August 13, 2018

Today’s Digest is full of amazing research from focusing on causation in microbiome studies to increased efficacy of BLAST searches in the age of high throughput sequencing.

General Microbiome

Microbiome: Focus on Causation and Mechanism.Fischbach MA. Cell.

Effect of Antibiotic-Mediated Microbiome Modulation on Rotavirus Vaccine Immunogenicity: A Human, Randomized-Control Proof-of-Concept Trial.Harris VC. Cell Host and Microbe

Enhancing Rotavirus Vaccination: A Microbial Fix? Parker EPK. Cell Host and Microbe

Snapshot of an early Paleoproterozoic ecosystem: Two diverse microfossil communities from the Turee Creek Group, Western Australia. Barlow EV. Geobiology.

Background levels of microorganisms in the busy urban environment of transport hubs.Patel KV. Journal of Applied Microbiology.

Immunomodulation as Therapy for Fungal Infection: Are We Closer?Sam QH. Frontiers in Microbiology

Profiling of Bacterial and Fungal Microbial Communities in Cystic Fibrosis Sputum Using RNA.Grahl N. mSphere.

Oral Microbiome

Comparison of oral microbiota in orthodontic patients and healthy individuals.Sun F. Microbial Pathogenesis

Skin Microbiome

Mud therapy and skin microbiome: a review.Antonelli M. International Journal of Biometeorology

Gut Microbiome

Phylogeny-corrected identification of microbial gene families relevant to human gut colonization.Bradley PH. PLoS Computational Biology

Dynamic changes in human-gut microbiome in relation to a placebo-controlled anthelminthic trial in Indonesia.Martin I. PLoS Neglected Tropical Disease.

Faecal Microbiome

Effects of metal and metalloid pollutants on the microbiota composition of feces obtained from twelve commercial pig farms across China.Peng Z. Science Total Environment

Fecal Microbiota Alterations Associated With Diarrhea-Predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome.Zhuang X. Frontiers in Microbiology.

Plant, Soils, and Air Microbiome

Environmental variables better explain changes in potential nitrification and denitrification activities than microbial properties in fertilized forest soils.Tang Y. Science of Total Environment

Metagenomic analysis of rhizosphere microflora of oil-contaminated soil planted with barley and alfalfa. Kumar V. PLoS One.

Trichoderma polysporum selectively inhibits white-nose syndrome fungal pathogen Pseudogymnoascus destructans amidst soil microbes.Singh A. Microbiome.

Tissue Microbiome of Norway Spruce Affected by Heterobasidion-Induced Wood Decay.Ren F. Microbial Ecology

Evidence for complete nitrification in enrichment culture of tidal sediments and diversity analysis of clade a comammox Nitrospira in natural environments. Yu C. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology.

Traits-Based Integration of Multi-Species Inoculants Facilitates Shifts of Indigenous Soil Bacterial Community.Wang J. Frontier in Microbiology

Spatial Patterns and Drivers of Microbial Taxa in a Karst Broadleaf Forest.Song M. Frontiers in Microbiology

Water Microbiome

Response of Microbial Communities to Changing Climate Conditions During Summer Cyanobacterial Blooms in the Baltic Sea.Berner C. Frontiers in Microbiology

Coral Microbiome Database: Integration of sequences reveals high diversity and relatedness of coral-associated microbes.Huggett MJ. Environmental Microbiology Reports

Animal Experiments and Microbiome

Diet and other environmental factors shape the bacterial communities of fish gut in an eutrophic lake. Kashinskaya EN. Journal of Applied Microbiology

Yeast-like microorganisms in the scale insect Kermes quercus (Insecta, Hemiptera, Coccomorpha: Kermesidae). Newly acquired symbionts?Podsiadło E. Arthropod Structure and Development

Initial description of the core ocular surface microbiome in dogs: Bacterial community diversity and composition in a defined canine population.Leis ML. Veterinary Ophthalmology

High-Throughput Analysis Reveals Seasonal Variation of the Gut Microbiota Composition Within Forest Musk Deer (<i>Moschus berezovskii</i>).Hu X. Frontiers in Microbiology

A Comprehensive Research on Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Microbiota of Aquatic Animals.Hong B. Frontiers in Microbiology

Identification of spider-mite species and their endosymbionts using multiplex PCR.Zélé F. Experimental and Applied Acarology

Soil microarthropods alter the outcome of plant-soil feedback experiments.Kuťáková E. Scientific Reports

Techniques/Bioinformatics 

Metagenome complexity and template length are the main causes of bias in PCR-based bacteria community analysis.Peng W. Journal of Basic Microbiology

Single-cell RNA sequencing technologies and bioinformatics pipelines.Hwang B. Experimental and Molecular Medicine

Negative Binomial Mixed Models for Analyzing Longitudinal Microbiome Data.Zhang X. Frontiers in Microbiology

Stationary and portable sequencing-based approaches for tracing wastewater contamination in urban stormwater systems. Hu Y. Scientific Reports

CrocoBLAST: Running BLAST efficiently in the age of next-generation sequencing.Tristão Ramos RJ. Bioinformatics

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August 3, 2018

Happy Friday! Today’s digest includes the axolotl microbiome, carbon processing in thawing permafrost, and esterases discovered in hot spring microbial mats. In addition, there’s a Nature career column discussing why it’s not a ‘failure’ to leave academia. Enjoy!

