January 17, 2020

I 100% concur with Barak about our great Microbiome Digest, and we invite YOU to join us to create useful content for our community. Today’s Digest hopefully brings you much food for thought. I would draw your attention towards two papers about insecticide and antibiotic resistance. The first is about the mechanism for malaria transmitting mosquitoes to tolerate the common pesticide, pyrethroid. The second is on a potential genetic engineering approach to replacing antibiotic resistant plasmids with artificial ones. Of course, there are many more articles and news pieces to read from. Enjoy!

Jobs and Events

MICROBIOME CONNECT SKIN USA 2020 – Global Cosmetics News

Postdoc Computational and Statistical Analysis of Microbiome Data (0.8 – 1.0 FTE) – Universiteit Utrecht

Digest this! New exhibition explores the hidden world of microbes inside — and on — you! – Ottawa Citizen

Call for papers: Cancer Evolution and Metastasis – Genome Biology

General microbiology

Setting the agenda for social science research on the human microbiome – Beth Greenhough et al. – University of Nottingham

Exploring microbial worlds – Lei Tang – Nature Methods

Community-driven Metadata Standards for Agricultural Microbiome Research – JP. Dundore-Arias et al – Phytobiomes Journal

Antimicrobial/Insecticide resistance

Mobile resistome of human gut and pathogen drives anthropogenic bloom of antibiotic resistance – Kihyun Lee et al. – Microbiome

Structures of lipoprotein signal peptidase II from Staphylococcus aureus complexed with antibiotics globomycin and myxovirescin – Samir Olatunji et al. – Nature Communications

** A sensory appendage protein protects malaria vectors from pyrethroids – Victoria A. Ingham et al. – Nature

Press: Malaria-carrying mosquitoes get a leg up on insecticides – Flaminia Catteruccia – Nature

** Potentiation of curing by a broad-host-range self-transmissible vector for displacing resistance plasmids to tackle AMR – Alessandro Lazdins et al. – PLoS One

Promising antifungal activity of new oxadiazole against Candida krusei – Daniella Renata Faria et al. – PLoS One

Impact of multi-drug resistant bacteria on economic and clinical outcomes of healthcare-associated infections in adults: Systematic review and meta-analysis – Miquel Serra-Burriel et al. – PLoS One

Pregnancy and early life

The association between dietary patterns before and in early pregnancy and the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM): Data from the Malaysian SECOST cohort – Heng Yaw Yong et al. – PLoS One

Nucleic Acid-Based Screening of Maternal Serum to Detect Viruses in Women with Labor or PROM – Ankit A. Shah et al. – Reproductive Sciences

Provision of Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements to Mothers During Pregnancy and 6 Months Postpartum and to Their Infants from 6 to 18 Months Promotes Infant Gut Microbiota Diversity at 18 Months of Age but Not Microbiota Maturation in a Rural Malawian Setting: Secondary Outcomes of a Randomized Trial – Arox W Kamng’ona et al. – The Journal of Nutrition

Human skin microbiome

Distribution of microbial communities and core microbiome in successive wound grades of diabetic foot ulcer individuals – Apoorva Jnana et al. – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Review: The skin microbiome as a clinical biomarker in atopic eczema: Promises, navigation, and pitfalls – Matthias Reiger et al. – The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Characterization and Analysis of the Skin Microbiota in Acne: Impact of Systemic Antibiotics – Seo-Yeon Park et al. – Journal of Clinical Medicine

Human gut microbiome

Review: Microbial Production of Bioactive Chemicals for Human Health – Xia Wu et al. – Current Opinion in Food Science

Gut microbiota compositional profile and serum metabolic phenotype in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma – Haijun Gong et al. – Experimental Eye Research

Inulin-type fructan intervention restricts the increase in gut microbiome–generated indole in patients with peritoneal dialysis: a randomized crossover study – Li Li et al. – The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Human reproductive microbiome

