January 28, 2019

Human and General Microbiome

Book Chapter: Necrotizing Enterocolitis and the Preterm Infant Microbiome. – Jillian R. Baranowski – Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series

Book Chapter: Shaping Microbiota During the First 1000 Days of Life. – Marta Selma-Royo – Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series

Book Chapter: Targeting Food Allergy with Probiotics. – Lorella Paparo – Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series

Review: The relation of the vaginal microbiota to early pregnancy development during In Vitro Fertilization treatment-A meta-analysis. – M. Singer – Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics and Human Reproduction

Review: Neuropeptides in the microbiota-brain axis and feeding behavior in autism spectrum disorder. – Sergueï O.Fetissov – Nutrition (Elsevier)

Review: Gut microbiome and cancer immunotherapy. – Weina Li – Cancer Letters

Review: The Microbiome-Host Interaction as a Potential Driver of Anastomotic Leak. – Victoria M. Gershuni – Current Gastroenterology Reports

Review: The links between the gut microbiome and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). – Zahra Safari – Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences

Review: The role of chronic kidney disease-associated dysbiosis in cardiovascular disease.  – Mark A Bryniarski – Experimental Biology and Medicine

Review: The Interplay between Immunity and Microbiota at Intestinal Immunological Niche: The Case of Cancer. – Rossella Cianci – International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Spotlight: Ethnicity-Influenced Microbiota: A Future Healthcare Perspective. – Madhusmita Dehingia – Trends in Microbiology

Exploration of microbiota targets for major depressive disorder and mood related traits. – Yu-Chu Ella Chung – Journal of Psychiatric Research

Altered fecal bacterial composition correlates with disease activity in inflammatory bowel disease and the extent of IL8 induction. – Farnaz Heidarian – Current Research in Translational Medicine

Metagenome – Inferred bacterial replication rates in cystic fibrosis airways. – Katarzyna Pienkowska – Journal of Cystic Fibrosis

Among older adults, age-related changes in the stool microbiome differ by HIV-1 serostatus. – Jay Liu – EBioMedicine

Deep sequencing reveals specific bacterial signatures in the subgingival microbiota of healthy subjects. – Eri Ikeda – Clinical Oral Investigations

Close social relationships correlate with human gut microbiota composition. – Kimberly A. Dill-McFarland – Scientific Reports

The gut microbiota heterogeneity and assembly changes associated with the IBD. – Yang Sun – Scientific Reports

The respiratory microbiota: new insights into pulmonary tuberculosis. – Setegn Eshetie – BMC Infectious Diseases

 

Faecal Transplants

Letter to the Editor: Faecal microbiota transplant for eradication of multidrug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae: a lesson in applying best practice? – Benjamin H. Mullish – Clinical Microbiology and Infection

Clinical characteristic and fecal microbiota responses to probiotic or antidepressant in patients with diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome with depression comorbidity: a pilot study. – Lu Zhang – Chinese Medical Journal

Multi-session fecal microbiota transplantation using colonoscopy has favorable outcomes for the treatment of steroid-dependent ulcerative colitis. – Young-Seok Cho – Intestinal Research

 

Beneficial Microbes and Compounds

Effect of Probiotic Use on Adverse Events in Adult Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: a Retrospective Cohort Study. – Maria Pina Dore – Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins

Identification of the novel role of butyrate as AhR ligand in human intestinal epithelial cells. – Ludovica Marinelli – Scientific Reports

Bifidobacterium bifidum ATCC 15696 and Bifidobacterium breve 24b metabolic interaction based on 2′-O-fucosyl-lactose studied in steady-state cultures in a Freter-style chemostat. – Manuela Centanni – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Oral supplements of combined fructo- and xylo-oligosaccharides during perinatal period significantly offsets acrylamide-induced oxidative impairments and neurotoxicity in rats. – Muralidhara Krishna – Journal Of Physiology And Pharmacology

Impact of Grain Sorghum Polyphenols on Microbiota of Normal Weight and Overweight/Obese Subjects during In Vitro Fecal Fermentation. – Danielle Ashley – Nutrients

Geographical location specific composition of cultured microbiota and Lactobacillus occurrence in human breast milk in China. – Mengfan Ding – Food & Function

 

Animal Microbiome

Review: The Road Not Taken: The Rumen Microbiome, Functional Groups, and Community States. – Sarah Moraïs – Trends in Microbiology

