October 8, 2021

Today’s digest features a metagenomic meta-study on faecal microbiota transplantation, RibDif for count and compare 16S rRNA genes within a genus, and more. Also, there is a new FEMS Microbiology Letters collection of articles highlighting the evolution of education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is still time to join in the second 🌎 Microbiome Virtual International Forum 🌏. Recordings from previous MVIF can be found here.

And, the #Microber2021 just started! Check out this microbe edition of #Inktober drawing challenge – during October, every day a new scientific art on microbiology topic.

Global microbiome

Cultivating Healthy Connections: Exploring and Engineering the Microbial Flow That Shapes Microbiomes – Travis J. Wiles – mSystems

Neonatal microbiome

Presence of distinctive microbiome in the first-pass meconium of newborn infants – Jenni Turunen – Scientific Reports

Respiratory microbiome

Divergence of bacterial communities in the lower airways of CF patients in early childhood – John B. O’Connor – PlosOne

Gut microbiome

Drivers and Determinants of Strain Dynamics Following Faecal Microbiota Transplantation – Thomas Schmidt – bioRxiv

Western and non-western gut microbiomes reveal new roles of Prevotella in carbohydrate metabolism and mouth–gut axis – Vishnu Prasoodanan P. K. – npj Biofilms and Microbiomes

Animal microbiome

Phylogenetic systematics of Butyrivibrio and Pseudobutyrivibrio genomes illustrate vast taxonomic diversity, open genomes and an abundance of carbohydrate-active enzyme family isoforms – Sara E. Pidcock – Microbial Genomics

Animal experiment

Metabolic modulation of tumours with engineered bacteria for immunotherapy – Fernando P. Canale – Nature

Citrobacter amalonaticus Inhibits the Growth of Citrobacter rodentium in the Gut Lumen – Caroline Mullineaux-Sanders – mBio

Regulation of blood–brain barrier integrity by microbiome-associated methylamines and cognition by trimethylamine N-oxide – Lesley Hoyles – bioRxiv

Effects of prebiotic oligofructose-enriched inulin on gut-derived uremic toxins and disease progression in rats with adenine-induced chronic kidney disease – Ebru Melekoglu – PlosOne

Plant microbiome

Prevalence and Specificity of Chemoreceptor Profiles in Plant-Associated Bacteria – Claudia Sanchis-López – mSystems


Bacteriocinogenic lactic acid bacteria in the traditional cereal-based beverage Boza: a genomic and functional approach – Luciano Lopes Queiroz – bioRxiv


metaGEM: reconstruction of genome scale metabolic models directly from metagenomes – Francisco Zorrilla – Nucleic Acids Research

RibDif: can individual species be differentiated by 16S sequencing? – Mikael Lenz Strube – Bioinformatics Advances

eggNOG-mapper v2: Functional Annotation, Orthology Assignments, and Domain Prediction at the Metagenomic Scale – Carlos P Cantalapiedra – Molecular Biology and Evolution

Sequencing DNA with nanopores: Troubles and biases – Clara Delahaye and Jacques Nicolas – PlosOne

Webinars &c

Conference: Microbiome Virtual International Conference #MVIF – October 14 (Pacific Live)/15 (Atlantic Reply)

Webinar: EMBARK Fall Webinars – a webinar series focused on AMR research

Microscopy Live! – Geology – an hour of live electron microscopy, guided by the audience – Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre (October 29)

For more, check out a collection of microbiome events HERE!

Happy #Microber2021, sci-art October!