Review: The Reproductive Microbiome: An Emerging Driver of Sexual Selection, Sexual Conflict, Mating Systems, and Reproductive Isolation – Melissah Rowe et al. – Trends in Ecology & Evolution

Press: What we’re learning about the reproductive microbiome – Cell Press – Phys.org

Cancer microbiome

Assessment of peritoneal microbial features and tumor marker levels as potential diagnostic tools for ovarian cancer – Ruizhong Miao – PLoS One

Animal experiments

Acute oral methylmercury exposure perturbs the gut microbiome and alters gut-brain axis related metabolites in rats – Xiaoying Lin et al. – Ecotoxicology & Environmental Safety

Perfluorooctane sulfonate alters gut microbiota-host metabolic homeostasis in mice – Limin Zhang et al. – Toxicology

Fecal transplant prevents gut dysbiosis and anxiety-like behaviour after spinal cord injury in rats – Emma K. A. Schmidt et al. – PLoS One

Impact of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the mouse intestine on immune activation and Clostridioides difficile infection – James Keith et al. – Infection and Immunity

Animal microbiome

Evolutionary signal in the gut microbiomes of 74 bird species from Equatorial Guinea – Darien C. Capunitan et al. – Molecular Ecology

Whole blood transcriptomic analysis of beef cattle at arrival identifies potential predictive molecules and mechanisms that indicate animals that naturally resist bovine respiratory disease – Matthew A. Scott et al. – PLoS One

Body-site specific microbiota reflect sex and age-class among wild spotted hyenas – Connie A Rojas et al. – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Biochar mediates microbial communities and their metabolic characteristics under continuous monoculture – Hongmiao Wu et al. – Chemosphere

Functional Metagenomic Exploration Identifies Novel Prokaryotic Copper Resistance Genes from Soil Microbiome – Chao Xing et al. – Metallomics

** A Pathogen-Responsive Gene Cluster for Highly Modified Fatty Acids in Tomato – Ju Eun Jeon et al. – Cell

Effects of soil physicochemical properties on microbial communities in different ecological niches in coastal area – Tianyun Shao et al. – Applied Soil Ecology

Soil microbial community structure and function mainly respond to indirect effects in a multifactorial climate manipulation experiment – Evi Deltedesco et al. – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Long term effects of management practice intensification on soil microbial community structure and co-occurrence network in a non-timber plantation – Liang Xue et al. – Forest Ecology and Management

Soil microbial and macrofauna dynamics under different green manure termination methods – Carolyn B. Marshall & Derek H. Lynch – Applied Soil Ecology

Microbial abundance, composition, and function in nectar are shaped by flower visitor identity – Megan M Morris et al. – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Ecological clusters based on responses of soil microbial phylotypes to precipitation explain ecosystem functions – Ying Wu et al. – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Phylogenetic Analysis of Symbiotic Bacteria Associated with Two Vigna Species under Different Agro-Ecological Conditions in Venezuela – María Daniela Artigas Ramírez et al. – Microbes and Environments

Diversity and structure of bacterial community in rhizosphere of lima bean – Regina Maria Silva Sousa et al. – Applied Soil Ecology

Distinct factors drive the assembly of quinoa-associated microbiomes along elevation – Zhiquan Cai et al. – Plant and Soil

Influence of plant fraction, soil and plant species on the microbiota: a multi-kingdom comparison – Tkacz, A et al. – mBio

Spatial Variation in Soil Fungal Communities across Paddy Fields in Subtropical China – Pengfa Li et al. – mSystems

Water and extremophile microbiome

Impacts of antimony and arsenic co-contamination on the river sedimentary microbial community in an antimony-contaminated river – Rui Xu et al. – Science of the Total Environment

Interactions of PAH-degradation and nitrate-/sulfate-reducing assemblages in anaerobic sediment microbial community – Xunan Yang et al. – Journal Hazardous Materials

