February 14, 2018

The role of saliva in structuring human oral bacterial communities, effects of permafrost thaw on methanogenic communities, and articles on the microbiomes of termites, burying beetles, honey bees, and mosquitoes.

Human oral microbiome

A spatial gradient of bacterial diversity in the human oral cavity shaped by salivary flow – Diana M Proctor – Nature Communications

Human vaginal microbiome

To ‘douche’ or not to ‘douche’: hygiene habits may have detrimental effects on vaginal microbiota – Erdogan Aslan – Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Human gut microbiome

Elevated circulating levels of succinate in human obesity are linked to specific gut microbiota – Carolina Serena – The ISME Journal

Infection and Microbiome: Impact of Tuberculosis on Human Gut Microbiome of Indian Cohort – Utkarsh Sood – Indian Journal of Microbiology

Comparative metaproteomics analysis shows altered fecal microbiota signatures in patients with major depressive disorder – Zhi Chen – NeuroReport

Animal experiments

Protective effect of Group B Streptococcus type-III polysaccharide conjugates against maternal colonization, ascending infection and neonatal transmission in rodent models – Emiliano Chiarot – Scientific Reports

Animal microbiome

Pre-print: Axenic Aedes aegypti develop without live bacteria, but exhibit delayed development and reduced oviposition – Maria A Correa – bioRxiv

Two novel strains of Torulaspora delbrueckii isolated from the honey bee gut microbiome and their use in honey fermentation – Joseph P Barry – bioRxiv

Gut microbiota in the burying beetle, Nicrophorus vespilloides, provide colonization resistance against larval bacterial pathogens – Yin Wang – Ecology and Evolution

Rampant Host Switching Shaped the Termite Gut Microbiome – Thomas Bourguignon – Current Biology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Melanization of mycorrhizal fungal necromass structures microbial decomposer communities – Christopher W Fernandez – Journal of Ecology

Fungal community shifts underpin declining mycelial production and turnover across a Pinus sylvestris chronosequence – Andreas Hagenbo – Journal of Ecology

Mycorrhizal symbioses influence the trophic structure of the Serengeti – Bo Maxwell Stevens – Journal of Ecology

The Populus holobiont: dissecting the effects of plant niches and genotype on the microbiome – M A Cregger – Microbiome

Water and extremophile microbiome

Pre-print: Transgenerational inheritance of shuffled symbiont communities in the coral Montipora digitata – Kate Quigley – bioRxiv

Shifts of methanogenic communities in response to permafrost thaw results in rising methane emissions and soil property changes – Shiping Wei – Extremophiles

Food microbiology

Dynamic correlations between microbiota succession and flavor development involved in the ripening of Kazak artisanal cheese – Xiaoji Zheng – Food Research International

Application of high-throughput pyrosequencing in the analysis of microbiota of food commodities procured from small and large retail outlets in a U.S. metropolitan area – A pilot study – Daleniece Higgins – Food Research International

Phages and viruses

The analysis of the oral DNA virome reveals which viruses are widespread and rare among healthy young adults in Valencia (Spain) – Vicente Pérez-Brocal – PLOS ONE

More microbes

Lactobacillus plantarum lipoteichoic acid inhibits biofilm formation of Streptococcus mutans – Ki Bum Ahn – PLOS ONE

Microbes in the news

In soil-dwelling bacteria, scientists find a new weapon to fight drug-resistant superbugs – Melissa Healy – Los Angeles Times

Interdisciplinary approach yields new insights into human evolution – Liz Entman – Vanderbilt University News

Viruses and Bacteria Travel Along a High-Altitude Superhighway – Dave Roos – Seeker

Science, career, and publishing

Pre-print: The impact on authors and editors of introducing Data Availability Statements at Nature journals – Rebecca Grant – bioRxiv

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January 18, 2018

Today’s digest has quite a few reviews in “Human Gut Microbiome” section and quite interesting news: what killed Aztecs, the womb might not be sterile, while surfers might be spreading antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Check as well an interesting blog post on “How can academia kick its addiction to the impact factor?” and news about “Dimensions” – new science search engine. Dimensions not only indexes papers and their citations, but also – uniquely among scholarly databases – connects publications to their related grants, funding agencies, patents and clinical trials.

 

 

General microbiome

Conserved collateral susceptibility networks in diverse clinical strains of Escherichia coli – Nicole L Podnecky – bioRxiv

Interactions between species introduce spurious associations in microbiome studies – Rajita Menon – PLOS Computational Biology

Antimicrobial resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae carriage and infection in specialized geriatric care wards linked to acquisition in the referring hospital – Claire L Gorrie – Clinical Infectious Diseases

Microbiological and molecular characterization of thermophilic Streptomycesvariabilis with antimicrobial activity – Ramy Fikry – Journal of Basic and Environmental Sciences

Population level evidence for seasonality of the human microbiome – Christina Korownyk – Chronobiology International

Metagenomic analysis of microbial communities yields insight into impacts of nanoparticle design –  Jacob W. Metch – Nature Nanotechnology

Microbial Competition of Rhodotorula mucilaginosa UANL-001L and E. coli increase biosynthesis of Non-Toxic Exopolysaccharide with Applications as a Wide-Spectrum Antimicrobial – Augusto Vazquez-Rodriguez – Scientific Reports

