February 7, 2018

Today we have many “gut microbiota” and “water microbiome” articles, as well as quite a few reviews in “Food microbiology” sector. One article (among many interesting today) I would like to highlight is the one from Guillaume Bernard and how unraveling the microbial dark matter should be identified as a central priority for biologists.


Microbiology Technician -R&D, Lille, France

Consultant Medical Microbiologist, Birmingham, UK


1st International Conference on Microbial Food and Feed Ingredients (MiFFI2018): 2-4 May 2018, Denmark

12th Vaccine Congress, Budapest, Hungary

General microbiome

Synergistic gold–copper detoxification at the core of gold biomineralisation in Cupriavidus metallidurans  – L. Bütof – Metallomics

The role of the type VI secretion system vgrG gene in the virulence and antimicrobial resistance of Acinetobacter baumannii ATCC 19606 – Jianfeng Wang – PLOS One

Genome-Based Characterization of Biological Processes That Differentiate Closely Related Bacteria – Marike Palmer – Frontiers in Microbiology

Microbial dark matter investigations: how microbial studies transform biological knowledge and empirically sketch a logic of scientific discovery – Guillaume Bernard – Genome Biology and Evolution

Draft genome sequence of Paenibacillus strain LK1, a phytohormone producing bacterium – Kun Liu – 3 Biotech

Pregnancy and early life

Review: Urinary tract infection during pregnancy: current concepts on a common multifaceted problem – Kallirhoe Kalinderi – Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Human respiratory microbiome

In children, the microbiota of the nasopharynx and brochoalveolar lavage fluid are both similar and different – Kirsten M. Kloepfer – Pediatric Pulmonology

At the Root: Defining and Halting Progression of Early Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – Fernando J. Martinez – American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

Oral microbiome

Transcriptome of healthy gingival tissue from edentulous sites in patients with a history of generalized aggressive periodontitis – Tiago Taiete – Journal of Periodontology

Evaluation of oxidative status in patients with chronic periodontitis and polycystic ovary syndrome: A cross-sectional study – Ebru Saglam – Journal of Periodontology

Selection of appropriate metagenome taxonomic classifiers for ancient microbiome research – Irina Marie Velsko – bioRxiv

Presence of the esp gene in Enterococcus faecium derived from oropharyngeal microbiota of haematology patients – Milica Jovanović – Archives of Oral Biology

Short-term microbiological effects of photodynamic therapy in non-surgical periodontal treatment of residual pockets: A split-mouth RCT – Mônica Grazieli Corrêa – Lasers in Surgery and Medicine

Human skin microbiome

Platelet activation and aggregation by the opportunistic pathogen Cutibacterium (Propionibacterium) acnes – Frida Petersson – PLOS One

Human vaginal microbiome

Dysbiosis of the Vaginal Microbiota and Higher Vaginal Kynurenine/Tryptophan Ratio Reveals an Association with Chlamydia trachomatis Genital Infections – Noa Ziklo – Frontiers in Celular & Infection Microbiology

Human gut microbiome

Report: Patients with familial adenomatous polyposis harbor colonic biofilms containing tumorigenic bacteria – Christine M. Deje – Science

Bacteroides fragilis Toxin Coordinates a Pro-carcinogenic Inflammatory Cascade via Targeting of Colonic Epithelial Cells – Liam Chung – Cell Host & Microbe

Longitudinal microbiome analysis of single donor fecal microbiota transplantation in patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile infection and/or ulcerative colitis – Michael Mintz – PLOS One

Infectious bursal disease virus infection leads to changes in the gut associated-lymphoid tissue and the microbiota composition – Li Li – PLOS One

Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157 subclade 8b strains in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, produced larger amounts of Shiga toxin 2 than strains in subclade 8a and other clades – Shinichiro Hirai – PLOS One

Gut microbiome and depression: what we know and what we need to know – Gal Winter – Reviews in the Neurosciences

Connection between BMI related plasma metabolite profile and gut microbiota – Filip Ottosson – The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Overview and systematic review of studies of microbiome in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder – Tanya T. Nguyen – Journal of Psychiatric Research

Maturation of the gut microbiome and risk of asthma in childhood – Jakob Stokholm – Nature Communications

Anaerobic 4-hydroxyproline utilization: discovery of a new glycyl radical enzyme in the human gut microbiome uncovers a widespread microbial metabolic activity – Yolanda Y. Huang – Gut Microbes