October 06, 2021

General microbiome

The intestinal 3M (microbiota, metabolism, metabolome) Zeitgeist – from fundamentals to future challenges – Dey et al. – Free Radical Biology and Medicine

Pregnancy and early life

Gut microbiota changes in preeclampsia, abnormal placental growth and healthy pregnant women – Huang et al. – BMC Microbiology

Human respiratory microbiome

Refinement of microbiota analysis of specimens from patients with respiratory infections using next-generation sequencing – Ikegami et al. – Scientific Reports

Human skin microbiome

Experimental Dermatology Special Issue with Focus on ‘Skin microbiome and antimicrobial peptides’

Human gut microbiome

[REVIEW]Gut microbiome in pediatric acute leukemia: from predisposition to cure – Masetti et al. – Blood Advances

Animal microbiome

Effects of moderate exercise on hepatic amino acid and fatty acid composition, liver transcriptome, and intestinal microbiota in channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) – Zhang et al. – Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part D: Genomics and Proteomics

Metagenomic Sequencing Reveals that High-Grain Feeding Alters the Composition and Metabolism of Cecal Microbiota and Induces Cecal Mucosal Injury in Sheep – Xie, Wang & Mao – mSystems

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Biodegradable and conventional microplastics exhibit distinct microbiome, functionality, and metabolome changes in soil – Sun et al. – Journal of Hazardous Materials

Soil microbiota and microarthropod communities in oil contaminated sites in the European Subarctic – Melekhina et al. – Scientific Reports

Fast and persistent responses of alpine permafrost microbial communities to in situ warming – Perez-Mon et al. – Science of The Total Environment

Built environment (subways, indoor surfaces)

Environmental dynamics of hospital microbiome upon transfer from a major hospital to a new facility – Ashokan et al. – Journal of Infection


[Commentary]Predicting Microbiome Metabolism and Interactions through Integrating Multidisciplinary Principles – Schmidt, Ghadermazi & Chan – mSystems

Uniform Manifold Approximation and Projection (UMAP) Reveals Composite Patterns and Resolves Visualization Artifacts in Microbiome Data – Armstrong et al. – mSystems

September 06, 2021

General microbiome

[PREPRINT]Host-microbiome protein-protein interactions capture mechanisms in human disease – Zhou, Beltran & Brito – bioRxiv

Prognostic correlations with the microbiome of breast cancer subtypes – Banerjee et al. – Cell Death & Disease

Pregnancy and early life

[REVIEW]Composition of the vaginal microbiota during pregnancy in women living in sub-Saharan Africa: a PRISMA-compliant review – Juliana et al. – BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

Aberrant gut-microbiota-immune-brain axis development in premature neonates with brain damage – Seki et al. – Cell Host & Microbe

Multi-site human microbiome

[PREPRINT]Comparing Fecal, Saliva, and Chicha Microbiomes Between Mothers and Children in an Indigenous Ecuadorian Cohort – Adams et al. – bioRxiv

Human respiratory microbiome

Alterations of gut microbiota in patients with active pulmonary tuberculosis in China: A pilot study – Shi et al. – International Journal of Infectious Diseases

Human oral microbiome

The effects of periodontitis associated microbiota on the development of oral squamous cell carcinoma – Hu, Shen & Tian – Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications

Human gut microbiome

Parasites and diet as main drivers of the Malagasy gut microbiome richness and function – Mondot et al. – Scientific Reports

[REVIEW]The second brain: The connection between gut microbiota composition and multiple sclerosis = Farshbafnadi, Agah & Rezaei – Journal of Neuroimmunology

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

Thymic development of gut-microbiota-specific T cells – Zegarra-Ruiz et al – Nature

High-fat diet alters stress behavior, inflammatory parameters and gut microbiota in Tg APP mice in a sex-specific manner – Yanguas-Casas – Neurobiology of Diesease

Sex-dependent effects on the gut microbiota and host metabolome in type 1 diabetic mice – Zhang et al. – Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) – Molecular Basis of Disease


Efficient computation of Faith’s phylogenetic diversity with applications in characterizing microbiomes – Armstrong et al. – Genome Research

August 17, 2021

Today’s digest covers a variety of topics including an interesting preprint on how the maternal immune system shapes offspring immunity in a microbiota dependent fashion and a large human study of the Rotavirus vaccine and gut microbiota. Non microbiology picks cover some recent COVID-19 advances and a very interesting article in Science investigating energy expenditure through the human life course.


