December 21, 2018

Today’s digest is about the shortcomings of the midstream urine test for urinary tract infection, contacts between phages and bacterial hosts, and contamination in marker-gene and metagenomic sequencing. There is a very interesting podcast on “Seeing double” in scientific papers. Happy reading/listening!

Urinary microbiome

Cross-over data supporting long-term antibiotic treatment in patients with painful lower urinary tract symptoms, pyuria and negative urinalysis – Sheela Swamy – International Urogynecology Journal

*Reassessment of routine midstream culture in diagnosis of urinary tract infection – Sanchutha Sathiananthamoorthya – Journal of Clinical Microbiology

Gut microbiome

Drivers of human gut microbial community assembly: Coadaptation, determinism and stochasticity – Kaitlyn Oliphan – BioRxiv

Animal experiments

*Scaffolding bacterial genomes and probing host-virus interactions in gut microbiome by proximity ligation (chromosome capture) assay – Martial Marbouty – Science Advances

Antidepressant treatment modulates the gut microbiome and metabolome during pregnancy and lactation in rats with a depressive-like phenotype – Anouschka S Ramsteijn – BioRxiv

General Anesthesia Alters the Diversity and Composition of the Intestinal Microbiota in Mice – Mara A. Serbanescu – Anesthesia & Analgesia

Water microbiome

Bacterial community activity and dynamics in the biofilm of an experimental hybrid wetland system treating greywater – Marika Truu – Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Plant/root/soil microbiome

Introducing THOR, a model microbiome for genetic dissection of community behavior – Gabriel L. Lozano – BioRxiv

Bacterial analogs of plant piperidine alkaloids mediate microbial interactions in a rhizosphere model system – Gabriel L. Lozano – BioRxiv

Bioinformatics

*Simple statistical identification and removal of contaminant sequences in marker-gene and metagenomics data – Nicole M. Davis – Microbiome

Nucleotide Archival Format (NAF) enables efficient lossless reference-free compression of DNA sequences – Kirill Kryukov – BioRxiv

Podcast

*Seeing double [Elisabeth Bik speaks about the problematic images in scientific papers, the state of microbiome research, and making the jump from academia to industry] – Dan Quintana and James Heathers – Everything Hertz.

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December 20, 2018

In the wait of Christmas weekend and holidays, some quick reading for updates in microbiome field. Today’s digest include articles on improving metagenomic data analysis and integrating different -omics datasets; review article on potential of microbiome to address antimicrobial resistance and meta-analysis on benefits of probiotic supplements in kidney disease.

General microbiome

Microbiome as a tool and a target in the effort to address antimicrobial resistance – David A. Relman – PNAS

Gut microbiota and health: connecting actors across the metabolic system – F. Fava – Proceedings of the Nutrition Society

Dietary sugar silences a colonization factor in a mammalian gut symbiont – Guy E. Townsend II – PNAS

Human gut microbiome

Genomic variation and strain-specific functional adaptation in the human gut microbiome during early life – Tommi Vatanen – Nature Microbiology

Phylogenetic barriers to horizontal transfer of antimicrobial peptide resistance genes in the human gut microbiota – Bálint Kintses – Nature Microbiology

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for the Critically Ill Patient – Berkeley N. Limketkai – Nutrition in Clinical Practice

Effects of probiotic supplements on the progression of chronic kidney disease: a meta‐analysis – Sibei Tao – Nephrology

Signatures within the esophageal microbiome are associated with host genetics, age, and disease – Nandan P. Deshpande – Microbiome

Human oral microbiome

Oral microbiomes in children with asthma and dental caries – Sergey V. Cherkasov – Oral Diseases

Animal experiments

Microbial fermentation of flaxseed fibers modulates the transcriptome of GPR41-expressing enteroendocrine cells and protects mice against diet-induced obesity – Tulika Arora – Americal Journal of Physiology Endocrinology and Metabolism

Transcriptome-wide reprogramming of N6-methyladenosine modification by the mouse microbiome – Xiaoyun Wang – Cell Research

Antidepressant treatment modulates the gut microbiome and metabolome during pregnancy and lactation in rats with a depressive-like phenotype – Anouschka S. Ramsteijn – BioRxiv

Association of gut microbiota composition and function with a senescence-accelerated mouse model of Alzheimer’s Disease using 16S rRNA gene and metagenomic sequencing analysis – Weijun Peng – Aging