Multi-site human microbiome

Optimizing body fluid recognition from microbial taxonomic profiles – Eirik Nataas Hanssen – Forensic Science International

Human oral microbiome

Dysbiosis of the buccal mucosa microbiome in primary Sjögren’s syndrome patients – Taco A van der Meulen – Rheumatology

Human respiratory microbiome

Comparison of the upper and lower airway microbiota in children with chronic lung diseases – Bushra Ahmed – PLoS One

Human vaginal microbiome

Review: Case for a role of the microbiome in gynecologic cancers: Clinician’s perspective – Ismail Mert – Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research

Human gut microbiome

Enhanced preservation of the human intestinal microbiota by ridinilazole, a novel Clostridium difficile-targeting antibacterial, compared to vancomycin – Cheleste M. Thorpe – PLoS One

Animal experiments

Euphorbia kansui fry-baked with vinegar modulates gut microbiota and reduces intestinal toxicity in rats – DongjingJiang – Journal of Ethnopharmacology

Animal microbiome

Experimentally induced metamorphosis in highly regenerative axolotl (ambystoma mexicanum) under constant diet restructures microbiota – Turan Demircan – Scientific Reports

Response of host–bacterial colonization in shrimp to developmental stage, environment and disease – Jinbo Xiong – Molecular Ecology

Wild Bee Pollen Usage and Microbial Communities Co-vary Across Landscapes – Quinn S. McFrederick – Microbial Ecology

Microbiomes of gall-inducing copepod crustaceans from the corals Stylophora pistillata (Scleractinia) and Gorgonia ventalina (Alcyonacea) – Pavel V. Shelyakin – Scientific Reports

Effect of dietary fat to starch content on fecal microbiota composition and activity in dogs – Sofia Schauf – Journal of Animal Science

Primer: The importance of being persistent: The first true resident gut symbiont in Drosophila – Dali Ma – PLoS Biology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Genome-centric view of carbon processing in thawing permafrost – Ben J. Woodcroft – Nature

Review: Uptake of bacteria into living plant cells, the unifying and distinct feature of the nitrogen-fixing root nodule symbiosis – Martin Parniske – Current Opinion in Plant Biology

Pre-print: Unlocking a high bacterial diversity in the coralloid root microbiome from the cycad genus Dioon – Pablo de Jesus Suarez-Moo – bioRxiv

Water and extremophile microbiome

Discovery of a diverse set of esterases from hot spring microbial mat and sea sediment metagenomes – RaviRanjan – International Journal of Biological Macromolecules

Built environment

Microbial communities and functional genes of nitrogen cycling in an electrolysis augmented constructed wetland treating wastewater treatment plant effluent – Pengfei Zhang – Chemosphere

Science, publishing, and career

Why it is not a ‘failure’ to leave academia – Philipp Kruger – Nature

July 22, 2018

Soil microbial community structure during pedogenesis; microbes in forest ecosystem; microbes of turbid Korean wines, of Mexican cheese; evaluating genomic diversity of viruses using a common bioinformatics platform and a lot more for today’s digest.

General microbiome

Nature’s conductors: what can microbial multi-heme cytochromes teach us about electron transport and biological energy conversion? – Grace W Chong – Current Opinion in Chemical Biology

Proteins of generalist and specialist pathogens differ in their amino acid composition – Luz P Blanco – Life Science Alliance

Human gut microbiome

Inhibiting Growth of Clostridioides difficile by Restoring Valerate, Produced by the Intestinal Microbiota – Julie A.K. McDonald – Gastroenterology

Animal experiments 

Bifidobacterium pseudolongum in the Ceca of Rats Fed Hi-Maize Starch Has Characteristics of a Keystone Species in Bifidobacterial Blooms – Manuela Centanni – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Microbial Compositions and Enzymes of a Forest Ecosystem in Alabama: Initial Response to Thinning and Burning Management Selections – Fritz A. Ntoko – Open Journal of Forestry

Changes in soil microbial community structure in relation to plant succession and soil properties during 4000 years of pedogenesis – Shankar G. Shanmugam – European Journal of Soil Biology

Microbial Diversities and Potential Hazards of Korean Turbid Rice Wines (makgeolli): Multivariate Analyses – Nam Hee Kim – Food Microbiology

Impact of the South-to-North water diversion on the soil microbial community structure in the Miyun Reservoir riparian zone – Jiangqi Qu – IOP Science

The soil microbial foodweb revisited with metatranscriptomics – predatory Myxobacteria as keystone taxon? – Sebastian Petters – bioRxiv

Built environment 

Black water collected from the septic tank treated with a living machine system: HRT effect and microbial community structure – Zhan Jin – Chemosphere

Microbial communities and functional genes of nitrogen cycling in an electrolysis augmented constructed wetland treating wastewater treatment plant effluent – Pengfei Zhang –  Chemosphere

Food microbiology

Profiling of bacterial and fungal communities of Mexican cheeses by high throughput DNA sequencing – Selvasankar Murugesan – Food Research International

Phages and viruses

Evaluation of the genomic diversity of viruses infecting bacteria, archaea and eukaryotes using a common bioinformatic platform: steps towards a unified taxonomy – Pakorn Aiewsakun -Journal of General Virology

