paired blood and saliva samples of 10 participants and processed using the same protocols. A comparison of paired blood-saliva call sets was performed in the context of WGS and WES genomic reference-based technical validation results.

RESULTS: The quality pattern of called variants obtained from genomic-reference-based technical replicates correlates with data calls of paired blood-saliva-derived samples in all levels of tested examinations despite a higher rate of non-human contamination found in the saliva samples. The F1 score of 10 blood-to-saliva-derived comparisons ranged between 0.8030-0.9998 for SNVs and between 0.8883-0.9991 for small-indels in the case of the WGS protocol, and between 0.8643-0.999 for SNVs and between 0.7781-1.000 for small-indels in the case of the WES protocol.

CONCLUSION: Saliva may be considered an equivalent material to blood for genetic analysis for both WGS and WES under strict protocol conditions. The accuracy of sequencing metrics and variant-detection accuracy is not affected by choosing saliva as the gDNA source instead of blood but much more significantly by the genomic context, variant types, and the sequencing technology used.

RevDate: 2024-02-19
CmpDate: 2024-02-19

Subedi A, Barrera LBT, Ivey ML, et al (2024)

Population Genomics Reveals an Emerging Lineage of Xanthomonas perforans on Pepper.

Phytopathology, 114(1):241-250.

Xanthomonas perforans-the dominant causal agent of bacterial leaf spot of tomato-is an emerging pathogen of pepper, indicative of a potential host expansion across the southeastern United States. However, studies of the genetic diversity and evolution of X. perforans from pepper remain limited. In this study, the whole-genome sequences of 35 X. perforans strains isolated from pepper from four fields and two transplant facilities across southwest Florida between 2019 and 2021 were used to compare genomic divergence, evolution, and variation in type III secreted effectors. Phylogenetic analysis based on core genes revealed that all 35 X. perforans strains formed one genetic cluster with pepper and tomato strains from Alabama and Turkey and were closely related to strains isolated from tomato in Indiana, Mexico, and Louisiana. The in planta population growth of tomato strains isolated from Indiana, Mexico, Louisiana, and Turkey in pepper leaf mesophyll was on par with pepper X. perforans and X. euvesicatoria strains. Molecular clock analysis of the 35 Florida strains dated their emergence to approximately 2017. While strains varied in copper tolerance, all sequenced strains harbored the avrHah1 transcription activation-like effector located on a conjugative plasmid, not previously reported in Florida. Our findings suggest that there is a geographically distributed lineage of X. perforans strains on tomato that has the genetic background to cause disease on pepper. Moreover, this study clarifies potential adaptive variants of X. perforans on pepper that could help forecast the emergence of such strains and enable immediate or preemptive intervention.

RevDate: 2024-02-18

Deng C, Chen T, Qiu Z, et al (2024)

A mixed blessing of influent leachate microbes in downstream biotreatment systems of a full-scale landfill leachate treatment plant.

Water research, 253:121310 pii:S0043-1354(24)00212-4 [Epub ahead of print].

In landfill leachate treatment plants (LLTPs), the microbiome plays a pivotal role in the decomposition of organic compounds, reduction in nutrient levels, and elimination of toxins. However, the effects of microbes in landfill leachate influents on downstream treatment systems remain poorly understood. To address this knowledge gap, we collected 23 metagenomic and 12 metatranscriptomic samples from landfill leachate and activated sludge from various treatment units in a full-scale LLTP. We successfully recovered 1,152 non-redundant metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs), encompassing a wide taxonomic range, including 48 phyla, 95 classes, 166 orders, 247 families, 238 genera, and 1,152 species. More diverse microbes were observed in the influent leachate than in the downstream biotreatment systems, among which, an unprecedented ∼30 % of microbes with transcriptional expression migrated from the influent to the biological treatment units. Network analysis revealed that 399 shared MAGs across the four units exhibited high node centrality and degree, thus supporting enhanced interactions and increased stability of microbial communities. Functional reconstruction and genome characterization of MAGs indicated that these shared MAGs possessed greater capabilities for carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, and arsenic metabolism compared to non-shared MAGs. We further identified a novel species of Zixibacteria in the leachate influent with discrete lineages from those in other environments that accounted for up to 17 % of the abundance of the shared microbial community and exhibited notable metabolic versatility. Meanwhile, we presented groundbreaking evidence of the involvement of Zixibacteria-encoded genes in the production of harmful gas emissions, such as N2O and H2S, at the transcriptional level, thus suggesting that influent microbes may pose safety risks to downstream treatment systems. In summary, this study revealed the complex impact of the influent microbiome on LLTP and emphasizes the need to consider these microbial characteristics when designing treatment technologies and strategies for landfill leachate management.

RevDate: 2024-02-18

Shuai X, Zhou Z, Zhu L, et al (2024)

Ranking the risk of antibiotic resistance genes by metagenomic and multifactorial analysis in hospital wastewater systems.

Journal of hazardous materials, 468:133790 pii:S0304-3894(24)00369-8 [Epub ahead of print].

Antimicrobial resistance poses a serious threat to human health. Hospital wastewater system (HWS) is an important source of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs). The risk of ARGs in HWS is still an under-researched area. In this study, we collected publicly metagenomic datasets of 71 hospital wastewater samples from 18 hospitals in 13 cities. A total of 9838 contigs were identified to carry 383 unique ARGs across all samples, of which 2946 contigs were plasmid-like sequences. Concurrently, the primary hosts of ARGs within HWS were found to be Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae. To further evaluate the risk of each ARG subtype, we proposed a risk assessment framework based on the importance of corresponding antibiotics as defined by the WHO and three other indicators - ARG abundance (A), mobility (M), and host pathogenicity (P). Ninety ARGs were identified as R1 ARGs having high-risk scores, which meant having a high abundance, high mobility, and carried by pathogens in HWS. Furthermore, 25% to 49% of genomes from critically important pathogens accessed from NCBI carried R1 ARGs. A significantly higher number of R1 ARGs was carried by pathogens in the effluents of municipal wastewater treatment plants from NCBI, highlighting the role of R1 ARGS in accelerating health and environmental risks.

RevDate: 2024-02-18

Lin K, Zheng W, Guo M, et al (2024)

The intestinal microbial metabolite acetyl l-carnitine improves gut inflammation and immune homeostasis via CADM2.

Biochimica et biophysica acta. Molecular basis of disease pii:S0925-4439(24)00078-4 [Epub ahead of print].

