March 9, 2023

Today’s digest features studies on latent and established antibiotic resistance genes in microbiomes, newborn skin microbiome, drinking water microbiome after COVID-19 pandemic, and more. Listen to the science behind The Last of Us!

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Antibiotic resistome

*Latent antibiotic resistance genes are abundant, diverse, and mobile in human, animal, and environmental microbiomes – Juan Salvador Inda-Díaz – Microbiome

Human skin

*The skin microbiome in the first year of life and its association with atopic dermatitis – Alexis Rapin – Allergy

Urinary tract

Review: Microbiome in urological diseases: Axis crosstalk and bladder disorders – Hae Woong Choi – Investigative and Clinical Urology

Human gut

Human microbiome variance is underestimated – Fergus Shanahan – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Population-level impacts of antibiotic usage on the human gut microbiome – Kihyun Lee – Nature Communications

Microbial community-scale metabolic modeling predicts personalized short-chain-fatty-acid production profiles in the human gut – Nick Bohmann – bioRxiv

Review: Milk glycan metabolism by intestinal bifidobacteria: insights from comparative genomics – Aleksandr A. Arzamasov & Andrei L. Osterman – Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Guts Imbalance Imbalances the Brain: A Review of Gut Microbiota Association With Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders – Laura Mitrea – Frontiers in Medicine

Drinking water

*Gradual Recovery of Building Plumbing-Associated Microbial Communities after Extended Periods of Altered Water Demand during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Solize Vosloo – Environmental Science & Technology

January 27, 2023

General Microbiome

Questioning the fetal microbiome illustrates pitfalls of low-biomass microbial studies – Kennedy et al. Nature

Microbial foods for improving human and planetary health – Jahn et al. Cell

A tissue atlas of ulcerative colitis revealing evidence of sex-dependent differences in disease-driving inflammatory cell types and resistance to TNF inhibitor therapy – Mayer et al. Science Advances

Associations of the skin, oral and gut microbiome with aging, frailty and infection risk reservoirs in older adults – Larson et al. Nature Aging

Bacteriophage / Virome

Phage therapy: From biological mechanisms to future directions – Strathdee et al. Cell

Mining metatranscriptomes reveals a vast world of viroid-like circular RNAs – Lee et al. Cell

Water and extremophile microbiome

High-resolution metagenomic reconstruction of the freshwater spring bloom – Kavagutti et al. Microbiome

Closed genomes uncover a saltwater species of Candidatus Electronema and shed new light on the boundary between marine and freshwater cable bacteria – Sereika et al. ISME


Enhanced correlation-based linking of biosynthetic gene clusters to their metabolic products through chemical class matching – Louwen et al. Microbiome

PLSDA-batch: a multivariate framework to correct for batch effects in microbiome data – Wang & Cao. Briefings in Bioinformatics

Genome-scale metabolic reconstruction of 7,302 human microorganisms for personalized medicine – Heinken et al. Nature Biotechnology

Non-Microbiome picks

Infection infidelities drive innate immunity – Kagan. Science

Functional T cells are capable of supernumerary cell division and longevity – Soerens et al. Nature

Genetic adaptation to pathogens and increased risk of inflammatory disorders in post-Neolithic Europe – Kerner et al. Cell Genomics

September 28, 2022

General microbiome

[Personal View]Causal discovery for the microbiome – Corander, Hanage & Pensar – The Lancet Microbe

Integrative functional analysis uncovers metabolic differences between Candida species – Begum et al. – Communications Biology

Human skin microbiome

Evolution of the facial skin microbiome during puberty in normal and acne skin – Schneider et al. – JEADV

Human gut microbiome

[REVIEW]Harnessing Microbiota to Improve Immunotherapy for Gastrointestinal Cancers – Goc & Sonnenberg – Cancer Immunol Res

[REVIEW]Gut microbiome in multiple sclerosis-related cognitive impairment – Ghadiri et al. – Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders

[REVIEW]The Microbiome in Gastrointestinal Cancers – White & Wargo – Gastroenterology Clinics of North America

