Good morning and salutations from Singapore! This is the first digest that I’m contributing for the blog, so I hope my selections are interesting to you all! Today’s digest begins with some recent COVID-19 pre-prints, before getting into papers on a diverse range of microbiome-related topics. Highlights today include a study on cats potentially harbouring SARS-CoV-2 (nooo…), the effect of C-section birth on the vaginal microbiota of adult women, and the impact of the virome on biogeochemical cycling in Lake Baikal.
Preprint: Characterization and treatment of SARS-CoV-2 in nasal and bronchial human airway epithelia – Pizzorno et al.
* Preprint: SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing serum antibodies in cats: a serological investigation – Zhang et al.
Preprint: Direct RNA sequencing and early evolution of SARS-CoV-2 – Taiaroa et al.
Review: Microbiota and metabolites in rheumatic diseases – Tong et al. – Autoimmunity Reviews
Human respiratory microbiome
Preprint: Distinctive airway microbial ecology of smokers and asthmatics – Turek et al.
Microbial burden and viral exacerbations in a longitudinal multicenter COPD cohort – Bouquet et al. – Respiratory Research
Human gut microbiome
An in vitro evaluation of the effects of different statins on the structure and function of human gut bacterial community – Zhao et al. – PLoS ONE
Human vaginal microbiome
* A cross-sectional pilot study of birth mode and vaginal microbiota in reproductive-age women – Stennett et al. – PLoS ONE
Polysaccharide extracted from WuGuChong reduces high-fat diet-induced obesity in mice by regulating the composition of intestinal microbiota – Wang et al. – Nutrition & Metabolism
Intestinal microbes: an axis of functional diversity among large marine consumers – Scott et al. – Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Plant, root, and soil microbiome
The response of soil and phyllosphere microbial communities to repeated application of the fungicide iprodione: Accelerated biodegradation or toxicity? – Katsoula et al. – FEMS Microbiology Ecology
Divergent patterns of microbial community composition shift under two fertilization regimes revealed by responding species – Yao et al. – Applied Soil Ecology
Water and extremophile microbiome
* Preprint: New Viral Biogeochemical Roles Revealed Through Metagenomic Analysis of Lake Baikal – Coutinho et al.
Ten simple rules for providing effective bioinformatics research support – Kumuthini et al. – PLoS Computational Biology
Finally, remember that physical isolation doesn’t have to mean social isolation. Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while, I’m sure they’ll appreciate it! You’re doing great 😀
I have really enjoyed your post Ryanknah. Interesting that today a tiger in a New York zoo has tested positive for coronavirus, having apparently caught it from a keeper.
Now I’m curious as to the similarities between the ACE2 receptors in felines and humans, and can we use this information to predict whether dogs can get it too? Asking for a furry friend.
Interesting isn’t it? My furry friend is social distancing – she hardly ever leaves the garden but I can’t get her to wash her paws. What is it with cats and water?
‘We found that SARS-CoV-2 replicates poorly in dogs, pigs, chickens, and ducks, but efficiently in ferrets and cats’ https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.30.015347v1