Intestinal symbiotic bacteria play a key role in the regulation of immune tolerance in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) hosts. However, the bacterial strains directly involved in this regulation and their related metabolites are largely unknown. We sought to investigate the effects of intestinal microbial metabolites on intestinal epithelium and to elucidate their therapeutic potential in regulating intestinal mucosal inflammation and immune homeostasis. Here, we used metagenomic data from Crohn's disease (CD) patients to analyze the composition of intestinal flora and identify metabolite profiles associated with disease behavior, and used the mouse model of dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced colitis to characterize the therapeutic effects of the flora metabolite acetyl l-carnitine (ALC) on DSS-induced colitis. We found that intraperitoneal injection of ALC treatment could significantly alleviate the symptoms of DSS-induced colitis in mice, including prevention of weight loss, reduction in disease activity index (DAI) scores, increasing of colonic length, reduction in histological scores, and improvement in intestinal barrier function. Further, transcriptome sequencing analysis and gene silencing experiments revealed that the absence of CADM2 abolished the inhibitory effect of ALC on the TLR-MyD88 pathway in colonic epithelial cells, thereby reducing the release of inflammatory factors in colon epithelial cells. And we confirmed a significant downregulation of CADM2 expression in intestinal tissues of CD patients compared to healthy people in a population cohort. In addition, we also found that ALC increased the ratio of Treg cells in colon, and decreased the ratio of Th17 cells and macrophages, thereby improving the immune tolerance of the organism. The proposed study could be a potential approach for the treatment of CD.

RevDate: 2024-02-18

Singh JP, Bottos EM, Van Hamme JD, et al (2024)

Microbial composition and function in reclaimed mine sites along a reclamation chronosequence become increasingly similar to undisturbed reference sites.

The Science of the total environment pii:S0048-9697(24)01135-5 [Epub ahead of print].

Mine reclamation historically focuses on enhancing plant coverage to improve below and aboveground ecology. However, there is a great need to study the role of soil microorganisms in mine reclamation, particularly long-term studies that track the succession of microbial communities. Here, we investigate the trajectory of microbial communities of mining sites reclaimed between three and 26 years. We used high-throughput amplicon sequencing to characterize the bacterial and fungal communities. We quantified how similar the reclaimed sites were to unmined, undisturbed reference sites and explored the trajectory of microbial communities along the reclamation chronosequence. We also examined the ecological processes that shape the assembly of bacterial communities. Finally, we investigated the functional potential of the microbial communities through metagenomic sequencing. Our results reveal that the reclamation age significantly impacted the community compositions of bacterial and fungal communities. As the reclamation age increases, bacterial and fungal communities become similar to the unmined, undisturbed reference site, suggesting a favorable succession in microbial communities. The bacterial community assembly was also significantly impacted by reclamation age and was primarily driven by stochastic processes, indicating a lesser influence of environmental properties on the bacterial community. Furthermore, our read-based metagenomic analysis showed that the microbial communities' functional potential increasingly became similar to the reference sites. Additionally, we found that the plant richness increased with the reclamation age. Overall, our study shows that both above- and belowground ecological properties of reclaimed mine sites trend towards undisturbed sites with increasing reclamation age. Further, it demonstrates the importance of microbial genomics in tracking the trajectory of ecosystem reclamation.

RevDate: 2024-02-18

McGovern CJ, González-Orozco BD, R Jiménez-Flores (2024)

Evaluation of Kefir Grain Microbiota, Grain Viability, and Kefir Bioactivity from Fermenting Dairy Processing By-Products.

Journal of dairy science pii:S0022-0302(24)00491-0 [Epub ahead of print].

Four dairy foods processing by-products (acid whey permeate (AWP), buttermilk (BM), sweet whey permeate (SWP), and sweet whey permeate with added milk fat globule ingredient (SWP+MFGM)) were fermented for 4 weeks and compared with traditional kefir milks for production of novel kefir-like dairy products. AU: Sweet whey permeates and SWP supplemented with 1.5% milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) showed to be the most viable by-products for kefir grain fermentation, exhibiting diverse abundance of traditional kefir microorganisms and positive indicators of bioactive properties. Grain viability was assessed with shotgun metagenomics, texture profile analysis, live cell counts, and scanning electron microscopy. Assessed bioactivities of the kefir-like products included antibacterial, antioxidant, potential anticancerogenic properties, and membrane barrier effect on human colorectal adenocarcinoma Caco-2 cells. All kefir grains were most abundant in Lactobacillus kefiranofaciens when analyzed with shotgun metagenomics. When analyzed with live cell counts on selective media, AWP kefir-like product had no countable Lactococcus spp. indicating suboptimal conditions for kefir grain microbiota survival and application for fermented dairy starter culture bacterium. Live cell counts were affirmed with kefir grain surface scanning electron microscopy images. SWP had the most adhesive kefir grain surface while SWP+MFGM had the largest exopolysaccharide (EPS) yield from grain extraction. All kefir and kefir-like products were able to achieve a 6-log reduction against Listeria innocua and Escherichia coli. Traditional milk kefirs had the highest antioxidant capacity for 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) and the 2,2'-azino-bis (3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS) assay. AWP had a significantly higher DPPH antioxidant activity and SWP had the lowest Trolox equivalence concentration in the ABTS assay. Sweet whey and supplemented milk fat sweet whey had upregulation of Cldn-1 and Ocln-1 gene expression, which correspond with a significant increase in transepithelial electrical resistance.

RevDate: 2024-02-18

Zheng W, Teng X, Jiang T, et al (2024)

Genome analysis of a novel avian atadenovirus reveals a possible horizontal gene transfer.

Virology, 593:109999 pii:S0042-6822(24)00020-5 [Epub ahead of print].

We report the discovery and characterization of a novel adenovirus, Zoothera dauma adenovirus (ZdAdV), from a wild bird species, Zoothera dauma (Scaly thrush). This new atadenovirus was discovered by metagenomic sequencing without virus cultivation. Analyses of the full genome sequence revealed that this new virus is a distinct member of the genus Atadenovirus and represents a novel species. ZdAdV has a genome of 34,760 bp with 28 predicted genes and 39% GC content. ZdAdV is the first atadenovirus to contain ORF19, a gene previously found only in aviadenoviruses. Phylogenetic analysis of ORF19 suggests that it was acquired by ZdAdV through horizontal gene transfer from an aviadenovirus. By analyzing all orthologous genes of aviadenovirus, mastadenovirus, atadenovirus, and siadenovirus, we also found potential horizontal gene transfer for the E4 gene in Pigeon aviadenovirus B. Our study widens our knowledge concerning the genetic diversity and evolutionary history of atadenoviruses and their potential for cross-species transmission.