Prebiotics and synbiotics – in ovo delivery for improved lifespan condition in chicken – M. Siwek – BMC Veterinary Research

The response of colonic mucosa-associated microbiota composition, mucosal immune homeostasis, and barrier function to early-life galactooligosaccharides intervention in suckling piglets – Jue Wang – Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Techniques

Microbiome characterization by high-throughput transfer RNA sequencing and modification analysis – Michael H. Schwartz – Nature Communications

Simple statistical identification and removal of contaminant sequences in marker-gene and metagenomics data – Nicole M. Davis – Microbiome

Multiomics modeling of the immunome, transcriptome, microbiome, proteome and metabolome adaptations during human pregnancy – Mohammad Sajjad Ghaemi – Bioinformatics

Introducing THOR, a model microbiome for genetic dissection of community behavior – Gabriel L. Lozano – BioRxiv

Microbes in the news

Prebiotics Benefit the Gut Microbiome of Both Children and Adults – Market watch

Non-microbiology picks

Technologies to address antimicrobial resistance – Stephen J. Baker – PNAS

December 19, 2018

Toady’s digest features research that gives insight on the formation of lower respiratory tract microbiota in infants and the differential role of TL1A in acute and chronic colitis.

General microbiome

Profiling mycobacterial communities in pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacterial disease – Steven A. Cowman – PLOS ONE


Pregnancy and early life

*Early-Life Formation of the Microbial and Immunological Environment of the Human Airways – CélinePattaroni – Cell Host & Microbe


Human reproductive microbiome

Review: Uterine microbiome—low biomass and high expectations – Iolanda Garcia-Grau – Biology of Reproduction


Human respiratory microbiome

Review: Microbiome and disease in the upper airway – Jivianne T. Lee – Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology


Human gut microbiome

Comparative analysis of Faecalibacterium prausnitzii genomes shows a high level of genome plasticity and warrants separation into new species-level taxa – Cormac Brian Fitzgerald – BMC Genomics

Retrospective analysis of long-term gastrointestinal symptoms after Clostridium difficile infection in a nonelderly cohort – Tamar F. Barlam – PLOS ONE

Review: Gut microbiota: a potential manipulator for host adipose tissue and energy metabolism – Bohan Rong – The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry


Animal experiments

*Microbiota-Induced TNF-like Ligand 1A Drives Group 3 Innate Lymphoid Cell-Mediated Barrier Protection and Intestinal T Cell Activation during Colitis – Jim G.Castellanos – Immunity

LC–MS-Based Metabolomics and Lipidomics Study of High-Density-Lipoprotein-Modulated Glucose Metabolism with an apoA-I Knockout Mouse Model – Jia Liu – Journal of Proteome Research

TLR4 deficiency reduces pulmonary resistance to Streptococcus pneumoniae in gut microbiota-disrupted mice – Hongyan Wang – PLOS ONE

Zengye decoction induces alterations to metabolically active gut microbiota in aged constipated rats – Deliang Liu – Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy


Animal microbiome

Floral and Foliar Source Affect the Bee Nest Microbial Community – Jason A. Rothman – Microbial Ecology

Effects of urbanization on the foraging ecology and microbiota of the generalist seabird Larus argentatus – Matthew Fuirst – PLOS ONE

Disruption of the microbiota affects physiological and evolutionary aspects of insecticide resistance in the German cockroach, an important urban pest – Jose E. Pietri _ PLOS ONE

The composition and structure of the intestinal microflora of Anguilla marmorata at different growth rates: a deep sequencing study – Mao Lin – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Review: Composition and functional roles of the gut microbiota in mosquitoes – Michael R. Strand – Current Opinion in Insect Science

Review: Transcriptomic analyses uncover emerging roles of mucins, lysosome/secretory addressing and detoxification pathways in insect midguts – Walter R. Terra – Current Opinion in Insect Science

Terrestriality and bacterial transfer: a comparative study of gut microbiomes in sympatric Malagasy mammals – Amanda C. Perofsky – The ISME Journal


Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Dead or alive; or does it really matter? Level of congruency between trophic modes in total and active fungal communities in High Arctic soil – Magdalena Wutkowska – Frontiers in Microbiology


