June 15, 2018

Secondary metabolite biosynthetic genes from novel soil bacteria, a human viral protein cluster metagenomic database, sleep apnea symptoms alter the gut microbiota and metabolome.

Pregnancy and early life

16S ribosomal RNA-based gut microbiome composition analysis in infants with breast milk jaundice – Miao Duan – Open Life Sciences

Human respiratory microbiome

Pre-print: New insights into human nostril microbiome from the expanded Human Oral Microbiome Database (eHOMD): a resource for species-level identification of microbiome data from the aerodigestive tract – Isabel Fernández Escapa – bioRxiv

Human oral microbiome

Review: Live and let die: hydrogen peroxide production by the commensal flora and its role in maintaining a symbiotic microbiome – Sylvio Redanz – Molecular Oral Microbiology

Human nearly-sterile sites

Cultural Isolation and Characteristics of the Blood Microbiome of Healthy Individuals – Stefan Panaiotov – Advances In Microbiology

Human gut microbiome

Sex differences in NSAID-induced perturbation of human intestinal barrier function and microbiota – Shoko Edogawa – The FASEB Journal

Animal experiments

Intermittent Hypoxia and Hypercapnia, a Hallmark of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Alters the Gut Microbiome and Metabolome – Anupriya Tripathi – mSystems

IL-1R and MyD88 Contribute to the Absence of a Bacterial Microbiome on the Healthy Murine Cornea – Stephanie J Wan – Frontiers in Microbiology

Aflatoxin B1 Disrupts Gut-Microbial Metabolisms of Short-Chain Fatty Acids, Long-Chain Fatty Acids, and Bile Acids in Male F344 Rats – Jun Zhou – Toxicological Sciences

Metabolome and gut microbiota variation with long-term intake of Panax ginseng extracts on rats – Yifan Sun – Food & Function

Animal microbiome

Partial incubation during egg laying reduces eggshell microbial loads in a temperate‐breeding passerine – Patricia B Bollinger – Journal of Avian Biology

Bacterial and Fungal Midgut Community Dynamics and Transfer Between Mother and Brood in the Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis), an Invasive Xylophage – Charles J Mason – Microbial Ecology

Succession of embryonic and the intestinal bacterial communities of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) reveals stage‐specific microbial signatures – Jep Lokesh – MicrobiologyOpen

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Novel soil bacteria possess diverse genes for secondary metabolite biosynthesis – Alexander Crits-Christoph – Nature

Environment and host as large-scale controls of ectomycorrhizal fungi – Sietse van der Linde – Nature

Studies on Quantitative Analysis of Rhizosphere and Non-Rhizosphere Mycoflora at Different Stages of Plant Growth in Different Varieties of Pigeon Pea [Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.] – V Jalander – International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience

The Functional Potential of the Rhizospheric Microbiome of an Invasive Tree Species, Acacia dealbata – Casper N Kamutando – Microbial Ecology

Review: Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria: Blessing to Agriculture – Twisha S Patel – International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience

Inorganic Nitrogen Application Affects Both Taxonomical and Predicted Functional Structure of Wheat Rhizosphere Bacterial Communities – Vanessa N Kavamura – Frontiers in Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Metagenomics Reveals the Influence of Land Use and Rain on the Benthic Microbial Communities in a Tropical Urban Waterway – Gourvendu Saxena – mSystems

Phages and viruses

The Human Virome Protein Cluster Database (HVPC): A Human Viral Metagenomic Database for Diversity and Function Annotation – Ali H A Elbehery – Frontiers in Microbiology

Bioinformatics

BioSankey: Visualization of Microbial Communities Over Time – Alexander Platzer – Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics

Pre-print: Understanding trivial challenges of microbial genomics: An assembly example – Delphine Lariviere – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

Faecal transplants could help preserve vulnerable species – Sara Reardon – Nature

Science, career, and publishing

Pre-print: Researchers preferentially collaborate with same-gendered colleagues across the life sciences – Luke Holman – bioRxiv

Pre-print: Attitudes, Perceptions and Barriers to Research and Publishing among Research and Teaching Staff: A Case Study – Stanley Irobekhian Reuben Okoduwa – bioRxiv

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June 14, 2018

Microbial inhabitants of chimpanzee beds, the California cat flea microbiome, butterfly-associated bacterial communities.

