February 14, 2019

If you are feeling butterflies in your stomach today, it might not be a gut microbiome imbalance – you might’ve caught the love bug! Happy Valentines Day!  Today’s digest features some human gut/FMT studies, a few animal gut biome studies and a couple probiotic publications.  Enjoy!

General microbiome

The next step towards anticancer microbiota therapeutics – Ursula Hofer – Nature Reviews [letter]

Expanding diversity of the human microbiome – Andrea Du Toit – Nature Reviews [in brief]

FMT in the clinic – Ashley York – Nature Reviews [research highlight]

Human respiratory microbiome

Nasopharyngeal Microbiota in Children With Invasive Pneumococcal Disease: Identification of Bacteria With Potential Disease-Promoting and Protective Effects – Anny Camelo-Castillo – Frontiers in Microbiology

Human gut microbiome

Correction: 16S rRNA gene sequencing and healthy reference ranges for 28 clinically relevant microbial taxa from the human gut microbiome – Daniel E. Almonacid – PLoS One

[pre -print] The Human Nickel Microbiome and its relationship to Allergy and Overweight in Women – Elena Angela Lusi – bioRxiv

The Relationship between Platelet Count and Host Gut Microbiota: A Population-Based Retrospective Cross-Sectional Study – Hee-Yong Yoon – Journal of Clinical Medicine

Data-driven multiple-level analysis of gut-microbiome-immune-joint interactions in rheumatoid arthritis – QuanQiu Wang – BMC Genomics

Metaproteomics reveals persistent and phylum-redundant metabolic functional stability in adult human gut microbiomes of Crohn’s remission patients despite temporal variations in microbial taxa, genomes, and proteomes – J. Alfredo Blakeley-Ruiz – BMC Microbiome

Role of the Gut Microbiome in Autism Spectrum Disorders – Joby Pulikkan – Reviews on Biomarker Studies in Psychiatric and Neurodegenerative Disorders

Faecal microbiota transplantation in Australia: bogged down in regulatory uncertainty – Samuel P. Costello – Internal Medicine Journal

Animal experiments

Characterization of oral microbiota in marmosets: Feasibility of using the marmoset as a human oral disease model – Sachiko Takehara – PLoS One

The Effect of Multispecies Probiotic Supplementation on Iron Status in Rats – Katazyna Skrypnik – Biological Trace Element Research

Microbial Diversity and Organic Acid Production of Guinea Pig Faecal Samples – Susakul Palakawong Na Ayudthaya – Current Microbiology

Animal microbiome

A Diverse Microbial Community Supports Larval Development and Survivorship of the Asian Tiger Mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) – Nicholas V Travanty – Journal of Medical Entomology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Belowground biota responses to maize biochar addition to the soil of a Mediterranean vineyard – Pilar Andrés – Science of The Total Environment

A metagenomic survey of soil microbial communities along a rehabilitation chronosequence after iron ore mining – Markus Gastauer – Scientific Data

Probiotics / prebiotics

Infant Complementary Feeding of Prebiotics for the Microbiome and Immunity – Starin McKeen – Nutrients

Techniques

Axiom Microbiome Array, the next generation microarray for high-throughput pathogen and microbiome analysis – James B. Thissen – PLoS One

Microbes in the news

Tube pollution: Could bacteria create clean air on the London Underground?

Ed’s non-microbiology picks

Adjunctive vitamin D in tuberculosis treatment: meta-analysis of individual participant data – David A. Jolliffe – European Respiratory Journal

Physical activity protects against depression

Want Healthier Eating Habits? Start with a workout

GMO Cassava Can Provide Iron, Zinc To Malnourished African Children

August 15, 2018

A nice crop of plant/root/soil microbiome studies, some interesting analyses of early life/pregnancy and vaginal microbiota, a belly-load of gut microbiome science, a herd of animal studies, and a few really bad puns… Enjoy!

Events and jobs

A summary of the third annual HIV microbiome workshop – Dr. Brett Williams – AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses

Pregnancy and early life

Early childhood antibiotics use and autism spectrum disorders: a population-based cohort study – Amani F Hamad – International Journal of Epidemiology

The effects of gut microbiota on metabolic outcomes in pregnant women and their offspring – You Lv – Food & Function

Human vaginal microbiome

Cervicovaginal microbiota, women’s health, and reproductive outcomes – Samuel J. Kroon – Fertility and Sterility

Relevance of assessing the uterine microbiota in infertility – Inmaculada Moreno – Fertility and Sterility

Cervicovaginal microbiota, women’s health, and reproductive outcomes – Samuel J. Kroon – Fertility and Sterility

Human nearly-sterile sites

Ursodeoxycholic acid improves liver function via phenylalanine/tyrosine pathway and microbiome remodelling in patients with liver dysfunction – Da Jung Kim – Scientific Reports

Human gut microbiome

Assessing antibiotic resistance gene load in vegan, vegetarian and omnivore human gut microbiota – Losasso Carmen – International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents

Immunomodulatory tetracyclines ameliorate DNBS-colitis: Impact on microRNA expression and microbiota composition – J. Garrido-Mesa – Biochemical Pharmacology

Effects of anthocyanins from the fruit of Lycium ruthenicum Murray on intestinal microbiota – Yamei Yan – Journal of Functional Foods

Disparate Effects of Antibiotics on Hypertension – Sarah Galla – Physiological Genomics

Variability of core microbiota in newly diagnosed treatment-naïve paediatric inflammatory bowel disease patients – T. G. J. de Meij – PLOS One

Dietary soybean protein ameliorates high-fat diet-induced obesity by modifying the gut microbiota-dependent biotransformation of bile acids – Keita Watanabe – PLOS One

Gut microbiota alterations in moderate to severe acne vulgaris patients – Hui‐Min Yan – The Journal of Dermatology

Implication of gut microbiota metabolites in cardiovascular and metabolic diseases – Francois Brial – Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences

Making Sense of… the Microbiome in Psychiatry – Thomaz F S Bastiaanssen – International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology

The Microbiome in Cirrhosis and its Complications – Chathur Acharya – Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG induced protective effect on allergic airway inflammation is associated with gut microbiota – Juan Zhang – Cellular Immunology

The gut microbiome as a driver of individual variation in cognition and functional behaviour – Gabrielle L. Davidson – Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B

Animal experiments

The impact of Clostridium butyricum MIYAIRI 588 on the murine gut microbiome and colonic tissue – Mao Hagihara – Anaerobe

