January 18, 2022

Today’s digest contains interesting gut-brain axis articles, developments in bioinformatic multi-omic analyses, and some recent developments in long COVID research highlighted under non microbiome picks below. 

General microbiome

Substantial overlap between symptomatic and asymptomatic genitourinary microbiota states – Adu oppong et al. – Microbiome 

Human gut microbiome

Gut Ruminococcaceae levels at baseline correlate with risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea – Gu et al. – iScience

Home or hospital birth: the neonatal microbiota perspective – Stojanov et al. – The Lancet Microbe

A pilot exploration of multi-omics research of gut microbiome in major depressive disorders – Zhao et al – Translational Psychiatry

Post-ischemic protein restriction induces sustained neuroprotection, neurological recovery, brain remodeling, and gut microbiota rebalancing – de Carvalho et al. – Brain Behavior and Immunity

Bifidobacterium breve CCFM1025 attenuates major depression disorder via regulating gut microbiome and tryptophan metabolism: A randomized clinical trial – Tian et al.  – Brain Behavior and Immunity

Gestational insulin resistance is mediated by the gut microbiome-indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase axis – Priyadarshini et al. – Gastroenterology

A natural polyphenol exerts antitumor activity and circumvents anti-PD-1 resistance through effects on the gut microbiota – Messaoudene et al. – Cancer Discovery

Virome

[Research Highlight] Virome holds back a vaccine – York – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Plant & Soil microbiome

Genome-Resolved Metagenomics Reveals Distinct Phosphorus Acquisition Strategies between Soil Microbiomes – Wu et al. – mSystems

Bioinformatics

M&Ms: a versatile software for building microbial mock communities – García-García et al. – Bioinformatics

GraphOmics: an interactive platform to explore and integrate multi-omics data – Wandy & Daly – BMC Bioinformatics

Aristotle: stratified causal discovery for omics data – Mansouri et al.  – BMC Bioinformatics

Non Microbiome Picks

The last few weeks has seen several big studies of ‘long COVID’ published, as well as a letter in The Guardian, which I wanted to highlight

Immunological dysfunction persists for 8 months following initial mild-to-moderate SARS-CoV-2 infection – Phetsouphanh et al. – Nature Immunology

Long-term perturbation of the peripheral immune system months after SARS-CoV-2 infection – Ryan et al. BMC Medicine

Post-acute neurological consequences of COVID-19: an unequal burden – Nolen et al. – Nature Medicine 

Long COVID in children – Gurdasani et al. – The Lancet Child Adolescent Health
I’m leading a long Covid trial – it’s clear Britain has underestimated its impact – Amitava Banerjee – The Guardian

January 17, 2022

Human and General Microbiome

Exploring the universal healthy human gut microbiota around the World – Samuel Piquer-Esteban – Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal

An Investigation into the Effects of Outer Membrane Vesicles and Lipopolysaccharide of Porphyromonas gingivalis on Blood-Brain Barrier Integrity, Permeability, and Disruption of Scaffolding Proteins in a Human in vitro Model – Anna Barlach Pritchard – Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

Evolution of fluoroquinolone-resistant Escherichia coli in the gut after ciprofloxacin treatment – V de Lastours – International Journal of Medical Microbiology

Impact of Helicobacter pylori infection on fluid duodenal microbial community structure and microbial metabolic pathways – Tadashi Maeda – BMC Microbiology

Human and General Microbiome – Reviews

Review: Implications of the Gut Microbiome in Sports – Gerardo Miranda-Comas – Sports Health

Review: Gut microbiome effects on neuronal excitability & activity: Implications for epilepsy – Henry Darch – Neurobiology of Disease

Review: The interplay between Sleep and Gut Microbiota – Mengqi Han – Brain Research Bulletin

Animal Microbiome

High-sugar, high-fat, and high-protein diets promote antibiotic resistance gene spreading in the mouse intestinal microbiota – Rong Tan – Gut Microbes

