June 7, 2018

 

Today’s microbiology highlights: Microbiome in pregnancies, microbiome of SLE, Mycobacteria of a karst region, skin microbiome of non-human mammals. And lab diversity, potential problem in big data, Paris climate agreement of 1.5⁰C increase among the non-microbe highlights.

 

General microbiome

Biochemical, molecular and antibiotic resistance profile of multi-potential toluene metabolizing bacteria isolated from tannery effluents – F Muccee – bioRxiv

Pregnancy and early life

Review: Microbiome in normal and pathological pregnancies: A literature overview – CR Taddei – AJRI

Multi-site human microbiome

Multidrug resistant pathogens respond differently to the presence of co-pathogen, commensal, probiotic and host cells – AP Chan – Scientific Reports

 

Human gut microbiome

Proton Pump Inhibitor Initiation and Withdrawal affects Gut Microbiota and Readmission Risk in Cirrhosis – JS Bajaj – AJG

Review: Early-Life Food Nutrition, Microbiota Maturation and Immune Development Shape Life-Long Health – X Zhou – Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition

Animal experiments

Intermittent Fasting Confers Protection in CNS Autoimmunity by Altering the Gut Microbiota – F Cignarella – Cell Metabolism

The Microbiome and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus – JT Rosenbaum – The New England Journal of Medicine

Review: The probiotic effectiveness in experimental colitis is correlated with gut microbiome and host genetic features – S Suwal – bioRxiv

Animal microbiome 

Comprehensive skin microbiome analysis reveals the uniqueness of human skin and evidence for phylosymbiosis within the class Mammalia – AA Ross – PNAS

Alterations in the gut (Gallus gallus) microbiota following the consumption of zinc biofortified wheat (Triticum aestivum) -based diet – S Reed – ACS

Water and extremophile microbiome 

Nontuberculous mycobacteria in the environment of Hranice Abyss, the world’s deepest flooded cave (Hranice karst, Czech Republic) – I Pavlik – Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Built environment 

Toxicity assessment of pharmaceutical compounds on mixed culture from activated sludge using respirometric technique: The role of microbial community structure – IA Vasiliadou – Science of The Total Environment

Food microbiology

Effect of herbal feed additives on performance parameters, intestinal microbiota, intestinal morphology and meat lipid oxidation of broiler chickens – I Giannenas – British Poultry Science

 

Techniques

Identifying and Overcoming Threats to Reproducibility, Replicability, Robustness, and Generalizability in Microbiome Research – PD Schloss – mBio

Next-Generation Sequencing Could be a Promising Diagnostic Approach for Pathogen Detection: Pathogenic Analysis of Pediatric Bacterial Meningitis by Next-Generation Sequencing Technology Directly from Cerebrospinal Fluid Specimens – L Guo – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

Media Advisory: Live exhibit of dance and song on tiny world of bacteria inside us comes to Buffalo Museum of Science – UB News Center

Non-microbiology picks

These labs are remarkably diverse — here’s why they’re winning at science – Nature

Big data little help in megafauna mysteries – Nature

What does it take to make an institution more diverse? – Nature

The many possible climates from the Paris Agreement’s aim of 1.5 °C warming – Nature

 

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May 27, 2018

Pharmacobiomics, liver-microbiome axis, starvation effect on gut microbiota of shrimp,  influence of gut microbiome on the larvae of a lepidopteran pest, microbiota of berries, building a local scientific community in data science and lots of articles for today’s digest.

General microbiome

Pharmacology in the age of the Holobiont – P Norvaisas – Current Opinion in Systems Biology

Dynamic bacterial and fungal microbiomes during sweet sorghum ensiling impact bioethanol production – D Gallagher – Bioresource Technology

Recovery of valuable metals from polymetallic mine tailings by natural microbial consortium – N Vardanyan – Environmental Technology

Variation in Electrode Redox Potential Selects for Different Microorganisms Under Cathodic Current Flow From Electrodes in Marine Sediments – BR Lam – Environmental Microbiology

Diurnal patterns of airborne algae in the Hawaiian Islands: a preliminary study – HW Singh – Aerobiologia

Novel human microbe-disease associations inference based on network consistency projection – S Zou – Scientific Reports

