Microbiome digest, December 8, 2014

Human microbiome general

The human microbiome: opportunities and challenges for clinical care – Geraint B. Rogers – Internal Medicine Journal

Evaluative Profiling of Arsenic Sensing and Regulatory Systems in the Human Microbiome Project Genomes – Raphael D Isokpehi – Microbiology Insights

Human oral microbiome

* High resolution taxonomic profiling of the subgingival microbiome for biomarker discovery and periodontitis diagnosis – Szymon P. Szafranski – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Human gut microbiome

Crosstalk at the mucosal border: importance of the gut microenvironment in IBS – Lena Öhman – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Antimicrobial resistance characteristics and fitness of Gram negative faecal bacteria from volunteers treated with minocycline or amoxicillin – Miranda Kirchner – Frontiers in Microbiology

Decrease in lactobacilli in the intestinal microbiota of celiac children with a gluten-free diet, and selection of potentially probiotic strains – María J. Lorenzo Pisarello – Canadian Journal of Microbiology

Safety assessment of genetically modified rice expressing human serum albumin from urine metabonomics and fecal bacterial profile – Xiaozhe Qi – Food and Chemical Toxicology

Pregnancy and birth microbiome

Placental Microbiome and Its Role in Preterm Birth – Bin Cao – NeoReviews

High A. vaginae and G. vaginalis vaginal loads are associated with preterm birth – Florence Bretelle – Clinical Infectious Diseases

Cesarean Section and Chronic Immune Disorders – Astrid Sevelsted – Pediatrics

Animal and other models of microbiome research

Intestinal epithelial ​MyD88 is a sensor switching host metabolism towards obesity according to nutritional status – Amandine Everard – Nature Communications

Bugs and Food: A Recipe for Cancer? – Christina L. Ohland, Christian Jobin – Cell Metabolism

The current provided by oxygen-reducing microbial cathodes is related to the composition of their bacterial community – Mickaël Rimboud – Bioelectrochemistry

Animal microbiome

The putative functional ecology and distribution of archaeal communities in sponges, sediment and seawater in a coral reef environment – Ana R.M. Polónia – Molecular Ecology

Plant microbiome

* The role of bacteria and mycorrhiza in plant sulfur supply – Jacinta M. Gahan and Achim Schmalenberger – Frontiers in Plant Science

Arctic fungal communities associated with roots of Bistorta vivipara do not respond to the same fine-scale edaphic gradients as the aboveground vegetation – Sunil Mundra – New Phytologist

Soil and sediment microbiome

Impacts of altered precipitation regimes on soil communities and biogeochemistry in arid and semi-arid ecosystems – Uffe N. Nielsen – Global Change Biology

* Effects of tree identity dominate over tree diversity on the soil microbial community structure – Andrea Scheibe – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Smooth brome invasion increases rare soil bacterial species prevalence, bacterial species richness and evenness – Candace L. Piper – Journal of Ecology

The interactive effects of elevated ozone and wheat cultivars on soil microbial community composition and metabolic diversity – Xuelian Bao – Applied Soil Ecology

Seasonal variations of the composition of microbial biofilms in sandy tidal flats: Focus of fatty acids, pigments and exopolymers – Claire Passarelli – Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science

Pharmaceuticals in the environment: Biodegradation and effects on natural microbial communities. A Review – Anna Barra Caracciolo – Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis

Water microbiome

Successional Change in Microbial Communities of Benthic Phormidium-Dominated Biofilms – Katie A. Brasell – Microbial Ecology

Microbiome of the built environment

Characterizing airborne fungal and bacterial concentrations and emission rates in six occupied children’s classrooms – D. Hospodsky – Indoor Air

Food microbiology

Analysis of the bacterial community in aged and aging pit mud of Chinese Luzhou-flavour liquor by combined PCR-DGGE and quantitative PCR assay – Huipeng Liang – Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture

Phages and viruses

Emerging methods to study bacteriophage infection at the single-cell level – Vinh T. Dang and Matthew B. Sullivan – Frontiers in Microbiology


* The Community Ecology of Microbial Molecules – Robert A. Quinn, Theodore Alexandrov – Journal of Chemical Ecology

Ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry for rapid analysis of the metabolites of morroniside produced by human intestinal bacteria – Min Zhao – Journal of Chromatography B

Small-intestinal or colonic microbiota as a potential amino acid source in animals – Werner G. Bergen – Amino Acids


Comparative assessment of next-generation sequencing, denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis, clonal restriction fragment length polymorphism and cloning-sequencing as methods for characterizing commercial microbial consortia – A.D. Samarajeewa – Journal of Microbiological Methods

Microbes in the news

Now We Know Some Creepy Things About How Penicillin Destroys Bacteria – Esther Inglis-Arkell – IO9

Arctic bacteria converts mercury – Kristian Sjøgren – ScienceNordic

Should I Eat Greek Yogurt? – Mandy Oaklander – Time

CSU team examines dairy-cattle microorganisms to improve food safety – Kristen Browning-Blas – Bovine Vet Online

Glyphosate used with GMO crops under attack for disrupting microbiome: Science or a gut feeling? – David Warmflash – Genetic Literacy Project

#BacteriaHysteria: Why it’s time to detox your desk: Average worker comes into contact with more than 10 MILLION disease-causing bacteria lurking on their keyboard, phone and mouse – Lizzie Parry – Daily Mail

Bik’s Picks

The Yearbook: Our list of newsmakers this year – Manasi Vaidya & Shraddha Chakradhar – Nature Medicine

Notable advances 2014 – Amanda Keener – Nature Medicine

Let’s face it, for robots, falling down is easy. But how do you teach them to land safely? – Maki Naro – Popular Science

Force-feeding a human to a snake is not science (and is also super dumb) – Rachel Feltman – Washington Post



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