December 15, 2018

Colonizing FMT patients with donor bacteriophages, the microbial communities of tigers, fruit bats, hemlocks, and rainbow trout, a review on the advances in urinary microbiome research.

Multi-site human microbiome

Review: The role of the microbiota in infectious diseases – Josie Libertucci – Nature Microbiology

Human skin microbiome

Ultraviolet radiation, both UVA and UVB, influences the composition of the skin microbiome – Erin M Burns – Experimental Dermatology

Human urinary microbiome

Review: Urobiome updates: advances in urinary microbiome research – Alan J Wolfe – nature Reviews Urology

Human gut microbiome

Pre-print: Gut microbiome response to a modern Paleolithic diet in a Western lifestyle context – Monica Barone – bioRxiv

Difference in Pathomechanism Between Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Revealed by Colon Transcriptome – Lili Yang – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

GABA-modulating bacteria of the human gut microbiota – Philip Strandwitz – Nature Microbiology

Impact of Individual Traits, Saturated Fat, and Protein Source on the Gut Microbiome – Jennifer M Lang – mBio

Animal experiments

Microbiome interactions shape host fitness – Alison L Gould – PNAS

Gut microbiota dysbiosis worsens the severity of acute pancreatitis in patients and mice – Yin Zhu – Journal of Gastroenterology

Microbiota-Derived Lactate Accelerates Intestinal Stem-Cell-Mediated Epithelial Development – Yong-Soo Lee – Cell Host & Microbe

A Microbiota-Derived Bacteriocin Targets the Host to Confer Diarrhea Resistance in Early-Weaned Piglets – Jun Hu – Cell Host & Microbe

Animal microbiome

Exploring variation in phyllosphere microbial communities across four hemlock species – Timothy J Rogers – Ecosphere

Analysis of the gut and gill microbiome of resistant and susceptible lines of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) – Ryan M Brown – Fish & Shellfish Immunology

Metagenomic analysis of captive Amur tiger faecal microbiome – Fengping He – BMC Veterinary Research

Coordinated change at the colony level in fruit bat fur microbiomes through time – Oren Kolodny – Nature Ecology & Evolution

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Remediation of deterioration in microbial structure in continuous Pinellia ternata cropping soil by crop rotation – Zhigui He – Candadian Journal of Microbiology

Plant compartment and genetic variation drive microbiome composition in switchgrass roots – Esther Singer – Environmental Microbiology Reports

Desert plant bacteria reveal host influence and beneficial plant growth properties – Abdul Aziz Eida – PLOS ONE

Water and extremophile microbiome

Marine probiotics: increasing coral resistance to bleaching through microbiome manipulation – Phillipe M Rosado – The ISME Journal

Microbes in space

International Space Station conditions alter genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics in Aspergillus nidulans – Jillian Romsdahl – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Phages and viruses

Long-term colonisation with donor bacteriophages following successful faecal microbial transplantation – L A Draper – Microbiome

Metatranscriptomic Analysis and In Silico Approach Identified Mycoviruses in the Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungus Rhizophagus spp. – Achal Neupane – Viruses

The intestinal virome of malabsorption syndrome-affected and unaffected broilers through shotgun metagenomics – Diane A Lima – Virus Research

Techniques

Detection of Bacteriophages: Sequence-Based Systems – Siân V Owen – Bacteriophages

More microbes

Pseudomonas aeruginosa quorum-sensing metabolite induces host immune cell death through cell surface lipid domain dissolution – Dingka Song – Nature Microbiology

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December 14, 2018

The microbiota of chigger mites and praying mantids, the prevalence of thermophiles in domestic water heaters, the bacteria that colonize and degrade centuries-old art.

General microbiome

Migration alters oscillatory dynamics and promotes survival in connected bacterial populations – Shreyas Gokhale – Nature Communications

Pre-print: A probabilistic model to identify the core microbial community – Thiago Gumiere – bioRxiv

Human oral microbiome

Pre-print: Correlation between the oral microbiome and brain resting state connectivity in smokers – Dongdong Lin – bioRxiv

Animal experiments

Host-targeted niclosamide inhibits C. difficile virulence and prevents disease in mice without disrupting the gut microbiota – John Tam – Nature Communications

Impact of Bacillus spp. spores and gentamicin on the gastrointestinal microbiota of suckling and newly weaned piglets – Ann-Sofie Riis Poulsen – PLOS ONE

