May 5, 2016

Leptin and insulin levels in breast milk influence infant gut microbiome, temporal stability of the human skin microbiome, gut microbiota in children with CF, and the cocobiota (for the chocolate lovers).

Thank you all for your support! It means a lot to me, and I hope that I will be able to continue the work I put into this blog.
Jobs and events

Postdoctoral Fellow – Senior Bioinformatician : Cambridge, United Kingdom – Nature Jobs

General microbiome
Review: Microbiome Therapeutics – Advances and Challenges – Mark Mimee – Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews

Pregnancy and birth

Alterations in human milk leptin and insulin are associated with early changes in the infant intestinal microbiome – Dominick J Lemas – The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Human skin microbiome
Weird illustration (worth another blog post?) Editorial: Microbial Skin Inhabitants: Friends Forever – Pieter C. Dorrestein – Cell

Temporal Stability of the Human Skin Microbiome – Julia Oh – Cell

Human respiratory microbiome

Community dynamics and the lower airway microbiota in stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, smokers and healthy non-smokers – G G Einarsson – Thorax

Human reproductive tract microbiome

Review: The vaginal microbiota, host defence and reproductive physiology – Steven B Smith, Jacques Ravel

Human gut microbiome
Disrupted progression of the intestinal microbiota with age in children with cystic fibrosis – Shaun Nielsen – Scientific Reports

Molecular characterization and meta-analysis of gut microbial communities illustrate enrichment of Prevotella and Megasphaera in Indian Subjects – Shrikant Bhute – Frontiers in Microbiology

“Actinomyces ihumii”, a new bacterial species isolated from the digestive microbiota of a HIV-infected patient – Sokhna Ndongo – New Microbes and New Infections

Conference abstract that looks promising: Assessing Relationships Between Dietary Intake, Gut Microbiota and Weight Among a Diverse Cohort of College Freshmen – Elizabeth Journey – The FASEB Journal

Editorial: The Mucosal Microbiome and Recurrence After Surgery for Crohn’s Disease – Alastair J.M. Watson – Gastroenterology

Review: Microbiome in Brain Function and Mental Health – Paul J. Kennedy – Trends in Food Science & Technology

Review: Can exercise affect the course of inflammatory bowel disease? Experimental and clinical evidence – Jan Bilski – Pharmacological Reports

Review: Emerging Concepts on the Gut Microbiome and Multiple Sclerosis – Justin D. Glenn – Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research

Review: The Intestinal Microenvironment and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders – Giovanni Barbara – Gastroenterology

Editorial: Frozen faecal matter works as well as fresh for transplantation in C difficile patients – Jacqui Wise – The BMJ

Animal experiments

Comparison of microbial communities isolated from feces of asymptomatic Salmonella-shedding and non-Salmonella shedding dairy cows – Bradd J. Haley – Frontiers in Microbiology

Food microbiology

Review about chocolate production: Cocobiota: Implications for Human Health
Ivan M. Petyaev – Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism

Metagenomics and bioinformatics

Bracken: Estimating species abundance in metagenomics data – Jennifer Lu – bioRxiv preprint


Preservation Methods Differ in Fecal Microbiome Stability, Affecting Suitability for Field Studies – Se Jin Song – mSystems

Microbes in the news

Review on Techniques for Protecting Cultural Heritage Materials from Microbes – Alex Alexiev – MicroBEnet

Bacteria Block Mosquitoes from Transmitting Zika, Brazilian Study Says
Wolbachia bacteria have already been used to control dengue – Julie Steenhuysen – Scientific American

Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes Could Slow Spread of Zika Virus – Carl Zimmer – New York Times

Vancouver students win more awards for discovering bacteria that destroys polluting plastics – Jeff Lee – Vancouver Sun

Our personal skin microbiome is surprisingly stable – EurekAlert

Disparities in Gut Microbiome Could Lead to Biomarkers for Estrogen-driven Breast Cancer – Kathy Boltz – Oncology Nurse Advisor

Breast milk hormones found to impact bacterial development in infants’ guts
Intestinal microbiome of children born to obese mothers significantly different from those born to mothers of healthy weight – Science Daily

Stephen O’Hara, chief executive of OptiBiotix talks to TPL, develops compounds to modulate the human microbiome – The Pharma Letter

Gut check: Study may shed new light on sleep deprivation: team received $7.5 million grant from DoD – University of Colorado Boulder


2 thoughts on “May 5, 2016

  1. Dear Elisabeth,

    Your Microbiome Digest is my primary information resource to keep myself updated with current research in the microbiome field, as I’m not in this field yet, though looking forward to starting late this year. I greatly appreciate the tremendous efforts you put in every day to push out this Digest, with so many different sections, possibly screening even hundreds of papers each day, amazing! Thank you so much for your initiative.

    All the best,



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