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

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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

December 2, 2018

Highlights: Colonocyte metabolism shapes the gut microbiota, skin and gut microbiome of wild mammals, bacterial diversity in waterholes of Kruger National Park, Yeast diversity of glaciers, Laser MICROSAMPLING of soil community, origin & evolution of global RNA virome, Lymphoma virome dynamics, PUMA-for processing 16S rRNA taxonomy data  for analysis and visualization and many more.

General microbiome

Contamination in Low Microbial Biomass Microbiome Studies: Issues and Recommendations – Raphael Eisenhofer – Trends in Microbiology

Review: Gut microbiota – our new important organ  – Rositsa Sandeva – Albanian Journal of Agricultural Sciences

Human gut microbiome

Altered gut microbiota after traumatic splenectomy is associated with endotoxemia – Hua Zhu – Emerging Microbes & Infections

Review: Colonocyte metabolism shapes the gut microbiota – Yael Litvak – Science

Gut Microbiota Modulates Interactions Between Polychlorinated Biphenyls and Bile Acid Homeostasis – Sunny Lihua Cheng – Toxilogical Sciences

Animal experiments 

An intensive milk replacer feeding program benefits immune response and intestinal microbiota of lambs during weaning – Qian Zhang – BMC Veterinary Research

Animal microbiome 

Bacterial diversity in the waterholes of the Kruger National Park: an eDNA metabarcoding approach – Maxwell J Farrell – Genome

Skin and gut microbiomes of a wild mammal respond to different environmental cues – Anton Lavrinienko – BMC Microbiome

Meta-Omics Tools in the World of Insect-Microorganism Interactions – Antonino Malacrinò – MDPI

Land Use Influences Antibiotic Resistance in the Microbiome of Soil Collembolans Orchesellides sinensis – Dong Zhu – Environmental Science and Technology

The equine gastrointestinal microbiome: Impacts of age and obesity – Philippa K. Morrison – Systems Microbiology

Changes in gut bacterial communities in canaries infected by Macrorhabdus ornithogaster – Patrizia Robino – Journal of Avian Pathology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Laser MICROSAMPLING of soil microbial community – M. V. Gorlenko – Journal of Biological Engineering

Poplar phyllosphere harbors disparate isoprene-degrading bacteria – Andrew T. Crombie – PNAS

Changes in litter quality induced by N deposition alter soil microbial communitiesYingbin Li – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Analysis of Bacterial Communities in White Clover Seeds via High-Throughput Sequencing of 16S rRNA Gene – Wenna Gao – Current Microbiology

Impact of Bactrocera oleae on the fungal microbiota of ripe olive drupes – Ahmed Abdelfattah – PLoS One

Water and extremophile microbiome 

Preprint: Extent of the annual Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone influences microbial community structure Lauren Gillies Campbell – bioRxiv

Review: Microbiologically influenced corrosion and current mitigation strategies: A state of the art review – Bhavya Kachiprath – Data in Brief

Habitat-specificity and diversity of culturable cold-adapted yeasts of a cold-based glacier in the Tianshan Mountains, northwestern China – Baolong Luo – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Bacterial Communities in Areas of Oil and Methane Seeps in Pelagic of Lake Baikal  – Aleksandra S. Zakharenko – Microbial Ecology

Phages and viruses

Origins and Evolution of the Global RNA Virome – Yuri I. Wolf – mBio

Lymphoma Virome Dynamics Revealed By Cell-Free DNA Sequencing – Joseph G Schroers-Martin – Blood

Techniques

Inner Workings: Mapping the microbiome location helps elucidate its role – Marcus Woo – PNAS

Preprint: FDA-ARGOS: A Public Quality-Controlled Genome Database Resource for Infectious Disease Sequencing Diagnostics and Regulatory Science Research – Heike Sichtig – bioRxiv

Preprint: PUMA: A tool for processing 16S rRNA taxonomy data for analysis and visualization – Keith Mitchell – bioRxiv

EMA-amplicon-based taxonomic characterisation of the viable bacterial community present in untreated and SODIS treated roof-harvested rainwater – André Strauss  -Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology

 

November 28, 2018

Influence of bacterial biofilms from vats on cheese characteristics, the fecal virome of wild ducks, variation in fungal diversity associated with olive trees.