Multi-site human microbiome

Nitrate-responsive oral microbiome modulates nitric oxide homeostasis and blood pressure in humans – A Vanhatalo – Free Radical Biology and Medicine

Review: Biodiversity of the Human Oral Mycobiome in Health and Disease – HMHN Bandara – Oral Diseases

 

Human nearly-sterile sites 

Human pegivirus persistence in the human blood virome after allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation – D-L Vu – Clinical Microbiology and Infection

Human gut microbiome

Review: Liver–Microbiome Axis in Health and Disease – TE Adolph – Trends in Immunology

Preprint: Crowdsourced study of children with autism and their typically developing siblings identifies differences in taxonomic and predicted function for stool-associated microbes using exact sequence variant analysis. – MM David – bioRxiv

Fecal and Mucosa-Associated Intestinal Microbiota in Patients with Diarrhea-Predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome – N Maharshak – Digestive Diseases and Sciences

Prevention and treatment of Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea by reconstitution of the microbiota – N Eliakim-Raz – Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics

Animal experiments 

Bifidobacterium spp. reshaping in the gut microbiota by low dose of juçara supplementation and hypothalamic insulin resistance in Wistar rats – G Jamar – Journal of Functional Foods

Salvianolic acid B alters the gut microbiota and mitigates colitis severity and associated inflammation – X Wu – Journal of Functional Foods

Metagenomics analysis of gut microbiota modulatory effect of green tea polyphenols by high fat diet-induced obesity mice model – X Zhang – Journal of Functional Foods

Starvation stress affects the interplay among shrimp gut microbiota, digestion and immune activities – W-F Dai – Fish & Shellfish Immunology

Helicobacter pylori-infected C57BL/6 mice with different gastrointestinal microbiota have contrasting gastric pathology, microbial and host immune responses – Z Ge – Scientific Reports

Animal microbiome 

Preprint: The Gut-Associated Microbiome of the Eastern Spruce Budworm Does Not Influence Larval Growth or Survival – MT Schwarz – bioRxiv

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Review: High content analysis of sea buckthorn, black chokeberry, red and white currants microbiota – A pilot study – J Lukša – Food Research International

Microbial functional responses to long-term anthropogenic impact in mangrove soils – L Cabral – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

Foliage application of nitrogen has less influence on soil microbial biomass and community composition than soil application of nitrogen – X Huang – Journal of Soils and Sediments

Long-term and high-concentration heavy-metal contamination strongly influences the microbiome and functional genes in Yellow River sediments – Y Chen – Science of The Total Environment

Responses of atrazine degradation and native bacterial community in soil to Arthrobacter sp. strain HB-5 – J Gao – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

Root bacterial endophytes confer drought resistance and enhance expression and activity of a vacuolar H+‐pumping pyrophosphatase in pepper plants – G Vigani – Environmental Microbiology

Defining plant growth promoting rhizobacteria molecular and biochemical networks in beneficial plant-microbe interactions – A Rosier – Plant and Soil

Roles of Plant-Associated Microbiota in Traditional Herbal Medicine – W Huang – Trends in Plant Science

Spatial structuring of soil microbial communities in commercial apple orchards – G Deakin – Applied Soil Ecology

Effects of root colonization by zinc-solubilizing bacteria on rice plant (Oryza sativa MR219) growth – NMI Othman – Agriculture and Natural Resources

Promising filamentous native fungi isolated from paddy soils for arsenic mitigation in rice grains cultivated under flooded conditions – FR Segura – Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering

Soil respiration in Chinese tea gardens: autotrophic and heterotrophic respiration – LC Fan – European Journal of Soil Science

Water and extremophile microbiome 

Methanonatronarchaeum thermophilum gen. nov., sp. nov. and ‘Candidatus Methanohalarchaeum thermophilum’, extremely halo(natrono)philic methyl-reducing methanogens from hypersaline lakes comprising a new euryarchaeal class Methanonatronarchaeia classis nov. – DY Sorokin – International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology

 

Food microbiology

The Genus Wallemia—From Contamination of Food to Health Threat – J Zajc- Microorganisms

Phages and viruses

Biological species in the viral world – L-M Bobay – PNAS

Genomic and ecological study of two distinctive freshwater bacteriophages infecting a Comamonadaceae bacterium – K Moon – Scientific Reports

 

Non-microbiology picks

Preprint: Building a local community of practice in scientific programming for Life Scientists – SLR Stevens – bioRxiv

 

May 24, 2018

Pest gut microbiota indirectly effects plant defenses in corn, evolution of microbial social behavior from shearing in flow environments, a model to predict cytokine responses based on multi-comics data integration.