RevDate: 2024-02-17

Ouboter HT, Mesman R, Sleutels T, et al (2024)

Mechanisms of extracellular electron transfer in anaerobic methanotrophic archaea.

Nature communications, 15(1):1477.

Anaerobic methanotrophic (ANME) archaea are environmentally important, uncultivated microorganisms that oxidize the potent greenhouse gas methane. During methane oxidation, ANME archaea engage in extracellular electron transfer (EET) with other microbes, metal oxides, and electrodes through unclear mechanisms. Here, we cultivate ANME-2d archaea ('Ca. Methanoperedens') in bioelectrochemical systems and observe strong methane-dependent current (91-93% of total current) associated with high enrichment of 'Ca. Methanoperedens' on the anode (up to 82% of the community), as determined by metagenomics and transmission electron microscopy. Electrochemical and metatranscriptomic analyses suggest that the EET mechanism is similar at various electrode potentials, with the possible involvement of an uncharacterized short-range electron transport protein complex and OmcZ nanowires.

RevDate: 2024-02-17

Laczkó L, Jordán S, Póliska S, et al (2024)

The draft genome of Spiraea crenata L. (Rosaceae) - the first complete genome in tribe Spiraeeae.

Scientific data, 11(1):219.

Spiraea crenata L. is a deciduous shrub distributed across the Eurasian steppe zone. The species is of cultural and horticultural importance and occurs in scattered populations throughout its westernmost range. Currently, there is no genomic information on the tribe of Spiraeeae. Therefore we sequenced and assembled the whole genome of S. crenata using second- and third-generation sequencing and a hybrid assembly approach to expand genomic resources for conservation and support research on this horticulturally important lineage. In addition to the organellar genomes (the plastome and the mitochondrion), we present the first draft genome of the species with an estimated size of 220 Mbp, an N50 value of 7.7 Mbp, and a BUSCO score of 96.0%. Being the first complete genome in tribe Spiraeeae, this may not only be the first step in the genomic study of a rare plant but also a contribution to genomic resources supporting the study of biodiversity and evolutionary history of Rosaceae.

RevDate: 2024-02-17

Lv T, Zhao Q, Liu J, et al (2024)

Utilizing metagenomic next-generation sequencing for pathogen detection and diagnosis in lower respiratory tract infections in real-world clinical practice.

Infection [Epub ahead of print].

BACKGROUND: Infectious etiologies of lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) by the conventional microbiology tests (CMTs) can be challenging. Metagenomic next-generation sequencing (mNGS) has great potential in clinical use for its comprehensiveness in identifying pathogens, particularly those difficult-to-culture organisms.

METHODS: We analyzed a total of 205 clinical samples from 201 patients with suspected LRTIs using mNGS in parallel with CMTs. mNGS results were used to guide treatment adjustments for patients who had negative CMT results. The efficacy of treatment was subsequently evaluated in these patients.

RESULTS: mNGS-detected microorganisms in 91.7% (188/205) of the clinical samples, whereas CMTs demonstrated a lower detection rate, identifying microorganisms in only 37.6% (77/205) of samples. Compared to CMT results, mNGS exhibited a detection sensitivity of 93.5% and 95.4% in all 205 clinical samples and 180 bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) samples, respectively. A total of 114 patients (114/201; 56.7%) showed negative CMT results, among which 92 received treatment adjustments guided by their positive mNGS results. Notably, 67.4% (62/92) of patients demonstrated effective treatment, while 25% (23/92) experienced a stabilized condition. Subgroup analysis of cancer patients revealed that 41.9% (13/31) exhibited an effective response to treatment, and 35.5% (11/31) maintained a stable condition following medication adjustments guided by mNGS.

CONCLUSION: mNGS demonstrated great potential in identifying microorganisms of clinical significance in LRTIs. The rapid turnaround time and reduced susceptibility to the impact of antimicrobial administration make mNGS a valuable supplementary tool for diagnosis and treatment decision-making for suspected LRTIs in clinical practice.

RevDate: 2024-02-17

Wang M, Zhao J, Liu Y, et al (2024)

Deciphering soil resistance and virulence gene risks in conventional and organic farming systems.

Journal of hazardous materials, 468:133788 pii:S0304-3894(24)00367-4 [Epub ahead of print].

Organic farming is a sustainable agricultural practice emphasizing natural inputs and ecological balance, and has garnered significant attention for its potential health and environmental benefits. However, a comprehensive evaluation of the emergent contaminants, particularly resistance and virulence genes within organic farming system, remains elusive. Here, a total of 36 soil samples from paired conventional and organic vegetable farms were collected from Jiangsu province, China. A systematic metagenomic approach was employed to investigate the prevalence, dispersal capability, pathogenic potential, and drivers of resistance and virulence genes across both organic and conventional systems. Our findings revealed a higher abundance of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs), biocide resistance genes (BRGs), and virulence factor genes (VFGs) in organic farming system, with ARGs exhibiting a particularly notable increase of 10.76% compared to the conventional one. Pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis were hosts carrying all four gene categories, highlighting their potential health implications. The neutral community model captured 77.1% and 71.9% of the variance in community dynamics within the conventional and organic farming systems, respectively, indicating that stochastic process was the predominant factor shaping gene communities. The relative smaller m value calculated in organic farming system (0.021 vs 0.023) indicated diminished gene exchange with external sources. Moreover, farming practices were observed to influence the resistance and virulence gene landscape by modifying soil properties, managing heavy metal stress, and steering mobile genetic elements (MGEs) dynamics. The study offers insights that can guide agricultural strategies to address potential health and ecological concerns.

RevDate: 2024-02-17

Zhao Q, Li X, Zhang L, et al (2024)

Partial denitrifying phosphorus removal coupling with anammox (PDPRA) enables synergistic removal of C, N, and P nutrients from municipal wastewater: A year-round pilot-scale evaluation.

Water research, 253:121321 pii:S0043-1354(24)00223-9 [Epub ahead of print].