Pregnancy and early life

Review: Strategies for the Preservation, Restoration and Modulation of the Human Milk Microbiota. Implications for Human Milk Banks and Neonatal Intensive Care Units – Leónides Fernández – Frontiers in Microbiology

Human vaginal microbiome

Vaginal microbiome in pregnant women according to trimester and its association with preterm birth: critical appraisal of a cross-sectional study – Dimitrios Papoutsis – Obstetrics & Gynecology Science

Human gut microbiome

Microbial-Host Interactions in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Functional Bowel Disease, Obesity and Obesity-Related Metabolic Disease – Shailja C Shah – Gastroenterology

Animal experiments

Bioactive Food Abates Metabolic and Synaptic Alterations by Modulation of Gut Microbiota in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease – Tauqeerunnisa Syeda – Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

Extract of the Microalga Nitzschia laevis Prevents High-Fat-Diet Induced Obesity in Mice by Modulating the Composition of Gut Microbiota – Bingbing Guo

Effects of Taste Signaling Protein Abolishment on Gut Inflammation in an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Mouse Model – Ya-Wen Du – Journal of Visualized Experiments

Animal microbiome

Use of next generation sequencing to investigate the microbiota of experimentally induced wounds and the effect of bandaging in horses – Louis J Kamus – PLOS ONE

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

The chirality of imazethapyr herbicide selectively affects the bacterial community in soybean field soil – Hao Wu – Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Genome‐Wide Association studies on the phyllosphere microbiome: embracing complexity in host‐microbe interactions – Kathleen Beilsmith – The Plant Journal

Invasive plants differentially affect soil biota through litter and rhizosphere pathways: a meta‐analysis – Pei Zhang – Ecology Letters

Analysis of the community composition and bacterial diversity of the rhizosphere microbiome across different plant taxa – Shaonan Lei – MicrobiologyOpen

Spatial and temporal variation of fungal endophytic richness and diversity associated to the phyllosphere of olive cultivars – Patrick Materatski – Fungal Biology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Pre-print: Metagenomic Insights Unveil the Dominance of Undescribed Actinobacteria in Pond Ecosystem of an Indian Shrine – Radhakrishnan Manikkam – bioRxiv

Built environment

A procedure for identifying chemical and biological risks for books in historic libraries based on microclimate analysis – Eva Schito – Journal of Cultural Heritage

Food microbiology

Influence of the early bacterial biofilms developed on vats made with seven wood types on PDO Vastedda della valle del Belìce cheese characteristics – Raimondo Gaglio – International Journal of Food Microbiology

Probiotics/prebiotics

Microbial consortia: promising probiotics as plant biostimulants for sustainable agriculture – Sheridan L Woo – Frontiers in Plant Science

Phages and viruses

Fecal virome composition of migratory wild duck species – Luis Alfonso Ramírez-Martínez – PLOS ONE

November 19, 2018

Today’s digest features shallow shotgun sequencing as a useful alternative to 16S sequencing, soil metaproteomics, virus genomes from deep sea sediments, and more. And there’s an important news: the MicroMundo has been launched in Portugal! Happy reading!

Events and jobs

Open Rank Faculty Position in Microbiome or Microbial Systems Research, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX

Physalia courses: 16S/ITS Metabarcoding of microbial communities (Berlin, 1-5 April 2019) Instructors: Anna Sandionigi, Antti Karkman, Bruno Fosso

Physalia courses: Metagenomics (Berlin, 27-31 May 2019) Instructors: Dr. Curtis Huttenhower, Melanie Schirmer, Cesar Arze

Gut microbiome

Metagenomics-Based, Strain-Level Analysis of Escherichia coli From a Time-Series of Microbiome Samples From a Crohn’s Disease Patient – Xin Fang – Front. Microbio.

Preprint: Microbial Dysbiosis and polyamine metabolism as predictive markers for early detection during progression of pancreatic adenocarcinoma in spontaneous mouse model – Roberto Mendez – bioRxiv

Oral microbiome

Preprint: Tobacco exposure associated with oral microbiota oxygen utilization in the New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Study – Francesco Beghini – bioRxiv

Preprint: Sociodemographic patterning in the oral microbiome of a diverse sample of New Yorkers – Audrey Renson – bioRxiv

Soil microbiome

*Review: Using proteins to study how microbes contribute to soil ecosystem services: The current state and future perspectives of soil metaproteomics – Robert Starke – Journal of Proteomics

Phages and viruses

Degenerate PCR Primers to Reveal the Diversity of Giant Viruses in Coastal Waters  – Yanze Li – Viruses

*Preprint: Virus genomes from deep sea sediments expand the ocean megavirome and support independent origins of viral gigantism – Disa Backstrom – bioRxiv

Bioinformatics

*Evaluating the Information Content of Shallow Shotgun Metagenomics – Benjamin Hillmann – MySystems

A novel method to accurately calculate statistical significance of local similarity analysis for high-throughput time series – Fang Zhang – Stat Appl Genet Mol Biol.

