August 24, 2019

This weekend, read about the microbial index of skin health for children with eczema, gut microbiome of koalas, and interactions between the gut bacterial microbiome and virome of rhesus monkey. Happy reading!

General microbiome

Why we need a small data paradigm – Eric B. Hekler – BMC Medicine

Correspondence: The importance of genome sequence quality to microbial comparative genomics – Theo H. M. Smits – BMC Genomics

The applications of Big Data in molecular diagnostics – Yin Kwan Evelyn Wong – Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics

Tiny Hidden Genes within Our Microbiome – Karin Mittelman & David Burstein – Cell

Skin microbiome

*A Microbiome-Based Index for Assessing Skin Health and Treatment Effects for Atopic Dermatitis in Children – Zheng Sun – mSystems

Gut microbiome

Reproducible changes in the gut microbiome suggest a shift in microbial and host metabolism during spaceflight – Peng Jiang – Microbiome

Review: Gut Microbiota, Dietary Phytochemicals, and Benefits to Human Health – Ran Yin – Current Pharmacology Reports

Mild cognitive impairment has similar alterations as Alzheimer’s disease in gut microbiota – Binyin Li – Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Design of synthetic microbial consortia for gut microbiota modulation – Jorge F. Vázquez-Castellanos – Current Opinion in Pharmacology

Intestinal microbiota and colorectal cancer: changes in the intestinal microenvironment and their relation to the disease – Sandra Aparecida dos Reis – Journal of Medical Microbiology

Review: Celiac disease: a comprehensive current review – Giacomo Caio – BMC Medicine

Pregnancy and early life

Maternal IgA protects against the development of necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants – Kathyayini P. Gopalakrishna – Nature Medicine

Oral microbiome

Oral Microbiome and Cancer Therapy-Induced Oral Mucositis – Jean-Luc C Mougeot – JNCI Monographs

Respiratory microbiome

Deciphering the Ecology of Cystic Fibrosis Bacterial Communities: Towards Systems-Level Integration – Annamaria Bevivino – Trends in Molecular Medicine

Water and extremophile microbiome

Effects of water recirculation rate on the microbial community and water quality in relation to the growth and survival of white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) – Zhao Chen – BMC Microbiology

Pseudomethylobacillus aquaticus gen. nov., sp. nov., a new member of the family Methylophilaceae isolated from an artificial reservoir – Ceshing Sheu – International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology

Bacterial Communities from Extreme Environments: Vulcano Island – Camilla Fagorzi – Diversity

Diversity and biogeography of SAR11 bacteria from the Arctic Ocean – Susanne Kraemer – bioRxiv

Review: Metal and organic pollutants bioremediation by extremophile microorganisms – Patricia Giovanella – Journal of Hazardous Material

Animal microbiome

*Faecal inoculations alter the gastrointestinal microbiome and allow dietary expansion in a wild specialist herbivore, the koala – Michaela D. J. Blyton – Animal microbiome

Impact of pine leaf biochar amendment on bacterial dynamics and correlation of environmental factors during pig manure composting – Jiao Li – Bioresource Technology

Animal experiment

Potential roles of gut microbiome and metabolites in modulating ALS in mice – Eran Blacher – Nature

Plant microbiome

Shared mycorrhizae but distinct communities of other root-associated microbes on co-occurring native and invasive maples – Tonia DeBellis – PeerJ

Non-target Effects of Trichoderma on Plants and Soil Microbial Communities – Monika Jangi – Plant Microbe Interface

Inhibitory and nutrient use phenotypes among co‐existing Fusarium and Streptomyces populations suggest local coevolutionary interactions in soil – Adil Essarioui – Environmental Microbiology

Phages and viruses

*The altered gut virome community in rhesus monkeys is correlated with the gut bacterial microbiome and associated metabolites – Heng Li – Virology Journal

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August 10, 2019

This weekend, read about the role that gut microbes play in inflammation, microbes in the placenta-maternal interface, BactMAP R package, and more. Happy reading!

