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In-depth resistome analysis by targeted metagenomics

Overview of attention for article published in Microbiome, January 2018
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In-depth resistome analysis by targeted metagenomics
Published in
Microbiome, January 2018
DOI 10.1186/s40168-017-0387-y
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Val F. Lanza, Fernando Baquero, José Luís Martínez, Ricardo Ramos-Ruíz, Bruno González-Zorn, Antoine Andremont, Antonio Sánchez-Valenzuela, Stanislav Dusko Ehrlich, Sean Kennedy, Etienne Ruppé, Willem van Schaik, Rob J. Willems, Fernando de la Cruz, Teresa M. Coque


Antimicrobial resistance is a major global health challenge. Metagenomics allows analyzing the presence and dynamics of "resistomes" (the ensemble of genes encoding antimicrobial resistance in a given microbiome) in disparate microbial ecosystems. However, the low sensitivity and specificity of available metagenomic methods preclude the detection of minority populations (often present below their detection threshold) and/or the identification of allelic variants that differ in the resulting phenotype. Here, we describe a novel strategy that combines targeted metagenomics using last generation in-solution capture platforms, with novel bioinformatics tools to establish a standardized framework that allows both quantitative and qualitative analyses of resistomes. We developed ResCap, a targeted sequence capture platform based on SeqCapEZ (NimbleGene) technology, which includes probes for 8667 canonical resistance genes (7963 antibiotic resistance genes and 704 genes conferring resistance to metals or biocides), and 2517 relaxase genes (plasmid markers) and 78,600 genes homologous to the previous identified targets (47,806 for antibiotics and 30,794 for biocides or metals). Its performance was compared with metagenomic shotgun sequencing (MSS) for 17 fecal samples (9 humans, 8 swine). ResCap significantly improves MSS to detect "gene abundance" (from 2.0 to 83.2%) and "gene diversity" (26 versus 14.9 genes unequivocally detected per sample per million of reads; the number of reads unequivocally mapped increasing up to 300-fold by using ResCap), which were calculated using novel bioinformatic tools. ResCap also facilitated the analysis of novel genes potentially involved in the resistance to antibiotics, metals, biocides, or any combination thereof. ResCap, the first targeted sequence capture, specifically developed to analyze resistomes, greatly enhances the sensitivity and specificity of available metagenomic methods and offers the possibility to analyze genes related to the selection and transfer of antimicrobial resistance (biocides, heavy metals, plasmids). The model opens the possibility to study other complex microbial systems in which minority populations play a relevant role.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Sweden 1 <1%
China 1 <1%
Unknown 317 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 74 23%
Student > Ph. D. Student 70 22%
Student > Master 37 12%
Student > Bachelor 28 9%
Other 19 6%
Other 42 13%
Unknown 49 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 75 24%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 70 22%
Immunology and Microbiology 31 10%
Environmental Science 13 4%
Medicine and Dentistry 12 4%
Other 46 14%
Unknown 72 23%

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