July 12, 2018

Bacteria in desert soils, mycobacteria in showerhead biofilms, metabolic diversity of microbes from commercial probiotics.

Human gut microbiome

Pre-print: Evaluating bacterial and functional diversity of human gut microbiota by complementary metagenomics and metatranscriptomics – Ravi Ranjan – bioRxiv

Animal microbiome

Pre-print: Olive fruit fly rearing procedures affect the vertical transmission of the bacterial symbiont Candidatus Erwinia dacicola – Patrizia Sacchetti – bioRxiv

Pre-print: Survey of bacteria associated with western corn rootworm life stages reveals no difference between insects reared in different soils – Dalton C Ludwick – bioRxiv

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Influences of fertilization on soil environment and microorganism in continuous cropping based on high-throughput sequencing – Zhang YiJie – Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology

Review: Consortia of cyanobacteria/microalgae and bacteria in desert soils: an underexplored microbiota – Isiri Perera – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Effects of cover crop in an apple orchard on microbial community composition, networks, and potential genes involved with degradation of crop residues in soil – Wei Zheng – Biology and Fertility of Soils

Microbial Community Level Physiological Profiles of Active Mud Volcano Soils in Andaman and Nicobar Islands – N Amaresan – National Academy Science Letters

Water and extremophile microbiome

Pre-print: Interspecies interactions mediated by conductive minerals in the sediments of the ferruginous Lake La Cruz, Spain – Amelia-Elena Rotaru – bioRxiv

Pre-print: Microbial community structure and microbial networks correspond to nutrient gradients within coastal wetlands of the Laurentian Great Lakes – Dean J Horton – bioRxiv

Pre-print: Hidden in plain sight – highly abundant and diverse planktonic freshwater Chloroflexi – Maliheh Mehrshad – bioRxiv

Built environment

Pre-print: Ecological analyses of mycobacteria in showerhead biofilms and their relevance to human health – Matthew Gebert – bioRxiv

Probiotics/prebiotics

Pre-print: Metabolic diversity of bacteria and yeast from commercial probiotic products illustrated by phenotypic profiling – Juliana Mastronunzio Ansari – bioRxiv

Phages and viruses

Pre-print: Quality control implementation for universal characterization of DNA and RNA viruses in clinical respiratory samples using single metagenomic next-generation sequencing workflow – Antonin Bal – bioRxiv

More microbes

Species-specific activity of antibacterial drug combinations – Ana Rita Brochado – Nature

Science, career, and publishing

Hot streaks in artistic, cultural, and scientific careers – Lu Liu – Nature

Amy’s non-microbiology picks

Reprogramming human T cell function and specificity with non-viral genome targeting – Theodore L Roth – Nature

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June 28, 2018

Microbial adaptation to snake and spider venom, a 1.5-year study of fungi in space at the International Space Station, US National Postdoc Survey results.

General microbiome

Quantitative assessment of individual populations within polymicrobial biofilms – Susana Patrícia Lopes – Scientific Reports

Human nearly-sterile sites

Streptococcus mutans in Umbilical Cord Blood, Peripheral Blood, and Saliva from Healthy Mothers – Marcelly Milhomem Mendes – Current Microbiology

Animal microbiome

Pre-print: Microbial adaptation to venom is common in snakes and spiders – E Esmaeilishirazifard – bioRxiv

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Colonisation dynamics of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and dark septate endophytes in the sugarcane crop cycle – Anders Claassens – Rhizosphere

Response Surface Modelling through Box-Behnken approach to optimize bacterial quorum sensing inhibitory action of Tribulus terrestris root extract – Kayeen Vadakkan – Rhizosphere

Multi ‘omics comparison reveals metabolome biochemistry, not microbiome composition or gene expression, corresponds to elevated biogeochemical function in the hyporheic zone – Emily B Graham – Science of the Total Environment

Pre-print: Co-culture of soil biofilm isolates enables the discovery of novel antibiotics – Chun-Hui Gao – bioRxiv

Pre-print: Microbial interkingdom interactions in roots promote Arabidopsis survival – Paloma Duran – bioRxiv

Water and extremophile microbiome

Persisting responses of salt marsh fungal communities to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill – Candice Y Lumibao – Science of the Total Environment

Microbes in space

Integrity of the DNA and Cellular Ultrastructure of Cryptoendolithic Fungi in Space or Mars Conditions: A 1.5-Year Study at the International Space Station – Silvano Onofri – Life

Food microbiology

Influence of lactate and acetate removal on the microbiota of French fresh pork sausages – Agnès Bouju-Albert – Food Microbiology

Probiotics/prebiotics

The anxiolytic effect of probiotics: A systematic review and meta-analysis of the clinical and preclinical literature – Daniel J Reis – PLOS ONE

Phages and viruses

Pre-print: Megaphage infect Prevotella and variants are widespread in gut microbiomes – Audra E Devoto – bioRxiv

Bacteria art

Fifty Percent Human – how art brings us in touch with our microbial cohabitants – Sonja Bäumel – Microbial Biotechnology

Scottish fashion student who grows dresses from tea brews up storm in fashion world – Daily Record

artist reimagines the human microbiome as an intricately cut paper coral reef – design bloom

The next big home design trend? Bacteria – Co.Design

Science, career, and publishing

Pre-print: Career Choice, Gender, and Mentor Impact: Results of the U.S. National Postdoc Survey – Sean C McConnell – bioRxiv

June 25, 2018

Today’s Microbiome Digest features the sea turtle microbiome, the bacteria responsible for degrading bioplastics, a new clinical center for phage therapy, the gut-microbiome-brain axis in an Alzheimer’s Disease model, and a preprint about image duplication in scientific publishing.

