• Comparative genomic analyses of Lactobacillus rhamnosus isolated from Chinese subjects

      Huang, Dan; Yang, Bo; Chen, Yang; STANTON, CATHERINE; Ross, R Paul; Zhao, Jianxin; Zhang, Hao; Chen, Wei; National Natural Science Foundation of China; National First-Class Discipline Program of Food Science and Technology; et al. (Elsevier, 2020-08-31)
      Lactobacillus rhamnosus has been found in many niches, including human intestine, vagina, mouth and dairy products. To intensively investigate the genomic diversity of this species, draft genomes of 70 L. rhamnosus strains isolated from different Chinese subjects were sequenced and further investigated. The pan-genome of L. rhamnosus was open. And gene-trait matching (GTM) was done to explore the carbohydrate utilization ability and antibiotic resistance, and to establish a pattern of gene existence/absence and growth/absence. There were no significant correlations between genetic diversity of the strains and the age or region of the donors. The current results extend the understanding of L. rhamnosus, which could be used as a reference for subsequent research as well as mining and application of the species.
    • Comparative genomics and gene-trait matching analysis of Bifidobacterium breve from Chinese children

      Liu, Rui; Yang, Bo; STANTON, CATHERINE; Ross, Paul; Zhao, Jianxin; Zhang, Hao; Chen, Wei; National Natural Science Foundation of China; National First-Class Discipline Program of Food Science and Technology; the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities; et al. (Elsevier BV, 2020-08)
      Bifidobacterium breve is one of the dominant Bifidobacterial species in children. In the current work, 46 strains of B. breve isolated from fecal samples of Chinese children were analyzed using whole-genome sequencing and comparative genomics to explore their genetic diversity, as well as genotype and phenotype analysis for carbohydrate utilization and antibiotic tolerance. The phylogenetic tree was independent of region, age and feeding mode, and without any regularity in the clustering of carbohydrates and antibiotics at the genetic level. Based on genotypic-phenotypic correlation analysis, the diversity of glycosyl hydrolases and the ability of strains to metabolize carbohydrates corroborated the predominance of B. breve in the children's intestines. Simultaneously, the sensitivity of strains to antibiotics increased the understanding of its genetic features and provided a potential basis for safety evaluation.
    • Diversity of Gut Microbiota and Bifidobacterial Community of Chinese Subjects of Different Ages and from Different Regions

      Yang, Bo; Yan, Shuang; Chen, Yang; Ross, R. Paul; STANTON, CATHERINE; Zhao, Jianxin; Zhang, Hao; Chen, Wei; National Natural Science Foundation of China; National First-Class Discipline Program of Food Science and Technology; et al. (MDPI AG, 2020-07-24)
      Gut microbiota composition and functionality are closely linked to host health. In this study, the fecal microbiota and bifidobacterial communities of 111 healthy volunteers from four regions of China of varying age profiles (Child, 1–5 years; Young, 18–50 years; Elder, 60–80 years; Longevity, ≥90 years) were investigated via high-throughput sequencing. Canonical analysis revealed that the gut microbiota, as well as bifidobacteria profiles of the subjects, clustered according to their regions and age. Eight genera were shared among all subjects, however, certain genera distributed differently in subjects grouped by region and age. Faecalibacterium was enriched in samples from Zhongxiang, unclassified Ruminococcaceae and Christensenellaceae were enriched in the Longevity group, and Bifidobacterium was enriched in Child. Within Bifidobacterium, B. longum was the most abundant species in almost all samples except for Child, in which B. pseudocatenulatum was the most abundant. Additionally, the abundances of B. adolescentis and B. dentium were lower in Child. In conclusion, our results suggest that geography and age affect the structure of the gut microbiota, as well as Bifidobacterium composition, and this variation may greatly associate with the metabolic and immune changes that occur during the process of aging.