July 19, 2017

Today’s digest is a long one! There is high diversity of studies, with a high abundance of gut microbiome studies, a few publications on fecal transplant, and some very interesting early life/pregnancy/mother-infant science.  A normal serving of animal studies, of course a nice colony of environmental microbial studies, and a study reporting the presence of bacteria in Alzheimer’s post-mortem brains.

Events and jobs

Postdoctoral research fellow in translational microbiome research – Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC) at Karolinska Institutet

General microbiome

Commensal bacteria modulate the tumor microenvironment – Theofilos Poutahidis – Cancer Letters

[Review]  The human microbiome – Hubert E. Blum – Advances in Medical Sciences

Microbiome and Metabolome Data Integration Provides Insight Into Health and Disease – Michael Shaffer – Translational Research

Metabolic potential and taxonomic assessment of bacterial community of an environment to chronic industrial discharge – Neelam Devpura – International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation

Impact of the Microbiota on Bacterial Infections during Cancer Treatment – Jessica Galloway-Peña – Trends in Microbiology

Pregnancy and early life

** The Bacterial Ecosystem of Mother’s Milk and Infant’s Mouth and Gut – Elana Biagi – Frontiers in Microbiology | Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology

* What’s Normal? Immune Profiling of Human Milk from Healthy Women Living in Different Geographical and Socioeconomic Settings – Lorena Ruiz – Frontiers in Immunology | Nutritional Immunology

Microbiome Associated with Severe Caries in Canadian First Nations Children – M. Agnello – Journal of Dental Research

* Bacterial communities found in placental tissues are associated with severe chorioamnionitis and adverse birth outcomes – Ronan M. Doyle – PLoS One

Human oral microbiome

Characterization of Oral Microbiota in Removable Dental Prosthesis Users: Influence of Arterial Hypertension – Leila Maria Marchi-Alves – BioMed Research International

Human vaginal microbiome

The association between ethnicity and vaginal microbiota composition in Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Hanneke Borgdorff – PLoS One

Human nearly-sterile sites

** 16S rRNA Next Generation Sequencing Analysis Shows Bacteria in Alzheimer’s Post-Mortem Brain – David C. Emery – Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience

Human gut microbiome

The Gut Microbiota of Healthy Chilean Subjects Reveals a High Abundance of the Phylum Verrucomicrobia – Sayaka Fujio-Vejar – Frontiers in Microbiology | Microbial Symbioses

*[Review] Significance of Microbiota in Obesity and Metabolic Diseases and the Modulatory Potential by Medicinal Plant and Food Ingredients – Hoda M. Eid – Frontiers in Pharmacology | Ethnopharmacology

MOLECULAR CHARACTERIZATION OF FECAL MICROBIOTA OF HEALTHY CHINESE TOBACCO SMOKER SUBJECTS IN SHAANXI PROVINCE, XI’AN CHINA – Ishaq HM – Journal of Ayub Medical College

The Microbiome in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma-Exposed Controls: An Exploratory Study – Hemmings, Sian M.J – Psychosomatic Medicine

The Impact of Gut Microbiota on Gender-Specific Differences in Immunity – Floris Fransen – Frontiers in Immunology | Nutritional Immunology

Involvement of gut microbiota in the association between gastrointestinal motility and 5‑HT expression/M2 macrophage abundance in the gastrointestinal tract – Mo Yang – Molecular Medicine Reports

Correspondence: Fecal Microbiota Transplant from a Rational Stool Donor Improves Hepatic Encephalopathy: A Randomized Clinical Trial – Benjamin H Mullish – Hepatology

Going to the Bank: Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Pediatrics – Elaine Barfield – Clinical Pediatrics

INTERRELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN GUT MICROBIOTA AND HOST: Paradigms, Role in Neurodegenerative Diseases and Future Prospects – Villarraso JC – CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets

Faecal microbiota transplant: a novel biological approach to extensively drug-resistant organism-related non-relapse mortality – Innes AJ – Bone Marrow Transplantation

* Gut microbiota is critical for the induction of chemotherapy-induced pain – Shiqian Shen – Nature Neuroscience

Relationships between Gastrointestinal Microbiota and Blood Group Antigens – Anuhya Gampa – Physiological Genomics

[Masters Thesis] Evaluating the Effectiveness of Select Bacteria Against Clostridium difficile – Choquette, Kelsey Rose – Iowa State University, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing

* Potential and active functions in the gut microbiota of a healthy human cohort – Alessandro Tanca – Microbiome

[Letter to Editor] The necessity of gut microbiome characterization in diseases prevention and therapy – Sama Rezasoltani – Gastroenterology and Hepatology from Bed to Bench

[Review Article] The Intricate Interaction between Enteric Microbiota and Brain: Principles and Clinical Implications – Giovanni Gherardi – Journal of Digestive Diseases and Hepatology

Gut microbiota dysbiosis associated with glucose metabolism disorders and the metabolic syndrome in older adults – K Lippert – Beneficial Microbes

Animal experiments

Western Diet–Induced Dysbiosis in Farnesoid X Receptor Knockout Mice Causes Persistent Hepatic Inflammation after Antibiotic Treatment – Prasant K – The American Journal of Pathology

Grape pomace improves performance, antioxidant status, fecal microbiota and meat quality of piglets – I. Kafantaris – Animal

Animal microbiome

Microorganisms of the Intestinal Microbiota of Oncorhynchus Mykiss Produce Antagonistic Substances Against Bacteria Contaminating Food and Causing Disease in Humans – Lobos O – Italian Journal of Food Safety

Population-Specific Responses to Interspecific Competition in the Gut Microbiota of Two Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) Populations – Xiaoping He – Microbial Ecology

Habitat and indigenous gut microbes contribute to the plasticity of gut microbiome in oriental river prawn during rapid environmental change – Cheng-Yu Chen – PLoS One

Vertically and horizontally transmitted microbial symbionts shape the gut microbiota ontogenesis of a skin-mucus feeding discus fish progeny – François-Étienne Sylvain – Scientific Reports

Microbiome overview in swine lungs – Franciele Maboni Siqueira – PLoS One

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Integrated metagenomics and molecular ecological network analysis of bacterial community composition during the phytoremediation of cadmium-contaminated soils by bioenergy crops – Zhaojin Chen – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

Dynamics of Soil Bacterial Communities Over a Vegetation Season Relate to Both Soil Nutrient Status and Plant Growth Phenology – Davide Francioli – Microbial Ecology

Microbial Populations of Stony Meteorites: Substrate Controls on First Colonizers – Alastair W. Tait – Frontiers in Microbiology | Extreme Microbiology

Microbial functional diversity covaries with permafrost thaw-induced environmental heterogeneity in tundra soil – Mengting M. Yuan – Global Change Biology

[PrePrint] Conditionally rare taxa contribute but do not account for prokaryotic community changes in soils – Rachel Kaminsky – bioRxiv

Water and extremophile microbiome 

Performance and bacterial community structure of a 10-years old constructed mangrove wetland – Tingting Tian – Marine Pollution Bulletin

A comparative study revealed first insights into the diversity and metabolisms of the microbial communities in the sediments of Pacmanus and Desmos hydrothermal fields – Hai-liang Wang – PLoS One

Microbial Composition and Diversity Patterns in Deep Hyperthermal Aquifers from the Western Plain of Romania – Cecilia M. Chiriac – Microbiology of Aquatic Systems

Built environment

Pilot study to determine if microbial contamination levels in hospital washrooms are associated with hand drying method – Mark H. Wilcox – Journal of Hospital Infection

Probiotics / prebiotics

Arachidonic acid sex-dependently affects obesity through linking gut microbiota-driven inflammation to hypothalamus-adipose-liver axis – Pan Zhuang – BBA

Functional Characterization of Novel Faecalibacterium prausnitzii Strains Isolated from Healthy Volunteers: A Step Forward in the Use of F. prausnitzii as a Next-Generation Probiotic – Rebeca Martin – Frontiers in Microbiology | Food Microbiology

Bioinformatics

* Abundance estimation and differential testing on strain level in metagenomics data – Martina Fischer – Bioinformatics

Techniques

Development and Use of a Real-Time Quantitative PCR Method for Detecting and Quantifying Equol-Producing Bacteria in Human Faecal Samples and Slurry Cultures – Lucía Vázquez – Frontiers in Microbiology | Food Microbiology

Next-generation Sequencing of the DNA Virome from Fecal Samples – Monaco CL – Bio-protocol

Synthetic multispecies microbial communities reveals shifts in secondary metabolism and facilitates cryptic natural product discovery – Yutong Shi – Environmental Microbiology

