December 5, 2017

Today we have interesting reviews, one about proteomics and human microbiome by C.A. Kolmedar, the other about oral microbiome by L.P.Shaw and the third about human gut virome by L.A. Ogilvie. In Water section you can read the study by V.J. Koles who developed a model that simulates metagenomes and metatranscriptomes for comparison with observations. In section Bioinformatics you can read about new tools MetaLab and ASAR while in non-microbiology pics you can check podcast “Dances with rocks” with A. Denton, geologist and planetary scientist who wants to dance on Mars. Enjoy!

Jobs

Microbiology Supervisor, Rockville, Maryland

Associate Bioengineer II, Analytical R&D, Warren, NJ

Events

9th Congress of Microbiology and Parasitology Kicks Off in Cuba

General microbiome

Microbially Mediated Electrosynthesis Processes – Mohita Sharma – Microbial Fuell Cell

Development of Suitable Anode Materials for Microbial Fuel Cells – Thi Hiep Han – Microbial Fuel Cell

Progress and Future Direction of Chromosome-Centric Human Proteome Project – Young-Ki Paik – Journal of Proteome Research

Review: Proteomics and the human microbiome: where we are today and where we would like to be – Carolin Adriane Kolmeder – Emerging Topics in Life Sciences

March of the Microbes: Harnessing the Power of the Human Microbiome to Improve Health and Target Disease – Helen Albert – Clinical OMICs

In vitro models of the human microbiota and microbiome – Julie A.K. McDonald – Emerging Topics in Life Sciences

Pregnancy and early life

Development of the Microbiota in Infants and its Role in Maturation of the Gut Mucosa and the Immune System – Cecilia Ximenez – Archives of Medical Research

Human nearly-sterile sites

The Influence of Age and Sex on Ocular Surface Microbiota in Healthy Adults -Xiaofeng Wen – Immunology and Microbiology

Human respiratory microbiome

Pneumococcal vaccine impacts on the population genomics of non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae – David W Cleary – bioRxiv

The nasopharyngeal microbiome – David W. Cleary- Emerging Topics in Life Sciences

The lung microbiome in health and disease – Miriam F Moffatt – Clinical Medicine

New Strategies and Challenges in Lung Proteomics and Metabolomics. An Official American Thoracic Society Workshop Report – Russell P. Bowler – Annals of the American Thoracic Society

Fungal microbiota in chronic airway inflammatory disease and emerging relationships with the host immune response – Irene Zhang – Frontiers in Microbiology

Oral microbiome

Nonleachable Imidazolium-Incorporated Composite for Disruption of Bacterial Clustering, Exopolysaccharide-Matrix Assembly, and Enhanced Biofilm Removal – Geelsu Hwang – ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Review: The oral microbiome – Liam P. Shaw – Emerging Topics in Life Sciences

Use of Probiotics and Oral Health – Robert P. Allaker – Current Oral Health Reports

Subgingival Microbiome Colonization and Cytokine Production during Early Dental Implant Healing – Jeffrey B. Payne – mSphere

Human vaginal microbiome

The human female urogenital microbiome: complexity in normality – David A. MacIntyre – Emerging Topics in Life Sciences

Human gut microbiome

Gut microbiome production of short-chain fatty acids and obesity in children – Selvasankar Murugesan – European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

The gut microbiome and hypertension – Pevsner-Fischer – Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension

In vitro models of the human microbiota and microbiome – Julie A.K. McDonald – Emerging Topics in Life Sciences

Culturomics and Amplicon-based Metagenomic Approaches for the Study of Fungal Population in Human Gut Microbiota – Ibrahim Hamad – Scientific Reports

Lymphatic system and gut microbiota affect immunopathology of neuroinflammatory diseases, including multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica and Alzheimer’s disease – Ikuo Tsunoda – Clinical & Experimental Neuroimmunology

Effect of different treatments and alcohol addiction on gut microbiota in minimal hepatic encephalopathy patients – Zan Zuo – Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine

Microbes Tickling Your Tummy: the Importance of the Gut-Brain Axis in Parkinson’s Disease – Paula Perez-Pardo – Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports

Gancao-Gansui combination impacts gut microbiota diversity and related metabolic functions – Jingao Yu – Journal of Ethnopharmacology

Gut microbiome production of short-chain fatty acids and obesity in children – Selvasankar Murugesan – European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

Gut microbiota in human SLE and a mouse model of lupus – Xin M. Luo – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