Monitoring and evaluation of the interaction between deoxynivalenol and gut microbiota in Wistar rats by mass spectrometry-based metabolomics and next-generation sequencing – Eugènia Miró-Abella – Food and Chemical Toxicology

Lentil (Lens culinaris Medikus) Diet Affects the Gut Microbiome and Obesity Markers in Rat – Niroshan Siva – Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Gut bacterial composition in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease – P. Perez-Pardo – Beneficial Microbes

Gut Microbiome in BALB/c and C57BL/6J Mice Undergoing Experimental Thyroid Autoimmunity Associate with Differences in Immunological Responses and Thyroid Function – Sajad Moshkelgosha – Hormone and Metabolic Research

Ultraviolet Irradiation of Skin Alters the Faecal Microbiome Independently of Vitamin D in Mice – Simon Ghaly – Nutrients

Impact of lincosamides antibiotics on the composition of the rat gut microbiota and the metabolite profile of plasma and feces – C. Behr – Toxicology Letters

Animal microbiome

Understanding bacterial communities for informed biosecurity and improved larval survival in Pacific oysters – Olivier Laroche – Aquaculture

A meta-analysis reveals the environmental and host factors shaping the structure and function of the shrimp microbiota – Fernanda Cornejo-Granados​ – PeerJ

Do the microorganisms from laboratory culture spent growth medium affect house dust mite fitness and microbiome composition? – Vit Molva – Insect Science

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Microbial diversity associated to the intestinal tract of soil invertebrates – Dayana da Silva Correia – Applied Soil Ecology

Yellow Canopy Syndrome in sugarcane is associated with shifts in the rhizosphere soil metagenome but not with overall soil microbial function – Kelly Hamonts – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Anthropogenic influence shapes the distribution of antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) in the sediment of Sundarban estuary in India – Anish Bhattacharyya – Science of the Total Environment

Disentangling effects of temperature on microbial community and copper extraction in column bioleaching of low grade copper sulfide – Yuguang Wang – Bioresource Technology

Long-term Plastic Greenhouse Cultivation Changes Soil Microbial Community Structures: A Case Study – Yang Song – Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Flooding and prolonged drought have differential legacy impacts on soil nitrogen cycling, microbial communities and plant productivity – Linh T. T. Nguyen – Plant and Soil

[PhD Dissertation] Microbial Communities and Their Impact on Bioenergy Crops in Dynamic Environments – Brandon Monier, South Dakota State University – Open Prairie

[PDF] Characterization of osmotolerant rhizobacteria for plant growth promoting
activities in vitro and during plant-microbe association under osmotic stress – Bandeppa – Indian Journal of Experimental Biology

Isolation and Analysis of Microbial Communities in Soil, Rhizosphere, and Roots in Perennial Grass Experiments – Morgan R. McPherson – J. Vis. Exp

Water and extremophile microbiome 

[PDF download] Monitoring biofilm communities in operational drinking water distribution systems and the impact on water quality – I. Douterelo – 1st International WDSA

Molecular detection of microbial communities associated with Microcystis vs Synechococcus dominated waters in Tianjin, China – Da Huo – Journal of Oceanology and Limnology

Metagenomic assessment of the microbial community and methanogenic pathways in biosolids from a municipal wastewater treatment plant in Medellín, Colombia – Katherine Bedoya – Science of the Total Environment

Profiling microbial communities in a watershed undergoing intensive anthropogenic activities – Hehuan Liao – Science of the Total Environment

The gut microbiome and aquatic toxicology: An emerging concept for environmental health – Ondrej Adamovsky – PeerJ

Microbial community composition of a hydrocarbon reservoir 40 years after a CO2 enhanced oil recovery flood – Jenna L K Shelton – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Temporal dynamics of activated sludge bacterial communities in two diversity variant full-scale sewage treatment plants – Xiao-Tao Jiang – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

The Nile River Microbiome Reveals a Remarkably Stable Community Between Wet and Dry Seasons, and Sampling Sites, in a Large Urban Metropolis (Cairo, Egypt) – Eraqi WA – OMICS

Probiotics / prebiotics

Influence of monostrain and multistrain probiotics on immunity, intestinal ultrastructure and microbiota in experimental dysbiosis – E. Ermolenko – Beneficial Microbes

Effects of Probiotics on Inflammation and Uremic Toxins Among Patients on Dialysis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis – Charat Thongprayoon – Digestive Diseases and Sciences

Bioinformatics

Biomarker panels for characterizing microbial community biofilm formation as composite molecular process – Magnus Bosse – PLOS One

* Maximal viral information recovery from sequence data using VirMAP – Nadim J Ajami – Nature Communications

Techniques

Using Bioreactors to Study the Effects of Drugs on the Human Microbiota – Mabel Guzman-Rodriguez – Methods

Ed’s non-microbiology picks

Human activities might influence oncogenic processes in wild animal populations – Mathieu Giraudeau – Nature Ecology & Evolution

In apoptosis, cell death spreads through perpetuating waves – James Ferrell – Stanford Medicine

Study finds Tdap vaccination for pregnant women does not increase risk of autism

Boys should be given HPV vaccine, says joint committee

New Study: Omega-3s Can Help Keep Kids Out of Trouble

Mars (probably) has a lake of liquid water

July 18, 2018

An average sized digest today, full of animal studies, publications on the microbiome of  various sources of water, and a range of plant/root/soil science.  Enjoy!

General microbiome

A unified conceptual framework for prediction and control of microbiomes – James C Stegen – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Multi-site human microbiome

Meanings, measurements, and musings on the significance of patterns in human microbiome variation – Stephanie L Schnorr – Current Opinion in Genetics & Development

Human respiratory microbiome

The Lung Microbiome in Health and Respiratory Diseases – Marimón, José M – Clinical Pulmonary Medicine

Human gut microbiome

Gut Microbiota-Stimulated Innate Lymphoid Cells Support β-Defensin 14 Expression in Pancreatic Endocrine Cells, Preventing Autoimmune Diabetes – Michela Miani – Cell Metabolism

Hookworms Make Us Human: The Microbiome, Eco‐immunology, and a Probiotic Turn in Western Health Care – Jamie Lorimer – Medical Anthropology Quarterly

Metabolic Biosynthesis Pathways Identified from Fecal Microbiome Associated with Prostate Cancer – Michael A. Liss – European Urology

The effects of grape and red wine polyphenols on gut microbiota – A systematic review – Victoria Nash – Food Research International