Techniques

Network-based genetic investigation of virulence-associated phenotypes in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus – Chan Yeong Kim – Scientific Reports

Environmental proteomic studies: closer step to understand bacterial biofilms – Anupama Rani – World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

Metabolic engineering strategies for enhanced shikimate biosynthesis: current scenario and future developments – Muhammad Bilal – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

A culture-independent method for studying transfer of IncI1 plasmids from wild-type Escherichia coli in complex microbial communities – Mehreen Anjum – Journal of Microbiological Methods

 

July 5, 2018

Today’s microbiology picks have articles on sampling source effect on the gut microbial diversity, whether resistant starch in mothers could benefit the offsprings, protective role of the gut bacteria of firebugs, microbial community shift during different stages in anaerobic membrane bioreactor, NanoAmpli-Seq as well as articles from plant-root-soil microbiome. Precision medicine, genetics of social interaction and isolation, “ethics dumping ” among our non-microbiology picks.

 

Events and jobs

John Maddox Prize 2018 nomination – Deadline: 13th August 2018 – Check their website for more details

General microbiome

Human-associated microbial populations as evidence in forensic casework – Frederike C.A. Quaak – Forensic Science International: Genetics

The Mammalian Intestinal Microbiome: Composition, Interaction with the Immune System, Significance for Vaccine Efficacy, and Potential for Disease Therapy.  – U Desselberger – MDPI

244 Analysis of microbiome prostatic secretion in depending of levels total testosterone in blood serum – M.I. Kogan – The Journal of Sexual Medicine

Triclosan and triclocarban exposure, infectious disease symptoms and antibiotic prescription in infants—A community-based randomized intervention – Catherine Ley – PLoS One

 

Human skin microbiome

Microbiome analysis of forehead skin in patients with atopic dermatitis and healthy subjects: Implication of Staphylococcus and Corynebacterium –  Masutaka Furue – The Journal of Dermatology

Human vaginal microbiome

Trichomonas vaginalis: Pathogenesis, Symbiont Interactions, and Host Cell Immune Responses – Frances Mercer – Trends in Parasitology

Human gut microbiome

More of the Gut in the Lung: How Two Microbiomes Meet in ARDS – Samiran Mukherjee – Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine

The Influence of Gut Microbial Metabolism on the Development and Progression of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease – Wei Jia – Obesity, Fatty Liver and Liver Cancer

Severe Defects in the Macrophage Barrier to Gut Microflora in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Colon Cancer. – Carlos A. Rubiro – Anticancer Research

Animal experiments 

Feeding sows resistant starch during gestation and lactation impacts their faecal microbiota and milk composition but shows limited effects on their progeny – Julie Leblois – PLoS One

Animal microbiome

The cotton stainer’s gut microbiota suppresses infection of a co‐transmitted trypanosomatid parasite – Thomas O Onchuru – Molecular Ecology

Gut microbial diversity in two insectivorous bats: Insights into the effect of different sampling sources – Haonan Wu – Microbiology Open

Evidence for multiple ecological roles of Leptographium abietinum, a symbiotic fungus associated with the North American spruce beetle – Thomas S Davis – Fungal Ecology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Stable isotope informed genome-resolved metagenomics reveals that Saccharibacteria utilize microbially-processed plant-derived carbon – Evan P Starr – Microbiome

Swift Acid Rain Sensing by Synergistic Rhizospheric Bioelectrochemical Responses – Tian Li – ACS Sensors

Crop Rotation and Straw Application Impact Microbial Communities in Italian and Philippine Soils and the Rhizosphere of Zea mays – Saarah A Maarastawi – Frontiers in Microbiology

Plant growth promoting bacteria associated with corm of Crocus sativus during three growth stages – Ranjit Kour – Letters in Applied Microbiology

Fungal Diversity of Rhizosphere Soil from 11 Varieties of Grapevines at Maturity Stage from Two Vineyards in China – Ping Zhao – Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy

Disruption of microbial community composition and identification of plant growth promoting microorganisms after exposure of soil to rapeseed-derived glucosinolates – Meike Siebers – PLoS One

The value of wet leaves – Todd E. Dawson – New Phytologist

Water and extremophile microbiome 

Biofilm and planktonic bacterial communities in a drinking water distribution system supplied with untreated groundwater – Jianfei Chen – Archives of Microbiology

Marine Environmental Epigenetics – Jose M. Eirin-Lopez – Annual Reviews

Disentangling the complexity of permafrost soil by using high resolution profiling of microbial community composition, key functions and respiration ratesDisentangling the complexity of permafrost soil by using high resolution profiling of microbial community composition, key functions and respiration rates – Oliver Müller – Environmental Microbiology

Effect of different carbon sources on denitrification performance, microbial community structure and denitrification genes – Zhongshuo Xu – Science of The Total Environment

Built environment 

Characterization and Dynamic Shift of Microbial Communities during Start-Up, Overloading and Steady-State in an Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor –  Nsanzumukiza Martin Vincent – MDPI

Food microbiology

Inactivation of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella and Native Microbiota on Fresh Strawberries by Antimicrobial Washing and Coating – Mingming Guo – Journal of Food Protection

Microbial quality of ice cream sold by retail outlets in Erzurum. –  S Çubukçı – CAB Direct

 