The interaction between smoking, alcohol and the gut microbiome – Gabriele Capurso – Best Practice & Research Clinical Gastroenterology

Animal experiments

Lactation-related metabolic mechanism investigated based on mammary gland metabolomics and 4 biofluids’ metabolomics relationships in dairy cows – Hui-Zeng Sun – BMC Genomics

Differences in the gut microbiota of dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) fed a natural diet or a commercial feed revealed by the Illumina MiSeq platform – Junhyung Kim – Gut Pathogens

Chronic glucocorticoid treatment induced circadian clock disorder leads to lipid metabolism and gut microbiota alterations in rats – Tao Wu – Life Sciences

Animal microbiome

Gut microbiota composition is associated with environmental landscape in honey bees – Julia C Jones –  Ecology and Evolution

Microbiota and environmental stress: how pollution affects microbial communities in Manila clams – M. Milan – Aquatic Toxicology

Analysis of the bacterial microbiome in the small octopus, Octopus variabilis, from South Korea to detect the potential risk of foodborne illness and to improve product management – Jin-JaeLee  – Food Research International

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Studies on mycorrhizal biodiversity in medicinal plant species of Pookode lake area, Wayanad, Kerala, India – Saranya Babu Jayaprakash C.M. – Annals of Plant Sciences

Effects of Iron Amendments on the Speciation of Arsenic in the Rice Rhizosphere after Drainage – Noriko Yamaguchi – Soils

Continuous application of different organic additives can suppress tomato disease by inducing the healthy rhizospheric microbiota through alterations to the bulk soil microflora – Hongjun Liu – Plant and Soil

Seasonal changes in a maize-based polyculture of central Mexico reshape the co-occurrence networks of soil bacterial communities – Eria A. Rebollar – Frontiers in Microbiology

Evolution of microbial communities during electrokinetic treatment of antibiotic-polluted soil – Hongna Li – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

Roles of different active metal-reducing bacteria in arsenic release from arsenic-contaminated paddy soil amended with biochar – Jiang-taoQiao – Journal of Hazardous Materials

Legume crop rotation suppressed nitrifying microbial community in a sugarcane cropping soil – Chanyarat Paungfoo-Lonhienne – Scientific Reports

Responses of soil nutrients and microbial communities to three restoration strategies in a karst area, southwest China – Dejun Li – Journal of Environmental Management

Microbial community structure and soil pH correspond to methane production in Arctic Alaska soils – Robert Wagner – Environmental Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Ocean biogeochemistry modeled with emergent trait-based genomics – V. J. Coles – Science

Bacterial Community Profiling of Waters from Aquaculture and Non-aquaculture Sites within Taal Lake Ecosystem through 16S rDNA Analysis – Leslie Michelle M. Dalmacio – The Philippine Journal of Health Research and Development

Prokaryotic Community Composition in Arctic Kongsfjorden and Sub-Arctic Northern Bering Sea Sediments as Revealed by 454 Pyrosequencing – Yin-Xin Zeng –  Frontiers in Microbiology

Microbial communities shaped by treatment processes in a drinking water treatment plant and their contribution and threat to drinking water safety – Qi Li – Frontiers in Microbiology

Diversity of microbial communities and quantitative chemodiversity in layers of marine sediment cores from an causeway (Kaichu-Doro) in Okinawa Island, Japan – Taha Soliman – Frontiers in Microbiology

Bacterial Diversity and Biogeochemistry of Two Marine Shallow-Water Hydrothermal Systems off Dominica (Lesser Antilles) – Petra Pop Ristova – Frontiers in Microbiology

Spatially distinct, temporally stable microbial populations mediate biogeochemical cycling at and below the seafloor in hydrothermal vent fluids – Caroline S. Fortunato –  Environmental Microbiology

Functional diversity and redundancy across fish gut, sediment and water bacterial communities – Arthur Escalas – Environmental Microbiology

Built environment

Archaeal and Bacterial Community Structure in an Anaerobic Digestion Reactor (Lagoon Type) Used for Biogas Production at a Pig Farm – Pampillón-González L – Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology

Bacterial perspectives on the dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes in domestic wastewater bio-treatment systems: beneficiary to victim – Dong Wu – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Effect of ammonia on the active microbiome and metagenome and from stable full-scale digesters – J.Ruiz-Sánchez – Bioresource Technology

Droplet distribution and airborne bacteria in an experimental shower unit – C.E.Estrada-Perez – Water Research