Whole-genome sequencing of eukaryotes: From sequencing of DNA fragments to a genome assembly – K. S. Zadesenets – Russian Journal of Genetics

Microbes on the market

Microbiome Sequencing Services Market: trends, analysis, Overview, forecast up to 2021

Ed’s non-microbiology picks

Heavy metal accumulation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells armed with metal binding hexapeptides targeted to the inner face of the plasma membrane – Lavinia Liliana Ruta –Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Fracking can contaminate rivers and lakes with radioactive material, study finds

Subacute normobaric oxygen and hyperbaric oxygen therapy in drowning, reversal of brain volume loss: a case report – Paul G Harch – Medical Gas Research

No Effect of Commercial Cognitive Training on Neural Activity During Decision-Making – Joseph W. Kable – Journal of Neuroscience

Health Insurance Expansion and Incidence of Out‐of‐Hospital Cardiac Arrest: A Pilot Study in a US Metropolitan Community – Eric C. Stecker – Journal of the American Heart Association

July 3, 2017

 

Pregnancy and early life
Maternal inheritance of bifidobacterial communities and bifidophages in infants through vertical transmission – Sabrina Duranti –  Microbiome

 
Mini Review: The microbiome and disorders of the central nervous system – Valeria D. Felice – Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior

 
Human respiratory microbiome

 
Short Report: The metabolic footprint of the airway bacterial community in cystic fibrosis – Vaishnavi Narayanamurthy – Microbiome

 
Human gut microbiome

 
Gut microbial transformation of the dietary imidazoquinoxaline mutagen MeIQx reduces its cytotoxic and mutagenic potency – Jianbo Zhang –  Toxicological Science

 
Review: Practical considerations for large-scale gut microbiome studies – Doris Vandeputte – FEMS Microbiology Reviews

 
Association of altered gut microbiota composition with chronic urticaria – Edris Nabizadeh – Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

 
Animal microbiome 

 
A genomic investigation of ecological differentiation between free-living and Drosophila-associated bacteria – Nathan J. Winans –  Molecular Ecology

 
The Gut Bacterial Community Composition of Wild Cervus albirostris (White-Lipped Deer) Detected by the 16S Ribosomal RNA Gene Sequencing – Jun-gang Li –  Current Microbiology

 
Microbial influence on Drosophila biology – ME Martino – Current Opinion in Microbiology

 
Plant, root, and soil microbiome

 
Organic carbon and nitrogen availability determine bacterial community composition in paddy fields of the Indo-Gangetic plain – Arvind Kumar –  Biotech

 

Water and extremophile microbiome

 
Spatiotemporal Dynamics of the Bacterial Microbiota on Lacustrine Cladophora glomerata (Chlorophyta) – Michael J. Braus –  bioRxiv

 
Quantity and quality of particulate organic matter controls bacterial production in the Columbia River estuary – Byron C. Crump – Limnology and Oceanography

 
Relating genomic characteristics to environmental preferences and ubiquity in different microbial taxa – Marta Cobo-Simón –  BMC Genomics

 
Comparison of four DNA extraction methods for comprehensive assessment of 16S rRNA bacterial diversity in marine biofilms using high-throughput sequencing – Natàlia Corcoll – FEMS Microbiology Letters

 
Food microbiology

 

Cleaning and disinfection of biofilms composed of Listeria monocytogenes and background microbiota from meat processing surfaces – Annette Fagerlund – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

 

Probiotics / prebiotics

 
A human gut commensal ferments cranberry carbohydrates to produce formate – Ezgi Özcan – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

 
Review: Lifestyles in transition: evolution and natural history of the genus Lactobacillus – Rebbeca M. Duar – FEMS Microbiology Reviews

 
Phages and viruses

 
Synergistic elimination of bacteria by phage and the innate immune system – Chung Yin (Joey) Leung – Journal of Theoretical Biology

 
Biotechnology

 
Effect of zinc oxide nanoparticles on nitrogen removal, microbial activity and microbial community of CANON process in a membrane bioreactor – Xiaojing Zhang – Bioresource Technology

 
Microbes in the news

 
A new approach to tackling drug-resistant bacteria

New technology to cool the body: make the clothes made of microorganisms

 
Microbes on the market (news about biotech companies)