General microbiome

Bistability in a system of two species interacting through mutualism as well as competition: Chemostat vs. Lotka-Volterra equations – Stefan Vet – PLOS ONE

Multi-site human microbiome

Review: The interaction between iNKT cells and the mucosal microbiota – Fatma Zehra Hapil – Immunology

Human skin microbiome

Cutibacterium acnes (Propionibacterium acnes) and acne vulgaris: a brief look at the latest updates – B Dréno – Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology

Human gut microbiome

Review: Gut dysbiosis: a potential link between increased cancer risk in ageing and inflammaging – Arya Biragyn – The Lancet Oncology

The microbiome of translocated bacterial populations in patients with and without inflammatory bowel disease – Christopher John Kiely – Internal Medicine Journal

Animal experiments

Oxaliplatin-induced changes in microbiota, TLR4+ cells and enhanced HMGB1 expression in the murine colon – Vanesa Stojanovska – PLOS ONE

Bifidobacteria attenuate the development of metabolic disorders, with inter- and intra-species differences – Guangsu Zhu – Food & Function

Immunomodulation and effects on microbiota after in ovo administration of chicken cathelicidin-2 – Tryntsje Cuperus – PLOS ONE

Animal microbiome

Apparent Total Tract Macronutrient Digestibility, Serum Chemistry, Urinalysis, and Fecal Characteristics, Metabolites and Microbiota of Adult Dogs Fed Extruded, Mildly Cooked, and Raw Diets – Kiley M Algya – Journal of Animal Science

Assessing Cat Flea Microbiomes in Northern and Southern California by 16S rRNA Next-Generation Sequencing – Elton J R Vasconcelos – Vector-Bronze and Zoonotic Diseases

Pre-print: High similarity in the microbiota of cold-water sponges of the Genus Mycale from two different geographical areas – César A Cárdenas – PeerJ

Synchronized shift of oral, faecal and urinary microbiotas in bats and natural infection dynamics during seasonal reproduction – Muriel Dietrich – Royal Society Open Science

Dietary and developmental shifts in butterfly-associated bacterial communities – Kruttika Phalnikar – Royal Society Open Science

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Impact of pyrometallurgical slags on sunflower growth, metal accumulation and rhizosphere microbial communities – A C Agnello – Chemosphere

Direct and indirect effects of a pH gradient bring insights into the mechanisms driving prokaryotic community structures – Daniel R Lammel – Microbiome

Review: A three-act play: pentachlorophenol threats to the cork oak forest soils mycobiome – Adélia Varela – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Soil homogenization and microedges: perspectives on soil‐based drivers of plant diversity and ecosystem processes – Holly J Stover – Ecosphere

Soils beneath different arctic shrubs have contrasting responses to a natural gradient in temperature – Qiong Zhao – Ecosphere

Effects of straw return on bacterial communities in a wheat-maize rotation system in the North China Plain – Dali Yu – PLOS ONE

Pre-print: Convergent gain and loss of genomic islands drives lifestyle changes in plant-associated bacteria – Ryan A Melnyk – bioRxiv

Water and extremophile microbiome

Vertical and horizontal biogeographic patterns and major factors affecting bacterial communities in the open South China Sea – Yi Li – Scientific Reports

Built environment

Ecology of sleeping: the microbial and arthropod associates of chimpanzee beds – Megan S Thoemmes – Royal Society Open Science

Bacteria art

Creative Culture: Bacterial Art Project Combines Art and Science – Candice Dyer – Brenau Window Online

Science, career, and publishing

Bioinformatics core competencies for undergraduate life sciences education – Melissa A Wilson Sayres – PLOS ONE

Pre-print: Outcomes of early NIH-funded investigators: Experience of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – Patricia A Haggerty – bioRxiv

June 5, 2018

A model to study the effect of horizontal gene transfer on maintaining equilibrium in microbial communities, antimicrobial tolerance in brewery biofilms, the sperm whale microbiota.

General microbiome

Horizontal Gene Transfer Can Help Maintain the Equilibrium of Microbial Communities – Yuhang Fan – Journal of Theoretical Biology

Human gut microbiome

Review: Carcinogenesis as a Result of Multiple Inflammatory and Oxidative Hits: a Comprehensive Review from Tumor Microenvironment to Gut Microbiota – Floriana Morgillo – Neoplasia

Animal experiments

Extrathymically Generated Regulatory T Cells Establish a Niche for Intestinal Border-Dwelling Bacteria and Affect Physiologic Metabolite Balance – Clarissa Campbell – Immunity

Animal microbiome

Pre-print: Microbiome interaction networks and community structure from lab-reared and field-collected Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus, and Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito vectors – Shivanand Hegde – bioRxiv

Pre-print: Metagenomics reveals diet-specific specialization in fungus gardens of grass- and dicot-cutter ants – Lily Khadempour – bioRxiv

