June 1st, 2017

Another day of a short digest.   Enjoy the beautiful pictures demonstrating the use of bacteria in art!

Events and jobs

ASM Microbe 2017, June 1-5th in New Orleans

Gut microbiome

Recovery of ethanol-induced Akkermansia muciniphila depletion ameliorates alcoholic liver disease – Christoph Grander – BMJ


BioSharing: Harnessing Metadata Standards For The Data Commons – Susanna-Assunta Sansone – BioRXiv

Microbial communities

Recipient-Biased Competition For A Cross-Fed Nutrient Is Required For Coexistence Of Microbial Mutualists – Alexandra L. McCully – BioRXiv

Microbes in Art

Researchers Create Color Images With Bacteria
Scientists teach E.coli bacteria to ‘draw’. Bacteria draws Mario

May 7, 2017

A short digest for Sunday morning. Few interesting gut microbiome articles and Time magazine cover story about the next pandemic and novel detection technologies.

General microbiome

Antibiotics in a general population: Relations with gender, body mass index (BMI) and age and their human health risks – Sisi Liu -Science of the Total Environment

Human gut microbiome

A Clostridium difficile-Specific, Gel-Forming Protein Required for Optimal Spore Germination – ML Donnelly – MBio

The intestinal microbiome and paediatric liver disease – Daniel H Leung, MD – The Lancet

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Review: Communication in the Phytobiome – Jan E. Leach – Cell

Food microbiology

The impact of nutrition on intestinal bacterial communities – Harry J Flint – Current opinion in Microbiology

Large-scale targeted metagenomics analysis of bacterial ecological changes in 88 kimchi samples during fermentation – Moeun Lee – Food microbiology

Probiotics / prebiotics

Designer probiotics for the prevention and treatment of human diseases – Koon Jiew Chua – Current opinion in chemical biology

Microbes in the news

Time magazine: The world is not ready for the next pandemic

Researchers find link between gut microbiome, osteoarthritis pain

April 15, 2017

Few interesting articles for your Saturday morning digest:   Urbanization alters the physicochemical environment: A new study suggests that urban soil archaeal and bacterial communities are not vulnerable to biodiversity loss, whereas global diversity loss of ectomycorrhizal fungi was observed.  Researchers believe they have found a method of hunting for buried landmines and explosive devices using a combination of engineered bacteria and lasers.    And another reason to be engaged in sports activities: a study highlights differences of microbiota and secondary metabolites in elite athletes.

General microbiome

Remote detection of buried landmines using a bacterial sensor – Shimshon Belkin – Nature Biotech

Next-generation approaches to understand and combat the antibiotic resistome – Terence S. Crofts – Nature Reviews

Human Oral Microbiome

Microbiomes of the normal middle ear and ears with chronic otitis media – Shujiro B. Minami – Laryngoscope

Human gut microbiome

The microbiome of professional athletes differs from that of more sedentary subjects in composition and particularly at the functional metabolic level– Wiley Barton – Gut

The MS-Associated Gut Microbiome – Sergio E Baranzini – Multiple Sclerosis Journal

Mental Health

Oral treatment with Lactobacillus rhamnosus attenuates behavioral deficits and immune changes in chronic social stress – Aadil Bharwani – BMC Medicine

Animal microbiome

Complete Genome Sequence of Akkermansia glycaniphila Strain PytT, a Mucin-Degrading Specialist of the Reticulated Python Gut – Janneke P. Ouwerkerk – Genome Announcements

Water and extremophile microbiome

Spatial variation in bacterial community in natural wetland-river-sea ecosystems
Hongxia Zhang – J. of Basic Microbiology

Built environment

Urbanization erodes ectomycorrhizal fungal diversity and may cause microbial communities to converge – Dietrich JE Schmidt -Nature Ecology & Evolution


Prebiotic evaluation of red seaweed (Kappaphycus alvarezii) using in vitro colon model – DM Bajury – International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition

March 12, 2017

The first day of daylight saving time in the USA and if your Sunday morning started in a (relative) darkness just read about the viruses in the oceanic basement.  Then find out why yogurt can help your mood.  More interesting papers about the gut-brain connection, a microbiota-centric view of diseases of the upper gastrointestinal tract, microbiome and Type 1 & 2 diabetes, and a new method of detecting bacteria during root canal treatments.

