March 19, 2018

Enjoy today’s micro-Microbiome Digest!

More microbes

Pre-print: The Pseudomonas aeruginosa LasR quorum-sensing receptor balances ligand selectivity and sensitivity – Amelia R McCready – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

Living sensor can potentially prevent environmental disasters from fuel spills –

Bacteria found in water at Glasgow Royal Hospital for Children – BBC News


March 18, 2018

An interesting book and multiple animal microbiome papers for today’s digest!

General microbiome
Book: Clinical Immunology (Fifth Edition): Principles and Practice – Robert R. Rich, Thomas A. Fleisher, William T. Shearer, Harry W. Schroeder, Anthony J. Frew, Cornelia M. Weyand
Multiple chapters may be of interest, including:

Human skin microbiome
Review: Cutaneous Barriers and Skin Immunity: Differentiating A Connected Network – Stefanie Eyerich – Trends in Immunology

Human gut microbiome
TonB-dependent transport by the gut microbiota: novel aspects of an old problem – David N Bolam – Current Opinion on Structural Biology

ReviewFrailty and the gut – Antonio Di Sabatino – Digestive and Liver Disease

Animal experiments
Chronic exposure to low concentrations of lead induces metabolic disorder and dysbiosis of the gut microbiota in mice – Jizhou Xia – Science of the Total Environment

Polystyrene microplastics induce gut microbiota dysbiosis and hepatic lipid metabolism disorder in mice – Liang Lu – Science of the Total Environment

Expression of recombinant human lysozyme in bacterial artificial chromosome transgenic mice promotes the growth of Bifidobacterium and inhibits the growth of Salmonella in the intestine – Lu Dan – Journal of Biotechnology

Comparative analysis of gut microbial community in healthy and tibial dyschondroplasia affected chickens by high throughput sequencing – Xiaole Tong – Microbial Pathogenesis

Polysaccharide of Hericium erinaceus Attenuates Colitis in C57BL/6 Mice via Regulation of Oxidative Stress, Inflammation-related Signaling Pathways and Modulating the Composition of the Gut Microbiota – Yilin Ren – The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry

Variations in methane yield and microbial community profiles in the rumen of dairy cows as they pass through stages of first lactation – Tamsin Lyons – Journal of Dairy Science

Animal microbiome
Allelic variation in a single genomic region alters the microbiome of the snail Biomphalaria glabrata – Euan R O Allan – Journal of Heredity

Microbiomes associated with bovine periodontitis and oral health – Ana C. Borsanelli – Veterinary Microbiology

ReviewCurrent perspectives of the chicken gastrointestinal tract and its microbiome – D. Borda-Molina – Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal

Built environment
Review: Bioremediation of a pentacyclic PAH, Dibenz(a,h)Anthracene- A long road to trip with bacteria, fungi, autotrophic eukaryotes and surprises – Vidya Vasudevan – Chemosphere

Food microbiology
Microbial community dynamics of a blue-veined raw milk cheese from the United Kingdom – Dewi Yunita – Journal of Dairy Science

Probiotics / prebiotics / antibiotics
A mathematical model of multiple delayed feedback control system of the gut microbiota—Antibiotics injection controlled by measured metagenomic data – Yueping Dong – Nonlinear Analysis: Real World Applications

Review: Synthetic biology in probiotic lactic acid bacteria: At the frontier of living therapeutics – Zachary JS Mays – Current Opinion in Biotechnology

ReviewThe role of the gut microbiota in the pathology and prevention of liver disease – Alejandra Altamirano-Barrera – The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry

Phages and viruses
Preprint: Avian influenza viruses in wild birds: virus evolution in a multi-host ecosystem – Divya Venkatesh – bioRxiv

New Genomes
Sanguibacter massiliensis sp. nov., Actinomyces minihominissp. nov., Clostridium minihomine sp. nov., Neobittarella massiliensis gen. nov., and Miniphocibacter massiliensis gen. nov., new bacterial species isolated by culturomics from human stool samples. – Melhem Bilen – New Microbes and New Infections

Microbes in the news
Weighty challenge: Untangling obesity’s hidden picture – Jamie Morton – NZ Herald

Microbes on the market
Seres Therapeutics (NASDAQ:MCRB) Upgraded at Zacks Investment Research – Amber Thompson – Register Journal

March 17, 2018

A packed microbiome digest today, particularly if you want to indulge in a gut microbiome review or some soil microbiome discoveries. There is also a nice microbial perspective on the life‐history evolution of marine invertebrate larvae!