Pregnancy and early life

Late-onset Sepsis in Preterm Infants Can Be Detected Preclinically by Fecal Volatile Organic Compound Analysis: A Prospective, Multicenter Cohort Study. – Daniel J C Berkhout- Clinical Infectious Diseases

Human vaginal microbiome

Abnormal vaginal microbioma is associated with severity of localized provoked vulvodynia. Role of aerobic vaginitis and Candida in the pathogenesis of vulvodynia. – Gilbert G. G. Donders- European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

Human gut microbiome

* Gut microbiota regulates maturation of the adult enteric nervous system via enteric serotonin networks – Filipe De Vadder – PNAS

Linking the Gut Microbiota to a Brain Neurotransmitter – Kelly G. Jameson – Trends in Neurosciences

Can epilepsy be treated by antibiotics? – Hilde M. H. Braakman – Journal of Neurology

* Changes in intestinal microbiota in HIV-1-infected subjects following cART initiation: influence of CD4+ T cell count – Yongjia Ji – Emerging Microbes & Infections

Review: Human gut microbiome: hopes, threats and promises – Patrice D Cani – Gut

Review: New treatments and therapeutic targets for IBS and other functional bowel disorders – Magnus Simrén – Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Animal experiments

Effects of chronic noise exposure on the microbiome-gut-brain axis in senescence-accelerated prone mice: implications for Alzheimer’s disease – Bo Cui – Journal of Neuroinflammation

Bacterial methionine metabolism genes influence Drosophila melanogaster starvation resistance – Alec M. Judd – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

The benign helminth Hymenolepis diminuta ameliorates chemically induced colitis in a rat model system – Kateřina Jirků Pomajbíková – Parasitology

Protective role of commensal bacteria in Sjögren Syndrome – Mahira Zaheer – Journal of Autoimmunity

Lactobacillus murinus HF12 colonizes neonatal gut and protects rats from necrotizing enterocolitis. – Mubina Isani – PLOS One

Animal microbiome

Identification of bacteria present in ulcerative stomatitis lesions of captive sea turtles Chelonia mydas – D. X. Vega-Manriquez – Veterinary Research Communications

Characterization of the Microbiota of Oyster Larvae (Crassostrea virginica) and Tank Water from an Aquaculture System with High and Low Larval Survival Rates – Padmini Ramachandran – Genome Announcements

Early colonisation and temporal dynamics of the gut microbial ecosystem in Standardbred foals – S. Quercia – Equine Veterinary Journal

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Microbial communities responsible for the degradation of poly(lactic acid)/poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) blend mulches in soil burial respirometric tests – Lenka Jeszeová – World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

Phylogenetic diversity and investigation of plant growth-promoting traits of actinobacteria in coastal salt marsh plant rhizospheres from Jiangsu, China – Yuan Gong – Systematic and Applied Microbiology

Dynamics of soil microbial recovery from cropland to orchard along a 20-year chronosequence in a degraded karst ecosystem. – Hongkai Liao – Science of The Total Environment

Investigation of viable taxa in the deep terrestrial biosphere suggests high rates of nutrient recycling. – Margarita Lopez-Fernandez – FEMS Microbial Ecology

Distinct impacts of reductive soil disinfestation and chemical soil disinfestation on soil fungal communities and memberships. – Jun Zhao – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

* Dispersal-competition tradeoff in microbiomes in the quest for land colonization – Francisco Dini-Andreote – Scientific Reports

Water and extremophile microbiome

Linking patterns of net community production and marine microbial community structure in the western North Atlantic. – Seaver Wang – The ISME Journal

Probiotics/Prebiotics

Composition and metabolism of fecal microbiota from normal and overweight children are differentially affected by melibiose, raffinose and raffinose-derived fructans. – Kaarel Adamberg – Anaerobe

Review: Nutraceuticals in Colorectal Cancer: A Mechanistic Approach – Marco Rossi – European Journal of Pharmacology

Science, publishing, and career

* Analysis and Correction of Inappropriate Image Duplication: The Molecular and Cellular Biology Experience – Arturo Casadevall – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

U.S. center will fight infections with viruses – Kelly Servick – Science

Alyson’s non-microbiology pick

Neanderthal brain organoids come to life – Jon Cohen – Science

April 28, 2018

Genomic analysis of tick endosymbionts, re-evaluation of the phylogenetic placement of mitochondria outside alphaproteobacteria, gravity sensing in fungi acquired by horizontal gene transfer from bacteria.

General microbiome

Review: Malaria and the microbiome: a systematic review – Matthew M Ippolito – Clinical Infectious Diseases

Pregnancy and early life

The fallopian tube microbiome: implications for reproductive health – Elise S Pelzer – Oncotarget

Animal microbiome

The influence of diet and environment on the gut microbial community of field crickets – Soon Hwee Ng – Ecology and Evolution

Comparison of closely related, uncultivated Coxiella tick endosymbiont population genomes reveals clues about the mechanisms of symbiosis – Despina Tsementzi – Environmental Microbiology

Insights into the bacterial symbiont diversity in spiders – Lihua Zhang – Ecology and Evolution

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Legume endosymbionts: Drought stress tolerance in second‐generation chickpea (Cicer arietinum) seeds – V Kumari – Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science