Food Microbiology

Environmental Microbiota Drives Microbial Succession and Metabolic Profiles during Chinese Liquor Fermentation – Xueshan Wang – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Shotgun metagenomics and volatilome profile of the microbiota of fermented sausages -Ilario Ferrocino –  Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Probiotics / prebiotics

Bifidobacterium longum 1714 as a translational psychobiotic: modulation of stress, electrophysiology and neurocognition in healthy volunteers – A P Allen  – Translational Psychiatry

Phage and viruses

High HPV16 E6 viral load in the oral cavity is associated with an increased number of bacteria: A preliminary study – Hideo Shigeishi – Biomedical Reports

Kullback Leibler divergence in complete bacterial and phage genomes – Sajia Akhter – PeerJ

Review: The human gut virome: form and function – Lesley A. Ogilvie – Emerging Topics in Life Sciences

Deep sequencing reveals high bacterial diversity and phylogenetic novelty in pit mud from Luzhou Laojiao cellars for Chinese strong-flavor Baijiu – Mao-KeLiu – Food Research International

Bioinformatics

Accurate Determination of Bacterial Abundances in Human Metagenomes Using Full-length 16S Sequencing Reads – Fanny Perraudeau – bioRxiv

MetaLab: an automated pipeline for metaproteomic data analysis – Kai Cheng – Microbiome

ASAR: visual analysis of metagenomes in R – Askarbek Orakov – Bioinformatics

Bacteria & Biofuels

Metabolome analysis reveals a role for glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase in the inhibition of C. thermocellum by ethanol – Liang Tian – Biotechnology for Biofuels

Biophotovoltaics: Conversion of Light Energy to Bioelectricity Through Photosynthetic Microbial Fuel Cell Technology – Rashmi Chandra – Microbial Fuel Cell

Techniques

Electron microscopy reveals unique nano forms of bacterial spores – Sumanta Ghosh – bioRxiv

Continuous and High-throughput Electromechanical Lysis of Bacterial Pathogens using Ion Concentration Polarization – Minseok Kim – Analytical Chemistry

Microbes in the news

A New Antibiotic Weakness—Drugs Themselves Help Bacteria Survive

Exercise Changes Gut Microbial Composition Independent of Diet, Study Shows

Bacteria and obesity: Reviewing the connection between gut bacteria, obesity, and diet

Bacteria & Art

Bacteria Collection of Icons Vector Illustration

Tina’s non microbiology picks

PODCAST: This Scientist Wants To Dance On Mars (And She Just Might Make That Happen)

How to Review a Manuscript

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November 30, 2017

A wide variety of interesting articles: Antibiotics administrated during labour impact  infant gut microbiome development, altered gut microbiome is related to liver function in individuals with Hep B, specific pathogens can alter social signaling in drosophila, a comphrensive study of the impact of diet on the lemur gut microbiome, a survey of antibiotic resistence genes in the drinking water across multiple continents, the impact of the hospital microbiome on the gut microbiome of preterm infants, the first evidence of a gut archeae impact on the host immune system, and two popular news articles refuting yesterday’s report of possible alien bacteria on the international space station.

Events and jobs

Web Developer, Microbiome Core – Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Account Manager – Microbiology –  South East England

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General microbiome

  • Health Economics and Regulations 

Faecal microbiota transplantation: a regulatory hurdle? – Frederick Verbeke – BMC Gastroenterology

Cost-effectiveness analysis of fecal microbiota transplantation for inflammatory bowel disease – Ting Zhang – Oncotarget

Pregnancy and early life

*Intrapartum antibiotics for GBS prophylaxis alter colonization patterns in the early infant gut microbiome of low risk infants – Jennifer C. Stearns – Scientific Reports

Human skin microbiome

Skin Immune Landscape: Inside and Outside the Organism – Florence Abdallah – Mediators of Inflammation

Human gut microbiome
*Gut Microbial Dysbiosis Is Associated with Altered Hepatic Functions and Serum Metabolites in Chronic Hepatitis B Patients – Jing Wang – Frontiers in Microbiology

Faecal bacterial microbiota in patients with cirrhosis and the effect of lactulose administration – Aditya Narayan Sarangi – BMC Gastroenterology

Delivered Fecal Microbiota Transplantation on Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infection – Dina Kao – JAMA

Capsules for Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infection – Krishna Rao – JAMA

