September 17, 2018

In today’s Microbiome Digest, look for rhizobacteria that affect plant size, methanogenesis in salt marsh sediments, a murine model for periodontitis, and an exciting preprint that identifies a microbiome in dinosaur bones! Plus, as bonus non-microbiology topics, we consider authorship norms across different disciplines and how forensics might work on Mars.

General Microbiome
(preprint) Life Inside A Dinosaur Bone: A Thriving Microbiome – Evan Thomas Saitta – bioRxiv

Metabolic Interactions of a Chain Elongation Microbiome – Wenhao Han – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Human Gut Microbiome
Passing the “Acid Test”: Do Proton Pump Inhibitors Affect the Composition of the Microbiome? – Tien Dong – Digestive Diseases and Sciences

The gastric mucosal-associated microbiome in patients with gastric polyposis – Rongrong Ren – Scientific Reports

Animal Experiments
An experimental murine model to study periodontitis – Julie Marchesan – Nature Protocols

The gut microbiota promotes hepatic fatty acid desaturation and elongation in mice – Alida Kindt – Nature Communications

Animal Microbiome
Global Networks of Symbiodinium-Bacteria Within the Coral Holobiont – Rachele Bernasconi – Microbial Ecology

(preprint) Gut microbial compositions mirror caste-specific diets in a major lineage of eusocial insects – Saria Otani -bioRxiv

Plant, Root, and Soil Microbiome
Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria promote plant size inequality – Alan C. Gange – Scientific Reports

Diversity of active viral infections within the Sphagnum microbiome – Joshua MA Stough – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

The impact of high throughput sequencing on plant health diagnosticsThe impact of high throughput sequencing on plant health diagnostics – Ian Adams -European Journal of Plant Pathology

Deltaproteobacteria (Pelobacter) and Methanococcoides are responsible for choline-dependent methanogenesis in a coastal saltmarsh sediment – Eleanor Jameson – ISME Journal

Water and Extremophile Microbiome
Living at the frontiers of life: extremophiles in Chile and their potential for bioremediation – Roberto Orellana – Frontiers in Microbiology

Spatial structuring of bacterial communities in epilithic biofilms in the Acquarossa river (Italy) – Carolina Chiellini – FEMS Microbial Ecology

Bioinformatics
A small‐sample kernel association test for correlated data with application to microbiome association studies – Xiang Zhan – Genetic Epidemiology

Science, Publishing, and Career
Thousands of scientists publish a paper every five days – John P. A. Ioannidis – Nature

Alyson’s Non-Microbiology Picks
Sensing with tools extends somatosensory processing beyond the body – Luke E. Miller- Nature

How Will Police Solve Murders on Mars? – Geoff Manaugh – The Atlantic

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August 20, 2018

Happy Monday! Today’s Microbiome Digest is chock-full. You’ll find: a review of approaches towards predictive microbial ecology, insights into function gleaned from rumen metatranscriptomics, diet studies in hunter-gatherers and mice, characterization of the mosquito and termite microbiota, the wild side of plant microbiomes, fermentation for traditional liquors, and much more!

General microbiome
Systems biology approaches towards predictive microbial ecology – Anne E. Otwell – Environmental Microbiology

One Health Relationships Between Human, Animal, and Environmental Microbiomes: A Mini-Review – Pauline Trinh – Frontiers in Public Health

Tuning of human MAIT cell activation by commensal bacteria species and MR1-dependent T-cell presentation – Cihan Tastan – Mucosal Immunology

Holistic Assessment of Rumen Microbiome Dynamics through Quantitative Metatranscriptomics Reveals Multifunctional Redundancy during Key Steps of Anaerobic Feed Degradation – Andrea Söllinger – mSystems

Multi-site human microbiome
A prospective study to examine the association of the urinary and fecal microbiota with prostate cancer diagnosis after transrectal biopsy of the prostate using 16sRNA gene analysis – Shaheen Alanee – Prostate

Streptococcus and Prevotella are associated with the prognosis of oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma – Yanfang Liu – Journal of Medical Microbiology

Urinary symptoms are associated with certain urinary microbes in urogynecologic surgical patients – Cynthia S. Fok – International Urogynecology Journal

Human gut microbiome
Links between environment, diet, and the hunter-gatherer microbiome – Gabriela K. Fragiadakis – Gut Microbes

Klebsiella oxytoca expands in cancer cachexia and acts as a gut pathobiont contributing to intestinal dysfunction – Sarah A. Pötgens – Scientific Reports