Influence of wastewater microbial community on the performance of miniaturized microbial fuel cell biosensor – Nan Xiao et al. – Bioresource Technology

Intra-host symbiont diversity in eastern Pacific cold seep tubeworms identified by the 16S-V6 region, but undetected by the 16S-V4 region – Corinna Breusing et al. – PLoS One

Phages and viruses

Biogeographic study of human gut-associated crAssphage suggests impacts from industrialization and recent expansion – Tanvi P. Honap et al. – PLoS One

Bioinformatics

Gclust: A Parallel Clustering Tool for Microbial Genomic Data – Ruilin Li et al. – Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics

Microbes in the news

Insomnia: When I took part in a sleep study – Yella Hewings-Martin – Medical News Today

How to Keep Your Baby’s Skin Healthy When It’s Cold Outside – Joane Amay – Ebony

Prebiotics, cosmeceuticals may improve skin condition – Ingrid Torjesen – Dermatology Times

Next frontier is to identify and use good bacteria to treat specific diseases – Namita Kohli – The Week

Five next-gen depression treatments that could revolutionize the field – Alexandra Pattillo – Inverse

Coeliac disease linked to bacteria exposure – Liam Mannix – The Sydney Morning Herald

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR MICROBIOME BETTER – Kim-Anh Lê Cao – Pursuit

Common foods can help ‘landscape’ the jungle of our gut microbiome – San Diego State University – Medical Xpress

Pioneering scientists create designer prebiotics to disrupt the microbiome health space – Nikki Hancocks – NutraIngredients

Applying knowledge of the human microbiome to pig health – The Pig Site

Your microbiome reveals more about your health than your genes do – Michael Le Page – New Scientist

UH joins new national consortium to advance microbiome research – University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Check out these awesomely creepy puppets of microbial creatures – Thom Dunn – BoingBoing

Microbes on the market

Bloom Science Granted Exclusive Option to License Microbiome-Based Technology for the Development of Novel Treatments for Multiple Neurological and Oncology Conditions – Bloom Science – PR Newswire

Mawi and CosmosID Collaborate to Enable More Precise Microbiome Analysis – Business Wire – Yahoo! Finance

January 11, 2020

Science doesn’t rest! Today’s Digest brings you several seminal papers and many news pieces. Highlights include a mouse study probing the mechanism behind maternally provisioned immunity for infants, a major effect to characterize mouse gut microbiota, a study on the diversity of the uncultured viruses of bacteria and archaea, and last but not least, a DIY method to deplete ribosomal RNA from your total RNA!

General microbiology

Preprint: Detection of phylogenetic core groups in diverse microbial ecosystems – Marcos Parras-Moltó & Daniel Aguirre de Cárcer – bioRxiv

Antimicrobial resistance

Preprint: Investigating the impact of combination phage and antibiotic therapy: a modeling study – Selenne Banuelos et al. – bioRxiv

Human liver microbiome

Intrahepatic bacterial metataxonomic signature in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease – Silvia Sookoian et al. – Gut

Cancer microbiome

Review: Roles of microbiota in response to cancer immunotherapy – Kentaro Inamura – Seminars in Cancer Biology

Animal experiments

Butyrate attenuated fat gain through gut microbiota modulation in db/db mice following dapagliflozin treatment – Tae Jung Oh et al. – Scientific Reports

Microvesicles from Lactobacillus reuteri (DSM-17938) completely reproduce modulation of gut motility by bacteria in mice – Christine L. West et al. – PLoS One

** Mouse: Microbiota-targeted maternal antibodies protect neonates from enteric infection – Wen Zheng et al. – Nature

Press: Maternal Microbiome Protects Newborns from Deadly Diarrheal Infections – Genengnews

Animal microbiome

** The Mouse Gut Microbial Biobank expands the coverage of cultured bacteria – Chang Liu et al. – Nature Communications

Energy conservation involving 2 respiratory circuits – Marie Charlotte Schoelmerich et al. – PNAS