Report of the San Francisco Bay Area Microbiome Meetup group


Scientific Officer (Microbiology) – Hyper Recruitment Solutions – Wiltshire, UK

Assistant professor in Reproductive Health Sciences with focus on the microbiome – Karolinska Institutet – Sweden

Human respiratory microbiome

Chronic Rhinosinusitis: Potential Role of Microbial Dysbiosis and Recommendations for Sampling Sites – Elizabeth Copeland – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

Human gut microbiome

 Can microbiology affect psychiatry? A link between gut microbiota and psychiatric disorders – Ewelina Gulas  – Psychiatria Polska

A Lachnospiraceae-dominated bacterial signature in the fecal microbiota of HIV-infected individuals from Colombia, South America – Homero San-Juan-Vergara – Scientific Reports

Preprint: Resilience of small intestinal beneficial bacteria to the toxicity of soybean oil fatty acids – Sara C. Di Rienzi – BioRxiv

A systematic review of studies on the faecal microbiota in anorexia nervosa: future research may need to include microbiota from the small intestine – Hanna Ferløv Schwensen – Eating and Weight Disorders – Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity

Systematic Review: Gut Microbiota in Fecal Samples and Detection of Colorectal Neoplasms – Efrat L. Amitay – Gut Microbes

How are the expression patterns of gut antimicrobial peptides modulated by human gastrointestinal diseases? A bridge between infectious, inflammatory, and malignant diseases – Paulo André Dias Bastos – Journal of the European Peptide Society EPS

Animal experiments

Prebiotic attenuation of olanzapine-induced weight gain in rats: analysis of central and peripheral biomarkers and gut microbiota – Amy Chia-Ching Kao – Translational Psychiatry

Adverse effect of early-life high-fat/high-carbohydrate (“Western”) diet on bacterial community in the distal bowel of mice – Sandra InfanteVillamil – Nutrition Research

Animal microbiome

A microbial perspective on the life‐history evolution of marine invertebrate larvae: If, where and when to feed – Tyler J. Carrier – Marine Ecology

The significance of the diversity and composition of the cecal microbiota of the Tibetan swine – Weiping Yang – Annals of Microbiology

A global comparison of the microbiome compositions of three gut locations in commercial pigs with extreme feed conversion ratios – Jianping Quan – Scientific Reports

Holobionts and ecological speciation: the intestinal microbiota of lake whitefish species pairs – Maelle Sevellec – Microbiome

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

 Are the microbial communities involved in glucose assimilation in paddy soils treated with different fertilization regimes for three years similar? – Yali Kong – Journal of Soils and Sediments

Comparison of crop productivity and soil microbial activity among different fertilization patterns in red upland and paddy soils – Liu Kai-lou – Acta Ecologica Sinica

Application of manure containing tetracyclines slowed down the dissipation of tet resistance genes and caused changes in the composition of soil bacteria – WenguangXiong – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

Soil pH is equally important as salinity in shaping bacterial communities in saline soils under halophytic vegetation – Shuai Zhao – Scientific Reports

Glyphosate application increased catabolic activity of gram-negative bacteria but impaired soil fungal community – Yehao Liu – Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Bacterial community structure and diversity responses to the direct revegetation of an artisanal zinc smelting slag after 5 years – Youfa Luo – Environmental Science and Pollution Research

 Water and extremophile microbiome

Incubation with macroalgae induces large shifts in water column microbiota, but minor changes to the epibiota of cooccurring macroalgae – Melissa Y Chen – Molecular Ecology


Review and perspective on mathematical modeling of microbial ecosystems – Antonella Succurro – Biochemical Society Transactions


DNA extraction for streamlined metagenomics of diverse environmental samples – Clarisse Marotz – BIOTECHNIQUES

Microbes in the news

Sensitive Microbial Test Identifies Previously Undetectable Bacteria –  Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News


March 15, 2018

A few interesting articles in early life human microbiome, plus:
A comparison between Staphylococcus epidermidis commensal and pathogenic lineages from the skin of healthy individuals living in North American and India; A new tool to reconstruct microbial genome-scale metabolic models (GSMMs) from their genome sequence; The seasonal changes in Amazon rainforest soil microbiome are associated with changes in the canopy; A specific class of chemicals secreted by birds modulates their feather microbiome; chronic stress alters gut microbiota and triggers a specific immune response in a mouse model of colitis; and evidence that the short chain fatty acids profile in the gut reflects the impact of dietary fibre on the microbiome using the PolyFermS continuous intestinal fermentation model.

Pregnancy and early life

*Maternal influence on the fetal microbiome in a population-based study of the first-pass meconium – Terhi Tapiainen – Pediatric Research

*Bifidobacterium longum subsp infantis CECT7210 supplemented formula reduces diarrhoea in healthy infants: a randomized controlled trial – Joaquin Escribano – Pediatric Research

*Gut microbiota in adolescents and the association with fatty liver: The EPOCH study – Maggie A Stanislawski – Pediatric Research

Review: Does Dysbiosis in Intestinal Microbiome Plays a Role in Children with Relapsing Idiopathic Nephrotic Syndrome? – Crespo-Salgado J. – American Journal of Nephrology

Gut Microbiota Dysbiosis in Children with Relapsing Idiopathic Nephrotic Syndrome – Tsuji S – American Journal of Nephrology