Animal microbiome

Bacterial microbiome of the chigger mite Leptotrombidium imphalum varies by life stage and infection with the scrub typhus pathogen Orientia tsutsugamushi – Loganathan Ponnusamy – PLOS ONE

The hindgut microbiota of praying mantids is highly variable and includes both prey-associated and host-specific microbes – Kara A Tinker – PLOS ONE

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Belowground fungal community diversity and composition associated with Norway spruce along an altitudinal gradient – Max E. Schön – PLOS ONE

Treating wheat seeds with neonicotinoid insecticides does not harm the rhizosphere microbial community – Yaofa Li – PLOS ONE

Water and extremophile microbiome

Pre-print: An archaeal symbiont-host association from the deep terrestrial subsurface – Katrin Schwank – bioRxiv

Marine-Derived Fungi: Promising Candidates for Enhanced Bioremediation – Anjana K Vala – Approaches in Bioremediation

Built environment

Biogeography of thermophiles and predominance of Thermus scotoductus in domestic water heaters – Regina L Wilpiszeski – Extremophiles

Probiotics/prebiotics

Dopamine production in Enterococcus faecium: A microbial endocrinology-based mechanism for the selection of probiotics based on neurochemical-producing potential – Daniel Villageliú – PLOS ONE

Phages and viruses

A chemical defence against phage infection – Sarah Kronheim – Nature

Bioinformatics

Pre-print: Metagenome-wide measurement of protein synthesis in the human fecal microbiota using MetaRibo-Seq – Brayon J Fremin – bioRxiv

Pre-print: Large-scale analyses of human microbiomes reveal thousands of small, novel genes and their predicted functions – Hila Sberro – bioRxiv

Metabolomics

Rumen and plasma metabolomics profiling by UHPLC-QTOF/MS revealed metabolic alterations associated with a high-corn diet in beef steers – You Yang – PLOS ONE

More microbes

Pre-print: Real-time capture of horizontal gene transfers from gut microbiota by engineered CRISPR-Cas acquisition – Christian Munck – bioRxiv

Bacteria art

A detailed look at the microorganisms that colonize, and degrade, a 400-year-old painting – ScienceDaily

Inside SAIC’s Bio Art Lab, where art is life—literally – Paul Dailing – Chicago Reader

Across China: Medical students paint “Mona Lisa” with bacteria – Xinhua Net

Science, career, and publishing

Pre-print: Non-academic employability of life science PhDs: the importance of training beyond the bench – Sohyoung Her – bioRxiv

November 28, 2018

Influence of bacterial biofilms from vats on cheese characteristics, the fecal virome of wild ducks, variation in fungal diversity associated with olive trees.

Pregnancy and early life

Review: Strategies for the Preservation, Restoration and Modulation of the Human Milk Microbiota. Implications for Human Milk Banks and Neonatal Intensive Care Units – Leónides Fernández – Frontiers in Microbiology

Human vaginal microbiome

Vaginal microbiome in pregnant women according to trimester and its association with preterm birth: critical appraisal of a cross-sectional study – Dimitrios Papoutsis – Obstetrics & Gynecology Science

Human gut microbiome

Microbial-Host Interactions in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Functional Bowel Disease, Obesity and Obesity-Related Metabolic Disease – Shailja C Shah – Gastroenterology

Animal experiments

Bioactive Food Abates Metabolic and Synaptic Alterations by Modulation of Gut Microbiota in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease – Tauqeerunnisa Syeda – Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

Extract of the Microalga Nitzschia laevis Prevents High-Fat-Diet Induced Obesity in Mice by Modulating the Composition of Gut Microbiota – Bingbing Guo

Effects of Taste Signaling Protein Abolishment on Gut Inflammation in an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Mouse Model – Ya-Wen Du – Journal of Visualized Experiments

Animal microbiome

Use of next generation sequencing to investigate the microbiota of experimentally induced wounds and the effect of bandaging in horses – Louis J Kamus – PLOS ONE

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

The chirality of imazethapyr herbicide selectively affects the bacterial community in soybean field soil – Hao Wu – Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Genome‐Wide Association studies on the phyllosphere microbiome: embracing complexity in host‐microbe interactions – Kathleen Beilsmith – The Plant Journal

Invasive plants differentially affect soil biota through litter and rhizosphere pathways: a meta‐analysis – Pei Zhang – Ecology Letters

Analysis of the community composition and bacterial diversity of the rhizosphere microbiome across different plant taxa – Shaonan Lei – MicrobiologyOpen

