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Metaphylogenomic and Potential Functionality of the Limpet Patella pellucida’s Gastrointestinal Tract Microbiome

Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences (IBERS), Aberystwyth University, Gogerddan, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales SY23 3EE, UK
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15(10), 18819-18839; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms151018819
Received: 28 July 2014 / Revised: 30 September 2014 / Accepted: 11 October 2014 / Published: 20 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Metagenomics: a Powerful Lens Viewing the Microbial World)
This study investigated the microbial diversity associated with the digestive tract of the seaweed grazing marine limpet Patella pellucida. Using a modified indirect DNA extraction protocol and performing metagenomic profiling based on specific prokaryotic marker genes, the abundance of bacterial groups was identified from the analyzed metagenome. The members of three significantly abundant phyla of Proteobacteria, Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes were characterized through the literature and their predicted functions towards the host, as well as potential applications in the industrial environment assessed. View Full-Text
Keywords: Patella pellucida; limpet; mollusc; microbes; symbiosis; metagenomics; bioenergy; biorefining; seaweed; macroalgae Patella pellucida; limpet; mollusc; microbes; symbiosis; metagenomics; bioenergy; biorefining; seaweed; macroalgae
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Dudek, M.; Adams, J.; Swain, M.; Hegarty, M.; Huws, S.; Gallagher, J. Metaphylogenomic and Potential Functionality of the Limpet Patella pellucida’s Gastrointestinal Tract Microbiome. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15, 18819-18839.

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