Pregnancy and early life

Perturbations of the gut microbiome genes in infants with atopic dermatitis according to feeding type – Min-Jung Lee – Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Overweight and obesity status in pregnant women are related to intestinal microbiota and serum metabolic and inflammatory profiles – Noora Houttu – Clinical Nutrition

Human respiratory microbiome

Give me a sample of air and I will tell which species are found from your region – molecular identification of fungi from airborne spore samples – Nerea Abrego – Molecular Ecology Resources

Fungi stabilize connectivity in the lung and skin microbial ecosystems – Laura Tipton – BMC Microbiome

Oral microbiome

Microbiome associated with denture malodour – S Yitzhaki – Journal of Breath Research

High-resolution microbiome profiling uncovers Fusobacterium nucleatum, Lactobacillus gasseri/johnsonii, and Lactobacillus vaginalis associated to oral and oropharyngeal cancer in saliva from HPV positive and HPV negative patients treated with surgery and chemo-radiation – Rafael Guerrero-Preston – Oncotarget

Location-Specific Oral Microbiome Possesses Features Associated With CKD – Jianzhong Hu – Kidney International Reports

Oral microbiota reduce wound healing capacity of epithelial monolayers, irrespective of the presence of 5-fluorouracil – Eline Vanlancker – Experimental Biology and Medicine

An experimental study for rapid detection and quantification of endodontic microbiota following photo-activated disinfection via new multiplex real-time PCR assay – Maryam Pourhajibagher – Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy

Review: Genome analysis and clinical implications of the bacterial communities in early biofilm formation on dental implants restored with titanium or zirconia abutments –  Flávia Correa Raffaini – Biofueling

Human skin microbiome

Association of Disease Severity With Skin Microbiome and Filaggrin Gene Mutations in Adult Atopic Dermatitis – Maja-Lisa Clausen – JAMA Dermatology

Human nearly-sterile sites

The Microbiome and Neurologic Disease: Past and Future of a 2-Way Interaction – Javier Ochoa-Repáraz – Neurotherapeutics

Human gut microbiome

Mini Review: Beneficial actions of microbiota-derived tryptophan metabolites – J. J. Galligan – Neurogastroenterology & Motility

Review: Gut microbiome influences on anastomotic leak and recurrence rates following colorectal cancer surgery – S. Gaines – BJS

Review: Microbiota Signaling Pathways that Influence Neurologic Disease – Laura M. Cox – Neurotherapeutics

Review: How mass spectrometric approaches applied to bacterial identification have revolutionized the study of human gut microbiota – Grégory Dubourg – Expert Review of Proteomics

Concise Review: Gut microbiota and probiotics: novel immune system modulators in myasthenia gravis? – Elena Rinaldi – Annals of the New York Academy of Science

Research Highlights: Gut microbiota: Targeting of specific microbial species mitigates colitis – Hugh Thomas – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Research Highlights: Gut microbiota: Filling up on fibre for a healthy gut – Katrina Ray – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Stachyose Improves Inflammation Through Modulating Gut Microbiota of High-Fat Diet / Streptozotocin Induced Type 2 Diabetes in Rats – Guimei Liu – Molecular Nutrition & Food Research

Analysis of fecal microbiota in patients with functional constipation undergoing treatment with synbiotics – Lin Sheng Huang – European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

The microbiota metabolite indole inhibits Salmonella virulence: Involvement of the PhoPQ two-component system – Nandita Kohli – PLOS

Metatranscriptome of human faecal microbial communities in a cohort of adult men – Galeb S. Abu-Ali – Nature Microbiology

Early-life gut microbial colonization shapes Th1/Th2 balance in asthma model in BALB/c mice – Li-Juan Qian –

Animal experiments

Impact of Trans-Fats on Heat-Shock Protein Expression and the Gut Microbiota Profile of Mice – Gessika Cristina Borges Castro Carvalho – Journal of Food Science

Animal microbiome 

The impact of depuration on mussel hepatopancreas bacteriome composition and predicted metagenome – J. A. Rubiolo – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

The Sarda Sheep Host Fecal Proteome – Antonio Palomba – Proteomics

Interactions Between Parasites and the Bacterial Microbiota of Chickens – Rüdiger Hauck – Avian Diseases

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Cropping practices manipulate abundance patterns of root and soil microbiome members paving the way to smart farming – Kyle Hartman – BMS Microbiome

Saving seed microbiomes – Gabriele Berg – The ISME

Rice Crop Growth and Rhizospheric Microbial Dynamics in Heavy Metals Contaminated Inceptisol – Manoj Shrivastava – Water Quality Management

Cropping practices manipulate abundance patterns of root and soil microbiome members paving the way to smart farming – Kyle Hartman – BMC Microbiome

Water and extremophile microbiome

Diverse spatial organization of photosynthetic membranes among purple nonsulfur bacteria – Breah LaSarre – bioRxiv

Homologous recombination and transposon propagation shapes the population structure of an organism from the deep subsurface with minimal metabolism – Alexander J Probst – bioRxiv

Cultivation and genomics of the first freshwater SAR11 (LD12) isolate – Michael Winslow Henson -bioRxiv

Data Descriptor: The reconstruction of 2,631 draft metagenome-assembled genomes from the global oceans – Benjamin J. Tully – Scientific Data

