February 18, 2015

There has been an incredible amount of microbiome papers that came out in the past three days. If this is an increasing trend (and I have every reason to believe it is) I will be needing some help in the future getting this daily digest out. Any volunteers in the fields of plant, soil, or water microbiome research to help me out?

Human oral microbiome

Metagenomic Sequencing Indicates That the Oropharyngeal Phageome of Individuals With Schizophrenia Differs From That of Controls – Robert H. Yolken – Schizophrenia Bulletin

Comparative genome analysis and identification of competitive and cooperative interactions in a polymicrobial disease (Periodontitis, EB) – Akiko Endo – ISME Journal

Human skin microbiome

Review: Are Demodex Mites Principal, Conspirator, Accomplice, Witness or Bystander in the Cause of Rosacea? – WenChieh Chen, Gerd Plewig – American Journal of Clinical Dermatology $

Human respiratory microbiome

High Individuality of Respiratory Bacterial Communities in a Large Cohort of Adult Cystic Fibrosis Patients under Continuous Antibiotic Treatment – Rolf Kramer – PLOS ONE

Human vaginal microbiome

Rapid and profound shifts in the vaginal microbiota following antibiotic treatment for bacterial vaginosis – Bryan T. Mayer – The Journal of Infectious Diseases

The Impact of Hormonal Contraception and Pregnancy on Sexually Transmitted Infections and on Cervicovaginal Microbiota in African Sex Workers – Hanneke Borgdorff – Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Human gut microbiome

Potential use of probiotic and commensal bacteria as non-antibiotic strategy against vancomycin-resistant enterococci – Laureen Couzet – FEMS Microbiology Letters

Review: Can inflammatory bowel disease be permanently treated with short-term interventions on the microbiome? – Dana Berg – Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Review: Biotic interactions and temporal dynamics of the human gastrointestinal microbiota – Pål Trosvik – ISME Journal

Animal and other models

Development and pyrosequencing analysis of an in-vitro oral biofilm model – James O Kistler – BMC Microbiology

Respiratory Microbiota Dynamics following Streptococcus pneumoniae Acquisition in Young and Elderly Mice – Cassandra L. Krone – Infection and Immunity

Animal microbiome

Potential functional gene diversity involved in methanogenesis and methanogenic community structure in Indian buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) rumen – Krishna M. Singh – Journal of Applied Genetics

Experimental replacement of an obligate insect symbiont – Nancy A. Morana,1 and Yueli Yun – PNAS USA
Microbial communities present in the lower respiratory tract of clinically healthy birds in Pakistan – Muhammad Zubair Shabbir – Poultry Science

The Microbiome of Field-Caught and Laboratory-Adapted Australian Tephritid Fruit Fly Species with Different Host Plant Use and Specialisation – J. L. Morrow – Microbial Ecology

New insights into the fungal community from the raw genomic sequence data of fig wasp
Ceratosolen solmsi – Li-Hua Niu – BMC Microbiology
Metagenomic characterisation of viral communities in corals: Mining biological signal from methodological noise – Elisha M. Wood-Charlson – Environmentl Microbiology Reports

Phylogenetic diversity of sulfate-reducing Desulfovibrio associated with three South China Sea Sponges – Dan Zhang – Letters in Applied Microbiology

Diversity of Actinobacteria Associated with the Marine Ascidian Eudistoma toealensis – Georg Steinert – Marine Biotechnology

Species specificity of symbiosis and secondary metabolism in ascidians – Ma Diarey B Tianero – ISME Journal

Plant microbiome

Editorial: Focus on The Good, the Bad and the Unknown: Genomics-Enabled Discovery of Plant-Associated Microbial Processes and Diversity – Gwyn Beattie – Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions

Seasonal Community Succession of the Phyllosphere Microbiome – Julia K. Copeland – Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions

The Linkages between Plant Species Composition and Soil Microbial Communities: What about Symbiotic Microorganisms within Man-Made Tree Plantations? – Godar Sene – Biodiversity Management & Forestry

High-Throughput Sequencing in Studies of Lichen Population Biology – Silke Werth – Recent Advances in Lichenology $

Short-term impacts of energy wood harvesting on ectomycorrhizal fungal communities of Norway spruce saplings – Karoliina Huusko – ISME Journal

