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MMinte: an application for predicting metabolic interactions among the microbial species in a community

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Bioinformatics, September 2016
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Title
MMinte: an application for predicting metabolic interactions among the microbial species in a community
Published in
BMC Bioinformatics, September 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12859-016-1230-3
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Helena Mendes-Soares, Michael Mundy, Luis Mendes Soares, Nicholas Chia

Abstract

The explosive growth of microbiome research has yielded great quantities of data. These data provide us with many answers, but raise just as many questions. 16S rDNA-the backbone of microbiome analyses-allows us to assess α-diversity, β-diversity, and microbe-microbe associations, which characterize the overall properties of an ecosystem. However, we are still unable to use 16S rDNA data to directly assess the microbe-microbe and microbe-environment interactions that determine the broader ecology of that system. Thus, properties such as competition, cooperation, and nutrient conditions remain insufficiently analyzed. Here, we apply predictive community metabolic models of microbes identified with 16S rDNA data to probe the ecology of microbial communities. We developed a methodology for the large-scale assessment of microbial metabolic interactions (MMinte) from 16S rDNA data. MMinte assesses the relative growth rates of interacting pairs of organisms within a community metabolic network and whether that interaction has a positive or negative effect. Moreover, MMinte's simulations take into account the nutritional environment, which plays a strong role in determining the metabolism of individual microbes. We present two case studies that demonstrate the utility of this software. In the first, we show how diet influences the nature of the microbe-microbe interactions. In the second, we use MMinte's modular feature set to better understand how the growth of Desulfovibrio piger is affected by, and affects the growth of, other members in a simplified gut community under metabolic conditions suggested to be determinant for their dynamics. By applying metabolic models to commonly available sequence data, MMinte grants the user insight into the metabolic relationships between microbes, highlighting important features that may relate to ecological stability, susceptibility, and cross-feeding. These relationships are at the foundation of a wide range of ecological questions that impact our ability to understand problems such as microbially-derived toxicity in colon cancer.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Denmark 1 <1%
Unknown 216 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 54 25%
Researcher 53 24%
Student > Master 26 12%
Student > Bachelor 20 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 12 5%
Other 32 15%
Unknown 23 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 70 32%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 39 18%
Immunology and Microbiology 14 6%
Computer Science 13 6%
Environmental Science 10 5%
Other 39 18%
Unknown 35 16%

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