General microbiome

Shearing in flow environment promotes evolution of social behavior in microbial populations – Gurdip Uppal – eLIFE

Pregnancy and early life

Review: The Neonatal Microbiome and Its Partial Role in Mediating the Association between Birth by Cesarean Section and Adverse Pediatric Outcomes – D Montoya-Williams – Neonatology

Human respiratory microbiome

Chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps is characterized by dysbacteriosis of the nasal microbiota – Thanit Chalermwatanachai – Scientific Reports

Human oral microbiome

Metagenomic study of bacterial microbiota in persistent endodontic infections using Next‐generation sequencing – G Sánchez-Sanhueza – International Endodontic Journal

Human gut microbiome

Iron Sequestration in Microbiota Biofilms As A Novel Strategy for Treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Jean-Paul Motta – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Temporal and long‐term gut microbiota variation in allergic disease: A prospective study from infancy to school age – Kotryna Simonyté Sjödin – European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Bangladeshi children with acute diarrhea show fecal microbiomes with increased Streptococcus abundance, irrespective of diarrhea etiology – Silas Kieser – Environmental Microbiology

Animal experiments

Effects of a protease and essential oils on growth performance, blood cell profiles, nutrient retention, ileal microbiota, excreta gas emission, and breast meat quality in broiler chicks – J H Park – Poultry Science

Colonic Inhibition of Phosphatase and Tensin Homolog Increases Colitogenic Bacteria, Causing Development of Colitis in Il10-/- Mice – Jonathon Mitchell – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Review: Microbial Signatures as a Predictive Tool in IBD—Pearls and Pitfalls – Nadine Waldschmitt – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Oral hydroxysafflor yellow A reduces obesity in mice by modulating the gut microbiota and serum metabolism – Juan Liu – Pharmacological Research

Impact of commensal flora on periodontal immune response to lipopolysaccharide – Daiki Fukuhara – Journal of Periodontology

Animal microbiome

Poor feed efficiency in sheep is associated with several structural abnormalities in the community metabolic network of their ruminal microbes – Rocky D Patil – Journal of Animal Science

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Cadmium phytoextraction potential of king grass (Pennisetum sinese Roxb.) and responses of rhizosphere bacterial communities to a cadmium pollution gradient – Li Hu – Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Gut-Associated Bacteria of Helicoverpa zea Indirectly Trigger Plant Defenses in Maize – Jie Wang – Journal of Chemical Ecology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Microbial activity during a coastal phytoplankton bloom on the Western Antarctic Peninsula in late summer – María E Alcamán-Arias – FEMS Microbiology Letters

Effects of partially saturated conditions on the metabolically active microbiome and on nitrogen removal in vertical subsurface flow constructed wetlands – Catiane Pelissari – Water Research

Pre-print: Diversity and community structure of marine microbes around the Benham Rise underwater plateau, northeastern Philippines – Andrian P Gajigan – PeerJ

Food microbiology

Porous Silicon-Based Biosensors: Towards Real-Time Optical Detection of Target Bacteria in the Food Industry – Naama Massad-Ivanir – Scientific Reports

Probiotics/prebiotics

Survival of Planktonic and Sessile Cells of Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus reuteri upon Exposure to Simulated Fasting-State Gastrointestinal Conditions – Kyle B Klopper – Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins

Phages and viruses

Pre-print: A novel oceanic uncultured temperate cyanophage lineage – José Flores-Uribe – bioRxiv

Bioinformatics

Integration of multi-omics data and deep phenotyping enables prediction of cytokine responses – Olivier B Bakker – Nature Immunology

More microbes

Pre-print: New sequential touch method for determining bacterial contact transfer rate from finger to surface – Pengcheng Zhao – bioRxiv

Amy’s non-microbiology picks

Restoration of paper artworks with microemulsions confined in hydrogels for safe and efficient removal of adhesive tapes – Nicole Bonelli – PNAS

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

May 12, 2018

Today’s highlights in our Microbiology picks: Antibacterial activity of nested concentric patterns, relationship between the microbiota epitopes and antigenic epitopes, a book chapter on N-Acetyl transferase microbes, core microbiota for de novo IBD, soil microbes and disease suppression, fungi of office dust, microbes of potable  water from the Himalayan region, articles from ‘Techniques’ section.

