July 5, 2022

Highlights!

A volatile from the skin microbiota of flavivirus-infected hosts promotes mosquito attractiveness – Hong Zhang – Cell → The production of acetophenone, a potent attractant for mosquitoes, is induced by Flavivirus by a microbiota-based mechanism. This finding shows an interesting example of the interplay between certain viral agents and the microbiota to influence host susceptibility to interact with other species. 

Human and General Microbiome

Dynamic Alterations in the Respiratory Tract Microbiota of Patients with COVID-19 and its Association with Microbiota in the Gut – Yifei Shen – Advanced Science

Interaction of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids with host CD36 genetic variant for gut microbiome and blood lipids in human cohorts – Zelei Miao – Clinical Nutrition 

A weight-loss model based on baseline microbiota and genetic scores for selection of dietary treatments in overweight and obese population – Amanda Cuevas-Sierra – Clinical Nutrition

Beneficial Microbes and Compounds

Restoration of cefixime-induced gut microbiota changes by a prebiotic blend in a mouse model – Jingyi Yuan – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

A synbiotics, long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, and milk fat globule membranes supplemented formula modulates microbiota maturation and neurodevelopment – Tomás Cerdó – Clinical Nutrition

Animal Model Microbiome

Multi-omics data reveals the disturbance of glycerophospholipid metabolism caused by disordered gut microbiota in depressed mice – Tian Tian – Journal of Advanced Research

C-section increases cecal abundance of the archetypal bile acid and glucocorticoid modifying Lachnoclostridium [clostridium] scindens in mice – Sean H Adams – Physiological Reports

A single respiratory tract infection early in life reroutes healthy microbiome development and affects adult metabolism in a preclinical animal model – Soner Yildiz – NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes

Non-Model Animal Microbiome

Microbiota mediated plasticity promotes thermal adaptation in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis – Laura Baldassarre – Nature Communications

Dysbiosis and Predicted Functions of the Dental Biofilm of Dairy Goats with Periodontitis – Ana Carolina Borsanelli – Microbial Ecology

Houseflies harbor less diverse microbiota under laboratory conditions but maintain a consistent set of host-associated bacteria – Anna Voulgari-Kokota – Scientific Reports

Plant and Soil Microbiome

Salinity Influences Endophytic Bacterial Communities in Rice Roots from the Indian Sundarban Area – Gargi Das – Current Microbiology

Routes and rates of bacterial dispersal impact surface soil microbiome composition and functioning – Kendra E Walters – The ISME Journal

Leaf bacterial microbiota response to flooding is controlled by plant phenology in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) – Davide Francioli – Scientific Reports

Bioinformatics and Microbiome Analysis

MB-SupCon: Microbiome-based predictive models via Supervised Contrastive Learning – Sen Yang – Journal of Molecular Biology

July 2, 2022

Have a nice weekend!

Highlights!

Priority effects shape the structure of infant-type Bifidobacterium communities on human milk oligosaccharides – Miriam N. Ojima – The ISME Journalthis paper contributes to the understanding of the configuration of different bifidobacteria in response to human milk oligosaccharides. 

Genomes of six viruses that infect Asgard archaea from deep-sea sediments – Ian M. Rambo – Nature MicrobiologyBy using metagenomics, authors describe six relatively large viral genomes, capable to infect members of the Asgard superphylum. The paper remarks on the strange features found in those viral genomes.

TLR4 regulates RORγt+ regulatory T-cell responses and susceptibility to colon inflammation through interaction with Akkermansia muciniphila – Yaojiang Liu – MicrobiomeThis article demonstrates the existence of “a novel protective role of TLR4 against intestinal inflammation, wherein it can modulate A. muciniphila-associated immune responses”. 