No evidence of human genome integration of SARS-CoV-2 found by long-read DNA sequencing – Smits et al. Cell Reports

Ultrapotent antibodies against diverse and highly transmissible SARS-CoV-2 variants. Wang et al. Science 

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

General microbiome

Bacterial colonization dynamics and antibiotic resistance gene dissemination in the hospital environment after first patient occupancy: a longitudinal metagenetic study – Klassert et al. Microbiome

Acute SARS-CoV-2 infection is associated with an increased abundance of bacterial pathogens, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the nose – Rhoades et al. Cell Reports 

Meta-analysis of Clinical Microbiome Studies in Urolithiasis Reveal Age, Stone Composition, and Study Location as the Predominant Factors in Urolithiasis-Associated Microbiome Composition – mBio. Kachroo et al. 

Human gut microbiome

The fecal microbiome and rotavirus vaccine immunogenicity in rural Zimbabwean infants – Robertson et al. Vaccine

Gut microbiome ADP-ribosyltransferases are widespread phage-encoded fitness factors – Brown et al. Cell Host & Microbe

Pregnancy and Early-Life

Maternal γδ T Cells Shape Offspring Pulmonary Type-2 Immunity In A Microbiota-Dependent Manner – Papotto et al. BioRxiv

Food Microbiology

Functional strain redundancy and persistent phage infection in Swiss hard cheese starter cultures – Somerville et al. ISME

Water Microbiome

Ecogenomics and Adaptation Strategies of Southern Ocean Viral Communities – Alarcón-Schumacher et al. mSystems

Soil microbiome

Bog ecosystems as a playground for plant–microbe coevolution: bryophytes and vascular plants harbour functionally adapted bacteria – Wicaksono et al. Microbiome


HoPhage: an ab initio tool for identifying hosts of phage fragments from metaviromes. Tan et al. Bioinformatics

Sparse least trimmed squares regression with compositional covariates for high dimensional data. Monti and Filzmoser. Bioinformatics. 

Ribovore: ribosomal RNA sequence analysis for GenBank submissions and database curation. Schaffer et al. BMC Bioinformatics.

Non-microbiome picks

Daily energy expenditure through the human life course – Pontzer et al. Science

Analysis of scientific society honors reveals disparities – Le et al. Cell Systems

August 11, 2021

General microbiome

[REVIEW]Spot-light on microbiota in obesity and cancer – Marzullo et al. – International Journal of Obesity

Microbiome analysis, the immune response and transplantation in the era of next generation sequencing – Kanangat & Skaljic – Human Immunology

Pregnancy and early life

Type 1 diabetes in pregnancy is associated with distinct changes in the composition and function of the gut microbiome – Roth-Schulze et al. – Microbiome

Human gut microbiome

[PREPRINT]Metataxonomic review to elucidate the role of the microbiome in Celiac disease across the gastrointestinal tract – Arcila et al. – bioRxiv

Microbiota and sleep: awakening the gut feeling – Sen et al. – Trends in Molecular Medicine

Effects of Smoking on Inflammatory Markers in a Healthy Population as Analyzed via the Gut Microbiota – Yan et al. – Front. Cell. Infect. Microbiol.

[REVIEW]The link between the gut microbiota and Parkinson’s Disease: A systematic mechanism review with focus on α-synuclein transport – Nielsen, Pearson & Seidler – Brain Research

[REVIEW]Gut brain axis: an insight into microbiota role in Parkinson’s disease – Moustafa et al. – Metabolic Brain Disease

Describing the intestinal microbiota of Holstein Fasciola-positive and -negative cattle from a hyperendemic area of fascioliasis in central Colombia – Ramirez et al. – PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

The gut microbiome of healthy Vietnamese adults and children is a major reservoir for resistance genes against critical antimicrobials – Pereira-Dias et al. – Journal of Infectious Diseases

Characteristics of gut microbiota in people with obesity – Duan et al. – PLOS One

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

Post-weaning shifts in microbiome composition and metabolism revealed by over 25 000 pig gut metagenome-assembled genomes – Gaio et al. – Microbial Genomics

Effects of dietary rosemary extract supplementation on growth performance, nutrient digestibility, antioxidant capacity, intestinal morphology and microbiota of weaning pigs – Yang et al. – Journal of Animal Science