General microbiome

High proportions of bacteria and archaea across most biomes remain uncultured – Andrew D. Steen – The ISME Journal

Isolation of an archaeon at the prokaryote-eukaryote interface – Hiroyuki Imachi – bioRxiv

Urinary microbiome

A Prospective Study of the Urinary and Gastrointestinal Microbiome in Prepubertal Males – Borna Kassir – Urology

Gut microbiome

*Review: The intestinal microbiota fuelling metabolic inflammation – Herbert Tilg – Nature Reviews Immunology

Long-term dietary intervention reveals resilience of the gut microbiota despite changes in diet and weight – Gabriela K Fragiadakis – bioRxiv

Recovery of the gut microbiota after antibiotics depends on host diet and environmental reservoirs – Katharine M. Ng – bioRxiv

Differential detection of Entamoeba species in stool samples collected from children in District Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan – Muhammad Iftikhar Khan – bioRxiv

Association network analysis identifies enzymatic components of gut microbiota that significantly differ between colorectal cancer patients and healthy controls – Dongmei Ai – PeerJ

Specific changes in faecal microbiota are associated with familial Mediterranean fever – Samuel Deshayes – Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

Pregnancy and early life

*Functional characterization of Ralstonia insidiosa, a bona fide resident at the maternal-fetal interface – Lindsay A. Parnell – bioRxiv

The association between caesarean section delivery and later life obesity in 21-24 year olds in an Urban South African birth cohort – Eniola Sogunle – bioRxiv

Water and extremophile microbiome

Microbial community and geochemical analyses of trans-trench sediments for understanding the roles of hadal environments – Satoshi Hiraoka – bioRxiv

Metabolically-active obligate aerobes in anoxic (sulfidic) marine sediments – Sabyasachi Bhattacharya – bioRxiv

Plant microbiome

Shared mycorrhizae but distinct communities of other root-associated microbes on co-occurring native and invasive maples – Tonia DeBellis – PeerJ

Non-target Effects of Trichoderma on Plants and Soil Microbial Communities – Monika Jangi – Plant Microbe Interface

Bioinformatics

*BactMAP: an R package for integrating, analyzing and visualizing bacterial microscopy data – Renske van Raaphorst – bioRxiv

Podcast

The placental microbiome, and advances in artificial intelligence – Nick Howe and Noah Baker – Nature Podcast

July 9, 2019

Today’s digest features an overview of the “microbiota–nutrient metabolism–epigenetics” axis, a study on the human bile microbiota, an interesting selection of probiotics studies, and more. Check out the new Everything Hertz podcast episode “Improving the scientific poster”. Happy reading/listening!

Gut microbiome

*Epigenetic Regulation at the Interplay Between Gut Microbiota and Host Metabolism – Joan Miro-Blanch and Oscar Yanes – Frontiers in Genetics

Microbiome and type 1 diabetes – Heli Siljander – EBioMedicine

Framework for rational donor selection in fecal microbiota transplant clinical trials – Claire Duvallet – medRxiv

A calcium-rich multi-mineral intervention to modulate colonic microbial communities and metabolic profiles in humans: Results from a 90-day trial – Muhammad N. Aslam – medRxiv

*The human gallbladder microbiome is related to the physiological state and the biliary metabolic profile – Natalia Molinero – Microbiome

Oral microbiome

Microbial differences between dental plaque and historic dental calculus are related to oral biofilm maturation stage – Irina M. Velsko – Microbiome

Respiratory microbiome

Microbial Composition of the Human Nasopharynx Varies According to Influenza Virus Type and Vaccination Status – Tao Ding – mBio

Skin microbiome

Trait-based analysis of the human skin microbiome – Sharon Bewick – Microbiome

Probiotics

Intermittent Lactobacilli-containing Vaginal Probiotic or Metronidazole Use to Prevent Bacterial Vaginosis Recurrence: Safety and Preliminary Efficacy by Microscopy and Sequencing – Janneke H.H.M. van de Wijgert – medRxiv