Common traits between the beige fat-inducing stimuli – Ozren Stojanović – Current Opinion in Cell Biology

Animal experiments

Investigating Effects of Tulathromycin Metaphylaxis on the Fecal Resistome and Microbiome of Commercial Feedlot Cattle Early in the Feeding Period – Enrique Doster – Frontiers in Microbiology

Effects of rice bran and fermented rice bran suspensions on caecal microbiota in dextran sodium sulphate-induced inflammatory bowel disease model mice – Junna Shibayama – Food Bioscience

Donkey milk lysozyme ameliorates dextran sulfate sodium-induced colitis by improving intestinal barrier function and gut microbiota composition – Lun Jiang – Journal of Functional Foods

Metagenomic analysis revealed the effects of goat milk feeding and breast feeding on the gut microbiome of Amur tiger cubs – Fengping He – Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications

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

Animal microbiome

Comparative Analysis of Ileal and Cecal Microbiota in Aged Rats – Sun Min Lee – Journal of Cancer Prevention

Dietary values of macroalgae Porphyra haitanensis in Litopenaeus vannamei under normal rearing and WSSV challenge conditions: Effect on growth, immune response and intestinal microbiota – Jin Niu – Fish & Shellfish Immunology

The murine female intestinal microbiota does not shift throughout the estrous cycle – Jessica G. Wallace – PLOS One

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Metagenomic Analysis of Microbial Community Compositions and Cold-Responsive Stress Genes in Selected Antarctic Lacustrine and Soil Ecosystems – Hyunmin Koo – Life

Stochastic processes govern invasion success in microbial communities when the invader is phylogenetically close to resident bacteria – Marta Kinnunen – The ISME Journal

Identifying components of mixed and contaminated soil samples by detecting specific signatures of control 16S rRNA libraries – A.A. Igolkina – Ecological Indicators

Influence of ancient anthropogenic activities on the mangrove soil microbiome – Luciano F. Huergo – Science of The Total Environment

Feeding behaviour of epi-anecic earthworm species and their impacts on soil microbial communities – Kevin Hoeffner – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Manipulation of microbial community in the rhizosphere alleviates the replanting issues in Panax ginseng – Linlin Dong – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Metagenomic insights into the phylogenetic and functional profiles of soil microbiome from a managed mangrove in Malaysia – Gunaselvam Priya – Agri Gene

Water and extremophile microbiome

Metagenomic evidence of microbial community responsiveness to phosphorus and salinity gradients in seagrass sediments – Matthew W Fraser – Frontiers in Microbiology

Microbial community dynamics and assembly follows trajectories of an early spring diatom bloom in a semi-enclosed bay – Huajun Zhang – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Do composition and diversity of bacterial communities and abiotic conditions of spring water reflect characteristics of groundwater ecosystems exposed to different agricultural activities? – Karsten Karczewski – Wiley Microbiology Open

Microbial community dynamics at high organic loading rates revealed by pyrosequencing during sugar refinery wastewater treatment in a UASB reactor – Liguo Zhang – Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering

Insights into the succession of the bacterial microbiota during biodrying of storage sludge mixed with beer lees: Studies on its biodiversity, structure, associations, and functionality – Tiantian Liu – Science of The Total Environment

Food microbiology

Algae in food- a general review –  Sylwia Ścieszka – Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition

Microbial analysis of commercially available US Queso Fresco – Maxwell J.Holle – Journal of Dairy Science

Bioinformatics

Establishing a mucosal gut microbial community in vitro using an artificial simulator – LinShu Liu – PLOS One

Techniques

Flow cytometry as a potential method of measuring bacterial viability in probiotic products: A review – Martin G.Wilkinson – Trends in Food Science & Technology

Ed’s non-microbiology picks 

Cancer cells engineered with CRISPR slay their own kin

Back-and-forth exchanges boost children’s brain response to language

Recurrent Glioblastoma Treated with Recombinant Poliovirus – Annick Desjardins – The New England Journal of Medicine

Knowing less but presuming more: Dunning-Kruger effects and the endorsement of anti-vaccine policy attitudes – Matthew Motta – Social Science & Medicine

New research could banish guilty feeling for consuming whole dairy products

US emissions of methane – a potent greenhouse gas – are 60% higher than EPA thinks

June 20, 2018

This digest has a study on the human hair microbiome, lots of animal studies and experiments, the normal long list of soil/plant publications, some water/extremophile studies, and a few interesting bioinformatics articles.  Enjoy!

Events and jobs

There were some very cool events to check out from my employer, GENEWIZ, this past month.  Every year here there is a celebration with a number of different events called GENEWIZ Week.  Check out this past set of events below:

GENEWIZ Week

GENEWIZ Webinars – definitely check these cool talks out.  You can access past talks, like mine on Metagenomics from 2017, at GENEWIZ Webinars Archive and my past webinar here: Metagenomics for Biomarker Discovery: Precision Medicine Applications

GENEWIZ DNA Award Winners

GENEWIZ Scientist of the Day

General microbiome

[pre-print] Free-living Bacterial Communities Are Mostly Dominated by Oligotrophs – Yingnan Gao – bioxRiv

Pregnancy and early life

Pilot assessment of probiotics for pregnant women in Rwanda – Amy McMillan – PLOS ONE

Human respiratory microbiome

* The respiratory virome in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – Marian Garcia-Nuñez – Future Medicine

TRANSPLANTING THE PULMONARY VIROME: DYNAMICS OF TRANSIENT POPULATIONS – Alicia B Mitchell – The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation

Human skin microbiome

** Spatial and Environmental Variation of the Human Hair Microbiota – Lauren Brinkac – Scientific Reports

Human oral microbiome

Denture-Associated Oral Microbiome and Periodontal Disease Causing an Anaerobic Pyogenic Liver Abscess in an Immunocompetent Patient: A Case report and Review of the Literature – Muhammad Bader Hammami – Gastroenterology Research

Human gut microbiome

Changes in Gastric Microbiota during Gastric Carcinogenesis – Sun-Young Lee – KoreaMed Synapse

ADTU-05 Gut microbial composition in the migrant south-asian IBD population in UK – Mohammed Quraishi – BMJ Journals (Gut)

Gut Microbiota Dysbiosis and Diarrhea in Kidney Transplant Recipients – Lee JR – American Journal of Transplantation

The microbiome in autoimmune diseases – Fabrizio De Luca – Clinical and Experimental Immunology

Suppression of IL-17F, but not of IL-17A, provides protection against colitis by inducing Treg cells through modification of the intestinal microbiota – Ce Tang – Nature Immunology

