Design and validation of 16S rRNA probes to enumerate members of the Clostridium leptum subgroup in human faecal microbiota

Authors

  • Christophe Lay,

    1. Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Unité d’Écologie et de Physiologie du Système Digestif, bât. 405, Domaine de Vilvert, 78352 Jouy en Josas Cedex, France.
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  • Malène Sutren,

    1. Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Unité d’Écologie et de Physiologie du Système Digestif, bât. 405, Domaine de Vilvert, 78352 Jouy en Josas Cedex, France.
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  • Violaine Rochet,

    1. Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Unité d’Écologie et de Physiologie du Système Digestif, bât. 405, Domaine de Vilvert, 78352 Jouy en Josas Cedex, France.
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  • Katiana Saunier,

    1. Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Unité d’Écologie et de Physiologie du Système Digestif, bât. 405, Domaine de Vilvert, 78352 Jouy en Josas Cedex, France.
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  • Joël Doré,

    Corresponding author
    1. Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Unité d’Écologie et de Physiologie du Système Digestif, bât. 405, Domaine de Vilvert, 78352 Jouy en Josas Cedex, France.
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  • Lionel Rigottier-Gois

    1. Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Unité d’Écologie et de Physiologie du Système Digestif, bât. 405, Domaine de Vilvert, 78352 Jouy en Josas Cedex, France.
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Summary

Among human faecal bacteria, many members of the Clostridium leptum subgroup are fibrolytic and butyrate producing microorganisms thereby contributing to processes important to colonic health. Yet this phylogenetic subgroup remains poorly described to date. To improve detection and description of members of the C. leptum subgroup, the Clep 866 group probe was developed. Its association with probes targeting the Clostridium viride cluster (Cvir 1414) and Eubacterium desmolans species (Edes 635) allowed for the first time the detection of all members found in this phylogenetic group in human faecal microbiota. A species-specific probe was also designed to detect members of the Ruminococcus callidus species (Rcal 733). The design of signature regions was based on alignment of 16S rRNA sequences isolated from faeces of five healthy adults. Furthermore, an oligonucleotide competitor strategy was developed in order to improve the specificity of the probes formerly validated or designed in this study. The oligonucleotide probes were tested using a collection of target and non-target strains using FISH combined with flow cytometry. These new probes were added to a panel of 18 phylogenetic probes selected to describe faecal microbiota composition in 21 human faeces of healthy adults. Clostridium leptum subgroup represented 22% of the total faecal bacteria and codominated with members of Clostridium coccoides group. The cluster Faecalibacterium prausnitzii was the dominant component of the C. leptum subgroup and 20% of the latter subgroup remained unidentified at the species level.

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