Techniques

Preprint: NanoAmpli-Seq: A workflow for amplicon sequencing for mixed microbial communities on the nanopore sequencing platform – Szymon T Calus – bioRxiv

Preprint: Genetic insight into zinc and antimicrobial toxicity uncovers a glycerol phosphate modification on streptococcal rhamnose polysaccharides – Rebecca J. Edgar – bioRxiv

Preprint: Nano-particles from Chaetomium against Rice Blast – Jiao Jiao Song – bioRxiv

Seamless assembly of recombinant adenoviral genomes from high-copy plasmids – Jessica J. Miciak – PLoS One

Twenty-seven years of screening for Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in a university hospital. Brussels, Belgium, 1987-2014 – Klara De Rauw – PLoS One

Microbes in the news

Bacteria Fight Competitors by Turning them Against Each Other – Technology Networks

Non-microbiology Picks

Personalized medicine should not be restricted to the wealthy – Nature

Elucidating the genetic basis of social interaction and isolation – Nature Communications

Evaluation woes: we’re on it, responds DORA – Nature

Italy is squeezing out wet biology research – Nature

Europe’s biggest research fund cracks down on ‘ethics dumping’ – Nature

 

June 27, 2018

In today’s Microbiome Digest you can read about: cyanobacterial blooms by J. Huisman, designer microbial consortia by W. Kong,  the significance of the intestinal microbiome for vaccinology by Vanessa C. Harris, indigenous microbes residing in oil sands by Xiaoxuan Yu, effects of sliver nanoparticles on soil microbiome by J.Y. Xu,  WHAM!: a web-based visualization tool for metagenomics by J.C. Devlin. Yet another interesting read you can find in Science & Publishing  –> “Death of scientific journals after 350 years” by S. Silver. Enjoy!

General microbiome

Designing microbial consortia with defined social interactions –  Wentao Kong – Nature Chemical Biology

Pregnancy and early life

Antibiotics in early life: dysbiosis and the damage done – Hadar Neuman – FEMS Microbiology Reviews

Human ear microbiota

The unsolved problem of otitis media in indigenous populations: A systematic review of upper respiratory and middle ear microbiota in indigenous children – Andrea Coleman – bioRxiv

Human respiratory microbiome

Does lung microbiome play a causal or casual role in asthma? – Maria Di Cicco – Pediatric Pulmonology

Human gut microbiome

Alterations in the gut bacterial microbiome in fungal Keratitis patients – Sama Kalyana Chakravarthy – PLOS One

Altered intestinal microbiota composition, antibiotic therapy and intestinal inflammation in children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis – Maiara Brusco de Freitas – PLOS One

Nonaplex PCR using Cliffhanger primers to identify diarrhoeagenic Escherichia coli from crude lysates of human faecal samples – Uffe Vest Schneider – PLOS One

Review: The Significance of the Intestinal Microbiome for Vaccinology: From Correlations to Therapeutic Applications – Vanessa C. Harris – Drugs

Review: Update on the Gastrointestinal Microbiome in Systemic Sclerosis – Chiara Bellocchi – Current Rheumatology Reports

Gut microbiota components are associated with fixed airway obstruction in asthmatic patients living in the tropics – Emiro Buendía – Scientific Reports

Role of Microbiota and Tryptophan Metabolites in the Remote Effect of Intestinal Inflammation on Brain and Depression – Barbora Waclawiková – Pharmaceuticals

The study of bacteria in biopsies from Slovak colorectal adenoma and carcinoma patients – L. Wachsmannova-  Neoplasma

Amplification of Antimicrobial Resistance in Gut Flora of Patients Treated with Ceftriaxone – J. Meletiadis – Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

Animal experiments 

Metabolome disruption of pregnant rats and their offspring resulting from repeated exposure to a pesticide mixture representative of environmental contamination in Brittany – Nathalie Bonvallot – PLOS One

Dietary supplementation with raspberry extracts modifies the fecal microbiotain obese diabetic db/db mice –    Jose F. Garcia-Mazcorro – Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

Effects of dietary yeast nucleotides supplementation on intestinal barrier function, intestinal microbiota, and humoral immunity in specific pathogen-free chickens – Che Wu – Poultry Science

Magnesium lithospermate B improves the gut microbiome and bile acid metabolic profiles in a mouse model of diabetic nephropathy – Jing Zhao – Acta Pharmacologica Sinica

Animal microbiome

Evaluation of the impact of dental prophylaxis on the oral microbiota of dogs – Rebecca Flancman – PLOS One

Improving the standards for gut microbiome analysis of fecal samples: insights from the field biology of Japanese macaques on Yakushima Island – Takashi Hayakawa – Primates

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Indigenous microorganisms residing in oil sands tailings biodegrade residual bitumen – Xiaoxuan Yu – Chemosphere

Interactive effects of Magnaporthe inoculation and nitrogen doses on the plant enzyme machinery and phyllosphere microbiome of resistant and susceptible rice cultivars – Shobit Thapa – Archives of Microbiology

Large-scale replicated field study of maize rhizosphere identifies heritable microbes – William A. Walters – PNAS

Long-term effects of sliver nanoparticles on the abundance and activity of soil microbiome – Jing Yang Xu – Journal of Environmental Sciences

Long-term effects of environmentally relevant concentrations of silver nanoparticles on microbial biomass, enzyme activity, and functional genes involved in the nitrogen cycle of loamy soil – Anna-Lena Grün – Journal of Environmental Sciences