Today’s highlights in our non-microbes picks: Epidemiology is important, recent on-goings on harassment, mental health awareness in academia, mimicking the prebiotic chemistry using flow chemistry, step taken by Wellcome Trust against misconduct in academia including harassment, Horizon 2020 budget for 2021-27.

 

Events and jobs

Laboratory Manager : New York, NY, United States – Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Deadline: 18 May 2018

General microbiome

Supramolecular Kandinsky circles with high antibacterial activity – H Wang – Nature Communications

Microbiota epitope similarity either dampens or enhances the immunogenicity of disease-associated antigenic epitopes – SC Pro – PLoS One

Genomic evolution of Staphylococcus aureus isolates colonizing the nares and progressing to bacteremia – JB Benoit – PLoS One

Book chapter: N-Acetyltransferases Microorganisms – S Boukouvala – Arylamine N-acetyltransferases in Health and Disease:From Pharmacogenetics to Drug Discovery and Diagnostics

 

Human vaginal microbiome

Preprint: Metatranscriptome analysis of the vaginal microbiota reveals potential mechanisms for protection against metronidazole in bacterial vaginosis – Z-L Deng – bioRxiv

Human gut microbiome

Preprint: Variability of core microbiota in newly diagnosed treatment-naïve paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease patients – TGJ de Meij – bioRxiv

Compositional and Functional Differences in the Human Gut Microbiome Correlate with Clinical Outcome following Infection with Wild-Type Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhi – Y Zhang – mBio

Animal experiments 

Preprint: Bottlenecks in the transmission of Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV1) to naïve pigs and quasi-species variation during infection in partially immune pigs – M Cortey – bioRxiv

Lactobacillus gasseri PA-3 utilizes the purines GMP and guanosine and decreases their absorption in rats – N Yamada – Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids

An exclusive metabolic niche enables strain engraftment in the gut microbiota – ES Sheperd – Nature

Interleukin 1α-Deficient Mice Have an Altered Gut Microbiota Leading to Protection from Dextran Sodium Sulfate-Induced Colitis – M Nunberg – mSystems

Animal microbiome 

Low bacterial community diversity in two introduced aphid pests revealed with 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing – F Zepeda-Paulo – PeerJ

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Effect of land use and soil organic matter quality on the structure and function of microbial communities in pastoral soils: Implications for disease suppression – BEA Dignam – PLoS One

Relations between bacterial communities and enzyme functions of two paddy soils – X Luo – European Journal of Soil Science

Nematophagus fungi increasing phosphorus uptake and promoting plant growth – TSA Monteiro – Biological Control

Water and extremophile microbiome 

Effect of elevated pressure on ferric iron reduction coupled to sulfur oxidation by biomining microorganisms – R Zhang – Hydrometallurgy

Halophilic & halotolerant prokaryotes in humans – EH Seck – Future Medicine

Preprint: Structural variability and functional association in the epiphytic bacteria assemblies of freshwater macrophytes (Myriophyllum spicatum) – L Xian – bioRxiv

Investigation of nutrients and faecal coliforms removal in wastewater using a hydroponic system – SF Ndulini – Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C

Built environment 

Characterization of fungi in office dust: comparing results of microbial secondary metabolites, fungal ITS region sequencing, viable culture, and other microbial indices – J-H Park – Indoor Air

 

Phages and viruses

Preprint: First report on Bacterial Diversity of Potable Spring water of Indian Himalayan Region – AK Singh – bioRxiv

Preprint: “In plaque-mass spectrometry imaging” reveals a major metabolic shift towards odd-chain fatty acid lipids induced by host-virus interactions – G Schleyer – bioRxiv

Preprint: Adventitious viruses persistently infect three commonly used mosquito cell lines – J Weger-Lucarelli – bioRxiv

Techniques

Preprint: High-resolution ISR amplicon sequencing reveals personalized oral microbiome – C Mukherjee – bioRxiv

Preprint: Transcriptome Analysis of Neisseria gonorrhoeae During Natural Infection Reveals Differential Expression of Antibiotic Resistance Determinants Between Men and Women – K Nudel – bioRxiv

