February 23, 2018

This Friday: A nice set of papers focused in pathogens such as Salmonella and C. difficile, several papers about soil/root microbiome and more…

Human Microbiome

Review: Skin microbiota and human 3D skin models – Franziska Rademacher – Experimental Dermatology

News and Views: Gut microbiota: Beyond metagenomics, metatranscriptomics illuminates microbiome functionality in IBD – Aonghus Lavelle – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Letter: Concomitant resolution through fecal microbiota transplantation of Clostridium difficile and OXA-48-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae –  Giovanni Bruno – Infectious Diseases

Oral cholera vaccination promotes homing of IgA+ memory B cells to the large intestine and the respiratory tract – M van Splunter – Mucosal Immunology

Review: Signalling from the periphery to the brain that regulates energy homeostasis – Ki-Suk Kim – Nature Reviews Neuroscience

Research Highlight: Colorectal cancer: Bacterial biofilms and toxins prompt a perfect storm for colon cancer – Iain Dickson – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Research Highlight: Metabolism: The small intestine — a new player in fructose metabolism – Ivone Leong – Nature Reviews Endocrinology

Akkermansia muciniphila-derived extracellular vesicles influence gut permeability through the regulation of tight junctions – Chaithanya Chelakkot – Experimental & Molecular Medicine


Animal Microbiome / Animal Experiments

Effects of a galacto-oligosaccharide-rich diet on fecal microbiota and metabolite profiles in mice – W. Cheng – Food and Function

Impact of oral fidaxomicin administration on the intestinal microbiota and susceptibility to Clostridium difficile colonization in mice – N. J. Ajami – Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

Interplay between gut microbiota and p66Shc affects obesity-associated insulin resistance – Stefano Ciciliot – The FASEB Journal

CD Obesity-Prone Rats, but not Obesity-Resistant Rats, Robustly Ferment Resistant Starch Without Increased Weight or Fat Accretion – Diana Obanda – Obesity

Dietary live yeast and increased water temperature influence the gut microbiota of rainbow trout – David Huyben – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Remodeling of the Candida glabrata cell wall in the gastrointestinal tract affects the gut microbiota and the immune response – Rogatien Charlet – Scientific Reports

Absence of receptor guanylyl cyclase C enhances ileal damage and reduces cytokine and antimicrobial peptide production during oral Salmonella Typhimurium infection – Shamik Majumdar – Infection and Immunity

Thermal regime and host clade, rather than geography, drive Symbiodinium and bacterial assemblages in the scleractinian coral Pocillopora damicornis sensu lato – Kelly Brener-Raffalli – Microbiome

Chitin Oligosaccharide Modulates Gut Microbiota and Attenuates High-Fat-Diet-Induced Metabolic Syndrome in Mice – Junping Zheng – Marine Drugs

Targeting the PXR–TLR4 signaling pathway to reduce intestinal inflammation in an experimental model of necrotizing enterocolitis – Kezhen Huang – Pediatric Research

Hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic effect of S-allyl-cysteine sulfoxide (alliin) in DIO mice – Baiqiang Zhai –  Scientific Reports


Human Pathogens

Clostridioides (Clostridium) difficile infection: current and alternative therapeutic strategies – Fernando Gil – Future Medicine

Emergence of an Extensively Drug-Resistant Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhi Clone Harboring a Promiscuous Plasmid Encoding Resistance to Fluoroquinolones and Third-Generation Cephalosporins – Elizabeth J. Klemm – mBio

Metronidazole-Loaded Polyethyleneimine and Chitosan-Based Liquid Crystalline System for Treatment of Staphylococcal Skin Infections – Francesca Damiani Victorelli –  Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology

Cost-Effectiveness of Competing Treatment Strategies for Clostridium difficile Infection: A Systematic Review – Phuc Le – Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology


Food Microbiome

Antibiotic Resistance Genetic Markers and Integrons in White Soft Cheese: Aspects of Clinical Resistome and Potentiality of Horizontal Gene Transfer –  Ana Caroline L. de Paula – Genes

Effect of the environment microbiota on the flavour of light-flavour Baijiu during spontaneous fermentation – Xiao-Na Pang – Scientific Reports


Plant and Environmental Microbiomes

Pseudomonas rhizophila S211, a New Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacterium with Potential in Pesticide-Bioremediation – Wafa Hassen – Frontiers in Microbiology

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

Preprint: Network hubs in root-associated fungal metacommunities – Hirokazu Toju – BioRxiv

Preprint: Microbial Treatment of Soil Contaminated with Spent engine Oil / Biotreatment of Soil Contaminated with Spent Engine by Microorganisms – Abiodun A. Ayandele – BioRxiv

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

Peatland Acidobacteria with a dissimilatory sulfur metabolism – Bela Hausmann – The ISME Journal

Systemic Homeostasis in Metabolome, Ionome, and Microbiome of Wild Yellowfin Goby in Estuarine Ecosystem – Feifei Wei – Scientific Reports


Microbes in General

Review: Ethanolamine Utilization in Bacteria – Karan Gautam Kavala – mBio

Review: The Genome-Scale Integrated Networks in Microorganisms – Tong Hao – Frontiers in Microbiology