Human and General Microbiome

Review: The microbiome and gut homeostasis – Jee-Yon Lee – Science 

Review: The role of microbiome: a novel insight into urolithiasis – Sen-Yuan Hong – Critical Reviews in Microbiology

Review: Symbiosis: the other cells in development – Tyler J Carrier – Development 

Dysbiosis of the Gut Microbiome Is Associated With Histopathology of Lung Cancer – Xiong Qin – Frontiers in Microbiology

Beneficial Microbes and Compounds

Perspective: Leveraging the Gut Microbiota to Predict Personalized Responses to Dietary, Prebiotic, and Probiotic Interventions – Sean M Gibbons – Advances in Nutrition

Akkermansia muciniphila Alters Gut Microbiota and Immune System to Improve Cardiovascular Diseases in Murine Model – Xin He – Frontiers in Microbiology

Impact of probiotics use on clinical outcomes of immune checkpoint inhibitors therapy in cancer patients – Luying Wan – Cancer Medicine

Review: The gut microbiome as possible mediator of the beneficial effects of very low calorie ketogenic diet on type 2 diabetes and obesity: a narrative review – G Defeudis – Eating and Weight Disorders

Animal Microbiome

The coral pathogen Vibrio coralliilyticus kills non-pathogenic holobiont competitors by triggering prophage induction – Weiquan Wang – Nature Ecology & Evolution

Milk microbiomes of three great ape species vary among host species and over time – Sally L Bornbusch – Scientific Reports

Plant Microbiome

Fungal microbiome shifts on avocado fruit associated with a combination of postharvest chemical and physical interventions – Malick Bill – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Environmental Microbiome

Review: Priorities for ocean microbiome research – the Tara Ocean Foundation – Nature Microbiology

Microbiome Analysis Techniques and Tools

Protocol for correlation analysis of the murine gut microbiome and meta-metabolome using 16S rDNA sequencing and UPLC-MS – Xiaoqing Li – STAR Protocols

microbiomeMarker: an R/Bioconductor package for microbiome marker identification and visualization – Yang Cao – Bioinformatics

July 1, 2022

We made it to the end of the week, we made it through the end of June. To celebrate, check out the two (!) articles about the pig gut microbiome, try out a new tool for network analysis (MicNet Toolbox), or enjoy an NPR Short Waves podcast episode about Agar Art. Or maybe you’re spending the afternoon preparing a research talk or fieldwork event? If that’s the case, check out the article presenting 10 rules for improving communication among scientists or the one on the hidden labor of managing threats to safety by women in fieldwork.

General microbiome

Assessment of disinfectant efficacy in reducing microbial growth – Alajlan et al. – PLOS One

Animal experiments

Metagenomic analysis of the gut microbiota in piglets either challenged or not with enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli reveals beneficial effects of probiotics on microbiome composition, resistome, digestive function and oxidative stress responses – Apiwatsiri et al. – PLOS One

Phylogenetic diversity analysis of shotgun metagenomic reads describes gut microbiome development and treatment effects in the post-weaned pig – Gaio et al. – PLOS One

Preprint: Using axenic and gnotobiotic insects to examine the role of different microbes on the development and reproduction of the kissing bug Rhodnius prolixus (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) – Gilliland et al. – bioRxiv

Bioinformatics

MicNet toolbox: Visualizing and unraveling a microbial network – Favila et al. – PLOS One
Techniques

Evaluating the impact of sample storage, handling, and technical ability on the decay and recovery of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater – Beattie et al. – PLOS One

Microbes in the news

NPR’s Short Wave Podcast: Let’s Get Crafty With Agar Art (11 minute episode)!

Science, publishing, and career

Ten simple rules for improving communication among scientists – Bautista et al. – PLOS Computational Biology

You can’t report your feelings: The hidden labor of managing threats to safety by women in global public health fieldwork – McAuliffe et al. – PLOS Global Public Health

June 29, 2022

General microbiome

Microbial Tracking-2, a metagenomics analysis of bacteria and fungi onboard the International Space Station – Urbaniak et al. – Microbiome

Engineering the human gut commensal Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron with synthetic biology – Lai, Hayashi & Lu – Current Opinion in Chemical Biology

Factors shaping the abundance and diversity of the gut archaeome across the animal kingdom – Thomas et al. – Nature Communications

