August 8, 2017

Our daily digest for you, with highlights on gut microbiota signatures in Japanese infants with food allergy, salt mash communities affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and a proposed stricter P value for claiming a ‘significant’ result.


Microbiology Laboratory Technicians – Australian Clinical Labs

General microbiology

Light controlled 3D micromotors powered by bacteria – Gaszton Vizsnyiczai et al. – Nature Communications

Press: Herding Bacteria Brings Power to 3D-Printed Micromotors – Michael Molitch-Hou –

Review: Zika Virus Protease: An Antiviral Drug Target – Congbao Kang et al. – Trends in Microbiology

Call for papers: Advances in Understanding and Controlling Bacteria-Material Interactions, with a Focus on how Bacteria Sense a Surface – Frontiers

Preprint: Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain YH166: a novel wild yeast for the production of tropical fruit sensory attributes in fermented beverages – Kara Osburn – bioRxiv

Pregnancy and early life

Review: Early-life adversity, epigenetics, and visceral hypersensitivity – S. Liu et al. – Neurogastroenterology & Motility

*Signatures in the gut microbiota of Japanese infants who developed food allergies in early childhood – Masaru Tanaka et al. – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Animal experiments

Mouse: Dietary perturbations alter the ecological significance of ingested Lactobacillus plantarum in the digestive tract – Xiaochen Yin et al. – Scientific Reports

Abstract: A commensal Bifidobacterium longum strain improves gluten-related immunopathology in mice through expression of a serine protease inhibitor – McCarville JL et al. – Applied Environmental Microbiology

Carrageenan-induced colitis is associated with decreased population of anti-inflammatory bacterium, Akkermansia muciniphila, in the gut microbiota of C57BL/6J mice – Qingsen Shang et al. – Toxicology Letters

Mouse: Estrogen protection against EAE modulates the microbiota and mucosal-associated regulatory cells – Gil Benedek et al. – Journal of Neuroimmunology

Feed-additive probiotics accelerate yet antibiotics delay intestinal microbiota maturation in broiler chicken – Pengfei Gao, Chen Ma and Zheng Sun et al. – Microbiome

Stable engraftment of human microbiota into mice with a single oral gavage following antibiotic conditioning – Christopher Staley et al. – Microbiome

Animal microbiome

Supplemental thymol and carvacrol increases ileum Lactobacillus population and reduces effect of necrotic enteritis caused by Clostridium perfringes in chickens – Dafei Yin et al. – Scientific Reports

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Impact of Land-use Change on Vertical Soil Bacterial Communities in Sabah – Hoe Seng Tin et al. – Microbial Ecology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Pilot-scale investigation of sludge reduction in aerobic digestion system with endospore-forming bacteria – Kyu Won Seo et al. – Chemosphere

*Abstract: Salt marsh bacterial communities before and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill – Engel AS et al. – Salt marsh bacterial communities before and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Phages and viruses

A virulence-associated filamentous bacteriophage of Neisseria meningitidis increases host-cell colonisation – Emmanuelle Bille & Julie Meyer et al. – PLoS Pathogens

Microbes in the news

Cleaning a Dirty Sponge Only Helps Its Worst Bacteria, Study Says – Joanna Klein – NYT

McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King drinks test positive for fecal bacteria – WHDH

Congrats, happy couples: You really do share everything, even skin bacteria – Ellen Scott – Metro

Seasonal bacteria causes odd taste in Sacramento water – KCRA Staff – KCRA3

IIT Delhi team develops a new antibacterial drug-delivery system – R. Prasad – The Hindu

Antibiotics use by India’s poultry farms endangering human lives, says expert – Charu Bahri – Hindustan Times

Can We Encode Medical Records Into Our DNA? – Cathy Cassata – Healthline

Papaya Outbreak Grows to 109 Infected People. But How Does Salmonella Get Inside Produce? – Heather Williams – UnsafeFoods

Microbes on the market

PhoneSoap uses a UV sanitizing system to keep your phone bacteria-free – Ricci Rox – NoteBookCheck

Non-microbiology pick

*The Reproducibility Of Research And The Misinterpretation Of P Values – David Colquhoun – bioRxiv

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