September 28, 2016

Twins, body fat, and bacteria, dietary zinc and C. diff infections, honey inhibits biofilm formation, microbial life in a Great Lake sinkhole.

Pregnancy and early life

Review: The Eukaryotic Microbiome: Origins and Implications for Fetal and Neonatal Life -William B. Miller Jr. – Frontiers in Pediatrics

Human gut microbiome

Heritable components of the human fecal microbiome are associated with visceral fat – Michelle Beaumont – Genome Biology

Press: Body fat link to bacteria in faeces – BBC
How Gut Bacteria May Predict Belly Fat – Alice Park – Time

Characterisation of the faecal microbiota in Japanese patients with paediatric-onset primary sclerosing cholangitis – Kentaro Iwasawa – Gut

Commentary: Thinking with your stomach? Gut feelings on microbiome modulation of brain structure and function (Commentary on Luczynski et al.) – Anthony J. Hannan – European Journal of Neuroscience

Dietary zinc alters the microbiota and decreases resistance to Clostridium difficile infection – Joseph P Zackular – Nature Medicine

Editorial: Devil in the detail: A closer look at childhood obesity and the gut microbiota – Michael W. Taylor – Environmental Microbiology

News and viewsCulturing: Looking it up in our gut – Clarisse Marotz – Nature Microbiology

Animal microbiome

Spatial Heterogeneity of Gut Microbial Composition along the Gastrointestinal Tract in Natural Populations of House Mice – Taichi A. Suzuki – PLOS ONE

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Using a Control to Better Understand Phyllosphere Microbiota – Andrea R. Ottesen – PLOS ONE

Caves: Microbial contributions to subterranean methane sinks – J. T. Lennon – Geobiology

Diatom blooms and associated vegetation shifts in a subarctic peatland: responses to distant volcanic eruptions? – U. Kokfelt – Journal of Quaternary Science

The Green Tetrahymena utriculariae n. sp. (Ciliophora, Oligohymenophorea) with Its Endosymbiotic Algae (Micractinium sp.), Living in Traps of a Carnivorous Aquatic Plant – Gianna Pitsch – The Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology

Differential Communications between Fungi and Host Plants Revealed by Secretome Analysis of Phylogenetically Related Endophytic and Pathogenic Fungi – Xihui Xu – PLOS ONE

Fungal Endophytes as a Metabolic Fine-Tuning Regulator for Wine Grape – Ming-Zhi Yang – PLOS ONE

Water and extremophile microbiome

Groundwater shapes sediment biogeochemistry and microbial diversity in a submerged Great Lake sinkhole – L. E. Kinsman-Costello – Geobiology

Nutrient enrichment induces dormancy and decreases diversity of active bacteria in salt marsh sediments – Patrick J. Kearns – Nature Communications

Adaptive radiation by waves of gene transfer leads to fine-scale resource partitioning in marine microbes – Jan-Hendrik Hehemann – Nature Communications


The impact of sequence database choice on metaproteomic results in gut microbiota studies – Alessandro Tanca – Microbiome

More microbiology

Diluted honey inhibits biofilm formation: potential application in urinary catheter management? – Somadina Emineke – Journal of Clinical Pathology

Press: Manuka honey may help prevent life-threatening urinary infections – Simon Hendel – The Conversation
Honey May Be a Natural Way to Beat Bacteria – Alexandra Sifferlin – Time

Personalized therapeutic cocktail of wild environmental phages rescues mice from A. baumannii wound infections – James M. Regeimbal – Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

Press: A Cocktail Of Wild Viruses Treats Bacterial Wound Infections In Mice – Alex Berezow – American Council on Science and Health

Microbes in the news

Chicago Shedd Aquarium Studies Microbes’ Effect on Sea Life – Illumina

The 3 Robs: NIH Funds Research to See if Gut Microbiomes of Hispanics/Latinos Influence Their Diabetes Risk – Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Antibiotic resistance can occur naturally in soil bacteria – Science Daily

Science, publishing, and career / Peer review

Author affiliation can bias peer review: Single-blind vs Double-blind Peer Review in the Setting of Author Prestige – Kanu Okike – JAMA

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