Human oral microbiome

Increase in Bifidobacterium is a characteristic of the difference in the salivary microbiota of pregnant and non-pregnant women – Kato et al. – BMC Oral Health

Human urinary microbiome

Concordance of Urinary Microbiota Detected by 16S rRNA Amplicon Sequencing Versus Expanded Quantitative Urine Culture – Vaughan et al. – American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Human gut microbiome

Dietary variety relates to gut microbiota diversity and abundance in humans – Huang et al. – European Journal of Nutrition

The gut microbiota composition in patients with right- and left-sided colorectal cancer and after curative colectomy, as analyzed by 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing – Suga et al. – BMC Gastroenterology

Long-Term Dietary Effects on Human Gut Microbiota Composition Employing Shotgun Metagenomics Data Analysis – Troci et al. – Molecular Nutrition & Food Research

Functional changes of the gastric bypass microbiota reactivate thermogenic adipose tissue and systemic glucose control via intestinal FXR-TGR5 crosstalk in diet-induced obesity – Münzker et al. – Microbiome

Animal experiments (mouse/rat experiments, chickens/pigs on different diets)

Perinatal transmission of a probiotic Bifidobacterium strain protects against early life stress-induced mood and gastrointestinal motility disorders – Zhu et al. – Food & Function

Leveraging Existing 16SrRNA Microbial Data to Define a Composite Biomarker for Autism Spectrum Disorder – Xu et al. – Microbiology Spectrum

Animal microbiome (for animals in the wild)

Gut microbiome of century-old snail specimens stable across time in preservation – Chalifour, Elder & Li – Microbiome

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Soil-derived bacteria endow Camellia weevil with more ability to resist plant chemical defense – Zhang et al. – Microbiome

Water and extremophile microbiome (sea, rivers, lakes, glaciers, permafrost, high-salt)

A genome and gene catalog of glacier microbiomes – Liu et al. – Nature Biotechnology

Bioinformatics / Data

Large Scale Genome-Centric Metagenomic Data from the Gut Microbiome of Food-Producing Animals and Humans – Lemos et al. – Scientific Data

Research Note: Choice of microbiota database affects data analysis and interpretation in chicken cecal microbiota – Campos et al. – Poultry Science

[PREPRINT]Predicting metabolomic profiles from microbial composition through neural ordinary differential equations – Wang et al. – bioRxiv

June 25, 2022

Highlights!

Microbiome-associated human genetic variants impact phenome-wide disease risk – Robert H George Markowitz – PNASIn this paper, the use of an integrative framework of case-control studies and extensive health records, authors could find associations between microbiome-associated variants (MAVs) and different phenotypes associated with human diseases.

Functional changes of the gastric bypass microbiota reactivate thermogenic adipose tissue and systemic glucose control via intestinal FXR-TGR5 crosstalk in diet-induced obesity – Julia Münzker – Microbiome This study presents evidence for the role of the gut microbiome in the weight loss and metabolic success of gastric bypass surgery. The increment of taurine-conjugated bile acid species can activate systemic TGR5 signaling to stimulate adaptive thermogenesis, with consequences on the host metabolism.

Human and General Microbiome

Human gut microbiota composition and its predicted functional properties in people with western and healthy dietary patterns – Anna M Malinowska – European Journal of Nutrition

Identification and Characterization of Major Bile Acid 7α-Dehydroxylating Bacteria in the Human Gut – Kyung Hyun Kim – mSystems

Characteristics and interplay of esophageal microbiota in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma – Zheng Lin – BMC Cancer

Interactions among the mycobiome, bacteriome, inflammation, and diet in people living with HIV – María José Gosalbes – Gut Microbes

Disentangling the relationship of gut microbiota, functional gastrointestinal disorders and autism: a case-control study on prepubertal Chinese boys – Oscar W H Wong – Scientific Reports

Beneficial Microbes and Compounds

Dietary supplementation with biogenic selenium nanoparticles alleviate oxidative stress-induced intestinal barrier dysfunction – Lei Qiao – NPJ Science of Food