Applying anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) in municipal wastewater treatment plants (MWWTPs) can unlock significant energy and resource savings. However, its practical implementation encounters significant challenges, particularly due to its limited compatibility with carbon and phosphorus removal processes. This study established a pilot-scale plant featuring a modified anaerobic-anoxic-oxic (A[2]O) process and operated continuously for 385 days, treating municipal wastewater of 50 m[3]/d. For the first time, we propose a novel concept of partial denitrifying phosphorus removal coupling with anammox (PDPRA), leveraging denitrifying phosphorus-accumulating organisms (DPAOs) as NO2[-] suppliers for anammox. [15]N stable isotope tracing revealed that the PDPRA enabled an anammox reaction rate of 6.14 ± 0.18 μmol-N/(L·h), contributing 57.4 % to total inorganic nitrogen (TIN) removal. Metagenomic sequencing and 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing unveiled the co-existence and co-prosperity of anammox bacteria and DPAOs, with Candidatus Brocadia being highly enriched in the anoxic biofilms at a relative abundance of 2.46 ± 0.52 %. Finally, the PDPRA facilitated the synergistic conversion and removal of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus nutrients, achieving remarkable removal efficiencies of chemical oxygen demand (COD, 83.5 ± 5.3 %), NH4[+] (99.8 ± 0.7 %), TIN (77.1 ± 3.6 %), and PO4[3-] (99.3 ± 1.6 %), even under challenging operational conditions such as low temperature of 11.7 °C. The PDPRA offers a promising solution for reconciling the mainstream anammox and the carbon and phosphorus removal, shedding fresh light on the paradigm shift of MWWTPs in the near future.

RevDate: 2024-02-17

He Z, Shen J, Zhao Y, et al (2024)

Microbial antagonistic mechanisms of Hg(II) and Se(IV) in efficient wastewater treatment using granular sludge.

Water research, 253:121311 pii:S0043-1354(24)00213-6 [Epub ahead of print].

The antagonistic effects of mercury (Hg) and selenium (Se) have been extensively studied in higher animals and plants. In this study, the microbial antagonistic effects of Hg and Se were utilized for wastewater treatment. We developed and optimized a new granular sludge approach to efficiently remove Hg(II) and Se(IV) from wastewater. Under anaerobic-oxic-anaerobic (AOA) conditions, the removal rates of Hg(II) and Se(IV) reached up to 99.91±0.07 % and 97.7 ± 0.8 %, respectively. The wastewater Hg(II) was mostly (97.43±0.01 %) converted to an inert mineral called tiemannite (HgSe) in the sludge, and no methylmercury (MeHg) was detected. The HgSe in sludge is less toxic, with almost no risk of secondary release, and it can be recovered with high purity. An inhibition experiment of mercury reduction and the high expression of the mer operon indicated that most Hg(II) (∼71 %) was first reduced to Hg[0], and then Hg[0] reacted with Se[0] to synthesize HgSe. Metagenomic results showed that the final sludge (day 182) was dominated by two unclassified bacteria in the orders Rhodospirillales (27.7 %) and Xanthomonadales (6.3 %). Their metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs) were recovered, suggesting that both of them can reduce Hg(II) and Se(IV). Metatranscriptomic analyses indicate that they can independently and cooperatively synthesize HgSe. In summary, granular sludge under AOA conditions is an efficient method for removing and recovering Hg from wastewater. The microbial transformation of Hg[2+]to Hg[0] to HgSe may occur widely in both engineering and natural ecosystems.

RevDate: 2024-02-17

Chen Q, Wu C, Xu J, et al (2024)

Donor-recipient intermicrobial interactions impact transfer of subspecies and fecal microbiota transplantation outcome.

Cell host & microbe pii:S1931-3128(24)00017-9 [Epub ahead of print].

Studies on fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) have reported inconsistent connections between clinical outcomes and donor strain engraftment. Analyses of subspecies-level crosstalk and its influences on lineage transfer in metagenomic FMT datasets have proved challenging, as single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are generally not linked and are often absent. Here, we utilized species genome bin (SGB), which employs co-abundance binning, to investigate subspecies-level microbiome dynamics in patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who had gastrointestinal comorbidities and underwent encapsulated FMT (Chinese Clinical Trial: 2100043906). We found that interactions between donor and recipient microbes, which were overwhelmingly phylogenetically divergent, were important for subspecies transfer and positive clinical outcomes. Additionally, a donor-recipient SGB match was indicative of a high likelihood of strain transfer. Importantly, these ecodynamics were shared across FMT datasets encompassing multiple diseases. Collectively, these findings provide detailed insight into specific microbial interactions and dynamics that determine FMT success.

RevDate: 2024-02-17

Liu Q, Jia J, Hu H, et al (2024)

Nitrogen and phosphorus limitations promoted bacterial nitrate metabolism and propagation of antibiotic resistome in the phycosphere of Auxenochlorella pyrenoidosa.

Journal of hazardous materials, 468:133786 pii:S0304-3894(24)00365-0 [Epub ahead of print].

Despite that nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) play critical roles in the lifecycle of microalgae, how N and P further affect the distribution of bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in the phycosphere is still poorly understood. In this study, the effects of N and P on the distribution of ARGs in the phycosphere of Auxenochlorella pyrenoidosa were investigated. Results showed that the growth and chlorophyll synthesis of microalgae were inhibited when N or P was limited, regardless of the N/P ratios, but the extracellular polymeric substances content and nitrate assimilation efficiency were enhanced in contrast. Metagenomic sequencing revealed that N or P limitation resulted in the recruitment of specific bacteria that highly contribute to the nitrate metabolism in the phycosphere. Besides, N or P limitation promoted the propagation of phycosphere ARGs, primarily through horizontal gene transfer mediated by mobile genetic elements. The enrichment of specific bacteria induced by changes in the algal physiology also contributed to the ARGs proliferation under nutrient limitation. Our results demonstrated that the reduction of algal cells caused by nutrient limitation could promote the propagation of ARGs, which provides new insights into the occurrence and spread of ARGs in the phycosphere.

RevDate: 2024-02-17

Yadav R, M Dharne (2024)

Utility of metagenomics for bioremediation: a comprehensive review on bioremediation mechanisms and microbial dynamics of river ecosystem.

Environmental science and pollution research international [Epub ahead of print].