Characteristics of the bacterial microbiome in association with common intestinal parasites in irritable bowel syndrome – Laura Rindom Krogsgaard – Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology

Fecal microbiota transplantation for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection – Susy S. Hota – CMAJ

(not just human) The Expensive-Tissue Hypothesis in Vertebrates: Gut Microbiota Effect, a Review – Chun Hua Huang – International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Mediterranean Diet Score: Associations with Metabolic Products of the Intestinal Microbiome, Carotid Plaque Burden, and Renal Function – Michael Pignanelli – Nutrients

Animal experiments

Rumen Microbial Community of Saanen Goats Adapted to a High‐Fiber Diet in the Northeast of Iran – S.H. Ebrahimi – Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science

Humic substances alter ammonia production and the microbial populations within a RUSITEC fed a mixed hay – concentrate diet – Stephanie A. Terry – Frontiers in Microbiology

Intestinal Microbiota Ecological Response to Oral Administrations of Hydrogen-Rich Water and Lactulose in Female Piglets Fed a Fusarium Toxin-Contaminated Diet – Weijiang Zheng – Toxins

Animal microbiome

Archaeal and bacterial diversity and community composition from 18 phylogenetically divergent sponge species in Vietnam – Ton That Huu Dat​ – PeerJ Microbiology

Gut bacterial and fungal communities of the domesticated silkworm (Bombyx mori) and wild mulberry-feeding relatives – Bosheng Chen – The ISME Journal

Gut bacterial and fungal communities of the domesticated silkworm (Bombyx mori) and wild mulberry-feeding relatives – Bosheng Chen – The ISME Journal

Aetiological Characterization of the Cutaneous Ulcer Syndrome in Papua New Guinea using Shotgun Metagenomics – Marc Noguera-Julian – Clinical Infectious Diseases

Inter-population variation in the Atlantic salmon microbiome reflects environmental and genetic diversity – Tamsyn M. Uren Webster – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Influence of Belowground Herbivory on The Dynamics of Root and Rhizosphere Microbial Communities – Morgane Ourry – Frontiers of Ecological Evolution

* Plant species and heavy metals affect biodiversity of microbial communities associated with metal-tolerant plants in metalliferous soils – Sławomir Borymski – Frontiers in Microbiology

Functional Microbial Features Driving Community Assembly During Seed Germination and Emergence – Torres-Cortés Gloria – Frontiers in Plant Science

Influence of the Chemical Form of Antimony on Soil Microbial Community Structure and Arsenite Oxidation Activity – Kataoka T – Europe PMC

Recognizing Patterns: Spatial Analysis of Observed Microbial Colonization on Root Surfaces – Hannes Schmidt – Frontiers in Environmental Science

Microbial diversity of tobacco rhizosphere soil in different growth stages of marigold-tobacco intercropping system –  Xia TiYuan – Editorial Department of Southwest China Journal of Agricultural Sciences

Differences in rice rhizosphere bacterial community structure by application of lignocellulolytic plant-probiotic bacteria with rapid composting traits – Thounaojam Nevita – Ecological Engineering

Data on molecular identification, phylogeny and in vitro characterization of bacteria isolated from maize rhizosphere in Cameroon – Tchuisseu Tchakounté Gylaine Vanissa – Data in Brief

[pre-print] A comprehensive mycofloral diversity of pedosphere, phyllosphere and aerosphere of Som. (Persea bombycina Kost.) -Manjit Kumar Ray  – bioRxiv

Rhizosphere Microbiomes Modulated by Pre-crops Assisted Plants in Defense Against Plant-Parasitic Nematodes – Ahmed Elhady – Frontiers in Microbiology

The culturable endophytic fungal communities of switchgrass grown on a coal-mining site and their effects on plant growth – Ye Xia – PLOS ONE

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi stimulate organic phosphate mobilization associated with changing bacterial community structure under field conditions – Lin Zhang – Environmental Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome 

Metagenomic insights into diazotrophic communities across Arctic glacier forefields – Maisie V. Nash – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Microbial community shifts in response to acid mine drainage pollution within a natural wetland ecosystem – Oscar E. Aguinaga – Frontiers in Microbiology

Heterogeneity of interactions of microbial communities in regions of Taihu Lake with different nutrient loadings: A network analysis – Xinyi Cao – Scientific Reports

Diversity and functionality of archaeal, bacterial and fungal communities in deep Archaean bedrock groundwater – Lotta Purkamo – FEMS Microbial Ecology

Reduced arsenic availability and plant uptake and improved soil microbial diversity through combined addition of ferrihydrite and Trichoderma asperellum SM-12F1 – Hongxiang Zhang – Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Fungi from Admiralty Bay (King George Island, Antarctica) Soils and Marine Sediments – Lia Costa Pinto Wentzel – Microbial Ecology

Bioinformatics

When old metagenomic data meet newly sequenced genomes, a case study – Xin Li – PLOS ONE

PERFect: PERmutation Filtering test for microbiome data – Ekaterina Smirnova – Biostatistics

Ed’s non-microbiology picks

Photochemistry beyond the red limit in chlorophyll f–containing photosystems –  Dennis J. Nürnberg – Science

Research Finds Tipping Point for Large-scale Social Change

LACK OF PAID SICK LEAVE INCREASES POVERTY

Toxic toads could devastate Madagascar’s biodiversity – Science

Effects of 8-hour time restricted feeding on body weight and metabolic disease risk factors in obese adults: A pilot study – Kelsey Gabel – Nutrition and Healthy Aging

Forget in a Flash: A Further Investigation of the Photo-Taking-Impairment Effect – Julia S. Soares – Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition

New discovery about the brain’s water system may prove beneficial in stroke

DNA repair processes are critical mediators of p53-dependent tumor suppression – Ana Janic – Nature Medicine

Astronomers find a galaxy unchanged since the early universe

May 23, 2018

Today’s digest is packed full of awesome gut microbiome studies, a bunch of plant/soil studies, new features to QIIME and other bioinformatics, as well as a good serving of interesting pre-prints, editorials, and doctoral theses. Enjoy!

