March 22, 2017

Today’s digest features interesting review articles on the role of microbiome in health and disease, heart failure, and how the respiratory tract microbiota act as gatekeepers to respiratory health. Also, we have original research articles on the response of bacterial communities in oil-contaminated marine waters to addition of chemical and biological dispersants. Also, a very fascinating article in Harvard Business review on the gender bias against junior female scientists. Not surprising!! Enjoy.

General microbiome

*Review: The role of the microbiome in human health and disease: an introduction for clinicians – Vincent B Young – British Medical Journal

*Review: Targeting the Microbiome in Heart Failure – Allyson Zabell – Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine

Gastric microbiota features associated with cancer risk factors and clinical outcomes: A pilot study in gastric cardia cancer patients from Shanxi, China – Guoqin Yu – international Journal of Cancer

Pregnancy and early life

Late preterm birth has direct and indirect effects on infant gut microbiota development during the first six months of life – M Forsgren – Acta Pediatrica

Vaginal microbiome

Characterization of vaginal Lactobacillus species by rplK -based multiplex qPCR in Russian women – Vladimir V. Demkin – Anaerobe

Human oral microbiome

Changes in salivary microbiota increase volatile sulfur compounds production in healthy male subjects with academic-related chronic stress – Bruno Dias Nani – Plos One

Candida albicans biofilm heterogeneity does not influence denture stomatitis but strongly influences denture cleansing capacity – Lindsay E. O’Donnell – Journal of Medical Microbiology

Oral Bacterial Infections : Diagnosis and Management – Glendee Reynolds-Campbell – Dental Clinics of North America

Human respiratory microbiome

*The microbiota of the respiratory tract: gatekeeper to respiratory health – Wing Ho Man – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Human gut microbiome

Editorial : Infant colic is still a mysterious disorder of the microbiota–gut–brain axis – Anna Pärtty – Acta Pediatrica

Review: More Flavor for Flavonoid-Based Interventions? – Nadeem O. Kaakoush – Trends in Molecular Medicine

Perspectives : New Frontiers in Fibers: Innovative and Emerging Research on the Gut Microbiome and Bone Health – Taylor C. Wallace – Journal of the American College of Nutrition

Does the Gut Microbiota Influence Immunity and Inflammation in Multiple Sclerosis Pathophysiology? – Monika Adamczyk-Sowa – Journal of Immunology Research

The Role of Intestinal Alkaline Phosphatase in Inflammatory Disorders of Gastrointestinal Tract – Jan Bilski – Mediators of Inflammation

The Gut Microbiome, Energy Homeostasis, and Implications for Hypertension – Ruth A. Riedl – Current Hypertension Reports

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation

Commentary: A proposed definition of microbiota transplantation for regulatory purposes – Diane E. Hoffmann – Gut Microbes

Review: Novel Indications for Fecal Microbial Transplantation: Update and Review of the Literature – Nathaniel Aviv Cohen – Digestive Diseases and Sciences

Animal microbiome

Review: Role of the microbiome in swine respiratory disease – Megan C. Niederwerder – Veterinary Microbiology

Comparative composition, diversity, and abundance of oligosaccharides in early lactation milk from commercial dairy and beef cows – William M. Sischo – Journal of Dairy Science

Comparative analysis of fecal microbial communities in cattle and Bactrian camels – Liang Ming – Plos One

Sheep fed with banana leaf hay reduce ruminal protozoa population – Cláudio Eduardo Silva Freitas – Tropical Animal Health and Production

Metabolomics

Review: Metabolomic-guided discovery of Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers from body fluid – Che Nor Adlia Enche Ady – Journal of Neuroscience Research

Animal experiments

The farming environment protects mice from allergen-induced skin contact hypersensitivity – C. P. Frossard – Clinical and Experimental Allergy

Metabolomics insights into diabetes nephropathy and protective effects of Radix Scutellariae on rats using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry – Lihui Men – RSC Advances

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Root plant growth promoting rhizobacteria inoculations increase ferric chelate reductase (FC-R) activity and Fe nutrition in pear under calcareous soil conditions – Muzaffer İpek – Scientia Horticulturae

Bacterial diversity of the rhizosphere and nearby surface soil of rice (Oryza sativa) growing in the Camargue (France) – Jorge R. Osman – Rhizosphere

Structure and function of the bacterial communities during rhizoremediation of hexachlorobenzene in constructed wetlands – Cuiping Zhang – Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Water and extremophile microbiome
Characterization of spatial distribution of the bacterial community in the South Sea of Korea – Ji-Hui Seo – Plos One

Diversity and community structure of cyanobacteria and other microbes in recycling irrigation reservoirs – Ping Kong – Plos One

*Response of the bacterial community in oil-contaminated marine water to the addition of chemical and biological dispersants – Camila Rattes de Almeida Couto – Journal of Environmental Management

Probiotics / prebiotics

Lactobacillus johnsonii supplementation attenuates respiratory viral infection via metabolic reprogramming and immune cell modulation – W. Fonseca- Mucosal Immunology

Identification of the key excreted molecule by Lactobacillus fermentum related to host iron absorption – Ana González – Food Chemistry

Effect of 8-weeks prebiotics/probiotics supplementation on alcohol metabolism and blood biomarkers of healthy adults: a pilot study – Christopher Irwin – European Journal of Nutrition

Bioinformatics

Making big data smart—how to use metagenomics to understand soil quality – Gisle Vestergaard – Biology and Fertility of Soils