Editorial: Root surface as a frontier for plant microbiome research – Marcel G. A. van der Heijden and Klaus Schlaeppi – PNAS USA

Soil microbiome

Long-term nitrogen fertilization of paddy soil shifts iron-reducing microbial community revealed by RNA-13C-acetate probing coupled with pyrosequencing – Long-Jun Ding –

Carbon flow from volcanic CO2 into soil microbial communities of a wetland mofette – Felix Beulig – ISME Journal

Effect of Monospecific and Mixed Sea-Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) Plantations on the Structure and Activity of Soil Microbial Communities – Xuan Yu – PLOS ONE

Microbial community composition shapes enzyme patterns in topsoil and subsoil horizons along a latitudinal transect in Western Siberia – Jörg Schnecker – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Perspective: Protection of Antarctic microbial communities – ‘out of sight, out of mind’ – Kevin A. Hughes – Frontiers in Microbiology

Water microbiome

Genomes of Planktonic Acidimicrobiales: Widening Horizons for Marine Actinobacteria by Metagenomics – Carolina Megumi Mizuno – mBio

A comprehensive analysis of the microbial communities of healthy and diseased marine macroalgae and the detection of known and potential bacterial pathogens
Enrique Zozaya-Valdes – Frontiers in Microbiology

Metagenomics Reveals Planktonic Bacterial Community Shifts across a Natural CO2 Gradient in the Mediterranean Sea – Ashvini Chauhan – Genome Announcements
Shifts in the meso- and bathypelagic archaea communities composition during recovery and short-term handling of decompressed deep-sea samples – Violetta La Cono – Environmental Microbiology Reports

Review: Rethinking the marine carbon cycle: Factoring in the multifarious lifestyles of microbes – Alexandra Z. Worden – Science

Microbes of the Built Environment

Pyrosequencing analysis of microbial community and food-borne bacteria on restaurant cutting boards collected in Seri Kembangan, Malaysia, and their correlation with grades of food premises – Noor-Azira Abdul-Mutalib – International Journal of Food Microbiology $

Review: The dual role of microbes in corrosion – Nardy Kip and Johannes A van Veen – ISME Journal

Bioreactor microbiology

Metagenomic Analysis of the Sludge Microbial Community in a Lab-Scale Denitrifying Phosphorus Removal Reactor – Xiao-Mei Lv – Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology $

Comparative metagenomics of biogas-producing microbial communities from production-scale biogas plants operating under wet or dry fermentation conditions – Yvonne Stolze – Biotechnology for Biofuels

Comparative metagenomics demonstrating different degradative capacity of activated biomass treating hydrocarbon contaminated wastewater – Trilok Chandra Yadav – Bioresource Technology

Phages, viruses, CRISPRs

EditorialHow bacteria get spacers from invaders – Ido Yosef & Udi Qimron – Nature
refers to the following 2 papers:

Cas9 specifies functional viral targets during CRISPR–Cas adaptation – Robert Heler – Nature

Integrase-mediated spacer acquisition during CRISPR–Cas adaptive immunity – James K. Nuñez – Nature

Review: Big things in small packages: the genetics of filamentous phage and effects on fitness of their host – Anne Mai-Prochnow – FEMS Microbiology Reviews

Coevolution with bacteriophages drives genome-wide host evolution and constrains the acquisition of abiotic-beneficial mutations – Pauline D. Scanlan – Molecular Biology and Evolution

Virus characterization and discovery in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues – Rogier Bodewes – Journal of Virological Methods


Culturable diversity of aerobic halophilic archaea (Fam. Halobacteriaceae) from hypersaline, meromictic Transylvanian lakes – Andreea Baricz – Extremophiles $

Microbial Ecology

DNA (meta)barcoding of biological invasions: a powerful tool to elucidate invasion processes and help managing aliens – Thierry Comtet – Biological Invasions


Will solid-state drives accelerate your bioinformatics? In-depth profiling, performance analysis, and beyond – Sungmin Lee – ArXiv

Indexing arbitrary-length k-mers in sequencing reads – Tomasz Kowalski – ArXiv

MetaVelvet-SL: an extension of the Velvet assembler to a de novo metagenomic assembler utilizing supervised learning – Afiahayati, Kengo Sato and Yasubumi Sakakibara – DNA Research