Occurrence of anthropozoonotic parasitic infections and faecal microbes in free-ranging sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) from the Mediterranean Sea – Carlos Hermosilla – Parasitology Research

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Root-associated bacteria influencing mycelial growth of Tricholoma matsutake (pine mushroom) – Seung-Yoon Oh – Journal of Microbiology

Determinants of Soil Bacterial and Fungal Community Composition Toward Carbon-Use Efficiency Across Primary and Secondary Forests in a Costa Rican Conservation Area – Katie M McGee – Microbial Ecology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Pre-print: Competition and Synergy Between Prochlorococcus and Synechococcus Under Ocean Acidification Conditions – James Jeffrey Morris – bioRxiv

Quantifying the Relative Contributions of Environmental Sources to the Microbial Community in an Urban Stream under Dry and Wet Weather Conditions – Darshan Baral – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

The deep continental subsurface: the dark biosphere – Cristina Escudero – International Microbiology

Food microbiology

Competitive inter-species interactions underlie the increased antimicrobial tolerance in multispecies brewery biofilms – Ilse Parijs – ISME Journal

Phages and viruses

Influence of gut microbiome on mucosal immune activation and SHIV viral transmission in naive macaques – Yongjun Sui – Mucosal Immunity

Techniques

Does universal 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing of environmental communities provide an accurate description of nitrifying guilds? – Vaibhav Diwan – Journal of Microbiological Methods

May 31, 2018

Metagenomic analysis of the endangered kakapo fecal microbiota, a role for the microbiota in the social interaction habits of mice, using fecal metabolomics to readout functions of the gut microbiome.

General microbiome

Pre-print: Measuring the archaeome: detection and quantification of archaea signatures in the human body – Manuela R Pausan – bioRxiv

Human skin microbiome

Short‐term direct contact with soil and plant materials leads to an immediate increase in diversity of skin microbiota – Mira Grönroos – Microbiology Open

Human oral microbiome

Preliminary esophageal microbiome studies prompt important scientific questions – Yash Choksi – Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology

Human urinary microbiome

Calcium Oxalate Urolithiasis: A Case of Missing Microbes? – Carlos Alfredo Batagello – Journal of Endourology

Animal experiments

Social interaction-induced activation of RNA splicing in the amygdala of microbiome-deficient mice – Roman M Stilling – eLIFE

Differences in cecal microbiome of selected high and low feather-pecking laying hens – P Birkl – Poultry Science

Digestive microbiota is different in pigs receiving antimicrobials or a feed additive during the nursery period – Cassandra Soler – PLOS ONE

Dietary supplementation with yeast hydrolysate in pregnancy influences colostrum yield and gut microbiota of sows and piglets after birth – Shah Hasah – PLOS ONE

Dietary sodium butyrate improves intestinal development and function by modulating the microbial community in broilers – Wei Wu – PLOS ONE

Animal microbiome

Network-guided genomic and metagenomic analysis of the faecal microbiota of the critically endangered kakapo – David W Waite – Scientific Reports

Bacterial diversity and community structure of the intestinal microbiome of Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) during ontogenesis – Francisca A Burgos – Systematic and Applied Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Pre-print: Consortia of anti-nematode fungi and bacteria in the rhizosphere of soybean plants attacked by root-knot nematodes – Hirokazu Toju – bioRxiv

The importance of phyllosphere on plant functional ecology: a phyllo trait manifesto – Bruno H P Rosado – New Phytologist

Biocatalytic potential of Streptomyces spp. isolates from rhizosphere of plants and mycorrhizosphere of fungi – Jelena Spasic – Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry

Hosts do not simply outsource pathogen resistance to protective symbionts – Jan Hrček – Evolution

Water and extremophile microbiome

Microbial Diversity in Sediments from the Bottom of the Challenger Deep, the Mariana Trench – Takuro Nunoura – Microbes and Environments

Microbial Community Composition and Putative Biogeochemical Functions in the Sediment and Water of Tropical Granite Quarry Lakes – Amit Kumar – Microbial Ecology

Bloom of a denitrifying methanotroph, “Candidatus Methylomirabilis limnetica”, in a deep stratified lake – Jon S Graf – Environmental Microbiology

Food microbiology

Microbiome dynamics during spontaneous fermentations of sound grapes in comparison with sour rot and Botrytis infected grapes – Jessica Lleixà – International Journal of Food Microbiology

Pre-print: Microbial Community Structure and Diversity of Shrimp Paste at Different Fermentation Stages – Dai Lingying – bioRxiv

Bioinformatics

MetaHMM: A webserver for identifying novel genes with specified functions in metagenomic samples – Balázs Szalkai – Genomics

Metabolomics

The fecal metabolome as a functional readout of the gut microbiome – Jonas Zierer – Nature Genetics

More microbes

Pre-print: Aggregation of Vibrio cholerae by cationic polymers enhances quorum sensing but over-rides biofilm dissipation in response to autoinduction – Nicolas Perez-Soto – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

Virus genes from city pond rescue bacteria – ScienceDaily

May 25, 2018

Microbes and climate change, molecules from the microbiota and the gut-brain axis, C. albicans respiration changes lead to differences in macrophage recognition.