Press: New metabolic pathway discovered in rumen microbiome – EurekAlert

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Soil bacterial diversity mediated by microscale aqueous-phase processes across biomes – Samuel Bickel & Dani Or – Nature Communications

Fungal community assembly in drought-stressed sorghum shows stochasticity, selection, and universal ecological dynamics – Cheng Gao et al. – Nature Communications

Phages and viruses

** Charting the diversity of uncultured viruses of Archaea and Bacteria – F. H. Coutinho, R. A. Edwards & F. Rodríguez-Valera – BMC Biology

Technology

** Preprint: A simple, cost-effective, and robust method for rRNA depletion in RNA-sequencing studies – Peter H. Culviner et al. – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

Gut Microbiomes Are Linked To Diet And Evolution—Except In Flying Animals – Linh Anh Cat – Forbes

7 Effects of Greasy Food on Your Body – Elise Mandl – Healthline

Gut microbes may improve stroke recovery – University of Kentucky – EurekAlert

Surprising Ways A Virus Can Be A Man’s Best Friend – Mishal Shaheen et al. – The Health Mania

Twin Studies Examine Cohabiting Affect on Gut Microbiome – Technology Networks

Microbes on the market

Shoreline Biome expands presence in Asia to include Japan – Yahoo! Finance

Synthetic Biologics Receives FDA Guidance at Type C Meeting for SYN-004 (ribaxamase) Phase 1b/2a Clinical Trial in Allogeneic HCT Recipients – Synthetic Biologics – PR Newswire

Johnson & Johnson To Collaborate With Microbiome Biotech On Childhood Allergies – Taylor Carmichael – The Motley Fool

Kaleido Bio teams up with J&J to identify microbiome metabolic candidates – Douglas W. House – Seeking Alpha

Finch Therapeutics Completes Enrollment in Potentially Pivotal Trial of CP101, an Investigational Oral Full-Spectrum Microbiota® Therapy for the Prevention of Recurrent C. difficile Infection – The Tullahoma News

January 10, 2020

In today’s weekend post- maternal antibodies targeting microbiota protect mice from neonatal infection, exercise improves gestational diabetes in rodent models, bacterial signature in NAFLD and TMAO as negative predictor of human embryo quality. Happy reading and a nice weekend!

General microbiome

Adolescence and aging: impact of adolescence inflammatory stress and microbiota alterations on brain development, aging and neurodegeneration – Nour Yahfoufi – The Journal of Geronotology

Preclinical and clinical relevance of probiotics and synbiotics in colorectal carcinogenesis: a systematic review – Bruna C.S. Cruz – Nutrition Reviews

Gut microbiota: a new piece in understanding hepatocarcinogenesis – An Zhou – Cancer Letters

Gut Microbiota, Diet, and Chronic Diseases: The Role Played by Oxidative Stress – Elisardo C. Vasquez – Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity

New insights on the colonization of the human gut by health-promoting bacteria – Sinead T. Morrin – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Human microbiome

Salivary microbiota and inflammation‐related proteins in patients with psoriasis – Daniel Belstrøm – Oral Diseases

Oral butyrate does not affect innate immunity and islet autoimmunity in individuals with longstanding type 1 diabetes: a randomised controlled trial – Pieter F. de Groot – Diabetologia

Fusobacterium nucleatum in the colorectum, and its association with cancer risk and survival: a systematic review and meta-analysis – Christian Gethings-Behncke – Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention

Potential impact of removing metronidazole from treatment armamentarium of mild acute Clostridioides difficile infection – Shani Zilberman-Itskovich – Future Medicine

Intrahepatic bacterial metataxonomic signature in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease Silvia Sookoian – Gut

Microbial imbalance in inflammatory bowel disease patients at different taxonomic levels – Mohammad Tauqeer Alam – Gut Pathogens