Non-Model Animal Microbiome

Glyphosate-based herbicide exposure: effects on gill microbiota of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and the aquatic bacterial ecosystem – Laure Bellec – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Social microbiota and social gland gene expression of worker honey bees by age and climate – Kirk E Anderson – Scientific Reports

Comparative evaluation of fish larval preservation methods on microbiome profiles to aid in metagenomics research – T G Sumithra – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Concept: Inter-individual variation in parasite manipulation of host phenotype: a role for parasite microbiomes? – Robert Poulin – The Journal of Animal Ecology

Environmental Microbiome

Review: A Comprehensive Insight of Current and Future Challenges in Large-Scale Soil Microbiome Analyses – Jean Legeay – Microbial Ecology

The influence of bioclimate on soil microbial communities of cork oak – Daniela Costa – BMC Microbiology

Techniques

Liposome Delivery of Nucleic Acids in Bacteria: Toward In Vivo Labeling of Human Microbiota – Luís Moreira – ACS Infectious Diseases

Other

Recurrent neural networks enable design of multifunctional synthetic human gut microbiome dynamics – Mayank Baranwal – eLife

June 24, 2022

Today we have a report in Science on bacterium which is 1cm long, a great review of the gut virome in human health, and a meta-analysis of mycobiota signatures in colorectcal cancer among some other great papers.

General microbiology

A centimeter-long bacterium with DNA contained in metabolically active, membrane-bound organelles – Volland et al. – Science

Virome

Filamentous bacteriophage delays healing of Pseudomonas-infected wounds – Bach et al. – Cell Reports Medicine

[REVIEW] The gut virome: A new microbiome component in health and disease – Cao et al. – eBioMedicine

Gut Microbiome

Presence of Blastocystis in gut microbiota is associated with cognitive traits and decreased executive function – Mayneris-Perxachs et al. – ISME

Altered mycobiota signatures and enriched pathogenic Aspergillus rambellii are associated with colorectal cancer based on multi-cohort fecal metagenomic analyses – Lin et al. – Gastroenterology

[REVIEW] Small molecules in the big picture of gut microbiome-host cross-talk – Ma et al. – eBioMedicine

Maternal gut microbiome–induced IgG regulates neonatal gut microbiome and immunity – Sanidad et al. – Science Immunology

Non-Microbiome picks

Time for better time-restricted eating trials to lessen the burden of metabolic diseases – Taub and Panda – Cell Reports Medicine

What SARS-CoV-2 does to our brains – Aschman et al. – Immunity

June 22, 2022

General microbiome

A 16th century Escherichia coli draft genome associated with an opportunistic bile infection – Long et al. – Communications Biology

Pregnancy and early life

[PREPRINT]Strong pathogen competition in neonatal gut colonisation – Mäklin et al. – bioRxiv

Human skin microbiome

Dysbiosis of Skin Microbiota with Increased Fungal Diversity is Associated with Severity of Disease in Atopic Dermatitis – Schmid et al. – JEADV

Human gut microbiome

Loss of Novel Diversity in Human Gut Microbiota Associated with Ongoing Urbanization in China – Sun et al. – mSystems

A comprehensive analysis of the microbiota composition and host driver gene mutations in colorectal cancer – Yuan et al. – Investigational New Drugs

[REVIEW]Vegetarianism, Microbiota and Cardiovascular health: Looking back, and forward – Kumar et al. – European Journal of Preventive Cardiology

[REVIEW]Effects of a low FODMAP diet on the colonic microbiome in irritable bowel syndrome: a systematic review with meta-analysis – So, Loughman & Staudacher – The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Profiling gut microbiota and bile acid metabolism in critically ill children – Kean et al. – Scientific Reports

Super-taxon in human microbiome are identified to be associated with colorectal cancer – Dai et al. – BMC Bioinformatics

The gut metagenomics and metabolomics signature in patients with inflammatory bowel disease – Xu et al. – Gut Pathogenes

Animal experiments (mouse/rat experiments, chickens/pigs on different diets)