Techniques

SILVA, RDP, Greengenes, NCBI and OTT — how do these taxonomies compare? – Monika Balvočiūtė – BMC Genomics

Comparative evaluation of four bacteria-specific primer pairs for 16S rRNA gene surveys – Sofie Thijs – Frontiers in Microbiology

Microbes in the news

Asthma: Researchers discover how exposure to microbes protects against asthma

Rainy Day? Microbes May Be at Play

Building A Brewery, Chapter 4: For the Love of Microbes

Science, publishing, and career 

*Junior Female Scientists Aren’t Getting the Credit They Deserve “despite evidence that women on average, may perform better than men in early stage of their careers”

Anitha’s non-microbiology picks

How Pluto’s haze could explain its red spots

Cancer cells cast a sweet spell on the immune system

Actinide chemistry expands to new oxidation states

March 15, 2017

Today’s digest is full of environmental, soil/plant/root, and water related studies among a few gut microbiome studies and some opinion pieces.

Events and jobs

Event: Gut Feeling – How bacteria influence our wellbeing – EMBL-EBI – 21-May-2017

Event: Meeting of the Microbiome Minds – Colorado State University

General microbiome

Opinion: The study of microbiota needs both microbiologists and medical doctors – Didier Raoult – CMI

Pregnancy and early life

Review: Distinct Roles of Cervical Epithelia and Stroma in Pregnancy and Parturition – Shanmugasundaram Nallasamy – Seminars in Reproductive Medicine (Thieme)

The shape of the microbiome in early life – Erika von Mutius – Nature Medicine

Multi-site human microbiome

Examination of Host Phenotypes in Gambusia affinis Following Antibiotic Treatment – Jeanette M. Carlson – J. Vis. Exp.

Human respiratory microbiome

Strong incidence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa on bacterial rrs and ITS genetic structures of cystic fibrosis sputa – Laurence Pages-Monteiro – PLOS One

Human skin microbiome

Review: Cutaneous wound biofilm and the potential for electrical stimulation in management of the microbiome – Mohammed Ashrafi – Future Microbiology

Human vaginal microbiome

Vaginal Microbiome and Its Relationship to Behavior, Sexual Health, an Sexually Transmitted Diseases – Felicia M. Lewis – Obstetrics & Gynecology

Women view key sexual behaviours as the trigger for the onset and recurrence of bacterial vaginosis – Jade E. Bilardi – PLOS One

Human oral microbiome

Clustering of Subgingival Microbiota Reveals Microbial Disease Ecotypes Associated with Clinical Stages of Periodontitis in a Cross-Sectional Study – Sebastien Boutin – Frontiers in Microbiology

Human gut microbiome

*The altered gut microbiota in adults with cystic fibrosis – D.G. Burke – BMC Microbiology

Consumption of a diet rich in Brassica vegetables is associated with a reduced abundance of sulphate-reducing bacteria: a randomised crossover study – Lee Kellingray – Molecular Nutrition & Food Research

Gastric Acid Suppression Is Associated with an Increased Risk of Adverse Outcomes in Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Shah R – Digestion

NLRP12 attenuates colon inflammation by maintaining colonic microbial diversity and promoting protective commensal bacterial growth – Liang Chen – Nature Immunology

Gut microbiome diversity and high fibre intake are related to lower long term weight gain – Menni C – International Journal of Obesity

We are not alone: a case for the human microbiome in extra intestinal diseases – S. Shivaji – Gut Pathogens

The intestinal microenvironment in sepsis – Katherine T Fay – BBA – Molecular Basis of Disease

The Gut Microbiome and Its Role in Cardiovascular Diseases – W. H. Wilson Tang – Circulation

Animal experiments (mouse/rat experiments, chickens/pigs on different diets)

Mechanisms and effects of arsanilic acid on antibiotic resistance genes and microbial communities during pig manure digestion – Wei Sun – Bioresource Technology

Dietary Broccoli Alters Rat Cecal Microbiota to Improve Glucoraphanin Hydrolysis to Bioactive Isothiocyanates – Xiaoji Liu – Nutrients

Sorghum and wheat differentially affect caecal microbiota and associated performance characteristics of meat chickens – Eduardo Crisol-Martinez – PeerJ

Microbiome and metabolome modifying effects of several cardiovascular disease interventions in apo-E−/− mice – Paul M. Ryan – Microbiome

Infection with diverse immune-modulating poxviruses elicits different compositional shifts in the mouse gut microbiome – Daniel Aguirre de Cárcer – PLOS One

Animal microbiome (for animals in the wild)

Diverse bacterial communities exist on canine skin and are impacted by cohabitation and time – Sheila Torres – PeerJ

Fine Flounder (Paralichthys adspersus) Microbiome Showed Important Differences between Wild and Reared Specimens – Carolina Ramirez – Frontiers in Microbiology

Use of signature-tagged mutagenesis to identify genes associated with colonization of sheep by E. coli O157:H7 – Nancy A. Cornick – Veterinary Microbiology

The oral microbiota of domestic cats harbors a wide variety of Staphylococcus species with zoonotic potential – Ciro Cesar Rossi – Veterinary Microbiology

The bovine paranasal sinuses: Bacterial flora, epithelial expression of nitric oxide and potential role in the in-herd persistence of respiratory disease pathogens – Gerard M. Murray – PLOS One

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Analysis of microbiota involved in the aged natural fermentation of indigo – Takahiro Okamoto – World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