Water and extremophile microbiome

Reduced TCA cycle rates at high hydrostatic pressure hinder hydrocarbon degradation and obligate oil degraders in natural, deep-sea microbial communities – Alberto Scoma- The ISME Journal

Evidence of selective pressure in whale fall microbiome proteins and its potential application to industry – Robert Cardoso deFreitas – Marine Genomics

AgNPs change microbial community structures of wastewater – Yuting Guo – Frontiers in Microbiology

Performance and microbial community of an electric biological integration reactor (EBIR) for treatment of wastewater containing ibuprofen – Yan Feng – Bioresource Technology

 

Food microbiology

Spoilage microbial community profiling by 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing of modified atmosphere packaged live mussels at cold storage temperature – Olumide A.Odeyemi – Food Research International

Genomic resolution of bacterial populations in saccharin and cyclamate degradation – YuDeng – Science of The Total Environment


Phages and viruses

Nanopore-based detection and characterization of yam viruses – Denis Filloux – Scientific Reports


Metabolomics

Active Acupoints Differ from Inactive Acupoints in Modulating Key Plasmatic Metabolites of Hypertension: A Targeted Metabolomics Study – Mingxiao Yang – Scientific Reports


Techniques

Review: Quantifying microbial chatter: scanning electrochemical microscopy as a tool to study interactions in biofilms – Sophie E. Darch – Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences

Metabolic Fingerprinting of Bacteria Exposed to Nanomaterials, Using Online Databases, NMR, and High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry – Theodoros G. Chatzimitakos – Nanotoxicity

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Science, publishing, and career

Commentary : Communicating health risks in science publications: time for everyone to take responsibility – Alexandra L. J. Freeman – BMC Medicine

Could a double blind peer review process reduce gender bias?

Preprint: The Case For and Against Double-blind Reviews – Amelia R – bioRxiv

December 17, 2018

Have a good Monday! Today a very brief digest with remarkable articles about: Melanoma-related changes in skin microbiome, the use of microbiome to treat obesity, connections between Parkinson’s disease and microbiome, Asthma and more!

 

Human and General Microbiome

Insular Resting State Functional Connectivity is Associated with Gut Microbiota Diversity – Kaylah Curtis – European Journal of Neuroscience

Mini-Review: Gut microbiome approaches to treat obesity in humans – Fernanda Bianchi – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Melanoma-related changes in skin microbiome – Jakub Mrázek – Folia Microbiologica

Role of TLR4 in the gut-brain axis in Parkinson’s disease: a translational study from men to mice – Paula Perez-Pardo – Gut (BMJ)

Bi-directional drug-microbiome interactions of anti-diabetics – Andrew Whang – EBioMedicine

Gut microbiota-dependent trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) shows a U-shaped association with mortality but not with recurrent venous thromboembolism – Martin F. Reiner – Thrombosis Research

The Microbiome in Asthma: Role in pathogenesis, phenotype, and response to treatment – Ariangela J. Kozik – Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Modulating the Microbiome: The Future of Allergy Therapeutics? – Christina E. Ciaccio – Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Microbial patterns in patients with histamine intolerance – M. Schink – Journal Of Physiology And Pharmacology

Towards quantitative microbiome community profiling using internal standards – Yajuan Lin – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Galactose impacts the size and intracellular composition of the asaccharolytic oral pathobiont Porphyromonas gingivalis – Zachary D. Moye – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

 

Functional Compounds

Regulatory Efficacy of Spirulina platensis Protease Hydrolyzate on Lipid Metabolism and Gut Microbiota in High-Fat Diet-Fed Rats – Pengpeng Hua – International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Soluble xyloglucan generates bigger bacterial community shifts than pectic polymers during in vitro fecal fermentation – Thaisa Moro Cantu-Jungles – Carbohydrate Polymers

Dendrobium huoshanense polysaccharide regionally regulates intestinal mucosal barrier function and intestinal microbiota in mice – Song-Zi Xie – Carbohydrate Polymers

Evodiamine prevents dextran sulfate sodium-induced murine experimental colitis via the regulation of NF-κB and NLRP3 inflammasome – Peng Shen – Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy

December 16, 2018

A Happy Weekend to one and all. 

Today’s Microbiome Digest features the recent articles covering the techniques and treatments, microbiome of infants, gut, oral, eye and vaginal microbiome, host-microbe interactions, diet and probiotic supplementations, co-culture models and its impact on biofilm reduction, soil microbiome and microbial ecology, comparative study of microbiome in various diseases, role of microbiome on various cancers, metabolomics, animal and insect microbiome, myco and yeast biome, genes and genomics of good and bad bacteria.  ENJOY READING.

