June 29, 2022

General microbiome

Microbial Tracking-2, a metagenomics analysis of bacteria and fungi onboard the International Space Station – Urbaniak et al. – Microbiome

Engineering the human gut commensal Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron with synthetic biology – Lai, Hayashi & Lu – Current Opinion in Chemical Biology

Factors shaping the abundance and diversity of the gut archaeome across the animal kingdom – Thomas et al. – Nature Communications

Human oral microbiome

Increase in Bifidobacterium is a characteristic of the difference in the salivary microbiota of pregnant and non-pregnant women – Kato et al. – BMC Oral Health

Human urinary microbiome

Concordance of Urinary Microbiota Detected by 16S rRNA Amplicon Sequencing Versus Expanded Quantitative Urine Culture – Vaughan et al. – American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Human gut microbiome

Dietary variety relates to gut microbiota diversity and abundance in humans – Huang et al. – European Journal of Nutrition

The gut microbiota composition in patients with right- and left-sided colorectal cancer and after curative colectomy, as analyzed by 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing – Suga et al. – BMC Gastroenterology

Long-Term Dietary Effects on Human Gut Microbiota Composition Employing Shotgun Metagenomics Data Analysis – Troci et al. – Molecular Nutrition & Food Research

Functional changes of the gastric bypass microbiota reactivate thermogenic adipose tissue and systemic glucose control via intestinal FXR-TGR5 crosstalk in diet-induced obesity – Münzker et al. – Microbiome

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

Perinatal transmission of a probiotic Bifidobacterium strain protects against early life stress-induced mood and gastrointestinal motility disorders – Zhu et al. – Food & Function

Leveraging Existing 16SrRNA Microbial Data to Define a Composite Biomarker for Autism Spectrum Disorder – Xu et al. – Microbiology Spectrum

Animal microbiome (for animals in the wild)

Gut microbiome of century-old snail specimens stable across time in preservation – Chalifour, Elder & Li – Microbiome

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Soil-derived bacteria endow Camellia weevil with more ability to resist plant chemical defense – Zhang et al. – Microbiome

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

A genome and gene catalog of glacier microbiomes – Liu et al. – Nature Biotechnology

Bioinformatics / Data

Large Scale Genome-Centric Metagenomic Data from the Gut Microbiome of Food-Producing Animals and Humans – Lemos et al. – Scientific Data

Research Note: Choice of microbiota database affects data analysis and interpretation in chicken cecal microbiota – Campos et al. – Poultry Science

[PREPRINT]Predicting metabolomic profiles from microbial composition through neural ordinary differential equations – Wang et al. – bioRxiv

June 15, 2022

General microbiome

[PREPRINT]Fungi with history: Unveiling the mycobiota of historic documents of Costa Rica – Escudero-Leyva et al. – bioRxiv

Pregnancy and early life

Babies, Bugs, and Barriers: Dietary Modulation of Intestinal Barrier Function in Early Life – Wells et al. – Annual Review of Nutrition

Multi-site human microbiome

A multi-omics analysis for the prediction of neurocognitive disorders risk among the elderly in Macao – Han et al. – Clinical and Translational Medicine

Human oral microbiome

The oral microbiome, pancreatic cancer and human diversity in the age of precision medicine – Herremans et al. – Microbiome

Human skin microbiome

Altered skin fungal and bacterial community compositions in tinea capitis – Rong et al. – Mycoses

Effects of short chain fructo-oligosaccharides on selected skin bacteria – Le Bourgot et al. – Scientific Reports

Human vaginal microbiome

Child type 1 diabetes associated with mother vaginal bacteriome and mycobiome – Ruotsalainen et al. – Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Human gut microbiome

Nutrition-wide association study of microbiome diversity and composition in colorectal cancer patients – Hoang et al. – BMC Cancer

Gut microbiota signatures of long-term and short-term plant-based dietary pattern and cardiometabolic health: a prospective cohort study – Miao et al. – BMC Medicine

[REVIEW]The role of virome in the gastrointestinal tract and beyond – Tiamani et al. – FEMS Microbiology Reviews

[REVIEW]Time-limited diets and the gut microbiota in cardiometabolic disease – Ratiner et al. – Journal of Diabetes

Safety and efficacy of fecal microbiota transplantation for treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus: An EXPLORER trial – Huang et al. – Journal of Autoimmunity

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

Tumor-resident intracellular microbiota promotes metastatic colonization in breast cancer – Fu et al. – Cell

Pharmacokinetic and gut microbiota analyses revealed the effect of Lactobacillus acidophilus on the metabolism of Olsalazine in ulcerative colitis rats – Li et al.