Sphingomonas tabacisoli sp. nov., a member of the genus Sphingomonas, isolated from rhizosphere soil of Nicotiana tabacum L. – Xing-Kui Zhou – International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology

Effects of Bacillus subtilis and nanohydroxyapatite on the metal accumulation and microbial diversity of rapeseed (Brassica campestris L.) for the remediation of cadmium-contaminated soil – Wei Liu – Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Interactive effects of Magnaporthe inoculation and nitrogen doses on the plant enzyme machinery and phyllosphere microbiome of resistant and susceptible rice cultivars – Shobit Thapa – Archives of Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Heliorhodopsins are absent in diderm (Gram-negative) bacteria: Some thoughts and possible implications for activity – Jose Flores-Uribe – bioRxiv

Comparative genomics analyses indicate differential methylated amine utilisation trait within the member of the genus Gemmobacter – Eileen Kröber – bioRxiv

Functional annotation of hypothetical proteins from the Exiguobacterium antarcticum strain B7 reveals proteins involved in adaptation to extreme environments, including high arsenic resistance – Wana Lailan Oliveira da Costa – PLOS One

Factors affecting infection of corals and larval oysters by Vibrio coralliilyticus – Blake Ushijima – PLOS One

“Twisted Tales: Insights into Genome Diversity of Ciliates Using Single-Cell ‘omics” –  Xyrus X Maurer-Alcalá – Genome Biology and Evolution

Integrated methodological approach reveals microbial diversity and functions in aerobic groundwater microcosms adapted to vinyl chloride – Xikun Liu – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Specialized proteomic responses and an ancient photoprotection mechanism sustain marine green algal growth during phosphate limitation – Jian Guo –  Nature Microbiology

Warming and oligotrophication cause shifts in freshwater phytoplankton communities – Laura Verbeek – Global Change Biology

Review: Cyanobacterial blooms – Jef Huisman – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Research letter: Airborne Microbes Contribute to N2 Fixation in Surface Water of the Northern Red Sea – Eyal Rahav – Geophysical Research Letters

Bloom of a denitrifying methanotroph, “Candidatus Methylomirabilis limnetica”, in a deep stratified lake – Jon S. Graf – Environmental Microbiology

Extensive nitrification and active ammonia oxidizers in two contrasting coastal systems of the Baltic Sea – Elisabeth Happel – Environmental Microbiology

Microbial life under ice: Metagenome diversity and in situ activity of Verrucomicrobia in seasonally ice‐covered lakes – Patricia Tran – Environmental Microbiology

Rapid thermal adaptation in a marine diatom reveals constraints and tradeoffs – Daniel R. O’Donnell – Global Change Biology

A Virus Infecting Marine Photoheterotrophic Alphaproteobacteria (Citromicrobium spp.) Defines a New Lineage of ssDNA Viruses – Qiang Zheng – Frontiers in Microbiology / Virology

Built environment 

Coupled laboratory and field investigations resolve microbial interactions that underpin persistence in hydraulically fractured shales – Mikayla A. Borton – PNAS

Phages and viruses

Two point mutations in the Hantaan virus glycoproteins afford the generation of a highly infectious recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus vector – Megan M Slough – bioRxiv

ΦCrAss001, a member of the most abundant bacteriophage family in the human gut, infects Bacteroides – Andrey Shkoporov – bioRxiv

In silico characterisation of the two-component system regulators of Streptococcus pyogenes – Sean J. Buckley- PLOS One

Host-microbiome interactions

Opinion: Classic Models for New Perspectives: Delving into Helminth–Microbiota–Immune System Interactions – Alba Cortés – Trends in Parasitology

Review: Helminth–Bacterial Interactions: Cause and Consequence – Alexis Rapin – Trends in Immunology

Bioinformatics

WHAM!: a web-based visualization suite for user-defined analysis of metagenomic shotgun sequencing data – Joseph C. Devlin – BMC Genomics

MicroPheno: predicting environments and host phenotypes from 16S rRNA gene sequencing using a k-mer based representation of shallow sub-samples – Ehsaneddin Asgari – Bioinformatics

Science, publishing, and career 

The Impact of Grant Funding on the Publication Activity of Awarded Applicants: A Systematic Review of Comparative Studies and Meta-analytical Estimates – Ruslan Saygitov – bioRxiv

Death of scientific journals after 350 years – Simon Silver – FEMS Microbiology Letters

June 19, 2018

In today’s digest you can read about: the field of CRISPR-CAS antimicrobials by E. Pursey, “microbiota influencers” by G. Rizzatti, bioplastic producing bacterial communities by V. Kumar, mixotrophic behavior of the harmful benthic dinoflagellate by B. Lee and many many diverse and interesting articles. Enjoy!

