Brazilian Journal of Microbiology

, Volume 50, Issue 4, pp 1115–1124 | Cite as

A common vaginal microbiota composition among breeds of Bos taurus indicus (Gyr and Nellore)

  • Silvia Giannattasio-Ferraz
  • Mateus Laguardia-Nascimento
  • Marcela Ribeiro Gasparini
  • Laura Rabelo Leite
  • Flávio Marcos Gomes Araujo
  • Anna Christina de Matos Salim
  • André Penido de Oliveira
  • Jacques Robert Nicoli
  • Guilherme Corrêa de Oliveira
  • Flavio Guimarães da Fonseca
  • Edel Figueiredo Barbosa-StancioliEmail author
Veterinary Microbiology - Research Paper


Describing the bovine vaginal microbiota is essential to better understand its physiology and its impact on health maintenance. Despite the economic importance of reproduction of these animals, bovine vaginal microbial community is still poorly described in comparison with rumen microbiome. Previous studies of our group described the vaginal microbiota of Nellore, an important Bos taurus indicus breed, using metagenomics. In order to better understand this microbiota, the present work aims to investigate another important breed, Gyr. Results have shown bacterial dominance over Archaea and Fungi was observed, with the most abundant bacterial phylum (Firmicutes) representing 40–50% of bacterial population, followed by Bacteroidetes, Proteobacteria, and Actinobacteria. The Fungi kingdom had the Mycosphaerella genus as its main representative, followed by Cladosporium. Archaea were observed at a very low abundance in all animals, with a high relative abundance of Methanobrevibacter genus. These results demonstrate a high microbial diversity on vaginal tract of Gyr, as demonstrated for Nellore and different from the previously described for other species. Our results indicate a great similarity between vaginal microbiota of Nellore and Gyr despite the differences in animal handling and genetic improvement. As observed for both breeds, individual variation is the largest source of microbial diversity between animals.


Microbiota Metagenomics Bovine Gyr Vaginal tract 



The study was supported by grants from the Brazilian Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq).

Author contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SGF, MLN, JRN, GCO and EFBS. Performed the experiments: SGF, MLN, MRG, FMGA, ACMS and APO. Analyzed the data: SGF, MLN and LRL. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: JRN, GCO, FGF and EFBS. Wrote the paper: SGF, MLN, JRN, GCO, FGF and EFBS. All authors reviewed the manuscript.


This study was supported by the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (Grant ID 473879/2013-1).

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethics approval

All procedures performed in studies involving animals were in accordance with the ethical standards of Ethics Committee in Animal Experimentation of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil (CETEA/UFMG - 95/2012) at which the studies were conducted.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Silvia Giannattasio-Ferraz
    • 1
  • Mateus Laguardia-Nascimento
    • 1
  • Marcela Ribeiro Gasparini
    • 1
  • Laura Rabelo Leite
    • 2
  • Flávio Marcos Gomes Araujo
    • 2
  • Anna Christina de Matos Salim
    • 2
  • André Penido de Oliveira
    • 3
  • Jacques Robert Nicoli
    • 1
  • Guilherme Corrêa de Oliveira
    • 2
    • 4
  • Flavio Guimarães da Fonseca
    • 1
  • Edel Figueiredo Barbosa-Stancioli
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Departamento de Microbiologia, Instituto de Ciências BiológicasUniversidade Federal Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  2. 2.Centro de Pesquisa René Rachou – FIOCRUZBelo HorizonteBrazil
  3. 3.Empresa de Pesquisa Agropecuária de Minas Gerais – EPAMIGUberabaBrazil
  4. 4.Instituto Tecnológico ValeBelémBrazil

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