Determinants for antimicrobial resistance genes in farm dust on 333 poultry and pig farms in nine European countries – Roosmarijn Ec Luiken – Environmental Research

In vitro models of the canine digestive tract as an alternative to in vivo assays: Advances and current challenges – Charlotte Deschamps – ALTEX

Review: Do gastrointestinal microbiomes play a role in bats’ unique viral hosting capacity? – Devin N Jones – Trends in Microbiology

Beneficial Microbes and Compounds

A natural polyphenol exerts antitumor activity and circumvents anti-PD-1 resistance through effects on the gut microbiota – Meriem Messaoudene – Cancer Discovery

Amino acid intake and plasma concentrations and their interplay with gut microbiota in vegans and omnivores in Germany – Stefan Dietrich – European Journal of Nutrition

Plant Microbiome

Cytokinin-microbiome interactions regulate developmental functions – Rupali Gupta – Environmental Microbiome

Bioinformatics / Techniques

Quantitative metaproteomics and activity-based protein profiling of patient fecal microbiome identifies host and microbial serine-type endopeptidase activity associated with ulcerative colitis – Peter S Thuy-Boun – Molecular & Cellular Proteomics

Preprint: ProtFinder: finding subcellular locations of proteins using protein interaction networks – Aayush Grover – BioRxiv

January 14, 2022

Human and General Microbiome

Intestinal commensal microbiota and cytokines regulate Fut2(+) Paneth cells for gut defense – Mariko Kamioka – PNAS

Gut microbiota promotes cholesterol gallstone formation by modulating bile acid composition and biliary cholesterol secretion – Hai Hu – Nature Communications

Non-typeable Haemophilus influenzaeMoraxella catarrhalis vaccine for the prevention of exacerbations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a multicentre, randomised, placebo-controlled, observer-blinded, proof-of-concept, phase 2b trial – Stefan Andreas – The Lancet. Respiratory Medicine

PET microplastics affect human gut microbiota communities during simulated gastrointestinal digestion, first evidence of plausible polymer biodegradation during human digestion – Alba Tamargo – Scientific Reports

Ear microbiota and middle ear disease: a longitudinal pilot study of Aboriginal children in a remote south Australian setting – Steven L Taylor – BMC Microbiology

Comparative analysis of DNA extraction and PCR product purification methods for cervicovaginal microbiome analysis using cpn60 microbial profiling – Elinor Shvartsman – PloS ONE

Microbial hydrogen economy alleviates colitis by reprogramming colonocyte metabolism and reinforcing intestinal barrier – Li Ge – Gut Microbes

Single-gene long-read sequencing illuminates Escherichia coli strain dynamics in the human intestinal microbiome – Dalong Hu – Cell Reports

Draft Genome Sequence of Bifidobacterium adolescentis 4-2, Isolated from Healthy Human Feces – Hend Altaib – Microbiology Resource Announcements

Preview: Diet, microbe, and autism: Cause or consequence? – Guanjian Li – Cell Host & Microbe

Human and General Microbiome – Reviews

Systematic review: Gut microbiota in patients with Alzheimer’s disease spectrum: a systematic review and meta-analysis – Chun-Che Hung – Aging

Systematic review: Characteristics of the gut microbiome in women with gestational diabetes mellitus: A systematic review – Louise Søndergaard Rold – PloS ONE

Systematic review: Respiratory tract infections and gut microbiome modifications: A systematic review – Claire A Woodall – PloS ONE

Systematic review: Repercussions of intermittent fasting on the intestinal microbiota community and body composition: a systematic review – Flaydson C S Pinto – Nutrition Reviews

Review: Skin Deep: The Role of the Microbiota in Cutaneous Autoimmunity – Márcia S Pereira – The Journal of Investigative Dermatology

Review: Current advances in the anti-inflammatory effects and mechanisms of natural polysaccharides – Dan Yuan – Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition

Animal Microbiome

The gut microbiota of environmentally enriched mice regulates visual cortical plasticity – Leonardo Lupori – Cell Reports

