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The most widely used 16S rRNA-based MiSeq sequencing strategies include a single- [2, 3] or a recently developed dual-indexing [4] approach targeting the V4 hypervariable region of the 16S rRNA gene. These strategies leverage custom 16S rRNA PCR primers that enable multiplexing of samples and direct sequencing on the MiSeq instrument, but do not fully maximize the potential, or directly address the known limitations, of the sequencing technology. The single-indexing strategy requires large numbers of barcoded primers (one per sample) and custom sequencing primers, increasing costs and limiting flexibility. The current dual-indexing approach reduces the number of primers needed, but the low diversity issue still has not been addressed. This results in sequencing reads with bases of suboptimal quality that must be removed before analysis, resulting in shorter reads and analytical challenges. Here, we address the technical limitations of the MiSeq platform for 16S rRNA gene sequencing using both 250PE and 300PE protocols, and present a cost-effective approach to generate high-quality barcoded 16S rRNA gene amplicons by leveraging dual-indexed primers with built-in heterogeneity spacers.

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Despite the extensive progress achieved in the field of AF sequence comparison [5], developers and users of AF methods face several difficulties. New AF methods are usually evaluated by their authors, and the results are published together with these new methods. Therefore, it is difficult to compare the performance of these tools since they are based on inconsistent evaluation strategies, varying benchmarking data sets and variable testing criteria. Moreover, new methods are usually evaluated with relatively small data sets selected by their authors, and they are compared with a very limited set of alternative AF approaches. As a consequence, the assessment of new algorithms by individual researchers presently consumes a substantial amount of time and computational resources, compounded by the unintended biases of partial comparison. To date, no comprehensive benchmarking platform has been established for AF sequence comparison to select algorithms for different sequence types (e.g., genes, proteins, regulatory elements, or genomes) under different evolutionary scenarios (e.g., high mutability or horizontal gene transfer (HGT)). As a result, users of these methods cannot easily identify appropriate tools for the problems at hand and are instead often confused by a plethora of existing programs of unclear applicability to their study. Finally, as for other software tools in bioinformatics, the results of most AF tools strongly depend on the specified parameter values. For many AF methods, the word length k is a crucial parameter. Note, however, that words are used in different ways by different AF methods, so there can be no universal optimal word length k for all AF programs. Instead, different optimal word lengths have to be identified for the different methods. In addition, best parameter values may depend on the data-analysis task at hand, for instance, whether a set of protein sequences is to be grouped into protein families or superfamilies.

To address these problems, we developed AFproject ( ), a publicly available web-based service for comprehensive and unbiased evaluation of AF tools. The service is based on eight well-established and widely used reference sequence data sets as well as four new data sets. It can be used to comprehensively evaluate AF methods under five different sequence analysis scenarios: protein sequence classification, gene tree inference, regulatory sequence identification, genome-based phylogenetics, and HGT (Table 2). To evaluate the existing AF methods with these data sets, we asked the developers of 24 AF tools to run their software on our data sets or to recommend suitable input parameter values appropriate for each data set. In total, our study involved 10,202 program runs, resulting in 1,020,493,359 pairwise sequence comparisons (Table 1; Additional file 1: Table S1). All benchmarking results are stored and can be downloaded, reproduced, and inspected with the AFproject website. Thus, any future evaluation results can be seamlessly compared to the existing ones obtained using the same reference data sets with precisely defined software parameters. By providing a way to automatically include new methods and to disseminate their results publicly, we aim to maintain an up-to-date and comprehensive assessment of state-of-the-art AF tools, allowing contributions and continuous updates by all developers of AF-based methods.

To automate AF method benchmarking with a wide range of reference data sets, we developed a publicly available web-based evaluation framework (Fig. 1). Using this workflow, an AF method developer who wants to evaluate their own algorithm first downloads sequence data sets from one or more of the five categories (e.g., data set of protein sequences with low identity from the protein sequence classification category) from the server. The developer then uses the downloaded data set to calculate pairwise AF distances or dissimilarity scores between the sequences of the selected data sets. The benchmarking service accepts the resulting pairwise distances in tab-separated value (TSV) format or as a matrix of pairwise distances in standard PHYLIP format. In addition, benchmarking procedures in two categories (genome-based phylogeny and horizontal gene transfer) also support trees in Newick format to allow for further comparative analysis of tree topologies.