February 22, 2018


Events and jobs

Microbiology Adjunct Instructor – Diablo Valley College


Pregnancy and early life

Review: Maternal Microbiota, Prepregnancy Weight, and Mode of Delivery
Intergenerational Transmission of Risk for Childhood Overweight and Obesity – Giulia Paolella – JAMA Pediatrics


Human ear, nose and throat microbiome

*A microbiome case-control study of recurrent acute otitis media identified potentially protective bacterial genera – Rachael Lappan – BMC Microbiology

The Tracheal Microbiota in Patients with a Tracheostomy Before, During, and After an Acute Respiratory Infection – Pérez-Losada, Marcos – The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal

Human oral microbiome

Shift of microbial composition of peri-implantitis-associated oral biofilm as revealed by 16S rRNA gene cloning – Ali Al-Ahmad – Journal of Medical Microbiology

Human vaginal microbiome

Short- and long-term influence of the levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (Mirena®) on vaginal microbiota and Candida – Gilbert Gerard Ghislain Donders – Journal of Medical Microbiology

Human gut microbiome

Transitional and temporal changes in the mucosal and submucosal intestinal microbiota in advanced Crohn’s disease of the terminal ileum – Rodrick J. Chiodini – Journal of Medical Microbiology

Gut microbiota trajectory in early life may predict development of celiac disease – Marta Olivares – BMC Microbiome

A comparison of the microbial community structure between inflamed and non-inflamed sites in patients with ulcerative colitis – Atsushi Hirano – Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

The Impact of NOD2 Variants on Fecal Microbiota in Crohn’s Disease and Controls Without Gastrointestinal Disease – Nicholas A Kennedy – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases


Animal experiments

Regulation of vitamin D metabolism following disruption of the microbiota using broad spectrum antibiotics – Stephanie A. Bora – The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry

Soluble dietary fiber improves energy homeostasis in obese mice by remodeling the gut microbiota – Haiyuan Wang – Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications

Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium Ameliorate Memory and Learning Deficits and oxidative stress in Aβ (1-42) Injected Rats – Somayeh Athari Nik Azm – Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism

*Chronic helminth infection perturbs the gut-brain axis, promotes neuropathology and alters behaviour – Paul R Giacomin – The Journal of Infectious Diseases

*Endometriosis induces gut microbiota alterations in mice – Ming Yuan – Human Reproduction

*Strain differences in the susceptibility to the gut–brain axis and neurobehavioural alterations induced by maternal immune activation in mice – Morais, Livia H – Behavioural Pharmacology

Specific synbiotics in early life protect against diet-induced obesity in adult mice
Mona Mischke – Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism

Transcriptomic and Proteomic Profiling Revealed High Proportions of Odorant Binding and Antimicrobial Defense Proteins in Olfactory Tissues of the House Mouse – Barbora Kuntová – Frontiers in Genetics

Lactobacillus accelerates ISCs regeneration to protect the integrity of intestinal mucosa through activation of STAT3 signaling pathway induced by LPLs secretion of IL-22 – Qihang Hou – Cell Death and Differentiation

Animal microbiome

Review: Gut barrier function: Effects of (antibiotic) growth promoters on key barrier components and associations with growth performance – Leon J Broom – Poultry Science

Fecal microbiota transplantation in puppies with canine parvovirus infection – Giorgio Q. Pereira – Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Water and extremophile microbiome

Phylogeny and bioactivity of epiphytic Gram-positive bacteria isolated from three co-occurring antarctic macroalgae – Pamela Alvarado – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek



The antibiotic resistome and microbiota landscape of refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan in Germany – Robert Häsler – BMC Microbiome

Transferable vancomycin resistance in clade B commensal-type Enterococcus faecium – François Lebreton – Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy



Deciphering the trophic interaction between Akkermansia muciniphila and the butyrogenic gut commensal Anaerostipes caccae using a metatranscriptomic approach – Loo Wee Chia – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek


*A 3D intestinal tissue model supports Clostridioides difficile germination, colonization, toxin production and epithelial damage – Lamyaa Shaban – Anaerobe

Design of synthetic bacterial communities for predictable plant phenotypes – Sur Herrera Paredes – PLOS Biology

Harnessing a Methane-Fueled, Sediment-Free Mixed Microbial Community for Utilization of Distributed Sources of Natural Gas – Jeffrey J. Marlow – Biotechnology and Bioengineering

Dissertation: Microbial Communities Involved in Carbon Monoxide and Syngas Conversion to Biofuels and Chemicals – Sofia Victoria Esquivel Elizondo – Arizona State University



Microbes in the news

This Vibrant Bacteria Could Be Used to “Grow” Paint – Meilan Solly – Smithsonian

Bacteria-eaters to prevent food poisoning? Phages eliminate Yersinia from food – Science Daily

A ‘Grueling and Grotesque’ Biohacking Experiment – Kate McLean – The Atlantic


February 21, 2018

Events and jobs

BioData World West 2018 – March 13-14 – Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco, CA

General microbiome

[editorial] Systems biology of the human microbiome – BP Bernabé, L Cralle, JA Gilbert – Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 2018

[pre-print] Growth tradeoffs produce complex microbial communities without direct interactions – Michael Manhart – bioRxiv