Survey of sulfur-oxidizing bacterial community in the Pearl River water using soxB, sqr, and dsrA as molecular biomarkers – Jianfei Luo – 3 Biotech

Cultivable fungi present in Antarctic soils: taxonomy, phylogeny, diversity, and bioprospecting of antiparasitic and herbicidal metabolites – Eldon C. Q. Gomes – Extremophiles

Taxonomical Resolution and Distribution of Bacterioplankton Along the Vertical Gradient Reveals Pronounced Spatiotemporal Patterns in Contrasted Temperate Freshwater Lakes – J. Keshri – Microbial Ecology

Coral physiology and microbiome dynamics under combined warming and ocean acidification – Andréa G. Grottoli – PLOS

Crenothrix are major methane consumers in stratified lakes – Kirsten Oswald – The ISME

 

Food microbiology

Review: Modern perspectives on the health benefits of kefir in next generation sequencing era: improvement of the host gut microbiota – Dong-Hyeon Kim –  Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition

Probiotics / prebiotics

Lactobacillus acidophilus Improves Intestinal Inflammation in an Acute Colitis Mouse Model by Regulation of Th17 and Treg Cell Balance and Fibrosis Development – Park Jin-Sil – Journal of Medicinal Food

Phages and viruses

Interferons: Reprogramming the Metabolic Network against Viral Infection – Kavita Raniga  – Viruses

Bioinformatics

FastViromeExplorer: a pipeline for virus and phage identification and abundance profiling in metagenomics data – Saima Sultana Tithi – PeerJ

VirFinder: a novel k-mer based tool for identifying viral sequences from assembled metagenomic data – Jie Ren – BMC Microbiome

Techniques

In-depth resistome analysis by targeted metagenomics – Val F. Lanza – BMC Microbiome

Microbes in the news

500 years later, scientists discover what probably killed the Aztecs

Could baby’s first bacteria take root before birth?

Robotic baby helps researchers understand how biological dust develops immunity in crawling babies

Surfers May Be Spreading Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria From Swallowing Poop-Laced Water

Microbes and Art

Artist Hunter Cole Presents Exhibit Featuring Photos of Bacteria That Create Their Own Light

Science, publishing, and career 

Science search engine links papers to grants and patents

How can academia kick its addiction to the impact factor?

 

January 13, 2018

100+ alerts, meaning great papers in every category. Enjoy!

General microbiome
ReviewSphingolipids in host-microbial interactions – Stacey L Heaver – Current Opinion In Microbiology

EditorialThe Human Microbiome – Emily P Balskus – ACS Infectious Diseases

ReviewEmergent Heterogeneous Micro-environments in Biofilms:Substratum Surface Heterogeneity and Bacterial Adhesion Force-sensing – Yijin Ren – Fems Microbiology Reviews

Pregnancy and early life
Maturation of the gut microbiome and risk of asthma in childhood – Jakob Stokholm – Nature Communications

Haemophilus is overrepresented in the nasopharynx of infants hospitalized with RSV infection and associated with increased viral load and enhanced mucosal CXCL8 responses – Thomas H A Ederveen – Microbiome

Fetal and early life antibiotics exposure and very early onset inflammatory bowel disease: a population-based study – Anne K Örtqvist – Gut

Review: Early Microbes Modify Immune System Development and Metabolic Homeostasis-The “Restaurant” Hypothesis Revisited – Michael J Nash – Frontiers In Endocrinology

Human respiratory microbiome
Genomics of Corynebacterium striatum, an emerging multi-drug resistant pathogen of immunocompromised patients – Kathleen Nudel – Clinical Microbiology And Infection

Human skin microbiome
Transcriptomic profiling of interacting nasal staphylococci species reveals global changes in gene and non-coding RNA expression – Grith M M Hermansen – Fems Microbiology Letters

Human oral microbiome
Association of Oral Microbiome With Risk for Incident Head and Neck Squamous Cell Cancer – Richard B Hayes – JAMA Oncology

Composition of salivary microbiota in elderly subjects – Taiji Ogawa – Scientific Reports

Human gut microbiome
CX3CR1+ mononuclear phagocytes control immunity to intestinal fungi – Irina Leonardi – Science (New York, N.Y.)

Antagonism toward the intestinal microbiota and its effect on Vibrio cholerae virulence. – Wenjing Zhao – Science (New York, N.Y.)

Evaluation of bloodstream infections, Clostridium difficile infections, and gut microbiota in pediatric oncology patients – Bryan T. Nycz – PLoS One

Antibiotic Treatments for Clostridium difficile Infection Are Associated with Distinct Bacterial and Fungal Community Structures – Regina Lamendella – mSphere

Alterations of the gut microbiota in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis patients – Fuya Zhao – Thyroid : Official Journal Of The American Thyroid Association

Structural insights into a family 39 glycoside hydrolase from the gut symbiont Bacteroides cellulosilyticus WH2 – Ahmad Ali-Ahmad – Journal Of Structural Biology

Review: Gut Microbiota Dysbiosis Drives and Implies Novel Therapeutic Strategies for Diabetes Mellitus and Related Metabolic Diseases – Xuan Li – Frontiers In Immunology

