Using metagenomics to investigate human and environmental resistomes.

Bengtsson-Palme J, Larsson DGJ, Kristiansson E

J Antimicrob Chemother 72 (10) 2690-2703 [2017-10-01; online 2017-07-05]

Antibiotic resistance is a global health concern declared by the WHO as one of the largest threats to modern healthcare. In recent years, metagenomic DNA sequencing has started to be applied as a tool to study antibiotic resistance in different environments, including the human microbiota. However, a multitude of methods exist for metagenomic data analysis, and not all methods are suitable for the investigation of resistance genes, particularly if the desired outcome is an assessment of risks to human health. In this review, we outline the current state of methods for sequence handling, mapping to databases of resistance genes, statistical analysis and metagenomic assembly. In addition, we provide an overview of important considerations related to the analysis of resistance genes, and recommend some of the currently used tools and methods that are best equipped to inform research and clinical practice related to antibiotic resistance.

DDLS Fellow

Johan Bengtsson-Palme

PubMed 28673041

DOI 10.1093/jac/dkx199

Crossref 10.1093/jac/dkx199

pii: 3904526

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