 
New Belgian Biotech will use Microorganisms to Replace Pesticides and Fertilizers

June 28, 2017

Human vaginal microbiome

Vaginal seeding or vaginal microbial transfer from the mother to the cesarean born neonate: a commentary regarding clinical management – Thor Haahr – BJOG

Human gut microbiome

*Review: The resilience of the intestinal microbiota influences health and disease – Felix Sommer – Nature Reviews Microbiology

Other human microbiome

Urinary catheter-associated microbiota change in accordance with treatment and infection status – Laetitia Bossa – PLOS ONE

Dynamics of the Oral Microbiota as a Tool to Estimate Time Since Death – Joe Adserias Garriga – Molecular Oral Microbiology

Animal experiments

Tuftsin-Phosphorylcholine maintains normal gut microbiota in collagen induced arthritic mice – Hila Ben-Amram – Frontiers in Microbiology

Animal microbiome

The Diet and Gut Microbial Communities of Two Closely Related Combtooth Blennies, Chasmodes saburrae and Scartella cristata – Peter J. Hundt – Copeia

Variation in the microbiome of the urogenital tract of koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) with and without “wet bottom” – Alistair R. Legione – bioRxiv

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Dominant Groups of Potentially Active Bacteria Shared by Barley Seeds become Less Abundant in Root Associated Microbiome – Luhua Yang – Frontiers in Plant Science

Understanding the variation of microbial community in heavy metals contaminated soil using high throughput sequencing – Honghong Guo – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

Root Hair Mutations Displace the Barley Rhizosphere Microbiota – Senga Robertson-Albertyn – Frontiers in Plant Science

*Review: Below-ground connections underlying above-ground food production: a framework for optimising ecological connections in the rhizosphere – Franciska T. de Vries – Journal of Ecology

Rhizosphere microorganisms affected by soil solarization and cover cropping in Capsicum annuum and Phaseolus lunatus agroecosystems – Nancy Kokalis-Burelle – Applied Soil Ecology

Bacterial community dynamics in the rhizosphere of a long-lived, leguminous shrub across a 40-year age sequence – Xiaofan Na – Journal of Soils and Sediments

Microbial populations of stony meteorites: Substrate controls on first colonisers – Alastair W. Tait – Frontiers in Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Microbial Diversity and Community Assembly across Environmental Gradients in Acid Mine Drainage – Wenkai Teng – Minerals

Abundance and Distribution of Microbial Cells and Viruses in an Alluvial Aquifer – Donald Pan – Frontiers in Microbiology

Metagenomics reveals niche partitioning within the phototrophic zone of a microbial mat – Jackson Z Lee – bioRxiv

Bioinformatics

Mixed Effect Dirichlet-Tree Multinomial for Longitudinal Microbiome Data and Weight Prediction – Yunfan Tang – arXiv

Segal’s Law, 16S rRNA gene sequencing, and the perils of foodborne pathogen detection within the American Gut Project – James B. Pettengill – PeerJ

Techniques

Assembly and Tracking of Microbial Community Development within a Microwell Array Platform – Andrea C. Timm – JOVE

June 22, 2017

Effects of weight loss treatment on gut microbiota and serum metabolites, mouse gut microbiota can alter visceral sensitivity, a review discussing the microbiota’s ability to shape the maternal immune system.

Pregnancy and early life

Review: The unique immunological and microbial aspects of pregnancy – Gil Mor – Nature Reviews Immunology

Human oral microbiome

Review: Microbiome and Microbial Biofilm Profiles of Peri-Implantitis: A Systematic Review – Gloria Inés Lafaurie – Journal of Periodontology

Human gut microbiome

Bifidobacterium-Rich Fecal Donor May Be a Positive Predictor for Successful Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome – S Mizuno – Digestion

Microbiota in anorexia nervosa: The triangle between bacterial species, metabolites and psychological tests – Francesca Borgo – PLOS ONE

Animal experiments

Fructo-oligosaccharides and intestinal barrier function in a methionine–choline-deficient mouse model of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis – Kotaro Matsumoto – PLOS ONE

Microbiota regulates visceral pain in the mouse – Pauline Luczynski – eLife

Metagenomic characterization of the effect of feed additives on the gut microbiome and antibiotic resistome of feedlot cattle – Milton Thomas – bioRxiv