ReviewPathogens, microbiome and the host: emergence of the ecological Koch’s postulates – Pascale Vonaesch – FEMS Microbiology Reviews

ReviewBiochemistry of Complex Glycan Depolymerisation by the Human Gut Microbiota – Didier Ndeh – FEMS Microbiology Reviews

Review: Segmented filamentous bacteria, Th17 inducers and helpers in a hostile world – Pamela Schnupf – Current Opinion In Microbiology

Microbial Ecology
Simulation of Escherichia coli Dynamics in Biofilms and Submerged Colonies with an Individual-Based Model Including Metabolic Network Information – Ignace L M M Tack – Frontiers In Microbiology

Initial evenness determines diversity and cell density dynamics in synthetic microbial ecosystems – Elham Ehsani – Scientific Reports

Pan-genome analysis of the genus Finegoldia identifies two distinct clades, strain-specific heterogeneity, and putative virulence factors – Holger Brüggemann – Scientific Reports

Specifying the Harsh Conditions of Life: Resource Competition and Predation in the 1970s – Alita R. Burmeister – The American Naturalist

Animal experiments
Maternal metabolic, immune, and microbial systems in late pregnancy vary with malnutrition in mice – Kristin L Connor – Biology of Reproduction

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation, Commensal Escherichia coli and Lactobacillus johnsonii Strains Differentially Restore Intestinal and Systemic Adaptive Immune Cell Populations Following Broad-spectrum Antibiotic Treatment – Ira Ekmekciu – Frontiers In Microbiology

Impacts of feeding preweaned calves milk containing drug residues on the functional profile of the fecal microbiota – Richard Van Vleck Pereira – Scientific Reports

Gama-aminobutyric Acid Enriched Rice Bran Diet Attenuates Insulin Resistance and Balances Energy Expenditure via Modification of Gut Microbiota and SCFAs – Xu Si – Journal Of Agricultural And Food Chemistry

Proton Pump Inhibitors Increase the Susceptibility of Mice to Oral Infection with Enteropathogenic Bacteria – Eiichiro Yasutomi – Digestive Diseases And Sciences

Rhubarb supplementation promotes intestinal mucosal innate immune homeostasis through modulating intestinal epithelial microbiota in goat kids – Jinzhen Jiao – Journal Of Agricultural And Food Chemistry

Impact of dietary induced precocious gut maturation on cecal microbiota and its relation to the blood-brain barrier during the postnatal period in rats – N Marungruang – Neurogastroenterology And Motility : The Official Journal Of The European Gastrointestinal Motility Society

Exercise Prevents Enhanced Postoperative Neuroinflammation and Cognitive Decline and Rectifies the Gut Microbiome in a Rat Model of Metabolic Syndrome – Xiaomei Feng – Frontiers In Immunology

Rifampicin treatment of Blattella germanica evidences a fecal transmission route of their gut microbiota – Tania Rosas – Fems Microbiology Ecology

Gut Flora-Dependent Metabolite Trimethylamine-N-oxide Accelerates Endothelial Cell Senescence and Vascular Aging through Oxidative Stress – Yilang Ke – Free Radical Biology & Medicine

Nanocomposite of Half-Fin Anchovy Hydrolysates/Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles Exhibits Actual Non-Toxicity and Regulates Intestinal Microbiota, Short-Chain Fatty Acids Production and Oxidative Status in Mice – Ru Song – Marine Drugs

Animal microbiome
Is there a link between aging and microbiome diversity in exceptional mammalian longevity? – Graham M. Hughes – PeerJ (Specifically, bats or Myotis myotis)

Gut Microbes Egested during Bites of Infected Sand Flies Augment Severity of Leishmaniasis via Inflammasome-Derived IL-1β – Ranadhir Dey – Cell Host & Microbe

The Sarda Sheep Host Fecal Proteome – Antonio Palomba – Proteomics

Host Specificity for Bacterial, Archaeal and Fungal Communities Determined for High- and Low-Microbial Abundance Sponge Species in Two Genera – Maryam Chaib De Mares – Frontiers In Microbiology (from December 2017)

Comparative Metagenomics of Cellulose- and Poplar Hydrolysate-Degrading Microcosms from Gut Microflora of the Canadian Beaver (Castor canadensis) and North American Moose (Alces americanus) after Long-Term Enrichment. – Mabel T Wong – Frontiers In Microbiology (from December 2017)

Regular Wounding in a Natural System: Bacteria Associated With Reproductive Organs of Bedbugs and Their Quorum Sensing Abilities – Oliver Otti – Frontiers In Immunology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome
Forest conversion induces seasonal variation in microbial β-diversity – Shengen Liu – Environmental Microbiology

Specificity in Arabidopsis thaliana recruitment of root fungal communities from soil and rhizosphere – Hector Urbina – Fungal Biology

Different impacts of manure and chemical fertilizers on bacterial community structure and antibiotic resistance genes in arable soils – Peng Liu – Chemosphere

Intra-species variation in a widely distributed tree species regulates the responses of soil microbiome to different temperature regimes – Cui-Jing Zhang – Environmental Microbiology Reports

Positive diversity-functioning relationships in model communities of methanotrophic bacteria – Elvira Schnyder – Ecology