Micro Integral Membrane Protein (MIMP), a Newly Discovered Anti-Inflammatory Protein of Lactobacillus Plantarum, Enhances the Gut Barrier and Modulates Microbiota and Inflammatory Cytokines – Yin M. – Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry

Detection of stable community structures within gut microbiota co-occurrence networks from different human populations – Matthew A. Jackson – PeerJ

Animal experiments 

Comparative genomics reveals differences in mobile virulence genes of Escherichia coli O103 pathotypes of bovine fecal origin – Lance W. Noll – PLOS One

Shift of uterine microbiota associated with antibiotic treatment and cure of metritis in dairy cows – Soo Jin Jeon – Veterinary Microbiology

Microbiota-derived Metabolic Factors Reduce Campylobacteriosis in Mice  – Xiaolun Sun – Gastroenterology

Comprehensive Profiling of Fecal Metabolome of Mice by Integrated Chemical Isotope Labeling-Mass Spectrometry Analysis – Bi-Feng Yuan – Analitical Chemistry

Influence of a diet enriched with virgin olive oil or butter on mouse gut microbiota and its correlation to physiological and biochemical parameters related to metabolic syndrome – Isabel Prieto – PLOS One

Injectable antimicrobials in commercial feedlot cattle and their effect on the nasopharyngeal microbiota and antimicrobial resistance – Devin B.Holman – Veterinary Microbiology

IL-6-mediated signaling pathways limit Chlamydia muridarum infection and exacerbate its pathogenicity in the mouse genital tract  – Xin Sun – Microbes and Infection

Gut microbial composition can differentially regulate bile acid synthesis in humanized mice – Dae Joong Kang – Hepatology Communications

Gut Microbiota Offers Universal Biomarkers across Ethnicity in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Diagnosis and Infliximab Response Prediction – Youlian Zhou – mSystems

Intratumoral bacteria may elicit chemoresistance by metabolizing anticancer agents – Leore T. Geller – Molecular & Cellular Oncology

Interaction of genotype and diet on small intestine microbiota of Japanese quail fed a cholesterol enriched diet – Shasha Liu – Scientific Reports

Dietary supplementation with a nucleotide-rich yeast extract modulates gut immune response and microflora in weaned pigs in response to a sanitary challenge – S. M. Waititu – Animal

Animal microbiome 

Cellulose-dependent expression and antibacterial characteristics of surfactin from Bacillus subtilis HH2 isolated from the giant panda – Ziyao Zhou – PLOS One

Assessment of the gorilla gut virome in association with natural simian immunodeficiency virus infection – Mirela D’arc – BMC Retrovirology

Temperature variation, bacterial diversity and fungal infection dynamics in the amphibian skin – Ana V. Longo – Molecular Ecology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Effects of an EPSPS-transgenic soybean line ZUTS31 on root-associated bacterial communities during field growth – Gui-Hua Lu – PLOS One

Linking Nitrogen Load to the Structure and Function of Wetland Soil and Rhizosphere Microbial Communities – Eric R. Hester – mSystems

Abiotic Stresses Shift Belowground Populus-Associated Bacteria Toward a Core Stress Microbiome – Collin M. Timm – mSystems

Metagenomic and Metatranscriptomic Analyses of Diverse Watermelon Cultivars Reveal the Role of Fruit Associated Microbiome in Carbohydrate Metabolism and Ripening of Mature Fruits – Thangasamy Saminathan – Frontiers in Plant Science

Links between nanoscale and macroscale surface properties of natural root mucilage studied by atomic force microscopy and contact angle – Robin Kaltenbach – Journal of Colloid and Interface Science

Induced Salt Tolerance of Perennial Ryegrass by a Novel Bacterium Strain from the Rhizosphere of a Desert Shrub Haloxylon ammodendron – Ao-Lei He – International Journal of Molecular Science

Water and extremophile microbiome 

High growth potential and nitrogen removal performance of marine anammox bacteria in shrimp-aquaculture sediment – LuongVan Duc – Chemosphere

Establishment and convergence of photosynthetic microbial biomats in shallow unit process open-water wetlands – Zackary L.Jones – Water Research

Review: Bioactive compounds from marine macroalgae and their hypoglycemic benefits – ChaoZhao – Trends in Food Science & Technology