Human skin microbiome

*Phylogenomic Based Comparative Studies on Indian and American Commensal Staphylococcus epidermidis Isolates – Shikha Sharma – Frontiers in Microbiology

Human oral microbiome

Unusual oral mucosal microbiota after hematopoietic cell transplantation with glycopeptide antibiotics: potential association with pathophysiology of oral mucositis – Misato Muro – Folia Microbiologica

Supragingival and subginival microbiota from patients with poor oral hygiene submitted to radiotherapy for head and neck cancer treatment – Elerson Gaetti-Jardim Jr – Archives of Oral Biology

Human nearly-sterile sites

PrePrint: Transcriptome analysis in whole blood reveals increased microbial 1 diversity in schizophrenia – Loes M Olde Loohuis – bioRxiv

Human gut microbiome

Investigations on the interplays between Schistosoma mansoni, praziquantel and the gut microbiome – Pierre H. H. Schneeberger – Parasites and Vectors

FUT2 genotype and secretory status are not associated with fecal microbial composition and inferred function in healthy subjects – Williams Turpin – Gut Microbes

Bacterial growth, flow, and mixing shape human gut microbiota density and composition – Markus Arnoldini – Gut Microbes

Complementary effects of cereal and pulse polyphenols and dietary fiber on chronic inflammation and gut health – Joseph M. Awika – Food & Function

Roseburia intestinalis alleviates experimental colitis pathology by inducing anti-inflammatory responses – Zhaohua Shen – Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Targeting gut microbiota in hepatocellular carcinoma: probiotics as a novel therapy – Murphy L. Y. Wan – Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition

Fecal Microbiota Signatures Are Associated with Response to Ustekinumab Therapy among Crohn’s Disease Patients – Matthew K. Doherty – mBio

Disruption of the Gut Microbiota With Antibiotics Exacerbates Acute Vascular Rejection
Kevin Rey – Transplantation

Review: Multiple hit infection and autoimmunity: the dysbiotic microbiota–ACPA connection in rheumatoid arthritis – Lazaros I Sakkas – Current Opinion in Rheumatology


In vitro experiments

*Understanding the prebiotic potential of different dietary fibers using an in vitro continuous adult fermentation model (PolyFermS) – Sophie A. Poeker – Scientific Reports

Animal experiments

Diet, Genetics, and the Gut Microbiome Drive Dynamic Changes in Plasma Metabolites – Shiho Fujisaka – Cell Reports

Fructose liquid and solid formulations differently affect gut integrity, microbiota composition and related liver toxicity: a comparative in vivo study – Raffaella Mastrocola – Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry

NLRX1 Modulates Immunometabolic Mechanisms Controlling the Host–Gut Microbiota Interactions during Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Andrew Leber – Frontiers in Immunology

Tapering Courses of Oral Vancomycin Induce Persistent Disruption of the Microbiota that Provide Colonization Resistance to Clostridium difficile and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci in Mice – Myreen E. Tomas – Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

The Lung Microbiota of Healthy Mice are Highly Variable, Cluster by Environment, and Reflect Variation in Baseline Lung Innate Immunity – Robert P. Dickson – American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

Interactions between stress and sex in microbial responses within the microbiota-gut-brain axis to stress in a mouse model – Matthew C.B. Tsilimigras – Psychosomatic Medicine

*Chronic stress promotes colitis by disturbing the gut microbiota and triggering immune system response – Xinghua Gao – PNAS

Modulation of inflammatory arthritis by gut microbiota through mucosal inflammation and autoantibody generation – Widian K. Jubair – Arthritis & Rheumatology

Genetic Markers Are Associated with the Ruminal Microbiome and Metabolome in Grain and Sugar Challenged Dairy Heifers – Helen M. Golder

Animal microbiome

Gut microbes limit growth in house sparrow nestlings (Passer domesticus) but not through limitations in digestive capacity – Kevin D. Kohl – Integrative Zoology

*Chemical regulation of body feather microbiota in a wild bird – Staffan Jacob – Molecular Ecology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Bacterial community changes in response to oil contamination and perennial crop cultivation – Lijuan Yan – Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Integrated network analysis reveals the importance of microbial interactions for maize growth – Jiemeng Tao – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

*Spatio-temporal dynamics of soil bacterial communities as a function of Amazon forest phenology – Erika Buscardo – Scientific Reports

Microbiome dynamics during ensiling of corn with and without Lactobacillus plantarum inoculant – Jitendra Keshridf – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Barcoded Pyrosequencing Reveals a Shift in the Bacterial Community in the Rhizosphere and Rhizoplane of Rehmannia glutinosa under Consecutive Monoculture – Linkun Wu – International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Chrysomya megacephala larvae feeding favourably influences manure microbiome, heavy metal stability and greenhouse gas emissions – Xiaoyun Wang – Microbial Biotechnology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Mosaic patterns of B-vitamin synthesis and utilization in a natural marine microbial community – Laura Gómez-Consarnau – bioRxiv