Quantifying the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Plant Root Colonization by Beneficial Bacteria in a Microfluidic Habitat – Jayde A Aufrecht – Advanced Biosystems

Response of the wheat rhizosphere soil nematode community in wheat/walnut intercropping system in Xinjiang, Northwest China – Peng-hua Bai – Applied Entomology and Zoology

Pre-print: Host identity and functional traits determine the community composition of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in facultative epiphytic plant species – Maria del Mar Alguacil – bioRxiv

Seagrass rhizosphere microenvironment alters plant‐associated microbial community composition – Kasper Elgetti Brodersen – Environmental Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Impacts of elevated atmospheric CO2 concentration on terrestrial-aquatic carbon transfer and a downstream aquatic microbial community – Emma Rochelle-Newell – Aquatic Sciences

Community differentiation of bacterioplankton in the epipelagic layer in the South China Sea – Yi Zhang – Ecology and Evolution

Built environment

Review: Ecotoxicological effects of microplastics on biota: a review – Sadasivam Anbumani – Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Bioinformatics

Renewing Felsenstein’s phylogenetic bootstrap in the era of big data – F Lemoine – Nature

Pre-print: Machine learning based prediction of functional capabilities in metagenomically assembled microbial genomes – Fred Farrell – bioRxiv

Techniques

Review: Overview of Next‐Generation Sequencing Technologies – Barton E Slatko – Current Protocols in Molecular Biology

More microbes

Deep mitochondrial origin outside the sampled alphaproteobacteria – Joran Martijn – Nature

Evolutionary novelty in gravity sensing through horizontal gene transfer and high-order protein assembly – Tu Ahn Nguyen – PLOS Biology

Pre-print: Differentiation of vegetative cells into spores: a kinetic model applied to Bacillus subtilis – Emilie Gauvry – bioRxiv

Pre-print: A decay effect of bacterial growth rate associated with genome reduction – Kouhei Tsuchiya – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news

Mass suicide documented in bacteria – Nature

Researchers assassinate disease-causing bacteria with virus cocktail – EurekAlert

Bacteria in the small intestine indispensable for fat absorption – EurekAlert

Why a rinse won’t do: on menstrual cups, bacteria, and toxic shock syndrome – Siouxsie Wiles – The Spinoff

Study reveals how bacteria communicate in groups to avoid antibiotics – EurekAlert

Podcast: Gut Punch – Marketing Microbiome Hype – Michael Joyce – Health News Review

Microbes on the market

Global Microbiome Therapeutics Market to Witness Comprehensive Growth By 2024 – Healthcare Trends

uBiome Sponsors Annual Fundraising Walk, SF Take Steps, to Support the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation – benzinga

Microbiome Company A-Mansia Secures €16M – Allison Johnson – Biocentury

Science, career, and publishing

A photo celebration of scientists at work – Jack Leeming – Nature

Scientists’ early grant success fuels further funding – Holly Else – Nature

Pre-print: Strength in numbers: collaborative science for new experimental model systems – Ross F Waller – bioRxiv

April 25, 2018

Method for cell-free transcription-translation to characterize nonmodel bacteria, a review of bile acid metabolism by the gut microbiota, altitude affects on the lizard intestinal microbiota.

Events and jobs

Research Applications Programmer – UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation

Pregnancy and early life

Preterm infants have distinct microbiomes not explained by mode of delivery, breastfeeding duration or antibiotic exposure – Cecilie Dahl – International Journal of Epidemiology

Multi-site human microbiome

Bifidobacteria isolated from vaginal and gut microbiomes are indistinguishable by comparative genomics – Aline C Freitas – PLOS ONE

Human skin microbiome

The Skin Commensal Yeast Malassezia globosa Thwarts Bacterial Biofilms to Benefit the Host – Giuseppe Ianiri – Journal of Investigative Dermatology

Human gut microbiome

A repeat offender: recurrent extraintestinal Clostridium difficile infection following fecal microbiota transplantation – Bradley J Gardiner – Anaerobe

Next-Generation Immune Repertoire Sequencing as a Clue to Elucidate the Landscape of Immune Modulation by Host–Gut Microbiome Interactions – Tatsuo Ichinohe – Frontiers in Immunology

Review: Metabolism of hydrogen gases and bile acids in the gut microbiome – Phillip B Hylemon – FEBS Letters

Animal experiments

Beneficial effects of a selected probiotic mixture administered to high fat-fed mice before and after the development of obesity – Marianna Roselli – Journal of Functional Foods

Emodin ameliorates ulcerative colitis by the flagellin-TLR5 dependent pathway in mice – Shuang Luo – International Immunopharmacology

Pre-print: Probiotics enhance susceptibility of mice to cryptosporidiosis – Bruno C M Oliveira – bioRxiv

Review: Using murine colitis models to analyze probiotics–host interactions – Rebeca Martín – FEMS Microbiology Reviews

Dietary Clostridium Butyricum induces a phased shift in fecal microbiota structure and increases the acetic acid-producing bacteria in a weaned piglet model – Jie Zhang – Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Animal microbiome

Changes in intestinal microbiota across an altitudinal gradient in the lizard Phrynocephalus vlangalii – Wenya Zhang – Ecology and Evolution

New York City House Mice (Mus musculus) as Potential Reservoirs for Pathogenic Bacteria and Antimicrobial Resistance Determinants – Simon H Williams – mBio

Glucocorticoids modulate gastrointestinal microbiome in a wild bird – José C Noguera – Royal Society Open Science

