|Title||Sex-Specific Linkages Between Taxonomic and Functional Profiles of Tick Gut Microbiomes|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Authors||Obregon D, Bard E, Abrial D, Estrada-Pena A, Cabezas-Cruz A|
|Journal||Front Cell Infect Microbiol.|
Ticks transmit the most diverse array of disease agents and harbor one of the most diverse microbial communities. Major progress has been made in the characterization of the taxonomic profiles of tick microbiota. However, the functional profiles of tick microbiome have been comparatively less studied. In this proof of concept we used state-of-the-art functional metagenomics analytical tools to explore previously reported datasets of bacteria found in male and female Ixodes ovatus, Ixodes persulcatus, and Amblyomma variegatum. Results showed that both taxonomic and functional profiles have differences between sexes of the same species.