Review: Antibiotic therapy in neonates and impact on gut microbiota and antibiotic resistance development: a systematic review – Jon Widding Fjalstad – Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Long-term proton pump inhibitor therapy leads to small bowel bacterial overgrowth as determined by breath hydrogen and methane excretion – Agnieszka Sieczkowska – Journal of Breath Research

Review: Impact of gut microbiota on drug metabolism: an update for safe and effective use of drugs – Keumhan Noh – Archives of Pharmacal Research

Evaluating the effect of Clostridium difficile conditioned medium on fecal microbiota community structure – Sabina Horvat – Scientific Reports

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Animal experiments

Preprint: The Vibrio cholerae Type VI Secretion System Can Modulate Host Intestinal Mechanics to Displace Commensal Gut Bacteria – Savannah L Logan – bioRxiv

Genes and Gut Bacteria Involved in Luminal Butyrate Reduction Caused by Diet and Loperamide – Nakwon Hwang – Genes

Simultaneous delivery of antibiotics neomycin and ampicillin in drinking water inhibits fermentation of resistant starch in rats – Diana G. Carvajal-Aldaz – Molecular Nutrition and Food Research

Animal microbiome

*Pathogenic bacteria enhance dispersal through alteration of Drosophila social communication – Ian W. Keesey – Nature Communications

*Feeding strategy shapes gut metagenomic enrichment and functional specialization in captive lemurs – E. A. McKenney – Gut Microbes

Impact of Dietary Galacto-Oligosaccharide (GOS) on Chicken’s Gut Microbiota, Mucosal Gene Expression, and Salmonella Colonization – Rebecca-Ayme Hughes – Frontiers in Veterinary Science

Dietary energy drives the dynamic response of bovine rumen viral communities – Christopher L. Anderson – Microbiome

Effect of microalgae on intestinal inflammation triggered by soybean meal and bacterial infection in zebrafish – Karina Bravo-Tello – PLOS ONE

In vivo effects of Allium cepa L. on the selected gut microflora and intestinal histomorphology in broiler – Sajidur Rahman – Acta Histochemica

Enteric Pathogens and Their Toxin-Induced Disruption of the Intestinal Barrier through Alteration of Tight Junctions in Chickens – Wageha A. Awad – Toxins

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

The Ecological Role of Volatile and Soluble Secondary Metabolites Produced by Soil Bacteria – Olaf Tyc – Trends in Microbiology

Impact of peat mining, and restoration on methane turnover potentials and methane-cycling microorganisms in a northern bog – Max Reumer – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Burkholderia humptydooensis sp. nov., a New Species Related to Burkholderia thailandensis and the Fifth Member of the Burkholderia pseudomallei Complex – Apichai Tuanyok – Applied and Environment Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome
Functional Characterization of Probiotic Potential of Novel Pigmented Bacterial Strains for Aquaculture Applications – Sekar Jinendiran – Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins

Resistome

Preprint: Increased usage of antiseptics is associated with reduced susceptibility in clinical isolates of S. aureus – Katherine Hardy – bioRxiv

*Catalogue of antibiotic resistome and host-tracking in drinking water deciphered by a large scale survey – Liping Ma – Microbiome

Review: Assessing the Risk of Antibiotic Resistance Transmission from the Environment to Humans: Non-Direct Proportionality between Abundance and Risk – Célia M. Manaia – Trends in Microbiology

Built environment

*Strain-resolved analysis of hospital rooms and infants reveals overlap between the human and room microbiome – Brandon Brooks – Nature Communications

Predominance and Metabolic Potential of Halanaerobium spp. in Produced Water from Hydraulically Fractured Marcellus Shale Wells – Daniel Lipus – Applied and Environment Microbiology

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Microbial Ecology

Effect of Antimicrobial and Physical Treatments on Growth of Multispecies Staphylococcal Biofilms – Elizabeth J. Stewart – Applied and Environment Microbiology

More Microbes

  • Archaea

*Associated Archaeon Methanosphaera stadtmanae Is Recognized through Its RNA and Induces – Tim Vierbuchen – Frontiers in Immunology

  • Synthetic Microbes

Analysis and Implementation of a Multicellular Feedback Control Strategy in a Synthetic Bacterial Consortium – Gianfranco Fiore – ACS Synthetic Biology

Techniques

Diazotroph community characterization via a high-throughput nifH amplicon sequencing and analysis pipeline – John Christian Gaby – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Direct PCR Offers a Fast and Reliable Alternative to Conventional DNA Isolation Methods for Gut Microbiomes – Elin Videvall – mSystems

