October 5, 2019

This weekend, read about how cooking food modifies the microbiome, how bacteria ‘strip off’ to evade antibiotics, and more. Check out an interesting pilot study looking at potential inclusion and exclusion criteria of donors for safe vaginal microbiota transplant. Enjoy!

Events

Bioinformatics for the Microbiome Symposium 2019, Stanford University, Monday October 28.
Some tickets are still available!

General microbiome

Mobile phones as fomites for potential pathogens in hospitals: microbiome analysis reveals hidden contaminants – Rebecca Simmonds – Journal of Hospital Infection

Review: Microbiomes as sources of emergent host phenotypes – J. B. Lynch and E. Y. Hsiao – Science

Vaginal microbiome

*Conceptual Design of a Universal Donor Screening Approach for Vaginal Microbiota Transplant – Kevin DeLong – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

Highly diverse anaerobe-predominant vaginal microbiota among HIV-infected pregnant women in Zambia – Joan T. Price – PlosOne

Urinary microbiome

*Possible role of L-form switching in recurrent urinary tract infection – Katarzyna M. Mickiewicz – Nature Communications

Aerococcus urinae and Globicatella sanguinis Persist in Polymicrobial Urethral Catheter Biofilms Examined in Longitudinal Profiles at the Proteomic Level – Yanbao Yu – Biochemistry Insights

Gut microbiome

*Cooking shapes the structure and function of the gut microbiome – Rachel N. Carmody – Nature Microbiology

Integrated paired-end enhancer profiling and whole-genome sequencing reveals recurrent CCNE1 and IGF2 enhancer hijacking in primary gastric adenocarcinoma – Wen Fong Ooi – Gut

Effects of Low-FODMAP Diet on Symptoms, Fecal Microbiome, and Markers of Inflammation in Patients With Quiescent Inflammatory Bowel Disease in a Randomized Trial – Selina R.Cox – Gastroenterology

Water microbiome

Trophic networks improve the performance of microbial anodes treating wastewater – Christin Koch – npj Biofilms and Microbiomes

Application of a novel molecular technique to characterise the effect of settling on microbial community composition of activated sludge – Luong N.Nguyen – Journal of Environmental Management

Bacterial diversity in Icelandic cold spring sources and in relation to the groundwater amphipod Crangonyx islandicus – Ragnhildur Guðmundsdóttir – PlosOne

Animal microbiome

Looking like the locals – gut microbiome changes post-release in an endangered species – Rowena Chong – Animal microbiome

Animal experiment

Letrozole treatment of pubertal female mice results in activational effects on reproduction, metabolism and the gut microbiome – Pablo Arroyo – PlosOne

Microbiota of MR1 deficient mice confer resistance against Clostridium difficile infection – Ashley D. Smith – PlosOne

Exploring the microbiota of upper respiratory tract during the development of pneumonia in a mouse model – Yoshitomo Morinaga – PlosOne

Plant microbiome

Microbiome profiling of the onion thrips, Thrips tabaci Lindeman (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) – Suresh J. Gawande – PlosOne

Food

Comparison of the microbial composition of African fermented foods using amplicon sequencing – Maria Diaz – Scientific Reports

The impact of grape processing and carbonic maceration on the microbiota of early stages of winemaking – Raffaele Guzzon – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Fungi

Phyllosphere Fungal Communities of Plum and Antifungal Activity of Indigenous Phenazine-Producing Pseudomonas synxantha Against Monilinia laxa – Tamara Janakiev – Frontiers in Microbiology

Microbial communities associated with the black morel Morchella sextelata cultivated in greenhouses – Gian Maria Niccolò Benucci – PeerJ

Viruses

The gut virome in inflammatory bowel disease pathogenesis: From metagenomics to novel therapeutic approaches – Federica Ungaro – United European Gastroenterology Journal

Association of the Eukaryotic Vaginal Virome with Prophylactic Antibiotic Exposure and Reproductive Outcomes in a Subfertile Population Undergoing In Vitro Fertilization: A Prospective Exploratory Study – Ashley M. Eskew – Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Bioinformatics

ProphET, prophage estimation tool: A stand-alone prophage sequence prediction tool with self-updating reference database – João L. Reis-Cunha – PlosOne

September 30, 2019

Monday morning digest covers exciting updates in microbiome with – meta analysis on role of probiotics in human depression , stool banking guidelines for fecal microbiota transplant, expert view on translation of gut microbiome to clinics and a historical peek into use of ceramic baby milk bottles in prehistoric times. Enjoy reading!

