January 12, 2022

General microbiome

[PERSPECTIVE]It’s the Economy, Stupid: Applying (Micro)economic Principles to Microbiome Science – Kashtan, Bushong and Leveau – mSystems

[PERSPECTIVE]Conceptual Exchanges for Understanding Free-Living and Host-Associated Microbiomes – Pfister et al. – mSystems

Human endometrial microbiome

Endometrial microbiota composition is associated with reproductive outcome in infertile patients – Moreno et al. – Microbiome

Human oral microbiome

[REVIEW]Temporal development of the infant oral microbiome – Blum et al. – Critical Reviews in Microbiology

Human gut microbiome

Effect of antibiotic pretreatment on bacterial engraftment after Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) in IBS-D – Singh et al. – Gut Microbes

[REVIEW]The gut microbiota can orchestrate the signaling pathways in colorectal cancer – Bennedsen et al. – Journal of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Age-Associated Gut Dysbiosis, Marked by Loss of Butyrogenic Potential, Correlates With Altered Plasma Tryptophan Metabolites in Older People Living With HIV – Ghare et al. – Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

Intestinal Microbiota and Host Cooperate for Adaptation as a Hologenome – Zhou et al. – mSystems

The bacterial density of clinical rectal swabs is highly variable, correlates with sequencing contamination, and predicts patient risk of extraintestinal infection – Chanderraj et al. – Microbiome

Animal microbiome

Consistent changes in the intestinal microbiota of Atlantic salmon fed insect meal diets – Li et al. – Animal Microbiome

Maternal regulation of biliary disease in neonates via gut microbial metabolites – Jee et al. – Nature Communications

Reduced calorie diet combined with NNMT inhibition establishes a distinct microbiome in DIO mice – Dimet-Wiley et al. – Scientific Reports

Comparison of Gut Microbiota and Metabolic Status of Sows With Different Litter Sizes During Pregnancy – Chen et al. – Front. Vet. Sci.

Modulation of gut microbiota impacts diet-induced and drug-induced alopecia in mice – Lam et al. – Gut

Sex-specific differences in the gut microbiota and fecal metabolites in an adolescent valproic acid-induced rat autism model – Gu et al. – Frontiers in Bioscience Landmark

Host tp53 mutation induces gut dysbiosis eliciting inflammation through disturbed sialic acid metabolism – Lee et al. – Microbiome

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Whole-Genome Duplication and Host Genotype Affect Rhizosphere Microbial Communities – Ponsford et al. – mSystems


A Goldilocks Principle for the Gut Microbiome: Taxonomic Resolution Matters for Microbiome-Based Classification of Colorectal Cancer – Armour et al. – mBio

Towards a metagenomics machine learning interpretable model for understanding the transition from adenoma to colorectal cancer – Casimiro-Soriguer et al. – Scientifi Reports


[PREPRINT]Library Preparation and Sequencing Platform Introduce Bias in Metagenomic-Based Characterizations of Microbiomes – Poulsen et al. – bioRxiv

December 22, 2021

General microbiome

[PREPRINT]Unconstrained coevolution of bacterial size and the latent period of plastic phage – Bonachela, Choua & Heath – bioRxiv

Not a ‘they’ but a ‘we’: the microbiome helps promote our well-being – Ragsdale – Journal of Biological Chemistry

Microbial metabolite delta-valerobetaine is a diet-dependent obesogen – Liu et al. – Nature Metabolism

[EDITORIAL]15 years of microbial biotechnology: the time has come to think big—and act soon – de Lorenzo – Microbial Biotechnology

Pregnancy and early life

Microbial community networks across body sites are associated with susceptibility to respiratory infections in infants – Reyman et al. – Communications Biology

Human oral microbiome

Profiling the oral microbiomes in patients with Alzheimer’s disease – Guo et al. – Oral Diseases

Human skin microbiome

[REVIEW]Human Skin Microbiota in Health and Disease – Bay & Ring – Journal of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Human vaginal microbiome

Human implantation: The complex interplay between endometrial receptivity, inflammation, and the microbiome – Sehring & Jeelani – Placenta

Large-scale characterisation of the pregnancy vaginal microbiome and sialidase activity in a low-risk Chinese population – Ng et al. – NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes

Human gut microbiome

The potential of gut microbiome as a non-invasive predictive biomarker for early detection of pancreatic cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma – Kaźmierczak-Siedlecka – European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences

The effect of antibiotics on the human microbiome: a systematic review – van Zyl et al. – International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents

[REVIEW]Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: the interplay between metabolism, microbes and immunity – Tilg et al. – Nature Metabolism

Clinical efficacy of fecal microbial transplantation treatment in adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis – Mashiah et al. – Immunity, Inflammation and Disease

Deviated and early unsustainable stunted development of gut microbiota in children with autism spectrum disorder – Lou et al. – Gut

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

Oat Fiber Modulates Hepatic Circadian Clock via Promoting Gut Microbiota-Derived Short Chain Fatty Acids – Han et al. – J. Agric. Food Chem.

Animal microbiome (for animals in the wild)

Effects of sublethal azadirachtin on the immune response and midgut microbiome of Apis cerana cerana (Hymenoptera: Apidae) – Zhao et al. – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

Analysis of the microbial diversity in the fecal material of the critically endangered African wild dog, Lycaon pictus – Sanches et al. – Archives of Microbiology

Divergence together with microbes: A comparative study of the associated microbiomes in the closely related Littorina species – Maltseva et al. – PLOS One

Gut microbiome composition, not alpha diversity, is associated with survival in a natural vertebrate population – Worsley et al. – Animal Microbiome

Clinical health issues, reproductive hormones, and metabolic hormones associated with gut microbiome structure in African and Asian elephants – Keady et al. – Animal Microbiome

Early life skin microbial trajectory as a function of vertical and environmental transmission in Bornean foam-nesting frogs – McGrath-Blaser et al. – Animal Microbiome

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

[PRERPINT]Disentangling the genetic basis of rhizosphere microbiome assembly in tomato – Oyserman et al. – bioRxiv

[PREPRINT]Amino acid availability determines plant immune homeostasis in the rhizosphere microbiome – Liu et al. – bioRxiv


Ancient Metagenomic Studies: Considerations for the Wider Scientific Community – der Sarkissian et al. – mSystems

Assessing the impact of storage time on the stability of stool microbiota richness, diversity, and composition – Holzhausen et al. – Gut Pathogens

November 10, 2021

Human urinary tract microbiome

[PREPRINT]Recurrent urinary tract infection and estrogen shape the taxonomic ecology and functional potential of the postmenopausal urobiome – Neugent et al. – bioRxiv

Human gut microbiome

The Impact of a Mediterranean Diet on the Gut Microbiome in Healthy Human Subjects: A Pilot Study – Rejeski et al. – Digestion

Altered diversity and composition of gut microbiota in patients with allergic rhinitis – Zhou et al. – Microbial Pathogenesis

Fecal Microbiome Transplantation for Recurrent Clostridioides difficile Infection: Treatment Efficacy, Short and Long-term Follow-up Results from Consecutive Case Series – Urbonas et al. – Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases

Donor screening for fecal microbiota transplantation in China: Evaluation of 8,483 candidates – Zhang et al. – Gastroenterology

Faecal microbial biomarkers in early diagnosis of colorectal cancer – Olovo et al. – Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Hepatocellular Cancer and Gut Microbiome: Time to Untie Gordian’s Knot – Aygün & Tözün – Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer

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

Cinnamic acid suppresses bone loss via induction of osteoblast differentiation with alteration of gut microbiota – Hong et al. – The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry

Gut microbiome affects the metabolism of metronidazole in mice through regulation of hepatic cytochromes P450 expression – Zemanová et al. – PLOS One

Animal microbiome (for animals in the wild)

[PREPRINT]Maternal effects on early-life gut microbiome maturation in a wild nonhuman primate – Baniel et al. – bioRxiv

Evidence of MHC class I and II influencing viral and helminth infection via the microbiome in a non-human primate – Montero et al. – PLOS Pathogens

Gut Microbiome of Wild Baltic Salmon (Salmo salar L.) Parr – Skrodenytė-Arbačiauskienė – Microbial Ecology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Artificial selection of stable rhizosphere microbiota leads to heritable plant phenotype changes – Jacquiod et al. – Ecology Letters