Identification of gut microbial species linked with disease variability in a widely used mouse model of colitis – Forster et al. – Nature Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

The plant host environment influences competitive interactions between bacterial pathogens – Ehau-Taumaunu & Hockett – Environmental Microbiology Reports


[PREPRINT]specificity: an R package for analysis of feature specificity to environmental and higher dimensional variables, applied to microbiome species data – Darcy et al. – bioRxiv

June 3, 2022

Happy Friday!

Today’s digest has articles on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, a new R package to extract network backbones, and a class of novel antibiotics that targets a Mycobacterium tuberculosis PE-PGRS protein. There also preprints on biofilm winkling in Bacillus subtilis, the dental calculus microbiome, and the relationship between eukaryotic genomes and ocean plankton in a global metagenomic dataset.


Next week is ASM Microbe! I’ll be there, wearing a KN-95 and clutching a box of rapid tests. Feel free to comment or reach out if you’re also attending.


Oro-facial mucocutaneous manifestations of Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19): A systematic review – Fakhruddin et al. – PLOS ONE

Preprint: The salivary and nasopharyngeal microbiomes are associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection and disease severity – Kim et al. – bioRxiv

Determinants of the COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy spectrum – Piltch-Loeb et al. – PLOS ONE

General microbiome

Preprint: Fatty acid synthesis knockdown promotes biofilm wrinkling and inhibits sporulation in Bacillus subtilis – Arjes et al. – bioRxiv

Association of Strongyloides stercoralis infection and type 2 diabetes mellitus in northeastern Thailand: Impact on diabetic complication-related renal biochemical parameters – Yingklang et al. – PLOS ONE

Analysis of secondary metabolite gene clusters and chitin biosynthesis pathways of Monascus purpureus with high production of pigment and citrinin based on whole-genome sequencing – Zhang et al. – PLOS ONE

Human respiratory microbiome

A novel class of antimicrobial drugs selectively targets a Mycobacterium tuberculosis PE-PGRS protein – Seo et al. – PLOS Biology

Human oral microbiome

Preprint: Assessing the influence of the Mediterranean diet on dental calculus microbiome composition: a pilot study – Innocenti et al. – bioRxiv

Human gut microbiome

Lactobacillus plantarum improves LPS-induced Caco2 cell line intestinal barrier damage via cyclic AMP-PKA signaling – Wei et al. – PLOS ONE

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

Preprint: Eukaryotic genomes from a global metagenomic dataset illuminate trophic modes and biogeography of ocean plankton – Alexander et al. – bioRxiv


backbone: An R package to extract network backbones – Neal – PLOS ONE

May 21, 2022

Human and General Microbiome

Citizen-science reveals changes in the oral microbiome in Spain through age and lifestyle factors – Jesse R Willis – NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes

Gut Microbiome Was Highly Related to the Regulation of Metabolism in Lung Adenocarcinoma Patients – Sheng Wang – Frontiers in Oncology

Host-Population Microbial Diversity Scaling of Chinese Gut Microbiomes in Gout Patients – Jieshang Zhou – Evolutionary Bioinformatics Online

Combined Microbiome and Metabolome Analysis Reveals a Novel Interplay Between Intestinal Flora and Serum Metabolites in Lung Cancer – Sai Chen – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

Decreased Diversity of Gut Microbiota Is Associated with Decreased Muscle Mass and Function in Older Adults Residing in a Nursing Home – Y Ishida – The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging

The role of the mucin-glycan foraging Ruminococcus gnavus in the communication between the gut and the brain – Erika Coletto – Gut Microbes

A compilation of fecal microbiome shotgun metagenomics from hematopoietic cell transplantation patients – Jinyuan Yan – Scientific Data

The gut microbiota: stable bioreactor of variable composition? – Gilles Mithieux – Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism

Characterizing the mucin-degrading capacity of the human gut microbiota – Janiece S Glover – Scientific Reports

Mapping microbiome-redox spectrum and evaluating Microbial-Redox Index in chronic gastritis – Manas Kumar Panigrahi – Scientific Reports

Endometrial microbiome: sampling, assessment, and possible impact on embryo implantation – Marco Reschini – Scientific Reports

Temporal relationship among adiposity, gut microbiota, and insulin resistance in a longitudinal human cohort – Kui Deng – BMC Medicine

The respiratory microbiome associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease comorbidity in non-small cell lung cancer – Masamitsu Shimizu – Thoracic Cancer

Cervicovaginal loads of Gardnerella spp. are increased in immunocompetent women with persistent high-risk human papillomavirus infection – Rafael Belleti – Journal of Medical Microbiology

Review: Dysbiotic relationship between arthritis and the oral-gut microbiome. A critical review – Rubelisa Candido Gomes de Oliveira – Journal of Periodontal Research

Microbiome and COVID19

Intestinal microbiota composition of children with infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) – Cansu Suskun – European Journal of Pediatrics

Super Dominant Pathobiontic Bacteria in the Nasopharyngeal Microbiota Cause Secondary Bacterial Infection in COVID-19 Patients – Tian Qin – Microbiology Spectrum

Increased Abundance of Achromobacter xylosoxidans and Bacillus cereus in Upper Airway Transcriptionally Active Microbiome of COVID-19 Mortality Patients Indicates Role of Co-Infections in Disease Severity and Outcome – Priti Devi – Microbiology Spectrum

Beneficial Microbes and Compounds

In vitro anti-tuberculosis effect of probiotic Lacticaseibacillus rhamnosus PMC203 isolated from vaginal microbiota – Md Abdur Rahim – Scientific Reports

Commensal bacteria-derived extracellular vesicles suppress ulcerative colitis through regulating the macrophages polarization and remodeling the gut microbiota – Liping Liang – Microbial Cell Factories

More Microbes

Adaptation of the gut pathobiont Enterococcus faecalis to deoxycholate and taurocholate bile acids – F Repoila – Scientific Reports

The OmpA of commensal Escherichia coli of CRC patients affects apoptosis of the HCT116 colon cancer cell line – Mahsa Mirzarazi – BMC Microbiology

Non-Model Animal Microbiome

Bee foraging preferences, microbiota and pathogens revealed by direct shotgun metagenomics of honey – Anastasios Galanis – Molecular Ecology Resources

Time for a change! A spotlight on the many neglected facets of sponge microbial biotechnology – Bruno Francesco Rodrigues de Oliveira – Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Dietary wheat and reduced methane yield are linked to rumen microbiome changes in dairy cows – Keith W Savin – PloS ONE

Review: Role of Insect Gut Microbiota in Pesticide Degradation: A Review – Junaid Ali Siddiqui – Frontiers in Microbiology

Plant Microbiome

The Brassica napus seed microbiota is cultivar-specific and transmitted via paternal breeding lines – Birgit Wassermann – Microbial Biotechnology

Assembly, Core Microbiota, and Function of the Rhizosphere Soil and Bark Microbiota in Eucommia ulmoides – Chunbo Dong – Frontiers in Microbiology

Acquisition of a complex root microbiome reshapes the transcriptomes of rice plants – Christian Santos-Medellín – The New Phytologist

Water deficit affects inter-kingdom microbial connections in plant rhizosphere – Kathryn E Bazany – Environmental Microbiology

Review: Facilitating Reforestation Through the Plant Microbiome: Perspectives from the Phyllosphere – Posy E Busby – Annual Review of Phytopathology

Bioinformatics and Microbiome Analysis

The standardisation of the approach to metagenomic human gut analysis: from sample collection to microbiome profiling – Natalia Szóstak – Scientific Reports

Locality-Sensitive Hashing-Based k-Mer Clustering for Identification of Differential Microbial Markers Related to Host Phenotype – Wontack Han – Journal of Computational Biology

May 14, 2022

Human and General Microbiome

Gut Microbiome

Noninvasive assessment of gut function using transcriptional recording sentinel cells – Florian Schmidt – Science