Exploring the Multifaceted Role of Microbes in Pharmacology – Mitali Mishra – Microbial Biotechnology

Human reproductive or urinary microbiome

Seminal bacterial composition in patients with obstructive and non-obstructive azoospermia – Houyang Chen – Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine

Human respiratory microbiome

Virome and bacteriome characterization of children with pneumonia and asthma in Mexico City during winter seasons 2014 and 2015 – Jose A. Romero-Espinoza – PLOS One

Human gut microbiome

[pdf[ Phytochemicals that influence gut microbiota as prophylactics and for the treatment of obesity and inflammatory diseases – Lucrecia Carrera-Quintanar – Hindawi

Dietary Fiber Treatment Corrects the Composition of Gut Microbiota, Promotes SCFA Production, and Suppresses Colon Carcinogenesis – F Bishehsari – Genes

A Cross-Talk Between Microbiota-Derived Short-Chain Fatty Acids and the Host Mucosal Immune System Regulates Intestinal Homeostasis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Pedro Gonçalves – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Animal microbiome

Differential microbial communities of omnivorous and herbivorous cattle in Southern China – Susanna K.P. Lau – Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal

The gills of reef fish support a distinct microbiome influenced by host-specific factors – Zoe A. Pratte – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Metagenomic analysis of orange colored protrusions from the muscle of Queen Conch Lobatus gigas (Linnaeus, 1758) – Jaison H. Cuartas – PeerJ

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Bulk soil and maize rhizosphere resistance genes, mobile genetic elements and microbial communities are differently impacted by organic and inorganic fertilization – Birgit Wolters – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Structural and metabolic diversity of rhizosphere microbial communities of Phragmites karka in a tropical coastal lagoon – Pratiksha Behera – Applied Soil Ecology

Responses of soil microbial communities to a short-term application of seaweed fertilizer revealed by deep amplicon sequencing – Mingpeng Wang – Applied Soil Ecology

[pdf] The Green Roof Microbiome: Improving Plant Survival for Ecosystem Service Delivery – Roberta Fulthorpe – Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

Microbes and Their Role in Drought Tolerance of Agricultural Food Crops – Rout George Kerry – Microbial Biotechnology

Microscopic and Metagenomic Analyses of Peltigera ponojensis (Peltigerales, Ascomycota) – Linda E. Graham – International Journal of Plant Sciences

Frankia Diversity in Host Plant Root Nodules Is Independent of Abundance or Relative Diversity of Frankia Populations in Corresponding Rhizosphere Soils – Seifeddine Ben Tekaya – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

High frequency cropping of pulses modifies soil nitrogen level and the rhizosphere bacterial microbiome in 4-year rotation systems of the semiarid prairie – Chantal Hamel – Applied Soil Ecology

Bulk soil and maize rhizosphere resistance genes, mobile genetic elements and microbial communities are differently impacted by organic and inorganic fertilization – Birgit Wolters – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Variability in metagenomic samples from the Puget Sound: Relationship to temporal and anthropogenic impacts – James C. Wallace – PLOS One

Linking the effect of antibiotics on partial-nitritation biofilters: performance, microbial communities and microbial activities – Alejandro Gonzalez-Martinez – Frontiers in Microbiology

The effect of epiphytic macroinvertebrates on microbial communities in different types of macrophyte-dominated shallow lakes – Tomasz Mieczan –  Knowl. Manag. Aquat. Ecosyst

Watershed-induced limnological and microbial status in two oligotrophic Andean lakes exposed to the same climatic scenario – Alex Echeverría-Vega – Frontiers in Microbiology

** A novel β-glucosidase isolated from the microbial metagenome of Lake Poraquê (Amazon, Brazil) – Danyelle Toyama – Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) – Proteins and Proteomics

Variations in culturable bacterial communities and biochemical properties in the foreland of the retreating Tianshan No. 1 glacier – Xiukun Wu – Brazilian Journal of Microbiology

Food microbiology

Microbial diversity and component variation in Xiaguan Tuo Tea during pile fermentation – Haizhou Li – PLOS One

Metagenomic Insights into Environmental Microbiome and Their Application in Food/Pharmaceutical Industry – Ramya Sree Boddu – Microbial Biotechnology

Phages and viruses

[pre-print] THEA: A novel approach to gene identification in phage genomes – Katelyn McNair – bioRxiv


* [pdf] Microbiome Data Accurately Predicts the Postmortem Interval Using Random Forest Regression Models – Aeriel Belk – Genes

COREMIC: a web-tool to search for a niche associated CORE MICrobiome – Richard R. Rodrigues – PeerJ


Isotope fractionation in biogas allows direct microbial community stability monitoring in anaerobic digestion – Jo De Vrieze – Environmental Science & Technology

Statistical assessment of DNA extraction methodology for culture-independent analysis of microbial community associated with diverse environmental samples – Rishi Mahajan – Molecular Biology Reports

Microbes in the news

These Bacteria Eat Toxic Metal, ‘Poop’ Gold Nuggets – Live Science

Ed’s non-microbiology picks (can use your own name of course!) (cool non-microbiology science)

Earthquakes follow wastewater disposal patterns in southern Kansas

Ultra-processed foods ‘linked to cancer’

