The impacts of faecal subsampling on microbial compositional profiling.

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From: BMC Research Notes(Vol. 15, Issue 1)
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Document Type: Report
Length: 2,158 words
Lexile Measure: 1620L

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Objective Despite the move to at-home, small-volume collection kits to facilitate large population-based studies of faecal microbial compositional profiling, there remains limited reporting on potential impacts of faecal subsampling approaches on compositional profiles. This study aimed to compare the microbial composition from faecal subsamples ( Results There were no significant differences in OTU count (p = 0.32) or Shannon diversity index (p = 0.29) between the subsamples. Comparison of relative abundance for identified taxa revealed very few differences between subsamples. At the lower levels of taxonomic classification differences in abundance of the Bacillales (p = 0.02) and the Eubacteriaceae family (p = 0.03), and the Eubacterium genera (p = 0.03) were noted. The observation of consistent microbial compositional profiles between faecal subsamples from the beginning and end of a single bowel movement is an important outcome for study designs employing this approach to faecal sample collection. These findings provide assurance that use of a faecal subsample for microbial composition profiling is generally representative of the gut luminal contents more broadly. Keywords: Gut microbiota, Faecal samples, Sub-sampling, 16s rRNA

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