Spatial and temporal variation of fungal endophytic richness and diversity associated to the phyllosphere of olive cultivars – Patrick Materatski – Fungal Biology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Pre-print: Metagenomic Insights Unveil the Dominance of Undescribed Actinobacteria in Pond Ecosystem of an Indian Shrine – Radhakrishnan Manikkam – bioRxiv

Built environment

A procedure for identifying chemical and biological risks for books in historic libraries based on microclimate analysis – Eva Schito – Journal of Cultural Heritage

Food microbiology

Influence of the early bacterial biofilms developed on vats made with seven wood types on PDO Vastedda della valle del Belìce cheese characteristics – Raimondo Gaglio – International Journal of Food Microbiology

Probiotics/prebiotics

Microbial consortia: promising probiotics as plant biostimulants for sustainable agriculture – Sheridan L Woo – Frontiers in Plant Science

Phages and viruses

Fecal virome composition of migratory wild duck species – Luis Alfonso Ramírez-Martínez – PLOS ONE

November 27, 2018

Microbial communities of IBS patients after fecal microbiota transplantation, the shipworm gill-associated microbiota, a profile of bioartist Ani Liu in our “bacteria art” section.

Human skin microbiome

The Microbiome in Atopic Dermatitis – Amy S Paller – The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Human gut microbiome

Microbiome dynamics in obesity – Christoph A Thaiss – Science

The kinetics of gut microbial community composition in patients with irritable bowel syndrome following fecal microbiota transplantation – Tarek Mazzawi – PLOS ONE

Impact of Amoxicillin-Clavulanate followed by Autologous Fecal Microbiota Transplantation on Fecal Microbiome Structure and Metabolic Potential – Christopher Bulow – mSphere

Comparison of the gut microbiota of obese individuals from different geographic origins – Emmanouil Angelakis – New Microbes and New Infections

Review: Fire in the Forest: Adverse Effects of Antibiotics on the Healthy Human Gut Microbiome – Manosha Perera – International Journal of Medical Reviews

Animal experiments

Proteomic Analysis of Microbial Induced Redox-Dependent Intestinal Signaling – Jason D Matthews – Redox Biology

Population and Culture Age Influence the Microbiome Profiles of House Dust Mites – Jan Hubert – Microbial Ecology

Animal microbiome

Symbiotic microbes affect the expression of male reproductive genes in Glossina m. morsitans – Francesca Scolari – BMC Microbiology

The gill-associated microbiome is the main source of wood plant polysaccharide hydrolases and secondary metabolite gene clusters in the mangrove shipworm Neoteredo reynei – Thais L Brito – PLOS ONE

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Host-specific signatures of the cell wall changes induced by the plant parasitic nematode, Meloidogyne incognita – Refik Bozbuga – Scientific Reports

The effects of struvite and sewage sludge on plant yield and the microbial community of a semiarid Mediterranean soil – F Bastida – Geoderma

Review: Effects of elevated carbon dioxide on environmental microbes and its mechanisms: A review – Tong Yu – Science of the Total Environment

Water and extremophile microbiome

Combining fish and benthic communities into multiple regimes reveals complex reef dynamics – Mary K Donovan – Scientific Reports

Diversity and predictive metabolic pathways of the prokaryotic microbial community along a groundwater salinity gradient of the Pearl River Delta, China – Shilei Sang – Scientific Reports

Bioinformatics

Pre-print: Naught all zeros in sequence count data are the same – Justin D Silverman – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

A bacterium’s enemy isn’t your friend – Michael S. Gilmore – Nature

Bacteria art

Portrait of the Artist as a Microbial Growth – Kevin Litman-Navarro – The Outline

October 11, 2018

The effects of chronic ethanol ingestion on the fruit fly microbiota, engineering the mosquito microbiota to produce an antiplasmodial effector, how temperature change affects an ecosystems biodiversity and function.