Promising cancer vaccine would use patient’s own cells to train the immune system

Does GMO corn increase crop yields? 21 years of data confirm it does—and provides substantial health benefits

Poor fitness linked to weaker brain fiber, higher dementia risk

Low cigarette consumption and risk of coronary heart disease and stroke: meta-analysis of 141 cohort studies in 55 study reports

Fewer Infants Died In States That Allowed Affordable Care Act

February 20, 2018

In today’s digest you can read: about advantages of Atomic Force Microscopy in studying of oral microbiota in the paper by S. S. Salavadhi; about gut microbiome association with Type 1 diabetes in the paper by J.A. Mullaney; about influence of steroids on the gut microbiota in the review by M.J Tetel and about the ability of Synechococcus cyanobacteria to dynamically change their pigment content to match the ambient light color, in the paper by T. Grébert. These are of course just a few of many interesting articles today. Enjoy!

Events and jobs

MS graduate position: Amoeba microbiome, Conway, Arkansas, US

Research Fellow in Cell Biology – Microscopy, Warwick, UK

PhD Student, ROYAL NIOZ-TEXEL, Texel, the Netherlands

General microbiome

Review: A new piece in the microbiome puzzle – Lindsay J. Pike – Nature Reviews Microbiology

The importance of resolving biogeographic patterns of microbial microdiversity – Alexander B Chase – Microbiology Australia

Consistent changes in the taxonomic structure and functional attributes of bacterial communities during primary succession – Rüdiger Ortiz-Álvarez – the ISME Journal

Pregnancy and early life

Infant formulae supplemented with prebiotics: Are they better than unsupplemented formulae? An updated systematic review – Agata Skórka – British Journal of Nutrition

Early Dietary Patterns and Microbiota Development: Still a Way to Go from Descriptive Interactions to Health-Relevant Solutions – Patricia Iozzo – Frontiers in Nutrition

Roles of Birth Mode and Infant Gut Microbiota in Intergenerational Transmission of Overweight and Obesity From Mother to Offspring – Hein M. Tun – JAMA Pediatrics

Multi-site human microbiome

A blinded observational cohort study of the microbiological ecology associated with pyuria and overactive bladder symptoms – Kiren Gill – International Urogynecology Journal

Oral microbiome

Atomic force microscopy: A three-dimensional reconstructive tool of oral microbiota in gingivitis and periodontitis – Shyam Sunder Salavadhi – Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology

Human gut microbiome

Review: Steroids, stress and the gut microbiome-brain axis – M. J. Tetel – Journal of Neuroendocrinology

Alterations of the Gut Microbiota in Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Patients – Zhao Fuya – Thyroid

Endospores and other lysis-resistant bacteria comprise a widely shared core community within the human microbiota – Sean Michael Kearney – bioRxiv

Alterations in Intestinal Microbiota Lead to Production of Interleukin 17 by Intrahepatic γδ T-cell Receptor-positive Cells and Pathogenesis of Cholestatic Liver Disease – Dana Tedesco – Gastroenterology

Type 1 diabetes susceptibility alleles are associated with distinct alterations in the gut microbiota – Jane A. Mullaney – BMC Microbiome

Animal experiments

Effect of Dietary Chestnut or Quebracho Tannin Supplementation on Microbial Community and Fatty Acid Profile in the Rumen of Dairy Ewes – Arianna Buccioni – BioMed Research International

Long-Term Treatment with Green Tea Polyphenols Modifies the Gut Microbiome of Female Sprague-Dawley Rats – Jincheng Wang – The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry

Microbiota-Derived Indole Metabolites Promote Human and Murine Intestinal Homeostasis through Regulation of Interleukin-10 Receptor – Erica E. Alexeev – The Americn Journal of Pathology

Interrelations between the rumen microbiota and production, behavioral, rumen-fermentation, metabolic, and immunological attributes of dairy cows – M. Schären – Journal of Diary Science

Animal microbiome

Disentangling metabolic functions of bacteria in the honey bee gut – Lucie Kešnerová – PLOS One

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Soil mixture composition alters Arabidopsis susceptibility to Pseudomonas syringae infection – Jana A. Hassan – Plant Direct

Taxonomic structure and function of seed-inhabiting bacterial microbiota from common reed (Phragmites australis) and narrowleaf cattail (Typha angustifolia L.) – Ting Gao – Archives of Microbiology

The soil microbiome — from metagenomics to metaphenomics – Janet K Jansson – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Exometabolomic profiling of bacterial strains cultivated using Arabidopsis root extract as the sole carbon source – Richard Paul Jacoby – Molecular Plant-Microbiome Interactions

A strain of Streptomyces sp. isolated from rhizospheric soil of Crataegus oxycantha producing Nalidixic acid, a synthetic antibiotic – Nidhi Arora – Journal of Applied Microbiology

High microbial diversity promotes soil ecosystem functioning – Pierre-Alain Maron – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome 

Apportioning bacterial carbon source utilization in soil using 14C isotope analysis of FISH-targeted bacterial populations sorted by Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS): 14C-FISH-FACS – Christos Gougoulias – Environmental Microbiology Reports