Plant Phylogeny and Life History Shape Rhizosphere Bacterial Microbiome of Summer Annuals in an Agricultural Field – Bryan D. Emmett – Frontiers in Microbiology (from December 2017)

Soil microbial communities and enzyme activities in sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) plantation at different ages – Miao Yang – Plos One

The genome and microbiome of a dikaryotic fungus (Inocybe terrigena, Inocybaceae) revealed by metagenomics – Mohammad Bahram – Environmental Microbiology Reports

Ecological mechanisms underlying soil bacterial responses to rainfall along a steep natural precipitation gradient – Bonnie Waring – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

ReviewCurrent Insights into the Role of Rhizosphere Bacteria in Disease Suppressive Soils – Ruth Gómez Expósito – Frontiers in Microbiology (from December 2017)

Water and extremophile microbiome
Microbially mediated aluminosilicate formation in acidic anaerobic environments: A cell-scale chemical perspective – J. Sánchez-España – GeoBiology

Responses of Periphyton to Fe2O3 Nanoparticles: A Physiological and Ecological Basis for Defending Nanotoxicity – Jun Tang – Environmental Science & Technology

Variations in bacterial and archaeal communities along depth profiles of Alaskan soil cores – Binu Mani Tripathi – Scientific Reports

Microbiological and Geochemical Survey of CO2-Dominated Mofette and Mineral Waters of the Cheb Basin, Czech Republic – Patryk Krauze – Frontiers In Microbiology

In Situ Field Sequencing and Life Detection in Remote (79°26’N) Canadian High Arctic Permafrost Ice Wedge Microbial Communities – J Goordial – Frontiers In Microbiology (from December 2017)

Built environment
Diversity of Microbial Communities and Quantitative Chemodiversity in Layers of Marine Sediment Cores from a Causeway (Kaichu-Doro) in Okinawa Island, Japan – Taha Soliman – Frontiers In Microbiology

Microbial Contamination on Touch Surfaces in Sick- and Well-Child Waiting Rooms in Pediatric Outpatient Facilities – Irina Gudakova – The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal

Biostimulation and bioaugmentation of native microbial community accelerated bioremediation of oil refinery sludge – Ajoy Roy – Bioresource Technology

Temporal variation in bacterial and methanogenic communities of three full-scale anaerobic digesters treating swine wastewater – Gyuseong Han – Environmental Science And Pollution Research International

Microbial community of a gasworks aquifer and identification of nitrate-reducing Azoarcus and Georgfuchsia as key players in BTEX degradation – Martin Sperfeld – Water Research

Review: Microbiome analysis and -omics studies of microbial denitrification processes in wastewater treatment: recent advances – Lili Miao – Science China. Life Sciences

Food microbiology
Absorption and Metabolism of Phenolics from Digests of Polyphenol-Rich Potato Extracts Using the Caco-2/HepG2 Co-Culture System – Shima Sadeghi Ekbatan – Foods (Basel, Switzerland)

Effects of polysaccharides from purple sweet potatoes on immune response and gut microbiota composition in normal and cyclophosphamide treated mice – Chao Tang – Food & Function

A Combined LC-MS Metabolomics- and 16S rRNA Sequencing Platform to Assess Interactions between Herbal Medicinal Products and Human Gut Bacteria in Vitro: a Pilot Study on Willow Bark Extract – Eva-Maria Pferschy-Wenzig – Frontiers In Pharmacology

Review: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases and Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols: An Overview – Sandra Maria Barbalho – Journal Of Medicinal Food

Probiotics / prebiotics / antibiotics
The antimicrobial peptide SAAP-148 combats drug-resistant bacteria and biofilms – Anna de Breij – Science Translational Medicine

Low amounts of dietary fibre increase in vitro production of short-chain fatty acids without changing human colonic microbiota structure – Daisuke Sasaki – Scientific Reports

Single Cell Observations Show Persister Cells Wake Based on Ribosome Content – Jun-Seob Kim – bioRxiv

Evidence for PMAT- and OCT-like biogenic amine transporters in a probiotic strain of Lactobacillus: Implications for interkingdom communication within the microbiota-gut-brain axis. – Mark Lyte – Plos One

Phages and viruses
Metagenomic Virome Analysis of Culex Mosquitoes from Kenya and China. – Evans Atoni – Viruses

Virus Dynamics Are Influenced by Season, Tides and Advective Transport in Intertidal, Permeable Sediments – Verona Vandieken – Frontiers In Microbiology

Influenza A virus infection impacts systemic microbiota dynamics and causes quantitative enteric dysbiosis – Soner Yildiz – Microbiome

Genome Announcements
Draft Genome Sequence of Megamonas funiformis Strain Marseille-P3344, Isolated from a Human Fecal Microbiota. – Mossaab Maaloum – Genome Announcements

Draft Genome Sequences of Bifidobacterium Strains N4G05 and N5G01, Isolated from the Human Vaginal Microbiome. – Aline C Freitas – Genome Announcements

Lactomassilus timonensis,’ a new anaerobic bacterial species isolated from the milk of a healthy African mother – A H Togo – New Microbes And New Infections

Microbes in the news
AGA enrolls 1st patient into largest planned fecal microbiota transplantation study – Eric Oliver – GI & Endoscopy

Will This Swallowable Sensor Replace Colonoscopies? – Bob Curley – HealthLine

**A Patient’s Journey: Taming the Glucose Monster – Howard Wolinsky – MedPage Today**

Microbes on the market
CoreBiome Bolsters Its Board of Directors with the Addition of Daniel Pomp, Ph.D. – BusinessWire

Curetis and MGI Advance Strategic Partnership in NGS-Based Molecular Microbiology – BioSpace

Science, publishing, and career
“Available upon request”: not good enough for microbiome data! – Morgan G I Langille – Microbiome

Tiffany’s non-microbiology picks
Chemists go green to make better blue jeans – Nature
I did not know demin was so dirty until I heard about Everlane’ new jeans – and now there are new method to make them!