Human gut microbiota and its metabolites impact immune responses in COVID-19 and its complications – Nagata et al. – Gastroenterology

Gut microbial fermentation promotes the intestinal anti-inflammatory activity of Chinese yam polysaccharides – Bai et al. – Food Chemistry

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

The preventive effects of probiotic Akkermansia muciniphila on D-galactose/AlCl3 mediated Alzheimer’s disease-like rats – He et al. – Experimental Gerontology

Characterizing the chicken gut colonization ability of a diverse group of bacteria – Poudel et al. – Poultry Science

Obesity induced gut dysbiosis contributes to disease severity in an animal model of multiple sclerosis – Shahi et al. – Front. Immunol.

Animal microbiome (for animals in the wild)

Impact of aluminum exposure on oxidative stress, intestinal changes and immune responses in red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) – Zhang et al. – Science of The Total Environment

Network analysis reveals significant joint effects of microplastics and tetracycline on the gut than the gill microbiome of marine medaka – Liao et al. – Journal of Hazardous Materials

Xenobiotic estradiol-17ß alters gut microbiota of hatchling American Alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) – Murphy et al. – Environmental Microbiology

Sustained Drought, but Not Short-Term Warming, Alters the Gut Microbiomes of Wild Anolis Lizards – Williams et al. – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

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

Microbial Composition of Freshwater Marsh Sediment Responds more Strongly to Microcosm Seawater Addition than Simulated Nitrate or Phosphate Eutrophication – Weingarten & Jackson – Microbial Ecology

Built environment (subways, indoor surfaces)

Microbial community regulation and performance enhancement in gas biofilters by interrupting bacterial communication – Wang et al. – Microbiome


Identification of microbial features in multivariate regression under false discovery rate control – Srinivasan, Xue and Zhan – Computational Statistics & Data Analysis


Strain-level resolution and pneumococcal carriage dynamics by single-molecule real-time (SMRT) sequencing of the plyNCR marker: a longitudinal study in Swiss infants – Oyewole et al. – Microbiome

August 31, 2022

Human skin microbiome

[REVIEW]Staphylococcus epidermidis and its dual lifestyle in skin health and infection – Severn & Horswill – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Human oral microbiome

Effect of chewing gum containing Xylitol and blackberry powder on oral bacteria: A randomized controlled crossover trial – Miller et al. – Archives of Oral Biology

Human gut microbiome

Antimicrobial peptide production in response to gut microbiota imbalance – Cardoso et al. – Peptides


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

Gut-derived metabolites influence neurodevelopmental gene expression and Wnt signaling events in a germ-free zebrafish model – Rea et al. – Microbiome

Animal microbiome (for animals in the wild)

Age as a primary driver of the gut microbial composition and function in wild harbor seals – Pacheco-Sandoval et al. – Scientific Reports

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Biogeographical survey of soil microbiomes across sub-Saharan Africa: structure, drivers, and predicted climate-driven changes – Cowan et al. – Microbiome

Soil fungal communities show more specificity than bacteria for plant species composition in a temperate forest in China – Chen et al. – BMC Microbiology

Microbes in space

Machine learning algorithm to characterize antimicrobial resistance associated with the International Space Station surface microbiome – Madrigal et al. – Microbiome

Food microbiology

Extensive diversity and rapid turnover of phage defense repertoires in cheese-associated bacterial communities – Somerville et al. – Microbiome


Crowdsourced benchmarking of taxonomic metagenome profilers: lessons learned from the sbv IMPROVER Microbiomics challenge – Poussin et al. – BMC Genomics

Microbes in the news (popular press, EurekAlert, ScienceDaily, Youtube, NPR, etc)

Newly Renamed Prokaryote Phyla Cause Uproar – Dan Robitzski – The Scientist

July 5, 2022


A volatile from the skin microbiota of flavivirus-infected hosts promotes mosquito attractiveness – Hong Zhang – Cell → The production of acetophenone, a potent attractant for mosquitoes, is induced by Flavivirus by a microbiota-based mechanism. This finding shows an interesting example of the interplay between certain viral agents and the microbiota to influence host susceptibility to interact with other species. 