Changes in the gut microbiota: a possible factor influencing peripheral blood immune indexes in non-obese diabetic mice – Wu et al. – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Animal microbiome (for animals in the wild)

[PREPRINT]The gut bacteria of an invasive amphibian respond to the dual challenges of range-expansion and parasite attack – Zhou et al. – bioRxiv

Fishing for the Virome of Tropical Tuna – Gadoin et al. – Viruses

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Colonization by the Red Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta, Modifies Soil Bacterial Communities – Travanty et al. – Host Microbe Interactions


[PREPRINT]Shotgun proteomic profiling of dormant, ‘non-culturable’ Mycobacterium tuberculosis – Nikitushkin et al. – bioRxiv

[PREPRINT]A clinically validated human saliva metatranscriptomic test for global systems biology studies – Toma et al. – bioRxiv

Sample Preparation for Detection of Different Bacterial Strains by Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Time-of-Flight (MALDI-TOF) Mass Spectrometry – Chac et al. – Current Protocols

August 6, 2021

Today’s digest features a detailed temporal profiling of the rhizosphere and endosphere microbiomes of rice plants exposed to different drought durations, a review on microbiome and recurrent urinary tract infections, a new therapeutic strategy for treating pregnancy disorders via modulation of the maternal gut microbiome in mice, and more. Also, check out a collection of microbiome podcasts. Happy Friday!

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New studies:

Global microbiome

A Scale-Free, Fully Connected Global Transition Network Underlies Known Microbiome Diversity – Gongchao Jing – mSystems

Gut microbiome

Perspective: Crosstalk between γδ T cells and the microbiota – Pedro H. Papotto – Nature Microbiology

Opinion: Microbiota and sleep: awakening the gut feeling – Paromita Sen – Trends in Molecular Medicine

Structural and quantitative alterations of gut microbiota in experimental small bowel obstruction – Jiali Mo – PlosOne

Host adaptation in gut Firmicutes is associated with sporulation loss and altered transmission cycle – Hilary P. Browne – Genome Biology

Urinary microbiome

*Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections: Unraveling the Complicated Environment of Uncomplicated rUTIs – Jonathan Josephs-Spaulding – Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

Vaginal microbiome

The association between the vaginal microenvironment and fecundability: a register-based cohort study among Chinese women – X Hong – BJOG

Animal experiments

*Maternal microbiota Bifidobacterium promotes placental vascularization, nutrient transport and fetal growth in mice – Jorge Lopez-Tello – bioRxiv

Early invasion of the bladder wall by solitary bacteria protects UPEC from antibiotics and neutrophil swarms in an organoid model – Kunal Sharma – Cell Reports

Root microbiome

*Prolonged drought imparts lasting compositional changes to the rice root microbiome – Christian Santos-Medellín – Nature Plants


COPLA, a taxonomic classifier of plasmids – Santiago Redondo‑Salvo – BMC Bioinformatics

Strainberry: automated strain separation in low-complexity metagenomes using long reads – Riccardo Vicedomini – Nature Communications

STRONG: metagenomics strain resolution on assembly graphs – Christopher Quince – Genome Biology

HumGut: a comprehensive human gut prokaryotic genomes collection filtered by metagenome data – Pranvera Hiseni – Microbiome

YouTube Tutorial: How to Critically Evaluate Machine Learning Methods – Thomas P. Quinn

Webinars &c

Conference: Microbiome Virtual International Conference #MVIF – September 14

Hackathon: Petabyte-Scale Sequence Search: Metagenomics Benchmarking Codeathon – Application deadline August 20; Event Dates: Sept. 27-Oct. – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Data Science Strategy, the National Center for Biotechnology and Information at the National Library of Medicine, and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Biological and Environmental Research.

Conference: Microbiome Superheroes Connect – September 8 – Australasian Human Microbiome Research Network

Webinar: EMBARK Fall Webinars – a webinar series where invited speakers will be presenting their AMR research and be contrasted to EMBARK members presenting the work performed in the EMBARK project.

For more, check out a collection of microbiome events HERE!