Microbial solvent formation revisited by comparative genome analysis – Anja Poehlein – Biotechnology for Biofuels

Exposure to dairy manure leads to greater antibiotic resistance and increased mass-specific respiration in soil microbial communities – Wepking, C – Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Science

Legal immigrants: invasion of alien microbial communities during winter occurring desert dust storms – Tobias Weil – Microbiome

Characterization of microbial communities during start-up of integrated fixed-film activated sludge (IFAS) systems for the treatment of oil sands process-affected water (OSPW) – Chunkai Huang – Biochemical Engineering Journal

Effects of experimental addition of nitrogen and phosphorus on microbial and metazoan communities in a peatbog – Tomasz Mieczan – European Journal of Protistology

The potential of native species as bioenergy crops on trace-element contaminated Mediterranean lands – Dominquez MT – Sci Total Environment

Linking the Belowground Microbial Composition, Diversity and Activity to Soilborne Disease Suppression and Growth Promotion of Tomato Amended with Biochar – Jaiswal AK – Scientific Reports

Growth and 137Cs uptake and accumulation among 56 Japanese cultivars of Brassica rapa, Brassica juncea and Brassica napus grown in a contaminated field in Fukushima: Effect of inoculation with a Bacillus pumilus strain – Salem Djedidi – Journal of Environmental Radioactivity

Antibiotic mixture effects on growth of the leaf-shredding stream detritivore Gammarus fossarum – Mirco Bundschuh – Ecotoxicology

Microbial community changes during different empty bed residence times and operational fluctuations in an air diffusion reactor for odor abatement – Elisa Rodriguez – Science of the Total Environment

Response of indigenously developed bacterial consortia in progressive degradation of polyvinyl chloride – Mohammad S Anwar – Protoplasma

Water and extremophile microbiome (sea, rivers, lakes, glaciers, permafrost, high-salt)

Conference: Effects of simulated deep-sea mining impacts on microbial communities and functions in the DISCOL experimental area – Vonnahme, T – EU FP7 MIDAS final meeting,

Effects of residual organics in municipal wastewater on hydrogenotrophic denitrifying microbial communities – Wei Xing – Journal of Environmental Sciences

PrePrint: Plasmid DNA analysis of pristine groundwater microbial communities reveal extensive2 presence of metal resistance genes – Ankita Kothari – bioRxiv

Climate, soil and plant functional types as drivers of global fine-root trait variation – Gregoire T. Freschet – Journal of Ecology

Winter ecology of a subalpine grassland: Effects of snow removal on soil respiration, microbial structure and function – Konstantin Gavazov – Science of the Total Environment

Deterministic influences exceed dispersal effects on hydrologically-connected microbiomes – Emily B. Graham – Environmental Microbiology

Review: Microbiome involved in microbial electrochemical systems (MESs): A review – Saratale RG – Chemosphere

Chapter Four – Polar Marine Microorganisms and Climate Change – C. Verde – Advances in Microbial Physiology

The patterns of bacterial community and relationships between sulfate-reducing bacteria and hydrochemistry in sulfate-polluted groundwater of Baogang rare earth tailings – Xinli An – Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Characterization of bacterial community associated with phytoplankton bloom in a eutrophic lake in South Norway using 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequence analysis – Niranjan Nitin Parulekar – PLOS One

Food microbiology

Editorial: Inner Workings: Fermented foods offer up a versatile microbial model system – Alla Katsnelson – PNAS

Probiotics / prebiotics

News article: IBS cure? Probiotics could REDUCE irritable bowel syndrome symptoms AND stress – Olivia Lerche – express.co.uk

 Bioinformatics

Applied Metagenomics for Biofuel Development and Environmental Sustainability – Antonio Djalma Nunes Ferraz Junior – Advances of Basic Science for Second Generation Bioethanol from Sugarcane

DEMOGRAPHICS INDUCE EXTINCTION OF DISEASE IN AN SIS MODEL BASED ON CONDITIONAL MARKOV CHAIN – XIAOFENG LUO – Journal of Biological Systems

Inferring interactions in complex microbial communities from nucleotide sequence data and environmental parameters – Yu Shang – PLOS One

Techniques

Comparative analysis of microbial communities during enrichment and isolation of DDT-degrading bacteria by culture-dependent and -independent methods – Beibei Wang – Science of The Total Environment

*How to know the fungi: combining field inventories and DNA-barcoding to document fungal diversity – Camille Truong – New Phytologist

Sampling Strategies for Three-Dimensional Spatial Community Structures in IBD Microbiota Research – Shaocun Zhang – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

Microbial profiling of cpn60 universal target sequences in artificial mixtures of vaginal bacteria sampled by nylon swabs or self-sampling devices under different storage conditions – John J. Schellenberg – Journal of Microbiological Methods

Ed’s non-microbiology picks (news articles)

First Time Ever: Gene Therapy Reverses Sickle Cell Disease

Earth’s oceans are warming 13% faster than thought, and accelerating

MIT researchers create new form of matter

Gene therapy treats muscle-wasting disease in dogs

World’s oldest plant fossil discovered by student pushes evolution of complex life back 400 million years

 

March 10, 2017

Ancient microbial DNA in Neanderthal dental calculus; the role of fungus in inflammatory bowel disease; symbiotic bacteria in the Hawaiian bobtail squid reproductive system; and a colorimetric/electrochemical device for detection of food and waterborne bacteria.

