February 19, 2015

A new edition of Frontiers in Microbiology, and pretty much the whole Table of Contents was of interest! Here we go:

Human gut microbiome

Perspective: Aging and the human gut microbiota—from correlation to causality – Sitaraman Saraswati and Ramakrishnan Sitaraman – Frontiers in Microbiology

Review: Intestinal mucosal tolerance and impact of gut microbiota to mucosal tolerance – Dimitry A. Chistiakov – Frontiers in Microbiology

Animal models of microbiome research

Effects of Vendor and Genetic Background on the Composition of the Fecal Microbiota of Inbred Mice – Aaron C. Ericsson – PLOS ONE

Germ-free mice, but still of interest: Microbiota-Independent Ameliorative Effects of Antibiotics on Spontaneous Th2-Associated Pathology of the Small Intestine – Daehee Han – PLOS ONE

Maternal Antibiotic-Induced Early Changes in Microbial Colonization Selectively Modulate Colonic Permeability and Inducible Heat Shock Proteins, and Digesta Concentrations of Alkaline Phosphatase and TLR-Stimulants in Swine Offspring – Marie-Edith Arnal – PLOS ONE

WorkshopMouse Microbiota: genotype-phenotype control and technological challenges (March 2015, in Portugal) – Infrafrontier

Animal microbiome

The Dynamic Distribution of Porcine Microbiota across Different Ages and Gastrointestinal Tract Segments – Wenjing Zhao – PLOS ONE

Characterization of shed medicinal leech mucus reveals a diverse microbiota -Brittany M. Ott – Frontiers in Microbiology

Effect of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) treatment on the composition and function of the bacterial community in the sponge Haliclona cymaeformis
Ren-Mao Tian – Frontiers in Microbiology

Review: Microbes in the coral holobiont: partners through evolution, development, and ecological interactions – Janelle R. Thompson – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

Plant microbiome

Hypothesis: Mutualism–parasitism paradigm synthesized from results of root-endophyte models – Keerthi G. Mandyam and Ari Jumpponen – Frontiers in Microbiology

Soil microbiome

Metagenomic insights into S(0) precipitation in a terrestrial subsurface lithoautotrophic ecosystem – Trinity L. Hamilton – Frontiers in Microbiology

Microbial Community Dynamics during the Bioremediation Process of Chlorimuron-Ethyl-Contaminated Soil by Hansschlegelia sp. Strain CHL1 – Liqiang Yang – PLOS ONE

Water microbiome

High pH microbial ecosystems in a newly discovered, ephemeral, serpentinizing fluid seep at Yanartaş (Chimera), Turkey – D’Arcy R. Meyer-Dombard – Frontiers in Microbiology

Competition and facilitation between the marine nitrogen-fixing cyanobacterium Cyanothece and its associated bacterial community – Verena S. Brauer – Frontiers in Microbiology

Editorial: Metal economy in host-microbe interactions – Frédéric J. Veyrier and Mathieu F. Cellier – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

Editorial: Antibiotic resistance genes in food and gut (non-pathogenic) bacteria. Bad genes in good bugs – Henk Aarts and Abelardo Margolles – Frontiers in Microbiology


Phylogenetic Profiling: How Much Input Data Is Enough? – Nives Škunca, Christophe Dessimoz – PLOS ONE

Deconstruction of Archaeal Genome Depict Strategic Consensus in Core Pathways Coding Sequence Assembly – Ayon Pal – PLOS ONE

Perspective: Reconstructing each cell’s genome within complex microbial communities—dream or reality? – Scott Clingenpeel – Frontiers in Microbiology

Perspective: Finding and identifying the viral needle in the metagenomic haystack: trends and challenges – Hayssam Soueidan – Frontiers in Microbiology

Perspective: Metagenomics of plant and fungal viruses reveals an abundance of persistent lifestyles – Marilyn J. Roossinck – Frontiers in Microbiology


Statistical methods for handling unwanted variation in metabolomics data – Alysha M. De Livera – Analytical Chemistry

Review: Fungal secondary metabolite dynamics in fungus–grazer interactions: novel insights and unanswered questions – Marko Rohlfs – Frontiers in Microbiology

Other articles of interest

Improving the Robustness of Complex Networks with Preserving Community Structure – Yang Yang – PLOS ONE


A Simple Method for Encapsulating Single Cells in Alginate Microspheres Allows for Direct PCR and Whole Genome Amplification – Saharnaz Bigdeli – PLOS ONE

Microbes in the news

Innovations in the microbiome – Nature/Scientific American collaboration on the human microbiome. Some articles:
Microbiome Research May Soon Pay Off Big – Rob Knight – Scientific American
Genes and Microbes Influence One Another, Scientists Find – Ruth Ley – Scientific American

Pull Up A Stool And Let’s Talk About Your Microbiome – Bill Sullivan – The Scope

L.A. hospital warns 179 patients possibly exposed to “superbug” from endoscopies – Steve Gorman – Reuters

Stalking a wily foe: U-M scientists figure out how C. difficile bacteria wreak havoc in the gut – Kara Gavin – University of Michigan

Studying microbes in health and disease – Katherine Unger Baillie – Penn Current

And they still do! Microbes may have covered Earth 3.2 billion years ago – Charles Q Choi – Mother Nature Network

Toothpaste-mouth rinse combo washes out harmful bacteria – Janice Neumann – Reuters

Aetokthonos hydrillicola – the “eagle killer”: Bald eagles are starting to flourish again — but hold the confetti – The Washington Post

Virus found in sewage shows promise in treating dental procedure infections – Catherine Paddock – Medical News Today

Science, publishing, and career

What pushes scientists to lie? The disturbing but familiar story of Haruko Obokata – John Rasko and Carl Power – The Guardian

Science and art

Wind-Created Sand Sculptures on Lake Michigan Beach – Josh Nowicki – WILX.com

Bik’s picks

New York City Could See 6-Foot Sea Rise, Tripling of Heat Waves by 2100 – Colin Sullivan – Scientific American

Starving Sea Lion Pups in California: Warmer Ocean Could Be to Blame – NBC News

Changing insights: Love to eat eggs? U.S. panel now says they’re not a health risk – Yasmeen Abutaleb – Reuters



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