General microbiome

Changes in temperature alter the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning – Francisca C García – PNAS

Human respiratory microbiome

Respiratory Microbiota Predicts Clinical Disease Course of Acute Otorrhea in Children With Tympanostomy Tubes – Wing Ho Man – The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal

Human oral microbiome

Carious status and supragingival plaque microbiota in hemodialysis patients – Qi Yue – PLOS ONE

Human gut microbiome

Review: Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for the Management of Clostridium difficile Infection – Raghavendra Paknikar – Surgical Infections

Review: Diet, gut microbiome and indoxyl sulphate in chronic kidney disease patients – Chih-Yu Yang – Nephrology

Animal experiments

Risks Related to High-Dosage Recombinant Antimicrobial Peptide Microcin J25 in Mice Model: Intestinal Microbiota, Intestinal Barrier Function and Immune Regulation – Haitao Yu – Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Microbial Changes and Host Response in F344 Rat Colon Depending on Sex and Age Following a High-Fat Diet – Sun Min Lee – Frontiers in Microbiology

Animal microbiome

Pre-print: Chronic ethanol ingestion impairs Drosophila melanogaster health in a microbiome-dependent manner – James Angus Chandler – bioRxiv

Blood meal-induced inhibition of vector-borne disease by transgenic microbiota – Jackie L Shane – Nature Communications

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Friends or foes in the rhizosphere: traits of fluorescent Pseudomonas that hinder Azospirillum brasilense growth and root colonization – Guillermo A Maroniche – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Seasonal variation of extracellular enzymatic activity in marine snow-associated microbial communities and their impact on the surrounding water – Ingrid Ivančić – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Food microbiology

Comparative evaluation of spoilage-related bacterial diversity and metabolite profiles in chilled beef stored under air and vacuum packaging – Ahmad Rois Mansur – Food Microbiology

Assessment of the non-lactic acid bacteria microbiota in fresh cucumbers and commercially fermented cucumber pickles brined with 6% NaCl – Ilenys M Pérez-Díaz – Food Microbiology

Bioinformatics

Bayesian Inference of Microbial Community Structure from Metagenomic Data Using BioMiCo – Katherine A Dunn – Microbiome Analysis (Book)

Metabolomics

Targeted Metabolic Profiling Indicates Apple Rootstock Genotype-Specific Differences in Primary and Secondary Metabolite Production and Validate Quantitative Contribution From Vegetative Growth – Rachel Leisso – Frontiers in Plant Science

Techniques

Analyzing Metabolic Pathways in Microbiomes – Mobolaji Adeolu – Microbiome Analysis (Book)

More microbes

Prevalence of Yersinia Species in the Ileum of Crohn’s Disease Patients and Controls – Guillaume Le Baut – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

October 10, 2018

Microbiota conservation and diversity in butterfly species, air and waterborne microbiota of a pharmaceutical plant, the a study on the oral microbiota of rugby players.

General microbiome

Preserving microbial diversity – Maria G Dominguez Bello – Science

Pregnancy and early life

Evaluation of patient- versus provider-collected vaginal swabs for microbiome analysis during pregnancy – Kristine M Wylie – BMC Research Notes

Human skin microbiome

The microbiome of the “sterile” pustules in palmoplantar pustulosis – Kana Masuda-Kuroki – Experimental Dermatology

Human oral microbiome

Oral health and microbiota status in professional rugby players: A case-control study – Matthieu Minty – Journal of Dentistry

Oral Bacteriome Compositions Identified by 16S rRNA Metagenomics in a Randomly Selected “Healthy” Nigerian Male and Female Subjects – Kingsley C Anukam – International Journal of Research and Reports in Dentistry

Human gut microbiome

Review: The Gut-Brain Axis and the Microbiome: Mechanisms and Clinical Implications – Vadim Osadchiy – Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Animal experiments

Replication Study: Intestinal inflammation targets cancer-inducing activity of the microbiota – Kathryn Eaton – eLIFE

Animal microbiome

Pre-print: Conserved microbiota among young Heliconius butterfly species – Bas van Schooten – PeerJ

Gastrointestinal Microbial Flora in Wild and Captive Olive Baboons (Papio anubis) – Senelwa Davis Lugano – American Journal of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Rhizosphere microbiome structure alters to enable wilt resistance in tomato – Min-Jung Kwak – Nature Biotechnology

Apple rootstocks of different nitrogen tolerance affect the rhizosphere bacterial community composition – Xiaofen Chai – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Effects of consecutive monoculture of sweet potato on soil bacterial community as determined by pyrosequencing – Huan Li – Journal of Basic Microbiology

Ectomycorrhizal fungi may not act as a barrier inhibiting host plant absorption of heavy metals – Yangze Tang – Chemosphere

Pre-print: Co-occurrence patterns of litter decomposing communities in mangroves indicate a robust community resistant to disturbances – Rodrigo G Taketani – PeerJ

Water and extremophile microbiome

Structure of Microbial Mats in the Mramornaya Bay (Crimea) Coastal Areas – NV Pimenov – Microbiology