General microbiome

Translating the gut microbiome: ready for the clinic? – Susan V. Lynch – Nature Reviews Gatroenterology and Hepatology

Uterine immunity and microbiota: A shifting paradigm – Chiara Agostinis – Frontiers in Immunology

Human microbiome

Cigarette smoking and oral microbiota in low-income and African-American populations – Yaohua Yang – Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

International consensus conference on stool banking for faecal microbiota transplantation in clinical practice – Giovanni Cammarota – Gut

Animal experiments

The intestinal microbiota programs diurnal rhythms in host metabolism through histone deacetylase 3 – Zheng Kuang – Science

Transfusional iron overload and intravenous iron infusions modify the mouse gut microbiota similarly to dietary iron – Francesca La Carpia – Biofilms and Microbiomes

Proteome modifications of gut microbiota in mice with activity-based anorexia and starvation: Role in ATP production – Jonathan Breton – Nutrition

Molecular ecology of the yet uncultured bacterial Ct85-cluster in the mammalian gut – Ulla Hynönen – Anaerobe

Intestinal inflammation increases convulsant activity and reduces antiepileptic drug efficacy in a mouse model of epilepsy – Carmen De Caro – Scientific Reports

The fecal resistome of dairy cattle is associated with diet during nursing – Jinxin Liu – Nature Communications

Neohesperidin Prevents Colorectal Tumorigenesis by Altering the Gut Microbiota – Yanling Gong – Pharmacological Research

Changes of serum lipopolysaccharide, inflammatory factors, and cecal microbiota in obese rats with type 2 diabetes induced by Roux-en-Y gastric bypass – Jiao Wu – Nutrition

Plant, root, soil microbiome

A bioinformatics guide to plant microbiome analysis – Rares Lucaciu – Frontiers in Plant Science

Beyond pathogens: microbiota interactions with the plant immune system – Paulo José PL Teixeira – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Water microbiome

Microbial communities of the Mediterranean rocky shore: ecology and biotechnological potential of the sea‐land transition – Esther Molina-Menor – Microbial Biotechnology

Probiotics

Bacillus coagulans R11 maintained intestinal villus health and decreased intestinal injury in lead-exposed mice by regulating the intestinal microbiota and influenced the function of faecal microRNAs – Si-Cheng Xing – Environmental Pollution

Effect of probiotics on depressive symptoms: A meta-analysis of human studies – Kah Kheng Goh – Psychiatry Research

Non Microbiology Picks

Milk of ruminants in ceramic baby bottles from prehistoric child graves – J. Dunne – Nature

 

September 20, 2019

Have a nice day! In this digest, an interesting study about the relationship between peripheral serotonin synthesis and host glucose homeostasis, as well as another study showing the long-term maintained high levels of Proteobacteria in Crohn’s disease. And, of course, more papers!

 

Human and General Microbiome

Are we Ready for a “Microbiome-Guided Behaviour” Approach? – Andrea Lavazza – Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics

The gut microbiome regulates host glucose homeostasis via peripheral serotonin – Alyce M. Martin – PNAS

Increased abundance of proteobacteria in aggressive Crohn’s disease seven years after diagnosis – M. K. Vester-Andersen – Scientific Reports

The Gut Microbiome and Pediatric Cancer: Current Research and Gaps in Knowledge – Roma Bhuta – JNCI Monographs

Time to test antibacterial therapy in Alzheimer’s disease – Francesco Panza – Brain

Discrepant gut microbiota markers for the classification of obesity-related metabolic abnormalities – Qiang Zeng – Scientific Reports

Altered Fecal Small RNA Profiles in Colorectal Cancer Reflect Gut Microbiome Composition in Stool Samples – Sonia Tarallo – mSystems