Gut microbiota affects development and olfactory behavior in Drosophila melanogaster. – Huili Qiao – Journal of Experimental Biology

Genomic diversity landscape of the honey bee gut microbiota. – Kirsten M. Ellegaard – Nature Communications

Abnormal composition of gut microbiota contributes to delirium-like behaviors after abdominal surgery in mice. – Jie Zhang – Neuroscience and Therapeutics

Functional Interactions between Gut Microbiota Transplantation, Quercetin and High Fat Diet Determine Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Development in Germ-Free Mice. – David Porras – Molecular Nutrition and Food Research

Metagenomic dissection of the canine gut microbiota: insights into taxonomic, metabolic and nutritional features. – Giulia Alessandri – Environmental Microbiology

 

Environmental Microbiome

Succession Patterns and Physical Niche Partitioning in Microbial Communities from Subsurface Coal Seams. – Silas H.W.Vick – iScience

 

Food Microbiome

Book Chapter: Microbial Ecology of Fermented Vegetables and Non-Alcoholic Drinks and Current Knowledge on Their Impact on Human Health. – Laura Lavefve – Advances in Food and Nutrition Research

 

Methodologies

Review: A crash course in sequencing for a microbiologist. – Aleksandra Kozińska – Journal of Applied Genetics

Review: The Quest for Novel Antimicrobial Compounds: Emerging Trends in Research, Development, and Technologies. – Pavan K. Mantravadi – Antibiotics

Effects of the long-term storage of human fecal microbiota samples collected in RNAlater. – Julien Tap – Scientific Reports

A sensitive GC/MS detection method for analyzing microbial metabolites short chain fatty acids in fecal and serum samples. – Shuming Zhang – Talanta

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January 24, 2019

Today’s digest covers interesting reviews on microbiome and microbial metabolites, and research articles showing bacteria in meconium, how host and microbial factors affect host physiology and mechanistic insight into role of microbiota in alleviation of intestinal inflammation.

General microbiome

Review: Role of the microbiome in human development – Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello – Gut

Review: The role of the intestinal microbiota in uremic solute accumulation: a focus on sulfur compounds – Alessandra F. Perna – Journal of Nephrology

Review: Gut microbial metabolites in obesity, NAFLD and T2DM – Emanuel E. Canfora – Nature Reviews Endocrinology

Pregnancy and early life

Characterisation of the bacterial microbiome in first‐pass meconium using propidium monoazide (PMA) to exclude non‐viable bacterial DNA – Lisa F. Stinson – Letters in Applied Microbiology

Perinatal antibiotics alter preterm infant EEG and neurobehavior in the Family Nurture Intervention trial – Morgan R. Firestein – Developmental Psychobiology

Altered gut microbiota and short chain fatty acids in Chinese children with autism spectrum disorder – Simeng Liu – Scientific Reports

Human gut microbiome

Gut microbiota density influences host physiology and is shaped by host and microbial factors – Eduardo J. Contijoch – Elife

The Crohn’s disease polymorphism, ATG16L1 T300A, alters the gut microbiota and enhances the local Th1/Th17 response – Sydney Lavoie – Elife

Alterations in the intestinal microbiota of patients with severe and active Graves’ orbitopathy: a cross-sectional study – T. T. Shi – Journal of Endocrinological Investigation

Fecal microbiota transplantation for treatment of recurrent C. difficile infection: An updated randomized controlled trial meta-analysis – Wenjia Hui – PlosOne

Evolutionary dynamics of bacteria in the gut microbiome within and across hosts – Nandita R. Garud – PlosBiology

MicroRNA-Mediated Tumor–Microbiota Metabolic Interactions in Colorectal Cancer – Ce Yuan – DNA and Cell Biology

Modulation of the Gut Microbiota by Resistant Starch as a Treatment of Chronic Kidney Diseases: Evidence of Efficacy and Mechanistic Insights – Matthew Snelson – Advances in Nutrition

Animal experiments

Microbiota fermentation-NLRP3 axis shapes the impact of dietary fibres on intestinal inflammation Vishal Singh – Gut

A high linoleic acid diet exacerbates metabolic responses and gut microbiota dysbiosis in obese rats with diabetes mellitus – Hsiu-Chuan Lee – Food and Function

Gut microbiota profiling with differential tolerance against the reduced dietary fibre level in rabbit – Shi-Yi Chen – Scientific Reports