Immune checkpoint inhibitors unleash pathogenic immune responses against the microbiota – Hu et al. – PNAS

Deletion of both Dectin-1 and Dectin-2 affects the bacterial but not fungal gut microbiota and susceptibility to colitis in mice – Wang et al. – Microbiome

Animal microbiome (for animals in the wild)

Fecal microbiome of horses transitioning between warm-season and cool-season grass pasture within integrated rotational grazing systems – Weinert-Nelson, Biddle & Williams – Animal Microbiome

Water and extremophile microbiome (sea, rivers, lakes, glaciers, permafrost, high-salt)

Full-Length 16S rRNA Gene Sequences from Raw Sewage Samples Spanning Geographic and Seasonal Gradients in Conveyance Systems across the United States – LaMartina, Schmoldt & Newton – Microbiology Resource Announcements

Techniques

SRS-FISH: A high-throughput platform linking microbiome metabolism to identity at the single-cell level – Ge et al. – PNAS

June 20, 2022

Highlights!

Dynamic metabolic interactions and trophic roles of human gut microbes identified using a minimal microbiome exhibiting ecological properties – Sudarshan A Shetty – The ISME Journal → This study shows the experimental setting of a minimal microbiome composed of 16 bacterial species, characterizing their metabolic relationships, dynamics, and stability.  

Integrated Microbiome and Host Transcriptome Profiles Link Parkinson’s Disease to Blautia Genus: Evidence From Feces, Blood, and Brain – Xingzhi Guo – Frontiers in Microbiology → Members of Blautia, a relatively common genus in the human gut, was “consistently depleted across feces, blood, and brain samples of PD patients”. This study suggests a link between Blautia and PD.

Human and General Microbiome

A Microbiota-Dependent Response to Anticancer Treatment in an In Vitro Human Microbiota Model: A Pilot Study With Hydroxycarbamide and Daunorubicin – Claire Amaris Hobson – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

Examination of host genetic effects on nasal microbiome composition – Haritz Irizar – The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Beneficial Microbes and Compounds

Kimchi improves irritable bowel syndrome: results of a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled study – Hee-Young Kim – Food & Nutrition Research

Non-Model Animal Microbiome

Aging gut microbiota of wild macaques are equally diverse, less stable, but progressively personalized – Baptiste Sadoughi – Microbiome

Model Animal Microbiome

Sodium alginate and galactooligosaccharides ameliorate metabolic disorders and alter the composition of the gut microbiota in mice with high-fat diet-induced obesity – Yao Li – International Journal of Biological Macromolecules

Plant Microbiome

From the bacterial citrus microbiome to the selection of potentially host-beneficial microbes – Ramón Penyalver – New Biotechnology

Review: Microbiome engineering for sustainable agriculture: using synthetic biology to enhance nitrogen metabolism in plant-associated microbes – Sang-Woo Han – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Environmental Microbiome

Microbiome assembly in thawing permafrost and its feedbacks to climate – Jessica G Ernakovich – Global Change Biology

Other

Rapid sourdough yeast identification using panfungal PCR combined with high resolution melting analysis – Olga Bazalová – Journal of Microbiological Methods

June 18, 2022

Have a nice weekend! Today, in this Digest: The effect of the gut dysbiosis on prostate cancer, microbial inheritance, bee microbiome, rhizosphere microbiota, a comparison of DNA isolation techniques for deep amplicon sequencing, and more…

Human and General Microbiome

Gut dysbiosis promotes prostate cancer progression and docetaxel resistance via activating NF-κB-IL6-STAT3 axis – Weibo Zhong – Microbiome

On the effect of inheritance of microbes in commensal microbiomes – Román Zapién-Campos – BMC Ecology and Evolution

Ureaplasma and Prevotella colonization with Lactobacillus abundance during pregnancy facilitates term birth – Sunwha Park – Scientific Reports

Deep Grouping Analysis of the Altered Cervical Canal Microbiota in Intrauterine Adhesion Patients – Xiangdong Hua – Reproductive Sciences