Global industrialization has contributed substantial amounts of chemical pollutants in rivers, resulting in an uninhabitable state and impacting different life forms. Moreover, water macrophytes, such as water hyacinths, are abundantly present in polluted rivers, significantly affecting the overall water biogeochemistry. Bioremediation involves utilizing microbial metabolic machinery and is one of the most viable approaches for removing toxic pollutants. Conventional techniques generate limited information on the indigenous microbial population and their xenobiotic metabolism, failing the bioremediation process. Metagenomics can overcome these limitations by providing in-depth details of microbial taxa and functionality-related information required for successful biostimulation and augmentation. An in-depth summary of the findings related to pollutant metabolizing genes and enzymes in rivers still needs to be collated. The present study details bioremediation genes and enzymes functionally mined from polluted river ecosystems worldwide using a metagenomic approach. Several studies reported a wide variety of pollutant-degrading enzymes involved in the metabolism of dyes, plastics, persistent organic pollutants, and aromatic hydrocarbons. Additionally, few studies also noted a shift in the microbiome of the rivers upon exposure to contaminants, crucially affecting the ecological determinant processes. Furthermore, minimal studies have focused on the role of water-hyacinth-associated microbes in the bioremediation potentials, suggesting the need for the bioprospecting of these lesser-studied microbes. Overall, our study summarizes the prospects and utilities of the metagenomic approach and proposes the need to employ it for efficient bioremediation.

RevDate: 2024-02-17

Domínguez-Maldonado JA, Solís-Pereira SE, Valle-Gough RE, et al (2024)

Microbial communities present in Sargassum spp. leachates from the Mexican Caribbean which are involved in their degradation in the environment, a tool to tackle the problem.

Environmental science and pollution research international [Epub ahead of print].

The Sargassum phenomenon is currently affecting the Caribbean in several ways; one of them is the increase of greenhouse gases due to the decomposition process of this macroalgae; these processes also produce large amounts of pollutant leachates, in which several microbial communities are involved. To understand these processes, we conducted a 150-day study on the Sargassum spp environmental degradation under outdoor conditions, during which leachates were collected at 0, 30, 90, and 150 days. Subsequently, a metagenomic study of the microorganisms found in the leachates was carried out, in which changes in the microbial community were observed over time. The results showed that anaerobic bacterial genera such as Thermofilum and Methanopyrus were predominant at the beginning of this study (0 and 30 days), degrading sugars of sulfur polymers such as fucoidan, but throughout the experiment, the microbial communities were changed also, with the genera Fischerella and Dolichospermum being the most predominant at days 90 and 150, respectively. A principal component analysis (PCA) indicated, with 94% variance, that genera were positively correlated at 30 and 90 days, but not with initial populations, indicating changes in community structure due to sargassum degradation were present. Finally, at 150 days, the leachate volume decreased by almost 50% and there was a higher abundance of the genera Desulfobacter and Dolichospemum. This is the first work carried out to understand the degradation of Sargassum spp, which will serve, together with other works, to understand and provide a solution to this serious environmental problem in the Caribbean.

RevDate: 2024-02-17

LeBlanc NR, FC Harrigian (2024)

Green Waste Compost Impacts Microbial Functions Related to Carbohydrate Use and Active Dispersal in Plant Pathogen-Infested Soil.

Microbial ecology, 87(1):44.

The effects of compost on physical and chemical characteristics of soil are well-studied but impacts on soil microbiomes are poorly understood. This research tested effects of green waste compost on bacterial communities in soil infested with the plant pathogen Fusarium oxysporum. Compost was added to pathogen-infested soil and maintained in mesocosms in a greenhouse experiment and replicated growth chamber experiments. Bacteria and F. oxysporum abundance were quantified using quantitative PCR. Taxonomic and functional characteristics of bacterial communities were measured using shotgun metagenome sequencing. Compost significantly increased bacterial abundance 8 weeks after amendment in one experiment. Compost increased concentrations of chemical characteristics of soil, including phosphorus, potassium, organic matter, and pH. In all experiments, compost significantly reduced abundance of F. oxysporum and altered the taxonomic composition of soil bacterial communities. Sixteen bacterial genera were significantly increased from compost in every experiment, potentially playing a role in pathogen suppression. In all experiments, there was a consistent negative effect of compost on functions related to carbohydrate use and a positive effect on bacteria with flagella. Results from this work demonstrate that compost can reduce the abundance of soilborne plant pathogens and raise questions about the role of microbes in plant pathogen suppression.

RevDate: 2024-02-17

Huang KD, Amend L, Gálvez EJC, et al (2024)

Establishment of a non-Westernized gut microbiota in men who have sex with men is associated with sexual practices.

Cell reports. Medicine pii:S2666-3791(24)00049-1 [Epub ahead of print].

The human gut microbiota is influenced by various factors, including health status and environmental conditions, yet considerable inter-individual differences remain unexplained. Previous studies identified that the gut microbiota of men who have sex with men (MSM) is distinct from that of non-MSM. Here, we reveal through species-level microbiota analysis using shotgun metagenomics that the gut microbiota of many MSM with Western origin resembles gut microbial communities of non-Westernized populations. Specifically, MSM gut microbiomes are frequently dominated by members of the Prevotellaceae family, including co-colonization of species from the Segatella copri complex and unknown Prevotellaceae members. Questionnaire-based analysis exploring inter-individual differences in MSM links specific sexual practices to microbiota composition. Moreover, machine learning identifies microbial features associated with sexual activities in MSM. Together, this study shows associations of sexual activities with gut microbiome alterations in MSM, which may have a large impact on population-based microbiota studies.

RevDate: 2024-02-17

Wang J, Zhu YG, Tiedje JM, et al (2024)

Global biogeography and ecological implications of cobamide-producing prokaryotes.

The ISME journal pii:7584593 [Epub ahead of print].

Cobamides, a class of essential coenzymes synthesized only by a subset of prokaryotes, are model nutrients in microbial interaction studies and play significant roles in global ecosystems. Yet, their spatial patterns and functional roles remain poorly understood. Herein, we present an in-depth examination of cobamide-producing microorganisms, drawn from a comprehensive analysis of 2862 marine and 2979 soil metagenomic samples. A total of 1934 non-redundant Metagenome-Assembled Genomes (MAGs) potentially capable of producing cobamides de novo were identified. The cobamide-producing MAGs are taxonomically diverse but habitat specific. They constituted only a fraction of all the recovered MAGs, with the majority of MAGs being potential cobamide users. By mapping the distribution of cobamide producers in marine and soil environments, distinct latitudinal gradients were observed: the marine environment showed peak abundance at the equator, whereas soil environments peaked at mid-latitudes. Importantly, significant and positive links between the abundance of cobamide producers and the diversity and functions of microbial communities was observed, as well as their promotional roles in essential biogeochemical cycles. These associations were more pronounced in marine samples than in soil samples, which suggests a heightened propensity for microorganisms to engage in cobamide sharing in fluid environments relative to the more spatially restricted soil environment. These findings shed light on the global patterns and potential ecological roles of cobamide-producing microorganisms in marine and soil ecosystems, enhancing our understanding of large-scale microbial interactions.