Perspective about this paper: Recording bacterial responses to changes in the gut environment – Liron Zahavi – Science

Contribution of the Microbiome to Western Diet-Induced Gene Expression Changes in the Intestine and Vasculature – Alyssa N Cavalier – FASEB Journal

The Gut Microbiota Metabolite Succinate promotes Adipose Tissue Browning in Crohn’s Disease – D Monfort-Ferré – Journal of Crohn’s & Colitis

Changes in Gut Microbiome Composition with Healthy Aging in Humans: Links to Vascular Endothelial Function – Nathan Greenberg – FASEB Journal

The Gut Microbiota Modulates Gene Expression in the Kidney – Brittni Moore – FASEB Journal

Rapid evolution and strain turnover in the infant gut microbiome – Daisy W Chen – Genome Research

Review: The role of short-chain fatty acids in Clostridioides difficile infection: A review – Zi-Rou Ouyang – Anaerobe

Respiratory Microbiome

Lung microbiome composition and bronchial epithelial gene expression in patients with COPD versus healthy individuals: a bacterial 16S rRNA gene sequencing and host transcriptomic analysis – Mohammadali Yavari Ramsheh – The Lancet. Microbe

Therapeutic Targeting of the Respiratory Microbiome – Sanjay H Chotirmall – American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

Temporal Dynamics of the Nasopharyngeal Microbiome and its Relationship with Childhood Asthma Exacerbation – Jinpao Hou – Microbiology Spectrum

Oral Microbiome

Role of Oral Microbiota Biofilms in Recurrent Tonsillitis and Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Children – Thibault Allain – FASEB Journal

Oral Microbiota of Amazonian Kichwa Infants From Equador During the First Six Months of Life – Diana Maldonado Lino – FASEB Journal

Child saliva microbiota and caries: a randomized controlled maternal education trial in rural Uganda – Grace K M Muhoozi – Scientific Reports

Microbiome and Cancer

Review: Gut microbiota: Role and Association with Tumorigenesis in Different Malignancies – Altamas Ali – Molecular Biology Reports

Fusobacterium nucleatum as a Marker for Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition in Colorectal Cancer – Angela Huang – FASEB Journal

L-norvaline affects the proliferation of breast cancer cells based on the microbiome and metabolome analysis – Qin Zhu – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Microbiome across Age

Integrative multiomics analysis reveals host-microbe-metabolite interplays associated with the aging process in Singaporeans – Liwei Chen – Gut Microbes

Association of antibiotics exposure within the first 2 years after birth with subsequent childhood type 1 diabetes – Dahye Lee – Endocrine

Review: The resistance within: Antibiotic disruption of the gut microbiome and resistome dynamics in infancy – Robert Thänert – Cell Host & Microbe

Review: The developing infant gut microbiome: A strain-level view – Hagay Enav – Cell Host & Microbe

Multi-site Microbiome

The healthy female microbiome across body sites: effect of hormonal contraceptives and the menstrual cycle – Maria Christine Krog – Human Reproduction

Multi-scale study of the oral and gut environments in children with high and low threshold peanut allergy – Lingdi Zhang – The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Beneficial Microbes and Compounds

Supplementation with a probiotic mixture accelerates gut microbiome maturation and reduces intestinal inflammation in extremely preterm infants – Jumana Samara – Cell host & Microbe

Review: Effective Regulation of Gut Microbiota With Probiotics and Prebiotics May Prevent or Alleviate COVID-19 Through the Gut-Lung Axis – Lei Xu – Frontiers in Pharmacology

Review: A Reciprocal Link Between Gut Microbiota, Inflammation and Depression: A Place for Probiotics? – Ahmed Eltokhi – Frontiers in Neuroscience

Animal Model Microbiome

Reduced housing density improves statistical power of murine gut microbiota studies – Amber Russell – Cell Reports

Investigation of Effects of Hyperglycaemia on the Lung Microbiome in Diabetic Mice – Stanislavs Vasiljevs – FASEB Journal

Dietary Impacts on Changes in Diversity and Abundance of the Murine Microbiome During Progression and Treatment of Cancer – Holly Paden – FASEB Journal