July 14, 2021

General microbiome

Bacteriophage-Bacteria Interactions in the Gut: From Invertebrates to Mammals – Kirsch et al. – Annual Review of Virology

Helicobacter pylori infection has a detrimental impact on the efficacy of cancer immunotherapies – Oster et al. – Gut

Pregnancy and early life

Cervicovaginal microbiota and metabolome predict preterm birth risk in an ethnically diverse cohort – Flaviani et al. – JCI Insight

[REVIEW][Early-life gut microbiota and its connection to metabolic health in children: Perspective on ecological drivers and need for quantitative approach – Jian et al. – EBBioMedicine

Associations of air pollution and greenness with the nasal microbiota of healthy infants: A longitudinal study – Gisler et al. – Environmental Research

Human respiratory microbiome

Multi-omics profiling predicts allograft function after lung transplantation – Watzenböck et al. – European Respiratory Journal

Metagenomic Analysis Reveals A Possible Association Between Respiratory Infection and Periodontitis – Liu et al. – Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics

Human skin microbiome

[REVIEW]Novel mechanisms of microbial crosstalk with skin innate immunity – Chinnappan & Harris-Tyron – Experimental Dermatology

Shifts in the skin bacterial and fungal communities of healthy children transitioning through puberty – Park et al. – Journal of Investigative Dermatology

Human gut microbiome

Gut-microbiota-targeted diets modulate human immune status – Wastyk et al. – Cell

[REVIEW]Silent hypoxia in COVID-19: a gut microbiota connection – Gopal et al. – Current Opinion in Physiology

[REVIEW]The Athlete and Gut Microbiome: Short-chain Fatty Acids as Potential Ergogenic Aids for Exercise and Training – Bongiovanni, Yin & Heaney

Identification and engraftment of new bacterial strains by shotgun metagenomic sequence analysis in patients with recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection before and after fecal microbiota transplantation and in healthy human subjects – Verma et al. – PLOS One

Kefir Ameliorates Specific Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis Impairments in a Mouse Model Relevant to Autism Spectrum Disorder – van de Wouw et al. – Brain, Behavior, and Immunity

Animal microbiome

Comparative analysis of oral-gut microbiota between captive and wild long-tailed macaque in Thailand – Sawaswong et al. – Scientific Reports

Impact of the dietary inclusion of dried food residues on the apparent nutrient digestibility and the intestinal microbiota of dogs – Paßlack et al. – Archives of Animal Nutrition

Triphenyltin exposure causes changes in health-associated gut microbiome and metabolites in marine medaka – He et al. – Environmental Pollution

The microbial metabolite p-Cresol induces autistic-like behaviors in mice by remodeling the gut microbiota – Bermudez-Martin et al. – Microbiome

Microbes in space

Seven years of Progress in Determining Fungal Diversity and Characterization of Fungi Isolated from the Japanese Experiment Module KIBO, International Space Station – Satoh et al. – Microbiology and Immunology

Food microbiology

[REVIEW]Virome studies of food production systems: time for ‘farm to fork’ analyses – Mahony & van Sinderen – Current Opinion in Biotechnology


D-MANOVA: fast distance-based multivariate analysis of variance for large-scale microbiome association studies – Chen & Zhang – Bioinformatics

Umibato: estimation of time-varying microbial interaction using continuous-time regression hidden Markov model – Hosoda, Fukunaga & Hamada – Bioinformatics

[PREPRINT]Stool Studies Don’t Pass the Sniff Test: A Systematic Review of Human Gut Microbiome Research Suggests Widespread Misuse of Machine Learning – Quinn – arXiv


Characterizing Microbiomes via Sequencing of Marker Loci: Techniques To Improve Throughput, Account for Cross-Contamination, and Reduce Cost – Harrison, Randolph & Buerkle – mSystems

Two-Target Quantitative PCR To Predict Library Composition for Shallow Shotgun Sequencing – Cho et al. – mSystems

Statistical approaches for differential expression analysis in metatranscriptomics – Zhang et al. – Bioinformatics

Benchmark of 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing using Japanese gut microbiome data from the V1–V2 and V3–V4 primer sets – Kameoka et al. – BMC Genomics

In vitro models of gut digestion across childhood: current developments, challenges and future trends – Fournier et al. – Biotechnology Advances

May 18, 2021

Review articles on exciting microbiome topics dominate today’s post. My personal favorite review is by Berthoud et al. on gut-brain communication with focus on understanding functions of the vagus nerve. Others include – rumen microbiome, gut microbiota in neuronal feeding circuits, gut-brain axis in gastrointestinal cancer and a beautiful snapshot illustrating summary of microbiota effects on host physiology. Happy reading!