Early life microbiota

Antibiotic Resistance Genes in the Gut Microbiota of Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder as Possible Predictors of the Disease – Alexey S. Kovtun – Microbial Drug Resistance

Trimethylamine-N-oxide is present in human follicular fluid and is a negative predictor of embryo quality – R.A.Nagy – Human Reproduction

Animal experiments

Microbiota-targeted maternal antibodies protect neonates from enteric infection – Wen Zheng – Nature

Characterization of metabolic and inflammatory profiles of transition dairy cows fed an energy-restricted diet – Giulia Esposito – Journal of Animal Science

Microbiota dependent production of butyrate is required for the bone anabolic activity of PTH – Jau-Yi Li – Journal of Clinical Investigation

Betaine addition as a potent ruminal fermentation modulator under hyperthermal and hyperosmotic conditions in vitro – Mubarik Mahmood – Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture

Investigating temporal microbial dynamics in the rumen of beef calves raised on two farms during early life – Eóin O’Hara – FEMS Microbial Ecology

Dietary Xanthan Gum Alters Antibiotic Efficacy against the Murine Gut Microbiota and Attenuates Clostridioides difficile Colonization – Matthew K. Schnizlein – mSphere

Post‐natal co‐development of the microbiota and gut barrier function follows different paths in the small and large intestine in piglets – Alexis Pierre Arnaud – Faseb Journal

Phellinus linteus polysaccharide extract improves insulin resistance by regulating gut microbiota composition – Yangyang Liu – Faseb Journal

Exercise improves metabolic function and alters the microbiome in rats with gestational diabetes – Dayana Mahizir – Faseb Journal

Microbial reconstitution reverses early female puberty induced by maternal high-fat diet during lactation – Mengjie Wang – Endocrinology

Fecal microbiota as a noninvasive biomarker to predict the tissue iron accumulation in intestine epithelial cells and liver – Bingdong Liu – Faseb Journal

Techniques

Systematic Analysis of Impact of Sampling Regions and Storage Methods on Fecal Gut Microbiome and Metabolome Profiles – Yali Liang – mSphere

January 8, 2019

Today’s digest features a retrospective mini-review of mothur, study on gut microbiomes of over 900 vertebrate species [Spoiler alert: birds and bats share similarities in their microbiome], findings of fifteen-thousand-year-old viruses in glacier ice, and more. Happy reading!

Gut microbiome

Recording mobile DNA in the gut microbiota using an Escherichia coli CRISPR-Cas spacer acquisition platform – Christian Munck – Nature Communications

Microbial imbalance in inflammatory bowel disease patients at different taxonomic levels – Mohammad Tauqeer Alam – Gut Pathogens

Gut dysbiosis induces the development of pre-eclampsia through bacterial translocation– Xia Chen – Gut

Analysis of gut microbiota of obese individuals with type 2 diabetes and healthy individuals – Aftab Ahmad – PlosOne

Alterations of human lung and gut microbiome in non-small cell lung carcinomas and distant metastasis – Hui Lu – bioRxiv

The interplay between host genetics and the gut microbiome reveals common and distinct microbiome features for human complex diseases – Fengzhe Xu – bioRxiv

Oral microbiome

Acquisition of Oral Microbiota is Driven by Environment, Not Host Genetics – Chiranjit Mukherjee – bioRxiv

Animal microbiome

*Comparative Analyses of Vertebrate Gut Microbiomes Reveal Convergence between Birds and Bats– Se Jin Song – mBio

Comparative Genomics of Rumen Butyrivibrio spp. Uncovers a Continuum of Polysaccharide-Degrading Capabilities – Nikola Palevich – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Inside out: microbiota dynamics during host-plant adaptation of whiteflies – Diego Santos-Garcia – The ISME Journal

Blood Loss Leads to Increase in Relative Abundance of Opportunistic Pathogens in the Gut Microbiome of Rabbits – Junjie Yang – Current Microbiology