Animal experiments

The Gut Microbiota Mediates the Anti-Seizure Effects of the Ketogenic Diet – Christine A Olson – Cell

Microbial signals drive pre-leukaemic myeloproliferation in a Tet2-deficient host – Marlies Meisel – Nature

Pre-print: Temporal changes in gut microbiota and signaling molecules of the gut-brain axis in mice fed meat protein diets – Yunting Jie – bioRxiv

Water and extremophile microbiome

Detection and Genetic Characterization of Bacteria of the Genus Pseudomonas from Microbial Communities of Lake Baikal – N L Bel’kova – Russian Journal of Genetics

More microbes

Review: Microbial Function on Climate Change – A Review – Endeshaw Abatenh – Environment Pollution and Climate Change

Pre-print: Inhibition of classical and alternative modes of respiration in C. albicans leads to cell wall remodelling and increased macrophage recognition – Lucian Duvenage – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

How gut microbes are joining the fight against cancer – Giorgia Guglielmi – Nature

May 24, 2018

Pest gut microbiota indirectly effects plant defenses in corn, evolution of microbial social behavior from shearing in flow environments, a model to predict cytokine responses based on multi-comics data integration.

General microbiome

Shearing in flow environment promotes evolution of social behavior in microbial populations – Gurdip Uppal – eLIFE

Pregnancy and early life

Review: The Neonatal Microbiome and Its Partial Role in Mediating the Association between Birth by Cesarean Section and Adverse Pediatric Outcomes – D Montoya-Williams – Neonatology

Human respiratory microbiome

Chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps is characterized by dysbacteriosis of the nasal microbiota – Thanit Chalermwatanachai – Scientific Reports

Human oral microbiome

Metagenomic study of bacterial microbiota in persistent endodontic infections using Next‐generation sequencing – G Sánchez-Sanhueza – International Endodontic Journal

Human gut microbiome

Iron Sequestration in Microbiota Biofilms As A Novel Strategy for Treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Jean-Paul Motta – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Temporal and long‐term gut microbiota variation in allergic disease: A prospective study from infancy to school age – Kotryna Simonyté Sjödin – European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Bangladeshi children with acute diarrhea show fecal microbiomes with increased Streptococcus abundance, irrespective of diarrhea etiology – Silas Kieser – Environmental Microbiology

Animal experiments

Effects of a protease and essential oils on growth performance, blood cell profiles, nutrient retention, ileal microbiota, excreta gas emission, and breast meat quality in broiler chicks – J H Park – Poultry Science

Colonic Inhibition of Phosphatase and Tensin Homolog Increases Colitogenic Bacteria, Causing Development of Colitis in Il10-/- Mice – Jonathon Mitchell – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Review: Microbial Signatures as a Predictive Tool in IBD—Pearls and Pitfalls – Nadine Waldschmitt – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Oral hydroxysafflor yellow A reduces obesity in mice by modulating the gut microbiota and serum metabolism – Juan Liu – Pharmacological Research

Impact of commensal flora on periodontal immune response to lipopolysaccharide – Daiki Fukuhara – Journal of Periodontology

Animal microbiome

Poor feed efficiency in sheep is associated with several structural abnormalities in the community metabolic network of their ruminal microbes – Rocky D Patil – Journal of Animal Science

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Cadmium phytoextraction potential of king grass (Pennisetum sinese Roxb.) and responses of rhizosphere bacterial communities to a cadmium pollution gradient – Li Hu – Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Gut-Associated Bacteria of Helicoverpa zea Indirectly Trigger Plant Defenses in Maize – Jie Wang – Journal of Chemical Ecology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Microbial activity during a coastal phytoplankton bloom on the Western Antarctic Peninsula in late summer – María E Alcamán-Arias – FEMS Microbiology Letters

Effects of partially saturated conditions on the metabolically active microbiome and on nitrogen removal in vertical subsurface flow constructed wetlands – Catiane Pelissari – Water Research