KrakenUniq: confident and fast metagenomics classification using unique k-mer counts – Breitwieser Florian – Genome Biol.

MetaMap: an atlas of metatranscriptomic reads in human disease-related RNA-seq data –Simon Lucas – Gigascience

Svetlana’s microbiology pick

* Last week was World Antibiotic Awareness Week and the MicroMundo project has been launched in Portugal:
Initially created in the USA (2012) as Small World Initiative, the MicroMundo is an innovative Citizen Science project where professors and researchers from the University of Porto encourage students to pursue career in science while addressing a worldwide health threat – antibiotic resistance.

November 14, 2018

Today’s digest is about how dietary shifts and low gluten diet changes the intestinal microbiome, fecal microbiota transplant in intestinal disorders, characterization of the most abundant bacteriophage family in the human gut, and Raman spectroscopy based method for fast identification of antibiotic resistance bugs.

Human gut microbiome

Fecal microbiota transplantation for refractory immune checkpoint inhibitor-associated colitis – Yinghong Wang – Nature Medicine

A low-gluten diet induces changes in the intestinal microbiome of healthy Danish adults – Lea BS Hansen – Nature Communications

Resilience of human gut microbial communities for the long stay with multiple dietary shifts – Hong Liu – Gut

Microbiome and its relation to gestational diabetes – Ramon V. Cortez – Endocrine

Effect of bifidobacterium breve A-1 on anxiety and depressive symptoms in schizophrenia: A proof-of-concept study – Ryo Okubo – Journal of Affective Disorders

Fecal Akkermansia muciniphila Is Associated with Body Composition and Microbiota Diversity in Overweight and Obese Women with Breast Cancer Participating in a Presurgical Weight Loss Trial – Andrew D Fruge – Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

An Open-Labeled Study on Fecal Microbiota Transfer in Irritable Bowel Syndrome Patients Reveals Improvement in Abdominal Pain Associated with the Relative Abundance of Akkermansia Muciniphila – Cruz-Aguliar RM – Digestion

Animal experiments

Berberine alleviates insulin resistance by reducing peripheral branched-chain amino acids – Shi-Jun Yue – American Journal of Physiology Endocrinology and Metabolism

Air microbiome

A long-term survey unveils strong seasonal patterns in the airborne microbiome coupled to general and regional atmospheric circulations – Joan Cáliz – PNAS

Phages and viruses

ΦCrAss001 represents the most abundant bacteriophage family in the human gut and infects Bacteroides intestinalis – Andrey N Shkoporov – Nature Communications

Techniques

Quantifying and comparing bacterial growth dynamics in multiple metagenomic samples – Yuan Gao – Nature Methods

Dynamic linear models guide design and analysis of microbiota studies within artificial human guts – Justin D Silverman – Microbiome

Microbes in the news

Chinese scientists develop novel instrument for rapid profiling of antimicrobial resistance – EurekaAlert

Microbes on the market

Chr. Hansen Receives Joint Innovation Fund Grant to Develop Next Generation Microbial Solutions for Agriculture – Microbiome times

Non-microbiology picks

Remission of Human Type 2 Diabetes Requires Decrease in Liver and Pancreas Fat Content but Is Dependent upon Capacity for β Cell Recovery – Roy Taylor – Cell Metabolism

 

November 7, 2018

There’s lots of new work to catch up on! Some highlights include the skin virome in patients with immune deficiency, a mechanism for host-microbe mutualism in zebrafish, ecological pressures in soil that lead to smaller genomes, and a book chapter about the future of microbial forensics.