AF methods are particularly popular in genome-based phylogenetic studies [11, 14, 15, 39] because of (i) the considerable size of the input data, (ii) variable rates of evolution across the genomes, and (iii) complex correspondence of the sequence parts, often resulting from genome rearrangements such as inversions, translocations, chromosome fusions, chromosome fissions, and reciprocal translocations [4, 73]. We assessed the ability of AF methods to infer species trees using benchmarking data from different taxonomic groups, including bacteria, animals, and plants. Here, we used completely assembled genomes as well as simulated unassembled next-generation sequencing reads at different levels of coverage.

kWIP [44] estimates genetic dissimilarity between samples directly from next-generation sequencing data without the need for a reference genome. The tool uses the weighted inner product (WIP) metric, which aims at reducing the effect of technical and biological noise and elevating the relevant genetic signal by weighting k-mer counts by their informational entropy across the analysis set. This procedure downweights k-mers that are typically uninformative (highly abundant or present in very few samples).

Skmer [50] estimates phylogenetic distances between samples of raw sequencing reads. Skmer runs mash [11] internally to compute the k-mer profile of genome skims and their intersection and estimates the genomic distances by correcting for the effect of low coverage and sequencing error. The tool can estimate distances between samples with high accuracy from low-coverage and mixed-coverage genome skims with no prior knowledge of the coverage or the sequencing error.

All organisms (bacteria, vegetable, mammal) have a unique genetic code, or genome, that is composed of nucleotide bases (A, T, C, and G). If you know the sequence of the bases in an organism, you have identified its unique DNA fingerprint, or pattern. Determining the order of bases is called sequencing. Whole genome sequencing is a laboratory procedure that determines the order of bases in the genome of an organism in one process.

Since 2019, whole genome sequencing has been the standard PulseNet method for detecting and investigating foodborne outbreaks associated with bacteria such as Campylobacter, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), Salmonella, Vibrio, and Listeria. Since being launched, whole genome sequencing of pathogens in public health laboratories has improved surveillance for foodborne disease outbreaks and enhanced our ability to detect trends in foodborne infections and antimicrobial resistance. Whole genome sequencing provides detailed and precise data for identifying outbreaks sooner. Additionally, whole genome sequencing is used to characterize bacteria as well as track outbreaks; this greatly improves the efficiency of how PulseNet conducts surveillance.

Whole genome sequencing (WGS) of foodborne pathogens has become an effective method for investigating the information contained in the genome sequence of bacterial pathogens. In addition, its highly discriminative power enables the comparison of genetic relatedness between bacteria even on a sub-species level. For this reason, WGS is being implemented worldwide and across sectors (human, veterinary, food, and environment) for the investigation of disease outbreaks, source attribution, and improved risk characterization models. In order to extract relevant information from the large quantity and complex data produced by WGS, a host of bioinformatics tools has been developed, allowing users to analyze and interpret sequencing data, starting from simple gene-searches to complex phylogenetic studies. Depending on the research question, the complexity of the dataset and their bioinformatics skill set, users can choose between a great variety of tools for the analysis of WGS data. In this review, we describe the relevant approaches for phylogenomic studies for outbreak studies and give an overview of selected tools for the characterization of foodborne pathogens based on WGS data. Despite the efforts of the last years, harmonization and standardization of typing tools are still urgently needed to allow for an easy comparison of data between laboratories, moving towards a one health worldwide surveillance system for foodborne pathogens.

There is a variety of tools available for SNP calling, such as SAMtools [35], GATK [36] and Freebayes [37]. Furthermore there are specialized pipelines for SNP calling from bacterial genomes, for example Snippy ( ), CFSAN SNP Pipeline [38], NASP [32] and BactSNP [39]. Other solutions are targeted to routine sequencing and SNP calling such as SnapperDB [15], which is essentially a database that stores variant call files from each isolate. This has the advantage that new strains can be compared to the database and a pairwise distance matrix can be updated quickly, which allows easy clustering and searching.


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