Designer cells programming quorum-sensing interference with microbes – F Sedlmeyer – Nature Communications

A comprehensive model for assessment of liver stage therapies targeting Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum – A Roth – Nature Communications

Preprint: Detection and quantification of the heterogeneity of S. aureus bacterial populations to identify antibiotic-induced persistence – MH Hasan – bioRxiv

Rapid isolation of fast-growing methanotrophs from environmental samples using continuous cultivation with gradually increased dilution rates – J Kim – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Microbes in the news

Stanley Falkow, Who Saw How Bacteria Cause Disease, Dies at 84 – NY Times

How the Bugs In Your Gut Could Affect Your Blood Vessels – Live Science

Faeces transplant: The best cure for severe diarrhoea may be more faeces – Times Live

Cancer-killing viruses show promise — and draw billion-dollar investment – Nature

Does where we live affect our skin microbiome? – Medical News Bulletin

Non-Microbiology Picks

Editorial: Epidemiology is a science of high importance – Nature Communications

Mimicking the surface and prebiotic chemistry of early Earth using flow chemistry – DJ Ritson – Nature Communications

I’d whisper to my student self: you are not alone – D Reay – Nature

Harassment should count as scientific misconduct – E Marín-Spiotta – Nature

€100-billion budget proposed for Europe’s next big research programme – I Vesper – Nature

Editorial: The #MeToo campaign is gaining ground in China – Nature

Editorial: What to do to improve postgraduate mental health – Nature

Report harassment or risk losing funding, says top UK science funder – H Else – Nature

78,000-year-old record of Middle and Later stone age innovation in an East African tropical forest – C Shipton – Nature Communications

KACST Impact – Nature Communications

 

May 6, 2018

Brassicaceae plants-fungi associations, a feature on PCR bias during microbiome analysis, a thesis about viruses; preprints about Mobile-CRISPRi system on bacteria, what may happen to the intestinal microbiota when Lactobacillus reuteri intervenes; few non-microbio picks covering mental health, conservation policy, stem cell policy; and a lot more for our digest from Sunday.

General microbiome

Preprint: Mobile-CRISPRi: Enabling Genetic Analysis of Diverse Bacteria – JM Peters – bioRxiv

Preprint: Effect of Lactobacillus reuteri on intestinal microflora and immune parameters: involvement of sex differences – J He – biorXiv

Review: The Interplay Between the Microbiome and Cardiovascular Risk – BA Minnifield – Current Genetic Medicine Reports

Klebsiella pneumoniae as a key trafficker of drug resistance genes from environmental to clinically important bacteria – KL Wyres – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Proteomic studies on lactic acid bacteria: A review – KS Vinusha – Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports

Multi-site human microbiome

Distinct shifts in the oral microbiota are associated with the progression and aggravation of mucositis during radiotherapy – J Hou – Radiotherapy and Oncology

Human skin microbiome

Skin microbiome changes in patients with interdigital tinea pedis – R  Wang – British Journal of Dermatology

Human vaginal microbiome

The Vaginal Eukaryotic DNA Virome and Preterm Birth  – KM Wylie – American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Systematic Review: The vaginal microbiota and its association with Human Papillomavirus, Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhea and Mycoplasma genitalium infections: a systematic review and meta-analysis – J Tamarelle – Clinical Microbiology and Infection

Human gut microbiome

Review: Methods for studying gut microbiota: A primer for physicians – AN Sarangi – Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology

Review: Effects of the Gut microbiota on Amygdalin and its use as an anti-cancer therapy: Substantial review on the key components involved in altering dose efficacy and toxicity – V Jaiswal – Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports

The ability of human intestinal anaerobes to metabolize different oligosaccharides: Novel means for microbiota modulation? – R Ose – Anaerobe

Clostridium difficile cure with fecal microbiota transplantation in a child with Pompe disease: a case report – DE Dow – Journal of Medical Case Reports

Association Between Bacteremia from Specific Microbes and Subsequent Diagnosis of Colorectal Cancer  – TNY Kwong – Gastroenterology

Animal experiments 

Tributyltin exposure induces gut microbiome dysbiosis with increased body weight gain and dyslipidemia in mice – H Guo – Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology

Inhibition Effect of Glycyrrhiza Polysaccharide (GCP) on Tumor Growth through Regulation of the Gut Microbiota Composition – X Zhang – Journal of Pharmacological Sciences

Ketogenic diet enhances neurovascular function with altered gut microbiome in young healthy mice – D Ma – Scientific Reports

Preprint: Efficacy of fecal sampling as a gut proxy in the study of chicken gut microbiota – W Yan – bioRxiv

Acute exposure to PBDEs at an environmentally realistic concentration causes abrupt changes in the gut microbiota and host health of zebrafish – L Chen – Environmental Pollution

Animal microbiome 

Integrated metatranscriptomics and metaproteomics for the characterization of bacterial microbiota in unfed Ixodes ricinus – A Hernández-Jarguín – Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases

Metatranscriptome analysis of the intestinal microorganisms in Pardosa pseudoannulata in response to cadmium stress – H Yang – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Beneficial associations between Brassicaceae plants and fungal endophytes under nutrient-limiting conditions: evolutionary origins and host–symbiont molecular mechanisms – K Hiruma – Current Opinion in Plant Biology

Cross-kingdom lipid transfer in arbuscular mycorrhiza symbiosis and beyond – A Keymer – Current Opinion in Plant Biology

Isolation of local Bacillus spp. from Afghanistan soils and their potential in suppressing the root-knot nematodes on tomato – AS Jamily – J-Stage

Effect of community-based soil and water conservation practices on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi types, spore densities, root colonization, and soil nutrients in the northern highlands of Ethiopia – M Welemariam – Chemical and Biological Technologies in Agriculture

Biocontrol mechanisms of Bacillus sp., isolated from tomato rhizosphere, against Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici – M Jangir – Biological Control

Root Exudates Dominate the Colonization of Pathogen and Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria – J Yuan – Root Biology

Unfolding the Role of Rhizomicrobiome Toward Sustainable Agriculture – S Kaul – Root Biology

Litter breakdown as a tool for assessment of the efficiency of afforestation and ash-aided phytostabilization on metal-contaminated soils functioning in Northern France – J Leclercq-Dransart – Environmental Science and Pollution Research 

Sugars en route to the roots. Transport, metabolism and storage within plant roots and towards microorganisms of the rhizosphere – N Hennion – Physiologia Plantarum

Salt marsh sediment bacterial communities maintain original population structure after transplantation across a latitudinal gradient – A Angermeyer – PeerJ

Impact of slope exposure on chemical and microbiological properties of Norway spruce deadwood and underlying soil during early stages of decomposition in the Italian Alps – T Bardelli – CATENA

Built environment 

A comparative study of eubacterial communities by PCR-DGGE fingerprints in anoxic and aerobic biotrickling filters used for biogas desulfurization – A Valle – Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering

Food microbiology

Microbial community dynamics of Dan’er barley grain during the industrial malting process – X Li – Food Microbiology

Physicochemical, microbiological and sensory acceptance alterations of strawberries caused by gamma radiation and storage time – M de Jesus Filho – Scientia Horticulturae

Evaluation of critical points of mould growth and mycotoxin production in the stored barley ecosystem with a hazardous initial microbiological state of grain – J Wawrzyniak – Journal of Stored Products Research

Viruses and phages

Thesis: Virology By The Numbers: A Quantitative Exploration of Viral Energetics, Genomics, and Ecology – G Mahmoudabadi – Caltech THESIS

 

Techniques

Microbiology: making the best of PCR bias – M  Eisenstein – Nature

Anton Chekhov and Robert Koch Cheek to Cheek: A Proteomic Study – A D’Amato – Proteomics

Microbes in the news

Future of Microbiome Drugs Market including key players Pfizer, Second Genome, Seres Therapeutics – Technical Progress News

Pattern hair loss could be due to gut bacteria – Science Nordic

Legionella bacteria has been detected at the problem-plagued Perth Children’s Hospital. – SBS News

Connections Between Art And Science Explored – The Enterprise

Non-microbiology picks

Arctic ice carries heavy freight of plastic – Nature

Brazil’s lawmakers renew push to weaken environmental rules – Nature

Feeling overwhelmed by academia? You are not alone – Nature

Real-world illness requires medical multitasking – Nature

Announcement: stem-cell policy – Nature

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