Impact of spray‐drying on the pili of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG – Shari Kiekens – Microbial Biotechnology

The Probiotic Mixture VSL#3 Reverses Olanzapine-Induced Metabolic Dysfunction in Mice – Navneet Dhaliwal – Psychiatric Disorders

Prophylactic Effects of Bifidobacterium adolescentis on Anxiety and Depression-Like Phenotypes After Chronic Stress: A Role of the Gut Microbiota-Inflammation Axis – Ying Guo – Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience

Water microbiome

Active eukaryotes in drinking water distribution systems of ground and surface waterworks – Jenni Inkinen – Microbiome

Detection of introduced and resident marine species using environmental DNA metabarcoding of sediment and water – Luke E. Holman – bioRxiv

Plant/root/soil microbiome

Microscale interactions between immigrant bacteria and plant leaf microbiota as revealed by live imaging – Shifra Steinberg – bioRxiv

Soil bacterial populations are shaped by recombination and gene-specific selection across a meadow – Alexander Crits-Christoph – bioRxiv

Bioinformatics

DeepMicrobes: taxonomic classification for metagenomics with deep learning – Qiaoxing Liang – bioRxiv

Misclassification of a whole genome sequence reference defined by the Human Microbiome – DJ Darwin R. Bandoy – medRxiv

CarboLogR: a Shiny/R application for statistical analysis of bacterial utilisation of carbon sources – Kevin Vervier – bioRxiv

Using collaboration networks to identify authorship bias in meta-analyses – Thiago C. Moulin and Olavo B. Amaral – medRxiv

Podcast

*Episode 87: Improving the scientific poster (with Mike Morrison) – Dan Quintana and James Heathers – Everything Hertz

A terrific interview with @mikemorrison about the Better Poster format and UX design principles in science.

July 2, 2019

This Tuesday, read about the fecal microbial transplantation for cardiometabolic syndrome treatment, oral microbiome of early stage Parkinson’s disease, Finnish Health and Early Life Microbiota (HELMi) project, and more. Happy reading!

General microbiome

Review: Defining Division of Labour in Microbial Communities – Samir Giri – JMB

Review: Selective pressures during chronic infection drive microbial competition and cooperation – Jiwasmika Baishya & Catherine A. Wakeman – Biofilms and Microbiomes

Gut microbiome

*Review: Fecal Microbial Transplantation and Its Potential Application in Cardiometabolic Syndrome – Avner Leshem – Frontiers in Immunology

Review: The Microbiome and Irritable Bowel Syndrome – A Review on the Pathophysiology, Current Research and Future Therapy – Pei Pei Chong – Frontiers in Microbiology

Alterations of the bile microbiome in primary sclerosing cholangitis – Timur Liwinski – BMJ Gut Microbiota

Selective and suppressive effects of antibiotics on donor and recipient bacterial strains in gut microbiota determine transmission efficiency of blaNDM-1-bearing plasmids – Lianwei Ye – Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Pregnancy and early life

Contributions to human breast milk microbiome and enteromammary transfer of Bifidobacterium breve – Kattayoun Kordy – bioRxiv

Experimental support for multidrug resistance transfer potential in the preterm infant gut microbiota – Mari Hagbø – Paediatric research

*Cohort profile: Finnish Health and Early Life Microbiota (HELMi) longitudinal birth cohort – Katri Korpela – BMJ Paediatrics

Oral microbiome

*The oral microbiome of early stage Parkinson’s disease and its relationship with functional measures of motor and non-motor function – Dragos Mihaila – PlosOne

Phages and viruses

What is (not) known about the dynamics of the human gut virome in health and disease – Leen Beller Jelle Matthijnssens – Current Opinion in Virology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Characterization of indigenous bacteria from radon-rich groundwater and their tolerance to physicochemical stress – T. Nayak – International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology

Sewage effluent from an Indian hospital harbors novel carbapenemases and integron-borne antibiotic resistance genes – Nachiket P. Marathe – Microbiome