Animal microbiome

Combining ‘omics and microscopy to visualize interactions between the Asian citrus psyllid vector and the Huanglongbing pathogen Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus in the insect gut – Angela Kruse – PLOS ONE

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Application of struvite alters the antibiotic resistome in soil, rhizosphere, and phyllosphere – Qing-Lin Chen – Environmental Science & Technology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Synergistic hydrolysis of xylan using novel xylanases, β-xylosidases, and an α-l-arabinofuranosidase from Geobacillus thermodenitrificans NG80-2 – Di Huang – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Longitudinal variation of microbial communitiesin benthic biofilms and association with hydrological and physicochemical conditions in glacier-fed streams – Ze Ren – Freshwater Science

Control of Sulfide Production in High Salinity Bakken Shale Oil Reservoirs by Halophilic Bacteria Reducing Nitrate to Nitrite – Biwin A An – Frontiers in Microbiology

Phages and viruses

Viral and Bacterial Communities of Colorectal Cancer – Geoffrey D Hannigan – bioRxiv

Plasmids, Viruses, And Other Circular Elements In Rat Gut – Tue Sparholt Jørgensen – bioRxiv

Bioinformatics

The metagenomic data life-cycle: standards and best practices – Petra ten Hoopen – GigaScience

PhylOligo: a package to identify contaminant or untargeted organism sequences in genome assemblies – Ludovic Mallet – Bioinformatics

Metabolomics

Gut microbiome and serum metabolome alterations in obesity and after weight-loss intervention – Ruixin Liu – Nature Medicine

Integrating Microbiome and Metabolome Data to Understand Infectious Airway Disease – Robert A Quinn – American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

Coupling targeted and untargeted mass spectrometry for metabolome-microbiome-wide association studies of human fecal samples – Alexey V Melnik – Analytical Chemistry

Techniques

Incorporating comparative genomics into the Design-Test-Learn cycle of microbial strain engineering – Maria Sardi – FEMS Yeast Research

Different amplicon targets for sequencing-based studies of fungal diversity – Francesca De Filippis – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Microbes in the news

Modified viruses deliver death to antibiotic-resistant bacteria – Sara Reardon – Nature

Microbes on the market

EnteroBiotix raises £500k in first round of equity funding – Philip Gates – Insider.co.uk

Microbiotica To Present At Microbiome Drug Development Summit – BioSpace

Bacteria art

MIT Researchers Use Light-Illuminated Bacteria to Make ‘Living’ Pictures – Kristin Fawcett – Mental Floss

The world’s art is under attack—by microbes – Kate Baggaley – Popular Science

Science, publishing, and career

Editorial: Don’t let Europe’s open-science dream drift – Nature

June 15, 2017

Today’s digest is full of plant, animal, and soil microbiome studies as well as a nice serving of human gut science, specifically about FMT.

Events and jobs

Visiting Assistant Professor of Microbiology – Methodist University, North Carolina

GENEWIZ Week – many small events, contests, giveaways, and webinars (including mine on using Metagenomics for Biomarker Discovery posted here on Sunday’s blog post. Since my webinar was yesterday, it will be archived and can be downloaded from genewiz.com, starting next week – don’t forget to check it out!)

General microbiome

* Comprehensive analysis of microorganisms accompanying human archaeological remains – Anna Philips – Gigascience

Pregnancy and early life

Relationships Among Microbial Communities, Maternal Cells, Oligosaccharides, and Macronutrients in Human Milk – Williams JE – Journal of Human Lactation

Human oral microbiome

Targeted Antimicrobial Therapy in the Microbiome Era – Victoria N. Stone – Molecular Oral Microbiology

Human gut microbiome

* Identification of donor microbe species that colonize and persist long term in the recipient after fecal transplant for recurrent Clostridium difficile – Ranjit Kumar – npj Biofilms and Microbiomes

* Fecal microbiota transplantation in metabolic syndrome: History, present and future – P. F. de Groot – Gut microbes

Intestinal microbiota, fecal microbiota transplantation, and inflammatory bowel disease – Weingarden AR – Gut Microbes

Faecal microbiota study reveals specific dysbiosis in spondyloarthritis – Maxime Breban – Annals of Rheumatic Diseases

Metaproteomic analysis of human gut microbiota: where are we heading? – Pey Yee Lee – Journal of Biomedical Science