Generation of bacteriophage-insensitive mutants of Streptococcus thermophilus using an antisense RNA CRISPR-Cas silencing approach – Brian McDonnell – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

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Microbes in the news

*Bacteria on Space Station Likely From Germy Humans, Not Aliens – Elaina Zachos – National Geographic

*We are basically positive that the Russians did not find alien bacteria in space – Mary Beth Griggs – Popular Science

Custom Bacteria Make New Molecules On Demand – Sam Lemonick – Forbes

Toilet art sheds light on gut health – Newshub

October 12, 2017

Interesting papers from every category (especially in “Animal studies, animal microbiome”), and many on molecular mechanisms. Many of the alerts are from books (specifically on yeasts and soil/plant communities) listed below, so be sure to check their table of contents out!

Events and jobs
Biomedical Scientist – microbiology – Edinburgh, Scotland – Matchtech

Technician (Microbiology) – Birmingham, Alabama – LabCorp

Instructor in Microbiology – Corvallis, OR – Oregon State University

Senior Hospital Scientist Microbiology – Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia – NSW Health Pathology

Unlocking the Microbiome – November 15, London, UK – Microbiology Society

General microbiome
The P/N (Positive-to-Negative Links) Ratio in Complex Networks-A Promising In Silico Biomarker for Detecting Changes Occurring in the Human Microbiome – Zhanshan (Sam) Ma – Microbial Ecology

Dysbiosis and Its Discontents – Katarzyna B. Hooks – mBio

Book: Yeasts in Natural Ecosystems: Ecology – Andrey Yurkov, María I. Pozo
Contains multiple articles of interest.

Pregnancy and early life
Transfer and Persistence of a Multi-Drug Resistance Plasmid in situ of the Infant Gut Microbiota in the Absence of Antibiotic Treatment – Heidi Gumpert – Frontiers in Microbiology

Cesarean Section, Formula Feeding, and Infant Antibiotic Exposure: Separate and Combined Impacts on Gut Microbial Changes in Later Infancy – Farzana Yasmin – Frontiers in Pediatrics

Multi-site human microbiome
Oral Lactobacillus Counts Predict Weight Gain Susceptibility: A 6-Year Follow-Up Study – J.A. Rosing – Obesity Facts

Review: Nutritional habits, risk, and progression of Parkinson disease – Roberto Erro – Journal of Neurology

Review: From Osteoimmunology to Osteomicrobiology: How the Microbiota and the Immune System Regulate Bone – Emory Hsu – Calcified Tissue International

Human respiratory microbiome
Review: Role of microbiota on lung homeostasis and diseases – Jian Wang – Science China Life Sciences

Human gut microbiome
Molecular Mechanism by which Prominent Human Gut Bacteroidetes Utilize Mixed-Linkage Beta-Glucans, Major Health-Promoting Cereal Polysaccharides – Kazune Tamura – Cell Reports

Reciprocal Prioritization to Dietary Glycans by Gut Bacteria in a Competitive Environment Promotes Stable Coexistence – Yunus E. Tuncil – mBio

The gut microbiome in atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease – Zhuye Jie – Nature Communications

Cytotoxic and regulatory roles of mucosal-associated invariant T cells in type 1 diabetes – Ophélie Rouxel – Nature Immunology

Review: How diet can impact gut microbiota to promote or endanger health – Benoit Chassaing – Current Opinion in Gastroenterology

Review: Management of inflammatory bowel disease-related anaemia and iron deficiency with specific reference to the role of intravenous iron in current practice – Jürgen Stein – Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy

Review: Bile acid-microbiota crosstalk in gastrointestinal inflammation and carcinogenesis – Wei Jia – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Review: Environmental triggers in IBD: a review of progress and evidence – Ashwin N. Ananthakrishnan – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Animal experiments
Spatial organization of a model 15-member human gut microbiota established in gnotobiotic mice – Jessica L. Mark Welch – PNAS

Potential role of intratumor bacteria in mediating tumor resistance to the chemotherapeutic drug gemcitabine – Leore T. Geller – Science

Increased weight gain by C-section: Functional significance of the primordial microbiome – Keith A. Martinez II – Science Advances

Epicutaneous Tolerance Induction to a Bystander Antigen Abrogates Colitis and Ileitis in Mice – David Dunkin – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Dietary fatty acids control the species of N-acyl-phosphatidylethanolamines synthesized by therapeutically modified bacteria in the intestinal tract – Noura S Dosoky – ACS Infectious Diseases

In Vitro Response of Rumen Microbiota to the Antimethanogenic Red Macroalga Asparagopsis taxiformis – Lorenna Machado – Microbial Ecology

Host effects on microbiota community assembly – Kathrin Näpflin – Journal of Animal Ecology
In bumblebees!