General Microbiome

Gut microbiota as a transducer of dietary cues to regulate host circadian rhythms and metabolism – Hyoann Choi – Nature Reviews Gatsroenterology and Hepatology

SnapShot: Microbiota effects on host physiology – Jennifer H.Hill – Cell

Roles for the gut microbiota in regulating neuronal feeding circuits – Kristie B. Yu – Journal of Clinical Investigation

Gut-brain communication and obesity: understanding functions of the vagus nerve – Hans-Rudolf Berthoud – Journal of Clinical Investigation

Exploiting unique features of the gut-brain interface to combat gastrointestinal cancer – Alyssa Schledwitz – Journal of Clinical Investigation

Human Microbiome

Evaluation of saliva as a source of accurate whole‐genome and microbiome sequencing data – Anthony F. Herzig – Genetic Epidemiology

The effects of nondigestible fermentable carbohydrates on adults with overweight or obesity: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials – Bocheng Xu – Nutrition Reviews

Altered gut microbiota correlates with cognitive impairment in Chinese children with Down’s syndrome – Shimeng Ren – European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

A synthetic consortium of 100 gut commensals modulates the composition and function in a colon model of the microbiome of elderly subjects – Marta Perez – Gut Microbes

Animal Microbiome

The rumen microbiome: balancing food security and environmental impacts – Itzhak Mizrahi – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Components of the Gut Microbiome that Influence Bone Tissue‐Level Strength – Marysol Luna – Journal of Bone and Mineral Research

Characterization of growth phenotypes and gastrointestinal tract microbiota in sheep fed with caragana – Ke Zhang – Journal of Applied Microbiology


‘GutFeel’: an in silico method for predicting gut health status based on the metabolic functional capabilities of the resident microbiome – Swadha Anand – Febs Letters

MiMeNet: Exploring microbiome-metabolome relationships using neural networks – Derek Reiman – Plos Computational Biology


Anatomy promotes neutral coexistence of strains in the human skin microbiome – Arolyn Conwill – BioRxiv

May 12, 2021

Good morning all! Today’s digest includes two articles discussing the role of the local tissue microbiome in cancer. In the first, Zhu et al. explore the relationship between the intratumor microbiome, immune cell infiltration, and patient survival in the context of melanoma. The second study by Wilkie et al. examines how lipopolysaccharide produced by the commensal breast microbiota impacts cancer growth.

Additionally, there is a paper by Radojević et al. in which the authors found an association between the fecal microbiota and immunogenicity of peripheral blood monocyte-derived dendritic cells in healthy donors; a study by Kim et al. showing that diet and microbiome derived amino acids impact gut enterocyte communication with the brain in Drosophila; and a paper by Tandon et al. investigating the impact of the reciprocal transplantation of water from the surface and bottom of lakes with different trophic states on microbial community composition and function.

Pregnancy and Early-Life
Metagenomic analysis of mother-infant gut microbiome reveals global distinct and shared microbial signatures. – Wang, S. et al., Gut Microbes.

Human Nearly-Sterile Sites
Intratumour microbiome associated with the infiltration of cytotoxic CD8+ T cells and patient survival in cutaneous melanoma. – Zhu, G. et al., European Journal of Cancer Research.

Lipopolysaccharide from the commensal microbiota of the breast enhances cancer growth: role of S100A7 and TLR4. – Wilkie, T. et al., Molecular Oncology.

Human Gut Microbiome
Intestinal microbiota influences clinical outcome and side effects of early breast cancer treatment. – Terrisse, S. et al., Cell Death & Differentiation.