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Insights to plant‐microbe interactions provide opportunities to improve resistance breeding against root diseases in grain legumes – Lukas Wille – Plant, Cell & Environment

Rice Phyllosphere Bacillus Species and Their Secreted Metabolites Suppress Aspergillus flavus Growth and Aflatoxin Production In Vitro and in Maize Seeds – Subbaiah Chalivendra – Toxins

Root diameter predicts the extramatrical hyphal exploration distance of the ectomycorrhizal fungal community – Weile Chen – Ecosphere

Isolation and characterization of phosphofungi, and screening of their plant growth-promoting activities – Xiaohui Wang – AMB Express

Plants regulate the effects of experimental warming on the soil microbial community in an alpine scrub ecosystem – Zhiliang Ma – PLOS ONE

Pre-print: Effects of fertilizations on soil bacteria and fungi communities in a degraded arid steppe revealed by high through-put sequencing – Luhua Yao – PeerJ

Water and extremophile microbiome

Life on the edge: active microbial communities in the Kryos MgCl2-brine basin at very low water activity – Lea Steinle – The ISME Journal

Light availability impacts structure and function of phototrophic stream biofilms across domains and trophic levels – Mia M Bengtsson – Molecular Ecology

Bacterial Community in Water and Air of Two Sub-Alpine Lakes in Taiwan – Kshitij Tandon – Microbes and Environments

Microbes in space

Book chapter: The Search for Signatures of Life and Habitability on Planets and Moons of Our Solar System – Oliver Funke – Biological, Physical and Technical Basis of Cell Engineering

Bioinformatics

Phylogenetic Placement of Exact Amplicon Sequences Improves Associations with Clinical Information – Stefan Janssen – mSystems

Pre-print: Fusobacterium genomics using MinION and Illumina sequencing enables genome completion and correction – S Michelle Todd – bioRxiv

Pre-print: FusoPortal: An interactive repository of hybrid MinION-sequenced Fusobacterium genomes improves gene identification and characterization – Blake E Sanders – bioRxiv

Comparison of normalization methods for the analysis of metagenomic gene abundance data – Mariana Buongermino Pereira – BMC Genomics

Pre-print: Accuracy of taxonomy prediction for 16S rRNA and fungal ITS sequences – Robert C Edgar – PeerJ

Pre-print: Natural history bycatch: a pipeline for identifying metagenomic sequences in RADseq data – Iris Holmes – PeerJ

Metabolomics

Exploring the Genetic Landscape of Metabolic Phenotypes with MetaboSignal – Andrea Rodriguez-Martinez – Current Protocols in Bioinformatics

Tissue Multiplatform-Based Metabolomics/Metabonomics for Enhanced Metabolome Coverage – Panagiotis A Vorkas – Metabolic Profiling

Review: Current and future perspectives of functional metabolomics in disease studies–A review – Min Yan – Analytica Chimica Acta

Techniques

Rapid acquisition and model-based analysis of cell-free transcription–translation reactions from nonmodel bacteria – Simon J Moore – PNAS

Pre-print: Impact of DNA sequencing and analysis methods on 16S rRNA gene bacterial community analysis in dairy products – Zhengyao Xue – bioRxiv

Methodological considerations for the identification of choline and carnitine-degrading bacteria in the gut – Eleanor Jameson – Methods

More microbes

Omics and multi-omics approaches to study the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites in microorganisms – Emilia Palazzotto – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Helicobacter pylori the Latent Human Pathogen or an Ancestral Commensal Organism – Jackie Li – Frontiers in Microbiology

Microbes in the news

Wiping out the gut microbiome could help with heart failure – ScienceDaily

How bacteria are changing your mood – James Gallagher – BBC News

Drinkers have more bad mouth bacteria, study finds – Susan Scutti – CNN

$11.2 million federal grant to support microorganism and disease research – EurekAlert

A Surprising Way Dogs Are Similar to Humans – Julissa Treviño – Smithsonian

Could Your Diet Be The Cause Of Your Arthritis Pain? – Robert Glatter – Forbes

Growing evidence that probiotics are good for your liver – ScienceDaily

Just being outside can improve your psychological health, and maybe your physical health too – Zoë Schlanger – Quartz

Role of Mosquito Microbiota in Reducing Malaria Transmission – JoAnna Pendergrass – American Veterinarian

A search for some of Earth’s most extreme creatures in the West Coast’s deepest underwater canyon – Amina Khan – Los Angeles Times

How plastic-eating bacteria actually work—a chemist explains – Emily Flashman – Phys.org

Far-red fluorescent silk can kill harmful bacteria as biomedical and environmental remedy – Kayla Wiles – Phys.org

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria cross oceans hidden in cargo ships – Inga Vesper – New Scientist

Fight against Zika, dengue get boost from reliable spread of bacteria – EurekAlert

Microbes on the market

Rebiotix Presents Posters at ECCMID 2018 Highlighting Microbiome Health Index™ Value Potential and RBX2660 Phase 2 Clinical Program Data – PR Newswire

Kaleido Biosciences Announces Appointment of Joshua Brumm as Chief Financial Officer – Citizen Tribune

Science, career, and publishing

Pre-print: Aligning interests: Integrating Citizen Science Efforts into Schools Through Service Requirements – Ginger Tsueng – bioRxiv

Randomly auditing research labs could be an affordable way to improve research quality: A simulation study – Adrian G Barnett – PLOS ONE

March 21, 2018

A long digest today – lots of science on the gut, environment, and some interesting editorials on techniques, bioinformatics, and methodologies applied to microbiome studies.