Novel strains of Bacteroides fragilis and Bacteroides ovatus alleviate the LPS-induced inflammation in mice – Huizi Tan – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Consistency in microbiomes in cultures of Alexandrium species isolated from brackish and marine waters – Eva Sörenson – Environmental Microbiology Reports

Probiotics / prebiotics

Review: Beneficial Effects of Probiotic Consumption on the Immune System – C. Maldonado Galdeano – Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism

Microbes on the market

Ferring, Rebiotix and Karolinska Institutet Extend Collaboration to Research Next Generation of Microbiome Treatments – Microbiome Times

Non-microbiology picks

Those with inadequate access to food likely to suffer from obesity – Science Daily

January 11, 2019

General Microbiome

A great-ape view of the gut microbiome.Nishida AH. Nature Reviews Genetics

Relative reduction of biological and phylogenetic diversity of the oral microbiota of diabetes and pre-diabetes patients. Saeb ATM. Microbial Pathogenesis

Dietary modulation of the microbiome as therapy.Bernard NJ. Nature Reviews Rheumatology

Costless metabolic secretions as drivers of interspecies interactions in microbial ecosystems.Pacheco AR. Nature Communications

Low-moisture food matrices as probiotic carriers. Marcial-Coba MS . FEMS Microbiology Letters

REVIEW: Cross-Domain and Viral Interactions in the Microbiome.Rowan-Nash AD. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews

The respiratory microbiome and susceptibility to influenza virus infection. Lee KH. PLoS One

Food Microbiome

Metagenomic profiles of different types of Italian high-moisture Mozzarella cheese.Marino M. Food Microbiology

Gut Microbiome

Enhancement of the gut barrier integrity by a microbial metabolite through the Nrf2 pathway.Singh R. Nature Communications

Pilot study of probiotic/colostrum supplementation on gut function in children with autism and gastrointestinal symptoms.Sanctuary MR. PLoS One

Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs Alter the Microbiota and Exacerbate <i>Clostridium difficile</i> Colitis while Dysregulating the Inflammatory Response.Maseda D. mBio

Techniques/Resources

OTUX: V-region specific OTU database for improved 16S rRNA OTU picking and efficient cross-study taxonomic comparison of microbiomes. Yadav D. DNA Research

Streamlining standard bacteriophage methods for higher throughput.Kauffman KM. MethodsX

Indirect DNA extraction method suitable for acidic soil with high clay content. Högfors-Rönnholm E. MethodsX

DATABASE: The 26th annual Nucleic Acids Research database issue and Molecular Biology Database Collection.Rigden DJ. Nucleic Acid Research

Animal Experiments and Microbiome

Effect of the Nursing Mother on the Gut Microbiome of the Offspring During Early Mouse Development.Treichel NS. Microbial Ecology

Delayed differentiation of vaginal and uterine microbiomes in dairy cows developing postpartum endometritis.Miranda-CasoLuengo R. PLoS One.

Seabird and pinniped shape soil bacterial communities of their settlements in Cape Shirreff, Antarctica.Ramírez-Fernández L. PLoS One

Use of 16S rRNA gene sequencing for prediction of new opportunistic pathogens in chicken ileal and cecal microbiota.Kollarcikova M. Poultry Science

Whole rumen metagenome sequencing allows classifying and predicting feed efficiency and intake levels in cattle.Delgado B. Scientific  Reports

 

Marine and Inland Waters

Diversity and Composition of Pelagic Prokaryotic and Protist Communities in a Thin Arctic Sea-Ice Regime.de Sousa AGG. Microbial Ecology

Stratification, nitrogen fixation, and cyanobacterial bloom stage regulate the planktonic food web structure.Loick-Wilde N. Global Change Biology

Analysis of viral and bacterial communities in groundwater associated with contaminated land.Costeira R. Science of the Total Environment

Plant, Soil, and Air Microbiome

The known and the unknown in soil microbial ecology. Baldrian P. FEMS Microbiology Ecology.

Genomic analysis of bacteria in the Acute Oak Decline pathobiome.Doonan J. Microbial Genomics.