Insights into the fundamental physiology of the uncultured Fe-oxidizing bacterium Leptothrix ochracea – E. J. Fleming – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Light color acclimation is a key process in the global ocean distribution of Synechococcus cyanobacteria – Théophile Grébert – PNAS

Microbial Functional Gene Diversity Predicts Groundwater Contamination and Ecosystem Functioning – Zhili He – mBio

Iron and phosphorus deprivation induce sociality in the marine bloom-forming cyanobacterium Trichodesmium – Yael Tzubari – the ISME Journal

Cryptophyta as major bacterivores in freshwater summer plankton – Vesna Grujcic – the ISME Journal

Phages and viruses

The impact of bacteriophages on phyllosphere bacterial abundance and composition – Norma M. Morella – Molecular Ecology

Microbes in the news 

Guts and gory: vampire bats need bacteria to digest blood

Using mutant bacteria to study how changes in membrane proteins affect cell functions

February 19, 2018

Events and jobs

Research Technician I – University at Buffalo

General microbiome

Non-antibiotic antimicrobial triclosan induces multiple antibiotic resistance through genetic mutation – Ji Lu, bioRxiv

Oncologists tap the microbiome in bid to improve immunotherapy outcomes – Asher Mullard, Nature Reviews Drug Discovery

Nasal microbiome

Establishment of the Nasal Microbiota in the first 18 Months of Life – Correlation with Early Onset Rhinitis and Wheezing – Le Duc Huy Ta, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

The nasal microbiome in chronic rhinosinusitis: analyzing the effects of atopy and bacterial functional pathways in 111 patients – Mahboobeh Mahdavinia, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Pregnancy and early life

Metagenomic analysis with strain-level resolution reveals fine-scale variation in the human pregnancy microbiome – Daniela S. A. Goltsman, bioRxiv

Human vaginal microbiome

Microbiota changes impact on sexually transmitted infections and the development of pelvic inflammatory disease – Nathalie Loeper, Microbes and Infection

Human gut microbiome

Efficacy of Bifidobacterium breve Fermented Milk in Maintaining Remission of Ulcerative Colitis – Katsuyoshi Matsuoka, Digestive Diseases and Sciences

Comparison of Different Strategies for Providing Fecal Microbiota Transplantation to Treat Patients with Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infection in Two English Hospitals: A Review – Simon D. Goldenberg, Infectious Diseases and Therapy

Fecal Microbiota Transplant for Refractory Clostridium difficile Infection Interrupts 25-Year History of Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections – Tiffany Wang, Open Forum Infectious Diseases

Fecal microbiota transplantation for severe complicated C. difficile colitis in a patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome – P. Martínez-Ayala, Revista de Gastroenterología de México

Microbial Engraftment and Efficacy of Fecal Microbiota Transplant for Clostridium difficile Patients With and Without IBD – Robert P Hirten, bioRxiv

The impact of a helminth-modified microbiome on host immunity – Tara P. Brosschot &
Lisa A. Reynolds, Mucosal Immunology

Depression and obesity: evidence of shared biological mechanisms – Yuri Milaneschi, Molecular Psychiatry

Delayed gut microbiota development in high-risk for asthma infants is temporarily modifiable by Lactobacillus supplementation – Juliana Durack, Nature Communications

Roux-en-Y Gastric-Bypass and sleeve gastrectomy induces specific shifts of the gut microbiota without altering the metabolism of bile acids in the intestinal lumen – Henri Duboc, International Journal of Obesity

Effects of ewe’s milk yogurt (whole and semi-skimmed) and cow’s milk yogurt on inflammation markers and gut microbiota of subjects with borderline-high plasma cholesterol levels: a crossover study – Noemí Redondo, European Journal of Nutrition

Impact of food additives on the gut-brain axis – Mary K. Holder, Physiology & Behavior

Gut microbiota injury in allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation – Yusuke Shono, Nature Reviews Cancer

Microbiota: Pathobiont peacekeepers – Kirsty Minton, Nature Reviews Immunology

Gut Microbiomics—A Solution to Unloose the Gordian Knot of Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation – Amy Zhang, Journal of Heredity

Oral microbiome

Host defense against oral microbiota by bone-damaging T cells – Masayuki Tsukasaki, Nature Communications

Beyond Streptococcus mutans: clinical implications of the evolving dental caries aetiological paradigms and its associated microbiome – N. Philip, BDJ

Animal experiments

The Divergence in Bacterial Components Associated with Bactrocera dorsalis across Developmental Stages – Xiaofeng Zhao, Frontiers in Microbiology

Microbiota in fermented feed and swine gut – Cheng Wang, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Biogeographical Differences in the Influence of Maternal Microbial Sources on the Early Successional Development of the Bovine Neonatal Gastrointestinal tract – Carl J. Yeoman, Scientific Reports

Animal microbiome

Amphibian chytridiomycosis outbreak dynamics are linked with host skin bacterial community structure – Kieran A. Bates, Nature Communications

The effect of cadmium exposure on diversity of intestinal microbial community of Rana chensinensis tadpoles – Danyang Mu, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

A new cell extraction method reveals hemolymph microbiome of three aquatic invertebrates – Xinxu Zhang, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

The gastrointestinal tract microbiota of northern white-cheeked gibbons (Nomascus leucogenys) varies with age and captive condition – Ting Jia, Scientific Reports

