Influence of 16S rRNA variable region on perceived diversity of marine microbial communities of the Northern North Atlantic.

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Summary of "Influence of 16S rRNA variable region on perceived diversity of marine microbial communities of the Northern North Atlantic."

Marine microbes play essential roles in global energy and nutrient cycles. A primary method of determining their diversity and distribution is through sequencing of 16S ribosomal RNA genes from environmental samples. However, the perceived community composition may vary significantly based on differences in methodology, including choice of 16S variable region(s). This study investigated the influence of 16S variable region selection (V4-V5 or V6-V8) on perceived community composition and diversity for Bacteria, Archaea, and chloroplasts by tag-Illumina sequencing. We used 24 samples from the photic zone of the Scotian Shelf, northwest Atlantic, collected during a spring phytoplankton bloom. Taxonomic assignment and community composition varied greatly depending on the choice of variable regions while observed patterns of beta diversity were reproducible between variable regions. V4-V5 was considered the preferred variable region for future studies based on its superior recognition of Archaea, which has received little attention in bloom dynamics. The V6-V8 region captured more of the bacterial diversity, including the abundant SAR11 clades and, to a lesser extent, that of chloroplasts. However, the magnitude of difference between variable regions for Bacteria and chloroplast was less than for Archaea.


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Name: FEMS microbiology letters
ISSN: 1574-6968


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Microbial antigens that have in common an extremely potent activating effect on T-cells that bear a specific variable region. Superantigens cross-link the variable region with class II MHC proteins regardless of the peptide binding in the T-cell receptor's pocket. The result is a transient expansion and subsequent death and anergy of the T-cells with the appropriate variable regions.

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