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BioMaS: a modular pipeline for Bioinformatic analysis of Metagenomic AmpliconS

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BioMaS: a modular pipeline for Bioinformatic analysis of Metagenomic AmpliconS
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BMC Bioinformatics, July 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12859-015-0595-z
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Bruno Fosso, Monica Santamaria, Marinella Marzano, Daniel Alonso-Alemany, Gabriel Valiente, Giacinto Donvito, Alfonso Monaco, Pasquale Notarangelo, Graziano Pesole


Substantial advances in microbiology, molecular evolution and biodiversity have been carried out in recent years thanks to Metagenomics, which allows to unveil the composition and functions of mixed microbial communities in any environmental niche. If the investigation is aimed only at the microbiome taxonomic structure, a target-based metagenomic approach, here also referred as Meta-barcoding, is generally applied. This approach commonly involves the selective amplification of a species-specific genetic marker (DNA meta-barcode) in the whole taxonomic range of interest and the exploration of its taxon-related variants through High-Throughput Sequencing (HTS) technologies. The accessibility to proper computational systems for the large-scale bioinformatic analysis of HTS data represents, currently, one of the major challenges in advanced Meta-barcoding projects. BioMaS (Bioinformatic analysis of Metagenomic AmpliconS) is a new bioinformatic pipeline designed to support biomolecular researchers involved in taxonomic studies of environmental microbial communities by a completely automated workflow, comprehensive of all the fundamental steps, from raw sequence data upload and cleaning to final taxonomic identification, that are absolutely required in an appropriately designed Meta-barcoding HTS-based experiment. In its current version, BioMaS allows the analysis of both bacterial and fungal environments starting directly from the raw sequencing data from either Roche 454 or Illumina HTS platforms, following two alternative paths, respectively. BioMaS is implemented into a public web service available at https://recasgateway.ba.infn.it/ and is also available in Galaxy at http://galaxy.cloud.ba.infn.it:8080 (only for Illumina data). BioMaS is a friendly pipeline for Meta-barcoding HTS data analysis specifically designed for users without particular computing skills. A comparative benchmark, carried out by using a simulated dataset suitably designed to broadly represent the currently known bacterial and fungal world, showed that BioMaS outperforms QIIME and MOTHUR in terms of extent and accuracy of deep taxonomic sequence assignments.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 4 2%
Italy 2 1%
France 2 1%
United Kingdom 2 1%
India 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Argentina 1 <1%
Belgium 1 <1%
Korea, Republic of 1 <1%
Other 1 <1%
Unknown 178 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 44 23%
Student > Ph. D. Student 40 21%
Student > Master 31 16%
Student > Bachelor 29 15%
Student > Postgraduate 9 5%
Other 31 16%
Unknown 10 5%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 82 42%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 52 27%
Computer Science 12 6%
Environmental Science 9 5%
Immunology and Microbiology 7 4%
Other 18 9%
Unknown 14 7%

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