General microbiome

Microbial micropatches within microbial hotspots – Lisa M. Dann – PLOS ONE

Pregnancy and early life

The matter of the reproductive microbiome – Sam Schoenmakers – Obstetric Medicine

Gestational diabetes is associated with change in the gut microbiota composition in third trimester of pregnancy and postpartum – Mie Korslund Wiinblad Crusell – Microbiome

The importance of appropriate initial bacterial colonization of the intestine in newborn, child, and adult health – W Allan Walker – Pediatric Research

Human oral microbiome

Oral health status in historic population: Macroscopic and metagenomic evidence – Claire Willmann – PLOS ONE

The Subgingival Microbiome of Periodontal Pockets With Different Probing Depths in Chronic and Aggressive Periodontitis: A Pilot Study – Meng Shi – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

Human gut microbiome

[Pre-print] Gut microbiota markers in obese adolescent and adult patients: age-dependent differential patterns – Federica Del Chierico – Frontiers in Microbiology

Clinical applications of gut microbiota in cancer biology – Sunny H. Wong – Seminars in Cancer Biology

* Microbiome-Mediated Effects of the Mediterranean Diet on Inflammation – Melisa A Bailey – Advances in Nutrition

** Characterizing the gut microbiome in trauma: significant changes in microbial diversity occur early after severe injury – Benjamin M Howard – Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open

Hypoxia induces senescence of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells via altered gut microbiota – Junyue Xing – Nature Communications

Animal experiments

The bacterial and archaeal community structures and methanogenic potential of the cecal microbiota of goats fed with hay and high-grain diets – Wei Jin – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Effects of whole-grain rice and wheat on composition of gut microbiota and short-chain fatty acids in rats – Fei Han – Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry

Animal microbiome

Diet breadth and exploitation of exotic plants shift the core microbiome of Cephaloleia, a group of tropical herbivorous beetles – Chelsea L. Blankenchip – PeerJ

Altered gut microbiota associated with intestinal disease in grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idellus) – Ngoc Tuan Tran – World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

The gut microbiome is associated with behavioural task in honey bees – J. C. Jones – Insectes Sociaux

The role of the gut microbiome in health and disease of adult honey bee workers – Kasie Raymann – Current Opinion in Insect Science

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Microbial communities in soil profile are more responsive to legacy effects of wheat-cover crop rotations than tillage systems – Anil Somenahally – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

New insights into the effects of support matrix on the removal of organic micro-pollutants and the microbial community in constructed wetlands – Liang Zhang – Environmental Pollution

[Doctoral thesis] Imprint of management on microbial communities in arable soil – Putz, Martina

Study of microbial diversity in plant–microbe interaction system with oil sludge contamination – Dhote, Monika – International Journal of Phytoremediation

Effect of different potassium levels on nitrogen metabolism, nitrogen bacteria and nitrogen archaea bacteria communities in rhizosphere of tobacco plant – WENG Zebin – Acta Tabacaria Sinica

Canola Root–Associated Microbiomes in the Canadian Prairies – Chih-Ying Lay – Frontiers in Microbiology

Leaf-associated bacterial microbiota of coffee and its correlation with manganese and calcium levels on leaves – Leandro Pio de Sousa – Genetics and Molecular Biology

[Review] Organic Amendments, Beneficial Microbes, and Soil Microbiota: Toward a Unified Framework for Disease Suppression – Giuliano Bonanomi – Annual Review of Phytopathology

[Pre-print] Metagenomic sequencing provides insights into the location of microbial detoxification in the gut of a small mammalian herbivore – Kevin D. Kohl – bioRxiv

[Pre-print] Archaeal, bacterial, and eukaryal microbial community structure of sediment and seawater in a coastal region near Puerto Nuevo, Baja California – Sabah Ul-Hasan – bioRxiv

Water and extremophile microbiome 

Deterministic mechanisms define the long-term anaerobic digestion microbiome and its functionality regardless of the initial microbial community – M.Peces – Water Research

Built environment

[Editorial] Microbiome Yarns: microbiome of the built environment, paranormal microbiology, and the power of single cell genomics – Kenneth Timmis – microbial biotechnology

New Techniques for the Generation and Analysis of Tailored Microbial Systems on Surfaces – Ariel L. Furst – Biochemistry

* [Pre-print] Strain­level overlap between infant and hospital fungal microbiomes revealed through de novo assembly of eukaryotic genomes from metagenomes – Matthew R. Olm – bioRxiv

Probiotics / prebiotics

The effects of probiotics supplementation on metabolic health in pregnant women: An evidence based meta-analysis – Jia Zheng – PLOS ONE

Bioinformatics

[Pre-print / doctoral thesis] Recovering 2,032 Baltic Sea microbial genomes by optimized metagenomic binning – Alneberg, Johannes – DiVA

** Optimizing taxonomic classification of marker-gene amplicon sequences with QIIME 2’s q2-feature-classifier plugin – Nicholas A. Bokulich – Microbiome

Techniques

Functional Genomics Approaches to Studying Symbioses between Legumes and Nitrogen-Fixing Rhizobia – Martina Lardi – High-Throughput

VSITA, an Improved Approach of Target Amplification in the Identification of Viral Pathogens – Yi Zhang – Europe PMC

Making and Sequencing Heavily Multiplexed, High-Throughput 16S Ribosomal RNA Gene Amplicon Libraries Using a Flexible, Two-Stage PCR Protocol – Ankur Naqib – Gene Expression Analysis

Ed’s non-microbiology picks 

The Environmental Protection Agency in the Early Trump Administration: Prelude to Regulatory Capture

Perspectives on the Great Amazon Reef: Extension, Biodiversity, and Threats

Fasting boosts stem cells’ regenerative capacity

Eggs not linked to cardiovascular risk, despite conflicting advice

Noninvasive spinal stimulation method enables paralyzed people to regain use of hands, study finds

Cannabidiol significantly reduces seizures in patients with severe form of epilepsy

April 19, 2018

Today we have a few day’s worth of microbiome science to chew on… some interesting skin microbiome studies, bioinformatics publications, and our typical servings of gut /plant-root-soil/animal/water-extremophiles/general microbiome studies.  Dig in!