Glutathione S-Transferase Enzymes in Plant-Pathogen Interactions.Gullner G. Frontiers in Plant Science

A comparative metagenomic and spectroscopic analysis of soils from an international point of entry between the US and Mexico.  Cota-Ruiz K. Environmental International

Metagenome tracking biogeographic agroecology: Phytobiota of tomatoes from Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and California. Ottesen A. Food Microbiology

Temporal Dynamics of Bacterial Communities in Soil and Leachate Water After Swine Manure Application.Rieke EL. Frontiers of Microbiology

January 4, 2019

Highlights of today’s Digest include: animal microbiomes from snakes to bald eagles to porcupines, studies of bacteria promoting plant growth, and a nice review of ‘omics in fermented foods. Happy reading!

Human oral microbiome
Microcosm biofilms cultured from different oral niches in periodontitis patients – Fabian Cieplik – Journal of Oral Microbiology

Xylitol and sorbitol effects on the microbiome of saliva and plaque – Reisha Rafeek – Journal of Oral Microbiology

Human vaginal microbiome
Vaginal microbiome variances in sample groups categorized by clinical criteria of bacterial vaginosis – Hui-Mei Chen – BMC Genomics

Human gut microbiome
Five years of fecal microbiota transplantation – an update of the Israeli experience – Sharon A Greenberg – World Journal of Gastroenterology

Review: Association between the intestinal microbiota and allergic sensitization, eczema, and asthma: A systematic review – Petra Zimmermann – Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Interplay between food and gut microbiota in health and disease – Niels Banhos Danneskiold-Samsøe – Food Research International

Gut microbiome changes in overweight male adults following bowel preparation – Hui-Mei Chen – BMC Genomics

Animal Microbiome
Preprint: Bacterial Diversity in Feces of Wild Bald Eagles, Turkey Vultures and Common Ravens from the Pacific Northwest Coast, U.S.A. – Rocio Crespo – bioRxiv

Next-generation sequencing analysis reveals high bacterial diversity in wild venomous and non-venomous snakes from India – Sajesh Puthenpurackal Krishnankutty – Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases

Understanding the roles of surface proteins in regulation of Lactobacillus pentosus HC-2 to immune response and bacterial diversity in midgut of Litopenaeus vannamei – Yang Du – Fish & Shellfish Immunology

Characterization of novel lignocellulose-degrading enzymes from the porcupine microbiome using synthetic metagenomics – Mackenzie Thornbury – PLOS One

Plant, root, and soil microbiome
Review: Planting the Microbiome – Jennifer K. Spinler – Trends in Microbiology

Arabidopsis thaliana responds to colonisation of Piriformospora indica by secretion of symbiosis-specific proteins – Johannes Thürich – PLOS One

Screening of plant growth promotion ability among bacteria isolated from field-grown sorghum under different managements in Brazilian drylands – Jéssica Fernanda da Silva – World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

Streptomyces: implications and interactions in plant growth promotion – Oluwaseyi Samuel Olanrewaju – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Mycorrhizal features and leaf traits covary at the community level during primary succession – J. Rasmus P. Jespersen – Fungal Ecology

Microbial communities controlling methane and nutrient cycling in leach field soils – Cristina P.Fernandez-Baca – Water Research

Gradients of three coastal environments off the South China Sea and their impacts on the dynamics of heterotrophic microbial communities – Xianhua Liu – Science of the Total Environment

New insights into the impact of nZVI on soil microbial biodiversity and functionality – Carmen Fajardo – Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A

Syntrophic effect of indigenous and inoculated microorganisms in the leaching of rare earth elements from Western Australian monazite – Melissa K.Corbett – Research in Microbiology

Removal of veterinary antibiotics in constructed wetland microcosms – Response of bacterial communities – Filipa Santos – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

Water and extremophile microbiome
Bacterial diversity in the water column of meromictic Lake Cadagno and evidence for seasonal dynamics – Francesco Danza – PLOS One

Microbial community succession and pollutants removal of a novel carriers enhanced duckweed treatment system for rural wastewater in Dianchi Lake basin – Guoke Chen – Bioresource Technology

Food Microbiology
Omics in traditional vegetable fermented foods and beverages – Jocelin Rizo – Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition

Preprint: Construction of synthetic microbiota for reproducible flavor metabolism in Chinese light aroma type liquor produced by solid-state fermentation – Qun Wu – bioRxiv

Bioinformatics
A latent allocation model for the analysis of microbial composition and disease – Ko Abe – BMC Bioinformatics

Techniques
Metatranscriptomic and thermodynamic insights into medium-chain fatty acid production using an anaerobic microbiome – Matthew J. Scarborough – mSystems

December 15, 2018

Colonizing FMT patients with donor bacteriophages, the microbial communities of tigers, fruit bats, hemlocks, and rainbow trout, a review on the advances in urinary microbiome research.