Analysis of gut microbiome, nutrition and immune status in autism spectrum disorder: a case-control study in Ecuador – María Fernanda Zurita – Gut Microbes 

Association of the Eukaryotic Vaginal Virome with Prophylactic Antibiotic Exposure and Reproductive Outcomes in a Subfertile Population Undergoing In Vitro Fertilization: A Prospective Exploratory Study – Ashley M. Eskew – BJOG

Development of an Index Score for Intestinal Inflammation-Associated Dysbiosis Using Real-World Stool Test Results – Lihong Chen – Digestive Diseases and Sciences

Benchmarking urine storage and collection conditions for evaluating the female urinary microbiome – Carrie E. Jung – Scientific Reports

Dysbiotic microbiota in autistic children and their mothers: persistence of fungal and bacterial wall-deficient L-form variants in blood – N. Markova – Scientific Reports

Features of Fecal and Colon Microbiomes Associate With Responses to Biologic Therapies for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: a Systematic Review – Maria Manuela Estevinho – Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Loss of microbial diversity and pathogen domination of the gut microbiota in critically ill patients – Anuradha Ravi – Microbial Genomics

Complex interactions between the microbiome and cancer immune therapy – Drew J. Schwartz – Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Disentangling the effect of host genetics and gut microbiota on resistance to an intestinal parasite – Bruno Faivre – International Journal for Parasitology

Small talk: microbial metabolites involved in the signaling from microbiota to brain – Giorgia Caspani – Current Opinion in Pharmacology

Sputum microbiota and inflammation at stable state and during exacerbations in a cohort of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients – Solveig Tangedal – PLoS One

 

Animal Microbiome / Animal Experiments

Microbiome composition shapes rapid genomic adaptation of Drosophila melanogaster – Seth M. Rudman – PNAS

Abnormal composition of gut microbiota is associated with resilience versus susceptibility to inescapable electric stress – Kai Zhang – Translational Psychiatry

Adenovirus infection is associated with altered gut microbial communities in a non-human primate – Wasimuddin – Scientific Reports

 

Beneficial Microbes and Compounds

Honey Polyphenols Ameliorate DSS-induced Ulcerative Colitis Via Modulating Gut Microbiota in Rats – Haoan Zhao – Molecular Nutrition and Food Research

ω-3 PUFAs Alleviate High-fat Diet Induced Circadian Intestinal Microbes Dysbiosis – Lifeng Gui – Molecular Nutrition and Food Research

Additional Candida albicans administration enhances the severity of dextran sulfate solution induced colitis mouse model through leaky gut-enhanced systemic inflammation and gut-dysbiosis but attenuated by Lactobacillus rhamnosus L34 – Wimonrat Panpetch – Gut Microbes

Equol: A Bacterial Metabolite from The Daidzein Isoflavone and Its Presumed Beneficial Health Effects –  Baltasar Mayo – Nutrients

Dietary cranberry suppressed colonic inflammation and alleviated gut microbiota dysbiosis in dextran sodium sulfate-treated mice – Xiaokun Cai – Food and Function

 

Food Microbiome

Deciphering the microbiome shift during fermentation of medicinal plants – Martina Köberl – Scientific Reports

 

Plant Microbiome

The aeroponic rhizosphere microbiome: community dynamics in early succession suggest strong selectional forces – Jennifer W. Edmonds – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

 

Extremophiles

A shared core microbiome in soda lakes separated by large distances – Jackie K. Zorz – Nature Communications

 

Methods

Phylogenetic microbiota profiling in fecal samples depends on combination of sequencing depth and choice of NGS analysis method – Sukithar K. Rajan – PLoS One

Gut microbiome comparability of fresh-frozen versus stabilized-frozen samples from hospitalized patients using 16S rRNA gene and shotgun metagenomic sequencing – Emma E. Ilett – Scientific Reports

 

September 13, 2019

In today’s edition, you’ll find a whole new textbook about microbes affecting ecosystem sustainability, reviews about phages and plant viruses, New York Times coverage of clinical trials of FMT for obesity, how to banish “manels” from scientific meetings, and microbiota-related metabolites as biomarkers of aging. Enjoy!