TECHNIQUES:

Rapid Determination of Antibiotic Susceptibility by Stimulated Raman Scattering Imaging of D2O Metabolism – Weili Hong – bioRxiv

CaptureSeq: Capture-based enrichment of cpn60 gene fragments empowers pan-Domain profiling of microbial communities without universal PCR – Matthew G Links – bioRxiv

Characterization of Hydrocarbon-Degrading Bacteria in Constructed Wetland Microcosms Used to Treat Crude Oil Polluted Water– Amer Jamal Hashmat- Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

A Probe-Enabled Approach for the Selective Isolation and Characterization of Functionally Active Subpopulations in the Gut Microbiome – Whidbey C – J Am Chem Soc.

Combined extraction method for metabolomic and PLFA analysis of soil – Jeffrey S.Buyer – Applied Soil Ecology

CLAME: a new alignment-based binning algorithm allows the genomic description of a novel Xanthomonadaceae from the Colombian Andes – Andres Benavides – BMC Genomics

Harnessing CRISPR-Cas systems for precision engineering of designer probiotic lactobacilli – Yong JunGoh – Current Opinion in Biotechnology

Evaluating the Efficiency of Primer Extension Capture as a Method to Enrich DNA Extractions – Winters M – J Forensic Sci

TREATMENTS:

Intestinal Anti-Inflammatory Activity of the Aqueous Extract from Ipomoea asarifolia in DNBS-Induced Colitis in Rats – da Silva VC – Int J Mol Sci.

Effect of Marine Microalga Chlorella pyrenoidosa Ethanol Extract on Lipid Metabolism and Gut Microbiota Composition in High-Fat Diet-Fed Rats – Wan X – Mar Drugs

Flavonoids and Colorectal Cancer Prevention – Li Y – Antioxidants (Basel)

Effects of Rich-Polyphenols Extract of Dendrobium loddigesii on Anti-Diabetic, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Oxidant, and Gut Microbiota Modulation in db/db Mice – Li XW – Molecules

Evidence-based mixture containing Lactobacillus strains and lactoferrin to prevent recurrent bacterial vaginosis: a double blind, placebo controlled, randomised clinical trial – R. Russo – Beneficial Microbes

ORAL MICROBIOME:

Bacterial profile of the supragingival dental biofilm in children with deciduous and early mixed dentition using next generation sequencing (HOMINGS) technique – Harris-Ricardo J – Enferm Infecc Microbiol Clin.

Oral Dysbiosis in Pancreatic Cancer and Liver Cirrhosis: A Review of the Literature – Mohammed H – Biomedicines

Subgingival lipid A profile and endotoxin activity in periodontal health and disease – Strachan A – Clin Oral Investig

GENOME AND GENOMICS:
Iron-associated protein interaction networks reveal the key functional modules related to survival and virulence of Pasteurella multocida – Theeraphol Jatuponwiphat – Microbial Pathogenesis

Identification of putative non-host essential genes and novel drug targets against Acinetobacter baumannii by in silico comparative genome analysis – Reaz Uddin – Microbial pathogenesis

Epilithic Biofilms in Lake Baikal: Screening and Diversity of PKS and NRPS Genes in the Genomes of Heterotrophic Bacteria – Sukhanova E – Pol J Microbiol.

Comparative analysis of Faecalibacterium prausnitzii genomes shows a high level of genome plasticity and warrants separation into new species-level taxa – Fitzgerald CB – BMC Genomics

INSECT MICROBIOME:

Metagenomic 16S rRNA gene sequencing survey of Borrelia species in Irish samples of Ixodes ricinus ticks – John S Lambert – bioRxiv

MARINE MICROBIOME:

Uncultured marine cyanophages encode for active NblA, phycobilisome proteolysis adaptor protein – Omer Nadal – bioRxiv

A fundamental difference between macrobiota and microbial eukaryotes: Protistan plankton has a species maximum in the freshwater-marine transition zone of the Baltic Sea – Filker S – Environ Microbiol

ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE:

Antibiotic usage promotes the evolution of resistance against gepotidacin, a novel multi-targeting drug – Petra Szili – bioRxiv

Role of Bentonite on the Mobility of Antibiotic Resistance Genes, and Microbial Community in Oxytetracycline and Cadmium Contaminated Soil – Guo H – Front Microbiol

HflXr, a homolog of a ribosome-splitting factor, mediates antibiotic resistance – Duval M – Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.