Impact of Gut R. torques on Type 2 Diabetes in Selenium-deficient Mice – Ying-Chen Huang – FASEB Journal

Interaction between gut microbiota dysbiosis and lung infection as gut-lung axis caused by Streptococcus suis in mouse model – Wenjie Yang – Microbiological Research

The influence of maternal unhealthy diet on maturation of offspring gut microbiota in rat – Kyoko Hasebe – Animal Microbiome

Lactoferrin modulates gut microbiota and Toll-like receptors (TLRs) in mice with dysbiosis induced by antibiotics – Andrea Bellés – Food & Function

Non-Model Animal Microbiome

Serotonin modulates insect gut bacterial community homeostasis – Tian Zeng – BMC Biology

Plant and Soil Microbiome

Natural variation in root exudation of GABA and DIMBOA impacts the maize root endosphere and rhizosphere microbiomes – Peng Wang – Journal of Experimental Botany

Beyond the snapshot: identification of the timeless, enduring indicator microbiome informing soil fertility and crop production in alkaline soils – Jianwei Zhang – Environmental Microbiome

Environmental Microbiome

The role of microbiome in carbon sequestration and environment security during wastewater treatment – Xuefeng Zhu – The Science of the Total Environment

Bioinformatics and Microbiome Analysis

Variational Approximation-Based Model Selection for Microbial Network Inference – Shibu Yooseph – Journal of Computational Biology

Review: Opportunities and challenges of using metagenomic data to bring uncultured microbes into cultivation – Sijia Liu – Microbiome

May 11, 2022

General microbiome

[REVIEW]Cross-talk between the microbiome and chronic inflammation in esophageal cancer: potential driver of oncogenesis – Sharma et al. – Cancer and Metastasis Reviews

Systematic and quantitative view of the antiviral arsenal of prokaryotes – Tesson et al. – Nature Communications

Pregnancy and early life

A randomized controlled trial of the effects of whole grains versus refined grains diets on the microbiome in pregnancy – Sun et al. – Scientific Reports

Should we modulate the neonatal microbiome and what should be the goal? – van Best – Microbiome

[Commentary]Space travel and early childhood gut microbiome: is space dirty enough to raise a child? – Loh, Henriques & Tang – Future Microbiology

Human skin microbiome

[PREPRINT]On-person adaptive evolution of Staphylococcus aureus during treatment for atopic dermatitis – Key et al. – bioRxiv

Human oral microbiome

Oral microbiome of Crohn’s Disease patients with and without oral manifestations – Hu et al. – Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis

Integrating the salivary microbiome in the forensic toolkit by 16S rRNA gene: potential application in body fluid identification and biogeographic inference – Liang et al. – International Journal of Legal Medicine

Human gut microbiome

An approach for evaluating the effects of dietary fiber polysaccharides on the human gut microbiome and plasma proteome – Delannoy-Bruno et al. – PNAS

A randomization-based causal inference framework for uncovering environmental exposure effects on human gut microbiota – Sommer et al. – PLOS Computational Biology

Microbiota and gastric cancer – Bessede & Megraud – Seminars in Cancer Biology

[REVIEW]Host—microbial interactions in metabolic diseases: from diet to immunity – Lee & Park – Journal of Microbiology

A randomized controlled trial for response of microbiome network to exercise and diet intervention in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease – Cheng et al. – Nature Communications

Animal experiments

Sex-dependent host-microbiome dynamics in zebrafish: Implications for toxicology and gastrointestinal physiology – Martyniuk et al. – Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part D: Genomics and Proteomics

Comprehensive 16S rRNA and metagenomic data from the gut microbiome of aging and rejuvenation mouse models – Shin et al. – Scientific data

A total infectome approach to understand the etiology of infectious disease in pigs – Huang et al. – Microbiome

Synergistic interaction of gut microbiota enhances the growth of nematode through neuroendocrine signaling – Lo et al. – Current Biology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Unraveling global and diazotrophic bacteriomes of boreal forest floor feather mosses and their environmental drivers at the ecosystem and at the plant scale in North America – Renaudin, Laforest-Lapointe & Bellenger – Science of The Total Environment

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

Antimicrobial resistance in Antarctica: is it still a pristine environment? – Hwengwere et al. – Microbiome