RevDate: 2024-02-17

Zhao D, Zhang S, Chen J, et al (2024)

Members of the class Candidatus Ordosarchaeia imply an alternative evolutionary scenario from methanogens to haloarchaea.

The ISME journal pii:7513321 [Epub ahead of print].

The origin of methanogenesis can be traced to the common ancestor of non-DPANN archaea, whereas haloarchaea (or Halobacteria) are believed to have evolved from a methanogenic ancestor through multiple evolutionary events, including the loss of genes associated with methanogenesis. However, due to the accelerated evolution and compositional bias of proteins adapting to hypersaline habitats, Halobacteria exhibit substantial evolutionary divergence from methanogens, and the identification of the closest methanogen (either Methanonatronarchaeia or other related taxa) to Halobacteria remains a subject of debate. Here, we obtained five metagenome-assembled genomes with high completeness from soda-saline lakes on the Ordos Plateau in Inner Mongolia, China, and we proposed the name Candidatus Ordosarchaeia for this novel class. Phylogenetic analyses revealed that Ca. Ordosarchaeia is firmly positioned near the median position between the Methanonatronarchaeia and Halobacteria-Hikarchaeia lineages. Functional predictions supported the transitional status of Ca. Ordosarchaeia with the metabolic potential of nonmethanogenic and aerobic chemoheterotrophy, as did remnants of the gene sequences of methylamine/dimethylamine/trimethylamine metabolism and coenzyme M biosynthesis. Based on the similarity of the methyl-coenzyme M reductase genes mcrBGADC in Methanonatronarchaeia with the phylogenetically distant methanogens, an alternative evolutionary scenario is proposed, in which Methanonatronarchaeia, Ca. Ordosarchaeia, Ca. Hikarchaeia and Halobacteria share a common ancestor that initially lost mcr genes. However, certain members of Methanonatronarchaeia subsequently acquired mcr genes through horizontal gene transfer from distantly related methanogens. This hypothesis is supported by amalgamated likelihood estimation, phylogenetic analysis, and gene arrangement patterns. Altogether, Ca. Ordosarchaeia genomes clarify the sisterhood of Methanonatronarchaeia with Halobacteria and provide new insights into the evolution from methanogens to haloarchaea.

RevDate: 2024-02-17

Liu HB, Sun HX, Du LQ, et al (2024)

Rice receptor kinase FLR7 regulates rhizosphere oxygen levels and enriches the dominant Anaeromyxobacter that improves submergence tolerance in rice.

The ISME journal pii:7585947 [Epub ahead of print].

Oxygen is one of the determinants of root microbiome formation. However, whether plants regulate rhizosphere oxygen levels to affect microbiota composition and the underlying molecular mechanisms remain elusive. The receptor-like kinase (RLK) family member FERONIA modulates the growth-defense tradeoff in Arabidopsis. Here, we established that rice FERONIA-like RLK 7 (FLR7) controls rhizosphere oxygen levels by methylene blue staining, oxygen flux and potential measurements. The formation of oxygen-transporting aerenchyma in roots is negatively regulated by FLR7. We further characterized the root microbiota of 11 FLR mutants including flr7 and wild-type Nipponbare (Nip) grown in the field by 16S ribosomal RNA gene profiling and demonstrated that the 11 FLRs are involved in regulating rice root microbiome formation. The most abundant anaerobic-dependent genus Anaeromyxobacter in the Nip root microbiota was less abundant in the root microbiota of all these mutants, and this contributed the most to the community differences between most mutants and Nip. Metagenomic sequencing revealed that flr7 increases aerobic respiration and decreases anaerobic respiration in the root microbiome. Finally, we showed that a representative Anaeromyxobacter strain improved submergence tolerance in rice via FLR7. Collectively, our findings indicate that FLR7 mediates changes in rhizosphere oxygen levels and enriches the beneficial dominant genus Anaeromyxobacter and may provide insights for developing plant flood prevention strategies via the use of environment-specific functional soil microorganisms.

RevDate: 2024-02-17

Hu J, Chen J, Ma L, et al (2024)

Characterizing core microbiota and regulatory functions of the pig gut microbiome.

The ISME journal pii:7517691 [Epub ahead of print].

Domestic pigs (Sus scrofa) are the leading terrestrial animals used for meat production. The gut microbiota significantly affect host nutrition, metabolism, and immunity. Hence, characterization of the gut microbial structure and function will improve our understanding of gut microbial resources and the mechanisms underlying host-microbe interactions. Here, we investigated the gut microbiomes of seven pig breeds using metagenomics and 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing. We established an expanded gut microbial reference catalog comprising 17 020 160 genes and identified 4910 metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs). We also analyzed the gut resistome to provide an overview of the profiles of the antimicrobial resistance genes in pigs. By analyzing the relative abundances of microbes, we identified three core-predominant gut microbes (Phascolarctobacterium succinatutens, Prevotella copri, and Oscillibacter valericigenes) in pigs used in this study. Oral administration of the three core-predominant gut microbes significantly increased the organ indexes (including the heart, spleen, and thymus), but decreased the gastrointestinal lengths in germ-free (GF) mice. The three core microbes significantly enhanced intestinal epithelial barrier function and altered the intestinal mucosal morphology, as was evident from the increase in crypt depths in the duodenum and ileum. Furthermore, the three core microbes significantly affected several metabolic pathways (such as "steroid hormone biosynthesis", "primary bile acid biosynthesis", "phenylalanine, tyrosine and tryptophan biosynthesis", and "phenylalanine metabolism") in GF mice. These findings provide a panoramic view of the pig gut microbiome and insights into the functional contributions of the core-predominant gut microbes to the host.