General microbiome
Review: Microbial invasions in terrestrial ecosystems – Madhav P. Thakur – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Preprint: Therapeutically exploring persister metabolism in bacteria – Sayed G. Mohiuddin – bioRxiv

Preprint: Delayed antibiotic exposure induces population collapse in enterococcal communities with drug-resistant subpopulations – Kelsey M Hallinen – bioRxiv

Human gut microbiome
Review: Pairing phages with their hosts in the human gut – Ursula Hofer – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Book chapter: Gut Microbiota and Microbiota-Related Metabolites as Possible Biomarkers of Cognitive Aging – Andrea Ticinesi – Reviews on Biomarker Studies in Aging and Anti-Aging Research

Animal microbiome
Habitat disturbance and the organization of bacterial communities in Neotropical hematophagous arthropods – Kelly L. Bennett – PLOS One

Plant, root, soil microbiome
Book chapter: Rhizospheric Microbiome Engineering as a Sustainable Tool in Agriculture: Approaches and Challenges – Shubham Dubey – Microbial Diversity in Ecosystem Sustainability and Biotechnological Applications

Book chapter: Dynamics of Plant Microbiome and Its Effect on the Plant Traits – Shivali Sharma – Microbial Diversity in Ecosystem Sustainability and Biotechnological Applications

Book chapter: Microbial Diversity of the Sundarbans, the World’s Largest Tidal Mangrove Forest, and Its Bioprospects – Kaushik Biswas – Microbial Diversity in Ecosystem Sustainability and Biotechnological Applications

Water and extremophile microbiome
Capability for arsenic mobilization in groundwater is distributed across broad phylogenetic lineages – Robert E. Danczak – PLOS One

Food microbiology
Book chapter: Microbial Diversity on Grapes and Other Fruits: Role and Significance in Fermentation – M. V. Deshpande – Microbial Diversity in Ecosystem Sustainability and Biotechnological Applications

The Dynamics Analysis of Fungal Community Diversity During the Fermentation Process of Chinese Traditional Soybean Paste – Jingping Ge – Waste and Biomass Valorization

Phages and viruses
Review: Evolution and ecology of plant viruses – Pierre Lefeuvre – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Bioinformatics
An Integrated Approach for Efficient Multi-Omics Joint Analysis – Massimiliano S. Tagliamonte – Proceedings of the 10th ACM International Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Health Informatics

Techniques
Polysaccharide-based liquid storage and transport media for non-refrigerated preservation of bacterial pathogens – Janine R. Hutchison – PLOS One

Microbes in the news
Seeking an Obesity Cure, Researchers Turn to the Gut Microbiome -Anahad O’Connor – NY Times

Exclusive: Behind the front lines of the Ebola wars – Amy Maxmen – Nature

Science, publishing, and career
How to banish manels and manferences from scientific meetings – Holly Else – Nature

September 3, 2019

Happy Tuesday and best of luck to those headed back to school! In today’s Digest, you’ll find the virome of the mosquito gut, leveraging blood metabolomics to predict gut alpha diversity, and a comparison of bacterial taxa consumed in organic vs. conventional apples.

General microbiome
Changes in microbial community structure during dark fermentative hydrogen production – Guang Yang – International Journal of Hydrogen Energy

Pregnancy and early life
Effect of the vaginal microbiome on the pregnancy rate in women receiving assisted reproductive treatment – Andrea Bernabeu – Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics

Maturation of the infant rhesus macaque gut microbiome and its role in the development of diarrheal disease – Nicholas Rhoades – Genome Biology

Human gut microbiome
Blood metabolome predicts gut microbiome α-diversity in humans – Nature Biotechnology – Tomasz Wilmanski

B cell superantigens in the human intestinal microbiota – Jeffrey J. Bunker – Science Translational Medicine

Long-read metagenomic exploration of extrachromosomal mobile genetic elements in the human gut – Yoshihiko Suzuki – Microbiome

Microbiome of death
Preprint: Manner of death and demographic effects on microbial community composition in organs of the human cadaver – Holly L Lutz – bioRxiv