Plastic mulch debris in rhizosphere: Interactions with soil-microbe-plant systems – Liu et al. – Science of The Total Environment

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

[PREPRINT]Urbanization promotes specific bacteria in freshwater microbiomes including potential pathogens – Numberger et al. – bioRxiv


[PREPRINT]specificity : an R package for generalized specificity analysis, with example analyses of Hawaiian foliar endophytic Fungi, human gut microbiome bacteria, and Antarctic glacier bacteria – Darcy et al. – bioRxiv

[PREPRINT]Unifying the known and unknown microbial coding sequence space – Vanni et al. – bioRxiv

Identifying prognostic pairwise relationships among bacterial species in microbiome studies – Devlin, Martin & Ostrovnaya – PLOS Computational Biology

HashSeq: a Simple, Scalable, and Conservative De Novo Variant Caller for 16S rRNA Gene Data Sets – Fouladi, Young & Fodor – mSystems

October 27, 2021


Severe dysbiosis and specific Haemophilus and Neisseria signatures as hallmarks of the oropharyngeal microbiome in critically ill COVID-19 patients – de Castilhos et al – Clinical Infectious Diseases

General microbiome

The Role of Microbiota in Infant Health: From Early Life to Adulthood – Yao et al. – Front. Immunol.

The microbiome impacts host hybridization and speciation – Miller et al. – PLOS Biology

Pregnancy and early life

Gut Dysbiosis, Bacterial Colonization and Translocation, and Neonatal Sepsis in Very-Low-Birth-Weight Preterm Infants – Lee et al. – Front. Microbiol.

Multi-site human microbiome

Oral, nasal, and gut microbiota in Parkinson’s disease – Li et al. – Neuroscience

Human respiratory microbiome

[REVIEW]Emerging cellular and molecular interactions between the lung microbiota and lung diseases – Xiang & Meng – Critical Reviews in Microbiology

Human gut microbiome/mycobiome

[REVIEW]Drugs and Bugs: The Gut-Brain Axis and Substance Use Disorders – Simpson et al. – Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology

Metagenomic analysis reveals the signature of gut microbiota associated with human chronotypes – Carasso et al. – The FASEB Journal

Intestinal mycobiota composition and changes in children with thalassemia who underwent allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation – Yalcin et al. – Pediatric Blodd & Cancer

Gut microbiota analyses of Saudi populations for type 2 diabetes-related phenotypes reveals significant association – AlAli et al. – bioRxiv

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

Consistent gut bacterial and short-chain fatty acid signatures in hypoabsorptive bariatric surgeries correlate with metabolic benefits in rats – Mukorako et al. – International Journal of Obesity

Microbiota instruct IL-17A-producing innate lymphoid cells to promote skin inflammation in cutaneous leishmaniasis – Singh et al – PLOS Pathogens

Anti-inflammatory effects of purple sweet potato anthocyanin extract in DSS-induced colitis: modulation of commensal bacteria and attenuated bacterial intestinal infection – Mu et al. – Food & Function

Plant, root, and soil microbiome/virome

Active virus-host interactions at sub-freezing temperatures in Arctic peat soil – Trubl et al. – Microbiome

Arabidopsis assemble distinct root-associated microbiomes through the synthesis of an array of defense metabolites – Kudjordjie, Sapkota & Nicolaisen – PLOS One

Microbiome of Pukzing Cave in India shows high antimicrobial activity against plant and animal pathogens – Iquebal et al. – Genomics

[REVIEW]Phyllosphere microbiome: Diversity and functions – Bashir et al. – Microbiological Research

[REVIEW]Rhizospheric microbiome: Bio-based emerging strategies for sustainable agriculture development and future perspectives – Kumawat, Razdan & Saharan – Microbiological Research

Phages and viruses

[REVIEW]The intestinal virome: lessons from animal models – Chaffringeon et al. – Current Opinion in Virology


[REVIEW]Application of Deep Learning in Plant–Microbiota Association Analysis – Deng et al. – Frontiers in Genetics