Characterization of the juvenile koala gut microbiome across wild populations – Michaela D J Blyton – Environmental Microbiology

Specific gut bacterial responses to natural diets of tropical birds – Kasun H Bodawatta – Scientific Reports

Effect of dietary supplementation of lauric acid on growth performance, antioxidative capacity, intestinal development and gut microbiota on black sea bream (Acanthopagrus schlegelii) – Sami Ullah – PloS ONE

Establishment and resilience of transplanted gut microbiota in aged mice – Ying Wang – iScience

Identification of Gut Bacteria such as Lactobacillus johnsonii that Disseminate to Systemic Tissues of Wild Type and MyD88-/- Mice – Sreeram Udayan – Gut Microbes

Responsive changes of rumen microbiome and metabolome in dairy cows with different susceptibility to subacute ruminal acidosis – Tao Zhang – Animal Nutrition

Torula yeast in the diet of Atlantic salmon Salmo salar and the impact on growth performance and gut microbiome – Alexandra Leeper – Scientific Reports

Distinct gut microbiomes in two polar bear subpopulations inhabiting different sea ice ecoregions – Megan Franz – Scientific Reports

Microbiome Resilience despite a Profound Loss of Minority Microbiota following Clindamycin Challenge in Humanized Gnotobiotic Mice – Lin Liu – Microbiology Spectrum

Review: Bovine respiratory microbiota of feedlot cattle and its association with disease – Jianmin Chai – Veterinary Research

Plant Microbiome

Plant neighborhood shapes diversity and reduces interspecific variation of the phyllosphere microbiome – Kyle M Meyer – The ISME Journal

Environmental Microbiome

Sulfate-dependant microbially induced corrosion of mild steel in the deep sea: a 10-year microbiome study – Pauliina Rajala – Microbiome

Microbial community composition and glyphosate degraders of two soils under the influence of temperature, total organic carbon and pH – Angelica M Muskus – Environmental Pollution

Increased Tea Saponin Content Influences the Diversity and Function of Plantation Soil Microbiomes – Shouke Zhang – Microbiology Spectrum

Bioinformatics

Identifying temporal and spatial patterns of variation from multimodal data using MEFISTO – Britta Velten – Nature Methods

Review: Inferring microbiota functions from taxonomic genes: a review – Christophe Djemiel – GigaScience

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

Bioinformatics

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

Techniques

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

January 10, 2022

Today’s digest features studies on glycosaminoglycans degradation by urinary microbiome, social network of honeybees, improved DNA extraction for low biomass samples, the LotuS2 tool for amplicon sequencing analysis, and more. Happy Monday!


Gut microbiome

Review: The role of the microbiota in the management of intensive care patients – Piotr Szychowiak – Annals of Intensive Care

Review: The Gut Microbiome in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) – Rahel S. König – Frontiers in Immunology

Review: Opioid Use, Gut Dysbiosis, Inflammation, and the Nervous System – Richa Jalodia – Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology

Urinary microbiome

*A Semi-Quantitative Assay to Measure Glycosaminoglycan Degradation by the Urinary Microbiota – Vivian H. Nguyen – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

Vaginal microbiome

Composition and Stability of the Vaginal Microbiota of Pregnant Women With Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Janet E Hill – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Skin microbiome

*Anatomy promotes neutral coexistence of strains in the human skin microbiome – Arolyn Conwill – Cell Host & Microbe

Water microbiome

Tenets of a Holistic Approach to Drinking Water-Associated Pathogen Research, Management, and Communication – Caitlin Proctor – Water Research

Animal microbiome

Review: Possibilities and limits for using the gut microbiome to improve captive animal health – Jessica Diaz & Aspen T. Reese – Animal Microbiome

The mosquito microbiome includes habitat-specific but rare symbionts – Hans Schrieke – Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal

*The gut microbiota affects the social network of honeybees – Joanito Liberti – bioRxiv