Animal experiments
Diet-induced remission in chronic enteropathy is associated with altered microbial community structure and synthesis of secondary bile acids – Shuai Wang – Microbiome

Animal microbiome
Testing the relationship between microbiome composition and flux of carbon and nutrients in Caribbean coral reef sponges – Shelby E. Gantt – Microbiome

Plant, root, and soil microbiome
A new family of uncultivated bacteria involved in methanogenesis from the ubiquitous osmolyte glycine betaine in coastal saltmarsh sediments – Helen J. Jones – Microbiome

Top-down Enrichment Guides in Formation of Synthetic Microbial Consortia for Biomass Degradation – Sean P. Gilmore – ACS Synthetic Biology

Microbial community response to environmental changes in a technosol historically contaminated by the burning of chemical ammunitions – Hugues Thouin – Science of the Total Environment

Preprint: Intra-genus metabolic diversity facilitates co-occurrence of multiple Ferrovum species at an acid mine drainage site – Christen L Grettenberger – bioRxiv

Water and extremophile microbiome
Exploring the effects of operational mode and microbial interactions on bacterial community assembly in a one-stage partial-nitritation anammox reactor using integrated multi-omics – Yulin Wang – Microbiome

Fungi in salterns – Dawoon Chung – Journal of Microbiology

Distinct temporal dynamics of planktonic archaeal and bacterial assemblages in the bays of the Yellow Sea – Jong-Geol Kim – Plos One

Food microbiology
An Apple a Day: Which Bacteria Do We Eat With Organic and Conventional Apples? – Birgit Wassermann – Frontiers in Microbiology

Preprint: Molecular characterization of bacterial communities in sheep cheese through 16S rRNA gene sequencing – Creciana Maria Endres – bioRxiv

Phages and viruses
Stable distinct core eukaryotic viromes in different mosquito species from Guadeloupe, using single mosquito viral metagenomics – Chenyan Shi – Microbiome

The virome of cerebrospinal fluid: viruses where we once thought there were none – Chandrabali Ghose – Frontiers in Microbiology

Detecting viral sequences in NGS data – Paul G. Cantalupo – Current Opinion in Virology

Bioinformatics
Identification of discriminatory antibiotic resistance genes among environmental resistomes using extremely randomized tree algorithm – Suraj Gupta – Microbiome

August 28, 2019

Today’s digest features interesting review articles about different aspects of human gut microbiome,  metaproteomics approach in microbiota, new study to tackle antibiotic resistance and updates on microbiome business.

General Microbiome

The long-term consequences of antibiotic therapy: Role of colonic short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) system and intestinal barrier integrity – Yuliia Holota – Plos One

Factors affecting the composition of the gut microbiota, and its modulation – Nihal Hasan – Peer Journal

The Microbiota and Malnutrition: Impact of Nutritional Status During Early Life – Carlos Gómez-Gallego – Annual review of Nutrition

The necessity to revise Koch’s postulates and its application to infectious and non-infectious diseases: a mini-review – Hasan Hosainzadegan – European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

Pancreas–Microbiota Cross Talk in Health and Disease – Timon E. Adolph – Annual Review of Nutrition

Does Soil Contribute to the Human Gut Microbiome? – Winfried E.H. Blum – Microorganisms

Impact of the Microbiome on the Human Genome – Thiviya Jeyakumar – Trends in Parasitology

Problems with the concept of gut microbiota dysbiosis – Harald Brüssow – Microbial Biotechnology

Human microbiome

Lactulose Improves Cognition, Quality of Life and Gut Microbiota in Minimal Hepatic Encephalopathy: A Multi‐Center, Randomized Controlled Trial – Ji Yao Wang – Journal of Digestive Diseases

Microbial Profiles of Cirrhosis in the Human Small Intestine – Tien S. Dong – Current Gastroenterology Reports

Crosstalk between vaginal microbiome and female health: A review – Shagun Gupta – Microbial Pathogenesis

Animal experiments

Metformin and Dipeptidase Peptidyl-4 Inhibitor Differentially Modulate the Intestinal Microbiota and Plasma Metabolome of Metabolically Dysfunctional Mice – Ryan PM – Canadian Journal of Diabetes