Multi-site human microbiome

Review: The role of the microbiota in infectious diseases – Josie Libertucci – Nature Microbiology

Human skin microbiome

Ultraviolet radiation, both UVA and UVB, influences the composition of the skin microbiome – Erin M Burns – Experimental Dermatology

Human urinary microbiome

Review: Urobiome updates: advances in urinary microbiome research – Alan J Wolfe – nature Reviews Urology

Human gut microbiome

Pre-print: Gut microbiome response to a modern Paleolithic diet in a Western lifestyle context – Monica Barone – bioRxiv

Difference in Pathomechanism Between Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Revealed by Colon Transcriptome – Lili Yang – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

GABA-modulating bacteria of the human gut microbiota – Philip Strandwitz – Nature Microbiology

Impact of Individual Traits, Saturated Fat, and Protein Source on the Gut Microbiome – Jennifer M Lang – mBio

Animal experiments

Microbiome interactions shape host fitness – Alison L Gould – PNAS

Gut microbiota dysbiosis worsens the severity of acute pancreatitis in patients and mice – Yin Zhu – Journal of Gastroenterology

Microbiota-Derived Lactate Accelerates Intestinal Stem-Cell-Mediated Epithelial Development – Yong-Soo Lee – Cell Host & Microbe

A Microbiota-Derived Bacteriocin Targets the Host to Confer Diarrhea Resistance in Early-Weaned Piglets – Jun Hu – Cell Host & Microbe

Animal microbiome

Exploring variation in phyllosphere microbial communities across four hemlock species – Timothy J Rogers – Ecosphere

Analysis of the gut and gill microbiome of resistant and susceptible lines of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) – Ryan M Brown – Fish & Shellfish Immunology

Metagenomic analysis of captive Amur tiger faecal microbiome – Fengping He – BMC Veterinary Research

Coordinated change at the colony level in fruit bat fur microbiomes through time – Oren Kolodny – Nature Ecology & Evolution

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Remediation of deterioration in microbial structure in continuous Pinellia ternata cropping soil by crop rotation – Zhigui He – Candadian Journal of Microbiology

Plant compartment and genetic variation drive microbiome composition in switchgrass roots – Esther Singer – Environmental Microbiology Reports

Desert plant bacteria reveal host influence and beneficial plant growth properties – Abdul Aziz Eida – PLOS ONE

Water and extremophile microbiome

Marine probiotics: increasing coral resistance to bleaching through microbiome manipulation – Phillipe M Rosado – The ISME Journal

Microbes in space

International Space Station conditions alter genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics in Aspergillus nidulans – Jillian Romsdahl – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Phages and viruses

Long-term colonisation with donor bacteriophages following successful faecal microbial transplantation – L A Draper – Microbiome

Metatranscriptomic Analysis and In Silico Approach Identified Mycoviruses in the Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungus Rhizophagus spp. – Achal Neupane – Viruses

The intestinal virome of malabsorption syndrome-affected and unaffected broilers through shotgun metagenomics – Diane A Lima – Virus Research

Techniques

Detection of Bacteriophages: Sequence-Based Systems – Siân V Owen – Bacteriophages

More microbes

Pseudomonas aeruginosa quorum-sensing metabolite induces host immune cell death through cell surface lipid domain dissolution – Dingka Song – Nature Microbiology

November 27, 2018

Microbial communities of IBS patients after fecal microbiota transplantation, the shipworm gill-associated microbiota, a profile of bioartist Ani Liu in our “bacteria art” section.

Human skin microbiome

The Microbiome in Atopic Dermatitis – Amy S Paller – The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Human gut microbiome

Microbiome dynamics in obesity – Christoph A Thaiss – Science

The kinetics of gut microbial community composition in patients with irritable bowel syndrome following fecal microbiota transplantation – Tarek Mazzawi – PLOS ONE

Impact of Amoxicillin-Clavulanate followed by Autologous Fecal Microbiota Transplantation on Fecal Microbiome Structure and Metabolic Potential – Christopher Bulow – mSphere

Comparison of the gut microbiota of obese individuals from different geographic origins – Emmanouil Angelakis – New Microbes and New Infections

Review: Fire in the Forest: Adverse Effects of Antibiotics on the Healthy Human Gut Microbiome – Manosha Perera – International Journal of Medical Reviews