Techniques and methods

Combined assembly of long and short sequencing reads improve the efficiency of exploring the soil metagenome – Guoshun Xu – BMC Genomics

Enrichment of gut microbiome strains for cultivation-free genome sequencing using droplet microfluidics – Anna Pryszlak – Cell Report Methods

When to suspect contamination rather than colonization – lessons from a putative fetal sheep microbiome – Simone Bihl – Gut Microbes

*Microvolume DNA extraction methods for microscale amplicon and metagenomic studies – Anna R. Bramucci – ISME Communications

Bioinformatics

*LotuS2: An ultrafast and highly accurate tool for amplicon sequencing analysis – Ezgi Özkurt – bioRxiv

Generating lineage-resolved, complete metagenome-assembled genomes from complex microbial communities – Derek M. Bickhart – Nature Biotechnology



January 7, 2022

Today’s digest covers a range of topics including a duplex qPCR assay to detect lung infections, an investigation into sand fly symbionts, and a characterization of a fermented soybean food (Pe poke). If you want to end the week on a good note, I’d suggest reading the two articles I’ve highlighted below. One demonstrates that flooding and ecological restoration of former cranberry farmland also restores wetland microbial communities and soil function. The second provides a new barcoding strategy for the phenotypic screening of mosquitos that can be applied towards malaria research.

Happy reading!

General microbiome

Controlled spatial organization of bacterial growth reveals key role of cell filamentation preceding Xylella fastidiosa biofilm formation – Anbumani et al. – npj Biofilms and Microbiomes

Bacteria can be selected to help beneficial plasmids spread – Dimitriu et al. – PLOS Biology

Genome-wide gene expression noise in Escherichia coli is condition-dependent and determined by propagation of noise through the regulatory network – Urchueguía et al. – PLOS Biology

Human respiratory microbiome

Detection of Pneumocystis jirovecii and Toxoplasma gondii in patients with lung infections by a duplex qPCR assay – Wu et al. – PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Animal experiments

***Barcoded Asaia bacteria enable mosquito in vivo screens and identify novel systemic insecticides and inhibitors of malaria transmission – Sturm et al. – PLOS Biology

Molecular phylogeny of heritable symbionts and microbiota diversity analysis in phlebotominae sand flies and Culex nigripalpus from Colombia – Vivero-Gomez – PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Shotgun sequence-based metataxonomic and predictive functional profiles of Pe poke, a naturally fermented soybean food of Myanmar – Tamang et al. – PLOS One

***Flooding and ecological restoration promote wetland microbial communities and soil functions on former cranberry farmland – Rubin et al. – PLOS One

Water and extremophile microbiome

Coral reef biofilm bacterial diversity and successional trajectories are structured by reef benthic organisms and shift under chronic nutrient enrichment – Remple et al. – npj Biofilms and Microbiomes

January 4, 2022

Happy new year! Today’s digest is jam packed with articles published over the Christmas period. This includes the Skin Microbial Genome Collection (SMGC), a fascinating study linking the gut virome to rotavirus vaccine response, multiple cancer-microbiome papers and a catalogue of the human gut archaeome

General microbiome

The Metaproteomics Initiative: a coordinated approach for propelling the functional characterization of microbiomes – Bossche et al. Microbiome

Directional Gaussian Mixture Models of the Gut Microbiome Elucidate Microbial Spatial Structure – Pasarkar et al. mSystems

Human gut microbiome

Human gut-microbiome-derived propionate coordinates proteasomal degradation via HECTD2 upregulation to target EHMT2 in colorectal cancer – Ryu et al. ISME

Gut microbiomes from Gambian infants reveal the development of a non-industrialized Prevotella-based trophic network – Goffau et al. Nature Microbiology.

Reuterin in the healthy gut microbiome suppresses colorectal cancer growth through altering redox balance – Bell et al. Cancer Cell. 

