Targeted Metatranscriptomics of Soil Microbial Communities with Stable Isotope Probing
Metatranscriptomics is a powerful tool for capturing gene expression patterns in microbial communities and investigating their responses to environmental conditions. Stable isotope probing (SIP) is a method to target specific functional groups of microorganisms in environmental samples. The combination of RNA-SIP with metatranscriptomic analysis enhances the detection and identification of mRNA from target microorganisms. In this chapter we provide a protocol for RNA-SIP, mRNA enrichment, and mRNA preparation for high-throughput sequencing using an example of targeting methanotrophs in rice field soil.
Key wordsMetatranscriptome Stable isotope probing Soil microbiome 13C-mRNA High-throughput sequencing