Techniques

Primer-free FISH probes from metagenomics/metatranscriptomics data permit the study of uncharacterised taxa in complex microbial communities – Shi Ming Tan – Biofilms and microbiomes

Bioinformatics

Use and abuse of correlation analyses in microbial ecology – Alex Carr – ISME Journal

Education

From trainees to trainers to instructors: Sustainably building a national capacity in bioinformatics training – Annette McGrath – Plos Computational Biology

Ten quick tips for effective dimensionality reduction – Lan Huong Nguyen and Susan Holmes – Plos Computational Biology

June 27, 2019

This Thursday, read about the well-to-well contamination in microbiome research, antibiotic resistance gene pool in avian microbiomes, a novel robust taxonomic framework (AutoTax), and more. Happy reading!

General microbiome

*Quantifying and Understanding Well-to-Well Contamination in Microbiome Research – Jeremiah J. Minich – mSystems

Controlling for Contaminants in Low-Biomass 16S rRNA Gene Sequencing Experiments – Lisa Karstens – mSystems

Skin microbiome

The impact of skin care products on skin chemistry and microbiome dynamics – Amina Bouslimani – BMC Biology

Animal microbiome

*Meta-transcriptomics reveals a diverse antibiotic resistance gene pool in avian microbiomes – Vanessa R. Marcelin – BMC Biology

Soil microbiome

Defoliation management and grass growth habits modulated the soil microbial community of turfgrass systems – Qing Xia – PlosOne

Comparative overview of red kidney bean (Phaseolus valgaris) rhizospheric bacterial diversity in perspective of altitudinal variations – Deep Chandra Suyal – Biologia

Animal experiments

Puerarin prevents high-fat diet-induced obesity by enriching Akkermansia muciniphila in the gut microbiota of mice – Lei Wang – PlosOne

Water and extremophile microbiome

The anaerobic digestion microbiome: a collection of 1600 metagenome-assembled genomes shows high species diversity related to methane production – Stefano Campanaroa – bioRxiv

In situ transformation of ethoxylate and glycol surfactants by shale-colonizing microorganisms during hydraulic fracturing – Morgan V. Evans – ISME Journal

Bioinformatics

*Comprehensive ecosystem-specific 16S rRNA gene databases with automated taxonomy assignment (AutoTax) provide species-level resolution in microbial ecology – Morten Simonsen Dueholm – bioRxiv

June 10, 2019

This Monday, read about the precision of microbiome wording, cryopreservation of the human gut microbiota, water infrastructure microbiomes, and more. Happy reading!

General microbiome

Determining Microbial Roles in Ecosystem Function: Redefining Microbial Food Webs and Transcending Kingdom Barriers – Kim M. Handley – mSystems

Digitalizing the Microbiome for Human Health – Kirti Nath and Christoph A. Thaiss – mSystems

New Approaches to Microbiome-Based Therapies – Andrea C. Wong and Maayan Levy – mSystems

Benefits and Costs of Animal Virulence for Microbes – Arturo Casadevall and Liise-anne Pirofski – mSystems

*Language, numeracy and logic in microbiome science – Fergus Shanahan and Colin Hill – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Gut microbiome

*Cryopreservation of the human gut microbiota: current state and perspectives – Daria V.Smirnovaa – International Journal of Medical Microbiology

Metaproteomics of the human gut microbiota: challenges and contributions to other OMICS – Ngom Issa Isaac – Clinical Mass Spectrometry

Mapping human microbiome drug metabolism by gut bacteria and their genes – Michael Zimmermann – Nature

MinION Sequencing of colorectal cancer tumour microbiomes – a comparison with amplicon-based and RNA-Sequencing – William S Taylor – bioRxiv

Assessment of Causal Direction Between Gut Microbiota-Dependent Metabolites and Cardiometabolic Health: Abi-Directional Mendelian Randomisation Analysis – Jinzhu Jia – Diabetes

Metagenomic and metabolomic analyses reveal distinct stage-specific phenotypes of the gut microbiota in colorectal cancer – Shinichi Yachida – Nature Medicine

