September 4, 2020

Good morning and get ready to enjoy a small, but diverse microbiome digest. Enjoy!

COVID-19
Commentary: Misconceptions about weather and seasonality must not misguide COVID-19 response – Colin J Carlson et al. – Nature Communications


Multi-site human microbiome
Relationship between the composition of the intestinal microbiota and the tracheal and intestinal colonization by opportunistic pathogens in intensive care patients – Candice Fontaine et al. – PLOS One

Human gut microbiome
Widespread transfer of mobile antibiotic resistance genes within individual gut microbiomes revealed through bacterial Hi-C – Alyssa G. Kent et al. – Nature Communications


Animal experiments
Review: Modulation of gut microbiota in healthy rats after exposure to nutritional supplements – Mirna Cool et al. – Gut Microbes

Animal microbiome
Anthrax toxin component, Protective Antigen, protects insects from bacterial infection – Saleem Alarme – PLOS Pathogens

Environmental gut bacteria in European honey bees (Apis mellifera) from Australia and their relationship to the chalkbrood disease – Sheba Khan et al. – PLOS One

Gut Microbiome Composition is Associated with Age and Memory Performance in Pet Dogs – Eniko Kubinyi et al. – Animals

Plant, root, and soil microbiome
Characterizing the nectar microbiome of the non-native tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in an urban environment – Magdalena L. Warren et al. – PLOS One

Water and extremophile microbiome
Book chapter:
Analyzing the Diversity of Microbial Communities Residing in Marine Ecosystems – Piyush Chandna et al. – In: Marine Biotechnology


Bioinformatics
Ten simple rules to power drug discovery with data science – Enrico Ferrero et al. – PLOS Computational Biology

Techniques
Review: Sample pre-treatment procedures for the omics analysis of human gut microbiota: turning points, tips and tricks for gene sequencing and metabolomics – Elisa Zubeldia-Varela et al. – Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis


Publishing
Research Topic: Beyond Conventional Models: Expanding Experimental Systems for Animal-Microbiome Interaction Research

August 9, 2020

Good morning and a wonderful Sunday!
While you are eating your Sunday eggs and sipping your coffee, enjoy the small collection of microbiome et al. papers- exactly the right size for a Sunday morning.
Visit the microbial community living at Antarctic volcanoes with the preprint from Benda et al. or read the findings by Gibb et al. that indicate that human-managed ecosystems favor the presence of reservoirs of zoonotic diseases- very interesting in the light of the current pandemic. Enjoy!


Human gut microbiome

Essential oils and microbiota: Implications for diet and weight control – Nurhan Unusan – Trends in Food Science & Technology


Animal microbiome

The Gut Microbiota of Pheasant Lineages Reflects Their Host Genetic Variation – Jinmei Ding et al – Frontiers in Genetics

Water and extremophile microbiome

*Preprint: Metabolic potential and survival strategies of microbial communities across extreme temperature gradients on Deception Island volcano, Antarctica – Amanda G Benda – BioRxiv

Review: New Microbial Biodiversity in Marine Sediments – Brett J Baker et al. – Annual Review of Marine Science


Bioinformatics

Improved normalization of species count data in ecology by scaling with ranked subsampling (SRS): application to microbial communities – Lukas Beule et al – PeerJ

Techniques

Ten simple rules for reading a scientific paper – Maureen A. Carey et al – PLOS Computational Biology


Judith’s non-microbiology picks

*Zoonotic host diversity increases in human-dominated ecosystems – Rory Gibb et al – Nature

June 30, 2020

Hallo und Guten Morgen from Germany! I hope you are well and have the time and energy to enjoy some microbiome related reading hours. I included a number of interesting reviews, related to mental and general health, soil microbiome and amphibian skin microbiome.
There is also a nice variety of new microbe research, including the influence of temperature changes on the microbiome of lizards and the microbiome’s association with heat tolerance, seasonal cycles of microbial communities in the Baltic Sea and the influence of hydrocarbons pollutants on the human skin microbiome.
Enjoy the reading!

SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19

Preprint: Role of Anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in different cohorts: Can they provide clues for appropriate patient triaging? – Manohar B Mutnal – bioRxiv


General microbiome

Review: Impact of Human Microbiome on Health – Sujata Das – Microbial Diversity, Interventions and Scope

Review: Inflammation in Mental Disorders: Is the Microbiota the Missing Link? – Sophie Ouabbou – Neuroscience Bulletin

Human skin microbiome

Changes of the human skin microbiota upon chronic exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon pollutants – Marcus H. Y. Leung – Microbiome

Human gut microbiome

Review: Current Limitations for the Assessment of the Role of the Gut Microbiome for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – Andreas Hiergeist – Frontiers in Psychiatry


Animal microbiome

*Lizard gut microbiome changes with temperature and is associated with heat tolerance – Andrew H. Moeller – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Review: The Amphibian Skin Microbiome and Its Protective Role Against Chytridiomycosis – Eria A. Rebollar – Herpetologica

Bacterial diversity associated with the abdomens of naturally Plasmodium-infected and non-infected Nyssorhynchus darlingi – Tatiane Marques Porangaba Oliveira – BMC Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Review: Deliberate introduction of invisible invaders: A critical appraisal of the impact of microbial inoculants on soil microbial communities – Panji Cahya Mawarda – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Plant microbiota modified by plant domestication – Esperanza Martínez-Romero – Systematic and Applied Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome

A genomic view of trophic and metabolic diversity in clade-specific Lamellodysidea sponge microbiomes – Sheila Podell – Microbiome

Functional Associations and Resilience in Microbial Communities – Maria-Luisa Avila-Jimenez – Microorganisms

*Autumn to spring microbial community in the northern Baltic Sea: temporal variability in bacterial, viral and nanoflagellate abundance during the cold-water season – Laura Kaikkonen – Polar Biology

Food microbiology

Reservoirs of antimicrobial resistance genes in retail raw milk – Jinxin Liu – Microbiome


Bioinformatics

Correlation-Centric Network (CCN) representation for microbial co-occurrence patterns: new insights for microbial ecology – Pengshuo Yang – NAR Genomics and Bioinformatics

Review: From bag-of-genes to bag-of-genomes: metabolic modelling of communities in the era of metagenome-assembled genomes – Clémence Frioux – Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal

May 28, 2020

Hello and welcome to today’s microbiome digest! It’s a compact digest, but quite diverse. You will find a study investigating the effect of high-fat diet in Drosophila found a microbiota-dependent activation of stem-cells; electronic cigarettes were found to negatively influence the oral microbiome, and glycan epitopes present on enveloped viruses (as COVID-19) can be targeted and neutralized by human antibodies against these foreign glycan structures.
Finally, a helpful article during Corona-times, when more and more courses and meetings are held online, features the use of FAIR training material: Ten simple rules for making training materials FAIR. Enjoy!


COVID-19

Is social connectedness a risk factor for the spreading of COVID-19 among older adults? The Italian paradox – Giuseppe Liotta – PLOS ONE


General microbiome

Review: Enhancing bacterial survival through phenotypic heterogeneity – Leila M. Reyes Ruiz – PLOS PATHOGENS

Human respiratory microbiome

Adverse effects of electronic cigarettes on the disease-naive oral microbiome – Sukirth M. Ganesan – Science Advances

Human gut microbiome

Preprint: Shotgun Metagenomics of 361 elderly women reveals gut microbiome change in bone mass loss – Qi Wang – BioRxiv

Permissive microbiome characterizes human subjects with a neurovascular disease cavernous angioma – Sean P. Polster – Nature Communications

Persistent Diarrhea in Patients With Crohn’s Disease After Mucosal Healing Is Associated With Lower Diversity of the Intestinal Microbiome and Increased Dysbiosis – Karen Boland – Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Fecal microbiota transplantation in systemic sclerosis: A double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized pilot trial – Havard Fretheim – PLOS ONE


Animal experiments

A high-fat diet induces a microbiota-dependent increase in stem cell activity in the Drosophila intestine – Jakob con Frieling – PLOS GENETICS