Antibiotics may increase triazine herbicide exposure risk via disturbing gut microbiota – Zhan J – Microbiome

SOIL MICROBIOME:

REVIEW: The rhizosphere microbiome: A key component of sustainable cork oak forests in trouble – Fatima Zahra Maghnia – Forest Ecology and Management

VIROME:

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

MYCO and YEAST-BIOME:

Snf2 controls pulcherriminic acid biosynthesis and connects pigmentation and antifungal activity of the yeast Metschnikowia pulcherrima – Deborah Gore-Lloyd – bioRxiv

Nitrogen deprivation in Fusarium oxysporum promotes mycotoxin production via intermediates in the Krebs cycle and unreported methylmalonyl-CoA mutase activity – A. V. Karpe – Metabolomics

METABOLOMICS:

Gut microbiome structure and metabolic activity in inflammatory bowel disease – Eric A. Franzosa – Nature Microbiology

Active Acupoints Differ from Inactive Acupoints in Modulating Key Plasmatic Metabolites of Hypertension: A Targeted Metabolomics Study – Yang M – Sci Rep

Isobaric Labeling Quantitative Metaproteomics for the Study of Gut Microbiome Response to Arsenic – Liu CW – J Proteome Res.

GENERAL MICROBIOME:

The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease – Wyatt M. Arnold – Genomic Applications in Pathology

Microbes: possible link between modern lifestyle transition and the rise of metabolic syndrome – Moossavi S – Obes Rev.

CANCER and MICROBIOTA:

Microbiota in cancer development and treatment – Muhammad Hassan Raza – Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology

Alcohol and gastrointestinal cancers – Vanella G – Curr Opin Gastroenterol.

Gut microbiota in patients after surgical treatment for colorectal cancer – Jin Y – Environ Microbiol

The Microbiome in Bipolar Depression: A Longitudinal Study of One Pair of Monozygotic Twins – Jiang HY – Bipolar Disord.

Gut Microbiota, Fusobacteria, and Colorectal Cancer – Kelly D – Diseases

PRENATAL AND INFANT MICROBIOME:

The Prenatal Microbiome: A New Player for Human Health – D’Argenio V – High Throughput

Enteric dysbiosis and fecal calprotectin expression in premature infants – Thao T. B. Ho – Pediatric Research

Long-term colonization exceeding six years from early infancy of Bifidobacterium longum subsp. longum in human gut. – Oki K – BMC Microbiol.

EYE MICROBIOME:

Alterations in gut bacterial and fungal microbiomes are associated with bacterial Keratitis, an inflammatory disease of the human eye – Jayasudha R – J Biosci.

GUT MICROBIOME:

Gut microbiota dysbiosis in male patients with chronic traumatic complete spinal cord injury – Zhang C – J Transl Med.

Traumatic Brain Injury in Mice Induces Acute Bacterial Dysbiosis Within the Fecal Microbiome – Treangen TJ – Front Immunol.

A comparative study of the gut microbiota in immune-mediated inflammatory diseases-does a common dysbiosis exist – Forbes JD – Microbiome.

Microbiome-The Missing Link in the Gut-Brain Axis: Focus on Its Role in Gastrointestinal and Mental Health – Skonieczna-Żydecka K – J Clin Med.

ANIMAL MICROBIOME:

The valproic acid rat model of autism presents with gut bacterial dysbiosis similar to that in human autism – Fang Liu – Molecular Aurtism

Effects of smoking on the lower respiratory tract microbiome in mice – Zhang R – Respir Res

Evaluating the profound effect of gut microbiome on host appetite in pigs – Yang H – BMC Microbiol.

Comparative analysis of the intestinal bacterial community and expression of gut immunity genes in the Chinese Mitten Crab (Eriocheir sinensis) – Dong J – AMB Express.

Rumen methanogen and protozoal communities of Tibetan sheep and Gansu Alpine Finewool sheep grazing on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, China – Huang J – BMC Microbiol.