Animal microbiome
Comprehensive skin microbiome analysis reveals the uniqueness of human-associated microbial communities among the class Mammalia Ashley Anne Ross – bioRxiv

Extensive Core Microbiome in Drone-Captured Whale Blow Supports a Framework for Health Monitoring – Amy Apprill – mSystems
Drones were involved.

The Microbiome of Seriola lalandi of Wild and Aquaculture Origin Reveals Differences in Composition and Potential Function – Carolina Ramirez – Frontiers in Microbiology

A Novel Lactobacilli-Based Teat Disinfectant for Improving Bacterial Communities in the Milks of Cow Teats with Subclinical Mastitis – Jie Yu – Frontiers in Microbiology

Amplicon sequencing of bacterial microbiota in abortion material from cattle – Sara Vidal – Veterinary Research

Plant, root, and soil microbiome
Book: Soil Biological Communities and Ecosystem Resilience – Editors Martin Lukac, Paola Grenni, Mauro Gamboni
Multiple articles of interest.

Linking nitrogen load to the structure and function of wetland soil and rhizosphere microbial communities – Eric R. Hester – bioRxiv

Template Preparation Affects 16S rRNA High-Throughput Sequencing Analysis of Phyllosphere Microbial Communities – Xiaoyan Tian – Frontiers in Plant Science

Biocontrol of Bacterial Leaf Blight of Rice and Profiling of Secondary Metabolites Produced by Rhizospheric Pseudomonas aeruginosa BRp3 – Sumera Yasmin – Frontiers in Microbiology

Integration of multi-omics techniques and physiological phenotyping within a holistic phenomics approach to study senescence in model and crop plants – Dominik K Großkinsky – Experimental Botany

Gaining Insight into Plant Responses to Beneficial and Pathogenic Microorganisms Using Metabolomic and Transcriptomic Approaches – Fernando Matías Romero – Metabolic Engineering for Bioactive Compounds

Water and extremophile microbiome
Globally Important Haptophyte Algae Use Exogenous Pyrimidine Compounds More Efficiently than Thiamin – Magdalena A. Gutowskaa – mBio

Fungal community dynamics during a marine dinoflagellate (Noctiluca scintillans) bloom – Jing-YunSun – Marine Environmental Research

Built environment
Biodegradation of tetracycline antibiotics in A/O moving-bed biofilm reactor systems – Han-Yu Chen – Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering

Food microbiology
Interindividual Variability in Metabolism of [6]-Shogaol by Gut Microbiota – Pei Wang – Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Microbial technology
Programmed Assembly of Pressure Sensors Using Pattern-Forming Bacteria – Yangxiaolu Cao – Nature Biotechnology
Press: Three words: Synthetic gene circuit. Self-assembling bacteria build pressure sensor – Andrew Silver – The Register

Probiotics / prebiotics / antibiotics
Non-digestible oligosaccharides directly regulate host kinome to modulate host inflammatory responses without alterations in the gut microbiota – Richard Y. Wu – Microbiome

Review: Antibiotics and specialized metabolites from the human microbiota – Walaa K. Mousa – Natural Product Reports

Phages and viruses
Moderate-Throughput Identification and Comparison of Campylobacter-Infecting Bacteriophages – Tylor J. Johnson – bioRxiv

Review: Innate Viral Receptor Signaling Determines Type 1 Diabetes Onset – Zachary J. Morse – Frontiers in Endocrinology

Bioinformatics
A Massively Parallel Sequence Similarity Search for Metagenomic Sequencing Data – Masanori Kakuta – International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Microbes in the news
Hibernating ribosomes help bacteria survive – Saint Louis University – Science Daily
Paper: The cryo-EM structure of hibernating 100S ribosome dimer from pathogenic Staphylococcus aureus – Donna Matzov – Nature Communications

A century-old vaccine vial sheds light on one of medicine’s enduring mysteries – Helen Branswell – STAT News

Predatory bacteria-the quest for a new class of antibiotics – Phys.org

Mind the Gut: Copenhagen Exhibition Explores Bacteria and Feelings – Clara Rodríguez Fernández – Labiotech.eu

