Holo-Omics: Integrated Host-Microbiota Multi-omics for Basic and Applied Biological Research

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From ontogenesis to homeostasis, the phenotypes of complex organisms are shaped by the bidirectional interactions between the host organisms and their associated microbiota. Current technology can reveal many such interactions by combining multi-omic data from both hosts and microbes. However, exploring the full extent of these interactions requires careful consideration of study design for the efficient generation and optimal integration of data derived from (meta)genomics, (meta)transcriptomics, (meta)proteomics, and (meta)metabolomics. In this perspective, we introduce the holo-omic approach that incorporates multi-omic data from both host and microbiota domains to untangle the interplay between the two. We revisit the recent literature on biomolecular host-microbe interactions and discuss the implementation and current limitations of the holo-omic approach. We anticipate that the application of this approach can contribute to opening new research avenues and discoveries in biomedicine, biotechnology, agricultural and aquacultural sciences, nature conservation, as well as basic ecological and evolutionary research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101414
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)1-16
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • Evolutionary Biology, Microbiome

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