Events and jobs

Manager, QC Microbiology – Celgene – Phoenix, AZ

Pathology and Microbiology & IPID Graduate Student Research Seminar – UNMC

General microbiome

Cost-benefit analysis of introducing next-generation sequencing (metagenomic) pathogen testing in the setting of pyrexia of unknown origin – Jia Hui Chai – PLOS ONE

* [pre-print] Phylogenetically novel uncultured microbial cells dominate Earth microbiomes – Karen G. Lloyd – bioRxiv

Hologenomics: Systems-Level Host Biology – Kevin R. Theis – mSystems

Antibiotics as Instigators of Microbial Dysbiosis: Implications for Asthma and Allergy – Tomasz P. Wypych – Trends in Immunology

[perspective] Function and functional redundancy in microbial systems – Stilianos Louca – Nature Ecology & Evolution

Human oral microbiome

Comparison of the oral microbiome in mouthwash and whole saliva samples – Xiaozhou Fan – PLOS ONE

Oral Dysbiotic Communities and Their Implications in Systemic Diseases – Preethi Sudhakara – Dentistry Journal

Human skin microbiome

[pre-print] Umbilical Microbiome and Laparoscopic Surgery: A Descriptive Clinical Study – Aiolfi Alberto – Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques

The skin microbiome of wound scars and unaffected skin in patients with moderate to severe burns in the subacute phase – Su‐Hsun Liu – Wound Repair and Regeneration

Human gut microbiome

Microbiome-Mediated Bile Acid Modification: Role in Intestinal Drug Absorption and Metabolism – Elaine F. Enright – Pharmacological Research

Non-microbicidal small molecule inhibition of polysaccharide metabolism in human gut microbes: a potential therapeutic avenue – Anthony D. Santilli – ACS Chemical Biology

The Use of Antimicrobials as Adjuvant Therapy for the Treatment of Obesity and Insulin Resistance: Effects and Associated Mechanisms – Sandra Aparecida dos Reis – Diabetes / Metabolism Research and Reviews

Human Gut Microbiota Predicts Susceptibility to Vibrio cholerae Infection – Firas S Midani – The Journal of Infectious Disease

Interactions of Dihydromyricetin, a Flavonoid from Vine Tea (Ampelopsis grossedentata) with Gut Microbiota – Li Fan – Journal of Food Science

Characteristics of the gut microbiota in adult patients with type 1 and 2 diabetes based on the analysis of a fragment of 16S rRNA gene using next-generation sequencing – Dominika Salamon – Polish Archives of Internal Medicine

The Intestinal Microbiota in Colorectal Cancer -Herbert Tilg – Cancer Cell

The Endotoxemia Marker Lipopolysaccharide‐Binding Protein is Reduced in Overweight‐Obese Subjects Consuming Pomegranate Extract by Modulating the Gut Microbiota: A Randomized Clinical Trial – Antonio González‐Sarrías – Molecular Nutrition

Hepatocellular Carcinoma is Associated with Gut Microbiota Profile and Inflammation in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease – Francesca Romana Ponziani – Hepatology

Antibiotic‐Associated Disruption of Microbiota Composition and Function in Cirrhosis is Restored by Fecal Transplant – Jasmohan S Bajaj – Hepatology

Does the gastrointestinal microbiome contribute to the “obesity paradox” in melanoma survival? – E A Langan – British Journal of Dermatology

Animal experiments

Obese Mice Losing Weight Due to trans-10,cis-12 Conjugated Linoleic Acid Supplementation or Food Restriction Harbor Distinct Gut Microbiota – Laura J den Hartigh – JN The Journal of Nutrition

Tuna oil alleviate D-galactose induced aging in mice accompanied by modulating gut microbiota and brain protein expression – Dijun Zhang – Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Dietary Mannan Oligosaccharides Modulate Gut Microbiota, Increase Fecal Bile Acid Excretion, and Decrease Plasma Cholesterol and Atherosclerosis Development – Lisa R. Hoving – Molecular Nutrition

[Review] The Role of the Gut Microbiota in the Metabolism of Polyphenols as Characterized by Gnotobiotic Mice – Pasinetti, Giulio Mari – Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

Animal microbiome 

Shared larval rearing environment, sex, female size and genetic diversity shape Ae. albopictus bacterial microbiota – Guillaume Minard – PLOS ONE

Metatranscriptome analysis of the microbial fermentation of dietary milk proteins in the murine gut – Floor Hugenholtz – PLOS ONE

Water system is a controlling variable modulating bacterial diversity of gastrointestinal tract and performance in rainbow trout – Omolola C. Betiku – PLOS ONE

* Bacterial communities associated with honeybee food stores are correlated with land use – Philip Donkersley – Ecology and Evolution

Evaluating the microbiome of two sampling locations in the nasal cavity of cattle with bovine respiratory disease complex (BRDC) – Tara G McDaneld – Journal of Animal Science

Controlling ticks and tick-borne diseases…looking forward – José de la Fuente – Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases

The inside tract: The appendicular, cecal, and colonic microbiome of captive aye‐ayes – Lydia K. Greene – American Journal of Physical Anthropology

Water system is a controlling variable modulating bacterial diversity of gastrointestinal tract and performance in rainbow trout – Omolola C. Betiku – PLOS ONE

Comparative Analysis of the Microbiota Between Sheep Rumen and Rabbit Cecum Provides New Insight Into Their Differential Methane Production – Lan Mi – Frontiers in Microbiology

Tracing of the fecal microbiota of commercial pigs at five growth stages from birth to shipment – Geon Goo Han – Nature Scientific Reports

Development of the tonsillar microbiome in pigs from newborn through weaning – Luis Carlos Pena Cortes – BMC Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Antimicrobial peptide expression in a wild tobacco plant reveals the limits of host-microbe-manipulations in the field – Arne Weinhold – eLife

Identification of Major Rhizobacterial Taxa Affected by a Glyphosate-Tolerant Soybean Line via Shotgun Metagenomic Approach – Gui-Hua Lu – Genes

Culture‐independent analysis of hydrocarbonoclastic bacterial communities in environmental samples during oil‐bioremediation – Narjes Dashti – MicrobiologyOpen

Embracing Community Ecology in Plant Microbiome Research – Francisco Dini-Andreote – Trends in Plant Science

Cultivated bacterial diversity associated with the carnivorous plant Utricularia breviscapa (Lentibulariaceae) from floodplains in Brazil – Felipe Rezende Lima – Brazilian Journal of Microbiology

Soil microbial communities and glyphosate decay in soils with different herbicide application history – Keren Hernández Guijarro – Science of the Total Environment

Shining a light on the dark world of plant root-microbe interactions – Philip Poole – PNAS

Water and extremophile microbiome 

Microbial diversity and biomarker analysis of modern freshwater microbialites from Laguna Bacalar, Mexico – D. B. Johnson – gebiology

Effect of salinity on diazotrophic activity and microbial composition of phototrophic communities from Bitter-1 soda lake (Kulunda Steppe, Russia) – Zorigto Namsarae – Extremophiles