General microbiome

CRISPR-Cas antimicrobials: Challenges and future prospects Elizabeth Pursey – PLOS Pathogens

Considering Microbial CO2 during Microbe-Plant Cocultivation – Birgit Piechulla – Plant Physiology

Metabolic model-based analysis of the emergence of bacterial cross-feeding via extensive gene loss – Colin P. McNally  – BMC Systems Biology

Pregnancy and early life

Prevalence of antibiotic resistance in commensal Escherichia coli among the children in rural hill communities of Northeast India – Ashish Kumar Singh – PLOS One

Shared and Distinct Features of Human Milk and Infant Stool Viromes – Pia S. Pannaraj – Frontiers in Microbiology

Preterm infant gut microbial patterns related to the development of necrotizing enterocolitis – Tristan P. Lindberg – The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine

Human respiratory microbiome

Multi-omic profiling to assess the effect of iron starvation in Streptococcus pneumoniae TIGR4 – Irene Jiménez-Munguía – PeerJ

Human gut microbiome

Addendum: “I will survive”: A tale of bacteriophage-bacteria coevolution in the gut – Luisa De Sordi – Gut Microbes

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

Prioritizing and modelling of putative drug target proteins of Candida albicans by systems biology approach – Tariq Ismail – Acta Biochimica Polonica

Antibiotic and Modulation of Microbiota: A New Paradigm? – Gianenrico Rizzatti – Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology

Streptomyces, shared microbiome member of soil and gut, as “old friends” against colon cancer – Alireza Bolourian – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Gut Microbial-related Choline Metabolite Trimethylamine-N-oxide is Associated with Progression of Carotid Artery Atherosclerosis in HIV Infection – Zhilei Shan – The Journal of Infectious Diseases

Role of Microbiota in Sexually Dimorphic Immunity – Marlies Elderman – Frontiers in Immunology

Early results of fecal microbial transplantation protocol implementation at a community-based university hospital – Rodrigo Duarte-Chavez – Journal of Global Infectious Diseases

Gut microbiota modulate neurobehavior through changes in brain insulin sensitivity and metabolism – Marion Soto – Molecular Psychiatry

The Rise and Rise of Eosinophilic Gut Diseases Including Eosinophilic Esophagitis Is Probably Not Explained by the Disappearance of Helicobacter pylori, so Who or What’s to Blame? – Nicholas J. Talley – The American Journal of Gastroenterology

Effect of administration of a probiotic preparation on gut microbiota and immune response in healthy women in India: an open-label, single-arm pilot study – Ankita Singh – BMC Gastroenterology

Animal experiments

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

Animal microbiome

A comparative analysis of microbial profile of Guinea fowl and chicken using metagenomic approach – Sarayu Bhogoju – PLOS One

Tracking sources of Clostridium botulinum type E contamination in seal meat – Daniel Leclair – International Journal of Circumpolar Health

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Applying predictive models to decipher rhizobacterial modifications in common reed die-back affected populations – Giovanni Bacci – Science of The Total Environment

Bioplastic reservoir of diverse bacterial communities revealed along altitude gradient of Pangi-Chamba trans-Himalayan region – Vijay Kumar – FEMS Microbiology Letters

Antagonism and antibiotic resistance drive a species-specific plant microbiota differentiation in Echinacea spp – Valentina Maggini – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Divergent Responses of the Diazotrophic Microbiome to Elevated CO2 in Two Rice Cultivars – Yongjie Yu – Frontiers in Microbiology

Synthesis and detoxification of nitric oxide in the plant beneficial rhizobacterium Bacillus amyloliquefaciens SQR9 and its effect on biofilm formation – Xiaoyan Dong – Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications

Understanding the Strategies to Overcome Phosphorus–Deficiency and Aluminum–Toxicity by Ryegrass Endophytic and Rhizosphere Phosphobacteria – Patricio J. Barra – Frontiers in Microbiology

Soil viruses are underexplored players in ecosystem carbon processing – Gareth Trubl – bioRxiv

Dispersal limitation and thermodynamic constraints govern spatial structure of permafrost microbial communities –  Eric M Bottos – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Changes of soil microbial and enzyme activities are linked to soil C, N and P stoichiometry in afforested ecosystems – F.Z. Zhao – Forest Ecology and Management

Responses of soil microbial communities to nutrient limitation in the desert-grassland ecological transition zone – Cui Y – The Science of the Total Environment

Observed metabolic asymmetry within soybean root nodules reflects unexpected complexity in rhizobacteria-legume metabolite exchange – Dušan Veličković – The ISME Journal

Antibacterial activity of soil bacteria isolated from Kochi, India and their molecular identification – Davis Gislin – Journal of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

Brassica napus Growth in Lead-Polluted Soil: Bioaccumulation in Plant Organs at Different Ontogenetic Stages and Lead Fractionation in Soil – Gisele V. Ferreyroa – Water, Air, & Soil Pollution

Editorial: “Plant-Microbe-Insect Interaction: Source for Bio-fertilizers, Bio-medicines and Agent Research” – Gero Benckiser – Frontiers in Plant Science

Broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity by Burkholderia cenocepacia TAtl-371, a strain isolated from the tomato rhizosphere – Fernando Uriel Rojas-Rojas – Microbiology

Improvement of Ni phytoextraction by Alyssum murale and its rhizosphere microbial activities by applying nitrogen fertilizer – Ali Kanso – Ecological Research

Water and extremophile microbiome

Abundance determines the functional role of bacterial phylotypes in complex communities – Damian W. Rivett  – Nature Microbiology

Metabolic Diversity within the Globally Abundant Marine Group II Euryarchaea Drives Ecological Patterns – Benjamin J Tully – bioRxiv