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Manipulation of the rhizosphere microbial community through application of a new bio-organic fertilizer improves watermelon quality and health – Jia Zhao, PLOS One

Water and extremophile microbiome

Seasonal dynamics of tetracycline resistance gene transport in the Sumas River agricultural watershed of British Columbia, Canada – Patricia L. Keen, Science of The Total Environment

Microbial diversity and toxin risk in tropical freshwater reservoirs of Cape Verde – Ana Paula Semedo-Aguiar, bioRxiv

Common hydraulic fracturing fluid additives alter the structure and function of anaerobic microbial communities – Adam C. Mumford, Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Bacterial Community Shift and Coexisting/Coexcluding Patterns Revealed by Network Analysis in A Bioreduced Uranium Contaminated Site after Reoxidation – Bing Li, Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Properties of bacterial communities attached to artificial substrates in a hypereutrophic urban river – Xianlei Cai, AMB Express

Food microbiology

Nitrogen removal enhancement using lactic acid fermentation products from food waste as external carbon sources: performance and microbial communities – Jialing Tang, Bioresource Technology


Advances in Probiotic Regulation of Bone and Mineral Metabolism – Laura R. McCabe, Calcified Tissue International

Prebiotics as functional food ingredients preventing diet-related diseases – A. Florowska, Food and Function

A prebiotic mixture improved Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium animalisgastrointestinal in vitro resistance in petit-suisse – Marina Padilha, Food and Function


SEED 2: a user-friendly platform for amplicon high-throughput sequencing data analyses – Tomáš Větrovský, Bioinformatics


Use of Rectal Swab Samples for Analysis of the Intestinal Microbiome in Children – Nan Zhang, Chinese Medical Journal

February 18, 2018

Quite a few articles with alerts from today and the day before. Many interesting articles on microbe/microbe and microbe-host interactions, enjoy!

Events and jobs
Senior Bioinformatician – Host Microbiota Interactions – Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Postdoctoral Fellow – ‘Microbiome of intestinal tract cancers’ – Centre for Molecular and Biomolecular Informatics (CMBI)

Department Chair – Department of Microbiology and Immunology – College of Veterinary Medicine Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Associate Scientist- Microbiology – Aerotek, Los Angeles, CA

Multi-site human microbiome
Differential contributions of specimen types, culturing, and 16S – Lone Heimann Larsen – Journal Of Clinical Microbiology

Analysis of microbial sequences in plasma cell-free DNA for early-onset breast cancer patients and healthy females – Yu-Feng Huang – BMC Medical Genomics

Human oral microbiome
Bacterial microleakage at the abutment-implant interface, in vitro study. – Carlos Larrucea – Clinical Implant Dentistry And Related Research

Comparison of Oropharyngeal Microbiota from Children with Asthma and Cystic Fibrosis. – Sébastien Boutin – Mediators Of Inflammation

Human vaginal microbiome
Review: Cervicovaginal Microbiota and Reproductive Health: The Virtue of Simplicity. – Melis N Anahtar – Cell Host & Microbe

Human gut microbiome
The effect of Clostridium butyricum on symptoms and fecal microbiota in diarrhea-dominant irritable bowel syndrome: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. – Yi-Yuan Sun – Scientific Reports

Association of gut microbial communities with plasma lipopolysaccharide-binding protein (LBP) in premenopausal women – Jessica S Citronberg – ISME

Microbiota Accessible Carbohydrates Suppress Clostridium difficile in a Murine Model – Andrew J Hryckowian – bioRxiv

Review: Gut Microbiota-Based Therapies for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. – Emily K Stern – Clinical And Translational Gastroenterology

Review: A neuroscience perspective of the gut theory of Parkinson’s disease. – Lisa M Smith – The European Journal Of Neuroscience

Microbial-microbial/host interactions
Interactions between predation and disturbances shape prey communities. – Canan Karakoç – Scientific Reports

Elevated success of multispecies bacterial invasions impacts community composition during ecological succession. – Damian W Rivett – Ecology Letters

Competition in biofilms between cystic fibrosis isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa is driven by R-pyocins – Olubukola Oluyombo – bioRxiv

Linking associations of rare low-abundance species to their environments by association networks – Tatiana V. Karpinets – Frontiers in Microbiology

Genetic Ablation of Butyrate Utilization Attenuates Gastrointestinal Salmonella Disease. – Denise N Bronner – Cell Host & Microbe

Goblet cell associated antigen passages are inhibited during Salmonella typhimur/cium infection to prevent pathogen dissemination and limit responses to dietary antigens. – Devesha H Kulkarni – Mucosal Immunology

Animal experiments
Cytosolic and secreted peptidoglycan-degrading enzymes in Drosophila respectively control local and systemic immune responses to microbiota – Bernard Charroux – Cell Host & Microbe

Differences in the intestinal microbiota between uninfected piglets and piglets infected with porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. – Mei-Zhou Huang – Plos One

Rumen-protected methionine during the peripartal period in dairy cows and its effects on abundance of major species of ruminal bacteria. – Mohamed K Abdelmegeid – Journal Of Animal Science And Biotechnology

