February 8, 2018

Many interesting articles today: the geographical location of habitat has a stronger impact on the fecal microbiome of lemurs than sex, age, or species;  the mechanism for pathobiont-dependent inflammatory bowel disease involves microbiota reactive T cells; highly active antiretroviral therapy can restore gut microbiome diversity in AIDS patients; host immunity can interact with skin microbiota composition as shown in two species of giant salamander; the development of the small intestine microbiome in silka deer; and the gut microbiome of preterm infants that are breastfed develops normally.

Events and jobs

FEMS Project: Volunteer for the Opportunities Board Taskforce

General microbiome

Can social partnerships influence the microbiome? Insights from ant farmers and their trophobiont mutualists – A. B. F. Ivens – Molecular Ecology

Pregnancy and early life

Maternal antibiotic exposure during pregnancy and hospitalization with infection in offspring: a population-based cohort study – Jessica Eden Miller – International Journal of Epidemiology

*Intestinal microbiota development and gestational age in preterm neonates – Katri Korpela – Scientific Reports

Human oral microbiome

Diversity analysis of subgingival microbial bacteria in peri-implantitis in Uygur population – Gao, Xiaowei MM – Medicine

Human vaginal microbiome

Commentary: The implausible “in vivo” role of hydrogen peroxide as an antimicrobial factor produced by vaginal microbiota – Gilda Tachedjian – Microbiome

Human gut microbiome

Microbiome–host systems interactions: Protective effects of propionate upon the blood–brain barrier – Lesley Hoyles – bioRxiv

*Alterations in the gut microbiota of patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome – Youlian Zhou – Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Open-label pilot for treatment targeting gut dysbiosis in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome: neuropsychological symptoms and sex comparisons – Amy Wallis – Microbiome

Review: Diet and microbiota linked in health and disease  – T. Requena – Food And Function

Review: The role of gut microbiota and IL-23/IL-17 pathway in ankylosing spondylitis immunopathogenesis: New insights and updates – Farhad Babaie – Immunology Letters

Dissertation: Interaction of Cocoa Powder with Intestinal Microbiota – Zuyin Li – Louisiana State University

Animal experiments

*c-MAF-dependent regulatory T cells mediate immunological tolerance to a gut pathobiont – Mo Xu – Nature

Dysregulated bile acid synthesis and dysbiosis are implicated in Western diet–induced systemic inflammation, microglial activation, and reduced neuroplasticity – Prasant Kumar Jena – The FASEB Journal

High-fat diet stimulates the gut pathogenic microbiota and maintains hepatic injury in antibiotic-treated rats – Sooad Al-Daihan – Cellular and Molecular Biology

Review: Searching for the gut microbial contributing factors to social behavior in rodent models – Brittany D. Needham – Developmental Neurobiology

Metatranscriptome Sequencing Reveals Insights into the Gene Expression and Functional Potential of Rumen Wall Bacteria – Evelyne Mann – Frontiers in Microbiology

Animal microbiome

*Occupancy strongly influences faecal microbial composition of wild lemurs – Alexander Umanets – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

*Influence of immunogenetics, sex, and body condition on the cutaneous microbial communities of two giant salamanders – Obed Hernández-Gómez – Molecular Ecology

Transient influence of blood meal and natural environment on blacklegged tick bacterial communities – Christine P. Zolnik – Tick and Tick-borne Diseases

The Development of Microbiota and Metabolome in Small Intestine of Sika Deer (Cervus nippon) from Birth to Weaning – Zhipeng Li – Frontiers in Microbiology

Exploring coral microbiome assemblages in the South China Sea – Lin Cai – Scientific Reports

Biogeographic Differences in the Microbiome and Pathobiome of the Coral Cladocora caespitosa in the Western Mediterranean Sea – Esther Rubio-Portillo – Frontiers in Microbiology

Survival and growth of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia in free-living amoebae (FLA) and bacterial virulence properties – Elodie Denet – PLOSone

Gut Microbiota Mediate Insecticide Resistance in the Diamondback Moth, Plutella xylostella (L.) – Xiaofeng Xia – Frontiers in Microbiology

Effects of predation stress and food ration on perch gut microbiota – Yinghua Zha – Microbiome

Longitudinal Effects of Supplemental Forage on the Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Microbiota and Inter- and Intra-Colony Variability – Jason A. Rothman – Microbial Ecology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Spatial scale affects the relative role of stochasticity versus determinism in soil bacterial communities in wheat fields across the North China Plain – Yu Shi – Microbiome

Soil incubation studies with Cry1Ac protein indicate no adverse effect of Bt crops on soil microbial communities – Li Zhaolei – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