Events and jobs
Microbiology/Immunology Faculty – West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine – Lewisburg, West Virginia

Pregnancy and early life
Association of Maternal Gestational Weight Gain With the Infant Fecal Microbiota – Alyssa Robinson – Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Review: Intestinal dysbiosis in preterm infants preceding necrotizing enterocolitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis – Mohan Pammi – Microbiome

Human oral microbiome
New approach for studying mobile genes using metagenomic analysis – K. Ishihara – Oral Diseases

Neanderthal behaviour, diet, and disease inferred from ancient DNA in dental calculus – Laura S. Weyrich – Nature

In the News: Prehistoric ‘Aspirin’ Found in Sick Neanderthal’s Teeth – National Geographic

Human skin microbiome
Using Shotgun Metagenomics to Examine the Use of Hand Microbiome as a Forensic Tool – Ning Chin – ProQuest Dissertations Publishing

Human vaginal microbiome
Review: The role of the vaginal microbiome in gynecological cancer: a review – Champer M. – BJOG

Human gut microbiome
A translational investigation into the role of dietary fatty acids in modulating endotoxemia and associated inflammation – Joshua Mark Lyte – ProQuest Dissertations Publishing

Orai1-Mediated Antimicrobial Secretion from Pancreatic Acini Shapes the Gut Microbiome and Regulates Gut Innate Immunity – Malini Ahuja – Cell Metabolism

Beyond Digestion: The Pancreas Shapes Intestinal Microbiota and Immunity – Herbert Tilg – Cell Metabolism

Low-dose penicillin exposure in early life decreases Th17 and the susceptibility to DSS colitis in mice through gut microbiota modification – Shuang Jin – Scientific Reports

Gut microbiota modulation of chemotherapy efficacy and toxicity – James. L. Alexander – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology

CD40-signalling abrogates induction of RORγt+ Treg cells by intestinal CD103+ DCs and causes fatal colitis – Christian Barthels – Nature Communications

Faecal microbiota transplantation in clinical practice – E M Terveer – Gut

Distinct Microbiome-Neuroimmune Signatures Correlate With Functional Abdominal Pain in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder – Ruth Ann Luna – Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Animal experiments
A gut reaction: The combined influence of exercise and diet on gastrointestinal microbiota in rats – Romeo Batacan – Journal of Applied Microbiology

A member of the gut mycobiota modulates host purine metabolism exacerbating colitis in mice – Chiaro TR – Science Translational Medicine

Animal microbiome
Diurnal dynamics of gaseous and dissolved metabolites and microbiota composition in the bovine rumen – Henk J. Van Lingen – Frontiers in Microbiology

Symbiotic bacteria associated with a bobtail squid reproductive system are detectable in the environment, and stable in the host and developing eggs – Allison H. Kerwin – Environmental Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome
Arsenic Transport in Rice and Biological Solutions to Reduce Arsenic Risk from Rice – Yanshan Chen – Frontiers in Plant Science

Pseudomonas fluorescens Transportome is Linked to Strain-Specific Plant Growth Promotion in Aspen Seedlings Under Nutrient Stress – Shalaka Shinde – Frontiers in Plant Science

Short-term exposure of paddy soil microbial communities to salt stress triggers different transcriptional responses of key taxonomic groups – Jingjing Peng – Frontiers in Microbiology

Fertilization of Phaseolus vulgaris with the Tunisian rock phosphate affects richness and structure of rhizosphere bacterial communities – Darin Trabelsi – Applied Soil Ecology

Bioprospecting plant-associated microbiomes – Christina A. Muller – Journal of Biotechnology

Water and extremophile microbiome
Isolation and identification of indigenous prokaryotic bacteria from arsenic-contaminated water resources and their impact on arsenic transformation – MA Jebelli – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

Performance and kinetics of membrane and hybrid moving bed biofilm-membrane bioreactors treating salinity wastewater – Alejandro Rodriguez-Sanchez – AlChE Journal

Metabolomics
Technological development of high-performance MALDI mass spectrometry imaging for the study of metabolic biology – Adam D. Feenstra – ProQuest Dissertations Publishing

Food microbiology
The Biodiversity of the Microbiota Producing Heat-Resistant Enzymes Responsible for Spoilage in Processed Bovine Milk and Dairy Products – Solimar G. Machado – Frontiers in Microbiology

Culturable microorganisms during fermentation of Veltlínske zelené (Grüner Veltliner) ice wine – K. Ženišová – Journal of Food and Nutrition Research

Metabolomics for empirical delineation of the traditional Korean fermented foods and beverages – Digar Singh – Trends in Food Science & Technology

Probiotics/prebiotics
Case Study: Integrate genome-based assessment of safety for probiotic strains: Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086 as a case study – Elisa Salvetti – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Techniques
Colorimetric and Electrochemical Bacteria Detection Using Printed Paper- and Transparency-Based Analytic Devices – Jaclyn A. Adkins – Analytical Chemistry

Microbes in the news
Exciting Microbe Research? Temper That Giddy Feeling in Your Gut – The New York Times

Garrett’s non-microbiology picks
‘Plan bee’ drone artificially pollinates flowers on behalf of bees – Design Boom

March 1, 2017

Today’s digest features interesting reviews on the tole of gut microbiota in chronic kidney disease, and biotoxicity of soils from Mars. Impact of altered gut microbiota on bone strength in mice. Enjoy!