The gut microbiome derived from anorexia nervosa patients impairs weight gain and behavioral performance in female mice – Tomokazu Hata – Endocrinology

Microbiota-derived lantibiotic restores resistance against vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus – Sohn G. Kim – Nature

Probiotics and prebiotics 

Developments in understanding and applying prebiotics in research and practice – an ISAPP conference paper – Karen P Scott – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Techniques

An automated ‘cells-to-peptides’ sample preparation workflow for high-throughput, quantitative proteomic assays of microbes – Yan Chen – Journal of Proteome Research

Comparison of metaproteomics workflows for deciphering the functions of gut microbiota in an animal model of obesity – Maria Guirro – Journal of Proteomics

An expectation-maximization algorithm enables accurate ecological modeling using longitudinal microbiome sequencing data – Chenhao Li – Microbiome

Microbes in the news

‘A holistic approach’: EU-backed project taps microbiome to optimise food production – Food navigator.com

Remodeling unhealthful gut microbiomes to fight disease – Science daily

The microbiome and the effect of antimicrobials in food production – New Food

Researchers propose new technique to remodel the gut microbiome – News Atlas

Microbes and the market

Global Human Microbiome Market 2019 Research Analysis of Players:- Merck, DuPont, MicroBiome Therapeutics, Osel – Global Market News 24

Microbiome Sequencing Market Forecast by Biolog Inc., CosmosID Inc., Illumina Inc., Metabiomics and Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd to 2024 – SocioHerald

 

August 23, 2019

Good morning everyone!

This post is written from lovely NYC, quite a distance from my hometown in Israel. If you’re working on microbial ecology in the city and care for a cup of coffee (on me!) and a rather interesting chat about science, entreprenurship and agriculture- please contact me via barakdror@outlook.com or just find me on Linkedin.

Today post will feature highly recommended podcast, a great antimicrobial resistance review paper, Cocaine effect on gut microbiota, some cool bioinformatics tools papers, fascinating animal microbiome studies and more.

Resources and Podcast

I’m a huge fan of the This Week in Microbiology podcast. On their 201 episode the team hosted Prof. Mark Martin (U of Puget Sound) with some great list of papers for 1st year undergrads- but it is a great opportunity to read about general concepts and direction in micrboiology. I truely enjoed both the episode and the recommended papers.

15 Biotech-Themed Online Courses to Try at Home

Antibiotic Resistance

Defining and combating antibiotic resistance from One Health and Global Health perspectives, Sara Hernando-Amado, Nature Microbiology

Bioinformatics

An expectation-maximization algorithm enables accurate ecological modeling using longitudinal microbiome sequencing data, Chenhao Li, Microbiome

Analysing complex metagenomic data with MicroWineBar, Franziska Klincke ,bioRxiv

A systematic NGS-based approach for contaminant detection and functional inference, Sung-Joon Park, bioRxiv

Human and Animal microbiome

Cocaine Induces Inflammatory Gut Milieu by Compromising the Mucosal Barrier Integrity and Altering the Gut Microbiota Colonization, Ernest T. Chivero, Scientific Reports

Influence of the microbiota-gut-brain axis on behavior and welfare in farm animals: A review, Narjis Kraimi, Physiology & Behavior

Dissecting the factors shaping fish skin microbiomes in a heterogeneous inland water system, Yaron Krotman, bioRxiv

Non‐random associations of maternally transmitted symbionts in insects: The roles of drift versus biased co‐transmission and selection, Hugo Mathe-Hubert, Molecular Ecology

The microbiome of the Melitaea cinxia butterfly shows marked variation but is only little explained by the traits of the butterfly or its host plant, G. Minard, Environmental Microbiology

Food microbiome

The occurrence of Listeria monocytogenes is associated with built environment microbiota in three tree fruit processing facilities, Xiaoqing Tan, Microbiome

Environmental microbiome

Marine-freshwater prokaryotic transitions require extensive changes in the predicted proteome, Pedro J. Cabello-Yeves, Microbiome

Taxonomic and functional characterization of a microbial community from a volcanic englacial ecosystem in Deception Island, Antarctica, Emma Martinez-Alonso, Scientific Reports