The Mouse Gastrointestinal Bacteria Catalogue enables translation between the mouse and human gut microbiotas via functional mapping

Benjamin S. Beresford-Jones, Samuel C. Forster, Mark D. Stares, George Notley, Elisa Viciani, Hilary P. Browne, Daniel J. Boehmler, Amelia T. Soderholm, Nitin Kumar, Kevin Vervier, Justin R. Cross, Alexandre Almeida, Trevor D. Lawley, Virginia A. Pedicord

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Human health and disease have increasingly been shown to be impacted by the gut microbiota, and mouse models are essential for investigating these effects. However, the compositions of human and mouse gut microbiotas are distinct, limiting translation of microbiota research between these hosts. To address this, we constructed the Mouse Gastrointestinal Bacteria Catalogue (MGBC), a repository of 26,640 high-quality mouse microbiota-derived bacterial genomes. This catalog enables species-level analyses for mapping functions of interest and identifying functionally equivalent taxa between the microbiotas of humans and mice. We have complemented this with a publicly deposited collection of 223 bacterial isolates, including 62 previously uncultured species, to facilitate experimental investigation of individual commensal bacteria functions in vitro and in vivo. Together, these resources provide the ability to identify and test functionally equivalent members of the host-specific gut microbiotas of humans and mice and support the informed use of mouse models in human microbiota research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-138.e8
Number of pages24
JournalCell Host & Microbe
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • bacteria culture collection
  • butyrate
  • commensal bacteria
  • functionally equivalent species
  • gut microbiota
  • microbial drug metabolism
  • mouse gut metagenomes
  • mouse models
  • public database
  • translation between mouse and human

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