Pre-print: Diversity and community structure of marine microbes around the Benham Rise underwater plateau, northeastern Philippines – Andrian P Gajigan – PeerJ

Food microbiology

Porous Silicon-Based Biosensors: Towards Real-Time Optical Detection of Target Bacteria in the Food Industry – Naama Massad-Ivanir – Scientific Reports

Probiotics/prebiotics

Survival of Planktonic and Sessile Cells of Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus reuteri upon Exposure to Simulated Fasting-State Gastrointestinal Conditions – Kyle B Klopper – Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins

Phages and viruses

Pre-print: A novel oceanic uncultured temperate cyanophage lineage – José Flores-Uribe – bioRxiv

Bioinformatics

Integration of multi-omics data and deep phenotyping enables prediction of cytokine responses – Olivier B Bakker – Nature Immunology

More microbes

Pre-print: New sequential touch method for determining bacterial contact transfer rate from finger to surface – Pengcheng Zhao – bioRxiv

Amy’s non-microbiology picks

Restoration of paper artworks with microemulsions confined in hydrogels for safe and efficient removal of adhesive tapes – Nicole Bonelli – PNAS

May 17, 2018

Genome engineering tools for non-model prokaryotes, microgravity and space radiation’s effects on microbes, an analysis of science podcasts.

General microbiome

Taking the technical microbiome into the next decade – Jo De Vrieze – Environmental Microbiology

Pre-print: Links between environment, diet, and the hunter-gatherer microbiome – Gabriela K Fragiadakis – bioRxiv

Human vaginal microbiome

The effect of vaginal microbial communities on colonization by Staphylococcus aureus with the gene for toxic shock syndrome toxin 1 (TSST-1): a case–control study – Jacob D Pierson – FEMS Pathogens and Disease

Human urinary microbiome

Lactobacillus and Urine Microbiome in Association with Urinary Tract Infections and Bacterial Vaginosis – Jun-Mo Kim – Urogenital Tract Infection

Human gut microbiome

Combination Antibiotics Improves Disease Activity and Alters Microbial Communities In Children with Ulcerative Colitis – Kattayoun Kordy – Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Animal experiments

Postnatal colonization with human “infant-type” Bifidobacterium species alters behavior of adult gnotobiotic mice – Berkley Luk – PLOS ONE

A gene catalogue of the Sprague-Dawley rat gut metagenome – Hudan Pan – Gigascience

Animal microbiome

Changes in intestinal microbiota of Bufo gargarizans and its association with body weight during metamorphosis – Lihong Chai – Archives of Microbiology

Metagenomic analysis of Varroa-free Australian honey bees (Apis mellifera) shows a diverse Picornavirales virome – John M K Roberts – Journal of General Virology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Strong associations between plant genotypes and bacterial communities in a natural salt marsh – Gregory P Zogg – Ecology and Evolution

What Is the Role of Archaea in Plants? New Insights from the Vegetation of Alpine Bogs – Julian Taffner – mSphere

Rhizosphere hydrophobicity limits root water uptake after drying and subsequent rewetting – Mohsen Zarebanadkouki – Plant and Soil

Crop rotational diversity increases disease suppressive capacity of soil microbiomes – Ariane L Peralta – Ecosphere

Water and extremophile microbiome

A thiotrophic microbial community in an acidic brine lake in Northern Chile – Lorena Escudero – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Codon usage bias reveals genomic adaptations to environmental conditions in an acidophilic consortium – Andrew Hart – PLOS ONE

Microbes in space

Review: Effect of microgravity & space radiation on microbes – Giuliana Senatore – Future Microbiology

Food microbiology

Bacterial community analysis in three types of the fermented seafood, jeotgal, produced in South Korea – Eun-Ji Song – Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry

Metabolomics

Transcriptomic and metabolomic analyses reveal that bacteria promote plant defense during infection of soybean cyst nematode in soybean – Wenshu Kang – BMC Plant Biology

Techniques

Review: Building a genome engineering toolbox in non‐model prokaryotic microbes – Emily Freed – Biotechnology and Bioengineering

Pre-print: Effective soil extraction method for cultivating previously uncultured soil bacteria – Tuan Manh Nguyen – bioRxiv

More microbes

Disentangling complex parasite interactions: Protection against cerebral malaria by one helminth species is jeopardized by co-infection with another – Jessica L Abbate – PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Pre-print: Nanotube-mediated cross-feeding couples the metabolism of interacting bacterial cells – Shraddha Shitut – bioRxiv

Science, career, and publishing

Pre-print: Science podcasts: analysis of global production and output from 2004 to 2018 – Lewis E MacKenzie – bioRxiv