Impact of Chestnut and Quebracho Tannins on Rumen Microbiota of Bovines. – Juan María Díaz Carrasco – Biomed Research International

Starvation influences the microbiota assembly and expression of immunity-related genes in the intestine of grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idellus) – Ngoc Tuan Tran – Aquaculture

Animal microbiome
The Dynamic Distribution of Small-Tail Han Sheep Microbiota across Different Intestinal Segments. – Hao Zhang – Frontiers In Microbiology

Microbiome assembly of avian eggshells and their potential as transgenerational carriers of maternal microbiota. – H Pieter J van Veelen – The Isme Journal

Plant, root, and soil microbiome
Photoautotrophic organisms control microbial abundance, diversity, and physiology in different types of biological soil crusts. – Stefanie Maier – The Isme Journal

Long-term use of cover crops and no-till shift soil microbial community life strategies in agricultural soil. – Radomir Schmidt – Plos One

Genome mining of Streptomyces scabrisporus NF3 reveals symbiotic features including genes related to plant interactions. – Corina Diana Ceapă – Plos One

Select and resequence reveals relative fitness of bacteria in symbiotic and free-living environments – Liana T. Burghardt – PNAS

Microbial Flora Associated with the Halophyte- – Fehmida Bibi – Frontiers In Microbiology

Root growth improvement of mesquite seedlings and bacterial rhizosphere and soil community changes are induced by inoculation with plant growth-promoting bacteria and promote restoration of eroded desert soil – Cristina Galaviz – Land Degradation and Development

Diversity of root-associated microbial populations of Tamarix parviflora cultivated under various conditions – Marketa Polivkova – Applied Soil Ecology

Succession of the functional microbial communities and the metabolic functions in maize straw composting process – Huawei Wei – Bioresource Technology

Rhizospheric microbial communities are driven by Panax ginseng at different growth stages and biocontrol bacteria alleviates replanting mortality – Linlin Dong – Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B

Review: Soil protists: a fertile frontier in soil biology research. – Stefan Geisen – Fems Microbiology Reviews

Water and extremophile microbiome
Composition and Activity of Microbial Communities along the Redox Gradient of an Alkaline, Hypersaline, Lake. – Christian F Edwardson – Frontiers In Microbiology

Phosphorus Solubilizing and Releasing Bacteria Screening from the Rhizosphere in a Natural Wetland – Ying Cao – Water

Effects of water flow on submerged macrophyte-biofilm systems in constructed wetlands – Bing Han – Scientific Reports

Dispersal limitation and thermodynamic constraints govern spatial structure of permafrost microbial communities – Eric M Bottos – bioRxiv

Metagenomic exploration of soils microbial communities associated to Antarctic vascular plants – Marco A. Molina-Montenegro – PeerJ Preprints

Built environment
Liquid co-substrates repower sewage microbiomes – Justus Hardegen – bioRxiv

Investigating antibiotics, antibiotic resistance genes, and microbial contaminants in groundwater in relation to the proximity of urban areas – Edina Szekeres – Environmental Pollution

Influence of secondary water supply systems on microbial community structure and opportunistic pathogen gene markers – Huan Li – Water Research

Review: A review on the applications of microbial electrolysis cells in anaerobic digestion. – Zhengsheng Yu – Bioresource Technology

Probiotics / prebiotics / antibiotics
Tacrolimus concentration to dose ratio in solid organ transplant patients treated with fecal microbiota transplantation for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection. – Michael H Woodworth – Transplant Infectious Disease : An Official Journal Of The Transplantation Society

Functional imaging of the interaction between gut microbiota and the human host: A proof-of-concept clinical study evaluating novel use for 18F-FDG PET-CT. – Ben Boursi – Plos One

A 3D intestinal tissue model supports Clostridioides difficile germination, colonization, toxin production and epithelial damage – Lamyaa Shaban – Anaerobe

How to isolate, identify and determine antimicrobial susceptibility of anaerobic bacteria in routine laboratories? – Elisabeth Nagy – Clinical Microbiology and Infection

Microbes in the news
A trip to ‘the poopy lab’ in the interest of drug development – Eric Boodman – STAT News

Probe provides rapid lung investigation – Pallab Ghosh – BBC News

February 16, 2018

Happy Lunar New Year of the Dog!

Today’s Digest contains many news pieces, and also features a major paper on strain tracking post fecal microbiota transplantation, a review on antibacterial proteins shaping the intestinal microbiota, and a call for action to build communities for bioinformatics programming.