PSXIV-15 The Effect Of Intravaginal Progesterone Implant In The Vaginal Microbiota Of Holstein Cows – E Zanella – Journal of Animal Science

The role of the bovine respiratory microbiota in health and disease – T Alexander – Journal of Animal Science

MICROBIAL ECOLOGY:

Polychaete mucopolysaccharide alters sediment microbial diversity and stimulates ammonia-oxidising functional groups – Dale H – FEMS Microbiol Ecol.

Profiling grapevine trunk pathogens in planta: a case for community-targeted DNA metabarcoding – Morales-Cruz A – BMC Microbiol.

The bacterial community significantly promotes cast iron corrosion in reclaimed wastewater distribution systems – Zhang G – Microbiome

Long-term soil metal exposure impaired temporal variation in microbial metatranscriptomes and enriched active phages – Jacquiod S – Microbiome

Shotgun Metagenomics Reveals Taxonomic and Functional Shifts in Hot Water Microbiome Due to Temperature Setting and Stagnation – Dai D – Front Microbiol

HOST-MICROBE CROSSTALK:

Neutrophils Restrict Tumor-Associated Microbiota to Reduce Growth and Invasion of Colon Tumors in Mice – Triner D – Gastroenterology

Impact of CFTR modulation with Ivacaftor on Gut Microbiota and Intestinal Inflammation– Ooi CY – Sci Rep

Using Enteric Pathogens to Probe the Gut Microbiota – Spiga L – Trends Microbiol.

DIET, NUTRITION AND PROBIOTICS:

Treatment of Active Crohn’s Disease With an Ordinary Food-based Diet That Replicates Exclusive Enteral Nutrition – Svolos V – Gastroenterology

The Dietary Intervention of Transgenic Low-Gliadin Wheat Bread in Patients with Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) Showed No Differences with Gluten Free Diet (GFD) but Provides Better Gut Microbiota Profile – Haro C – Nutrients.

SIRT3 Deficiency Promotes High-Fat Diet-Induced Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease In Correlation With Impaired Intestinal Permeability Through Gut Microbial Dysbiosis – Chen M – Mol Nutr Food Res

Maternal probiotic supplementation for prevention of morbidity and mortality in preterm infants – Grev J – Cochrane Database Syst Rev

Role of prebiotics and probiotics in the functionality of the microbiota in the patients receiving enteral nutrition – Ballesteros Pomar – Nutr Hosp.

Probiotics Streptococcus salivarius 24SMB and Streptococcus oralis 89a interfere with biofilm formation of pathogens of the upper respiratory tract – Bidossi A – BMC Infect Dis

VAGINAL MICROBIOME:

Vaginal dysbiosis, and the risk of human papillomavirus and cervical cancer: systematic review and meta-analysis – Brusselaers N – Am J Obstet Gynecol.

Microbiota dysbiosis is associated with HPV-induced cervical carcinogenesis – Kwasniewski W – Oncol Lett.

CO-CULTURE MODEL and EFFECTS:

Dynamics of Biofilm Formation by Salmonella Typhimurium and Beef Processing Plant Bacteria in Mono- and Dual-Species Cultures – Visvalingam J – Microb Ecol

Anaerobic Degradation of the Plant Sugar Sulfoquinovose Concomitant With H2S Production: Escherichia coli K-12 and Desulfovibrio sp. Strain DF1 as Co-culture Model – Burrichter A – Front Microbiol.

December 14, 2018

The microbiota of chigger mites and praying mantids, the prevalence of thermophiles in domestic water heaters, the bacteria that colonize and degrade centuries-old art.

General microbiome

Migration alters oscillatory dynamics and promotes survival in connected bacterial populations – Shreyas Gokhale – Nature Communications

Pre-print: A probabilistic model to identify the core microbial community – Thiago Gumiere – bioRxiv

Human oral microbiome

Pre-print: Correlation between the oral microbiome and brain resting state connectivity in smokers – Dongdong Lin – bioRxiv

Animal experiments

Host-targeted niclosamide inhibits C. difficile virulence and prevents disease in mice without disrupting the gut microbiota – John Tam – Nature Communications

Impact of Bacillus spp. spores and gentamicin on the gastrointestinal microbiota of suckling and newly weaned piglets – Ann-Sofie Riis Poulsen – PLOS ONE