Simple solution to preserve plant samples for microbiome analyses – Carvalhais et al. – Molecular Ecology Resources

[REVIEW]Novel methods of microbiome analysis in the food industry – Sabater et al. – nternational Microbiology

October 20, 2021

General microbiome

[REVIEW]Controlled Complexity: Optimized Systems to Study the Role of the Gut Microbiome in Host Physiology – Glowacki, Engelhart & Ahern – Frontiers in Microbiology

[REVIEW]Microbiota-brain interactions: Moving toward mechanisms in model organisms – Nagpal & Cryan – Neuron

Functional attractors in microbial community assembly – Estrela et al. – Cell Systems

Bloodstream infections’ origins following fecal microbiota transplantation: a strain- level analysis – Eshel et al. – Blood Advances

Probiotic consumption influences universal adaptive mutations in indigenous human and mouse gut microbiota – Ma et al. – Communications Biology

Multi-site human microbiome

[PREPRINT]Obesity influences composition of salivary and fecal microbiota and impacts the interactions between bacterial taxa – Bombin et al. – bioRxiv

Human vaginal microbiome

Does probiotics work for bacterial vaginosis and vulvovaginal candidiasis – Han & Ren – Current Opinion in Pharmacology

Human gut microbiome

A meta-analysis study of the robustness and universality of gut microbiome-metabolome associations – Muller, Algavi & Borenstein – Microbiome

Specific gut microbiome signatures and the associated pro-inflamatory functions are linked to pediatric allergy and acquisition of immune tolerance – de Filippis et al. – Nature Communications

Drinking Water Source and Intake Are Associated with Distinct Gut Microbiota Signatures in US and UK Populations – Vanhaecke et al. – The Journal of Nutrition

The Gut Microbiota during a Behavioral Weight Loss Intervention – Stanislawski et al. – Nutrients

Effect of chewing betel nut on the gut microbiota of Hainanese – Ying et al. – PLOS One

[PREPRINT]Codiversification of gut microbiota with humans – Suzuki et al. – bioRxiv

Response to PD-1-Based Immunotherapy for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Altered by Gut Microbiota – He et al. – Oncology and Therapy

Human metabolome

Changes in serum and urinary metabolomic profile after a dietary intervention in patients with irritable bowel syndrome – Nybacka et al. – PLOS One

The influence of the gut microbiome on BCG-induced trained immunity – Strazar et al. – Genome Biology

Animal microbiome

Weaning age and its effect on the development of the swine gut microbiome and resistome – Holman et at. – bioRxiv

Sandalwood seed oil improves insulin sensitivity in high-fat/high-sucrose diet-fed rats associated with altered intestinal microbiota and its metabolites – Gao et al. – Food & Function

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Active virus-host interactions at sub-freezing temperatures in Arctic peat soil – Trubl et al. – Microbiome

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

PREPRINT[]Bacterial, phytoplankton, and viral dynamics of meromictic Lake Cadagno offer insights into the Proterozoic ocean microbial loop – Saini et al. – bioRxiv

Metagenomic analysis provides functional insights into seasonal change of a non-cyanobacterial prokaryotic community in temperate coastal waters – Matsumoto et al. – PLOS One

[PREPRINT]Survival of hatchery grown native oysters is associated with specific gut-associated bacteria at various locations within the Puget Sound – Kunselmann et al. – bioRxiv

Built environment (subways, indoor surfaces)

Microbial colonization and resistome dynamics in food processing environments of a newly opened pork cutting industry during 1.5 years of activity – Cobo-Diaz et al. – Microbiome

Food microbiology

Effects of ultrasound treatments on wine microorganisms – Munoz et al. – Ultrasonics Sonochemistry

Effect of roasting conditions on cocoa bioactivity and gut microbiota modulation – Maldonado-Mateus et al. – Food & Function


[PREPRINT]Development of a metatranscriptomic analysis method for multiple intestinal sites and its application to the common marmoset intestine – Uehara et al. – bioRxiv

Recovery of strain-resolved genomes from human microbiome through an integration framework of single-cell genomics and metagenomics – Arikawa et al. – Microbiome

[PREPRINT]Metagenome assembly of high-fidelity long reads with hifiasm-meta – Feng et al. – arXiv.org