[PREPRINT]Evolutionary ecology of microbial populations inhabiting deep sea sediments associated with cold seeps – Dong et al. – bioRxiv


Evaluating metagenomic assembly approaches for biome-specific gene catalogues – Delgado & Andersson – Microbiome

Compare the performance of multiple binary classification models in microbial high-throughput sequencing datasets – Xu et al. – Science of The Total Environment

May 6, 2022

Happy Friday! Today’s microbiome digest is a grab bag of articles on topics such as antibiotic cycling and bacterial contamination in surgery, phage isolated from diseased seafood, and microbial communities in snuff. I was particularly interested to see the article focused on degradation genes found in steel industrial soil communities. Finally, I enjoyed checking out two preprints on oral microbiota in Agta, a group of hunter-gatherers from the Philippines.

General microbiome

Preprint: The making of the oral microbiome in Agta hunter-gatherers – Dobon et al. – bioRxiv

Preprint: Microbial population dynamics decouple nutrient affinity from environmental concentration – Fink et al. – bioRxiv

Beneath the surface: Amino acid variation underlying two decades of dengue virus antigenic dynamics in Bangkok, Thailand – Huang et al. – PLOS Pathogens

Preprint: Hunter-gatherer oral microbiomes are shaped by contact network structure – Muscitto et al. – bioRxiv

Which vaccine attributes foster vaccine uptake? A cross-country conjoint experiment – Stöckli et al. – PLOS ONE

Associations between microbial communities and key chemical constituents in U.S. domestic moist snuff – Tyxobert et al. – PLOS ONE

Multi-site human microbiome

Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection, immune activation, and risk of HIV acquisition – Bender Ignacio et al. – PLOS ONE

The effects of antibiotic cycling and mixing on acquisition of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the ICU: A post-hoc individual patient analysis of a prospective cluster-randomized crossover study – van Duijin et al. – PLOS ONE

Human gut microbiome

Efficacy of laparotomy sponges to reduce bacterial contamination using an in vitro gastrointestinal surgery model – Bezhentseva et al. – PLOS ONE

Animal experiments

Virulence and antimicrobial resistance gene profiles of Staphylococcus aureus associated with clinical mastitis in cattle – Neelam et al. – PLOS ONE

Preexisting Trichinella spiralis infection attenuates the severity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa-induced pneumonia – Rong Long et al. – PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Metagenomic analysis for taxonomic and functional potential of Polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) degrading bacterial communities in steel industrial soil – Sandhu et al. – PLOS ONE

Water and extremophile microbiome

Transcriptomic analysis of chloride tolerance in Leptospirillum ferriphilum DSM 14647 adapted to NaCl – Rivera-Araya et al. – PLOS ONE

Food microbiology

Sole and combined effect of foliar zinc and arbuscular mycorrhizae inoculation on basmati rice growth, productivity and grains nutrient – Mehmood et al. – PLOS ONE

Characterization and complete genome sequence analysis of a newly isolated phage against Vibrio parahaemolyticus from sick shrimp in Qingdao, China – Tian et al. – PLOS ONE


Financial incentives to increase stool collection rates for microbiome studies in adult bone marrow transplant patients – Thompson et al. – PLOS ONE

May 5, 2022

Today’s digest features a review on the role of bacterial translocation (especially oral-gut axis) in health and disease, a proof-of-concept study on probiotics on processing of negative emotions in humans, and more. Happy reading!

Let’s talk microbiome science at the next #MVIF!

Sterile (?) environment

Comprehensive human amniotic fluid metagenomics supports the sterile womb hypothesis – HanChen Wang – Scientific Reports


Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. plantarum, L. rhamnosus, and L. reuteri Cell-Free Supernatants Inhibit Candida parapsilosis Pathogenic Potential upon Infection of Vaginal Epithelial Cells Monolayer and in a Transwell Coculture System In Vitro – Luca Spaggiari – Microbiology Spectrum

*Probiotic Mixture Containing Lactobacillus helveticus, Bifidobacterium longum and Lactiplantibacillus plantarum Affects Brain Responses Toward an Emotional Task in Healthy Subjects: A Randomized Clinical Trial – Julia Rode – Frontiers in Nutrition