The cecal and fecal microbiomes and metabolomes of horses before and after metronidazole administration – Carolyn E. Arnold – PLOS ONE

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Functional diversity of rhizosphere soil microbial communities in response to different tillage and crop residue retention in a double-cropping rice field – Haiming Tang – PLOS ONE

Water and extremophile microbiome

Microbiome analysis of healthy and diseased sponges Lubomirskia baicalensis by using cell cultures of primmorphs – Lubov Chernogor – PeerJ

Built environment

The use of ozone gas for the inactivation of Bacillus anthracis and Bacillus subtilis spores on building materials – Joseph P. Wood – PLOS ONE


Phages and viruses

* Harnessing the natural anti-glycan immune response to limit the transmission of enveloped viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 – Adrien Breiman – PLOS PATHOGENS

Review: A viral journey to the brain: Current considerations and future developments – Nilda Vanesa Ayala-Nunez – PLOS PATHOGENS

Bioinformatics

Preprint: A global data-driven census of Salmonella small proteins and their potential functions in bacterial virulence – Elisa Venturini – BioRxiv

Techniques

Preprint: Fluorescent secreted bacterial effectors reveal an intravacuolar replication compartment for Listeria monocytogenes – Caroline Peron Cane – BioRxiv


Science, publishing, and career

2 Art Gallery Shows to Explore From Home – The New York Times – Check out the art by Anika Yi


Judith’s non-microbiology picks

* Ten simple rules for making training materials FAIR – Leyla Garcia – PLOS COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY

April 23, 2020

The wave of new microbe enthausiasts keeps coming and with it a light digest for today.  I am writing to you from Bremen, Germany, with a selection including a wheat fungi that changes the wheat leaf microbiome and antimicrobial resistance genes identified by whole metagenome shotgun study of nasopharyngal colonization in South Africa.

There is also an interesting article about species identification errors occurring in context of large sequence collection platforms.
And to mix things up a little bit, at the end of a list you find a paper with amazing microscopy featuring the beautiful parasite Trypanosoma brucei and answering the endless question to how this parasite colonizes its insect host, the tsetse fly.


Human respiratory microbiome

Longitudinal changes in the nasopharyngeal resistome of South African infants using shotgun metagenomic sequencing – Rendani I. Manenzhe – PLOS ONE

Human gut microbiome

Resident microbial communities inhibit growth and antibiotic-resistance evolution of Escherichia coli in human gut microbiome samples – Michael Baumgartner – PLOS BIOLOGY


Animal experiments

Preprint: Comparative analysis of beneficial effects of Vancomycin treatment on Th1- and Th2-biased mice and role of gut microbiota – Pratikshya Ray – bioRxiv

Assessment of dietary supplementation with galactomannan oligosaccharides and phytogenics on gut microbiota of European sea bass (Dicentrarchus Labrax) fed low fishmeal and fish oil based diet – Simona Rimoldi – PLOS ONE

Lactobacillus reuteri attenuated allergic inflammation induced by HDM in the mouse and modulated gut microbes – Lingzhi Li – PLOS ONE

Animal microbiome

Occurrence of Mycoplasma gallisepticum in wild birds: A systematic review and meta-analysis – Anna Sawicka – PLOS ONE

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

A fungal pathogen induces systemic susceptibility and systemic shifts in wheat metabolome and microbiome composition – Heike Seybold – Nature Communications


Phages and viruses

SMOOT libraries and phage-induced directed evolution of Cas9 to engineer reduced off-target activity – Derek Cerchione – PLOS ONE

Bioinformatics

BOLD and GenBank revisited – Do identification errors arise in the lab or in the sequence libraries? – Mikko Pentisaari – PLOS ONE


Science, publishing, and career

A pedagogical approach to science outreach – Marni B. McClure – PLOS BIOLOGY

Judith’s non-microbiology picks

Trypanosoma brucei colonizes the tsetse gut via an immature peritrophic matrix in the proventriculus – Clair Rose – Nature Microbiology