Events and jobs

Technical Service Representative (Microbiology) – ThermoFisher Scientific – Lenexa, Kansas

General microbiome

Review: Microbe social skill: the cell-to-cell communication between microorganisms – Xi Zhao – Science Bulletin

Review: Creating new business, economic growth and regional prosperity through microbiome-based products in the agriculture industry – Brajesh K. Singh – Microbial Biotechnology

Review: The link between inflammation, bugs, the intestine and the brain in alcohol dependence – S Leclercq – Translational Psychiatry

Editorial: The human microbiome: an emerging tool in forensics – Jarrad T. Hampton-Marcell – Microbial Biotechnology

Systematic Characterization and Analysis of the Taxonomic Drivers of Functional Shifts in the Human Microbiome – Ohad Manor – Cell Host and Microbe

Pregnancy and early life

Review: Transfer of maternal psychosocial stress to the fetus – Florian Rakers – Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews

Vaginal microbiome

Survival of vaginal microorganisms in three commercially available transport systems – Allison L. DeMarco – Anaerobe

Human skin microbiome

Review: Towards personalized modification of microbial imbalances – J.E.E. Totté – British Journal of Dermatology

Human gut microbiome

Review: Meta-analysis of the human gut microbiome from urbanized and pre-agricultural populations – Leonardo Mancabelli – Environmental Microbiology

*Review: Gut microbiota in chronic kidney disease – Secundino Cigarran Guldris – Nefrología (English Edition)

Review: The clinical value of breath hydrogen testing – Chu K Yao – Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Commentary: Atopic dermatitis and gut microbiota – M. Lindberg – British Journal of Dermatology

Animal experiments

SYN-004 (ribaxamase), an Oral Beta-Lactamase, Mitigates Antibiotic-Mediated Dysbiosis in a Porcine Gut Microbiome Model – Sheila Connelly – Journal of Applied Microbiology

*Alterations to the Gut Microbiome Impair Bone Strength and Tissue Material Properties – Jason D Guss – Journal of Bone and Mineral Research

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

*Biotoxicity of Mars Soils: 2. Survival of Bacillus subtilis and Enterococcus faecalis in Aqueous Extracts Derived from Six Mars Analog Soils – Andrew C. Schuerger – Icarus

Food microbiology

Polyphenolic extracts of cherry (Prunus cerasus L.) and blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum L.) leaves as natural preservatives in meat products – Agnieszka Nowak – Food Microbiology

Probiotics / prebiotics

Effects of synbiotic supplementation on growth performance, carcass characteristics, meat quality and muscular antioxidant capacity and mineral contents in broilers – Yefei Cheng – Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture

GH11 xylanase increases prebiotic oligosaccharides from wheat bran favouring butyrate-producing bacteria in vitro – Jonas Laukkonen Ravn – Animal Feed Science and Technology

Effects of Bacillus subtilis strains and the prebiotic Previda® on growth, immune parameters and susceptibility to Aeromonas hydrophila infection in Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus – Samuel Addo – Aquaculture Research

Enhancing growth and resistance to Vibrio alginolyticus disease in catarina scallop (Argopecten ventricosus) with Bacillus and Lactobacillus probiotic strains during early development – Fernando Abasolo-Pacheco – Aquaculture Research

The association of a probiotic with a prebiotic (Flortec, Bracco) to improve the quality/quantity of spermatozoa in infertile patients with idiopathic oligoasthenoteratospermia: a pilot study – C. Maretti – Andrology

In vitro fermentation of oat β-glucan and hydrolysates by fecal microbiota and selected probiotic strains – Dong Ji-lin – Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture

Microbes in the news 

WHO: These 12 bacteria pose greatest risk to human health

A Bizarre Bacteria Could Be the Key to Controlling Mosquitoes

Flesh-eating bugs lurking on ATMs and killer bacteria found on phones

Microbes on the market 

Proof-of-Concept Study Published in Clinical Microbiology and Infection Reports the Benefit of PathoQuest NGS-Based Metagenomics Test to Identify Clinically-Relevant Pathogens in Immunocompromised Patients Suspected of Infection

Anitha’s non-microbiology picks

Glass Microbiology at the At-Bristol Science Centre

Mysterious ‘Cosmic’ Jellyfish Spotted in Remote Ocean Depths

Unity Biotechnology: Investment In A Long And Healthy Life Becoming Possible

February 23, 2017

Today’s selection includes an interesting review on how bacteria keep their time. Long term ceftriaxon sodium usage alters gut microbiota and immune system. Clostridium perfringens toxin genes in the gut microbiota of autistic children. Taxonomic and functional microbial communities of seawater and sea ice from the Canadian Arctic. Enjoy!

General microbiome

Distinct signatures of dental plaque metabolic byproducts dictated by periodontal inflammatory status. – Akito Sakanaka – Scientific Reports

*Review: Timing the day: what makes bacterial clocks tick? – Carl Hirschie Johnson – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Human urinary microbiome

Review: The female urinary microbiota, urinary health and common urinary disorders. – Linda Brubaker – Annals of Translational Medicine

Review: Questions and challenges associated with studying the microbiome of the urinary tract – Yige Bao – Annals of Translational Medicine

Review: The association between bacteria and urinary stones. – Andrew L. Schwaderer – Annals of Translational Medicine

Human nearly-sterile sites 

The Conserved Phylogeny of Blood Microbiome – Malay Bhattacharyya – Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution

Human gut microbiome

Review: The gut microbiome in human neurological disease: A review. – Helen Tremlett – Annals of Neurology