Probiotics

In Vitro Probiotic Potential of Hemophilin-producing Strains of Haemophilus haemolyticus – Brianna Atto – bioRxiv

Quantifying and engineering mucus adhesion of probiotics – Zachary J. S. Mays – bioRxiv

Plant/root/soil microbiome

Temporal and spatial changes in phyllosphere microbiome of acacia trees growing in super arid environments – Ashraf Al-Ashhab – bioRxiv

Secreted metabolite-mediated interactions between rhizosphere bacteria and Trichoderma biocontrol agents – Ningxiao Li – PlosOne

Water microbiome

Quantification of nosZ genes and transcripts in activated sludge microbiomes with novel group-specific qPCR methods validated with metagenomic analyses – Daehyun Daniel Kim – bioRxiv

Viruses

*Glacier ice archives fifteen-thousand-year-old viruses – Zhi-Ping Zhong – bioRxiv

Meeting report: Viruses in the Built Environment (VIBE) meeting report – Aaron J. Prussin – Microbiome

Bioinformatics

*Minireview: Reintroducing mothur: 10 Years Later – Patrick D. Schloss – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

FunGeCo : A web based tool for estimation of Functional potential of bacterial genomes and microbiomes using Gene Context information – Swadha Anand – Bioinformatics

December 27, 2019

Today’s Digest brings you a report linking gut microbiota and metabolites, a study on dishwasher rubber as a bacterial reservoir, a news piece for your guide to probiotics, and many more. If we don’t see you again in 2019, Happy New Year! May 2020 bring much success and happiness!

General microbiology

Preprint: The Microbe Directory v2.0: An Expanded Database of Ecological and Phenotypical Features of Microbes – Maria A. Sierra et al. – bioRxiv

A novel graph theoretical approach for modeling microbiomes and inferring microbial ecological relationships – Suyeon Kim et al. – BMC Genomics

Antimicrobial resistance

Preprint: Longitudinal linked read sequencing reveals ecological and evolutionary responses of a human gut microbiome during antibiotic treatment – Morteza Roodgar et al. – bioRxiv

Human oral microbiome

Re-initiation of Oral Food Intake Following Enteral Nutrition Alters Oral and Gut Microbiota Communities – Sayaka Katagiri et al. – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

Human respiratory microbiome

Microbiome in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Role of Natural Products Against Microbial Pathogens – Alessia Santoro et al. – Current Medicinal Chemistry

Human gut microbiome

Comparison of Japanese and Indian intestinal microbiota shows diet-dependent interaction between bacteria and fungi – Siddhika Pareek et al. – npj Biofilms and Microbiomes

Review: The influence of dietary patterns on gut microbiome and its consequences for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease – Qing-Song Zhang et al. – Trends in Food Science and Technology

** Relationship between gut microbiota and circulating metabolites in population-based cohorts – Dina Vojinovic et al. – Nature Communications

Human gut microbiota is associated with HIV-reactive immunoglobulin at baseline and following HIV vaccination – Jacob A. Cram et al. – PLoS One

Preprint: The interplay between host genetics and the gut microbiome reveals common and distinct microbiome features for human complex diseases – Fengzhe Xu & Yuanqing Fu et al. – bioRxiv

Effect of Helicobacter pylori on gastrointestinal microbiota: a population-based study in Linqu, a high-risk area of gastric cancer – Yang Guo et al. – Gut

Human gut-microbiome-brain axis

The relationship between the gut microbiome and mild cognitive impairment in patients without dementia: a cross-sectional study conducted in Japan – Naoki Saji et al. – Scientific Reports

Synergistic effects of APOE and sex on the gut microbiome of young EFAD transgenic mice – Juan Maldonado Weng et al. – Molecular Neurodegeneration

Metabolomics

Tech Note: Boost that metabolomic confidence – Vivien Marx – Nature Methods

The total microbiome functions in bacteria and fungi – Robert Starke et al. – Journal of Proteomics