Intestinal microbiota transplantation: do not forget the metabolites – Benjamin H Mullish – The Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Characterization of oral and gut microbiome and plasma metabolomics in COVID-19 patients after 1-year follow-up – Guang-Ying Cui – Military Medical Research

Congenitally underdeveloped intestine drives autism-related gut microbiota and behavior – Jie Li – Brain, Behavior, and Immunity

Beneficial Microbes and Compounds

Lacticaseibacillus rhamnosus HA-114 improves eating behaviors and mood-related factors in adults with overweight during weight loss: a randomized controlled trial – Béatrice S-Y Choi – Nutritional Neuroscience

Model Animal Microbiome

New Strains of Akkermansia muciniphila and Faecalibacterium prausnitzii are Effective for Improving the Muscle Strength of Mice with Immobilization-Induced Muscular Atrophy – Hye Rim Byeon – Journal of Medicinal food

Non-Model Animal Microbiome

Comparative metagenomics reveals expanded insights into intra- and interspecific variation among wild bee microbiomes – Wyatt A Shell – Communications Biology

Rumen multi-omics addressing diet-host-microbiome interplay in farm animals: a review – Sonam Dixit – Animal Biotechnology

Plant Microbiome

Spatio-temporal variation in the root-associated microbiota of orchard-grown apple trees – Maximilian Fernando Becker – Environmental Microbiome

Identifying plant genes shaping microbiota composition in the barley rhizosphere – Carmen Escudero-Martinez – Nature Communications

Disentangling the genetic basis of rhizosphere microbiome assembly in tomato – Ben O Oyserman – Nature Communications

Environmental Microbiome

Rapid changes in coastal ocean microbiomes uncoupled with shifts in environmental variables – Jessica L Gronniger – Environmental Microbiology

Microplastics alter nitrous oxide production and pathways through affecting microbiome in estuarine sediments – Cheng Chen – Water Research

500 metagenome-assembled microbial genomes from 30 subtropical estuaries in South China – Lei Zhou – Scientific Data

Food Microbiome

Microbiome and -omics application in food industry – Ilario Ferrocino – International Journal of Food Microbiology

Bioinformatic and Experimental Microbiome Analysis

A comparison of six DNA extraction protocols for 16S, ITS and shotgun metagenomic sequencing of microbial communities – Justin P Shaffer – BioTechniques

Review: Machine Learning Advances in Microbiology: A Review of Methods and Applications – Yiru Jiang – Frontiers in Microbiology

June 8, 2022

Happy Friday! Today’s digest includes articles about Gardnerella vaginalis clades in pregnancy, how a Japanese herbal medicine may alleviate a leaky gut, and a feasibility study of the impact of oral activated charcoal on healthy volunteers.

General microbiome

Clinical Burkholderia pseudomallei isolates from north Queensland carry diverse bimABm genes that are associated with central nervous system disease and are phylogenomically distinct from other Australian strains – Burnard et al. – PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Preprint: The energy requirements of ion homeostasis determine the lifespan of starving bacteria – Schink et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: A novel bacterial speciation process observed in a symbiotic marine population – Wang et al. – bioRxiv

Human vaginal microbiome

Gardnerella vaginalis clades in pregnancy: New insights into the interactions with the vaginal microbiome – Severgnini et al. – PLOS One

Human gut microbiome

Saireito, a Japanese herbal medicine, alleviates leaky gut associated with antibiotic-induced dysbiosis in mice – Ozaka et al. – PLOS One

A dose-finding safety and feasibility study of oral activated charcoal and its effects on the gut microbiota in healthy volunteers not receiving antibiotics – Rashidi et al. – PLOS One

Water and extremophile microbiome

The microbial community and functional potential in the Midland Basin reveal a community dominated by both thiosulfate and sulfate-reducing microorganisms – Tinker et al. – Microbiology Spectrum

Techniques

Performance of the TaqMan COVID-19 Pooling Kit for detection of SARS-CoV-2 in asymptomatic and symptomatic populations – Ganz et al.- PLOS One