Computational protocol: Complete Genome Sequences of Eight Helicobacter pylori Strains with Different Virulence Factor Genotypes and Methylation Profiles, Isolated from Patients with Diverse Gastrointestinal Diseases on Okinawa Island, Japan, Determined Using PacBio Single-Molecule Real-Time Technology

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[…] Helicobacter pylori is a spiral-shaped, Gram-negative, microaerophilic bacterium that colonizes the stomach. Its genome consists of a circular chromosome with a size of around 1.6 Mb, an average G+C content of 39% (), and high allelic diversity (). Approximately half of the world’s population harbors the bacterium (). Infection with H. pylori occurs worldwide, but the prevalence varies greatly among populations (). The vast majority of infected patients are asymptomatic; however, H. pylori infection is linked with the development of certain gastrointestinal diseases ().Okinawa is the southernmost prefecture of Japan, with a population of approximately 1.4 million people. Although there is no significant difference in H. pylori prevalence between Okinawa (42% in 2004) and other areas in Japan (, ), the incidence of gastric cancer in Okinawa (6.0 deaths/100,000 population in 2012) is by far the lowest in Japan (10.5 deaths/100,000 population in 2012) [Center for Cancer Control and Information Services, National Cancer Center, Japan;]. In our previous study, we determined the genotypes of cagA and vacA virulence factors using PCR and Sanger-based sequencing technology and revealed an association between H. pylori virulence factors and gastroduodenal diseases in Okinawa (). In the present study, we performed whole-genome sequencing and DNA methylation detection for eight H. pylori Okinawa strains using PacBio single-molecule real-time (SMRT) sequencing technology () to gain broader insights into the virulence of H. pylori (, ).Next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies are widely used in genomics studies. However, due to their PCR-amplification bias and shortness of read lengths, they are inadequate to generate the finished genome assemblies of H. pylori strains because of the low G+C content and large numbers of repetitive regions in such strains (). In contrast, the SMRT technology provides real-time analysis of biomolecules at single-molecule resolution. It achieves unbiased G+C coverage (), extraordinarily long, multikilobase reads (), and direct methylation sequencing ().H. pylori Okinawa strains examined in the present study had been previously isolated from patients with gastric atrophy, gastric ulcer, or duodenal ulcer (). Whole-genome sequencing of eight H. pylori Okinawa strains was carried out using the PacBio RS (Pacific Biosciences, Menlo Park, CA) platform with a 10-kb insert library and XL/C2 chemistry. De novo assembly was conducted using the hierarchical genome assembly process (HGAP) workflow (), including consensus polishing with Quiver. This workflow resulted in a single, complete contig for each genome. Annotation was added by the NCBI Prokaryotic Genome Annotation Pipeline (PGAP) (). DNA methylation detection was also carried out using the kinetics data collected during the sequencing process. A total of 24 methylation motifs were found to be common to two or more strains. Interestingly, some motifs were associated with the genotypes of virulence factors. A summary of statistics for these eight H. pylori Okinawa strains is shown in . A detailed comparative analysis of these genomes will be included in a future publication. […]

Pipeline specifications

Software tools HGAP, PGAP
Application WGS analysis
Organisms Helicobacter pylori, Homo sapiens
Diseases Gastrointestinal Diseases