Fecal microbiota composition associates with the capacity of human peripheral blood monocytes to differentiate into immunogenic dendritic cells in vitro. – Radojević, D. et al., Gut Microbes.

Substrate‐driven differences in tryptophan catabolism by gut microbiota and Aryl hydrocarbon Receptor activation. – Huang, Z. et al., Molecular Nutrition & Food Research.

Human Oral Microbiome
The evolution and changing ecology of the African hominid oral microbiome. – Fellows Yates, J.A. et al., PNAS.

Animal Experiments
Response of the microbiome-gut-brain axis in Drosophila to amino acid deficit. – Kim, B. et al., Nature.

Coadaptation between host genome and microbiome under long-term xenobiotic-induced selection. – Wang, G-H. et al., Science Advances.

Predicted Metabolic Function of the Gut Microbiota of Drosophila melanogaster. – Ankrah, N.Y.D. et al., mSystems.

Animal Microbiome
The microbiome of deep-sea fish reveals new microbial species and a sparsity of antibiotic resistance genes. – Collins, F.W.J. et al., Gut Microbes.

Insect Microbiome
Compartmentalization of bacterial and fungal microbiomes in the gut of adult honeybees. – Callegari, M. et al., npj Biofilms Microbiomes.

Seasonal Dynamics of the Honey Bee Gut Microbiota in Colonies Under Subtropical Climate. – Castelli, L. et al., Microbial Ecology.

Plant, Root, and Soil Microbiome
Impact of cropping systems on the functional diversity of rhizosphere microbial communities associated with maize plant: a shotgun approach. – Fadiji, A.E. et al., Archive of Microbiology.

Water and Extremophile Microbiome
Meta-transcriptomic profiling of functional variation of freshwater microbial communities induced by an antidepressant sertraline hydrochloride. – Cui, H. et al., Science of the Total Environment.

Aquatic microbial community is partially functionally redundant: Insights from an in situ reciprocal transplant experiment. – Tandon, K. et al., Science of the Total Environment.

Towards enhancing coral heat tolerance: a “microbiome transplantation” treatment using inoculations of homogenized coral tissues. – Doering, T. et al., Microbiome.

Built Environment
The Bacterial Community Diversity of Bathroom Hot Tap Water Was Significantly Lower Than That of Cold Tap and Shower Water. – Zhang, C. et al., Frontiers in Microbiology.

A Protocol for Teaching Basic Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Analysis Skills to Undergraduate Students Using Bash and R. – Fondi, M. & Bacci, G., Bacterial Pangenomics.

Microdroplet-based system for culturing of environmental microorganisms using FNAP-sort. – Saito, K. et al., Scientific Reports.

April 26, 2021

Greetings from Pittsburgh! Today’s digest is preprint heavy. Topics include an optimized protocol for cyanobacterial 16S rRNA analysis, a panel of Pseudomonas aeruginosa clinical isolates, and more! Happy reading!

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General microbiome

Preprint: A panel of diverse Pseudomonas aeruginosa clinical isolates for research and development – Lebreton et al. – bioRxiv

Pregnancy and early life

Preprint: Diet potentially drives the differentiation of eating behaviours via alterations to the gut microbiome in infants – Yan et al. – bioRxiv

Multi-site human microbiome

An atlas of the tissue and blood metagenome in cancer reveals novel links between bacteria, viruses and cancer – Borchmann – Microbiome

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Preprint: Transcription of macromolecular N degrading genes provides a window into organic nitrogen decomposition in soil – Sieradzki et al. – bioRxiv

Built environment

Preprint: Microbial biomass, composition, and functions are responsible for the differential removal of trace organic chemicals in biofiltration systems – Cao et al. – bioRxiv
Microbes in space

Food microbiology

Preprint: Fluoroquinolone-resistant Escherichia coli originating on dairy farms are an infrequent cause of bacteriuria in humans living in the same geographical region – Mounsey et al. – bioRxiv


Preprint: Optimized protocol for Cyanobacterial 16S rRNA analysis in Danube Delta lakes – Moza & Postolache – bioRxiv