Animal experiments

Proteomic Analysis of Microbial Induced Redox-Dependent Intestinal Signaling – Jason D Matthews – Redox Biology

Population and Culture Age Influence the Microbiome Profiles of House Dust Mites – Jan Hubert – Microbial Ecology

Animal microbiome

Symbiotic microbes affect the expression of male reproductive genes in Glossina m. morsitans – Francesca Scolari – BMC Microbiology

The gill-associated microbiome is the main source of wood plant polysaccharide hydrolases and secondary metabolite gene clusters in the mangrove shipworm Neoteredo reynei – Thais L Brito – PLOS ONE

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Host-specific signatures of the cell wall changes induced by the plant parasitic nematode, Meloidogyne incognita – Refik Bozbuga – Scientific Reports

The effects of struvite and sewage sludge on plant yield and the microbial community of a semiarid Mediterranean soil – F Bastida – Geoderma

Review: Effects of elevated carbon dioxide on environmental microbes and its mechanisms: A review – Tong Yu – Science of the Total Environment

Water and extremophile microbiome

Combining fish and benthic communities into multiple regimes reveals complex reef dynamics – Mary K Donovan – Scientific Reports

Diversity and predictive metabolic pathways of the prokaryotic microbial community along a groundwater salinity gradient of the Pearl River Delta, China – Shilei Sang – Scientific Reports

Bioinformatics

Pre-print: Naught all zeros in sequence count data are the same – Justin D Silverman – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

A bacterium’s enemy isn’t your friend – Michael S. Gilmore – Nature

Bacteria art

Portrait of the Artist as a Microbial Growth – Kevin Litman-Navarro – The Outline

November 14, 2018

Today’s digest is about how dietary shifts and low gluten diet changes the intestinal microbiome, fecal microbiota transplant in intestinal disorders, characterization of the most abundant bacteriophage family in the human gut, and Raman spectroscopy based method for fast identification of antibiotic resistance bugs.

Human gut microbiome

Fecal microbiota transplantation for refractory immune checkpoint inhibitor-associated colitis – Yinghong Wang – Nature Medicine

A low-gluten diet induces changes in the intestinal microbiome of healthy Danish adults – Lea BS Hansen – Nature Communications

Resilience of human gut microbial communities for the long stay with multiple dietary shifts – Hong Liu – Gut

Microbiome and its relation to gestational diabetes – Ramon V. Cortez – Endocrine

Effect of bifidobacterium breve A-1 on anxiety and depressive symptoms in schizophrenia: A proof-of-concept study – Ryo Okubo – Journal of Affective Disorders

Fecal Akkermansia muciniphila Is Associated with Body Composition and Microbiota Diversity in Overweight and Obese Women with Breast Cancer Participating in a Presurgical Weight Loss Trial – Andrew D Fruge – Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

An Open-Labeled Study on Fecal Microbiota Transfer in Irritable Bowel Syndrome Patients Reveals Improvement in Abdominal Pain Associated with the Relative Abundance of Akkermansia Muciniphila – Cruz-Aguliar RM – Digestion

Animal experiments

Berberine alleviates insulin resistance by reducing peripheral branched-chain amino acids – Shi-Jun Yue – American Journal of Physiology Endocrinology and Metabolism

Air microbiome

A long-term survey unveils strong seasonal patterns in the airborne microbiome coupled to general and regional atmospheric circulations – Joan Cáliz – PNAS

Phages and viruses

ΦCrAss001 represents the most abundant bacteriophage family in the human gut and infects Bacteroides intestinalis – Andrey N Shkoporov – Nature Communications

Techniques

Quantifying and comparing bacterial growth dynamics in multiple metagenomic samples – Yuan Gao – Nature Methods

Dynamic linear models guide design and analysis of microbiota studies within artificial human guts – Justin D Silverman – Microbiome

Microbes in the news

Chinese scientists develop novel instrument for rapid profiling of antimicrobial resistance – EurekaAlert

Microbes on the market

Chr. Hansen Receives Joint Innovation Fund Grant to Develop Next Generation Microbial Solutions for Agriculture – Microbiome times

Non-microbiology picks

Remission of Human Type 2 Diabetes Requires Decrease in Liver and Pancreas Fat Content but Is Dependent upon Capacity for β Cell Recovery – Roy Taylor – Cell Metabolism