Human and General Microbiome

Dynamic Alterations in the Respiratory Tract Microbiota of Patients with COVID-19 and its Association with Microbiota in the Gut – Yifei Shen – Advanced Science

Interaction of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids with host CD36 genetic variant for gut microbiome and blood lipids in human cohorts – Zelei Miao – Clinical Nutrition 

A weight-loss model based on baseline microbiota and genetic scores for selection of dietary treatments in overweight and obese population – Amanda Cuevas-Sierra – Clinical Nutrition

Beneficial Microbes and Compounds

Restoration of cefixime-induced gut microbiota changes by a prebiotic blend in a mouse model – Jingyi Yuan – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

A synbiotics, long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, and milk fat globule membranes supplemented formula modulates microbiota maturation and neurodevelopment – Tomás Cerdó – Clinical Nutrition

Animal Model Microbiome

Multi-omics data reveals the disturbance of glycerophospholipid metabolism caused by disordered gut microbiota in depressed mice – Tian Tian – Journal of Advanced Research

C-section increases cecal abundance of the archetypal bile acid and glucocorticoid modifying Lachnoclostridium [clostridium] scindens in mice – Sean H Adams – Physiological Reports

A single respiratory tract infection early in life reroutes healthy microbiome development and affects adult metabolism in a preclinical animal model – Soner Yildiz – NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes

Non-Model Animal Microbiome

Microbiota mediated plasticity promotes thermal adaptation in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis – Laura Baldassarre – Nature Communications

Dysbiosis and Predicted Functions of the Dental Biofilm of Dairy Goats with Periodontitis – Ana Carolina Borsanelli – Microbial Ecology

Houseflies harbor less diverse microbiota under laboratory conditions but maintain a consistent set of host-associated bacteria – Anna Voulgari-Kokota – Scientific Reports

Plant and Soil Microbiome

Salinity Influences Endophytic Bacterial Communities in Rice Roots from the Indian Sundarban Area – Gargi Das – Current Microbiology

Routes and rates of bacterial dispersal impact surface soil microbiome composition and functioning – Kendra E Walters – The ISME Journal

Leaf bacterial microbiota response to flooding is controlled by plant phenology in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) – Davide Francioli – Scientific Reports

Bioinformatics and Microbiome Analysis

MB-SupCon: Microbiome-based predictive models via Supervised Contrastive Learning – Sen Yang – Journal of Molecular Biology

June 22, 2022

General microbiome

A 16th century Escherichia coli draft genome associated with an opportunistic bile infection – Long et al. – Communications Biology

Pregnancy and early life

[PREPRINT]Strong pathogen competition in neonatal gut colonisation – Mäklin et al. – bioRxiv

Human skin microbiome

Dysbiosis of Skin Microbiota with Increased Fungal Diversity is Associated with Severity of Disease in Atopic Dermatitis – Schmid et al. – JEADV

Human gut microbiome

Loss of Novel Diversity in Human Gut Microbiota Associated with Ongoing Urbanization in China – Sun et al. – mSystems

A comprehensive analysis of the microbiota composition and host driver gene mutations in colorectal cancer – Yuan et al. – Investigational New Drugs

[REVIEW]Vegetarianism, Microbiota and Cardiovascular health: Looking back, and forward – Kumar et al. – European Journal of Preventive Cardiology

[REVIEW]Effects of a low FODMAP diet on the colonic microbiome in irritable bowel syndrome: a systematic review with meta-analysis – So, Loughman & Staudacher – The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Profiling gut microbiota and bile acid metabolism in critically ill children – Kean et al. – Scientific Reports

Super-taxon in human microbiome are identified to be associated with colorectal cancer – Dai et al. – BMC Bioinformatics

The gut metagenomics and metabolomics signature in patients with inflammatory bowel disease – Xu et al. – Gut Pathogenes