Pangenomic comparison of globally distributed Poribacteria associated with sponge hosts and marine particles – Sheila Powell – The ISME Journal

High diversity of thermophilic cyanobacteria in Rupite hot spring identified by microscopy, cultivation, single-cell PCR and amplicon sequencing – Otakar Strunecky – Extremophiles

Built environment

Air and waterborne microbiome of a pharmaceutical plant provide insights on spatiotemporal variations and community resilience after disturbance – Filippo Pacchioni – BMC Microbiology

Food microbiology

Review: The Effect of Gluten-Free Diet on Health and the Gut Microbiota Cannot Be Extrapolated from One Population to Others – Jose F Garcia-Marzcorro – Nutrients

Phages and viruses

Characterization of dog serum virome from Northeastern Brazil – MN Weber – Virology

Bioinformatics

‘NetShift’: a methodology for understanding ‘driver microbes’ from healthy and disease microbiome datasets – Bhusan K Kuntal – The ISME Journal

Techniques

A Simple In Vitro Gut Model for Studying the Interaction between Escherichia coli and the Intestinal Commensal Microbiota in Cecal Mucus – Matthew E Mokszycki – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Science, career, and publishing

Inoculating science against potential pandemics and information hazards – Kevin M Esvelt – PLOS Pathogens

August 24, 2018

Intra-individual microbiome biogeography, a review on IgA responses to the microbiota, seasonal fluctuations in the gut microbiota of white-faced capuchin monkeys, and the microbial composition of fog.

Pregnancy and early life

Sex-specific associations of infants’ gut microbiome with arsenic exposure in a US population – Anne G Hoen – Scientific Reports

Multi-site human microbiome

Assessing and Interpreting the Within-Body Biogeography of Human Microbiome Diversity – Zhanshan Ma – Frontiers in Microbiology

Human vaginal microbiome

Review: Investigating the effect of an abnormal cervico‐vaginal and endometrial microbiome on assisted reproductive technologies: A systematic review – Timothy Bracewell-Milnes – American Journal of Reproductive Immunology

Human gut microbiome

Review: IgA Responses to Microbiota – Jeffrey J Bunker – Immunity

Review: Comparing fecal microbiota transplantation to standard-of-care treatment for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis – Muhammad Y Khan – European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Animal experiments

Dietary L-Tryptophan Modulates the Structural and Functional Composition of the Intestinal Microbiome in Weaned Piglets – Haiwei Liang – Frontiers in Microbiology

Animal microbiome

Seasonality of the gut microbiota of free-ranging white-faced capuchins in a tropical dry forest – Joseph D Orkin – The ISME Journal

The microbiota in the intestinal and respiratory tracts of naked mole-rats revealed by high-throughput sequencing – Wei Cong – BMC Microbiology

Differential effects of selective and non-selective cyclooxygenase inhibitors on fecal microbiota in adult horses – Canaan M Whitfield-Cargile – PLOS ONE

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Soil microbiomes with distinct assemblies through vertical soil profiles drive the cycling of multiple nutrients in reforested ecosystems – Shuo Jiao – Microbiome

Fungal Communities Along a Small-Scale Elevational Gradient in an Alpine Tundra Are Determined by Soil Carbon Nitrogen Ratios – Yingying Ni – Frontiers in Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome

The biology of fog: results from coastal Maine and Namib Desert reveal common drivers of fog microbial composition – Sarah E Evans – Science of the Total Environment

Growth promotion and inhibition induced by interactions of groundwater bacteria – Patricia Geesink – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Microbial diversity along a gradient in peatlands treating mining-affected waters – Katharina Kujala – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Food microbiology

Volatile Flavor Components, Microbiota and Their Correlations in Different Sufu, a Chinese Fermented Soybean Food – Chunzhi Xiv – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Biogenic amines analysis and microbial contribution in traditional fermented food of Douchi – Lu Li – Scientific Reports

Changes in the microbial communities in vacuum-packaged smoked bacon during storage – Xinfu Li – Food Microbiology

Phages and viruses

MARVEL, a Tool for Prediction of Bacteriophage Sequences in Metagenomic Bins – Deyvid Amgarten – Frontiers in Genetics

Techniques

Comparative evaluation of a new magnetic bead-based DNA extraction method from fecal samples for downstream next-generation 16S rRNA gene sequencing – Kara D McGaughey – PLOS ONE