January 23, 2018

After the US government shutdown, today’s Digest features several human gut microbiome, food microbiology papers and many news pieces. There are some other highlights as well. A large longitudinal experiment in a tropical rain forest examines how soil microbes adapt genetically to nutrient changes in the soil. A synthetic enzyme rescues E. coli in iron-limited medium. Open access from high impact medical journals is still lacking.

Jobs and events

Digital Communications Officer – Microbiology Society – London

Keystone Symposium on Natural Products and Synthetic Biology

General microbiology

Sequence-based classification and identification of Fungi – David Hibbett et al. – Mycologia

Preprint: E. coli translation strategies differ across nutrient conditions – Sophia Hsin-Jung Li et al. – bioRxiv

* A de novo enzyme catalyzes a life-sustaining reaction in Escherichia coli – Ann E Donnelly et al. – Nature Chemical Biology

Press: A randomly generated, totally novel enzyme rescues mutant bacteria – Diana Gitig – ArsTechnica

Annotations of Microbacterium foliorum – Debbie Jacobs-Sera – Sea Phages

Human gut microbiome

Reoccurring review (no abstract available): Letter to the Editor: Influence of Intestinal Microbiota on Body Weight Gain: a Narrative Review of the Literature – Andre Alonso Taco-Masias and Augusto Rafael Fernandez-Aristi – Obesity Surgery

Also see a previous review: Influence of intestinal microbiota on body weight gain: a narrative review of the literature – Camila S. Cardinelli et al. – Obesity Surgery

Impact of intestinal mannitol on hyperammonemia, oxidative stress and severity of hepatic encephalopathy in the ED – Daniel H. Montes-Cortés et al. – The American Journal of Emergency Medicine

Clostridial strain-specific characteristics associated with necrotizing enterocolitis – Sophia Schönherr-Hellec et al. – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Intestinal dysbiosis and permeability: the yin and yang in alcohol dependence and alcoholic liver disease – Peter Stärkel et al. – Clinical Science

In vitro fermentation of Cookeina speciosa glucans stimulates the growth of the butyrogenic Clostridium cluster XIVa in a targeted way – Thaisa MoroCantu-Jungles et al. – Carbohydrate Polymers

Animal microbiome

In vitro: Rumen bacteria at work: bioaugmentation strategies to enhance biogas production from cow manure – E.G. Ozbayram et al. – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Plant, root and soil microbiome

* Community proteogenomics reveals the systemic impact of phosphorus availability on microbial functions in tropical soil – Qiuming Yao et al. – Nature Ecology and Evolution

Press: Researchers reveal how microbes cope in phosphorus-deficient tropical soil – Sara Shoemaker – Phys.org

Water and extremophile microbiome

Bacterial community changes in copper and PEX drinking water pipeline biofilms under extra disinfection and magnetic water treatment – J. Inkinen et al. – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Microbial communities in natural rubber coagula during maturation: impacts on technological properties of dry natural rubber – M. Salomez et al. – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Lead-resistant bacteria from Saint Clair River sediments and Pb removal in aqueous solutions – Nichole Bowman et al. – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Food microbiology

Ultrasound improves antimicrobial effect of sodium dichloroisocyanurate to reduce Salmonella Typhimurium on purple cabbage – Ana Lúcia Almeida Duarte et al – International Journal of Food Microbiology

Characterization of the spoilage potential of pure and mixed cultures of bacterial species isolated from tropical yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) – A. Silbande et al. – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Impact of storage conditions on fungal community composition of green coffee beans Coffea arabica L. stored in jute sacks during 1 year – L.M. Broissin-Vargas et al. – Journal of Applied Microbiology

An assessment of the microbiological quality and safety of raw drinking milk on retail sale in England – C. Willis et al. – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Microbes in the news

Bacteria warning for Kapiti waterways – Newshub

Common salt kills rat fever bacteria? Public health experts say it can – TNN – Times of India

Editorial: Vendors’ ultimatum will save us from cholera, typhoid – The Standard

Why Flesh-Eating Bacteria Can Look Like the Flu – Rachael Rettner – Live Science

Geologists find bacteria that takes traces of gold and turns them into nuggets – Eliza Goetze – ABC News

Shigella Bacteria Diarrhea in Children: Should WHO Guidelines Be Modified? – Julie McShane – Medical News Bulletin

* Chemical ‘aphrodisiac’ jumpstarts the sex life of a single-celled organism – Brianna Abbott – Science Line

Microbiome predicts blood infections in pediatric cancer patients – EurekAlert

Dietary Fiber Protects Against Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome, Study Finds – Georgia State University News Hub

How climate change weakens coral ‘immune systems’ – EurekAlert

* Early changes in brain immunity may underlie sex bias in autism – Nicholette Zeliadt – Spectrum

Detecting Zoonotic Protists In Raw Sewage For Environmental Monitoring – Steven Sullivan – Science Trends

Microbes on the market

Synspira Therapy Eliminates Antibiotic-resistant Lung Bacteria, Study Shows – Marta Figueiredo – Cystic Fibrosis News Today

Microbiome Sequencing Service Market – Baseclear, Clinical-Microbiomics, MR DNA (Molecular Research Lp), Molzym, Zymo Research, Rancho Biosciences, Microbiome Therapeutics, Microbiome Insights, Openbiome, Resphera Biosciences, Shanghai Realbio Technology – Oscar – Hugo Press

VALBIOTIS Announces a Significant Effect of VALEDIA® on Intestinal Microbiota – Business Wire

Publishing and education

* Preprint: Open access policies of high impact medical journals: a cross-sectional study – Time Ellison et al. – bioRxiv


4 thoughts on “January 23, 2018

  1. Hi,

    The first paper in the general section is either mis-titled or has a broken link. When I follow the link, the title is “E. coli translation strategies differ across nutrient conditions”, and not anything to do with the sequencing based classification and identification of fungi. I’d be more interested in the fungal paper, if it exists.

    Thanks, and sorry to be a best. I appreciate having this list to refer to!


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