Fast and Accurate Distance-based Phylogenetic Placement using Divide and Conquer – Balaban et al. – Molecular Ecology Resources

Microbes in the news (popular press, EurekAlert, ScienceDaily, Youtube, NPR, etc)

Should You Get a Microbiome Test? – Anahad O’Connor – New York Times

October 8, 2021

Today’s digest features a metagenomic meta-study on faecal microbiota transplantation, RibDif for count and compare 16S rRNA genes within a genus, and more. Also, there is a new FEMS Microbiology Letters collection of articles highlighting the evolution of education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is still time to join in the second 🌎 Microbiome Virtual International Forum 🌏. Recordings from previous MVIF can be found here.

And, the #Microber2021 just started! Check out this microbe edition of #Inktober drawing challenge – during October, every day a new scientific art on microbiology topic.

Global microbiome

Cultivating Healthy Connections: Exploring and Engineering the Microbial Flow That Shapes Microbiomes – Travis J. Wiles – mSystems

Neonatal microbiome

Presence of distinctive microbiome in the first-pass meconium of newborn infants – Jenni Turunen – Scientific Reports

Respiratory microbiome

Divergence of bacterial communities in the lower airways of CF patients in early childhood – John B. O’Connor – PlosOne

Gut microbiome

Drivers and Determinants of Strain Dynamics Following Faecal Microbiota Transplantation – Thomas Schmidt – bioRxiv

Western and non-western gut microbiomes reveal new roles of Prevotella in carbohydrate metabolism and mouth–gut axis – Vishnu Prasoodanan P. K. – npj Biofilms and Microbiomes

Animal microbiome

Phylogenetic systematics of Butyrivibrio and Pseudobutyrivibrio genomes illustrate vast taxonomic diversity, open genomes and an abundance of carbohydrate-active enzyme family isoforms – Sara E. Pidcock – Microbial Genomics

Animal experiment

Metabolic modulation of tumours with engineered bacteria for immunotherapy – Fernando P. Canale – Nature

Citrobacter amalonaticus Inhibits the Growth of Citrobacter rodentium in the Gut Lumen – Caroline Mullineaux-Sanders – mBio

Regulation of blood–brain barrier integrity by microbiome-associated methylamines and cognition by trimethylamine N-oxide – Lesley Hoyles – bioRxiv

Effects of prebiotic oligofructose-enriched inulin on gut-derived uremic toxins and disease progression in rats with adenine-induced chronic kidney disease – Ebru Melekoglu – PlosOne

Plant microbiome

Prevalence and Specificity of Chemoreceptor Profiles in Plant-Associated Bacteria – Claudia Sanchis-López – mSystems


Bacteriocinogenic lactic acid bacteria in the traditional cereal-based beverage Boza: a genomic and functional approach – Luciano Lopes Queiroz – bioRxiv


metaGEM: reconstruction of genome scale metabolic models directly from metagenomes – Francisco Zorrilla – Nucleic Acids Research

RibDif: can individual species be differentiated by 16S sequencing? – Mikael Lenz Strube – Bioinformatics Advances

eggNOG-mapper v2: Functional Annotation, Orthology Assignments, and Domain Prediction at the Metagenomic Scale – Carlos P Cantalapiedra – Molecular Biology and Evolution

Sequencing DNA with nanopores: Troubles and biases – Clara Delahaye and Jacques Nicolas – PlosOne

Webinars &c

Conference: Microbiome Virtual International Conference #MVIF – October 14 (Pacific Live)/15 (Atlantic Reply)

Webinar: EMBARK Fall Webinars – a webinar series focused on AMR research

Microscopy Live! – Geology – an hour of live electron microscopy, guided by the audience – Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre (October 29)

For more, check out a collection of microbiome events HERE!

Happy #Microber2021, sci-art October!

October 5, 2021

Today’s digest includes a description of how probiotics modulate B cells in Peyer’s patches published in Microbiome, a review in ISME on microbial storage in soil and multiple recent Cell Host & Microbe articles covering the plant immune system and colonisation resistance to Salmonella and Klebsiella.