Vaginal microbiome

Identification and characterization of novel endolysins targeting Gardnerella vaginalis biofilms to treat bacterial vaginosis – Sara Arroyo-Moreno – npj Biofilms and Microbiomes

Gut microbiome

*Review: Deciphering mechanisms and implications of bacterial translocation in human health and disease – Shen Jin – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Two Competing Guilds as a Core Microbiome Signature for Chronic Diseases – Guojun Wu – bioRxiv

Neonatal Immune Challenge influences the Microbiota and Behaviour in a Sexually Dimorphic Manner – A. Cuskelly – Brain, Behavior, and Immunity

Review: Diet- and microbiota-related metabolite, 5-aminovaleric acid betaine (5-AVAB), in health and disease – Retu Haikonen – Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism

Gut mycobiome

Review: “Molding” immunity—modulation of mucosal and systemic immunity by the intestinal mycobiome in health and disease – Mackenzie W. Gutierrez – Nature Mucosal Immunology

Animal experiments

Evolution of the murine gut resistome following broad-spectrum antibiotic treatment – Laura de Nies – Nature Communications & Behind the paper here.

Plant, root/soil microbiome

*Sugars dominate the seagrass rhizosphere – E. Maggie Sogin – Nature Ecology & Evolution


A snapshot of the global drinking water virome: Diversity and metabolic potential vary with residual disinfectant use – Bridget Hegarty – Water Research


Fast quantification of gut bacterial species in cocultures using flow cytometry and supervised classification – Charlotte C. van de Velde – ISME Communications


A deep siamese neural network improves metagenome-assembled genomes in microbiome datasets across different environments – Shaojun Pan – Nature Communications

HiFine: integrating Hi-c-based and shotgun-based methods to reFine binning of metagenomic contigs – Yuxuan Du and Fengzhu Sun – Bioinformatics

happi: a Hierarchical Approach to Pangenomics Inference – Pauline Trinh – bioRxiv

Investigating the impact of database choice on the accuracy of metagenomic read classification for the rumen microbiome – Rebecca H. Smit – bioRxiv

TAMPA: interpretable analysis and visualization of metagenomics-based taxon abundance profiles – Varuni Sarwal – bioRxiv

May 3, 2022

General microbiome

Longitudinal multi-omics analyses link gut microbiome dysbiosis with recurrent urinary tract infections in women – Worby et al. Nature Microbiology. 2022

Human gut microbiome

Unfavourable intrauterine environment contributes to abnormal gut microbiome and metabolome in twins – Yang et al. Gut

Dosing a synbiotic of human milk oligosaccharides and B. infantis leads to reversible engraftment in healthy adult microbiomes without antibiotics – Button et al. Cell Host & Microbe

Gut microbial similarity in twins is driven by shared environment and aging – Vilchez-Vargas et al. eBioMedicine

Gut Microbiome Alterations Associated with Diabetes in Mexican Americans in South Texas. Kwan et al. mSystems

Human respiratory & oral microbiome

Metagenomic sequencing reveals time, host, and body compartment-specific viral dynamics after lung transplantation – Widder et al. Microbiome

Polymicrobial Interactions of Oral Microbiota: a Historical Review and Current Perspective – Zhang et al. mBio

Animal experiments

Effects of ‘Healthy’ Fecal Microbiota Transplantation against the Deterioration of Depression in Fawn-Hooded Rats – Hu et al. mSystems

Water/Extremophile microbiome

Metagenome-assembled genomes of phytoplankton microbiomes from the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans – Duncan et al. Microbiome


Compositionally Aware Phylogenetic Beta-Diversity Measures Better Resolve Microbiomes Associated with Phenotype – Martino et al. mSystems

BiomeHorizon: Visualizing Microbiome Time Series Data in R – Fink et al. mSystems

Comparative Analysis and Data Provenance for 1,113 Bacterial Genome Assemblies. Yarmosh et al. mSphere

Non microbiome picks

Ancestry-inclusive dog genomics challenges popular breed stereotypes – Morrill et al. Science. 