The ecology and diversity of microbial eukaryotes in geothermal springs – Angela M. Oliverio – The ISME Journal

Built environment

Deposition of Bacteria and Bacterial Spores by Bathroom Hot Air Hand Dryers – Luz del Carmen Huesca-Espitia – American Society for Microbiology

Food microbiology

Bacterial Communities in Serpa Cheese by Culture Dependent Techniques, 16S rRNA Gene Sequencing and High-throughput Sequencing Analysis – Maria Teresa P. Gonçalves – Journal of Food Science

Revealing the microbiota of marketed edible insects through PCR-DGGE, metagenomic sequencing and real-time PCR – Andrea Osimani – International Journal of Food Microbiology

Bioinformatics

Computer-guided design of optimal microbial consortia for immune system modulation – Richard R Stein – eLife

[uncorrected proof] Using pseudoalignment and base quality to accurately quantify microbial community composition – Mark Reppell – PLOS Computational Biology

Fast Metagenomic Binning via Hashing and Bayesian Clustering – Popic Victoria – Journal of Computational Biology

* Nonpareil 3: Fast Estimation of Metagenomic Coverage and Sequence Diversity – Luis M. Rodriguez-R – mSystems

Algorithms and strategies in short‐read shotgun metagenomic reconstruction of plant communities – Robert S. Harbert – Applications in Plant Science

Microbes in the news

Scientists Accidentally Make Plastic-Eating Bacteria Even More Efficient

New York City Mice: Here Are The Bacteria And Viruses That They Carry

Fecal microbiota transplant improves brain function in hepatic encephalopathy

Microbes on the market

Seres Therapeutics (MCRB) Presents New Preclinical Data Supporting the Development of Microbiome Therapeutics for Immuno-Oncology at AACR

Science, publishing, and career

Personal microbiome analysis improves student engagement and interest in Immunology, Molecular Biology, and Genomics undergraduate courses – K. Scott Weber – PLOS ONE

Ed’s non-microbiology picks

News articles below have actual study links inside.

Since 2016, Half of All Coral in the Great Barrier Reef Has Died

Marijuana’s effects on young brains diminish 72 hours after use, research says

Cannabinoids are easier on the brain than booze, study finds

Stem cell treatment drastically reduces drinking in alcoholic rats

The Ecology Of Disadvantage: Obesity Is Not Randomly Distributed Across The U.S., According To New Study

How your next meal could help fight depression, stress

Study: People with less political knowledge think they know a lot about politics

March 21, 2018

A long digest today – lots of science on the gut, environment, and some interesting editorials on techniques, bioinformatics, and methodologies applied to microbiome studies.

General microbiome

[pre print] Oscillating bacterial expression states generate herd immunity to viral infection – Christopher J. R. Turkington – bioRxiv

Retraction: Microbiome restoration diet improves digestion, cognition and physical and emotional wellbeing – The PLOS ONE Editors – PLOS ONE

DNA metabarcoding uncovers fungal diversity of mixed airborne samples in Italy – Elisa Banchi – PLOS ONE

Mobile Technologies for the Discovery, Analysis, and Engineering of the Global Microbiome – Zachary S. Ballard – ACS Nano

Unraveling Interactions between the Microbiome and the Host Immune System To Decipher Mechanisms of Disease – Catherine A. Lozupone – mSystems

Making Millennial Medicine More Meta – Peter J. Turnbaugh – mSystems

Pregnancy and early life

Neonatal intestinal dysbiosis in necrotizing enterocolitis – Naomi-Liza Denning – Molecular Medicine

Prenatal and postnatal antibiotic exposure influences the gut microbiota of preterm infants in neonatal intensive care units – Zhi-Hui Zou – Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials

* The Effect of Early Limited Formula on Breastfeeding, Readmission, and Intestinal Microbiota: A Randomized Clinical Trial – Valerie J. Flaherman – The Journal of Pediatrics

Multi-site human microbiome

The Complex Interplay between Chronic Inflammation, the Microbiome, and Cancer: Understanding Disease Progression and What We Can Do to Prevent It – Heather Armstrong – Cancers

Human oral microbiome

Salivary microbial profiles in relation to age, periodontal, and systemic diseases – Ronaldo Lira-Junior – PLOS ONE

Human respiratory microbiome

Translating Lung Microbiome Profiles into the Next-Generation Diagnostic Gold Standard for Pneumonia: a Clinical Investigator’s Perspective – Georgios D. Kitsios – mSystems

Host-Microbe Interactions in Airway Disease: toward Disease Mechanisms and Novel Therapeutic Strategies – Emily K. Cope – mSystems

Human gut microbiome

The role of inflammation in temporal shifts in the inflammatory bowel disease mucosal microbiome – Christopher John Kiely – Gut Microbes

Species Level Description of the Human Ileal Bacterial Microbiota – Heidi Cecilie Villmones – Nature

* Systematic Bias Introduced by Genomic DNA Template Dilution in 16S rRNA Gene-Targeted Microbiota Profiling in Human Stool Homogenates – Francesco Multinu – mSphere

* Extensive impact of non-antibiotic drugs on human gut bacteria – Lisa Maier – Nature

In this issue: Effect of gut microbiome on mucosal immunity and enteric diseases – Kumar, Himanshu – International Reviews of Immunology

Characterization of intestinal microbiota in alcoholic patients with and without alcoholic hepatitis or chronic alcoholic pancreatitis – Dragos Ciocan – Nature

Clostridium difficile Exposures, Colonization, and the Microbiome: Implications for Prevention – Sara L. Revolinski – Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology

Of Microbes and Minds: A Narrative Review on the Second Brain Aging – Riccardo Calvani – Frontiers in Medicine

Microbiome: Viral hormones activate human insulin signalling – Ashley York – Nature

Modulation of Gut Microbiota: A Novel Paradigm of Enhancing the Efficacy of Programmed Death-1 and Programmed Death Ligand-1 Blockade Therapy – Yiming Wang – Frontiers in Immunology

Assessing the Influence of Vegan, Vegetarian and Omnivore Oriented Westernized Dietary Styles on Human Gut Microbiota: A Cross Sectional Study – Carmen Losasso – Frontiers in Microbiology

Nutritional preferences of human gut bacteria reveal their metabolic idiosyncrasies – Melanie Tramontano – Nature

Animal experiments

Characterization of shifts of koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) intestinal microbial communities associated with antibiotic treatment – Katherine E. Dahlhausen – PeerJ