General microbiome

Single-colony sequencing reveals microbe-by-microbiome phylosymbiosis between the cyanobacterium Microcystis and its associated bacteria – Pérez-Carrascal et al. Microbiome

Molecular basis of a bacterial-amphibian symbiosis revealed by comparative genomics, modeling, and functional testing – Brunetti et al. ISME

Human gut microbiome

Gut microbiota involved in leptospiral infections – Xie et al. ISME

Identification of Faecalibacterium prausnitzii strains for gut microbiome-based intervention in Alzheimer’s-type dementia – Ueda et al. Cell Reports Medicine

Fecal microbial transplantation and fiber supplementation in patients with severe obesity and metabolic syndrome: a randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 2 trial – Mocanu et al. Nature Medicine

Gut bacteria identified in colorectal cancer patients promote tumourigenesis via butyrate secretion – Okumura et al. Nature Communications

E. coli enhance colonization resistance against Salmonella Typhimurium by competing for galactitol, a context-dependent limiting carbon source – Eberl et al. Cell Host & Microbe

Klebsiella oxytoca causes colonization resistance against multidrug-resistant K. pneumoniae in the gut via cooperative carbohydrate competition – Osbelt et al. Cell Host & Microbe

Human Oral Microbiome

Distinct B cell subsets in Peyer’s patches convey probiotic effects by Limosilactobacillus reuteri – Liu et al. Microbiome

Human Oral Microbiome

Metagenomic analysis of ancient dental calculus reveals unexplored diversity of oral archaeal Methanobrevibacter – Granehäll et al. Microbiome

Soil & Plant microbiomes

[REVIEW] Microbial storage and its implications for soil ecology – Mason-Jones et al. ISME

Gammaproteobacteria, a core taxon in the guts of soil fauna, are potential responders to environmental concentrations of soil pollutants – Zhang et al. Microbiome

Plant immune system activation is necessary for efficient root colonization by auxin-secreting beneficial bacteria – Tzipilevich et al. Cell Host & Microbe

October 1, 2021

Multi-site human microbiome

Diagnostic and prognostic potential of the oral and gut microbiome for lung adenocarcinoma – Lim et al. – Clinical and Translational Medicine

Human oral microbiome

Individuals with substance use disorders have a distinct oral microbiome pattern – Kosciolek et al. – Brain, Behavior, & Immunity – Health

Human skin microbiome

[REVIEW]The Dynamics of Skin Microbiota in Shoulder Surgery Infections – Fatima, Bjarnsholt & Bay – Journal of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Human gut microbiome

[REVIEW]Mucins, gut microbiota, and postbiotics role in colorectal cancer – Pothuraju et al. – Gut Microbes

Age and the aging process significantly alter the small bowel microbiome – Leite et al. – Cell Reports

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

Guidelines for reporting on animal fecal transplantation (GRAFT) studies: recommendations from a systematic review of murine transplantation protocols – Secombe et al. – Gut Microbes

Alpha-synuclein alters the faecal viromes of rats in a gut-initiated model of Parkinson’s disease – Stockdale et al. – Communications Biology

[PREPRINT]First trimester gut microbiome induces Inflammation-dependent gestational diabetes phenotype in mice – Pinto et al. – medRxiv

[PREPRINT]High-resolution genetic mapping of the mucosa-associated gut microbiome in hybrid mice provides novel insight on the impact of host genetics – Doms et al. – bioRxiv

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Effects of microplastics on soil microbiome: The impacts of polymer type, shape, and concentration – Sun et al. – Science of the total Environment


Long-read metagenomics of multiple displacement amplified DNA of low-biomass human gut phageomes by SACRA preprocessing chimeric reads – Kiguchi et al. – DNA Research

BiG-MAP: an Automated Pipeline To Profile Metabolic Gene Cluster Abundance and Expression in Microbiomes – Andreu et al. – mSystems

Increasing the power of interpretation for soil metaproteomics data – Jouffret – Microbiome

September 30, 2021

Today’s digest includes a quantification of bacterial strains after fecal microbiota transplantation, a network analysis of the strawberry greenhouse soil microbiome after soil amendments, and an article about enhanced copper-resistance genes in Alteromonas macleodii. Also included are multiple preprints on topics such as denitrification pathways present in tunda soil metagenomes as well as the response of Endozoicomonas, a core coral bacterial group, to heat stress and host lysates.