General microbiome

[pre print] Oscillating bacterial expression states generate herd immunity to viral infection – Christopher J. R. Turkington – bioRxiv

Retraction: Microbiome restoration diet improves digestion, cognition and physical and emotional wellbeing – The PLOS ONE Editors – PLOS ONE

DNA metabarcoding uncovers fungal diversity of mixed airborne samples in Italy – Elisa Banchi – PLOS ONE

Mobile Technologies for the Discovery, Analysis, and Engineering of the Global Microbiome – Zachary S. Ballard – ACS Nano

Unraveling Interactions between the Microbiome and the Host Immune System To Decipher Mechanisms of Disease – Catherine A. Lozupone – mSystems

Making Millennial Medicine More Meta – Peter J. Turnbaugh – mSystems

Pregnancy and early life

Neonatal intestinal dysbiosis in necrotizing enterocolitis – Naomi-Liza Denning – Molecular Medicine

Prenatal and postnatal antibiotic exposure influences the gut microbiota of preterm infants in neonatal intensive care units – Zhi-Hui Zou – Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials

* The Effect of Early Limited Formula on Breastfeeding, Readmission, and Intestinal Microbiota: A Randomized Clinical Trial – Valerie J. Flaherman – The Journal of Pediatrics

Multi-site human microbiome

The Complex Interplay between Chronic Inflammation, the Microbiome, and Cancer: Understanding Disease Progression and What We Can Do to Prevent It – Heather Armstrong – Cancers

Human oral microbiome

Salivary microbial profiles in relation to age, periodontal, and systemic diseases – Ronaldo Lira-Junior – PLOS ONE

Human respiratory microbiome

Translating Lung Microbiome Profiles into the Next-Generation Diagnostic Gold Standard for Pneumonia: a Clinical Investigator’s Perspective – Georgios D. Kitsios – mSystems

Host-Microbe Interactions in Airway Disease: toward Disease Mechanisms and Novel Therapeutic Strategies – Emily K. Cope – mSystems

Human gut microbiome

The role of inflammation in temporal shifts in the inflammatory bowel disease mucosal microbiome – Christopher John Kiely – Gut Microbes

Species Level Description of the Human Ileal Bacterial Microbiota – Heidi Cecilie Villmones – Nature

* Systematic Bias Introduced by Genomic DNA Template Dilution in 16S rRNA Gene-Targeted Microbiota Profiling in Human Stool Homogenates – Francesco Multinu – mSphere

* Extensive impact of non-antibiotic drugs on human gut bacteria – Lisa Maier – Nature

In this issue: Effect of gut microbiome on mucosal immunity and enteric diseases – Kumar, Himanshu – International Reviews of Immunology

Characterization of intestinal microbiota in alcoholic patients with and without alcoholic hepatitis or chronic alcoholic pancreatitis – Dragos Ciocan – Nature

Clostridium difficile Exposures, Colonization, and the Microbiome: Implications for Prevention – Sara L. Revolinski – Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology

Of Microbes and Minds: A Narrative Review on the Second Brain Aging – Riccardo Calvani – Frontiers in Medicine

Microbiome: Viral hormones activate human insulin signalling – Ashley York – Nature

Modulation of Gut Microbiota: A Novel Paradigm of Enhancing the Efficacy of Programmed Death-1 and Programmed Death Ligand-1 Blockade Therapy – Yiming Wang – Frontiers in Immunology

Assessing the Influence of Vegan, Vegetarian and Omnivore Oriented Westernized Dietary Styles on Human Gut Microbiota: A Cross Sectional Study – Carmen Losasso – Frontiers in Microbiology

Nutritional preferences of human gut bacteria reveal their metabolic idiosyncrasies – Melanie Tramontano – Nature

Animal experiments

Characterization of shifts of koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) intestinal microbial communities associated with antibiotic treatment – Katherine E. Dahlhausen – PeerJ

Low dose brain estrogen prevents menopausal syndrome while maintaining the diversity of the gut microbiomes in estrogen-deficient rats – Sunmin Park – American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism

Oral supplementation of Bifidobacterium longum strain BR-108 alters cecal microbiota by stimulating gut immune system in mice irrespectively of viability – Yuko Makioka – Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry

Animal microbiome

Mapping the virome in wild-caught Aedes aegypti from Cairns and Bangkok – Martha Zakrzewski – Nature

Changes in Larval Mosquito Microbiota Reveal Non-target Effects of Insecticide Treatments in Hurricane-Created Habitats – Joseph P. Receveur – Microbial Ecology

Dissecting cause and effect in host-microbiome interactions using the combined worm-bug model system – Marina Ezcurra – Biogerontology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

[pre print] Diversity analysis and function prediction of rhizo- and endophytic bacterial communities of Senecio vulgaris L. (Asteraceae) in an invasive range – Dandan Cheng – PeerJ pre prints

Changes in the Metagenome of Prokaryotic Community as an Indicator of Fertility of Arable Soddy-Podzolic Soils upon Fertilizer Application – A. N. Naliukhin – Eurasian Soil Science

Assessing soil bacterial community and dynamics by integrated high-throughput absolute abundance quantification – Jun Lou – PeerJ

Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria associated with avocado display antagonistic activity against Phytophthora cinnamomi through volatile emissions – Alfonso Méndez-Bravo – PLOS ONE

Composition and diversity of rhizosphere fungal community in Coptis chinensis Franch. continuous cropping fields – Xuhong Song – PLOS ONE