General Microbiome
Genotype to phenotype: Diet-by-mitochondrial DNA haplotype interactions drive metabolic flexibility and organismal fitness – Wen C. Aw – PLOS Genetics

Antifungal immune responses: emerging host–pathogen interactions and translational implications – Vinod Kumar – Genome Medicine

Pregnancy and early life
Childhood Adversity Impact on Gut Microbiota and Inflammatory Response to Stress During Pregnancy. – Liisa Hantsoo – Brain, Behavior, and Immunity

Enabling precision medicine in neonatology, an integrated repository for preterm birth research – Marina Sirota – Scientific Data

Associations of birth mode with cord blood cytokines, white blood cells, and newborn intestinal bifidobacteria – Isabel Cristina Ribas Werlang – PLOS One

HPV infection and bacterial microbiota in breast milk and infant oral mucosa – Heidi Tuominen – PLOS One

Human skin microbiome
Expanded skin virome in DOCK8-deficient patients – Osnat Tirosh – Nature Medicine

Microbiological Profile of Sarecycline: A Novel Targeted Spectrum Tetracycline for the Treatment of Acne Vulgaris – George Zhanel – Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

Human vaginal microbiome
Preprint: Glycan cross-feeding drives mutualism between Fusobacterium and the vaginal microbiota – Kavita Agarwal – bioRxiv

Human multi-site microbiome
The altered human serum metabolome induced by a marathon – Zinandré Stander – Metabolomics

The unsolved problem of otitis media in indigenous populations: a systematic review of upper respiratory and middle ear microbiology in indigenous children with otitis media
Andrea Coleman
Microbiome

Human gut microbiome
An exploration of Prevotella-rich microbiomes in HIV and men who have sex with men – Abigail J. S. Armstrong – Microbiome

Safety and preliminary efficacy of orally administered lyophilized fecal microbiota product compared with frozen product given by enema for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection: A randomized clinical trial – Zhi-Dong Jiang – PLOS One

The long term effect of metabolic profile and microbiota status in early gastric cancer patients after subtotal gastrectomy – Xi-Hsuan Lin – PLOS One

Animal experiments
A bacterial immunomodulatory protein with lipocalin-like domains facilitates host–bacteria mutualism in larval zebrafish – Annah S Rolig – eLife

Gut microbiota and intestinal FXR mediate the clinical benefits of metformin – Lulu Sun – Nature Medicine

Interactions between Roseburia intestinalis and diet modulate atherogenesis in a murine model – Kazuyuki Kasahara – Nature Microbiology

Enteric infection coupled with chronic Notch pathway inhibition alters colonic mucus composition leading to dysbiosis, barrier disruption and colitis – Ishfaq Ahmed – PLOS One

Toxoplasma gondii infection triggers chronic cachexia and sustained commensal dysbiosis in mice – Jessica A. Hatter – PLOS One

Plant, root, and soil microbiome
Ecological selection for small microbial genomes along a temperate-to-thermal soil gradient – Jackson W. Sorensen – Nature Microbiology

Decomposition responses to climate depend on microbial community composition -Sydney I. Glassman – PNAS

The nanotechnology among US: are metal and metal oxides nanoparticles a nano or mega risk for soil microbial communities? – J. Parada – Critical Reviews in Biotechnology

Water and extremophile microbiome
Diversity and Coding Potential of the Microbiota in the Photic and Aphotic Zones of Tropical Man-Made Lake with Intensive Aquaculture Activities: a Case Study on Temengor Lake, Malaysia. – Nyok-Sean Lau – Microbial Ecology

Quantifying the changes in genetic diversity within sequence-discrete bacterial populations across a spatial and temporal riverine gradient – Alexandra Meziti – The ISME Journal

Probiotics
Anti-diabetic effects of Lactobacillus casei fermented-yogurt through re-shaping gut microbiota structure in type 2 diabetic rats – Ling Qu – Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Probiotics-fermented Massa Medicata Fermentata ameliorates weaning stress in piglets related to improving intestinal homeostasis – Yanbo Wang – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Techniques
Impact of DNA extraction method and targeted 16S-rRNA hypervariable region on oral microbiota profiling – Fei Teng – Scientific Reports

Science career/training and publishing
Preprint: The CURE for Culturing Fastidious Microbes – Arundhati Bakshi – bioRxiv

Meeting Report: Current progress and future opportunities in applications of bioinformatics for biodefense and pathogen detection: report from the Winter Mid-Atlantic Microbiome Meet-up, College Park, MD, January 10, 2018. – Jacquelyn S. Meisel -Microbiome

In win for open access, two major funders won’t cover publishing in hybrid journals

Microbial Forensics
Book Chapter: Unique Individualistic Microflora: The Future of DNA Fingerprinting Technique – Pankaj Shrivastava – DNA Fingerprinting: Advancements and Future Endeavors

Alyson’s non-microbiology picks
Science candidates prevail in US midterm elections