Low dose brain estrogen prevents menopausal syndrome while maintaining the diversity of the gut microbiomes in estrogen-deficient rats – Sunmin Park – American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism

Oral supplementation of Bifidobacterium longum strain BR-108 alters cecal microbiota by stimulating gut immune system in mice irrespectively of viability – Yuko Makioka – Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry

Animal microbiome

Mapping the virome in wild-caught Aedes aegypti from Cairns and Bangkok – Martha Zakrzewski – Nature

Changes in Larval Mosquito Microbiota Reveal Non-target Effects of Insecticide Treatments in Hurricane-Created Habitats – Joseph P. Receveur – Microbial Ecology

Dissecting cause and effect in host-microbiome interactions using the combined worm-bug model system – Marina Ezcurra – Biogerontology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

[pre print] Diversity analysis and function prediction of rhizo- and endophytic bacterial communities of Senecio vulgaris L. (Asteraceae) in an invasive range – Dandan Cheng – PeerJ pre prints

Changes in the Metagenome of Prokaryotic Community as an Indicator of Fertility of Arable Soddy-Podzolic Soils upon Fertilizer Application – A. N. Naliukhin – Eurasian Soil Science

Assessing soil bacterial community and dynamics by integrated high-throughput absolute abundance quantification – Jun Lou – PeerJ

Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria associated with avocado display antagonistic activity against Phytophthora cinnamomi through volatile emissions – Alfonso Méndez-Bravo – PLOS ONE

Composition and diversity of rhizosphere fungal community in Coptis chinensis Franch. continuous cropping fields – Xuhong Song – PLOS ONE

Genomic insights into the broad antifungal activity, plant-probiotic properties, and their regulation, in Pseudomonas donghuensis strain SVBP6 – Betina Cecilia Agaras – PLOS ONE

Water and extremophile microbiome

Microbial communities underpinning mesophilic anaerobic digesters treating food wastewater or sewage sludge: a full-scale study – Joonyeob Lee – Bioresource Technology

Bacteria from Antarctic environments: diversity and detection of antimicrobial, antiproliferative, and antiparasitic activities – Tiago R. Silva – Polar Biology

Responses of Salt Marsh Plant Rhizosphere Diazotroph Assemblages to Drought – Debra A. Davis – Microorganisms

Diversity and assembly patterns of activated sludge microbial communities: A review – Yu Xia – Biotechnology Advances

Temperature-induced changes in a microbial community under autotrophic denitrification with sulfide – Michal Sposob – Process Biochemistry

Metagenomic Exploration of Microbial Signatures on Periyar River Sediments from the Periyar Tiger Reserve in the Western Ghats – Aparna Chakkamadathil Rajeev – Genome Announcements

Occurrence and seasonal dynamics of RNA viral genotypes in three contrasting temperate lakes – Ian Hewson – PLOS One

Shifts in dissolved organic matter and microbial community composition are associated with enhanced removal of fecal pollutants in urban stormwater wetlands – Xiao Huang – Water Research

Effect of semi-permeable cover system on the bacterial diversity during sewage sludge composting – Tatiana Robledo-Mahón – Journal of Environmental Management

* Life at extreme elevations on Atacama volcanoes: the closest thing to Mars on Earth? – S. K. Schmidt – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Rapid alterations to marine microbiota communities following an oil spill – Brad J. Gemmell – Ecotoxicology

Microbial communities and their potential for degradation of dissolved organic carbon in cryoconite hole environments of Himalaya and Antarctica – Aritri Sanyal – Microbiological Research

Built environment

Microbiome Profiles of Commercial Broilers Through Evisceration and Immersion Chilling During Poultry Slaughter and the Identification of Potential Indicator Microorganisms – John A. Handley – Frontiers in Microbiology

Food microbiology

Characterization of Bacteria in Nigerian Yogurt as Promising Alternative to Antibiotics in Gastrointestinal Infections – Anthony Opeyemi Ayeni – Journal of Dietary Supplements

Probiotics / prebiotics

Polyphenols’ Gut Microbiota Metabolites: Bioactives or Biomarkers? -Francisco A. Tomas-Barberan – Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry

A Multi-strain Probiotic Reduces the Fatty Liver Index, Cytokines and Aminotransferase levels in NAFLD Patients: Evidence from a Randomized Clinical Trial – Nazarii Kobyliak – Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases

Bioinformatics

Species classifier choice is a key consideration when analysing low-complexity food microbiome data – Aaron M. Walsh – Microbiome

Data and Statistical Methods To Analyze the Human Microbiome – Levi Waldron – mSystems

* Discovery of enzymes for toluene synthesis from anoxic microbial communities – Beller HR – Nature

Techniques

Community Assembly Processes of the Microbial Rare Biosphere – Xiu Jia – Trends in Microbiology

Metabolomics: A High-Throughput Platform for Metabolite Profile Exploration – Jing Cheng – Computational Systems Biology

[Patent] Spectrometric Analysis of Microbes – Zoltan Takats

* Development and evaluation of a culture-free microbiota profiling platform (MYcrobiota) for clinical diagnostics – Stefan A. Boers – European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

Comparative analysis of four commercial on-farm culture methods to identify bacteria associated with clinical mastitis in dairy cattle – Jair C. Ferreira – PLOS One

Beyond Structure: Defining the Function of the Gut Using Omic Approaches for Rational Design of Personalized Therapeutics – Casey M. Theriot – mSystems

Synergy among Microbiota and Their Hosts: Leveraging the Hawaiian Archipelago and Local Collaborative Networks To Address Pressing Questions in Microbiome Research – Nicole A. Hynson – mSystems

Microbiomes In Natura: Importance of Invertebrates in Understanding the Natural Variety of Animal-Microbe Interactions – Jillian M. Petersen – mSystems

Microbial Eukaryotes: a Missing Link in Gut Microbiome Studies – Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe – mSystems

Microbes on the market 

DuPont Expands Microbiome Research Program, Adds Second Partnership with Fermentation Specialist

Science, publishing, and career

Biocodex Microbiota Foundation Awards Grants to Two Innovative Researchers in the Microbiome Field

Early-Career Systems Microbiology Scientists – Jack A. Gilbert – mSystems

Ed’s non-microbiology picks (can use your own name of course!) (cool non-microbiology science)

Self-employed people happier and more engaged at work, study finds

Health Care Spending in the United States and Other High-Income Countries

Ancient DNA Is Rewriting Human (and Neanderthal) History

Sturdy Insulator Made of Wood

How exercise in old age prevents the immune system from declining