Gut Love: Bacteria, Love and Immunology Intersect at Esther Klein Gallery Exhibit – PRWeb

How mouldy mushrooms and frog spawn have been turned into art on Spring Bank – Amgus Young – Hull Daily Mail

Microbes on the market
Kaleido Biosciences and CoreBiome Partner to Accelerate Microbiome Therapeutic Development – Business Wire

Tiffany’s non-microbiology picks
The rise and fall and rise again of 23andMe – Erika Check Hayden – Nature

The future of DNA sequencing – Eric D. Green – Nature

August 3, 2017

The impact of root hairs on rhizosphere soil structure, gut virome dynamics in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, an art installation made from bacteria found in a 300-year-old copy of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Events and jobs

Assistant/Associate Professor of Soil Microbiomes – Colorado State University

Research Lab Tech Intermediate – University of Michigan Center for Microbial Systems Molecular Biology Laboratory

Content, Lead bioRxiv – Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

General microbiome

Perspective: The evolution of the host microbiome as an ecosystem on a leash – Kevin R Foster – Nature

Animal experiments

Gut Microbiota Modifies Olfactory-Guided Microbial Preferences and Foraging Decisions in Drosophila – Adam Chun-Nin Wong – Current Biology

Cxcr2 signaling and the microbiome suppress inflammation, bile duct injury, and the phenotype of experimental biliary atresia – Junbae Jee – PLOS ONE

Commensal microbiota-induced microRNA modulates intestinal epithelial permeability through a small GTPase ARF4 – Kazuaki Nakata – Journal of Biological Chemistry

Early life antibiotic exposure causes intestinal dysbiosis and exacerbates skin and lung pathology in experimental systemic sclerosis – Heena Mehta – Journal of Investigative Dermatology

16S rRNA genes Illumina sequencing revealed differential cecal microbiome in specific pathogen free chickens infected with different subgroup of avian leukosis viruses – Xinxin Ma – Veterinary Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

High-resolution synchrotron imaging shows that root hairs influence rhizosphere soil structure formation – Nicolai Koebernick – New Phytologist

Genome-Wide Sensitivity Analysis of the Microsymbiont Sinorhizobium meliloti to Symbiotically Important, Defensin-Like Host Peptides – Markus F F Arnold – mBio

Water and extremophile microbiome

Preprint: Metabolic roles of uncultivated bacterioplankton lineages in the northern Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone” – J Cameron Thrash – bioRxiv

Food microbiology

Fate of Listeria innocua during production and ripening of smeared hard cheese made from raw milk – P Hammer – Journal of Dairy Science

Probiotics/prebiotics

Review: Systematic review: probiotics for functional constipation in children – Katarzyna Wojtyniak – European Journal of Pediatrics

Phages and viruses

The eukaryotic gut virome in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: new clues in enteric graft-versus-host disease – Jérôme Legoff – Nature Medicine

Metabolomics

The Opportunities of Metabolomics in Drug Safety Evaluation – Pengcheng Wang – Current Pharmacology Reports

More microbes

SnapShot: Electrochemical Communication in Biofilms – Dong-yeon D Lee – Cell

Microbes in the news

Microbiome: Does it really matter to our health? – Jo Seed – Imperial College London

Lovers Share Colonies of Skin Microbes, Study Finds – Aneri Pattani – New York Times

Scientists map the distribution of antimicrobial resistance across Chinese major cities – EurekAlert

Bacteria could be key to freeing South Pacific of mosquitoes – Emma Maris – Nature

Microbiology: The case of the mysterious messenger – Kaitlin Johnson – Nature

Microbes on the market

World’s First DNA and Microbiome Platform Enters the UK Market – Business Wire

IDbyDNA and ARUP Laboratories Announce Partnership to Develop and Commercialize Novel Infectious Disease Testing Using Metagenomics – PR Newswire

Bacteria art

Bacteria from 300-year-old Ovid poetry volume inspires ‘bio-artist’ – Maev Kennedy – The Guardian

Science, career, and publishing

Preprint: The reproducibility of research and the misinterpretation of P values – David Colquhoun – bioRxiv

Preprint: The GSS is an unreliable indicator of biological sciences postdoc population trends – Christopher L Pickett – bioRxiv

The Plan to End Science’s Sexist #manel Problem – Sarah Scoles – WIRED

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Non-microbiology picks

Proteins evolve on the edge of supramolecular self-assembly – Hector Garcia-Seisdedos – Nature

June 25, 2017

Lots of interesting pre-prints in this post that might be worth following! Also a blog post on some cool science art with kombucha, as well as a lot of articles on rhizosphere-microbe interactions.