Co-Administration of Probiotics with Prescribed Antibiotics for Preventing Clostridium difficile Diarrhea – Ahmed S. I. Hamed – Academic Emergency Medicine

Animal experiments
Effect of industrial trans-fatty acids-enriched diet on gut microbiota of C57BL/6 mice – Yueting Ge – European Journal of Nutrition

AIEC infection triggers modification of gut microbiota composition in genetically predisposed mice, contributing to intestinal inflammation – Alexis Bretin – Scientific Reports

Effect of probiotic Bifidobacterium bifidum G9-1 on the relationship between gut microbiota profile and stress sensitivity in maternally separated rats – Hirokazu Fukui – Scientific Reports

Animal microbiome
Comparison of microbiomes of cold-water corals Primnoa pacifica and Primnoa resedaeformis, with possible link between microbiome composition and host genotype – Dawn B. Goldsmith – Scientific Reports

Neonatal gut and immune maturation is determined more by postnatal age than by post-conceptional age in moderately preterm pigs – Shuqiang Ren – American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology

Functional metagenomics reveals abundant polysaccharide-degrading gene clusters and cellobiose utilization pathways within gut microbiota of a wood-feeding higher termite –  Ning Liu – ISME Journal

Mosquito microbiota cluster by host sampling location – Ephantus J. Muturi – Parasites and Vectors

Plant, root, and soil microbiome|
The wild side of plant microbiomes – Juan E. Pérez-Jaramillo – Microbiome

Unraveling the Composition of the Root-Associated Bacterial Microbiota of Phragmites australis and Typha latifolia – Laura Pietrangelo – Frontiers in Microbiology

Vermicompost addition influences symbiotic fungi communities associated with leek cultivated in metal-rich soils – Antoine Pierart – Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Plant drought resistance is mediated by soil microbial community structure and soil-plant feedbacks in a savanna tree species – Nianxun Xi – Environmental and Experimental Botany

Metabolic specialization of denitrifiers in permeable sediments controls N2 O emissions – Hannah K. Marchant – Environmental Microbiology

Bacterial Biomarkers of Marcellus Shale Activity in Pennsylvania – Jeremy R. Chen See – Frontiers in Microbiology

Eighteen-Year Farming Management Moderately Shapes the Soil Microbial Community Structure but Promotes Habitat-Specific Taxa – Huaihai Chen – Frontiers in Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome
Bacterial and archaeal profiling of hypersaline microbial mats and endoevaporites, under natural conditions and methanogenic microcosm experiments – José Q. García-Maldonado – Extremophiles

Subsurface landfill leachate contamination affects microbial metabolic potential and their expression in the Banisveld aquifer – Neslihan Taş – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Food microbiology
Robust Domination of Lactobacillus sakei in Microbiota During Traditional Japanese Sake Starter Yamahai-Moto Fermentation and the Accompanying Changes in Metabolites – Atsushi Tsuji – Current Microbiology

DaQu fermentation selects for heat resistant Enterobacteriaceae and bacilli – Zhiying Wang – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Exploitation of autochthonous Tuscan sourdough yeasts as potential starters – Michela Palla – International Journal of Food Microbiology

Techniques
Conventional culture methods with commercially available media unveil the presence of novel culturable bacteria – Tamaki Ito – Gut Microbes

August 6, 2018

In today’s digest, look for probiotic trials for renal insufficiency and metabolic syndrome, experimental dysbiosis in SIV-infected primates, bacterial and fungal network analyses in soils, and recombination in the human virome. Plus, bacteria in the popular press, hints for scientists using Twitter, the first stem cell therapies for Parkinson’s Disease, and more!

Human gut microbiome
Antigenic mimicry of ubiquitin by the gut bacterium Bacteroides fragilis: a potential link with autoimmune disease – Linda Stewart – Clinical and Experimental Immunology

Animal experiments
Experimental microbial dysbiosis does not promote disease progression in SIV-infected macaques – Alexandra M. Ortiz – Nature Medicine

Addition of dairy lipids and probiotic Lactobacillus fermentum in infant formula programs gut microbiota and entero-insular axis in adult minipigs – Marion Lemaire – Scientific Reports

Animal microbiome
Increased Numbers of Culturable Inhibitory Bacterial Taxa May Mitigate the Effects of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Australian Wet Tropics Frogs – Sara C. Bell – Frontiers in Microbiology

Characterization of the fecal microbiota of healthy horses – Holly L. Stewart – American Journal of Veterinary Research