Population study of the gut microbiome: associations with diet, lifestyle, and cardiometabolic disease – Walker et al. Genome Medicine

Enteric virome negatively affects seroconversion following oral rotavirus vaccination in a longitudinally sampled cohort of Ghanaian infants – Kim et al. Cell Host & Microbe

Maternal gut bacteria drive intestinal inflammation in offspring with neurodevelopmental disorders by altering the chromatin landscape of CD4+ T cells – Kim et al. Immunity

Lactobacillus gallinarum modulates the gut microbiota and produces anti-cancer metabolites to protect against colorectal tumourigenesis – Sugimura et al. Gut

A catalogue of 1,167 genomes from the human gut archaeome – Chibani et al. Nature Microbiology

Variation and transmission of the human gut microbiota across multiple familial generations – Valles-Colomer et al. Nature Microbiology. 

The Mouse Gastrointestinal Bacteria Catalogue enables translation between the mouse and human gut microbiotas via functional mapping – Beresford-Jones et al. Cell Host & Microbe

Human skin & oral microbiome

Integrating cultivation and metagenomics for a multi-kingdom view of skin microbiome diversity and functions – Kashaf et al. Nature Microbiology.

Alterations of human skin microbiome and expansion of antimicrobial resistance after systemic antibiotics – Jo et al. Science Translational Medicine

Microbiome-mediated incapacitation of interferon lambda production in the oral mucosa – Rodriguez-Hernandez et al. PNAS

Plant microbiome

Glutamic acid reshapes the plant microbiota to protect plants against pathogens – Kim et al. Microbiome. 

Water microbiome

Metagenomics of Antarctic Marine Sediment Reveals Potential for Diverse Chemolithoautotrophy – Garber et al. mSphere

Dissecting the dominant hot spring microbial populations based on community-wide sampling at single-cell genomic resolution – Bowers et all. ISME

Bioinformatics

Fast and accurate metagenotyping of the human gut microbiome with GT-Pro – Shi et al. Nature Biotechnology

Rapid screening and identification of viral pathogens in metagenomic data – Song et al. BMC Medical Genomics. 

December 24, 2021

Happy Holidays from the MicrobiomeDigest Team!

Human and General Microbiome

Dietary fiber and probiotics influence the gut microbiome and melanoma immunotherapy response – Christine N Spencer – Science 

Association of the gut microbiota and fecal short-chain fatty acids with skeletal muscle mass and strength in children – Fengyan Chen – FASEB Journal

Characteristics of Fecal Microbiota and Machine Learning Strategy for Fecal Invasive Biomarkers in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Xinqiong Wang – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

The microbial gbu gene cluster links cardiovascular disease risk associated with red meat consumption to microbiota L-carnitine catabolism – Jennifer A Buffa – Nature Microbiology

Gut Microbiota Exceeds Cervical Microbiota for Early Diagnosis of Endometriosis – Liujing Huang – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

Natural selection for imprecise vertical transmission in host-microbiota systems – Marjolein Bruijning – Nature Ecology & Evolution

Comparison of the airway microbiota in children with chronic suppurative lung disease – Bushra Ahmed – BMJ Open Respiratory Research

VicRK and CovR polymorphisms in Streptococcus mutans strains associated with cardiovascular infections – Letícia T Oliveira – Journal of Medical Microbiology

Oral Colonization by Entamoeba gingivalis and Trichomonas tenax: A PCR-Based Study in Health, Gingivitis, and Periodontitis – Alaa Yaseen – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

Human and General Microbiome – Reviews

Systematic Review: Probiotics Evaluation in Oncological Surgery: A Systematic Review of 36 Randomized Controlled Trials Assessing 21 Diverse Formulations – Elise Cogo – Current Oncology

Review: Untangling human milk oligosaccharides and infant gut microbiome – Andrea C Masi – iScience

Review: Periodontal Disease: The Good, The Bad, and The Unknown – Lea M Sedghi – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

Review: Clinical implications of preterm infant gut microbiome development – David B Healy – Nature Microbiology