Events and jobs

Research Opportunities in Molecular Microbiology – Washington University in St. Louis

PhD scholarship in Metagenomics analysis and systems biology – Danmarks Tekniske Universitet

General microbiome

Microbiome yarns: microbial forensics for auditing provenance in global food chains – Timmis et al. – Microbial Biotechnology

Adjuncts and alternatives in the time of antibiotic resistance and in-feed antibiotic bans – Brüssow – Microbial Biotechnology

Human gut microbiome

Bacteria facilitate viral co-infection of mammalian cells and promote genetic recombination – Erickson et al. – bioRXiv

Chemical transformation of xenobiotics by the human gut microbiota – Koppel et al. – Science

Distinct gut microbiome patterns associate with consensus molecular subtypes of colorectal cancer – Purcell et al. – bioRXiv

Animal microbiome

Whole genome sequencing-based detection of antimicrobial resistance and virulence in non-typhoidal Salmonella enterica isolated from wildlife – Thomas et al. – bioRXiv

 

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Antagonism between two root-associated beneficial Pseudomonas strains does not affect plant growth promotion and induced resistance against a leaf-chewing herbivore – Pangesti et al. – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Bioelectrochemical approach for control of methane emission from wetlands – Liu et al. – Bioresource Technology

The biocontrol agent Pseudomonas chlororaphis PA23 primes Brassica napus defenses through distinct gene networks – Duke et al. – BMC Genomics

Delftia rhizosphaerae sp. nov. isolated from the rhizosphere of Cistus ladanifer – Carro et al. – International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology

Synthesis and Secretion of Isoflavones by Field-Grown Soybean – Sugiyama et al. – Plant Cell Physiology

The Variation in the Rhizosphere Microbiome of Cotton with Soil Type, Genotype and Developmental Stage – Qiao et al. – Scientific Reports

Complete Genome Sequence of Bacillus paralicheniformis MDJK30, a Plant Growth -Promoting Rhizobacterium with Antifungal Activity – Wang et al. – Genome Anouncements

Extensive Overlap of Tropical Rainforest Bacterial Endophytes between Soil, Plant Parts, and Plant Species – Haruna et al. – Microbial Ecology

Phytoavailability of Cr in Silene vulgaris: The role of soil, plant genotype and bacterial rhizobiome – García-Gonzalez et al. – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

Water and extremophile microbiome

Sulfolobus islandicus meta-populations in Yellowstone National Park hot springs – Campbell et al. – Environmental Microbiology

Bottled aqua incognita: Microbiota assembly and dissolved organic matter diversity in natural mineral waters – Lesaulnier et al. – bioRXiv

Techniques

Rapid whole genome amplification and sequencing of low cell numbers in a bacteraemia model – Anscombe et al. – bioRXiv

Microbes in the news

Do Probiotics Really Work? – Ferris Jabr – Scientific American

Fungi and bacteria team up in dental plaque – Evans – LabRoots

Scientists spy on the secret inner life of bacteria – Saey – Science News

Biofilms: The eradication has begun – McGill University Health Centre – Science Daily

Bacteria and Mental Health: Gut Bacteria Linked to Bipolar Disorder – Villamil – Medical News Bulletin

The Kombucha Craze Steps into Art and the Science of the Microbiome – Fernández – Labiotech

Microbes on the market

Global Microbiome Drugs Industry Market Research Report 2017 – Medgadget

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 1st, 2017

Another day of a short digest.   Enjoy the beautiful pictures demonstrating the use of bacteria in art!

Events and jobs

ASM Microbe 2017, June 1-5th in New Orleans

Gut microbiome

Recovery of ethanol-induced Akkermansia muciniphila depletion ameliorates alcoholic liver disease – Christoph Grander – BMJ

Bioinformatics

BioSharing: Harnessing Metadata Standards For The Data Commons – Susanna-Assunta Sansone – BioRXiv

Microbial communities

Recipient-Biased Competition For A Cross-Fed Nutrient Is Required For Coexistence Of Microbial Mutualists – Alexandra L. McCully – BioRXiv

Microbes in Art

Researchers Create Color Images With Bacteria
Scientists teach E.coli bacteria to ‘draw’. Bacteria draws Mario