Changes of the intestinal microbiota along the gut of Japanese Eel (Anguilla japonica)

P. Zhu, M. K. S. Wong, X. Lin, T. F. Chan, Chris K. C. Wong*, K. P. Lai*, William K. F. Tse*

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Fish intestine contains different types of microbiomes, and bacteria are the dominant microbiota in fishes. Studies have identified various core gut bacteria in fishes. However, little is known about the composition and their relative functions of gut microbial community along the intestine. To explore this, the current study investigated the microbial community distribution along the gut in Anguilla japonica. By 16S rRNA gene sequencing, we profiled the gut microbiota in eel along the three regions (anterior intestine (AI), the middle intestine (MI) and the posterior intestine (PI)). Results suggested that the three regions did not have significant differences on the observed species and diversities. The cluster tree analysis showed that the bacteria community in MI was closer to PI than the AI. The dominant bacteria in AI were the Proteobacteria, in which the majority was graduated replaced by Bacteroidetes along the gut to PI region. Through PICRUSt analysis, shifts in the bacterial community along the gut were found to affect the genetic information processing pathways. Higher levels of translation and transcriptional pathway activities were found in MI and PI than in AI. The dominant bacterial species were different among the regions and contributed to various biological functions along the gut.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-541
Number of pages13
JournalLetters in Applied Microbiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

User-Defined Keywords

  • 16S rRNA gene sequencing
  • anterior intestine
  • gut bacteria
  • middle intestine
  • posterior intestine


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