Microbial Ecology

Mycotoxin: Its Impact on Gut Health and Microbiota – Winnie-Pui-Pui Liew – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology


Probiotics / prebiotics

Effect of an Enterococcus faecium probiotic on specific IgA following live Salmonella Enteritidis vaccination of layer chickens – Breno C. B. Beirão – Avian Pathology

Effect of a Protein Supplement on the Gut Microbiota of Endurance Athletes: A Randomized, Controlled, Double-Blind Pilot Study – Diego Moreno-Pérez – Nutrients

Fecal Transplants

Fecal transplants in spondyloarthritis and uveitis: ready for a clinical trial? – Rene Y Choi – Current Opinion in Rheumatology

Phages and viruses

Together Forever: Bacterial–Viral Interactions in Infection and Immunity – Zhenda Shi – Viruses


*Towards predicting the environmental metabolome from metagenomics with a mechanistic model – Daniel R. Garza – Nature Microbiology

Phylogenetic convolutional neural networks in metagenomics – Diego Fioravanti – BMC Bioinformatics

Waste and Pollution

Illumina MiSeq Sequencing reveals microbial community in HA process for dyeing wastewater treatment fed with different co-substrates – Xuehui Xie – Chemosphere


Influence of fecal collection conditions and 16S rRNA gene sequencing at two centers on human gut microbiota analysis – Jocelyn Sietsma Penington – Scientific Reports

Direct detection of Coccidioides from Arizona soils using CocciENV, a highly sensitive and specific real-time PCR assay – J R Bowers – Medical Mycology



March 14, 2018

Today’s Digest adds to the growing literature of microbiome research. Highlights include the synergistic relationship between fungi and an invasive plant, enteral nutrition may help maintain the gastrointestinal function of critically ill patients, and the NCI calls for advancing epidemiologic research on the human microbiome.


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General microbiology

Antibiotic-induced population fluctuations and stochastic clearance of bacteria – Jessica Coates et al. – eLife

Press: Biophysicists discover how small populations of bacteria survive treatment – Science Daily

Preprint: Division of labor during biofilm matrix production – Anna Dragos et al. – bioRxiv

Isolation and characterization of two novel groups of kanamycin-resistance ColE1-like plasmids in Salmonella enterica serotypes from food animals – Chin-Yi Chen et al. – PLoS One

Human nasal microbiome

Genomic differences between nasal Staphylococcus aureus from hog slaughterhouse workers and their communities – Yaqi You et al. – PLoS One

Human oral microbiome

In vitro: pH changes of mixed biofilms of Streptococcus mutans and Candida albicans after exposure to sucrose solutions in vitro – Thamires Priscila Cavazana et al. – Archives of Oral Biology

Human lung microbiome

Fluctuations in airway bacterial communities associated with clinical states and disease stages in cystic fibrosis – Lisa A. Carmody et al. – PLoS One

Human gut microbiome

** Review: Effects of enteral nutrition on gastrointestinal function in patients who are critically ill – Michael Schörghuber and Sonja Fruhwald – The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology

An overview on the interplay between nutraceuticals and gut microbiota – Adrian Catinean et al. – PeerJ

Animal experiments

Aronia berry (Aronia mitschurinii ‘Viking’) inhibits colitis in mice and inhibits T cell tumour necrosis factor-α secretion – Derek A. Martin et al. – Journal of Functional Foods

Mouse: Diet, Genetics, and the Gut Microbiome Drive Dynamic Changes in Plasma Metabolites – Shiho Fujisaka et al. – Cell Reports

Animal microbiome

Pathology and bacteria related to digital dermatitis in dairy cattle in all year round grazing system in Brazil – Tiago F. Moreira et al. – PLoS One

Food microbiology

The potential use of leaf extracts of two Newtonia (Fabaceae) species to treat diarrhoea – K.E. Motlhatlego et al. – South African Journal of Botany

Editorial: The interactions between food components and human nutrition – Charles Brennan – International Journal of Food Science & Technology

Plant, root and soil microbiome

** The unspecificity of the relationships between the invasive Pennisetum setaceum and mycorrhizal fungi may provide advantages during its establishment at semiarid Mediterranean sites – G. Rodríguez-Caballero et al. – Science of the Total Environment

Review: Environmental and public health related risk of veterinary zinc in pig production – Using Denmark as an example – John Jensen et al. – Environment International

Hydrophobins contribute to root colonization and stress responses in the rhizosphere-competent insect pathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana – Soumya Moonjely et al. – Microbiology

Perspective: Tracing the role of human civilization in the globalization of plant pathogens – Alberto Santini et al. – ISME

Water and extremophile microbiome

Review: Surface water flooding, groundwater contamination, and enteric disease in developed countries: A scoping review of connections and consequences – L. Andrade et al. – Environmental Pollution