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

Variability, stability, and resilience of fecal microbiota in dairy cows fed whole crop corn silage – Minh Thuy Tang – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Plantago ovata in broiler chicken nutrition: Performance, carcass criteria, intestinal morphology, immunity, and intestinal bacterial population – A. Divani – Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition

Chronic treatment with prebiotics, probiotics and synbiotics attenuated cardiac dysfunction by improving cardiac mitochondrial dysfunction in male obese insulin-resistant rats – Tunapong W – European Journal of Nutrition

Amelioration of obesity-related characteristics by a probiotic formulation in a high-fat diet-induced obese rat model – Joo-Hyun Shin – European Journal of Nutrition

Early Gut Microbiota Intervention Suppresses DSS-Induced Inflammatory Responses by Deactivating TLR/NLR Signalling in Pigs – Yi Xiao – Scientific Reports

* Profound perturbation induced by triclosan exposure in mouse gut microbiome: a less resilient microbial community with elevated antibiotic and metal resistomes – Bei Gao – BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology

Animal microbiome (for animals in the wild)

[PrePrint] Ecophysiology of freshwater Verrucomicrobia inferred from genomes recovered through time-series metagenomics – Shaomei He – bioRxiv

Long-Term Survey Is Necessary to Reveal Various Shifts of Microbial Composition in Corals – Shan-Hua Yang – Aquatic Microbiology (Frontiers in Microbiology)

Preferential suppression of Anopheles gambiae host sequences allows detection of the mosquito eukaryotic microbiome – Eugeni Belda – Scientific Reports

Social odours covary with bacterial community in the anal secretions of wild meerkats – Sarah Leclaire – Scientific Reports

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Imidacloprid application changes microbial dynamics and enzymes in rice soil – Bibhab Mahapatra – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

Comparison of ammonia oxidation bacteria community structure in paddy soil with different utilized years – Zhao WeiYe – Southwest China Journal of Agricultural Sciences

[MS Thesis] Variation of Soil Microbial Communities within a Consociation Soil Map Unit and a Vegetative Transect through an Oak Motte – Sarah Elizabeth Shawver – Tarleton State University

Effects of different intercropping patterns on rhizosphere soil bacteria colony characteristics and flue-cured tobacco yield and quality – Wei Jun – Guangxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Rhizospheric bacteria diversity of Cypripedium macranthum estimated via high throughput sequencing – Zhang Jian -Southwest China Journal of Agricultural Sciences

Denitrifying bacterial communities display different temporal fluctuation patterns across Dutch agricultural soils – Lopez-Lozano NE – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Ecophylogeny of the endospheric root fungal microbiome of co-occurring Agrostis stolonifera – Amandine Le Van – PeerJ

Consistent effects of nitrogen fertilization on soil bacterial communities in black soils for two crop seasons in China – Jing Zhou – Scientific Reports

A next generation sequencing approach with a suitable bioinformatics workflow to study fungal diversity in bioaerosols released from two different types of composting plants – Hamza Mbareche – Science of The Total Environment

The Effects of Cropping Regimes on Fungal and Bacterial Communities of Wheat and Faba Bean in a Greenhouse Pot Experiment Differ between Plant Species and Compartment – Granzow S – Frontiers in Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Unraveling the environmental and anthropogenic drivers of bacterial community changes in the Estuary of Bilbao and its tributaries – Mikel Aguirre – PLOS ONE

Food microbiology

Metagenomics insights into food fermentations – Francesca De Filippis – Microbial Biotechnology

Probiotics / prebiotics

Effect of probiotic Lactobacillus on lipid profile: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials – Yuncheng Wu – PLOS ONE

Growing Literature but Limited Evidence: A Systematic Review regarding Prebiotic and Probiotic Interventions for those with Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder – Lisa A. Brenner – Brain, Behavior, Immunity

Microbes on the market

$10 million gift boosts gut microbiome research at Wash U

Ed’s non-microbiology picks 

Computational design of trimeric influenza-neutralizing proteins targeting the hemagglutinin receptor binding site – Eva-Maria Strauch – Nature Biotechnology

Aberrant telomere length and mitochondrial DNA copy number in suicide completers –  Ikuo Otsuka – Scientific Reports

Impact of nutrition on social decision making – Sabrina Strang – PNAS

Oral vitamin D rapidly attenuates inflammation from sunburn: an interventional study – Jeffrey F. Scott – JID

Adaptive self-organization of Bali’s ancient rice terraces – J. Stephen Lansing – PNAS

Ravens remember the nature of a single reciprocal interaction sequence over 2 days and even after a month – J. J. A. Muller – Animal Behaviour

June 9, 2017

Effects of prebiotics on body fat and gut microbiota of children, a review on the phage community of the human gut, a metabolomics study of the rodent brain to analyze the influence of gut bacteria.

