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Metagenomic analysis reveals a functional signature for biomass degradation by cecal microbiota in the leaf-eating flying squirrel (Petaurista alborufus lena)

Hsiao-Pei Lu1, Yu-bin Wang12, Shiao-Wei Huang1, Chung-Yen Lin2, Martin Wu3, Chih-hao Hsieh45 and Hon-Tsen Yu16*

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1 Institute of Zoology and Department of Life Science, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

2 Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

3 Department of Biology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 22904, USA

4 Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

5 Institute of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

6 Genome and Systems Biology Degree Program, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

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BMC Genomics 2012, 13:466  doi:10.1186/1471-2164-13-466

Published: 10 September 2012

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Rarefaction curves of observed species (a) and Chao1 diversity (b).

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Principal Coordinates Analysis (PCoA) based on the UniFrac metric comparing the phylogenetic composition of various gut microbiota. FS1 and FS2 represent cecal microbiota of 2 flying squirrels; M1, M2, and M3 represent cecal microbiota of 3 mice [14]; C8, C64, and C71 represent rumen microbiota of 3 cattle [15].

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Functional categories of the cecal microbiota of the flying squirrel, according to the COG database.

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Functional categories of the cecal microbiota of the flying squirrel, according to the KEGG database.

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Putative functions and taxonomic assignments of predicted ORFs of 2 fosmid inserts: Scaffold_56 (GenBank: JQ335997) and Scaffold_90 (GenBank: JQ335998).

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