Review: Gut microbiome-based medical methodologies for early-stage disease prevention – Jing-Zhang Wang – Microbial Pathogenesis

Review: Gut microbiome and chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. – Hans C. Arora – Annals of Translational Medicine

*Long-term use of ceftriaxone sodium induced changes in gut microbiota and immune system. – Yanjie Guo – Scientific Reports

Note Elies Bik: This study was not performed in humans but in a horrible rat model that can only be qualified as torture. This does not test for depression but for extreme stress. Should not have performed. Proceed with extreme caution. Variations in gut microbiota and fecal metabolic phenotype associated with depression by 16S rRNA gene sequencing and LC/MS-based metabolomics. – Meng Yu – Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis

Specific inulin-type fructan fibers protect against autoimmune diabetes by modulating gut immunity, barrier function and microbiota homeostasis. – Kang Chen – Molecular Nutrition and Food Research

Gut microbiota and oxalate homeostasis. – Marguerite Hatch – Annals of Translational Medicine

Tryptophan: A gut microbiota-derived metabolites regulating inflammation. – Lucie Etienne-Mesmin –  World Journal of Gastrointestestinal Pharmacology

*Detection of Clostridium perfringens toxin genes in the gut microbiota of autistic children. – Sydney M. Finegold – Anaerobe

Animal experiments

Butyrate restores HFD induced adaptations in brain function and metabolism in mid-adult obese mice – Ilse A. C. Arnoldussen – International Journal of Obesity

Toxin-positive Clostridium difficile latently infect mouse colonies and protect against highly pathogenic C. difficile. – Lucie Etienne-Mesmin – Gut

Animal microbiome

Individual Signatures Define Canine Skin Microbiota Composition and Variability. – Anna Cuscó – Frontiers in Veterinary Science

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Differential sharing and distinct co-occurrence networks among spatially close bacterial microbiota of bark, mosses and lichens‬‬. – Ines Aline Aschenbrenner – Molecular Ecology

Links between soil microbial communities and plant traits in a species-rich grassland under long-term climate change. – Lin Li – Ecology and Evolution

Water and extremophile microbiome

*Metagenomic survey of the taxonomic and functional microbial communities of seawater and sea ice from the Canadian Arctic. – Etienne Yergeau – Scientific Reports

High-resolution sequencing reveals unexplored archaeal diversity in freshwater wetland soils. – Adrienne Narrowe – Environmental Microbiology

Food microbiology

Enhanced Control of Listeria monocytogenes by Enterococcus faecium KE82, a Multiple Enterocin–Producing Strain, in Different Milk Environments. – Elpinki Vandera – Journal of food protection

Probiotics / prebiotics

Review: Probiotics for prevention of urinary stones. – John C. Lieske – Annals of Translational Medicine

Review: Review of the mechanisms of probiotic actions in the prevention of colorectal cancer. – Sandra A. dos Reis – Nutrition Research

Phages and viruses

The Baltic Sea Virome: Diversity and Transcriptional Activity of DNA and RNA Viruses – Lisa Zeigler Allen – mSystems

Microbes in the news 

The Future Of Skin Care: Lotions That Feed Our Microbiome

Collapse of Aztec society linked to catastrophic salmonella outbreak

Smart’ bacteria remodel their genes to infect our intestines

Smallest CRISPR So Far Comes from Food Poisoning Bacteria

Anitha’s non-microbiology picks 

An epigenetics gold rush: new controls for gene expression

Scientists discover 7 ‘Earthlike’ planets orbiting a nearby star

February 16, 2017

Events and jobs

 Microbiology assistant or associate professor – Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia)

PhD – Mechanisms of bacterial community dynamics in oral biofilms – The University of Sheffield, UK

General microbiome

Microbiome and Cardiac Health – Enrico Biffi – Integrative Cardiology

Editorial: Signals to sociality: how microbial communication fashions communities – Karine A. Gibbs – FEMS Microbiology Reviews

Pregnancy and early life

Assessment of complementary feeding of Canadian infants: effects on microbiome & oxidative stress, a randomized controlled trial – Wafaa Qasem – BMC Pediatrics

Human oral microbiome

Dysbiosis of oral buccal mucosa microbiota in patients with oral lichen planus – Yuan He – Oral Diseases

Integrated metagenomic data analysis demonstrates that a loss of diversity in oral microbiota is associated with periodontitis – Dongmei Ai – BMC Genomics 2017

Human respiratory microbiome

Bacterial Topography of the Healthy Human Lower Respiratory Tract – Robert P. Dickson – American Society for Microbiology (mBio)

Human vaginal microbiome

Distinct effects of the cervico-vaginal microbiota and herpes simplex type 2 infection on female genital tract immunology – Shannon B. – The Journal of Infectious Diseases

Human gut microbiome

DIFFERENCES IN GUT MICROBIOTA ACTIVITY (ANTIMICROBIALS, POTENTIAL MUTAGENS, AND STEROLS) ACCORDING TO DIET – P. OLEJNÍKOVÁ – Acta Alimentaria

Inediibacterium massiliense gen. nov., sp. nov., a new bacterial species isolated from the gut microbiota of a severely malnourished infant – Maryam Tidjani Alou – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Diversity and enterotype in gut bacterial community of adults in Taiwan – Chao Liang – BMC Genomics

Review: Meta-analysis of the human gut microbiome from urbanized and pre-agricultural populations – Leonardo Mancabelli – Environmental Microbiology