The influence of cattle grazing on methane fluxes and engaged microbial communities in alpine forest soils – Mira Mutschlechner – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Diversity and metabolic potential of the microbiota associated with a soil arthropod – Simon Bahrndorff – Scientific Reports

Soil pH rather than nutrients drive changes in microbial community following long-term fertilization in acidic Ultisols of southern China – Jia Liu – Journal of Soils and Sediments

Halotolerant microbial consortia able to degrade highly recalcitrant plant biomass substrate – Larisa Cortes-Tolalpa – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Commentary: Putting concerns for caution into perspective: microbial plant protection products are safe to use in agriculture – Ben Lugtenberg – Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection

Review: Does genotypic and species diversity of mycorrhizal plants and fungi affect ecosystem function? – Christina Hazard – New Phytologist

Review: Putting concerns for caution into perspective: microbial plant protection products are safe to use in agriculture – Ben Lugtenberg – Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection

Water and extremophile microbiome

Ultra-rare marine microbes contribute to key sulfur related ecosystem functions – Dimitri Kalenitchenko – Molecular Ecology

Review: The microbial contribution to reactive oxygen species dynamics in marine ecosystems – Erik R. Zinser – Environmental Microbiology Reports

Application of metagenome analysis to characterize the molecular diversity and saxitoxin-producing potentials of a cyanobacterial community: a case study in the North Han River, Korea – Keon Hee Kim – Applied Biological Chemistry

Built environment

Airborne microbial communities in the atmospheric environment of urban hospitals in China – Xin-Lei Gao – Journal of Hazardous Materials

Food microbiology

Effects of chitosan oligosaccharides on microbiota composition of silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) determined by culture-dependent and independent methods during chilled storage – Shiliang Jia – International Journal of Food Microbiology

Probiotics / prebiotics

Lactobacillus plantarum AN1 cells increase caecal L. reuteri in an ICR mouse model of dextran sodium sulphate-induced inflammatory bowel disease – Yasushi Yokota – International Immunopharmacology

Lactobacillus salivarius LA307 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus LA305 attenuate skin inflammation in mice – S. Holowacz – Beneficial Microbes

Bifidobacteria and its rice fermented products on diet induced obese mice: analysis of physical status, serum profile and gene expressions – M. Ray – Beneficial Microbes

Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG Affects Microbiota and Suppresses Autophagy in the Intestines of Pigs Challenged with Salmonella Infantis – Wei Zhang – Frontiers in Microbiology

Probiotic Use in Equine Gastrointestinal Disease – Angelika Schoster – Veterinary Clinics: Equine Practice

Review: The Role of Prebiotics and Probiotics in Gastrointestinal Disease – Martin H. Floch – Gastroenterology Clinics

Effects of Bentonite Bgp35b-p on the Gut Microbiota of Mice Fed a High-Fat Diet – Eun-Sook Lee – Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture

Feeding the developing brain: Juvenile rats fed diet rich in prebiotics and bioactive milk fractions exhibit reduced anxiety-related behavior and modified gene expression in emotion circuits – Agnieszka Mika – Neuroscience Letters


Effects of voltage on sulfadiazine degradation and the response of sul genes and microbial communities in biofilm-electrode reactors – Xiao-Li Yang – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

Waste and Pollution

Biodegradation of n-alkanes on oil–seawater interfaces at different temperatures and microbial communities associated with the degradation – Synnøve Lofthus – Biodegradation


The application of rumen simulation technique (RUSITEC) for studying dynamics of the bacterial community and metabolome in rumen fluid and the effects of a challenge with Clostridium perfringens – Stefanie U. Wetzels – PLOSone

More bang for the buck? Can arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities be characterized adequately alongside other fungi using general fungal primers? – Ylva Lekberg – New Phytologist

Microbes in the news

These Bacteria Digest Toxic Metals And Poop Out Tiny Gold Nuggets – Signe Dean – Science Alert

The discovery of a third form of flagella-mediated motility in symbiotic bacteria – Phys.org

Phage or foe? – In light of new evidence, we have to reassess the role of bacteriophages in microbial communities: are they always the enemy? – Lucía Fernández – npj Biofilms and Microbiomes

The effect of gut bacteria on bone health cannot be generalized – Randi Lundberg – Taconic

Here’s What You Need To Know About The Bacteria In Your Vagina
A microbiome doesn’t just exist in your gut – Sarah DiGiulio – Huffington Post

Understanding Microbial Communities Living On Amphibian Skin – Sofia Prado-Irwin – Science Trends

In the battle against cancer, microbes could be the answer – Nicola Davison – Wired

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