Diversity of bacterial communities and dissolved organic matter in a temperate estuary – Helena Osterholz – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Clean Low-Biomass Procedures and Their Application to Ancient Ice Core Microorganisms – Zhi-Ping Zhong – Frontiers in Microbiology

Genetic diversity and co-occurrence patterns of marine cyanopodoviruses and picocyanobacteria – Yingting Sun – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Proteome response of a metabolically flexible anoxygenic phototroph to Fe(II) oxidation – Casey Bryce – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Genome rearrangement shapes Prochlorococcus ecological adaptation – Wei Yan – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

High CO2 Under Nutrient Fertilization Increases Primary Production and Biomass in Subtropical Phytoplankton Communities: A Mesocosm Approach – Nauzet Hernández-Hernández – Frontiers in Microbiology

Genetic Analyses of the rbcL and psaA Genes From Single Cells Demonstrate a Rhodophyte Origin of the Prey in the Toxic Benthic Dinoflagellate Ostreopsis – Bora Lee – Frontiers in Marine Science

Ubiquitous abundance distribution of non-dominant plankton across the global ocean – Enrico Ser-Giacomi – Nature Ecology & Evolution

Copiotrophic marine bacteria are associated with strong iron‐binding ligand production during phytoplankton blooms – Shane L. Hogle – Limnology and Oceanography

Dynamics and interactions of highly resolved marine plankton via automated high-frequency sampling – David M. Needham – The ISME Journal

Distinct patterns and processes of abundant and rare eukaryotic plankton communities following a reservoir cyanobacterial bloom – Yuanyuan Xue – The ISME Journal

Coral Microbiomes as Bioindicators of Reef Health – Sofia Roitman – Population Genomics

Microbial community structure and functional potential along a hypersaline gradient – Jeffrey A. Kimbrel – Frontiers in Microbiology

Comparative genomics of Pseudomonas sp. strain SI-3 associated with macroalga Ulva prolifera, the causative species for green tide in the Yellow Sea – Huihui Fu – Frontiers in Microbiology

Probiotics / prebiotics

Pilot assessment of probiotics for pregnant women in Rwanda – Amy McMillan – PLOS One

Phages and viruses

Low spatial structure and selection against secreted virulence factors attenuates pathogenicity in Pseudomonas aeruginosa – Elisa T Granato – bioRxiv

Identification of anti-norovirus genes in mouse and human cells using genome-wide CRISPR activation screening –  Robert Orchard – bioRxiv

Biotechnology

Simultaneous autotrophic removal of sulphate and nitrate at different voltages in a bioelectrochemical reactor (BER): Evaluation of degradation efficiency and characterization of microbial communities – Hao Xua – Bioresource Technology

Evaluation of A Novel Split-Feeding Anaerobic/Oxic Baffled Reactor (A/OBR) For Foodwaste Anaerobic Digestate: Performance, Modeling and Bacterial Community – Shaojie Wang – Scientific Reports

Viewpoint: Synthetic Biology for Natural Compounds – Xinrui Zhao – Biochemistry

Bioinformatics

iMetaLab 1.0: A web platform for metaproteomics data analysis – Bo Liao – Bioinformatics

Taxonomy annotation and guide tree errors in 16S rRNA databases – Robert Edgar​ – PeerJ

The Microbial Genomes Atlas (MiGA) webserver: taxonomic and gene diversity analysis of Archaea and Bacteria at the whole genome level – Luis M Rodriguez-R – Nucleic Acids Research

Techniques

Whole-Cell MALDI-TOF MS Versus 16S rRNA Gene Analysis for Identification and Dereplication of Recurrent Bacterial Isolates – Michal Strejcek – Frontiers in Microbiology

Low-power portable devices for metagenomics analysis: Fog computing makes bioinformatics ready for the Internet of Things –  Ivan Merelli – Future Generation Computer Systems

Microbes in the news 

Unique microbe could thrive on Mars, help future manned missions

In a Warming World, Deadly Bacteria Are More Resistant to Antibiotics

Microbes on the market

Startup aims to make allies of human gut’s microbes

Department of Energy Announces $40 Million for Bio-Based Research

Tina’s non-microbiology picks

Towards an Evolutionary Perspective in Teaching and Popularizing Microbiology – Fernando Bueno Ferreira Fonseca de Fraga – Journal of  Microbiology & Biology Education

 

June 9, 2018

Human respiratory microbiome

Lung Dysbiosis, Inflammation, and Injury in Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation – David N O’Dwyer, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

Heterogeneity of Microbiota Dysbiosis in Chronic Rhinosinusitis: Potential Clinical Implications and Microbial Community Mechanisms Contributing to Sinonasal Inflammation – Keehoon Lee, Frontiers in Cell and Infection Microbiology

Human skin microbiome

A systematic literature review of the human skin microbiome as biomarker for dermatological drug development – T. van der Kolk, British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

Human gut microbiome

Inadequate Vitamin C Status in Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Associations with Glycaemic Control, Obesity, and Smoking – Renée Wilson, Nutrients

Altered Stool Microbiota of Infants with Cystic Fibrosis Shows Reduction in Genera Associated with Immune Programming – Katherine Anosca, bioRxiv

Gut Microbiota Diversity across Ethnicities in the United States – Andrew W Brooks, bioRxiv

From the Mediterranean Diet to the Microbiome – Caroline E Childs, The Journal of Nutrition