January 3, 2018

Today we have a nice event /training in social science techniques organized by NERC in Manchester, Bristol and Edinburgh (UK), few microbiology jobs, an interesting review from Arun T. Nair in “Gut Microbiome”, quite a few papers about Synechococcus in “Water and extremophile microbiome”. Check as well “Microbes on market” where you can read about Google and Microsoft investing in medicine startup DNAnexus.

Events

Social science techniques for natural scientists training funded by NERC, UK

Jobs

Microbiologist – Kent, UK

Scientist/Sr.Scientist – Strain Development, CJM Talent Solutions, San Francisco, US

Associate/Assistant Professor : Miami, Florida, FL, US

General microbiome

Comparison of genomes and proteomes of four whole genome-sequenced Campylobacter jejuni from different phylogenetic backgrounds – Clifford G. Clark – PLOS

Phylogenetic inference of Coxiella burnetii by 16S rRNA gene sequencing – Heather P. McLaughlin -PLOS

The photosynthetic bacteria Rhodobacter capsulatus and Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 as new hosts for cyclic plant triterpene biosynthesis – Anita Loeschcke -PLOS

Pregnancy and early life

Effect of innate antiviral glycoproteins in breast milk on seroconversion to rotavirus vaccine (Rotarix) in children in Lusaka, Zambia – Katayi Mwila-Kazimbaya – PLOS

Oral microbiome

Frequency and levels of candidate endodontic pathogens in acute apical abscesses as compared to asymptomatic apical periodontitis – Isabela N. Rôças – PLOS

Human vaginal microbiome

Combined oral and topical antimicrobial therapy for male partners of women with bacterial vaginosis: Acceptability, tolerability and impact on the genital microbiota of couples – A pilot study – Erica L. Plummer – PLOS

Candida albicans-derived mannoproteins activate NF-κB in reporter cells expressing TLR4, MD2 and CD14 – Traci Ness – PLOS

Replication-dependent size reduction precedes differentiation in Chlamydia trachomatis – Jennifer K. Lee – Nature Communications

Human gut microbiome

T6SS: The bacterial “fight club” in the host gut – Thibault G. Sana – PLOS Pathogens

Review: Gut Microbiota Dysfunction as Reliable Non-invasive Early Diagnostic Biomarkers in the Pathophysiology of Parkinson’s Disease: A Critical Review – Arun T Nair – Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility

Animal experiments

Effect of dietary xylooligosaccharides on intestinal characteristics, gut microbiota, cecal short-chain fatty acids, and plasma immune parameters of laying hens – X M Ding – Poultry Science

Influence of a diet enriched with virgin olive oil or butter on mouse gut microbiota and its correlation to physiological and biochemical parameters related to metabolic syndrome – Isabel Prieto – PLOS

Modulation of the diet and gastrointestinal microbiota normalizes systemic inflammation and β-cell chemokine expression associated with autoimmune diabetes susceptibility – Angela M. Henschel – PLOS

Dietary Lactobacillus acidophilus positively influences growth performance, gut morphology, and gut microbiology in rurally reared chickens  – C Forte – Poultry Science

Animal microbiome

Oral Disease and Microbiota in Free-Roaming Cats – Ana Whyte – Topics in Companion Animal Medicine

Review: Effect of Enterococcus Faecium Strain SF68 on Gastrointestinal Signs and Fecal Microbiome in Cats Administered Amoxicillin-Clavulanate – C. Torres-Henderson – Topics in Companion Animal Medicine

Water and extremophile microbiome

Clade and strain specific contributions of Synechococcus and Prochlorococcus to carbon export in the Sargasso Sea – Francesca De Martini – Limnology and Oceanography

Microbial proteins for organic material degradation in the deep ocean – David L. Kirchman – PNAS

Photosynthetic functions of Synechococcus in the ocean microbiomes of diverse salinity and seasons – Yihwan Kim – PLOS

Potential impact of global climate change on benthic deep-sea microbes – Roberto Danovaro – FEMS Microbiology Letters

Variability in the production of organic ligands, by Synechococcus PCC 7002, under different iron scenarios – Guillermo Samperio-Ramos – Journal of Oceanography

Effect of light on N2 fixation and net nitrogen release of Trichodesmium in a field study – Yangyang Lu – Biogeosciences

Microbial diversity of saline environments: searching for cytotoxic activities – Carolina Díaz-Cárdenas – AMB Express

Aerobic proteobacterial methylotrophs in Movile Cave: genomic and metagenomic analyses – Deepak Kumaresan – BMC Microbiome