Genomic insights into the broad antifungal activity, plant-probiotic properties, and their regulation, in Pseudomonas donghuensis strain SVBP6 – Betina Cecilia Agaras – PLOS ONE

Water and extremophile microbiome

Microbial communities underpinning mesophilic anaerobic digesters treating food wastewater or sewage sludge: a full-scale study – Joonyeob Lee – Bioresource Technology

Bacteria from Antarctic environments: diversity and detection of antimicrobial, antiproliferative, and antiparasitic activities – Tiago R. Silva – Polar Biology

Responses of Salt Marsh Plant Rhizosphere Diazotroph Assemblages to Drought – Debra A. Davis – Microorganisms

Diversity and assembly patterns of activated sludge microbial communities: A review – Yu Xia – Biotechnology Advances

Temperature-induced changes in a microbial community under autotrophic denitrification with sulfide – Michal Sposob – Process Biochemistry

Metagenomic Exploration of Microbial Signatures on Periyar River Sediments from the Periyar Tiger Reserve in the Western Ghats – Aparna Chakkamadathil Rajeev – Genome Announcements

Occurrence and seasonal dynamics of RNA viral genotypes in three contrasting temperate lakes – Ian Hewson – PLOS One

Shifts in dissolved organic matter and microbial community composition are associated with enhanced removal of fecal pollutants in urban stormwater wetlands – Xiao Huang – Water Research

Effect of semi-permeable cover system on the bacterial diversity during sewage sludge composting – Tatiana Robledo-Mahón – Journal of Environmental Management

* Life at extreme elevations on Atacama volcanoes: the closest thing to Mars on Earth? – S. K. Schmidt – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Rapid alterations to marine microbiota communities following an oil spill – Brad J. Gemmell – Ecotoxicology

Microbial communities and their potential for degradation of dissolved organic carbon in cryoconite hole environments of Himalaya and Antarctica – Aritri Sanyal – Microbiological Research

Built environment

Microbiome Profiles of Commercial Broilers Through Evisceration and Immersion Chilling During Poultry Slaughter and the Identification of Potential Indicator Microorganisms – John A. Handley – Frontiers in Microbiology

Food microbiology

Characterization of Bacteria in Nigerian Yogurt as Promising Alternative to Antibiotics in Gastrointestinal Infections – Anthony Opeyemi Ayeni – Journal of Dietary Supplements

Probiotics / prebiotics

Polyphenols’ Gut Microbiota Metabolites: Bioactives or Biomarkers? -Francisco A. Tomas-Barberan – Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry

A Multi-strain Probiotic Reduces the Fatty Liver Index, Cytokines and Aminotransferase levels in NAFLD Patients: Evidence from a Randomized Clinical Trial – Nazarii Kobyliak – Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases

Bioinformatics

Species classifier choice is a key consideration when analysing low-complexity food microbiome data – Aaron M. Walsh – Microbiome

Data and Statistical Methods To Analyze the Human Microbiome – Levi Waldron – mSystems

* Discovery of enzymes for toluene synthesis from anoxic microbial communities – Beller HR – Nature

Techniques

Community Assembly Processes of the Microbial Rare Biosphere – Xiu Jia – Trends in Microbiology

Metabolomics: A High-Throughput Platform for Metabolite Profile Exploration – Jing Cheng – Computational Systems Biology

[Patent] Spectrometric Analysis of Microbes – Zoltan Takats

* Development and evaluation of a culture-free microbiota profiling platform (MYcrobiota) for clinical diagnostics – Stefan A. Boers – European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

Comparative analysis of four commercial on-farm culture methods to identify bacteria associated with clinical mastitis in dairy cattle – Jair C. Ferreira – PLOS One

Beyond Structure: Defining the Function of the Gut Using Omic Approaches for Rational Design of Personalized Therapeutics – Casey M. Theriot – mSystems

Synergy among Microbiota and Their Hosts: Leveraging the Hawaiian Archipelago and Local Collaborative Networks To Address Pressing Questions in Microbiome Research – Nicole A. Hynson – mSystems

Microbiomes In Natura: Importance of Invertebrates in Understanding the Natural Variety of Animal-Microbe Interactions – Jillian M. Petersen – mSystems

Microbial Eukaryotes: a Missing Link in Gut Microbiome Studies – Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe – mSystems

Microbes on the market 

DuPont Expands Microbiome Research Program, Adds Second Partnership with Fermentation Specialist

Science, publishing, and career

Biocodex Microbiota Foundation Awards Grants to Two Innovative Researchers in the Microbiome Field

Early-Career Systems Microbiology Scientists – Jack A. Gilbert – mSystems

Ed’s non-microbiology picks (can use your own name of course!) (cool non-microbiology science)

Self-employed people happier and more engaged at work, study finds

Health Care Spending in the United States and Other High-Income Countries

Ancient DNA Is Rewriting Human (and Neanderthal) History

Sturdy Insulator Made of Wood

How exercise in old age prevents the immune system from declining

March 13, 2018

In today’s digest it was quite hard to pick just few papers, since there are many, many interesting papers. From mentioned reviews I would recommend the one by H. Bokhari on the exploitation of microbial forensics and nanotechnology for the monitoring of emerging pathogens and the one by J. R. Bober on engineering probiotics and microbes for biomedical applications. From other papers I would like to highlight the one by M. Mehrshad and enigmatic SAR202 cluster, the one by A. C. Lehours and biogeographic patterns of aerobic anoxygenic phototrophic bacteria and the one by E. M. Llufrio and how fluorescence activated cell sorting introduces oxidative stress and alters the metabolic state of cells. Don’t forget to check on news, where you can read about metagenomic clustering powered by supercomputers, while in general science section there is an interesting article by B. Barros on ‘scientific knowledge percolation process’ or how scientific information diffuse into the social sphere.

