A common protocol for the simultaneous processing of multiple clinically relevant bacterial species for whole genome sequencing.
Raven, Kathy E
Girgis, Sophia T
Nature Publishing Group
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Raven, K. E., Girgis, S. T., Akram, A., Blane, B., Leek, D., Brown, N., & Peacock, S. (2021). A common protocol for the simultaneous processing of multiple clinically relevant bacterial species for whole genome sequencing.. Scientific reports, 11 (1), 193. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-80031-8
Whole-genome sequencing is likely to become increasingly used by local clinical microbiology laboratories, where sequencing volume is low compared with national reference laboratories. Here, we describe a universal protocol for simultaneous DNA extraction and sequencing of numerous different bacterial species, allowing mixed species sequence runs to meet variable laboratory demand. We assembled test panels representing 20 clinically relevant bacterial species. The DNA extraction process used the QIAamp mini DNA kit, to which different combinations of reagents were added. Thereafter, a common protocol was used for library preparation and sequencing. The addition of lysostaphin, lysozyme or buffer ATL (a tissue lysis buffer) alone did not produce sufficient DNA for library preparation across the species tested. By contrast, lysozyme plus lysostaphin produced sufficient DNA across all 20 species. DNA from 15 of 20 species could be extracted from a 24-hour culture plate, while the remainder required 48-72 hours. The process demonstrated 100% reproducibility. Sequencing of the resulting DNA was used to recapitulate previous findings for species, outbreak detection, antimicrobial resistance gene detection and capsular type. This single protocol for simultaneous processing and sequencing of multiple bacterial species supports low volume and rapid turnaround time by local clinical microbiology laboratories.
Wellcome Trust (098600/Z/12/Z)
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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-80031-8
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