Plant, root, and soil microbiome
Microbes follow Humboldt: temperature drives plant and soil microbial diversity patterns from the Amazon to the Andes – Andrew T. Nottingham – Ecology

Soil bacterial networks are less stable under drought than fungal networks – Franciska T. de Vries – Nature Communications

Contrasting distribution patterns between aquatic and terrestrial Phytophthora species along a climatic gradient are linked to functional traits – Miguel A. Redondo – The ISME Journal

Variations in microbial community and di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) dissipation in different rhizospheric compartments between low- and high-DEHP accumulating cultivars of rice (Oryza sativa L.) – Xue-Xue Chen – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

Water and extremophile microbiome
Evaluation of performance and microbial community successional patterns in an integrated OCO reactor under ZnO nanoparticle stress – Zhenghui Liu – RSC Advances

Screening of quorum quenching activity of the bacteria isolated from dairy industry waste activated sludge – J. Kaur – International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology

Food Microbiology
Identification of Mesophilic Spore-formers in Whey Powder using Shotgun Metagenomic Sequencing – Aoife J. McHugh – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Probiotics/Prebiotics
An open-label, randomized, placebo-controlled study on the effectiveness of a novel probiotics administration protocol (ProbiotiCKD) in patients with mild renal insufficiency (stage 3a of CKD) – Mariadelina Simeoni – European Journal of Nutrition

Probiotic and synbiotic supplementation could improve metabolic syndrome in prediabetic adults: A randomized controlled trial – Nazila Kassaian – Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research & Reviews

Phages and viruses
Investigation of recombination-intense viral groups and their genes in the Earth’s virome – Jan P. Meier-Kolthoff – Scientific Reports

Microbes in the news
Hong Kong Subway Study Shows How Quickly Bacteria Travel Across a City – Gizmodo

Bacteria hysteria
Please Don’t Give Up Your Pet Over The Fear Of Dog-Lick Bacteria – Huffington Post

Science, publishing, and career
Scientists on Twitter: Preaching to the choir or singing from the rooftops? – Isabelle Côté – Facets

Alyson’s non-microbiology picks
‘Reprogrammed’ stem cells to be tested in people with Parkinson’s

These tiny, stretchy speakers and microphones let your skin play music

July 9, 2018

Today’s Digest features new insights into the microbial communities associated with shisha (water pipe), microbial mats, and tropical marine ecosystems. In addition, there are some new techniques and benchmarks to read about, including domain intelligible models for mining ‘omics data and the potential of giant viruses to introduce errors into metagenomic binning. I also highlighted some non-microbiology picks about the potential role for robots in autism therapies and photographs of a brand new planet taken at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy!

Human gut microbiome
Faecal microbiota transplantation alters gut microbiota in patients with irritable bowel syndrome: results from a randomised, double-blind placebo-controlled study – Sofie Ingdam Halkjær – Gut

Animal experiments
Early-life sickness may predispose Siberian hamsters to behavioral changes following alterations of the gut microbiome in adulthood – Kristyn E. Sylvia – Brain, Behavior, and Immunity

Deficiency in class III PI3-kinase confers postnatal lethality with IBD-like features in zebrafish – Shaoyang Zhao – Nature Communications

Plant, root, and soil microbiome
Shisha microbiota: the good, the bad and the not so ugly – Julia Hani – BMC Research Notes

Disentangling the drivers of functional complexity at the metagenomic level in Shark Bay microbial mat microbiomes – Hon Lun Wong – The ISME Journal

Water and extremophile microbiome
A long-standing complex tropical dipole shapes marine microbial biogeography – Wei Yan – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Probiotics / prebiotics
Probiotic Lactobacillus paracasei HII01 protects rats against obese-insulin resistance-induced kidney injury and impaired renal organic anion transporter 3 (Oat3) function – Keerati Wanchai – Clinical Science

Bioinformatics
Domain Intelligible Models – Sultan Imangaliyev – Methods

Techniques
Metagenomic binning reconstruction coupled with automatic pipeline annotation and giant viruses: a potential source of mistake in annotations – Julien Andreani – Virus Research

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

Linking uncultivated microbial populations with benthic carbon turnover using quantitative stable isotope probing – Ömer K. Coskun – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Determining lineage-specific bacterial growth curves with a novel approach based on amplicon reads normalization using internal standard (ARNIS) – Kasia Piwosz – The ISME Journal

Alyson’s non-microbiology picks
Personalized machine learning for robot perception of affect and engagement in autism therapy – Ognjen Rudovic – Science Robotics

Scientists Capture First Birth Of A Planet – M. Keppler – via NPR

June 25, 2018

Today’s Microbiome Digest features the sea turtle microbiome, the bacteria responsible for degrading bioplastics, a new clinical center for phage therapy, the gut-microbiome-brain axis in an Alzheimer’s Disease model, and a preprint about image duplication in scientific publishing.