A Short Comparison of Two Marine Planktonic Diazotrophic Symbioses Highlights an Un-quantified Disparity – Andrea Caputo – Frontiers in Marine Science

Evidence for Coupling of the Carbon and Phosphorus Biogeochemical Cycles in Freshwater Microbial Communities – O. Roger Anderson – Frontiers in Marine Science

Spatiotemporal dynamics of river viruses, bacteria and microeukaryotes – Thea Van Rossum  – bioRxiv

Trace Metal Requirements and Interactions in Symbiodinium kawagutii – Irene B. Rodriguez – Frontiers in Microbiology

Depth-Resolved Variations of Cultivable Bacteria and Their Extracellular Enzymes in the Water Column of the New Britain Trench – Qianfeng Liu – Frontiers in Microbiology

Cyanophage-encoded lipid desaturases: oceanic distribution, diversity and function – Sheila Roitman – The ISME Journal

Picoplankton distribution influenced by thermohaline circulation in the southern Adriatic – Tina Šilović – Continental Shelf Research

Evaluation of the relationship of picoplankton and viruses to environmental variables in a lagoon system (Çakalburnu Lagoon, Turkey) – Yucel-Gier – Chemistry and Ecology

Trophic-functional patterns of biofilm-dwelling ciliates at different water depths in coastal waters of the Yellow Sea, northern China – Mamun Abdullah Al – European Journal of Protistology

Distribution of bacterial communities along the spatial and environmental gradients from Bohai Sea to northern Yellow Sea – Shu-Xian Yu – PeerJ

Environmental Factors Support the Formation of Specific Bacterial Assemblages on Microplastics – Sonja Oberbeckmann – Frontiers in Microbiology

Abrupt changes in the composition and function of fungal communities along an environmental gradient in the high Arctic – Oriol Grau – Molecular Ecology

Built environment 

Effects of copper on the composition and diversity of microbial communities in laboratory-scale swine manure composting – Yanan Yin – Canadian Journal of Microbiology

Characteristics of microbial community functional structure of a biological coking wastewater treatment system – Dev Raj Josh – Journal of Environmental Sciences

Stripping Away the Soil: Plant Growth Promoting Microbiology Opportunities in Aquaponics – Ryan P. Bartelme – Frontiers in Microbiology

Food microbiology

Review: Recent advances in understanding the anti-obesity activity of anthocyanins and their biosynthesis in microorganisms – Lianghua Xie – Trends in Food Science & Technology

Review: Combining reformulation, active packaging and non-thermal post-packaging decontamination technologies to increase the microbiological quality and safety of cooked ready-to-eat meat products – Claudia N.Horita – Trends in Food Science & Technology

Review: Impact of curcumin nanoformulation on its antimicrobial activity – Anderson Clayton da Silva – Trends in Food Science & Technology

Review: Antimicrobial potential of legume extracts against foodborne pathogens: A review – M.C.Pina-Pérez – Trends in Food Science & Technology

Long-term kinetics of Salmonella Typhimurium ATCC 14028 survival on peanuts and peanut confectionery products – Maristela S. Nascimento – PLOS One

Impact of Lactobacillus curvatus 54M16 on microbiota composition and growth of Listeria monocytogenes in fermented sausages – Marina Giello – Food Microbiology

Effects of microbial diversity on nitrite concentration in pao cai, a naturally fermented cabbage product from China – Zhaoxia Wang – Food Microbiology

Bacterial and fungal microbiota of spontaneously fermented Chinese products, Rubing milk cake and Yan-cai vegetable pickles – Xin Liu – Food Microbiology

Omics-Based Insights into Flavor Development and Microbial Succession within Surface-Ripened Cheese – A. S. Bertuzzi – mSytems

Variation in Raw Milk Microbiota Throughout 12 Months and the Impact of Weather Conditions – Nan Li – Scientific Reports

Phages and viruses

The Human Virome – Selene Zárate – Archives of Medical Research

Microreview: Contractile injection systems of bacteriophages and related systems – Nicholas M.I. Taylor – Molecular Microbiology

In vitro models for deciphering the mechanisms underlying the sexual transmission of viruses at the mucosal level – Julie Frouard – Virology


xenoGI: reconstructing the history of genomic island insertions in clades of closely related bacteria – Eliot C. Bush – BMC Bioinformatics

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