Domestic wastewater treatment and power generation in continuous flow air-cathode stacked microbial fuel cell: Effect of series and parallel configuration – Edson Baltazar Estrada-Arriaga et al. – Journal of Environmental Management

Effect of particle size and heterogeneity on sediment biofilm metabolism and nutrient uptake scaled using two approaches – Samuel P. Parker et al. – Ecosphere

Phages and viruses

Differential impact of lytic viruses on prokaryotic morphopopulations in a tropical estuarine system (Cochin estuary, India) – Vijayan Jasna et al. – PLoS One


A Bayesian Semiparametric Regression Model for Joint Analysis of Microbiome Data – Juhee Lee and Marilou Sison-Mangus – Frontiers in Microbiology

A systems pharmacology model for inflammatory bowel disease – Violeta Balbas-Martinez et al. – PLoS One

Microbes in the news

** Of Microbes and Men: Advancing Epidemiologic Research on the Human Microbiome – Victoria Fisher – National Cancer Institute

Opinion: Inflammatory bowel disease: complexity and variability need integration – Claudio Fiocchi – Frontiers in Medicine

Stress: How social conflict alters gut bacteria – Maria Cohut – Medical News Today

High-Fiber Generates Gut Bacteria Good for Type 2 Diabetes – Becky McCall – Medscape

New pathway may lead to improved probiotic products – Tim Lundeen – Feedstuffs

Probiotic potential: Specific gut microbes could cut severity of parasitic infections in developing countries – Nathan Gray – NUTRAingredients

Wandering Gut Bacteria Could Be Behind Conditions Like Lupus – Abby Norman – Futurism

Model Can Predict Which Bacteria will Engraft after FMT – Rachel Lutz – MD Magazine

Can Coral Microbes Protect Reefs From Climate Change? – Amelia Urry – NewsDeeply

Study: Several important vaginal metabolites elevated in smokers – Bob Kronemyer – Modern Medicine

Doctors collect viruses from pond and employ them to combat a man’s antibiotic resistance infection in man’s heart – Mark Kaufman – Mashable

Making good bacteria more resilient – Gali Weinreb – Globes

Study links decline of ‘good’ bacteria in infants to higher long-term increases in pH of poo – Tim Cutcliffe – NUTRAingredients

Microbes on the market

German biotech company wants to turn old PCs into gold – Jeremy Gray – Handelsblatt Global – European Business & Finance News


March 13, 2018

In today’s digest it was quite hard to pick just few papers, since there are many, many interesting papers. From mentioned reviews I would recommend the one by H. Bokhari on the exploitation of microbial forensics and nanotechnology for the monitoring of emerging pathogens and the one by J. R. Bober on engineering probiotics and microbes for biomedical applications. From other papers I would like to highlight the one by M. Mehrshad and enigmatic SAR202 cluster, the one by A. C. Lehours and biogeographic patterns of aerobic anoxygenic phototrophic bacteria and the one by E. M. Llufrio and how fluorescence activated cell sorting introduces oxidative stress and alters the metabolic state of cells. Don’t forget to check on news, where you can read about metagenomic clustering powered by supercomputers, while in general science section there is an interesting article by B. Barros on ‘scientific knowledge percolation process’ or how scientific information diffuse into the social sphere.

General microbiome

Review: Exploitation of microbial forensics and nanotechnology for the monitoring of emerging pathogens – Habib Bokhari – Critical Reviews in Microbiology

The aryl hydrocarbon receptor as a moderator of host-microbiota communication – Limin Zhang – Current Opinion in Toxicology

Pregnancy and early life

The Role of the Microbiome in the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease – Leah T. Stiemsma – Pediatrics

Human gut microbiome


Translocation of a gut pathobiont drives autoimmunity in mice and humans – S. Manfredo Vieira – Science

Experimental Chagas disease-induced perturbations of the fecal microbiome and metabolome – Laura-Isobel McCall – PLOS One

How to Increase the Butyrate-Producing Capacity of the Gut Microbiome: Do IBD Patients Really Need Butyrate Replacement and Butyrogenic Therapy? – Stanislav Sitkin – Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis

Effect of Faecal Microbiota Transplantation for Treatment of Clostridium difficile Infection in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies – Tuo chen –  Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis

Animal experiments 

Supplementation of Bacillus subtilis based probiotic reduces heat stress-related behaviors and inflammatory response in broiler chickens – W C Wang – Journal of Animal Science

Comparisons of bacterial and Archaeal Communities in the Rumen and a Dual-Flow Continuous Culture Fermentation System using Amplicon Sequencing – I J Salfer – Journal of Animal Science

The Microbiome Regulates Pulmonary Responses to Ozone in Mice – Youngji Cho – American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology

Bifidobacteria exert species-specific effects on constipation in BALB/c mice – Linlin Wang – Food & Function

Animal microbiome 

Comparative Analysis of the Gut Bacterial Community of Four Anastrepha Fruit Flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) Based on Pyrosequencing – Carmen Ventura – Current Microbiology