Dysbiosis of gut microbiota in a selected population of Parkinson’s patients – Daniele Pietrucci – Parkinsonism & Related Disorders

Animal experiment

Heterochronic faecal transplantation boosts gut germinal centres in aged mice – Marisa Stebegg – Nature communications

High fat diet alters gut microbiota but not spatial working memory in early middle-aged Sprague Dawley rats – Nikita Girish Deshpande – PlosOne

Animal microbiome

Fibre digestion by rumen microbiota – a review of recent metagenomic and metatranscriptomic studies – Stephanie A Terry – Canadian Journal of Animal Science

Correlation between Disease Severity and the Intestinal Microbiome in Mycobacterium tuberculosis-Infected Rhesus Macaques – Sivaranjani Namasivayam – mBio

Water microbiome

*Integrating biotechnology and microbial ecology in urban water infrastructure through a microbiome continuum viewpoint – Lutgarde Raskin and Per Halkjær Nielsen – Current Opinion in Biotechnology

Techniques

MOBN: an interactive database of multi-omics biological networks – Cheng Zhang – bioRxiv

May 20, 2019

This Monday, read about the stability within gut resident clonal populations of Enterobacteriaceae, significance of microbiome in personalized medicine, and impacts of intermittent supply on the drinking water microbiome. Happy reading!

General microbiome

Defining Microbiome Health through a Host Lens – Sean M. Gibbonsa – mSystems

*Review: The significance of microbiome in personalized medicine – Ava Behrouzi – Clinical and Translational Medicine

Moving towards a Robust Definition for a “Healthy” Indoor Microbiome – Karen C. Dannemiller – mSystems

Gut microbiome

*Rethinking gut microbiome residency and the Enterobacteriaceae in healthy human adults – Jonathan N. V. Martinson – ISME Journal

Rectal swabs in critically-ill patients provide discordant representations of the gut microbiome compared to stool samples: a brief methodologic report – Katherine Fair – bioRxiv

Development of a Covalent Inhibitor of Gut Bacterial Bile Salt Hydrolases – Arijit A. Adhikari – bioRxiv

Temporal Gut Microbial Changes Predict Recurrent Clostridium difficile in Patients with and without Ulcerative Colitis – Allen A. Lee – boRxiv

Alteration of Gut Microbiome in Lung Cancer Patients – Li Ming – bioRxiv

Respiratory microbiome

Microbiome disturbance and resilience dynamics of the upper respiratory tract in response to influenza A virus infection in humans and ferrets – Drishti Kaul – bioRxiv

High mortality from viral pneumonia in patients with cancer – Youn-Jung Ki – Infectious Diseases

Water microbiome

Global diversity and biogeography of bacterial communities in wastewater treatment plants – Linwei Wu – Nature Microbiology

*Understanding the impacts of intermittent supply on the drinking water microbiome – Quyen Melina Bautista-de los Santos – Current Opinion in Biotechnology

Animal microbiome

Exploration of the rumen microbial diversity and carbohydrate active enzyme profile of black Bengal goat using metagenomic approach – Prashant R. Suryawanshi – Animal Biotechnology

Assessing key microbial communities determining nitrogen transformation in composting of cow manure using illumina high-throughput sequencing – Yu Sun – Waste Management

Plant/root/soil microbiome

Root microbiota assembly and adaptive differentiation among European Arabidopsis populations – Thorsten Thiergart – bioRxiv

Response of Microbial Communities and Their Metabolic Functions to Drying–Rewetting Stress in a Temperate Forest Soil – Dong Liu – Microorganisms

Review: Rhizosphere size and shape: Temporal dynamics and spatial stationarity – Yakov Kuzyakov & Bahar S. Razavi – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Phages and viruses

Production and characterization of novel ssRNA bacteriophage virus-like particles from metagenomic sequencing data – Ilva Lieknina – Journal of Nanobiotechnology

Techniques

PhenoGMM: Gaussian mixture modelling of microbial cytometry data enables efficient predictions of biodiversity – Peter Rubbens – bioRxiv