General microbiome

Review: Calling All Hosts: Bacterial Communication In Situ – Jessica L. Cleary – Chem

Gut-Brain connection

The Association Between Temperament and Microbiota in Healthy Individuals: A Pilot Study  – Kim H – Psychosomatic medicine

Gut-brain actions underlying comorbid anxiety and depression associated with inflammatory bowel disease –  Aine Abautret-Daly -Acta Neuropsychiatrica

Human gut microbiome

A microbiota-centric view of diseases of the upper gastrointestinal tract – Gerardo Nardone- Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Review: Systems Biology of Metabolism: A Driver for Developing Personalized and Precision Medicine – Jens Nielsen – Cell Metabolism

Intestinal Microbiota in Type 2 Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease – A. Sabatino – Current Diabetes Reports

The intestinal proteome of diabetic and control children is enriched with different microbial and host proteins  – Elsa Pinto – Microbiology

Therapeutic efficacy of oral immunization with a non-genetically modified Lactococcus lactis-based vaccine CUE-GEM induces local immunity against Helicobacter pylori infection – Wei Liu – Applied Microbiology & Biotech

Water and extremophile microbiome

Viruses in the Oceanic Basement – OD Nigro -MBio


A microengineered collagen scaffold for generating a polarized crypt-villus architecture of human small intestinal epithelium -Yuli Wang – Biomaterials

Built environment

Review: Microbiome involved in microbial electrochemical systems (MESs): Rijuta G Saratale- Chemosphere

Microbes in the news

Probiotic found in yogurt can reverse depression symptoms, Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine finds

New method of detecting bacteria during root canal treatments 

March 5, 2017

Here are few interesting articles for your Sunday morning edition. Canadian bacteria-like fossils may be the oldest evidence of life yet.  Black carbon, one of the main components of air pollution,  is reported to drastically change the development of bacterial biofilms and key aspects of bacterial colonization and survival.  A novel organ culture system described for the mouse intestine shows that the nervous system influences the microbiome/immune system crosstalk.  And the power of alternative assays for discovery: Deep sequencing of cell-free DNA from a large patient cohort revealed previously unknown and highly prevalent microbial and viral diversity in humans.

Pregnancy and early life

Prediction of complicated disease course for children newly diagnosed with Crohn’s disease: a multicenter inception cohort study – Subra Kugathasan – The Lancet

Multi-site human microbiome

Humans are colonized by many uncharacterized and highly divergent microbes -Mark A. Kowarsky -bioRxiv

Human respiratory microbiome

Air pollution alters Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumonia biofilms, antibiotic tolerance and colonization – Shane J. K. Hussey – Journal of Environmental Microbiology

Human vaginal microbiome

The global health impact of vaginal dysbiosis – Janneke H.H.M. van de Wijgert – Research in Microbiology

Human gut microbiome

An Intestinal Organ Culture System Uncovers a Role for the Nervous System in Microbe-Immune Crosstalk – Nissan Yissachar – Cell

Animal microbiome

Genetic and functional analysis of the bovine uterine microbiota. Part I: Metritis versus healthy cows, Part II: Purulent vaginal discharge versus healthy cows – M.L.S. Bicalho – The journal of Dairy Science

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Review: Soil-Plant-Microbe Interactions in Stressed Agriculture Management– Shobhit Raj Vimal – Pedosphere

Water and extremophile microbiome

Evidence for early life in Earth’s oldest hydrothermal vent precipitates – Matthew S. Dodd – Nature

Microbes in the news

Study Shows Link Between Microbiome in the Gut and Parkinson’s – University of Alabama at Birmingham

A Japanese study performed by sequencing the gut microbiota of 367 healthy individuals ranging from newborn to 104 years old shows microbiome changes with age

UN issues list of 12 most worrying bacteria

Microbes on the market

Rebiotix Inc. has its lead product for C. diff. treatment granted Fast Track, Orphan Drug, and Breakthrough Therapy status by the FDA.  

