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Article: Toward a Metagenomic Understanding on the Bacterial Composition and Resistome in Hong Kong Banknotes

TitleToward a Metagenomic Understanding on the Bacterial Composition and Resistome in Hong Kong Banknotes
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Issue Date2017
PublisherFrontiers Research Foundation. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.frontiersin.org/microbiology/
Citation
Frontiers in Microbiology, 2017, v. 8, p. 632:1-12 How to Cite?
AbstractCurrency is possibly one of the main media transmitting pathogens and drug resistance due to its wide circulation in daily life. In this study, we made a comprehensive characterization of the bacterial community present on banknotes collected from different geographical regions of Hong Kong (HK) by performing in vitro characterization of the bacterial presence and resistome profile, as well as metagenomic analysis including microbial diversity, the prevalence of potential pathogens, the dissemination potential of antibiotic-resistance genes (ARGs), among others. When comparing the bacterial community of HK banknotes with other HK environmental samples, including water and marine sediment, we revealed that HK banknotes cover nearly 50% of total genera found in all the environmental samples, implying that banknotes harbor diverse bacteria originated from a variety of environments. Furthermore, the banknotes have higher abundance of potential pathogenic species (~5 times more) and ARGs (~5 times more) with higher dissemination potential (~48 times more) compared with other environmental samples. These findings unveiled the capabilities of this common medium of exchange to accommodate various bacteria, and transmit pathogens and antibiotic resistance. Furthermore, the observed independence of microbiome profile from the city's topological indices led us to formulate a hypothesis that due to their high circulation banknotes may harbor a homogenized microbiome.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/240891
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dc.contributor.authorYoshitaro, H-
dc.contributor.authorDissanayake, T-
dc.contributor.authorZheng, T-
dc.contributor.authorKang, K-
dc.contributor.authorYueqiong, N-
dc.contributor.authorXu, Z-
dc.contributor.authorSarkar, C-
dc.contributor.authorWoo, PCY-
dc.contributor.authorChow, BKC-
dc.contributor.authorBaker, DM-
dc.contributor.authorYan, A-
dc.contributor.authorWebster, CJ-
dc.contributor.authorPanagiotou, I-
dc.contributor.authorLi, J-
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-22T09:18:57Z-
dc.date.available2017-05-22T09:18:57Z-
dc.date.issued2017-
dc.identifier.citationFrontiers in Microbiology, 2017, v. 8, p. 632:1-12-
dc.identifier.issn1664-302X-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/240891-
dc.description.abstractCurrency is possibly one of the main media transmitting pathogens and drug resistance due to its wide circulation in daily life. In this study, we made a comprehensive characterization of the bacterial community present on banknotes collected from different geographical regions of Hong Kong (HK) by performing in vitro characterization of the bacterial presence and resistome profile, as well as metagenomic analysis including microbial diversity, the prevalence of potential pathogens, the dissemination potential of antibiotic-resistance genes (ARGs), among others. When comparing the bacterial community of HK banknotes with other HK environmental samples, including water and marine sediment, we revealed that HK banknotes cover nearly 50% of total genera found in all the environmental samples, implying that banknotes harbor diverse bacteria originated from a variety of environments. Furthermore, the banknotes have higher abundance of potential pathogenic species (~5 times more) and ARGs (~5 times more) with higher dissemination potential (~48 times more) compared with other environmental samples. These findings unveiled the capabilities of this common medium of exchange to accommodate various bacteria, and transmit pathogens and antibiotic resistance. Furthermore, the observed independence of microbiome profile from the city's topological indices led us to formulate a hypothesis that due to their high circulation banknotes may harbor a homogenized microbiome.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherFrontiers Research Foundation. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.frontiersin.org/microbiology/-
dc.relation.ispartofFrontiers in Microbiology-
dc.rightsThis Document is Protected by copyright and was first published by Frontiers. All rights reserved. It is reproduced with permission.-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.titleToward a Metagenomic Understanding on the Bacterial Composition and Resistome in Hong Kong Banknotes-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailSarkar, C: csarkar@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailWoo, PCY: pcywoo@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailChow, BKC: bkcc@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailBaker, DM: dmbaker@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailYan, A: ayan8@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailWebster, CJ: cwebster@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailPanagiotou, I: gipa@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailLi, J: lijun.sci@connect.hku.hk-
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dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.3389/fmicb.2017.00632-
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC5389987-
dc.identifier.hkuros272165-
dc.identifier.volume8-
dc.identifier.spage632:1-
dc.identifier.epage12-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000399182900001-
dc.publisher.placeSwitzerland-

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