Perspective: The Newest “Omics”—Metagenomics and Metabolomics—Enter the Battle against the Neglected Tropical Diseases – Geoffrey A. Preidis, Peter J. Hotez – PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Metabolomics, proteomics

Review: Exopolysaccharides Produced by Lactic Acid Bacteria and Bifidobacteria as Fermentable Substrates by the Intestinal Microbiota – Nuria Salazar – Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition

A Metaproteomics Approach to Elucidate Host and Pathogen Protein Expression during Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections – Christian Lassek – Molecular and Cellular Proteomics

Microbes Promote Amino Acid Harvest to Rescue Undernutrition in Drosophila – Ryuichi Yamada – Cell Reports

PhD Dissertation: The human microbiome and interactions with disease states, medical interventions, and the metabolome – Luke Kenneth Ursell – University of Colorado at Boulder

Review: Interaction of dietary compounds, especially polyphenols, with the intestinal microbiota: a review – Aleksandra Duda-Chodak – European Journal of Nutrition

Other articles of interest

Editorial: Balancing copy number in ribosomal DNA – John H. Malone – PNAS USA

Review: Epithelial Cell Contributions to Intestinal Immunity – Lora V. Hooper – Advances in Immunology $

Microbes in the News

Among Trillions of Microbes in the Gut, a Few Are Special – Moises Velasquez-Manoff – Scientific American

New Emphasis on Microbiome in Upper Airways Could Advance URTI Treatment in Cystic Fibrosis – Ana Pamplona – Cystic Fibrosis News Today

Mental Health May Depend on Creatures in the Gut: The microbiome may yield a new class of psychobiotics for the treatment of anxiety, depression and other mood disorders – Charles Schmidt – Scientific American

Gut Feelings: Diet, Depression and Bacteria – Paul Spector – Huffington Post

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Transmitted by Maternal Bacteria – Christopher Wanjek – Scientific American

Mapping the gut microbiome to better understand its role in obesity – Medical Xpress

Ghent University Hospital Researchers Find That Young Mice Microbiome Influences Later Onset of Autoimmune Disease – Daniela Semedo – Scleroderma News

Scientists Say that Bacteria Live in Placenta – Noel Angeles – SMN Weekly

Distemper virus affects wild carnivores of all stripes – Merry R. Buckley – Cornell University

Oil Eating Microbes Have Worldwide Underground Connections – David Biello – Scientific American (Podcast 2 min)

Science, publishing, and career

AnnouncementNature journals offer double-blind review: Starting in March, Nature and the monthly Nature research journals will offer an alternative to conventional peer review – Nature
Workplace safety: Risky encounters – Chris Woolston – Nature

Motherhood: Biases in US academia – Nature

Same Behavior, Different Consequences: Reactions to Men’s and Women’s Altruistic Citizenship Behavior – Heilman, Madeline E.; Chen, Julie J. – Journal of Applied Psychology

Bik’s Picks

Moth tails divert bat attack: Evolution of acoustic deflection – Jesse R. Barber – PNAS USA

Sea Snail Teeth Tops Spider Silk as Strongest Material on Earth – Becky Oskin – LiveScience / NBC News

Caffeine and Nicotine May Protect Bees Against Intestinal Parasites – Entomology Today



5 thoughts on “February 18, 2015

  1. Bik, have you considered making a Mendeley group for people to share articles? I appreciate all the work that you have been doing for this digest, and would love to help out a bit. However, I’m currently working on my thesis, so I don’t want to make a time commitment to anything else right now. A Mendeley group would let your readers share papers that we think are relevant, and wouldn’t require a time commitment from us.


    • That might work, but not sure how to distinguish between relevant papers (of which there are millions) and very recent papers (which I where I want to focus on). And finding the papers is usually not a problem; it’s the screening for duplicates/formatting that takes most time for me. But an interesting suggestion. Thanks!


      • How do you currently screen for duplicates? Right now, I could spare a couple of hours a week to help out with this. Would this be helpful to you at all? I wouldn’t be able to make a big time commitment, but a couple of hours wouldn’t hurt my studies.


  2. How are you currently screening for duplicates? I could spare a couple of hours a week without it affecting my project. Would this be helpful for you at all? I wouldn’t have time to go through all the articles that you post, but checking to see if you’ve posted something already would be something that I could help with.


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