February 2, 2017

Did you ever wonder about vitamin B12 role in microbiome organization and function? using a chemical probe mimic of vitamin B12, the authors reveal a light- and B12-dependent DNA regulator and predict that organismal interdependencies for B12 may be critical to microbiome stability and overall function.  On the extremophiles front, a study provides an analysis of the genomic content of the most abundant bacterial inhabitants of the salt-secreting desert tree Tamarix aphylla.  An interesting paper reinforced linkages between the colonization of the foodborne pathogen E. coli O157:H7 in cattle and the nature of the microbial community inhabiting the digestive tract of super-shedders. And as for future generations, if you want to get your kids or students excited about microbiology, try an interactive tool created by Stanford bioengineers: the 3D printed microscope powered by your smartphone.

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January 26, 2017

Environmental ecology review presents how microbial life strategy concepts are applied in complex microbial communities.   Two interesting model systems are described in the techniques section, plus potentially scalable workflow for the preparation of high potency Akkermansia muciniphila cells for therapeutic interventions.  The importance of understanding the role of the microbiome in preventing complications after organ transplant and surgeries are discussed in two reviews.   Another study shows that proton pump inhibitors used to prevent gastric ulcers were associated with distinct gut microbiota signatures.  For faster wound healing, try some saliva. A study shows the beneficial effects of saliva on wound healing in human epidermal keratinocytes and on the attenuation of intracellular Staph. aureus infection.

Pregnancy and early life

Assessment of the synbiotic properties of human milk oligosaccharides and Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis in vitro and in humanised mice – S Musilova- Beneficial Microbes

Multi-site human microbiome

Review: Infection in Organ Transplantation – Jay A. Fishman – American Journal of Transplantation

Review: The gut microbiome and the mechanism of surgical infection – J.C. Alverdy – The British Journal of Surgery

Human Oral Microbiome

Salivary mucins promote the coexistence of competing oral bacterial species – Erica Shapiro Frenke- The ISME Journal

Human skin microbiome

Saliva induces expression of antimicrobial peptides and promotes intracellular killing of bacteria in keratinocytes by epidermal growth factor receptor transactivation – T. Mohanty – British Journal of Dermatology

Human gut microbiome

The influence of proton pump inhibitors and other commonly used medication on the gut microbiota – Floris Imhann – Gut Microbes

Animal experiments

Review: Understanding host-microbial interactions in rumen: searching the best opportunity for microbiota manipulation – Nilusha Malmuthuge  – Journal of Animal Science and Technology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Review: Revisiting life strategy concepts in environmental microbial ecology – Adrian Ho- FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Diclofop-methyl affects microbial rhizosphere community and induces systemic acquired resistance in rice – Si Chen – Journal of Environmental Sciences

Food microbiology

Review: Human pathogens in plant biofilms: Formation, physiology, and detection – Eduardo Ximenes – Biotechnology and Bioengineering

Genome-wide association of functional traits linked with Campylobacter jejuni survival from farm to fork -Koji Yahara – Environmental Microbiology

Digestive fate of dietary carrageenan: Evidence of interference with digestive proteolysis and disruption of gut epithelial function – Lulu Fahoum – Molecular Nutrition Food Research


It’s a big data problem: researchers from the University of California, San Diego and the J.C. Venter Institute used machine learning to teach a computer to learn to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy gut microbiomes. The new approach shows promise for predicting related health issues and providing guidance for therapy development. More from the press


Preparation and preservation of viable Akkermansia muciniphila cells for therapeutic interventions – JP Ouwerkerk  -Beneficial Microbes

Evaluation of colonization resistance in stool of human donors using ex vivo, in vitro and in vivo assays – MF Galvão  – Beneficial Microbes

Improving metabolite production in microbial co-cultures using a spatially constrained hydrogel – Matthew J. Smith – Biotechnology and Bioengineering

Microbes in the news

CRISPR research institute expands into agriculture, microbiology

Dog obesity, a growing problem, may be managed through diet and exercise and- microbiology

Every surfer knows you should stay out of the water for 72 hours after it rains. Public health officials issued an advisory for all Los Angeles County beaches, cautioning swimmers and surfers to stay away from areas near storm drains, creeks and rivers. But when the waves show – some surfers just can’t help themselves.