Animal experiments

Allergic inflammation alters the lung microbiome and hinders synergistic co-infection with H1N1 influenza virus and Streptococcus pneumoniae in C57BL/6 mice – Kim S. LeMessurier et al. – Scientific Reports

Jatrorrhizine Balances the Gut Microbiota and Reverses Learning and Memory Deficits in APP/PS1 transgenic mice – Sheng Wang et al. – Scientific Reports

The impact of gut microbiota manipulation with antibiotics on colon tumorigenesis in a murine model – Jae Gon Lee et al. – PLoS One

Maternal milk and fecal microbes guide the spatiotemporal development of mucosa-associated microbiota and barrier function in the porcine neonatal gut – Hongbin Liu et al. – BMC Biology

Built environment microbiome

** The dishwasher rubber seal acts as a reservoir of bacteria in the home environment – Jerneja Zupančič et al. – BMC Microbiology

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Development of microbial communities in organochlorine pesticide contaminated soil: A post-reclamation perspective – Helga E.Balázs et al. – Applied Soil Ecology

Towards simple tools to assess functional effects of contaminants on natural microbial and invertebrate sediment communities – Stéphane Pesce et al. – Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Core rhizosphere microbiomes of dryland wheat are influenced by location and land-use history – Daniel C Schlatter et al. – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Single molecule sequencing reveals response of manganese-oxidizing microbiome to different biofilter media in drinking water systems – Xin Zhao et al. – Water Research

Prokaryotic Population Dynamics and Viral Predation in a Marine Succession Experiment Using Metagenomics – Jose M. Haro-Moreno et al. – Frontiers in Microbiology

Phages and viruses

News & Views: Phages build anti-defence barriers – Eugene V. Koonin & Mart Krupovic – Nature Microbiology

Microbes in the news

The Best Thing That Happened This Week: Dogs Rule Because They Drool – Sandy Hingston – Philadelphia Magazine

** A guide to the best probiotics – Louisa Richards/Katherine Marengo – Medical News Today

Having a Dog as a Child Is Tied to a Lower Risk of Schizophrenia as an Adult – Nicholas Bakalar – New York Times

Expanding virophage diversity – DOE/Joint Genome Institute

Microbes on the market

Carbiotix to partner with Italian university on neuroinflammation project – Nathan Gray – Nutraingredients

Human Microbiome Market is Expected to Touch US$ 1888.9 Mn by 2026 – Sheila Shipman – News Cast Report

The next frontier – Aaron Massecar – Today’s Veterinary Business

December 23, 2019

In today’s digest read about the subway microbiome (from surface and air samples collected at 16 subway stations in Oslo, Norway), role of Staphylococcus epidermidis in healthy maturation of the nasal microbiome, effect of storage and time on urinary microbiome, and more. Happy Holidays!

General microbiome

The emergence of microbiome centres – Jennifer B. H. Martiny – Nature Microbiology

Subway microbiome

*The subway microbiome: seasonal dynamics and direct comparison of air and surface bacterial communities– Jostein Gohli – Microbiome

Gut microbiome

Engineered E. coli Nissle 1917 for the delivery of matrix-tethered therapeutic domains to the gut– Pichet Praveschotinunt – Nature Communications

Urinary microbiome

*The urinary microbiota composition remains stable over time and under various storage conditions – Caspar Bundgaard-Nielsen – bioRxiv

Vaginal microbiome

Review: Genetic Heterogeneity and Taxonomic Diversity among Gardnerella Species – Joana Castro – Trends in Microbiology

Nasal microbiome

*Staphylococcus epidermidis Contributes to Healthy Maturation of the Nasal Microbiome by Stimulating Antimicrobial Peptide Production – Qian Liu – Cell Host & Microbes

Animal microbiome

Characterization of the Pig Gut Microbiome and Antibiotic Resistome in Industrialized Feedlots in China – Chunlai Wang – mSystems