Confounding effects of microbiome on the susceptibility of TNFSF15 to Crohn’s disease in the Ryukyu Islands – Shigeki Nakagome – Human Genetics

Genomic Microdiversity of Bifidobacterium pseudocatenulatum Underlying Differential Strain-Level Responses to Dietary Carbohydrate Intervention – Guojun Wu – American Socieity for Microbiology (mBio)

Review: Embracing the gut microbiota: the new frontier for inflammatory and infectious diseases – Lieke WJ van den Elsen – Clinical and Translational Immunology

Animal experiments (mouse/rat experiments, chickens/pigs on different diets)

Host Genotype and Gut Microbiome Modulate Insulin Secretion and Diet-Induced Metabolic Phenotypes – Julia H. Kreznar – Cell Reports

Melatonin prevents obesity through modulation of gut microbiota in mice – Pengfei Xu – Journal of Pineal Research

Inonotus obliquus polysaccharide regulates gut microbiota of chronic pancreatitis in mice – Yang Hu – AMB Express

Metatranscriptomics Reveals the Active Bacterial and Eukaryotic Fibrolytic Communities in the Rumen of Dairy Cow Fed a Mixed Diet – Sophie Comtet-Marre – Frontiers in Microbiology

Animal microbiome

Succession and dynamics of Pristionchus nematodes and their microbiome during decomposition of Oryctes borbonicus on La Réunion Island – Jan M. Meyer – Environmental Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Effect of Elevated UV-B Radiation on Microbial Biomass C and Soil Respiration in Different Barley Cultivars Under Field Conditions – Yunsheng Lou – Water, Air, Soil Pollution

Comment: Isolation and screening of bacteria for their diazotrophic potential and their influence on growth promotion of Maize seedlings in greenhouses – Jeffrey S. Norman – Frontiers in Plant Science

Effects of Vegetation and Temperature on Nutrient Removal and Microbiology in Horizontal Subsurface Flow Constructed Wetlands for Treatment of Domestic Sewage – Qingwei Zhou – Water, Air, Soil Pollution

Editorial: Biotrophic Plant-Microbe Interactions – Pietro D. Spanu – Frontiers in Plant Science

Structural dynamics of microbial communities in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-contaminated tropical estuarine sediments undergoing simulated aerobic biotreatment – Chioma C. Obi – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Comparison of bacterial communities from lava cave microbial mats to overlying surface soils from Lava Beds National Monument, USA – Kathleen H. Lavoie – PloS ONE

Paenibacillus polymyxa NSY50 suppresses Fusarium wilt in cucumbers by regulating the rhizospheric microbial community – Lu Shi – Scientific Reports

Organic nitrogen rearranges both structure and activity of the soil-borne microbial seedbank – Marcio F. A. Leite – Scientific Reports

Syntrophobacteraceae-affiliated species are major propionate-degrading sulfate reducers in paddy soil – Pengfei Liu – Environmental Microbiology

Soil microbial community responses to contamination with silver, aluminium oxide and silicon dioxide nanoparticles – C. F. McGee – Ecotoxicology

Influence of straw incorporation with and without straw decomposer on soil bacterial community structure and function in a rice-wheat cropping system – Jun Zhao – Environmental biotechnology

Bacterial community shift and hydrocarbon transformation during bioremediation of short-term petroleum-contaminated soil – Manli Wu – Environmental Pollution

Water and extremophile microbiome (sea, rivers, lakes, glaciers, permafrost, high-salt)

Mineralizing Filamentous Bacteria from the Prony Bay Hydrothermal Field Give New Insights into the Functioning of Serpentinization-Based Subseafloor Ecosystems – Celine Pisapia – Frontiers in Microbiology

Food microbiology

Metagenomic Sequencing for Surveillance of Food- and Waterborne Viral Diseases – David F. Nieuwenhuijse – Frontiers in Microbiology

Masters Thesis: Effects of Cavitation on the Removal and Inactivation of Listeria and Salmonella from the Surface of Tomatoes and Cantaloupe – Joshua Jungho Lee – Virginia Tech

Chemical characterization of the glycated myofibrillar proteins from grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) and their impacts on the human gut microbiota in vitro fermentation – Kaining Han – Food & Function

Spoilage of Microfiltered and Pasteurized Extended Shelf Life Milk Is Mainly Induced by Psychrotolerant Spore-Forming Bacteria that often Originate from Recontamination – Etienne V. Doll – Frontiers in Microbiology

Detection and Enumeration of Spore-Forming Bacteria in Powdered Dairy Products – Aoife J. McHugh – Frontiers in Microbiology

Probiotics / prebiotics

Probiotic roles of Lactobacillus sp. in swine: insights from gut microbiota – V.D.V. Valeriano – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Physiological Changes of Surface Membrane in Lactobacillus with Prebiotics – Mingfang Pan – Journal of Food Science

Bioinformatics

Comparative Analysis of Soil Microbiome Diversity using QIIME and CloVR Pipelines – Puniethaa Prabhu – Biometrics and Bioinformatics

A phylogenetic transform enhances analysis of compositional microbiota data – Justin D Silverman (Duke University) – eLife

MetaTopics: an integration tool to analyze microbial community profile by topic model – Jifang Yan – BMC Genomics 2017

Enhancing the clinical coverage and anticancer efficacy of immune checkpoint blockade through manipulation of the gut microbiota – Jonathon M. Pitt – OncoImmunology