Probiotics / prebiotics

Bifidobacteria or Fiber Protects against Diet-Induced Microbiota-Mediated Colonic Mucus Deterioration – Bjoern O. Schroeder – Cell Host and Microbe

Modifying progression of aging and reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases by probiotics and synbiotics – Huey Shi Lye – Frontiers In Bioscience

Phages and viruses

Isolation and characterization of a N4-like lytic bacteriophage infecting Vibrio splendidus, a pathogen of fish and bivalves – Pantelis Katharios – PLOS

High human papillomavirus (HPV) prevalence in South African adolescents and young women encourages expanded HPV vaccination campaigns – Zizipho Z. A. Mbulawa – PLOS

Zika virus infection modulates the bacterial diversity associated with Aedes aegypti as revealed by metagenomic analysis – Luis E. M. Villegas – PLOS

Localized Recombination Drives Diversification of Killing Spectra for Phage Derived Syringacins – David Baltrus – bioRxiv

Bioinformatics

Assessment of the cPAS-based BGISEQ-500 platform for metagenomic sequencing – Chao Fang – Giga Science

 

Techniques

Imaging bacteria inside their host by cryo-focused ion beam milling and electron cryotomography – João M Medeiros – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Microbes in the news

Tech company’s lights being used to kill germs in ambulances

Astronauts Identify Mystery Microbes in Space for the 1st Time

Microbes on the market

Seres Therapeutics Inc (MCRB) Holdings Increased by State Street Corp

Microsoft, Google invest in precision medicine startup DNAnexus

Tina’s non-microbiology picks

Synthetic Biology in the Driving Seat of the Bioeconomy – Yensi Flores Bueso – Trends in Biotechnology

Expect exoplanet atmospheres, organs with new functions and fewer traffic jams in 2018

January 2, 2018

Happy New Year from the Microbiome Digest team!

General microbiome

Pre-print: Understanding How Microbiomes Influence The Systems They Inhabit: moving from a correlative to a causal research framework – E K Hall – bioRxiv

Human vaginal microbiome

A retrospective pilot study to determine whether the reproductive tract microbiota differs between women with a history of infertility and fertile women – Bryan A Wee – Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Human gut microbiome

Rates of Gut Microbiome Divergence in Mammals – Alex H Nishida – Molecular Ecology

Animal microbiome

Processes shaping gut microbiota diversity in allopatric populations of the endemic lizard Podarcis lilfordi from Menorcan islets (Balearic Islands) – Laura Baldo – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Individual- and Species-Specific Skin Microbiomes in Three Different Estrildid Finch Species Revealed by 16S Amplicon Sequencing – Kathrin Engel – Microbial Ecology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Vertical variation of a black soil’s properties in response to freeze-thaw cycles and its links to shift of microbial community structure – Ziming Han – Science of the Total Environment

Biomass, activity and structure of rhizosphere soil microbial community under different metallophytes in a mining site – Wenhao Yang – Plant and Soil

Symbiotic nitrogen fixation by rhizobia — the roots of a success story – Catherine Masson-Boivin – Current Opinion in Plant Biology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Microbial community structure and function in sediments from e-waste contaminated rivers at Guiyu area of China – Jun Liu – Environmental Pollution

Pre-print: Micro-scale ecology regulates particulate organic matter turnover in model marine microbial communities – Tim N Enke – bioRxiv

Food microbiology

Autochthonous facility-specific microbiota dominates washed-rind Austrian hard cheese surfaces and its production environment – Narciso M Quijada – International Journal of Food Microbiology

Bioinformatics

CoMet: a workflow using contig coverage and composition for binning a metagenomic sample with high precision – Damayanthi Herath – BMC Bioinformatics

Techniques

Serial Dilution-Based Growth Curves and Growth Curve Synchronization for High-Resolution Time Series of Bacterial Biofilm Growth – Fernando Govantes – Host-Pathogen Interactions

Microbes in the news

Fiber Is Good for You. Now Scientists May Know Why. – Carl Zimmer – The New York Times

Fast, Cheap Testing for Tuberculosis? Soon It May Be Possible – Donald G McNeil – The New York Times

How probiotics can help ward off health complications in premature babies – CTV News

Science, career, and publishing

Pre-print: Disequilibrium in Gender Ratios among Authors who Contributed Equally – Nichole A Broderick – bioRxiv

December 15, 2017

The leaders of ten research universities/institutes pledge to report student and postdoc outcomes in biomedical research as the Coalition for Next Generation Life Science initiative, commensal fungi and their cell-wall mannans can functionally replace benefits of intestinal bacteria, a new cheese starter system with improved bacteriophage resistance and antimicrobial activity.