General microbiome

Genomic population structure associated with repeated escape of Salmonella enterica ATCC14028s from the laboratory into nature – Achtman et al. – PLOS Genetics

Preprint: Role of the mobilome in the global dissemination of the carbapenem resistance gene blaNDM – Acman et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: Existence of log-phase Escherichia coli persisters and lasting memory of a starvation pulse – Svenningsen et al. – bioRxiv

Human gut microbiome

Precise quantification of bacterial strains after fecal microbiota transplantation delineates long-term engraftment and explains outcomes – Aggarwala et al. – Nature Microbiology

Animal microbiome

A role for arthropods as vectors of multidrug-resistant Enterobacterales in surgical site infections from South Asia – Hassan et al. – Nature Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Response of soil microbiome structure and its network profiles to four soil amendments in monocropping strawberry greenhouse – Liu et al. – PLOS One

Preprint: Truncated denitrifiers dominate the denitrification pathway in tundra soil metagenomes – Pessi et al. – bioRxiv

Water and extremophile microbiome

Preprint: Response of Endozoicomonas montiporae to heat stress and coral host lysates – Chan et al. – bioRxiv

Enhanced copper-resistance gene repertoire in Alteromonas macleodii strains isolated from copper-treated marine coatings – Cusick et al. – PLOS One

Bacterial community structure of early-stage biofilms is dictated by temporal succession rather than substrate types in the southern coastal seawater of India – Sushmitha et al. – PLOS One

Preprint: Ecological stochasticity and phage induction diversify bacterioplankton communities at the microscale – Szabo et al. – bioRxiv

July 16, 2021

Today’s digest features studies on environmental contamination of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae in China (spoiler: extensive contamination, but has negligible impact on patient colonisation), the dynamic change and correlation of microbiome from different body sites to the treatment response as well as immune-related adverse events of immunotherapy in lung cancer patients, and more.

Also, check out a regularly-updated collection of FREE, ONLINE microbiome events. Happy Friday!

Human microbiome

*Prospective correlation between the patient microbiome with response to and development of immune-mediated adverse effects to immunotherapy in lung cancer – Justin Chau – BMC Cancer

Gut microbiome

Probiotics impact the antibiotic resistance gene reservoir along the human GI tract in a person-specific and antibiotic-dependent manner – Emmanuel Montassier – Nature Microbiology

Identification and engraftment of new bacterial strains by shotgun metagenomic sequence analysis in patients with recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection before and after fecal microbiota transplantation and in healthy human subjects – Sandeep Verma – PlosOne

Differences in the individual curative effect of acupuncture for obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome based on metagenomic analysis: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial – Huaying Fan – Trials

Comparative Analysis of 16S rRNA Gene and Metagenome Sequencing in Pediatric Gut Microbiomes – Danielle Peterson – Frontiers in Microbiology


*Spread of Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae in an Intensive Care Unit: A Whole-Genome Sequence-Based Prospective Observational Study – Li Wei – Microbiology Spectrum

*Linezolid- and multidrug-resistant enterococci in raw commercial dog food, Europe, 2019–2020 – Ana R. Freitas – Emerging Infectious Diseases

Identification of pathogen(s) in infectious diseases using shotgun metagenomic sequencing and conventional culture: a comparative study – Huan Chen – PeerJ

Predicting antibiotic resistance gene abundance in activated sludge using shotgun metagenomics and machine learning – Yuepeng Sun – Water Research

Animal microbiome

Assessing the relationship between the rumen microbiota and feed efficiency in Nellore steers – Déborah Romaskevis Gomes Lopes – Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology

Animal experiment

An osmotic laxative renders mice susceptible to prolonged Clostridioides difficile colonization and hinders clearance – Sarah Tomkovich – bioRxiv


Critical Assessment of Metagenome Interpretation – the second round of challenges – F. Meyer – bioRxiv

Disentangling environmental effects in microbial association networks – Maria Deutschmann – bioRxiv

Webinars &c

Microbiome Virtual International Conference #MVIF – September 14