May 1, 2015

A late post today – I was in meetings all day, and had no time to look at the 474 papers in my inbox until late. But let’s catch up!

General microbiome

Editorial: Bacteria make us human – Mohsin Ali – The Lancet

Microbiome of pregnancy and birth

Spotlight: Gut bacteria and necrotizing enterocolitis: cause or effect? – Christopher James Stewart – Trends in Microbiology

Editorial Harnessing the Early-Life Microbiota to Protect Children with Cystic Fibrosis – Leopoldo N. Segal and Martin J. Blaser – The Journal of Pediatrics

Human oral microbiome

Review: Dental Chatter: Bacterial Cross-Talk in the Biofilm of the Oral Cavity – Doron Steinberg – Israel Journal of Chemistry

The interaction between Streptococcus spp. and Veillonella tobetsuensis in the early stages of oral biofilm formation – Izumi Mashima – Journal of Bacteriology

Human gut microbiome

Antibiotic treatment of diarrhoea is associated with decreased time to the next diarrhoea episode among young children in Vellore, India – Elizabeth T Rogawski – International Journal of Epidemiology

High throughput sequencing reveals distinct microbial populations within the mucosal and luminal niches in healthy individuals – Yehuda Ringel – Gut Microbes

Gut Microbiota-Mediated Drug-Antibiotic Interactions – Dong-Hyun Kim – Drug Metabolism & Disposition

Humoral Immunity in the Gut Selectively Targets Phenotypically Virulent Attaching-and-Effacing Bacteria for Intraluminal Elimination – Nobuhiko Kamada – Cell Host & Microbe

MicroRNA-193a-3p Reduces Intestinal Inflammation in Response to Microbiota via Down-regulation of Colonic PepT1 – Xin Dai – The Journal of Biological Chemistry

Editorial: Some Reflections on the Microbiome and Obesity – Richard I. Shader – Clinical Therapeutics

Review: Regulation of body fat mass by the gut microbiota: Possible mediation by the brain – Erik Schéle – Peptides

Review: Role of Intestinal Microbiome in Lipid and Glucose Metabolism in Diabetes Mellitus – Casper van Olden – Clinical Therapeutics

Review: Gut microbiome, gut function, and probiotics: Implications for health – Neerja Hajela – Indian Journal of Gastroenterology

Review: Gut microbiota and the development of pediatric diseases – Chun-Yi Lu – Journal of Gastroenterology

Review: Regulation of body fat mass by the gut microbiota: Possible mediation by the brain – Erik Schéle – Peptides

Animal models

Transcriptional Modulation of Intestinal Innate Defense/Inflammation Genes by Preterm Infant Microbiota in a Humanized Gnotobiotic Mouse Model – Lei Lu – PLOS ONE

Pharmaceuticals and personal care products alter the holobiome and development of a medically important mosquito – Marcus J. Pennington – Environmental Pollution

Differences in the faecal microbiome of non-diarrhoeic clinically healthy dogs and cats associated with Giardia duodenalis infection: impact of hookworms and coccidia – Jan Šlapeta – International Journal for Parasitology

Ezetimibe and simvastatin modulate gut microbiota and expression of genes related to cholesterol metabolism – Emilie Catry – Life Sciences

Animal microbiome

Review: Tick microbiome: the force within – Sukanya Narasimhan – Trends in Parasitology

16S rRNA Amplicon Sequencing Demonstrates that Indoor-Reared Bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) Harbor a Core Subset of Bacteria Normally Associated with the Wild Host – Ivan Meeus – PLOS ONE

Plant microbiome

Plant and soil effects on bacterial communities associated with Miscanthus × giganteus rhizosphere and rhizomes – Dongfang Li – GCB Bioenergy

Soil microbiome

Distinct microbial populations are tightly linked to the profile of dissolved iron in the methanic sediments of the Helgoland mud area, North Sea – Oluwatobi Oni – Frontiers in Microbiology

Ecological effects of combined pollution associated with e-waste recycling on the composition and diversity of soil microbial communities – Jun Liu – Environmental Science & Technology

Water microbiome

Differences in organic matter and bacterioplankton between sections of the largest Arctic river: Mosaic or continuum? – Michail I. Gladyshev – Limnology and Oceanography

Extremophile microbiome

Insights from the Metagenome of an Acid Salt Lake: The Role of Biology in an Extreme Depositional Environment – Sarah Stewart Johnson – PLOS ONE

The microbial diversity, distribution, and ecology of permafrost in China: a review – Weigang Hu – Extremophiles

Bioreactor microbiology

Illumina MiSeq Sequencing Reveals Diverse Microbial Communities of Activated Sludge Systems Stimulated by Different Aromatics for Indigo Biosynthesis from Indole – Xuwang Zhang – PLOS ONE

Effects of garlic oil, nitrate, saponin and their combinations supplemented to different substrates on in vitro fermentation, ruminal methanogenesis, and abundance and diversity of microbial populations – A.K. Patra – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Food microbiology

Technological implications of reducing nitrate and nitrite levels in dry-fermented sausages: typical microbiota, residual nitrate and nitrite and volatile profile – Xavier F. Hospital – Food Control

Review: New Approaches for Bacteriotherapy: Prebiotics, New-Generation Probiotics, and Synbiotics – Rachna Patel – Clinical Infectious Diseases

Metagenomics and bioinformatics

DIDA: Distributed Indexing Dispatched Alignment – Hamid Mohamadi – PLOS ONE

Hybrid De Novo Genome Assembly Using MiSeq and SOLiD Short Read Data – Tsutomu Ikegami – PLOS ONE

Using populations of human and microbial genomes for organism detection in metagenomes – Sasha K Ames – Genome Research


Systems biology of host–microbe metabolomics – Almut Heinken and Ines Thiele – Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Systems Biology and Medicine

Microbes in the news

Don’t douche, and other lessons about the vaginal microbiome: Exploring the microscopic world between our legs – Susan Keown – Fred Hutch

Gut bacteria easy scapegoat to explain diseases, but connections hard to prove – Meredith Knight – Genetic Literacy Project

Find Out Just How Bacteria-Infested Houston Street Is During This Weekend of Walking Tours – Jaime Cone – Bedford and Bowery
The Artist & The Scientist: Microbial Maps – Festival Walk in New York City with Chris Mason – Jane’s Walk

Video: The Microbiome Project: Hospitals – Bacteria may actually be beneficial to hospitals – Argonne National Laboratory

Freshmen participate in huge research study on tiny viruses – University of Colorado Boulder

uBiome is launching an academic consortium to bring together researchers and industry teams with the hope of accelerating scientific understanding of the microbiome – uBiome

Each vineyard has a unique microbiome – Louise Lerner – Futurity

Science, publishing, and career

Ten Simple (Empirical) Rules for Writing Science – Cody J. Weinberger – PLOS Computational Biology

Honors Thesis: Students’ Knowledge and Opinions Concerning Genetically Modified Organisms: A Survey at University of Colorado Boulder – Connor Folkerth – University of Colorado at Boulder

Sexism in science: Peer editor tells female researchers their study needs a male author – Rachel Feltman – Washington Post

Bik’s Picks

How This Beetle Creates 500 Explosions Per Second In Its Bum – Ed Yong – National Geographic

Evidence that premature girls thrive more than premature boys – Science Daily

House GOP Wants to Eviscerate NASA Earth Sciences in New Budget – Phil Plait – Bad Astronomy – Slate


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