COVID19 and Microbiome

Genomic characterization of the dominating Beta variant carrying vaccinated (Oxford-AstraZeneca) and non-vaccinated COVID-19 patient samples in Bangladesh: A metagenomics and whole genome approach – Md Mizanur Rahaman – Journal of Medical Virology

Animal Microbiome

Concepts and Consequences of a Core Gut Microbiota for Animal Growth and Development – Daphne Perlman – Annual Review of Animal Biosciences

Playing by their own rules: the vertebrate archaeome – Sarah M Hird – Trends in Microbiology

Integration of whole genome sequencing and transcriptomics reveals a complex picture of the reestablishment of insecticide resistance in the major malaria vector Anopheles coluzzii – Victoria A Ingham – PLoS Genetics

Comparative Study of Intestinal Microbiota Composition of Six Edible Fish Species – Tamir Ofek – Frontiers in Microbiology

Captivity Influences the Gut Microbiome of Rhinopithecus roxellana – Xiaochen Wang – Frontiers in Microbiology

Assessment of Changes in the Oral Microbiome That Occur in Dogs with Periodontal Disease – Rodrigo Santibáñez – Veterinary Sciences

Beneficial Microbes and Compounds

Evaluation of Microbiome Alterations Following Consumption of BIOHM, a Novel Probiotic – Mahmoud A Ghannoum – Current Issues in Molecular Biology

Lactobacillus rhamnosus attenuates Thai chili extracts induced gut inflammation and dysbiosis despite capsaicin bactericidal effect against the probiotics, a possible toxicity of high dose capsaicin – Wimonrat Panpetch – PloS ONE

Plant and Soil Microbiome

May the dark be with roots: A perspective on how root illumination may bias in vitro research on plant-environment interactions – Javier Cabrera – The New Phytologist

Site and land-use associations of soil bacteria and fungi define core and indicative taxa – Gschwend Florian – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Bioinformatics

tascCODA: Bayesian Tree-Aggregated Analysis of Compositional Amplicon and Single-Cell Data – Johannes Ostner – Frontiers in Genetics

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

Techniques

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

December 20, 2021

Today’s digest is a grab bag that includes research articles on the vaginal microbiota, the gut microbiota of dairy calves, microbial loads in medical waste, and more! I’ve also highlighted a non-microbiology article that found that pet dog owners were significantly less depressed than non-pet owners during the pandemic. So if you’re looking for more reasons to adopt a new furry friend, you can add this one to the list!

General microbiome

Genomic comparison and phenotypic profiling of small colony variants of Burkholderia pseudomallei – Zulkefli et al. – PLOS One

Human vaginal microbiome

Vaginal microbiota of American Indian women and associations with measures of psychosocial stress – Borgogna et al. – PLOS One

Human gut microbiome

Gut microbiota features associated with Clostridioides difficile colonization in dairy calves – Redding et al. – PLOS One

Animal microbiome

Culicoides Latreille (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) as potential vectors for Leishmania martiniquensis and Trypanosoma sp. in northern Thailand – Sunantaraporn et al. – PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Migratory wild birds carrying multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli as potential transmitters of antimicrobial resistance in China – Yuan et al. – PLOS One

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Characterization of soils conducive and non-conducive to Prunus replant disease – Khan et al. – Plos One

Built environment

Disposal habits and microbial load of solid medical waste in sub-district healthcare facilities and households in Yilo-Krobo municipality, Ghana – Egbenyah et al. – PLOS One

Phages and viruses

A systematic review and meta-analysis of the potential non-human animal reservoirs and arthropod vectors of the Mayaro virus – Celone et al. – PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Bioinformatics

Genomic prediction using low-coverage portable Nanopore sequencing – Lamb et al. – PLOS One

Development of an efficient Sanger sequencing-based assay for detecting SARS-CoV-2 spike mutations – Lim et al. – PLOS One

Kara’s non-microbiology pick

***Depression, anxiety, and happiness in dog owners and potential dog owners during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States – Martin et al. – PLOS One