Techniques         

Home-Made Cost Effective Preservation Buffer Is a Better Alternative to Commercial Preservation Methods for Microbiome Research – Sebastian Menke – Frontiers in Microbiology

Microbes on the market 

Day Two link with Johnson & Johnson on personalized microbiome analysis for diabetes nutrition – Eliot Beer – nutraingredients.com

Microbes in the news

News Feature: Cleaning up the hygiene hypothesis – Megan Scudellari – PNAS

Ed’s non-microbiology picks

Decline in global oceanic oxygen content during the past five decades – Sunke Schmidtko – Nature

Tropical ancient DNA reveals relationships of the extinct Bahamian giant tortoise Chelonoidis alburyorumChristian Kehlmaier – Proceedings of the Royal Society (Biological Sciences)

Long-term trends in the honeybee ‘whooping signal’ revealed by automated detection – Michael Ramsey – PloS One

February 10, 2017

Today’s digest features fascinating  research articles on the potential of glycomacropeptide in modulating human gut microbiota of elderly, identifying IBD-like microbiome in at-risk healthy relatives of IBD patients with no clinical signs of inflammation,  long-term climate change affects soil microbial communities and  a reviews on the potential role of transglutaminases in autoimmunity.

General microbiome

Comparative study of the gut microbiome potentially related to milk protein in Murrah buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis) and Chinese Holstein cattle – Jiachao Zhang – Scientific Reports

The microbiome of the octocoral Lobophytum pauciflorum: minor differences between sexes and resilience to short-term stress – Wiebke Wessels – FEMS Microbiol Ecology

Microbiomic differences in tumor and paired-normal tissue in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas – Hannah Wang- Genome Medicine

Microbiota composition of simultaneously colonized mice housed under either a gnotobiotic isolator or individually ventilated cage regime – Randi Lundberg – Scientific Reports

Microbial strain-level population structure and genetic diversity from metagenomes – Duy Tin Truong – Genome Research

*Review: Transglutaminases in Dysbiosis As Potential Environmental Drivers of Autoimmunity – Aaron Lerner- Frontiers in Microbiology

Pregnancy and early life

Perspective: The maternal microbiome: Cause or consequence of obesity risk in the next generation? – Jacob E. Friedman – Obesity

Review: Charting the Maternal and Infant Microbiome: What Is the Role of Diabetes and Obesity in Pregnancy? – Sirtaj Singh – Current Diabetes Reports

Human skin microbiome

Skin Microbiome in Small- and Large-plaque Parapsoriasis – Alexander Salava – Acta Dermato-Venereologica

Human gut microbiome

*Glycomacropeptide sustains microbiota diversity and promotes specific taxa in an artificial colon model of elderly gut microbiota – Alexandra Ntemiri – Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

A Disease-Associated Microbial and Metabolomics State in Relatives of Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients – Jonathan P. Jacobs – Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Comparative study on the in vitro effects of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and seaweed alginates on human gut microbiota – Shaofeng Bai – PLOS ONE

Review: Gut microbiota modulation and anti-inflammatory properties of dietary polyphenols in IBD: new and consolidated perspectives.  – Angelo Santino – Current Pharmaceutical Design

Animal experiments 

Changes in Microbiota in Rumen Digesta and Feces Due to a Grain-Based Subacute Ruminal Acidosis (SARA) Challenge – Jan C. Plaizier – Microbial Ecology

A maternal Western diet during gestation and lactation modifies offspring’s microbiota activity, blood lipid levels, cognitive responses, and hippocampal neurogenesis in Yucatan pigs – David Val-Laillet – FASEB Journal

Animal microbiome 

Bacterial community composition and fermentation in the rumen of Xinjiang brown cattle (Bos taurus), Tarim red deer (Cervus elaphus yarkandensis), and Karakul sheep (Ovis aries) – Wenxi Qian – Canadian Journal of Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Plants Assemble Species Specific Bacterial Communities from Common Core Taxa in Three Arcto-Alpine Climate Zones – Manoj Kumar – Frontiers in Microbiology

*Links between soil microbial communities and plant traits in a species-rich grassland under long-term climate change – Emma J. Sayer – Ecology and Evolution

Specificity of root microbiomes in native-grown Nicotiana attenuata and plant responses to UVB increase Deinococcus colonization – Rakesh Santhanam – Molecular Ecology

Water and extremophile microbiome 

Metagenomic survey of the taxonomic and functional microbial communities of seawater and sea ice from the Canadian Arctic – Etienne Yergeau – Scientific Reports

Phages and viruses

Things Are Getting Hairy: Enterobacteria Bacteriophage vB_PcaM_CBB – Colin Buttimer – Frontiers in Microbiology

Techniques

Successive DNA extractions improve characterization of soil microbial communities – Mauricio R. Dimitrov – PeerJ

Microbes in the news

Bacteria fed synthetic iron-containing molecules turn into electrical generators

Method to identify bacteria in blood samples works in hours instead of days

Characterizing Cervical Cancer by HPV Strain, Mutations, and Molecular Features

Phage In The Time Of Cholera

An Innovative New Cancer Therapy Hijacks Bacteria to Fight Tumors

Microbes on the market

Chan Zuckerberg Biohub funds first crop of 47 investigators

Anitha’s non-microbiology picks 

Could this pollinating drone replace butterflies and bees?

The physics of why valve amps sound better

Circuits survive on Venus, electronics powered by stomach acid