RevDate: 2024-02-17

Rubio-Portillo E, Robertson S, J Antón (2024)

Coral mucus as a reservoir of bacteriophages targeting Vibrio pathogens.

The ISME journal pii:7595641 [Epub ahead of print].

The increasing trend in sea surface temperature promotes the spread of Vibrio species, which are known to cause diseases in a wide range of marine organisms. Among these pathogens, Vibrio mediterranei has emerged as a significant threat, leading to bleaching in the coral species Oculina patagonica. Bacteriophages, or phages, are viruses that infect bacteria, thereby regulating microbial communities and playing a crucial role in the coral's defense against pathogens. However, our understanding of phages that infect V. mediterranei is limited. In this study, we identified two phage species capable of infecting V. mediterranei, utilizing a combination of cultivation and metagenomic approaches. These phages are low-abundance specialists within the coral mucus layer that exhibit rapid proliferation in the presence of their hosts, suggesting a potential role in coral defense. Additionally, one of these phages possesses a conserved domain of a leucine-rich repeat protein, similar to those harbored in the coral genome, that plays a key role in pathogen recognition, hinting at potential coral-phage coevolution. Furthermore, our research suggests that lytic Vibrio infections could trigger prophage induction, which may disseminate genetic elements, including virulence factors, in the coral mucus layer. Overall, our findings underscore the importance of historical coral-phage interactions as a form of coral immunity against invasive Vibrio pathogens.

RevDate: 2024-02-17

Fernández-Pato A, Sinha T, Gacesa R, et al (2024)

Choice of DNA extraction method affects stool microbiome recovery and subsequent phenotypic association analyses.

Scientific reports, 14(1):3911.

The lack of standardization in the methods of DNA extraction from fecal samples represents the major source of experimental variation in the microbiome research field. In this study, we aimed to compare the metagenomic profiles and microbiome-phenotype associations obtained by applying two commercially available DNA extraction kits: the AllPrep DNA/RNA Mini Kit (APK) and the QIAamp Fast DNA Stool Mini Kit (FSK). Using metagenomic sequencing data available from 745 paired fecal samples from two independent population cohorts, Lifelines-DEEP (LLD, n = 292) and the 500 Functional Genomics project (500FG, n = 453), we confirmed significant differences in DNA yield and the recovered microbial communities between protocols, with the APK method resulting in a higher DNA concentration and microbial diversity. Further, we observed a massive difference in bacterial relative abundances at species-level between the APK and the FSK protocols, with > 75% of species differentially abundant between protocols in both cohorts. Specifically, comparison with a standard mock community revealed that the APK method provided higher accuracy in the recovery of microbial relative abundances, with the absence of a bead-beating step in the FSK protocol causing an underrepresentation of gram-positive bacteria. This heterogeneity in the recovered microbial composition led to remarkable differences in the association with anthropometric and lifestyle phenotypes. The results of this study further reinforce that the choice of DNA extraction method impacts the metagenomic profile of human gut microbiota and highlight the importance of harmonizing protocols in microbiome studies.

RevDate: 2024-02-17

Baquero DP, Bignon EA, M Krupovic (2024)

Pleomorphic viruses establish stable relationship with marine hyperthermophilic archaea.

The ISME journal pii:7585948 [Epub ahead of print].

Non-lytic viruses with enveloped pleomorphic virions (family Pleolipoviridae) are ubiquitous in hypersaline environments across the globe and are associated with nearly all major lineages of halophilic archaea. However, their existence in other ecosystems remains largely unknown. Here, we show that evolutionarily related viruses also infect hyperthermophilic archaea thriving in deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Archaeoglobus veneficus pleomorphic virus 1 (AvPV1), the first virus described for any member of the class Archaeoglobi, encodes a morphogenetic module typical of pleolipoviruses, including the characteristic VP4-like membrane fusion protein. We show that AvPV1 is a non-lytic virus chronically produced in liquid cultures without substantially affecting the growth dynamics of its host with a stable virus-to-host ratio of ~1. Mining of genomic and metagenomic databases revealed broad distribution of AvPV1-like viruses in geographically remote hydrothermal vents. Comparative genomics, coupled with phylogenetic analysis of VP4-like fusogens revealed deep divergence of pleomorphic viruses infecting halophilic, methanogenic, and hyperthermophilic archaea, signifying niche separation and coevolution of the corresponding virus-host pairs. Hence, we propose a new virus family, "Thalassapleoviridae", for classification of the marine hyperthermophilic virus AvPV1 and its relatives. Collectively, our results provide insights into the diversity and evolution of pleomorphic viruses beyond hypersaline environments.

RevDate: 2024-02-16

Bosch ME, Dodiya HB, Michalkiewicz J, et al (2024)

Sodium oligomannate alters gut microbiota, reduces cerebral amyloidosis and reactive microglia in a sex-specific manner.

Molecular neurodegeneration, 19(1):18.

It has recently become well-established that there is a connection between Alzheimer's disease pathology and gut microbiome dysbiosis. We have previously demonstrated that antibiotic-mediated gut microbiota perturbations lead to attenuation of Aβ deposition, phosphorylated tau accumulation, and disease-associated glial cell phenotypes in a sex-dependent manner. In this regard, we were intrigued by the finding that a marine-derived oligosaccharide, GV-971, was reported to alter gut microbiota and reduce Aβ amyloidosis in the 5XFAD mouse model that were treated at a point when Aβ burden was near plateau levels. Utilizing comparable methodologies, but with distinct technical and temporal features, we now report on the impact of GV-971 on gut microbiota, Aβ amyloidosis and microglial phenotypes in the APPPS1-21 model, studies performed at the University of Chicago, and independently in the 5X FAD model, studies performed at Washington University, St. Louis.Methods To comprehensively characterize the effects of GV-971 on the microbiota-microglia-amyloid axis, we conducted two separate investigations at independent institutions. There was no coordination of the experimental design or execution between the two laboratories. Indeed, the two laboratories were not aware of each other's experiments until the studies were completed. Male and female APPPS1-21 mice were treated daily with 40, 80, or 160 mg/kg of GV-971 from 8, when Aβ burden was detectable upto 12 weeks of age when Aβ burden was near maximal levels. In parallel, and to corroborate existing published studies and further investigate sex-related differences, male and female 5XFAD mice were treated daily with 100 mg/kg of GV-971 from 7 to 9 months of age when Aβ burden was near peak levels. Subsequently, the two laboratories independently assessed amyloid-β deposition, metagenomic, and neuroinflammatory profiles. Finally, studies were initiated at the University of Chicago to evaluate the metabolites in cecal tissue from vehicle and GV-971-treated 5XFAD mice.Results These studies showed that independent of the procedural differences (dosage, timing and duration of treatment) between the two laboratories, cerebral amyloidosis was reduced primarily in male mice, independent of strain. We also observed sex-specific microbiota differences following GV-971 treatment. Interestingly, GV-971 significantly altered multiple overlapping bacterial species at both institutions. Moreover, we discovered that GV-971 significantly impacted microbiome metabolism, particularly by elevating amino acid production and influencing the tryptophan pathway. The metagenomics and metabolomics changes correspond with notable reductions in peripheral pro-inflammatory cytokine and chemokine profiles. Furthermore, GV-971 treatment dampened astrocyte and microglia activation, significantly decreasing plaque-associated reactive microglia while concurrently increasing homeostatic microglia only in male mice. Bulk RNAseq analysis unveiled sex-specific changes in cerebral cortex transcriptome profiles, but most importantly, the transcriptome changes in the GV-971-treated male group revealed the involvement of microglia and inflammatory responses.Conclusions In conclusion, these studies demonstrate the connection between the gut microbiome, neuroinflammation, and Alzheimer's disease pathology while highlighting the potential therapeutic effect of GV-971. GV-971 targets the microbiota-microglia-amyloid axis, leading to the lowering of plaque pathology and neuroinflammatory signatures in a sex-dependent manner when given at the onset of Aβ deposition or when given after Aβ deposition is already at higher levels.