Metagenomic insights into lignocellulose-degrading genes through Illumina-based de novo sequencing of the microbiome in Vietnamese native goats’ rumen – Thi Huyen Do – The Journal of General and Applied Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Colonization of Eggplant by Endophytic Bacteria Antagonistic to Ralstonia solanacearum, the Bacterial Wilt Pathogen – Gauri A. Achari – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section B: Biological Sciences

Landscape scale factors affecting prevalence of Escherichia coli in surface soil include land cover type, edge interactions, and soil pH – Nicholas Dusek – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Nigericin and grisorixin methyl ester from the Algerian soil-living Streptomyces youssoufiensis SF10 strain: a computational study on their epimeric structures and evaluation of glioblastoma stem cells growth inhibition – Nassima Leulmi – Natural Product Research

Interacting effect of diclofop-methyl on the rice rhizosphere microbiome and denitrification – Haifeng Qian – Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology

Indigenous Pseudomonas spp. Strains from the Olive (Olea europaea L.) Rhizosphere as Effective Biocontrol Agents against Verticillium dahliae: From the Host Roots to the Bacterial Genomes – Carmen Gómez-Lama Cabanás  – Frontiers in Microbiology

Resveratrol as a growth substrate for bacteria from the rhizosphere – Zohre Kurt – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Predicting the structure of soil communities from plant community taxonomy, phylogeny, and traits – Jonathan W. Leff – The ISME Journal

Diversity of microbial communities potentially involved in mercury methylation in rice paddies surrounding typical mercury mining areas in China – Xin Liu – Microbiology Open

Bacterial Preferences for Specific Soil Particle Size Fractions Revealed by Community Analyses – Michael Hemkemeyer – Frontiers in Microbiology

Volatile compounds from beneficial or pathogenic bacteria differentially regulate root exudation, transcription of iron transporters, and defense signaling pathways in Sorghum bicolor – Erasto Hernández-Calderón –  Plant Molecular Biology

The impact of failure: unsuccessful bacterial invasions steer the soil microbial community away from the invader’s niche – C. A. Mallon – The ISME Journal

Soil contamination alters the willow root and rhizosphere metatranscriptome and the root–rhizosphere interactome – Etienne Yergeau – The ISME Journal

Bioaugmentation of chlorothalonil-contaminated soil with hydrolytically or reductively dehalogenating strain and its effect on soil microbial community – Xi-Hui Xu – Journal of Hazardous Materials

Water and extremophile microbiome 

Biogeographic patterns of aerobic anoxygenic phototrophic bacteria reveal an ecological consistency of phylogenetic clades in different oceanic biomes – Anne-Catherine Lehours – Scientific Report

Mercury-methylating bacteria are associated with zooplankton: a proof-of-principle survey in the Baltic Sea –  Elena Gorokhova – bioRxiv

Mosaic patterns of B-vitamin synthesis and utilization in a natural marine microbial community – Laura Gómez-Consarnau – bioRxiv

Effects of nutrient loading on sediment bacterial and pathogen communities within seagrass meadows – Songlin Liu – Microbiology Open

Chapter 17 – Rhizosphere Metabolite Profiling: An Opportunity to Understand Plant-Microbe Interactions for Crop Improvement -Amit Verma – Crop Improvement Through Microbial Biotechnology

Chapter 22 – Plant-Microbe Interaction and Genome Sequencing: An Evolutionary Insight – Krishna K. Sharma – Crop Improvement Through Microbial Biotechnology

Metagenomic Insights into the Phylogenetic and Metabolic Diversity of the Prokaryotic Community Dwelling in Hypersaline Soils from the Odiel Saltmarshes (SW Spain) – Blanca Vera-Gargallo – Genes

Opening the black box of spring water microbiology from alpine karst aquifers to support proactive drinking water resource management – Domenico Savio – Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water

Genomes of ubiquitous marine and hypersaline Hydrogenovibrio, Thiomicrorhabdus, and Thiomicrospira spp. encode a diversity of mechanisms to sustain chemolithoautotrophy in heterogeneous environments – Kathleen M. Scott – Environmental Microbiology

Data Article: Bioinformatics delimitation based on sequence data of the psychrophilic and psychrotolerant actinobacteria isolated from the Polar Frontal waters of the Antarctic Ocean – Palaniappan Sivasankar – Data in Brief

Cultivation-Independent and Cultivation-Dependent Analysis of Microbes in the Shallow-Sea Hydrothermal System Off Kueishantao Island, Taiwan: Unmasking Heterotrophic Bacterial Diversity and Functional Capacity – Kai Tang – Frontiers in Microbiology

The enigmatic SAR202 cluster up close: shedding light on a globally distributed dark ocean lineage involved in sulfur cycling – Maliheh Mehrshad – The ISME Journal

The widespread dissemination of integrons throughout bacterial communities in a riverine system – Gregory C. A. Amos – The ISME Journal