Dietary fibre in hypertension and cardiovascular disease management: systematic review and meta-analyses – Reynolds et al. BMC Medicine

April 20, 2022

General microbiome

How the gut talks to the brain – Adamantidis – Science

Pregnancy and early life

Relationship between gut microbiome characteristics and the effect of nutritional therapy on glycemic control in pregnant women with gestational diabetes mellitus – Chen et al. – PLOS One

Dynamics of the infant gut microbiota in the first 18 months of life: the impact of maternal HIV infection and breastfeeding – Grant-Beurmann et al. – Microbiome

Human respiratory microbiome

The diagnostic value of nasal microbiota and clinical parameters in a multi-parametric prediction model to differentiate bacterial versus viral infections in lower respiratory tract infections – Li et al. – PLOS One

Human skin microbiome

The Chronic Wound Phageome: Phage Diversity and Associations with Wounds and Healing Outcomes – Verbanic, Deacon & Chen – Microbiology Spectrum

Human vaginal microbiome

Vaginal microbiota as an unusual cause of spondylodiscitis – Kolakowska et al. – Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Human gut microbiome

Environmental factors shaping the gut microbiome in a Dutch population – Gacesa et al. – Nature

Predictive Role of Gut Microbiota in Weight Loss Achievement after Bariatric Surgery – Gutierrez-Repiso et al. – Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Intestinal Blautia may protect against neutropenic fever in allogeneic transplant patients by augmenting the intestinal epithelium – Rashidi et al. – Clinical Infectious Diseases

Clinical Observation of the Effects of Oral Opioid on Inflammatory Cytokines and Gut Microbiota in Patients with Moderate to Severe Cancer Pain: A Retrospective Cohort Study – Wang et al. – Pain and Therapy

The human gut microbiota contributes to type-2 diabetes non-resolution 5-years after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass – Debedat et al. – Gut Microbes

The gut microbial metabolite formate exacerbates colorectal cancer progression – Ternes et al. – Nature Metabolism

Drinking water chlorination has minor effects on the intestinal flora and resistomes of Bangladeshi children – Nadimpalli et al. – Nature Microbiology

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

The microbiota-gut-brain axis participates in chronic cerebral hypoperfusion by disrupting the metabolism of short-chain fatty acids – Xiao et al. – Microbiome

Effect of gluten-free diet and antibiotics on murine gut microbiota and immune response to tetanus vaccination – Kihl et al. – PLOS One

Hawk tea prevents high-fat diet-induced obesity in mice by activating the AMPK/ACC/SREBP1c signaling pathways and regulating the gut microbiota – Tao et al. – Food & Function

Changes in gut microbiota, metabolite SCFAs, and GPR43 expression in obese diabetic mice after sleeve gastrectomy – Guo et al. – Journal of Applied Microbiology

The gut microbiome influences host diet selection behavior – Trevelline & Kohl – PNAS

High-fat diet disrupts REG3γ and gut microbial rhythms promoting metabolic dysfunction – Frazier et al. – Cell Host & Microbe

Animal microbiome (for animals in the wild)

Intrinsic and extrinsic factors influence on an omnivore’s gut microbiome – Trujillo et al. – PLOS One

Effects of Schyzocotyle acheilognathi (Yamaguti, 1934) infection on the intestinal microbiota, growth and immune reactions of grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) – Fu et al. – PLOS One

Virome in the cloaca of wild and breeding birds revealed a diversity of significant viruses – Shan et al. – Microbiome

Interspecies microbiome transplantation recapitulates microbial acquisition in mosquitoes – Coon, Hedge & Hughes

Gut microbiota promote biotransformation and bioaccumulation of arsenic in tilapia – Environmental Pollution

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Linnemannia elongata (Mortierellaceae) stimulates Arabidopsis thaliana aerial growth and responses to auxin, ethylene, and reactive oxygen species – Vandepol et al. – PLOS One

Bacterial and fungal microbiota of total mixed ration silage stored at various temperatures – Wali et al. – Journal of Applied Microbiology


Single cell genome sequencing of laboratory mouse microbiota improves taxonomic and functional resolution of this model microbial community – Lyalina – PLOS One


THOR’s Hammer: the Antibiotic Koreenceine Drives Gene Expression in a Model Microbial Community – Hurley et al. – mBio

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