Pregnancy and early life

Late-onset Sepsis in Preterm Infants Can Be Detected Preclinically by Fecal Volatile Organic Compound Analysis: A Prospective, Multicenter Cohort Study. – Daniel J C Berkhout- Clinical Infectious Diseases

Human vaginal microbiome

Abnormal vaginal microbioma is associated with severity of localized provoked vulvodynia. Role of aerobic vaginitis and Candida in the pathogenesis of vulvodynia. – Gilbert G. G. Donders- European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

Human gut microbiome

* Gut microbiota regulates maturation of the adult enteric nervous system via enteric serotonin networks – Filipe De Vadder – PNAS

Linking the Gut Microbiota to a Brain Neurotransmitter – Kelly G. Jameson – Trends in Neurosciences

Can epilepsy be treated by antibiotics? – Hilde M. H. Braakman – Journal of Neurology

* Changes in intestinal microbiota in HIV-1-infected subjects following cART initiation: influence of CD4+ T cell count – Yongjia Ji – Emerging Microbes & Infections

Review: Human gut microbiome: hopes, threats and promises – Patrice D Cani – Gut

Review: New treatments and therapeutic targets for IBS and other functional bowel disorders – Magnus Simrén – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Animal experiments

Effects of chronic noise exposure on the microbiome-gut-brain axis in senescence-accelerated prone mice: implications for Alzheimer’s disease – Bo Cui – Journal of Neuroinflammation

Bacterial methionine metabolism genes influence Drosophila melanogaster starvation resistance – Alec M. Judd – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

The benign helminth Hymenolepis diminuta ameliorates chemically induced colitis in a rat model system – Kateřina Jirků Pomajbíková – Parasitology

Protective role of commensal bacteria in Sjögren Syndrome – Mahira Zaheer – Journal of Autoimmunity

Lactobacillus murinus HF12 colonizes neonatal gut and protects rats from necrotizing enterocolitis. – Mubina Isani – PLOS One

Animal microbiome

Identification of bacteria present in ulcerative stomatitis lesions of captive sea turtles Chelonia mydas – D. X. Vega-Manriquez – Veterinary Research Communications

Characterization of the Microbiota of Oyster Larvae (Crassostrea virginica) and Tank Water from an Aquaculture System with High and Low Larval Survival Rates – Padmini Ramachandran – Genome Announcements

Early colonisation and temporal dynamics of the gut microbial ecosystem in Standardbred foals – S. Quercia – Equine Veterinary Journal

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Microbial communities responsible for the degradation of poly(lactic acid)/poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) blend mulches in soil burial respirometric tests – Lenka Jeszeová – World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

Phylogenetic diversity and investigation of plant growth-promoting traits of actinobacteria in coastal salt marsh plant rhizospheres from Jiangsu, China – Yuan Gong – Systematic and Applied Microbiology

Dynamics of soil microbial recovery from cropland to orchard along a 20-year chronosequence in a degraded karst ecosystem. – Hongkai Liao – Science of The Total Environment

Investigation of viable taxa in the deep terrestrial biosphere suggests high rates of nutrient recycling. – Margarita Lopez-Fernandez – FEMS Microbial Ecology

Distinct impacts of reductive soil disinfestation and chemical soil disinfestation on soil fungal communities and memberships. – Jun Zhao – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

* Dispersal-competition tradeoff in microbiomes in the quest for land colonization – Francisco Dini-Andreote – Scientific Reports

Water and extremophile microbiome

Linking patterns of net community production and marine microbial community structure in the western North Atlantic. – Seaver Wang – The ISME Journal

Probiotics/Prebiotics

Composition and metabolism of fecal microbiota from normal and overweight children are differentially affected by melibiose, raffinose and raffinose-derived fructans. – Kaarel Adamberg – Anaerobe

Review: Nutraceuticals in Colorectal Cancer: A Mechanistic Approach – Marco Rossi – European Journal of Pharmacology

Science, publishing, and career

* Analysis and Correction of Inappropriate Image Duplication: The Molecular and Cellular Biology Experience – Arturo Casadevall – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

U.S. center will fight infections with viruses – Kelly Servick – Science

Alyson’s non-microbiology pick

Neanderthal brain organoids come to life – Jon Cohen – Science