Study examines microbial composition in bat lung tissue

Announcement of a new article publication for zoonoses log. Bats are the hosts of multiple pathogens, but the microbial composition of their lung tissue remains unknown. This study investigates the species composition and genera of major airway pathogenic bacteria in bat lung tissue.

A microbiota study was conducted in Hebei, Henan and Guizhou provinces of China. Lung tissues were collected from 104 healthy bats. The lung tissue was subjected to 16S ribosomal ribonucleic acid gene sequencing.

7,708,734 high quality bacterial sequences were obtained from 104 healthy bats. In all, the annotations indicated 55 phyla, 73 classes, 164 orders, 322 families, and 953 genera. The lung microbiota was highly polymorphic and variable among bats from Hebei, Henan and Guizhou. The genetic characteristics of the main recognized respiratory pathogens in the samples were analyzed.

The findings indicate that the lungs of bats contain numerous bacteria of pathogenic importance. Pathogens spread through the airways of bats and are widely distributed among bats. Because bats prefer to inhabit areas that bring them into close contact with humans, such as eaves and old buildings, further research is warranted to identify bat microbiota and their possible effects on humans.


Magazine reference:

Zhao, N., et al. (2022) Microbial communities in the lungs of bats in China. zoonoses.

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