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Troll, M. ; Brandmaier, S. ; Reitmeier, S.* ; Adam, J. ; Sharma, S. ; Sommer, A. ; Bind, M.A.* ; Neuhaus, K.* ; Clavel, T.* ; Adamski, J. ; Haller, D.* ; Peters, A. ; Grallert, H.

Investigation of adiposity measures and operational taxonomic unit (OTU) data transformation procedures in stool samples from a German Cohort Study using machine learning algorithms.

Microorganisms 8:547 (2020)
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The analysis of the gut microbiome with respect to health care prevention and diagnostic purposes is increasingly the focus of current research. We analyzed around 2000 stool samples from the KORA (Cooperative Health Research in the Region of Augsburg) cohort using high-throughput 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing representing a total microbial diversity of 2089 operational taxonomic units (OTUs). We evaluated the combination of three different components to assess the reflection of obesity related to microbiota profiles: (i) four prediction methods (i.e., partial least squares (PLS), support vector machine regression (SVMReg), random forest (RF), and M5Rules); (ii) five OTU data transformation approaches (i.e., no transformation, relative abundance without and with log-transformation, as well as centered and isometric log-ratio transformations); and (iii) predictions from nine measurements of obesity (i.e., body mass index, three measures of body shape, and five measures of body composition). Our results showed a substantial impact of all three components. The applications of SVMReg and PLS in combination with logarithmic data transformations resulted in considerably predictive models for waist circumference-related endpoints. These combinations were at best able to explain almost 40% of the variance in obesity measurements based on stool microbiota data (i.e., OTUs) only. A reduced loss in predictive performance was seen after sex-stratification in waist-height ratio compared to other waist-related measurements. Moreover, our analysis showed that the contribution of OTUs less prevalent and abundant is minor concerning the predictive power of our models.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
Schlagwörter 16s Rrna ; Gut Microbiota ; Machine Learning ; Obesity ; Waist–height Ratio; Bioelectrical-impedance Analysis; Microbiome; Equation; Health; Index
ISSN (print) / ISBN 2076-2607
e-ISSN 2076-2607
Zeitschrift Microorganisms
Quellenangaben Band: 8, Heft: 4, Seiten: , Artikelnummer: 547 Supplement: ,
Verlag MDPI
Verlagsort Basel
Begutachtungsstatus Peer reviewed
Institut(e) Institute of Epidemiology II (EPI2)
Molecular endocrinology and metabolism (MEM)