Pregnancy and early life

Clostridium difficile colonization and/or infection during infancy and the risk of childhood allergic diseases – Sun Hwa Lee – Korean Journal of Pediatrics

Human vaginal microbiome

Association of vaginal dysbiosis and biofilm with contraceptive vaginal ring biomass in African women – Liselotte Hardy – PLOS ONE

Human gut microbiome

Age-Related Changes in the Composition of Gut Bifidobacterium Species – Kumiko Kato – Current Microbiology

Review: The low FODMAP diet: recent advances in understanding its mechanisms and efficacy in IBS – Heidi M Staudacher – Gut

Animal experiments

Antibiotics in 16-day-old broilers temporarily affect microbial and immune parameters in the gut – H J Wisselink – Poultry Science

Weaned beef calves fed selenium-biofortified alfalfa hay have an enriched nasal microbiota compared with healthy controls – Jean A Hall – PLOS ONE

The artificial sweetener acesulfame potassium affects the gut microbiome and body weight gain in CD-1 mice – Xiaoming Bian – PLOS ONE

Effects of different n-6 to n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids ratio on reproductive performance, fecal microbiota and nutrient digestibility of gestation-lactating sows and suckling piglets – Jia Yin – Animal Science Journal

Nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-containing protein 2 (Nod2) modulates T1DM susceptibility by gut microbiota – Yang-yang Li – Journal of Autoimmunity

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Kinetic analysis of aerobic biotransformation pathways of a perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) precursor in distinctly different soils – Lilan Zhang – Environmental Pollution

Plant breeding goes microbial – Zhong Wei – Trends in Plant Science

Atrazine, chlorpyrifos, and iprodione effect on the biodiversity of bacteria, actinomycetes, and fungi in a pilot biopurification system with a green cover – Sebastian Elgueta – Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B

Probiotics/prebiotics

Prebiotic Reduces Body Fat and Alters Intestinal Microbiota in Children With Overweight or Obesity – Alissa C Nicolucci – Gastroenterology

Phages and viruses

Review: The Human Gut Phage Community and Its Implications for Health and Disease – Pilar Manrique – Viruses

Metabolomics

Application of 1H NMR spectroscopy to the metabolic phenotyping of rodent brain extracts: A metabonomic study of gut microbial influence on host brain metabolism – J R Swann – Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis

More microbes

Multi-locus and ultra-long amplicon sequencing approach to study microbial diversity at species level using the MinION(TM) portable nanopore sequencer – Alfonso Benítez-Páez – bioRxiv

ComM is a hexameric helicase that promotes branch migration during natural transformation in diverse Gram-negative species – Thomas M Nero – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

Microbiology: Many forks make light work – ScienceDaily

Fungi awake bacteria from their slumber – ScienceDaily

Microbes on the market

Seres Completes Enrollment for SER-287 Phase 1b Clinical Trial in Patients with UC – Daniela Semedo – IBD News Today

June 8, 2017

Modeling colon physiology to predict microbiota growth, a review of plant-bacteria genome-wide association studies, sporeforming bacteria isolated from beer.

General microbiome

Review: Systematic Review: The Impact of Cancer Treatment on the Gut and Vaginal Microbiome in Women With a Gynecological Malignancy – Ann Muls – International Journal of Gynecological Cancer

Pregnancy and early life

Contributions of the maternal oral and gut microbiome to placental microbial colonization in overweight and obese pregnant women – Luisa F Gomez-Arango – Scientific Reports

Human gut microbiome

Bread Affects Clinical Parameters and Induces Gut Microbiome-Associated Personal Glycemic Responses – Tal Korem – Cell Metabolism

* Global metabolic interaction network of the human gut microbiota for context-specific community-scale analysis – Jaeyun Sung – Nature Communications

The gut metagenome changes in parallel to waist circumference, brain iron deposition and cognitive function – Gerard Blasco – Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

