MinION nanopore sequencing identifies the position and structure of a bacterial antibiotic resistance island

Philip M. Ashton, Satheesh Nair, Tim Dallman*, Salvatore Rubino, Wolfgang Rabsch, Solomon Mwaigwisya, John Wain, Justin O'Grady

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Short-read, high-throughput sequencing technology cannot identify the chromosomal position of repetitive insertion sequences that typically flank horizontally acquired genes such as bacterial virulence genes and antibiotic resistance genes. The MinION nanopore sequencer can produce long sequencing reads on a device similar in size to a USB memory stick. Here we apply a MinION sequencer to resolve the structure and chromosomal insertion site of a composite antibiotic resistance island in Salmonella Typhi Haplotype 58. Nanopore sequencing data from a single 18-h run was used to create a scaffold for an assembly generated from short-read Illumina data. Our results demonstrate the potential of the MinION device in clinical laboratories to fully characterize the epidemic spread of bacterial pathogens.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbernbt.3103
Pages (from-to)296-302
Number of pages7
JournalNature Biotechnology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
M. Day (Salmonella Reference Unit, Public Health England) for antibiotic susceptibility tests. J.O’G. and J.W. were funded by the University of East Anglia. We would like to thank Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd. for including us in the MinION Access Programme. We would also like to thank L. Nederbragt for a thorough review and contributions toward the presentation of Figure 1.

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