Animal experiments

Altered microbiota composition reflects enhanced communication in 15q11-13 CNV mice– Dian Eurike Septyaningtrias – Neuroscience Research

Plant/root/soil microbiome

Time after Time: Temporal Variation in the Effects of Grass and Forb Species on Soil Bacterial and Fungal Communities – S. Emilia Hannula – mBio

Habitat filtering shapes the differential structure of microbial communities in the Xilingol grassland– Jie Yang – Scientific Reports

Water microbiome

Metagenomic Insights into the Effects of Seasonal Temperature Variation on the Activities of Activated Sludge– Chenbing Ai – Microorganisms

Viruses

Plant virome reconstruction and antiviral RNAi characterization by deep sequencing of small RNAs from dried leaves – Victor Golyaev – Scientific Reports

Bioinformatics

Identifying the causes and consequences of assembly gaps using a multiplatform genome assembly of a bird-of-paradise – Valentina Peona – bioRxiv

Transcriptome assembly from long-read RNA-seq alignments with StringTie2– Sam Kovaka – Genome Biology

Deconvoluting the diversity of within-host pathogen strains in a multi-locus sequence typing framework – Guo Liang Gan – BMC Bioinformatics

The Generalized Matrix Decomposition Biplot and Its Application to Microbiome Data – Yue Wang – mSystems

December 20, 2019

This may be our last edition of the Microbiome Digest before the holidays kick in. A rich and dynamic Digest brings you all things microbiome (apologies for the tight formatting). An encouraging report on how we can reduce antimicrobial resistance organically, an amazing recovery of a human genome and an oral microbiome from chewed birch pitch thousands of years ago, and a network analysis reveals four levels of hierarchical trophic interactions in the human gut microbiome. Enjoy Reading and Happy Holidays!
Events
BMC Medicine’s upcoming collection, New Frontiers in Diagnosis, Treatment and Management of Neuromuscular Disorders, is soliciting submissions.
Current Issue of The ISME Journal
The 9th Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit – March 7 and 8 2020 in Madrid, Spain
General microbiology
High-order interactions distort the functional landscape of microbial consortia – Sanchez-Gorostiaga & Bajić et al. – PLoS Biology
Antimicrobial resistance
Human skin microbiome
Human oral microbiome
** A 5700 year-old human genome and oral microbiome from chewed birch pitch – Theis Z. T. Jensen et al. – Nature Communications
Press: Ancient “Chewing Gum” Reveals a 5,700-Year-Old Microbiome – Jim Daley – Scientific American
Human respiratory microbiome
Press: Child asthma flare-ups coincide with microbiome changes – JULIA EVANGELOU STRAIT-WUSTL – Futurity
Human gut microbiome
Human vaginal microbiome
Human gut-microbiota-brain axis
Review: Tryptophan Metabolism: A Link Between the Gut Microbiota and Brain – Kan Gao et al. – Advances in Nutrition
Cancer microbiome
Metabolomics
The total microbiome functions in bacteria and fungi – Robert Starke et al. – Journal of Proteomics
Animal experiments
Animal microbiome
Plant, root and soil microbiome
Root microbiomes as indicators of seagrass health – Belinda C Martin et al. – FEMS Microbiology Ecology
Water and extremophile microbiome
Phages and viruses
Technology
Manipulating rod-shaped bacteria with optical tweezers – Zheng Zhang et al. – Scientific Reports
Bioinformatics
** Evidence for a multi-level trophic organization of the human gut microbiome – Tong Wang et al. – PLoS Computational Biology
Microbes in the news
The microbiome is fundamental to both health and disease – Fabian Brockotter – Poultry World
Low FODMAP Diet Helps IDB Patients – Kenny Walter – MDMAG
Oral Health: Caring for the Other Microbiome – Julia Peterman – Whole Foods Magazine
Non-microbiology pick