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

Immune checkpoint inhibitors unleash pathogenic immune responses against the microbiota – Hu et al. – PNAS

Deletion of both Dectin-1 and Dectin-2 affects the bacterial but not fungal gut microbiota and susceptibility to colitis in mice – Wang et al. – Microbiome

Animal microbiome (for animals in the wild)

Fecal microbiome of horses transitioning between warm-season and cool-season grass pasture within integrated rotational grazing systems – Weinert-Nelson, Biddle & Williams – Animal Microbiome

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

Full-Length 16S rRNA Gene Sequences from Raw Sewage Samples Spanning Geographic and Seasonal Gradients in Conveyance Systems across the United States – LaMartina, Schmoldt & Newton – Microbiology Resource Announcements


SRS-FISH: A high-throughput platform linking microbiome metabolism to identity at the single-cell level – Ge et al. – PNAS

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 01, 2022

General microbiome

[REVIEW]Akkermansia muciniphila: paradigm for next-generation beneficial microorganisms – Cani et al. – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology

[REVIEW]Role of Microbiota in Viral Infections and Pathological Progression – Mizutani et al. – Viruses

Fitness effects of plasmids shape the structure of bacteria–plasmid interaction networks – Newbury et al. – PNAS

Genome size distributions in bacteria and archaea are strongly linked to evolutionary history at broad phylogenetic scales – Martinez-Gutierrez & Aylward – PLOS Genetics

Interspecies commensal interactions have nonlinear impacts on host immunity – Rice et al. – Cell Host & Microbe

Human skin myco-/microbiome

Distinct skin microbiome community structures in congenital ichthyosis – Tham et al. – British Journal of Dermatology

Biodiversity of mycobial communities in health and onychomycosis – Olbrich et al. – Scientific Reports

Human gut microbiome

Gut microbiota predicts body fat change following a low-energy diet: a PREVIEW intervention study – Jiang et al. – Genome Medicine

Impact of a 7-day homogeneous diet on interpersonal variation in human gut microbiomes and metabolomes – Guthrie et al. – Cell Host & Microbe

Discovery of bioactive microbial gene products in inflammatory bowel disease – Zhang et al. – Nature

Animal microbiome (for animals in the wild)

The functional evolution of termite gut microbiota – Arora et al. – Microbiome

Oral Microbiota Populations of Adult Dogs Consuming Wet or Dry Foods – Oba et al. – Journal of Animal Science

Mating Leads to a Decline in the Diversity of Symbiotic Microbiomes and Promiscuity Increased Pathogen Abundance in a Moth – Zhang et al. – Front. Microbiol.

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Mapping phyllosphere microbiota interactions in planta to establish genotype–phenotype relationships – Schäfer et al. – Nature Microbiology

Polyploidy and microbiome associations mediate similar responses to pathogens in Arabidopsis – Mehlferber et al. – Current Biology

May 25, 2022

General microbiome

Population bottlenecks constrain host microbiome diversity and genetic variation impeding fitness – Ørsted et al. – PLOS Genetics

Human skin microbiome/virome

[PREPRINT]Diversity, abundance, and host specificity of the human skin associated circular and single stranded DNA virome – Graham et al. – bioRxiv

[REVIEW]Climate change, the cutaneous microbiome and skin disease: implications for a warming world – Isler et al. – International Journal of Dermatology

Species- and strain-level assessment using rrn long-amplicons suggests donor’s influence on gut microbial transference via fecal transplants in metabolic syndrome subjects – Benitez-Paez et al. – Gut Microbes

Human gut microbiome

[PREPRINT]Greater alteration of gut microbiota occurs in childhood obesity than adulthood obesity – Yu et al. – bioRxiv

Higher levels of Bifidobacteria and tumor necrosis factor in children with drug-resistant epilepsy are associated with anti-seizure response to the ketogenic diet – Dahlin et al. – eBioMedicine

Towards Strain-Level Complexity: Sequencing Depth Required for Comprehensive Single-Nucleotide Polymorphism Analysis of the Human Gut Microbiome – Liu et al. – Front. Microbiol.