Letter: improvements in mental health after faecal microbiota transplantation—an underexplored treatment‐related benefit? – B. H. Mullish, Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Letter: improvements in mental health after faecal microbiota transplantation—an underexplored treatment‐related benefit? Authors’ reply – J. Jalanka, Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Microbiota‐gut‐brain axis: Interaction of gut microbes and their metabolites with host epithelial barriers – Y. Bhattarai, Neurogastroenterology & Motility

Animal experiments

Bisphenol-A alters microbiota metabolites derived from aromatic amino acids and worsens disease activity during colitis – Jennifer AA DeLuca, Experimental Biology and Medicine

Fumonisin-Exposure Impairs Age-Related Ecological Succession of Bacterial Species in Weaned Pig Gut Microbiota – Ivan Mateos, Toxins

Ethanol extract of Ganoderma lucidum ameliorates lipid metabolic disorders and modulates the gut microbiota composition in high-fat diet fed rats – Wei-Ling Guo, Food & Function

Gut microbiota promotes production of aromatic metabolites through degradation of barley leaf fiber – Daotong Li, The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry

Dietary Supplementation of Potato Peel Powders Prepared from Conventional and Organic Russet and Non-organic Gold and Red Potatoes Reduces Weight Gain in Mice on a High-Fat Diet – Salem Elkahoui, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Microbial dysbiosis associated with impaired intestinal Na+/H+ exchange accelerates and exacerbates colitis in ex-germ free mice – Christy A. Harrison, Mucosal Immunology

Animal microbiome

Comparison of Channel Catfish and Blue Catfish Gut Microbiota Assemblages Shows Minimal Effects of Host Genetics on Microbial Structure and Inferred Function – Jacob W. Bledsoe, Frontiers in Microbiology

Inter-individual variability in copepod microbiomes reveals bacterial networks linked to host physiology – Manoshi S. Datta, The ISME Journal

Metagenomics detection and characterisation of viruses in faecal samples from Australian wild birds – Jessy Vibin, Scientific Reports

Microorganism’s adaptation of Crucian carp may closely relate to its living environments – Huanxin Zhang, Microbiology Open

Diversity, specificity, co-occurrence and hub taxa of the bacterial–fungal pollen microbiome – Binoy Ambika Manirajan, FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Differential carbohydrate utilization and organic acid production by honey bee symbionts – Fredrick J Lee, FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

The effect of periphyton on seed germination and seedling growth of rice (Oryza sativa) in paddy area – Haiying Lu, Science of The Total Environment

Diversity of Bacteria and the Characteristics of Actinobacteria Community Structure in Badain Jaran Desert and Tengger Desert of China – Ye Sun, Frontiers in Microbiology

Vancomycin and/or Multidrug-Resistant Citrobacter Freundii Altered the Metabolic Pattern of Soil Microbial Community – Mariusz Cycoń, Frontiers in Microbiology

Degradation of dibutyl phthalate in two contrasting agricultural soils and its long-term effects on soil microbial community – Jinjin Cheng, Science of The Total Environment

Impact of Bactrocera oleae on the fungal microbiota of ripe olive drupes – Ahmed Abdelfattah, bioRxiv

Potential of Finger Millet Indigenous Rhizobacterium Pseudomonas sp. MSSRFD41 in Blast Disease Management—Growth Promotion and Compatibility With the Resident Rhizomicrobiome – Jegan Sekar, Frontiers in Microbiology

Biochars from olive mill waste have contrasting effects on plants, fungi and phytoparasitic nematodes – Roberta Marra, Plos One

Water and extremophile microbiome 

Effects of Ice-Algal Aggregate Export on the Connectivity of Bacterial Communities in the Central Arctic Ocean – Josephine Z. Rapp, Frontiers in Microbiology

Built environment

The Airplane Cabin Microbiome – Howard Weiss, Microbial Ecology

Food microbiology

Sequencing of the Cheese Microbiome and Its Relevance to Industry – Bhagya. R. Yeluri Jonnala, Frontiers in Microbiology

Comparison of Bacterial Diversity Between Two Traditional Starters and the Round-Koji-Maker Starter for Traditional Cantonese Chi-Flavor Liquor Brewing – Jie Wang, Frontiers in Microbiology

Microbial ecology

Syntrophic growth with direct interspecies electron transfer between pili-free Geobacter species – Xing Liu, The ISME Journal

Uneven distribution of cobamide biosynthesis and dependence in bacteria predicted by comparative genomics – Amanda N Shelton, bioRxiv

Microbial Diversity and Nitrogen‐metabolizing Gene Abundance in Backyard Food Waste Composting Systems – T. C. Weglarz, Journal of Applied Microbiology

Enhancement of methanogenesis by electric syntrophy with biogenic iron‐sulfide minerals – Souichiro Kato, Microbiology Open

Probiotics/Prebiotics

Probiotics Ameliorate Stool Consistency in Patients with Chronic Constipation: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study – Jin Young Yoon, Digestive Diseases and Sciences

Supplementation of p40, a Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG-derived protein, in early life promotes epidermal growth factor receptor-dependent intestinal development and long-term health outcomes – Xi Shen, Mucosal Immunology

Bioinformatics

Detection of Multidimensional Co-Exclusion Patterns in Microbial Communities – Levent Albayrak, Bioinformatics