Assessment of two DNA extraction kits for profiling poultry respiratory microbiota from multiple sample types

Michael E.C. Abundo, John M. Ngunjiri, Kara J.M. Taylor, Hana Ji, Amir Ghorbani, K. C. Mahesh, Bonnie P. Weber, Timothy J. Johnson, Chang Won Lee

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Characterization of poultry microbiota is becoming increasingly important due to the growing need for microbiome-based interventions to improve poultry health and production performance. However, the lack of standardized protocols for sampling, sample processing, DNA extraction, sequencing, and bioinformatic analysis can hinder data comparison between studies. Here, we investigated how the DNA extraction process affects microbial community compositions and diversity metrics in different chicken respiratory sample types including choanal and tracheal swabs, nasal cavity and tracheal washes, and lower respiratory lavage. We did a side-by-side comparison of the performances of Qiagen DNeasy blood and tissue (BT) and ZymoBIOMICS DNA Miniprep (ZB) kits. In general, samples extracted with the BT kit yielded higher concentrations of total DNA while those extracted with the ZB kit contained higher numbers of bacterial 16S rRNA gene copies per unit volume. Therefore, the samples were normalized to equal amounts of 16S rRNA gene copies prior to sequencing. For each sample type, all predominant bacterial taxa detected in samples extracted with one kit were present in replicate samples extracted with the other kit and did not show significant differences at the class level. However, a few differentially abundant shared taxa were observed at family and genus levels. Furthermore, between-kit differences in alpha and beta diversity metrics at the amplicon sequence variant level were statistically indistinguishable. Therefore, both kits perform similarly in terms of 16S rRNA gene-based poultry microbiome analysis for the sample types analyzed in this study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0241732
JournalPloS one
Issue number1 January
StatePublished - Jan 2021

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Abundo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


  • Animals
  • Chickens/microbiology
  • DNA, Bacterial/chemistry
  • DNA, Ribosomal/genetics
  • Microbiota
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S/genetics
  • Reagent Kits, Diagnostic
  • Respiratory System/microbiology

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.


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