Animal microbiome

Bacterial microbiome of the chigger mite Leptotrombidium imphalum varies by life stage and infection with the scrub typhus pathogen Orientia tsutsugamushi – Loganathan Ponnusamy – PLOS ONE

The hindgut microbiota of praying mantids is highly variable and includes both prey-associated and host-specific microbes – Kara A Tinker – PLOS ONE

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Belowground fungal community diversity and composition associated with Norway spruce along an altitudinal gradient – Max E. Schön – PLOS ONE

Treating wheat seeds with neonicotinoid insecticides does not harm the rhizosphere microbial community – Yaofa Li – PLOS ONE

Water and extremophile microbiome

Pre-print: An archaeal symbiont-host association from the deep terrestrial subsurface – Katrin Schwank – bioRxiv

Marine-Derived Fungi: Promising Candidates for Enhanced Bioremediation – Anjana K Vala – Approaches in Bioremediation

Built environment

Biogeography of thermophiles and predominance of Thermus scotoductus in domestic water heaters – Regina L Wilpiszeski – Extremophiles

Probiotics/prebiotics

Dopamine production in Enterococcus faecium: A microbial endocrinology-based mechanism for the selection of probiotics based on neurochemical-producing potential – Daniel Villageliú – PLOS ONE

Phages and viruses

A chemical defence against phage infection – Sarah Kronheim – Nature

Bioinformatics

Pre-print: Metagenome-wide measurement of protein synthesis in the human fecal microbiota using MetaRibo-Seq – Brayon J Fremin – bioRxiv

Pre-print: Large-scale analyses of human microbiomes reveal thousands of small, novel genes and their predicted functions – Hila Sberro – bioRxiv

Metabolomics

Rumen and plasma metabolomics profiling by UHPLC-QTOF/MS revealed metabolic alterations associated with a high-corn diet in beef steers – You Yang – PLOS ONE

More microbes

Pre-print: Real-time capture of horizontal gene transfers from gut microbiota by engineered CRISPR-Cas acquisition – Christian Munck – bioRxiv

Bacteria art

A detailed look at the microorganisms that colonize, and degrade, a 400-year-old painting – ScienceDaily

Inside SAIC’s Bio Art Lab, where art is life—literally – Paul Dailing – Chicago Reader

Across China: Medical students paint “Mona Lisa” with bacteria – Xinhua Net

Science, career, and publishing

Pre-print: Non-academic employability of life science PhDs: the importance of training beyond the bench – Sohyoung Her – bioRxiv

December 5, 2018

Today’s digest features study on Lactobacillus reuteri HCM2 (against Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli), microbiome and virome of deep terrestrial biosphere, immunostimulatory potential of the earliest gut microbiome, and more. Happy reading!

Gut microbiome

*Birth mode is associated with earliest strain-conferred gut microbiome functions and immunostimulatory potential – Linda Wampach – Nature Communications

Review: Bone and the gut microbiome: a new dimension – Carolina Medina-Gomez – Journal of Laboratory and Precision Medicine

Review: Simple organizing principles in microbial communities – Jeff Gore – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Soil microbiome

*Exploration of deep terrestrial subsurface microbiome in Late Cretaceous Deccan traps and underlying Archean basement, India – Avishek Dutta – Scientific Reports

Organic carbon amendments affect the chemodiversity of soil dissolved organic matter and its associations with soil microbial communities – Xiaoming Li – Environmental Science and Technology

Microbial organic matter degradation potential in Baltic Sea sediments influenced by depositional conditions and in situ geochemistry – Laura A. Zinke – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Water microbiome

Performance and dynamic characteristics of microbial communities in multi-stage anaerobic reactors treating gibberellin wastewater – Erming Ouyang – Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering

Phages and viruses

Bioaerosol Sampling for Respiratory Viruses in Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit Network – Kristen Coleman – Scientific Reports

Review: Future management of viral diseases: role of new technologies and new approaches in microbial interactions – Fabrizio Maggi – Clinical Microbiology and Infection

*Viruses control dominant bacteria colonizing the terrestrial deep biosphere after hydraulic fracturing – Rebecca A. Daly – Nature Microbiology

Animal experiments

*Lactobacillus reuteri HCM2 protects mice against Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli through modulation of gut microbiota – Tianwei Wang – Scientific Reports

Bioinformatics

Ultra-deep, long-read nanopore sequencing of mock microbial community standards – Samuel M. Nicholls – BioRxiv