Animal microbiome (for animals in the wild)

Comparative Gut Microbiome in Trachypithecus leucocephalus and Other Primates in Guangxi, China, Based on Metagenome Sequencing – Que et al. – Front. Cell. Infect. Microbiol.

Bacterial Adaptation to Venom in Snakes and Arachnida – Esmaeilishirazifard et al. – Microbiology Spectrum

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Recent advances in understanding of fungal and oomycete effectors – Wilson & McDowell – Current Opinion in Plant Biology

Fungi associated with the potato taste defect in coffee beans from Rwanda – Hale et al. – Botanical Studies

Delineating the Bacteriome of Packaged and Loose Smokeless Tobacco Products Available in North India – Srivastava et al. – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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

Diversity, distribution and ecology of fungal communities present in Antarctic lake sediments uncovered by DNA metabarcoding – de Souza et al. – Scientific Reports

May 20, 2022

General microbiome

[Review]Opportunities and challenges of using metagenomic data to bring uncultured microbes into cultivation – Liu et al. Microbiome

Deep learning of a bacterial and archaeal universal language of life enables transfer learning and illuminates microbial dark matter – Hoarfost et al. – Nature Communications

Covid19 and Metabolome

Sex differences in global metabolomic profiles of COVID-19 patients – Escarcega et al. – Cell Death & Disease

Pregnancy and early life

Does the uterine microbiota affect the reproductive outcomes in women with recurrent implantation failures? – Keburiya et al. – BMC Women’s Health

Impact of antibiotics on off-target infant gut microbiota and resistance genes in cohort studies – Lebeaux et al. – Pediatric Research

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

Human respiratory microbiome

The respiratory microbiome associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease comorbidity in non-small cell lung cancer – Shimizu et al. – Thoacic Cancer

Human skin microbiome

SKIOME Project: a curated collection of skin microbiome datasets enriched with study-related metadata – Agostinetto et al. – Databases

Human gut microbiome

Dynamic microbiome and metabolome analyses reveal the interaction between gut microbiota and anti-PD-1 based immunotherapy in hepatocellular carcinoma – Wu et al. – International Journal of Cancer

[Review]Exploring the multifactorial aspects of Gut Microbiome in Parkinson’s Disease – Pavan et al. – Folia Microbiologica

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

[Preprint]Gut microbiota of homing pigeons shows summer-winter variation under constant diet indicating a substantial effect of temperature – Dietz et al. – bioRxiv

Animal microbiome (for animals in the wild)

[Review]Bumblebees with the socially transmitted microbiome: A novel model organism for gut microbiota research – Zhang & Zheng – Insect Science

Adaptation of gut microbiome and host metabolic systems to lignocellulosic degradation in bamboo rats – Xiao et al. – The ISME Journal

Comparative Analysis of Gut Microbiota Between Healthy and Diarrheic Horses – Li et al. – Front. Vet. Sci.

Large Comparative Analyses of Primate Body Site Microbiomes Indicate that the Oral Microbiome Is Unique among All Body Sites and Conserved among Nonhuman Primates – Microbiology Spectrum

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

Novel Chloroflexi genomes from the deepest ocean reveal metabolic strategies for the adaptation to deep-sea habitats – Liu et al. – Microbiome


CBEA: Competitive balances for taxonomic enrichment analysis – Nguyen, Hoen & Frost – PLOS Computational Biology

Clustering compositional data using Dirichlet mixture model – Pal & Heumann – PLOS One


Generation and application of pseudo–long reads for metagenome assembly – Sim et al. – Giga Science

[Preprint]A comparison of six DNA extraction protocols for 16S, ITS, and shotgun metagenomic sequencing of microbial communities – Shaffer et al. – bioRxiv

[Preprint]Estimating Microbial Population Data from Optical Density – Mira, Yeh & Hall – bioRxiv