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关于土壤中抗生素抗性问题的答案并不在土壤中

摘要 : 尽管确定能够赋予土壤中的微生物耐药性的基因丰富,一项研究发现,很少有共享的人类病原体,以及土壤中的基因转移很少。相关文章发表于2014年5月21日的《Nature》杂志上。

抗生素抗性基因会轻易在医院环境中不相关的细菌之间转移,这促使人们猜测:土壤中抗性基因显著的多样性有助于抗生素抗性从环境生物向致病生物不断增加的流动。

这项研究驳斥了这一观点。Kevin Forsberg等人就一系列农业土壤和草地土壤对18种抗生素的抵抗力进行了功能元基因组筛选,发现土壤细菌很少拥有物种之间抗性基因交换的序列特征。看来,特定的生物,而不是横向交换的DNA元素,才是土壤中抗生素抗性的主要传播者。

原文摘要:

Bacterial phylogeny structures soil resistomes across habitats

Kevin J. Forsberg, Sanket Patel, Molly K. Gibson, Christian L. Lauber, Rob Knight, Noah Fierer & Gautam Dantas

Ancient and diverse antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) have previously been identified from soil, including genes identical to those in human pathogens. Despite the apparent overlap between soil and clinical resistomes, factors influencing ARG composition in soil and their movement between genomes and habitats remain largely unknown. General metagenome functions often correlate with the underlying structure of bacterial communities. However, ARGs are proposed to be highly mobile, prompting speculation that resistomes may not correlate with phylogenetic signatures or ecological divisions. To investigate these relationships, we performed functional metagenomic selections for resistance to 18 antibiotics from 18 agricultural and grassland soils. The 2,895 ARGs we discovered were mostly new, and represent all major resistance mechanisms. We demonstrate that distinct soil types harbour distinct resistomes, and that the addition of nitrogen fertilizer strongly influenced soil ARG content. Resistome composition also correlated with microbial phylogenetic and taxonomic structure, both across and within soil types. Consistent with this strong correlation, mobility elements (genes responsible for horizontal gene transfer between bacteria such as transposases and integrases) syntenic with ARGs were rare in soil by comparison with sequenced pathogens, suggesting that ARGs may not transfer between soil bacteria as readily as is observed between human pathogens. Together, our results indicate that bacterial community composition is the primary determinant of soil ARG content, challenging previous hypotheses that horizontal gene transfer effectively decouples resistomes from phylogeny.

对应Nature杂志: 2014年5月29日Nature杂志精选

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