Expression profiling of host and virus during a coccolithophore bloom provides insights into the role of viral infection in promoting carbon export – Uri Sheyn – The ISME Journal

Contrasting patterns of genome-level diversity across distinct co-occurring bacterial populations – Sarahi L. Garcia – The ISME Journal

Metabolic versatility of small archaea Micrarchaeota and Parvarchaeota – Lin-Xing Chen – The ISME Journal

Geobacteraceae are important members of mercury-methylating microbial communities of sediments impacted by waste water releases – Andrea G. Bravo – The ISME Journal

Diazotroph diversity and nitrogen fixation in the coral Stylophora pistillata from the Great Barrier Reef  – Michael P. Lesser – The ISME Journal

Multiple colonist pools shape fiddler crab-associated bacterial communities – Catalina Cuellar-Gempeler – The ISME Journal

Pangenomic Definition of Prokaryotic Species and the Phylogenetic Structure of Prochlorococcus spp. – Mikhail A. Moldovan – Frontiers in Microbiology

Halotolerant Exiguobacterium profundum PHM11 Tolerate Salinity by Accumulating L-Proline and Fine-Tuning Gene Expression Profiles of Related Metabolic Pathways – Vikas K. Patel – Frontiers in Microbiology

The predictability of a lake phytoplankton community, over time-scales of hours to years – Mridul K. Thomas – Ecology Letters

Built environment

Anaerobic Ammonium-Oxidizing Bacteria in Cow Manure Composting – Tingting Wang – Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

Petrophilic, Fe(III) Reducing Exoelectrogen Citrobacter sp. KVM11, Isolated From Hydrocarbon Fed Microbial Electrochemical Remediation Systems – Krishnaveni Venkidusamy – Frontiers in Microbiology

Inhibitors degradation and microbial response during continuous anaerobic conversion of hydrothermal liquefaction wastewater – Buchun Sia – Science of The Total Environment

Food microbiology

Different temperatures select distinctive acetic acid bacteria species and promotes organic acids production during Kombucha tea fermentation – Francesca De Filippis – Food Microbiology

Staphylococcus aureus undergoes major transcriptional reorganization during growth with Enterococcus faecalis in milk – Gabriela NogueiraViçosa – Food Microbiology

Variability within the dominant microbiota of sliced cooked poultry products at expiration date in the Belgian retail – Wim Geeraerts – Food Microbiology

Changes in microbial communities and quality attributes of white muscle and dark muscle from common carp (Cyprinus carpio) during chilled and freeze-chilled storage – Qian Li – Food Microbiology

Microbial diversity and chemical analysis of the starters used in traditional Chinese sweet rice wine – Haiying Cai –  Food Microbiology

Structure of association networks in food bacterial communities – Eugenio Parente – Food Microbiology

Shifts in spinach microbial communities after chlorine washing and storage at compliant and abusive temperatures – Ganyu Gu – Food Microbiology

Probiotics / prebiotics

Effective identification of Lactobacillus casei group species: genome-based selection of the gene mutL as the target of a novel multiplex PCR assay – Benedetta Bottari – Microbiology

Phages and viruses

A Holistic Assessment of the Risks and Benefits of the Synthesis of Horsepox Virus – Diane Di Euliis – mSphere


Impact of anti-acidification microbial consortium on carbohydrate metabolism of key microbes during food waste composting – Caihong Song – Bioresource Technology

Review: Synthetic Biology Approaches to Engineer Probiotics and Members of the Human Microbiota for Biomedical Applications – Josef R. Bober – Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering


Sorting Cells Alters Their Redox State and Cellular Metabolome – Elizabeth M. Llufrio – Redox Biology

Microbes in the news 

Ibuprofen Counters Key Bacteria in Lungs of CF Patients, Study Shows

Bacteria in your intestines can trigger autoimmune diseases

A game changer: Metagenomic clustering powered by supercomputers

Science, publishing, and career

Scientific knowledge percolation process and social impact: a case study on the biotechnology and microbiology perceptions on Twitter – Beatriz Barros – Science and Public Policy

March 12, 2018

Today we have  interesting reviews by Thomas S.B. about gut microbiome and by F. Newberry about microbiome and virome contribution to myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome. Another highlight for viruses is a commentary by Y.Z. Zhang on how metagenomics has changed our understanding of RNA viruses. Check these recommendations as well as many other articles in today’s digest.