Gut microbiota composition in relation to the metabolic response to 12-week combined polyphenol supplementation in overweight men and women – J Most – European Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Complete genome sequence of Clostridium perfringens CBA7123 isolated from a faecal sample from Korea – Yeon Bee Kim – Gut Pathogens

Review: The Research Progress on Intestinal Stem Cells and Its Relationship with Intestinal Microbiota – Qihang Hou – Frontiers in Immunology

Review: Gut microbiota: Intestinal fungi fuel the inflammatory fire in alcoholic liver disease – Hugh Thomas – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology

* Effect of water flow and chemical environment on microbiota growth and composition in the human colon – Jonas Cremer – PNAS

Animal experiments

Gut-Associated Lymphoid Tissue: A Key Tissue Inside the Mucosal Immune System of Hens Immunized with Escherichia coli F4 – Maria F Peralta – Frontiers in Immunology

Gut Dysbiosis and Neurobehavioral Alterations in Rats Exposed to Silver Nanoparticles – Angela B Javurek – Scientific Reports

Improved detection of gene-microbe interactions in the mouse skin microbiota using high-resolution QTL mapping of 16S rRNA transcripts – Meriem Belheouane – Microbiome

In Vitro Study of the Metabolic Characteristics of Eight Isoquinoline Alkaloids from Natural Plants in Rat Gut Microbiota – Chi-Yu He – Molecules

Animal microbiome

Symbionts in waiting: the dynamics of incipient endosymbiont complementation and replacement in minimal bacterial communities of psyllids – Jennifer L Morrow – Microbiome

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Applying community ecological theory to maximize productivity of cultivated biocrusts – Matthew A Bowker – Ecological Applications

Is soil microbial diversity affected by soil and groundwater salinity? Evidences from a coastal system in central Italy – Loredana Canfora – Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

* Review: Genome-Wide Association Studies In Plant Pathosystems: Toward an Ecological Genomics Approach – Claudia Bartoli – Frontiers in Plant Science

Linking rhizosphere microbiome composition of wild and domesticated Phaseolus vulgaris to genotypic and root phenotypic traits – Juan E Pérez-Jaramillo – The ISME Journal

Water and extremophile microbiome

Changes in Microbial (Bacteria and Archaea) Plankton Community Structure after Artificial Dispersal in Grazer-Free Microcosms – Hera Karayanni – Microorganisms

Identifying the core seed bank of a complex boreal bacterial metacommunity – Clara Ruiz-González – The ISME Journal

Genomic insights into temperature-dependent transcriptional responses of Kosmotoga olearia, a deep-biosphere bacterium that can grow from 20oC to 79oC – Stephen M J Pollo – bioRxiv

Transient exposure to oxygen or nitrate reveals ecophysiology of fermentative and sulfate-reducing benthic microbial populations – Zainab Abdulrahman Beiruti – bioRxiv

Food microbiology

Evolution of class 1 integrons: Mobilization and dispersal via food-borne bacteria – Timothy M Ghaly – PLOS ONE

* Sporeforming bacteria in beer: Occurrence, diversity, presence of hop resistance genes and fate in alcohol-free and lager beers – Allan R G Munford – Food Control

Probiotics/prebiotics

Probiotic Bifidobacterium bifidum G9-1 attenuates 5-fluorouracil-induced intestinal mucositis in mice via suppression of dysbiosis-related secondary inflammatory responses – Shinichi Kato – Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology

Review: The Role of the Microbiome and the use Of Probiotics in Gastrointestinal Disorders in Adults in the Asia-Pacific Region – Uday C Goshal – Journal of Gastroenterology and Hematology

Phages and viruses

Evolution of selective-sequencing approaches for virus discovery and virome analysis – Arvind Kumar – Virus Research

Techniques

Review: Novel approaches in function-driven single-cell genomics – Devin F R Doud – FEMS Microbiology Reviews

Fast Method for the determination of Short-chain-length Polyhydroxyalkanoates (scl-PHAs) in Bacterial Samples by In Vial-Thermolysis (IVT) – Federica Abbondanzi – New Biotechnology

Microbes in the news

Are Pets the New Probiotic? – Richard Schiffman – The New York Times

Gut bacteria could protect cancer patients and pregnant women from Listeria, study suggests – EurekAlert

Impact of protective bacteria linked to infection route, study finds – EurekAlert