General microbiome

Review: Exploitation of microbial forensics and nanotechnology for the monitoring of emerging pathogens – Habib Bokhari – Critical Reviews in Microbiology

The aryl hydrocarbon receptor as a moderator of host-microbiota communication – Limin Zhang – Current Opinion in Toxicology

Pregnancy and early life

The Role of the Microbiome in the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease – Leah T. Stiemsma – Pediatrics

Human gut microbiome

 

Translocation of a gut pathobiont drives autoimmunity in mice and humans – S. Manfredo Vieira – Science

Experimental Chagas disease-induced perturbations of the fecal microbiome and metabolome – Laura-Isobel McCall – PLOS One

How to Increase the Butyrate-Producing Capacity of the Gut Microbiome: Do IBD Patients Really Need Butyrate Replacement and Butyrogenic Therapy? – Stanislav Sitkin – Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis

Effect of Faecal Microbiota Transplantation for Treatment of Clostridium difficile Infection in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies – Tuo chen –  Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis

Animal experiments 

Supplementation of Bacillus subtilis based probiotic reduces heat stress-related behaviors and inflammatory response in broiler chickens – W C Wang – Journal of Animal Science

Comparisons of bacterial and Archaeal Communities in the Rumen and a Dual-Flow Continuous Culture Fermentation System using Amplicon Sequencing – I J Salfer – Journal of Animal Science

The Microbiome Regulates Pulmonary Responses to Ozone in Mice – Youngji Cho – American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology

Bifidobacteria exert species-specific effects on constipation in BALB/c mice – Linlin Wang – Food & Function

Animal microbiome 

Comparative Analysis of the Gut Bacterial Community of Four Anastrepha Fruit Flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) Based on Pyrosequencing – Carmen Ventura – Current Microbiology

Metagenomic insights into lignocellulose-degrading genes through Illumina-based de novo sequencing of the microbiome in Vietnamese native goats’ rumen – Thi Huyen Do – The Journal of General and Applied Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Colonization of Eggplant by Endophytic Bacteria Antagonistic to Ralstonia solanacearum, the Bacterial Wilt Pathogen – Gauri A. Achari – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section B: Biological Sciences

Landscape scale factors affecting prevalence of Escherichia coli in surface soil include land cover type, edge interactions, and soil pH – Nicholas Dusek – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Nigericin and grisorixin methyl ester from the Algerian soil-living Streptomyces youssoufiensis SF10 strain: a computational study on their epimeric structures and evaluation of glioblastoma stem cells growth inhibition – Nassima Leulmi – Natural Product Research

Interacting effect of diclofop-methyl on the rice rhizosphere microbiome and denitrification – Haifeng Qian – Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology

Indigenous Pseudomonas spp. Strains from the Olive (Olea europaea L.) Rhizosphere as Effective Biocontrol Agents against Verticillium dahliae: From the Host Roots to the Bacterial Genomes – Carmen Gómez-Lama Cabanás  – Frontiers in Microbiology

Resveratrol as a growth substrate for bacteria from the rhizosphere – Zohre Kurt – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Predicting the structure of soil communities from plant community taxonomy, phylogeny, and traits – Jonathan W. Leff – The ISME Journal

Diversity of microbial communities potentially involved in mercury methylation in rice paddies surrounding typical mercury mining areas in China – Xin Liu – Microbiology Open

Bacterial Preferences for Specific Soil Particle Size Fractions Revealed by Community Analyses – Michael Hemkemeyer – Frontiers in Microbiology

Volatile compounds from beneficial or pathogenic bacteria differentially regulate root exudation, transcription of iron transporters, and defense signaling pathways in Sorghum bicolor – Erasto Hernández-Calderón –  Plant Molecular Biology

The impact of failure: unsuccessful bacterial invasions steer the soil microbial community away from the invader’s niche – C. A. Mallon – The ISME Journal

Soil contamination alters the willow root and rhizosphere metatranscriptome and the root–rhizosphere interactome – Etienne Yergeau – The ISME Journal

Bioaugmentation of chlorothalonil-contaminated soil with hydrolytically or reductively dehalogenating strain and its effect on soil microbial community – Xi-Hui Xu – Journal of Hazardous Materials

Water and extremophile microbiome 

Biogeographic patterns of aerobic anoxygenic phototrophic bacteria reveal an ecological consistency of phylogenetic clades in different oceanic biomes – Anne-Catherine Lehours – Scientific Report

Mercury-methylating bacteria are associated with zooplankton: a proof-of-principle survey in the Baltic Sea –  Elena Gorokhova – bioRxiv

Mosaic patterns of B-vitamin synthesis and utilization in a natural marine microbial community – Laura Gómez-Consarnau – bioRxiv

Effects of nutrient loading on sediment bacterial and pathogen communities within seagrass meadows – Songlin Liu – Microbiology Open

Chapter 17 – Rhizosphere Metabolite Profiling: An Opportunity to Understand Plant-Microbe Interactions for Crop Improvement -Amit Verma – Crop Improvement Through Microbial Biotechnology

Chapter 22 – Plant-Microbe Interaction and Genome Sequencing: An Evolutionary Insight – Krishna K. Sharma – Crop Improvement Through Microbial Biotechnology