Events and jobs

Postdoctoral Fellow, Functional Microbiome – Claesen Group, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic (also looking for interested graduate students)

Human nearly-sterile sites

Microorganisms in the human placenta are associated with altered CpG methylation of immune and inflammation-related genes – Martha Scott Tomlinson – PLOS ONE

Human gut microbiome

Faecal microbiota transplantation for Clostridium difficile infection using a lyophilized inoculum from non-related donors: A case series involving 19 patients – Vigvári Szabolcs – Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica

Animal experiments

Commensal Fungi Recapitulate the Protective Benefits of Intestinal Bacteria – Tony T Jiang – Cell Host & Microbe

CCL28-Deficient Mice Have Reduced IgA Antibody–Secreting Cells and an Altered Microbiota in the Colon – Kazuhiko Matsuo – The Journal of Immunology

Animal microbiome

Behavior of bacteriome symbionts during transovarial transmission and development of the Asian citrus psyllid – Hiroki Dan – PLOS ONE

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Root-derived carbon and nitrogen from beech and ash trees differentially fuel soil animal food webs of deciduous forests – Sarah L Zieger – PLOS ONE

Historical and recent land use affects ecosystem functions in subtropical grasslands in Brazil – Jan L G Leidinger – Ecosphere

Mechanisms of arsenic sequestration by Prosopis juliflora during phytostabilization of metalliferous mine tailings – Corin M Hammond

Transfer Mechanism, Uptake Kinetic Process and Bioavailability of P, Cu, Cd, Pb and Zn in Macrophyte Rhizosphere Using DGT – Shengrui Wang – Environmental Science & Technology

Food microbiology

A Multibacteriocin Cheese Starter System, Comprising Nisin and Lacticin 3147 in Lactococcus lactis, in Combination with Plantaricin from Lactobacillus plantarum – S Mills – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Bioinformatics

Colonic Butyrate-Producing Communities in Humans: an Overview Using Omics Data – Marius Vital – mSystems

Discovery of carbamate degrading enzymes by functional metagenomics – Lisa Ufarté – PLOS ONE

Science, career, and publishing

A new data effort to inform career choices in biomedicine – Rebecca Blank – Science

News Feature: The science that’s never been cited – Richard Van Noorden – Nature

December 7, 2017

Meta-analysis of a collection of gut microbiome studies, characterization of two dandelion viruses, evaluation of an inclusive Research Education Community for engaging undergraduates in scientific research.

General microbiome

Bacterial social interactions and the emergence of community-intrinsic properties – Jonas Stenløkke Madsen – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Pregnancy and early life

Pre-print: Hospitalized premature infants are colonized by related bacterial strains with distinct proteomic profiles – Christopher T Brown – bioRxiv

Human gut microbiome

Gut microbiota in early life and its influence on health and disease: A position paper by the Malaysian Working Group on Gastrointestinal Health – Yeong Yeh Lee – Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

Animal experiments

Moving beyond microbiome-wide associations to causal microbe identification – Neeraj K Surana – Nature

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus causes increased condensed tannins concentrations in shoots but decreased in roots of Lotus japonicus L – Zakaria M Solaiman – Rhizosphere

Shifts in soil microbial community, soil enzymes and crop yield under peanut/maize intercropping with reduced nitrogen levels – Jun Chen – Applied Soil Ecology

Multifarious plant growth promotion by an entomopathogenic fungus Lecanicillium psalliotae – C M Senthil Kumar – Microbiological Research

Water and extremophile microbiome

Pre-print: Optogenetics reprogramming of planktonic cells for biofilm formation – Aiguo Xia – bioRxiv

Phages and viruses

Pre-print: Molecular Identification and Characterization of Two Rubber Dandelion Amalgaviruses – Humberto J Debat – bioRxiv

Internalization of a polysialic acid-binding Escherichia coli bacteriophage into eukaryotic neuroblastoma cells – Timo A Lehti – Nature Communications

Bioinformatics

Pre-print: Personalized modeling of the human gut microbiome reveals distinct bile acid deconjugation and biotransformation potential in healthy and IBD individuals – Almut Heinken – bioRxiv

Meta-analysis of gut microbiome studies identifies disease-specific and shared responses – Claire Duvallet – Nature Communications

Techniques

In vitro enteroid-derived three-dimensional tissue model of human small intestinal epithelium with innate immune responses – Ying Chen – PLOS ONE

More microbes

Galectin-3 impacts Cryptococcus neoformans infection through direct antifungal effects – Fausto Almeida – Nature Communications

Microbes in the news

Lemur study highlights role of diet in shaping gut microbiome – Erin Mckenney – Phys.Org

What Bacteria Can Tell Us About Human Evolution – Tara C Smith – Quanta Magazine

Duke launches new microbiome center, reflecting popularity of microbiome studies – Sean Cho – Duke Chronicle

Study shows first extensive and stable microbiome remodeling via B. infantis in infants – Weber Shandwick – EurekAlert

Air-eating bacteria found in Antarctica – Cosmos

The Microbes Making Themselves at Home on the Space Station – Marina Koren – The Atlantic

Microbes on the market

Breakthrough Evidence on Vomaris Bioelectric Technology’s Impact on Wound Biofilm Infection – PR Newswire

Precision Driven Health and Orion Health release Microbiome report – Voxy

Worldwide microbiome drugs market is likely to grow substantially by 2022 – Digital Journal

Science, career, and publishing

How to Keep Students in Science – Howard Hughes Medical Institute

An inclusive Research Education Community (iREC): Impact of the SEA-PHAGES program on research outcomes and student learning – David I Hanauer – PNAS

Pre-print: Assessing the Landscape of U.S. Postdoctoral Salaries – Rodoniki Athanasiadou – bioRxiv

Editorial: Great mentoring is key for the next generation of scientists – Nature

Amy’s non-microbiology picks

Organocalcium-mediated nucleophilic alkylation of benzene – Andrew S S Wilson – Science