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Design and application of group-specific oligonucleotide probes for detecting and monitoring mouse Clostridia

Momose, Yoshika, Park, Sang-Hee, Niwa, Hidekazu, Iwasaki, Teruko, Maruyama, Aya, Raangs, Gerwin C, Harmsen, Hermie J M, Welling, Gjalt W, Itoh, Kikuji
Laboratory animals 2011 v.45 no.4 pp. 259-267
Bacteroides, Clostridium, Lactobacillus, bacterial communities, fluorescence in situ hybridization, hosts, intestinal microorganisms, intestines, mice, monitoring, oligonucleotide probes, specific pathogen-free animals
Clostridia dominate the rodent intestinal bacterial community and play an important role in physiological functions of the host. However, their ecology and diversity are still unclear. In our previous report, we showed that phylogenetically novel groups of Clostridia inhabit the mouse intestine and contribute to the normalization of germfree mice. In this study, five new oligonucleotide probes were designed and applied to detect these clostridial groups that are essential for the normalization of germfree mice. Faecal microbiota of conventional mouse strains and specific pathogen-free mice from different breeding colonies were analysed by fluorescence in situ hybridization using these five probes. Our results showed that the composition of Clostridia differed among mouse strains and also among mouse groups of the same inbred strain from different breeding colonies. These five new probes for mouse Clostridia were able to detect the difference in clostridial diversity in each mouse group. In addition to Clostridium, we also analysed Bacteroides and Lactobacillus using previously described probes and the number or the frequency of occurrence of Bacteroides was shown to be different among mouse groups analysed. The oligonucleotide probe set including our newly developed and previously described probes used in this study can be applied to monitoring of significant groups of mouse intestinal microbiota.