Metagenomic Insights into the Phylogenetic and Metabolic Diversity of the Prokaryotic Community Dwelling in Hypersaline Soils from the Odiel Saltmarshes (SW Spain) – Blanca Vera-Gargallo – Genes

Opening the black box of spring water microbiology from alpine karst aquifers to support proactive drinking water resource management – Domenico Savio – Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water

Genomes of ubiquitous marine and hypersaline Hydrogenovibrio, Thiomicrorhabdus, and Thiomicrospira spp. encode a diversity of mechanisms to sustain chemolithoautotrophy in heterogeneous environments – Kathleen M. Scott – Environmental Microbiology

Data Article: Bioinformatics delimitation based on sequence data of the psychrophilic and psychrotolerant actinobacteria isolated from the Polar Frontal waters of the Antarctic Ocean – Palaniappan Sivasankar – Data in Brief

Cultivation-Independent and Cultivation-Dependent Analysis of Microbes in the Shallow-Sea Hydrothermal System Off Kueishantao Island, Taiwan: Unmasking Heterotrophic Bacterial Diversity and Functional Capacity – Kai Tang – Frontiers in Microbiology

The enigmatic SAR202 cluster up close: shedding light on a globally distributed dark ocean lineage involved in sulfur cycling – Maliheh Mehrshad – The ISME Journal

The widespread dissemination of integrons throughout bacterial communities in a riverine system – Gregory C. A. Amos – The ISME Journal

Expression profiling of host and virus during a coccolithophore bloom provides insights into the role of viral infection in promoting carbon export – Uri Sheyn – The ISME Journal

Contrasting patterns of genome-level diversity across distinct co-occurring bacterial populations – Sarahi L. Garcia – The ISME Journal

Metabolic versatility of small archaea Micrarchaeota and Parvarchaeota – Lin-Xing Chen – The ISME Journal

Geobacteraceae are important members of mercury-methylating microbial communities of sediments impacted by waste water releases – Andrea G. Bravo – The ISME Journal

Diazotroph diversity and nitrogen fixation in the coral Stylophora pistillata from the Great Barrier Reef  – Michael P. Lesser – The ISME Journal

Multiple colonist pools shape fiddler crab-associated bacterial communities – Catalina Cuellar-Gempeler – The ISME Journal

Pangenomic Definition of Prokaryotic Species and the Phylogenetic Structure of Prochlorococcus spp. – Mikhail A. Moldovan – Frontiers in Microbiology

Halotolerant Exiguobacterium profundum PHM11 Tolerate Salinity by Accumulating L-Proline and Fine-Tuning Gene Expression Profiles of Related Metabolic Pathways – Vikas K. Patel – Frontiers in Microbiology

The predictability of a lake phytoplankton community, over time-scales of hours to years – Mridul K. Thomas – Ecology Letters

Built environment

Anaerobic Ammonium-Oxidizing Bacteria in Cow Manure Composting – Tingting Wang – Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology

Petrophilic, Fe(III) Reducing Exoelectrogen Citrobacter sp. KVM11, Isolated From Hydrocarbon Fed Microbial Electrochemical Remediation Systems – Krishnaveni Venkidusamy – Frontiers in Microbiology

Inhibitors degradation and microbial response during continuous anaerobic conversion of hydrothermal liquefaction wastewater – Buchun Sia – Science of The Total Environment

Food microbiology

Different temperatures select distinctive acetic acid bacteria species and promotes organic acids production during Kombucha tea fermentation – Francesca De Filippis – Food Microbiology

Staphylococcus aureus undergoes major transcriptional reorganization during growth with Enterococcus faecalis in milk – Gabriela NogueiraViçosa – Food Microbiology

Variability within the dominant microbiota of sliced cooked poultry products at expiration date in the Belgian retail – Wim Geeraerts – Food Microbiology

Changes in microbial communities and quality attributes of white muscle and dark muscle from common carp (Cyprinus carpio) during chilled and freeze-chilled storage – Qian Li – Food Microbiology

Microbial diversity and chemical analysis of the starters used in traditional Chinese sweet rice wine – Haiying Cai –  Food Microbiology

Structure of association networks in food bacterial communities – Eugenio Parente – Food Microbiology

Shifts in spinach microbial communities after chlorine washing and storage at compliant and abusive temperatures – Ganyu Gu – Food Microbiology

Probiotics / prebiotics

Effective identification of Lactobacillus casei group species: genome-based selection of the gene mutL as the target of a novel multiplex PCR assay – Benedetta Bottari – Microbiology

Phages and viruses

A Holistic Assessment of the Risks and Benefits of the Synthesis of Horsepox Virus – Diane Di Euliis – mSphere

Biotechnology

Impact of anti-acidification microbial consortium on carbohydrate metabolism of key microbes during food waste composting – Caihong Song – Bioresource Technology

Review: Synthetic Biology Approaches to Engineer Probiotics and Members of the Human Microbiota for Biomedical Applications – Josef R. Bober – Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering

Techniques

Sorting Cells Alters Their Redox State and Cellular Metabolome – Elizabeth M. Llufrio – Redox Biology

Microbes in the news 

Ibuprofen Counters Key Bacteria in Lungs of CF Patients, Study Shows

Bacteria in your intestines can trigger autoimmune diseases

A game changer: Metagenomic clustering powered by supercomputers

Science, publishing, and career

Scientific knowledge percolation process and social impact: a case study on the biotechnology and microbiology perceptions on Twitter – Beatriz Barros – Science and Public Policy