RevDate: 2024-02-16

Cheng M, Luo S, Zhang P, et al (2024)

A genome and gene catalog of the aquatic microbiomes of the Tibetan Plateau.

Nature communications, 15(1):1438.

The Tibetan Plateau supplies water to nearly 2 billion people in Asia, but climate change poses threats to its aquatic microbial resources. Here, we construct the Tibetan Plateau Microbial Catalog by sequencing 498 metagenomes from six water ecosystems (saline lakes, freshwater lakes, rivers, hot springs, wetlands and glaciers). Our catalog expands knowledge of regional genomic diversity by presenting 32,355 metagenome-assembled genomes that de-replicated into 10,723 representative genome-based species, of which 88% were unannotated. The catalog contains nearly 300 million non-redundant gene clusters, of which 15% novel, and 73,864 biosynthetic gene clusters, of which 50% novel, thus expanding known functional diversity. Using these data, we investigate the Tibetan Plateau aquatic microbiome's biogeography along a distance of 2,500 km and >5 km in altitude. Microbial compositional similarity and the shared gene count with the Tibetan Plateau microbiome decline along with distance and altitude difference, suggesting a dispersal pattern. The Tibetan Plateau Microbial Catalog stands as a substantial repository for high-altitude aquatic microbiome resources, providing potential for discovering novel lineages and functions, and bridging knowledge gaps in microbiome biogeography.

RevDate: 2024-02-16

Xu T, Lu Y, Chen B, et al (2024)

Cohort profile for the Tongji Cardiovascular Health Study: a prospective multiomics cohort study.

BMJ open, 14(2):e074768 pii:bmjopen-2023-074768.

PURPOSE: The Tongji Cardiovascular Health Study aimed to further explore the onset and progression mechanisms of cardiovascular disease (CVD) through a combination of traditional cohort studies and multiomics analysis, including genomics, metabolomics and metagenomics.

STUDY DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS: This study included participants aged 20-70 years old from the Geriatric Health Management Centre of Tongji Hospital of Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. After enrollment, each participant underwent a comprehensive series of traditional and novel cardiovascular risk factor assessments at baseline, including questionnaires, physical examinations, laboratory tests, cardiovascular health assessments and biological sample collection for subsequent multiomics analysis (whole genome sequencing, metabolomics study from blood samples and metagenomics study from stool samples). A biennial follow-up will be performed for 10 years to collect the information above and the outcome data.

FINDINGS TO DATE: A total of 2601 participants were recruited in this study (73.4% men), with a mean age of 51.5±11.5 years. The most common risk factor is overweight or obesity (54.8%), followed by hypertension (39.7%), hyperlipidaemia (32.4%), current smoking (23.9%) and diabetes (12.3%). Overall, 13.1% and 48.7% of men and women, respectively, did not have any of the CVD risk factors (hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, diabetes, cigarette smoking and overweight or obesity). Additionally, multiomics analyses of a subsample of the participants (n=938) are currently ongoing.

FUTURE PLANS: With the progress of the cohort follow-up work, it is expected to provide unique multidimensional and longitudinal data on cardiovascular health in China.

RevDate: 2024-02-16

Jiao J, Wu J, Zhou C, et al (2024)

Ecological niches and assembly dynamics of diverse microbial consortia in the gastrointestine of goat kids.

The ISME journal, 18(1):.

Goats are globally invaluable ruminants that balance food security and environmental impacts, and their commensal microbiome residing in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is associated with animal health and productivity. However, the reference genomes and functional repertoires of GIT microbes in goat kids have not been fully elucidated. Herein, we performed a comprehensive landscape survey of the GIT microbiome of goat kids using metagenomic sequencing and binning, spanning a dense sampling regime covering three gastrointestinal compartments spatially and five developmental ages temporally. We recovered 1002 high-quality metagenome-assembled genomes (termed the goat kid GIT microbial catalog [GKGMC]), 618 of which were novel. They encode more than 2.3 million nonredundant proteins, and represent a variety of carbohydrate-degrading enzymes and metabolic gene clusters. The GKGMC-enriched microbial taxa, particularly Sodaliphilus, expanded the microbial tree of life in goat kids. Using this GKGMC, we first deciphered the prevalence of fiber-degrading bacteria for carbohydrate decomposition in the rumen and colon, while the ileal microbiota specialized in the uptake and conversion of simple sugars. Moreover, GIT microorganisms were rapidly assembled after birth, and their carbohydrate metabolic adaptation occurred in three phases of progression. Finally, phytobiotics modified the metabolic cascades of the ileal microbiome, underpinned by the enrichment of Sharpea azabuensis and Olsenella spp. implicated in lactate formation and utilization. This GKGMC reference provides novel insights into the early-life microbial developmental dynamics in distinct compartments, and offers expanded resources for GIT microbiota-related research in goat kids.


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