General microbiome

AnalysisMicrobiome Research in a Social World – Diana Crow – Cell

Commentary: The Past and Future Biology of the Human Microbiome in an Age of Extinctions – Martin J. Blaser – Cell

Perspective: Major New Microbial Groups Expand Diversity and Alter our Understanding of the Tree of Life – Cindy J. Castelle – Cell

Review: The Biology of CRISPR-Cas: Backward and Forward – Frank Hille – Cell

Human skin microbiome

The Microbiome in Dermatology – Shenara Musthaq – Clinics in Dermatology

Fragile skin microbiomes in megacities are assembled by a predominantly niche-based process – Hye-Jin Kim – Science Advances

Human nearly-sterile sites 

Review: Altered microbiome in chronic kidney disease: systemic effects of gut-derived uremic toxins – Wei Ling Lau – Clinical Science

Human urinary microbiome

Microbial metagenome of urinary tract infection – Ahmed Moustafa – Scientific Reports

Human gut microbiome

Neuroinflammation, Gut Microbiome, and Alzheimer’s Disease – Li Lin – Molecular Neurobiology

Gut microbiota and its implications in small bowel transplantation – Chenyang Wang – Frontiers of Medicine

Festschrift for Ronan O’Connell: pouchitis, ulcerative colitis and the microbiome – Aonghus Lavelle – Irish Journal of Medical Science (1971 -)

Lipid nanoparticles to counteract gastric infection without affecting gut microbiota – Catarina Leal Seabraa – European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics

Gut microbiota dysbiosis is associated with Henoch-Schönlein Purpura in children – Xingcui Wanga – International Immunopharmacology

Gut Microbiota Signature in Heart Failure Defined From Profiling of 2 Independent Cohorts – Martin Kummen – Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Toxin profile of fecal Clostridium perfringens strains isolated from children with autism spectrum disorders – Góra Bartłomiej – Anaerobe

Exploration of fecal microbiota transplantation in the treatment of refractory diarrhea after renal transplantation  – Bo Gu – Transplantation Proceedings

Review: The Human Gut Microbiome: From Association to Modulation – Thomas S.B. Schmidt – Cell

Animal experiments

Gut microbiota mediates diurnal variation of acetaminophen induced acute liver injury in mice – Shenhai Gong – Journal of Hepatology

Microbiota composition, gene pool and its expression in Gir cattle (Bos indicus) rumen under different forage diets using metagenomic and metatranscriptomic approaches – Ramesh J. Pandit – Systematic and Applied Microbiology

Animal microbiome 

Understanding the Intestinal Microbiome in Health and Disease – Marcio Carvalho Costa – Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice

The association between gut microbiome, sex, age and body condition scores of horses in Maiduguri and its environs – Esther Solomon Mshelia – Microbial Pathogenesis

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Phenolic compounds as antioxidants and chemopreventive drugs from Streptomyces cellulosae strain TES17 isolated from rhizosphere of Camellia sinensis – Riveka Rani – Microbiome

A decade of Streptococcus thermophilus phage evolution in an Irish dairy plant – Katherine Lavelle – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Simultaneous application of two herbicides and green compost in a field experiment: Implications on soil microbial community – C. García-Delgado – Applied Soil Ecology

Distribution of prokaryotic communities throughout the Chernozem profiles under different land uses for over a century – Mikhail V. Semenov – Applied Soil Ecology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Brief Communication: Potential for primary productivity in a globally-distributed bacterial phototroph – E. D. Graham – The ISME Journal

Incubation with macroalgae induces large shifts in water column microbiota, but minor changes to the epibiota of co-occurring macroalgae – Melissa Y Chen – Molecular Ecology

The sponge holobiont in a changing ocean: from microbes to ecosystems – L. Pita – Microbiome

Microbiome dynamics in a large artificial seawater aquarium – Nastassia V. Patin – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Conserved genomic and amino acid traits of cold adaptation in subzero-growing Arctic permafrost bacteria – Isabelle Raymond-Bouchard – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Built environment

Phenol removal performance and microbial community shift during pH shock in a moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) – Hao Zhou – Journal of Hazardous Materials

Evaluation of process performance, energy consumption and microbiota characterization in a ceramic membrane bioreactor for ex-situ biomethanation of H2 and CO2 – Natalia Alfaro – Bioresource Technology

Food microbiology

Assessing the functionality and genetic diversity of lactococcal prophages – Philip Kelleher – International Journal of Food Microbiology

The bacterial biota of laboratory-reared edible mealworms (Tenebrio molitor L.): From feed to frass – Andrea Osimani – International Journal of Food Microbiology

Phages and viruses

Review: Does the microbiome and virome contribute to myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome? – Fiona Newberry –  Clinical Science

Commentary: Using Metagenomics to Characterize an Expanding Virosphere – Yong-Zhen Zhang – Cell


Rapid detection of Klebsiella pneumoniae, Klebsiella oxytoca, Raoultella ornithinolytica and other related bacteria in food by lateral-flow test strip immunoassays – Tatsuya Tominaga

Microbes in the news 

Virus from a pond treats man with antibiotic-resistant infection

Manipulating gut microbes may reduce intestinal parasitic infections

Study Shows Gut Bacteria Can Spread to Other Organs And Trigger Disease

Social stress leads to changes in gut bacteria

Could Our Gut Be the Source of a New Generation of Drugs?

Microbes and art

This watercolour painting was created by artistic bacteria