NGS shows less bacterial species richness in allergic dogs vs healthy dogs
Rodrigues Hoffmann et al. identified a large amount of previously uncultured or rarely isolated microbes in the skin of dogs. The skin of dogs is inhabited by much more rich and diverse microbial communities than was previously thought based on culture-based methods.
Rodrigues Hoffmann et al. PloS one 2014; 9.1,e83197
NGS aids diagnosis and treatment of acute cystitis
McDonald et al. showed that patients with acute cystitis had significantly improved symptom scores when their treatment was based on DNA NGS results versus traditional culture and sensitivity. 100% of patients showed positive results in DNA NGS, while only 30% patients had positive urine culture and sensitivity results.
McDonald et al. Rev Urol. 2017; 19(4):213-220. doi:10.3909/riu0780
NGS points at bacterial dysbiosis in allergen-induced canine atopic dermatitis
Pierezan et al. showed that allergen challenge in dogs is associated with a bacterial dysbiosis during the development of skin lesions and S. pseud-intermedius plays an important role in this dysbiosis.
Pierezan et al. Vet Dermatol. 2016; 27:332-e82. doi:10.1111/vde.12366
NGS links canine gut microbiome to behavioral traits
Kirchoff et al. report in their recent publication data that supports that there is link between the presence and abundance of certain gut bacteria and different behavioral traits in Pit Bull type dogs.
According to Weinstock et al. NGS has the potential to"revolutionize the clinical microbiology laboratory by replacing current time-consuming and labor-intensive techniques with a single, all-inclusive diagnostic test."
Weinstock et al. 2016; Applications of clinical microbial next-generation sequencing.
Discovery of novel canine oral bacteria with the help of NGS
The oral microbiome is quite different between humans and dogs as we share only about 16% of our oral bacteria with dogs. The canine oral cavity is characterized by a rich and diverse bacterial community and Dewhirst et al. discovered several unnamed bacterial taxa.