Postdoctoral Scholars of Microbiology, School of Life Sciences – University of Nevada Las Vegas

General microbiology

Book chapter: Agro-industrial Lignocellulosic Waste: An Alternative to Unravel the Future Bioenergy – Nidhi V. Maheshwari – Biofuels: Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and Global Warming

Review: Evolutionary Mechanisms Shaping the Maintenance of Antibiotic Resistance – Paulo Durão et al. – Trends in Microbiology

A single amino acid change in the response regulator PhoP acquired during Yersinia pestis evolution affects PhoP target gene transcription and polymyxin B susceptibility – Fukuto HS et al. – Journal of Bacteriology

Validated measurements of microbial loads on environmental surfaces in intensive care units before and after disinfecting cleaning – H. Frickmann et al. – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Human gut microbiome

Review: Proceedings of the 2017 ASPEN Research Workshop—Gastric Bypass: Role of the Gut – Ajay Kumar Jain et al. – Journal of Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition

A Phase 1 Study in Healthy Subjects to Assess the Safety, Tolerability, Pharmacokinetics, and Pharmacodynamics of Multiple Oral Doses of DS-2969b, a Novel GyrB Inhibitor – Vandell AG et al. – Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

* Antibacterial Weapons: Targeted Destruction in the Microbiota – Benoit Chassaing and Eric Cascales – Trends in Microbiology

Perspective: How to train your microbiome to eat broccoli – Sam H. Au – Science Translational Medicine

* Strain Tracking Reveals the Determinants of Bacterial Engraftment in the Human Gut Following Fecal Microbiota Transplantation – Christopher S. Smillie – Cell Host & Microbe

Press: Model of fecal transplantation predicts which bacteria will flourish – Medical Xpress

Preprint: Spatial variation of the native colon microbiota in healthy adults – Kaitlin J Flynn et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: The intestinal microbiota predisposes to traveller’s diarrhoea and to the carriage of multidrug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae after travelling to tropical regions – Stefano Leo et al. – bioRxiv

Animal experiments

Extracellular cholesterol oxidase production by Streptomyces aegyptia, in vitro anticancer activities against rhabdomyosarcoma, breast cancer cell-lines and in vivo apoptosis – Noura El-Ahmady El-Naggar et al. – Scientific Reports

Molecular analyses of two bacterial sampling methods in ligature-induced periodontitis in rats – Carla Raquel Fontana et al. – Clinical and Experimental Dental Research

Animal microbiome

Preprint: Drosophila melanogaster establishes a species-specific mutualistic interaction with stable gut-colonizing bacteria – Ines Silva Pais et al. – bioRxiv

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Removal of metals and their pools in plant in response to plant diversity in microcosms of floating constructed wetlands – Wenjuan Han et al. – Ecological Engineering

The Sesamum indicum rhizosphere associated bacterium: A source of Antifungal compound – Renu Chaudhary et al. – Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

Intensifying rotations increases soil carbon, fungi, and aggregation in semi-arid agroecosystems – Steven T. Rosenzweig et al. – Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment

Impact of oxytetracycline and bacterial bioaugmentation on the efficiency and microbial community structure of a pesticide-degrading biomixture – Víctor Castro-Gutiérrez et al. – Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Indigenous endophytic seed bacteria promote seedling development and defend against fungal disease in browntop millet (Urochloa ramosa L.) – S.K. Verma and J.F. White – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Halophilic starch degrading bacteria isolated from Sambhar Lake, India, as potential anode catalyst in Microbial fuel cell: A promising process for saline water treatment – Ankisha Vijay et al. – Bioresource Technology

Sequestration and utilization of carbon dioxide by chemical and biological methods for biofuels and biomaterials by chemoautotrophs: Opportunities and challenges – Indu Shekhar Thakur et al. – Bioresource Technology

Small eukaryotic phytoplankton communities in tropical waters off Brazil are dominated by symbioses between Haptophyta and nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria – Catherine Gérikas Ribeiro et al. – ISME

Neobodonids are dominant kinetoplastids in the global ocean – Olga Flegontova et al. – Environmental Microbiology

Food microbiology

Review: Whole genome sequencing as a typing tool for foodborne pathogens like Listeria monocytogenes – The way towards global harmonisation and data exchange – StefanieLüth et al. – Trends in Food Science & Technology

Phages and viruses

Book chapter: Tick-Borne Viruses and Host Skin Interface – Mária Kazimírová et al. – Skin and Arthropod Vectors

Preprint: The virome of Drosophila suzukii, an invasive pest of soft fruit – Nathan C Medd et al. – bioRxiv


Microfluidics-based liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry multiple reaction monitoring approach for the relative quantification of Burkholderia cenocepacia secreted virulence factors – Sofie Depluverez et al. – Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry

Microbes in the news

Surgeon sets new frontiers in battle against bacteria! – WBWire

The effect of antibacterials on the skin – Zoe Diana Draelo – Dermatology Times

Donor, Recipient Strain Analyses Offer Fecal Transplant Engraftment Clues – Genome Web

Australian Scientist Gets $1 Million to See if Probiotics Can Help Children with CF – Carolina Henriques – Cystic Fibrosis News Today

Do probiotics work? Answers to this and other gut-wrenching questions – Joanna Clay – USC News

Monitoring bacteria on whale skin – EurekAlert

Bacteria Hidden Under Our Feet May Be a New Weapon Against Superbugs – Kristin Houser – Futurism

Which probiotic is right for you? These are the exact bacteria strains to look for – Emily Laurence – Well and Good

How can we harness the power of bacteria-killing viruses? – Claire O’Connell – Sillcon Republic

Manipulating gut bacteria may cut obesity, diabetes risk – The Peninsula

Microbes on the market

Carbiotix launches world’s lowest cost microbiome test – Nathan Gray – Nutra Ingredients

Scientific Communication and Education

* Preprint: Building a local community of practice in scientific programming for Life Scientists – Sarah L.R. Stevens et al. – bioRxiv