November 13, 2020

Have a nice Friday! Today, in this Digest, a study published in Nature showing exciting associations between the microbiome and the human serum metabolome; we also have different papers about different respiratory system health conditions, different paediatric studies, and studies on the microbiome in different genitourinary health conditions. It is worth to highlight as well another study (Ford et al., Molecular Biology and Evolution) about how in vivo microbiome coevolution can influence host immunity.

Human and General Microbiome

Review: The gut microbiome as a target for adjuvant therapy in obstructive sleep apnea – Mohammad Badran – Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets

Review: The microbiome, genetics, and gastrointestinal neoplasms: the evolving field of molecular pathological epidemiology to analyze the tumor-immune-microbiome interaction – Kosuke Mima – Human Genetics 

Review: Faecal microbiota transplantation: what’s beyond Clostridium difficile infection? – Aravind Gokula Tamilarasan – European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology 

Review: A bridge for short-chain fatty acids to affect inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease positively: by changing gut barrier – Wangxin Liu – European Journal of Nutrition

A reference map of potential determinants for the human serum metabolome – Noam Bar – Nature

Commentary: Building a chemical blueprint for human blood – Patrick H. Bradley & Katherine S. Pollard

In vivo microbial coevolution favours host protection and plastic downregulation of immunity – Suzanne A Ford – Molecular Biology and Evolution

Mucin-Degrading Microbes Release Monosaccharides That Chemoattract Clostridioides difficile and Facilitate Colonization of the Human Intestinal Mucus Layer – Melinda A. Engevik – ACS Infectious Diseases

The gut microbiome drives inter- and intra-individual differences in metabolism of bioactive small molecules – Asimina Kerimi – Scientific Reports

Gut Microbiota Changes and Their Relationship with Inflammation in Patients with Acute and Chronic Insomnia –  Li Y – Dovepress 

Microbiome and Respiratory System Health

Lower airway dysbiosis affects lung cancer progression – Jun-Chieh J Tsay – Cancer Discovery

Variations in fecal microbial profiles of acute exacerbation and stable-state chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – Yonghong Wu – Life Sciences

Correlation between adenotonsillar microbiome and clinical characteristics of pediatrics with snoring – Kyung Soo Kim – Clinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology 

Microbiome and Paediatrics

Delivery mode and gut microbial changes correlate with an increased risk of childhood asthma – Jakob Stokholm – Science Translational Medicine

Intestinal Microbiota in Children With Symptomatic Dientamoeba fragilis Infection: A Case-control Study – Michael W. van Kalleveen – The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal

Genito-urinary Tract Microbiome

Influence of dapivirine vaginal ring use on cervicovaginal immunity and functional microbiome in adolescent girls – Christina Farr Zuend – AIDS

Bare Versus Hair: Do Pubic Hair Grooming Preferences Dictate the Urogenital Microbiome? – Julia Geynisman-Tan – Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

Beneficial Microbes and Compounds

A polysaccharide from Fagopyrum esculentum Moench bee pollen alleviates microbiota dysbiosis to improve intestinal barrier function in antibiotic-treated mice – Liuying Zhu – Food and Function

Phytogenic products, used as alternatives to antibiotic growth promoters, modify the intestinal microbiota derived from a range of production systems: an in vitro model – Yadav S. Bajagai – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

COVID-19 and Microbiota

COVID-19 in the Developing World: Is the Immune Response to α-Gal an Overlooked Factor Mitigating the Severity of Infection? – Adnan Hodžić – ACS Infectious Diseases

Animal Microbiome / Animal Models

Effects of Vitamin D3 on Intestinal Flora in a Mouse Model of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treated with Rifaximin – Zijun Gu – Medical Science Monitor

Gut microbiota depletion by chronic antibiotic treatment alters the sleep/wake architecture and sleep EEG power spectra in mice – Yukino Ogawa – Scientific Reports

Comparison of different modes of antibiotic delivery on gut microbiota depletion efficiency and body composition in mouse – Pauline Tirelle – BMC Microbiology

Plant Microbiome

Plant resistome profiling in evolutionary old bog vegetation provides new clues to understand emergence of multi-resistance – Melanie Maria Obermeier – The ISME Journal

Other

A network-based approach to deciphering a dynamic microbiome’s response to a subtle perturbation – Grace Tzun-Wen Shaw – Scientific Reports

A comprehensive investigation of metagenome assembly by linked-read sequencing – Lu Zhang – Microbiome (BMC)

Light-Activated Electron Transfer and Catalytic Mechanism of Carnitine Oxidation by Rieske-type Oxygenase from Human Microbiota – Muralidharan Shanmugam – Angewandte Chemie

Microbial communities and gene contributions in smokeless tobacco products – A. J. Rivera – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

November 12, 2020

Good morning! There’s a really exciting collection of papers to share with you this morning. Among them, a study of gut archaea across multiple host domains, a link between F. nucleatum and esophageal cancer, and two new databases of shotgun metagenomic data. (There’s also a fun paper about environmental transmission of microbes aboard the International Space Station.)

General microbiome

Preprint – Strong influence of vertebrate host phylogeny on gut archaeal diversity, Nicholas D Youngblut et al., bioRxiv

A genomic catalog of Earth’s microbiomes, Stephen Nayfach et al., Nature Biotechnology

Human vaginal microbiome

Review – Vaginal microbiota and the potential of Lactobacillus derivatives in maintaining vaginal health, Wallace Jeng Yang Chee, Microbial Cell Factories

Human gut microbiome

Preprint – Fusobacterium Nucleatum Predicts a Risk for Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Chao Shi et al., Research Square

Preprint – Human reference gut microbiome comprising 5,414 prokaryotic species, including newly assembled genomes from under-represented Asian metagenomes, Kim and Lee et al., bioRxiv

Preprint – Genetic Evidence for Selective Transfer of Microbes Between the International Space Station and an Astronaut, David C. Danko et al., bioRxiv

Review: An infectious diseases perspective on the microbiome and allogeneic stem cell transplant, Olivia C. Smibert et al., Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases

Animal experiments

Preprint – Longitudinal effects of antibiotics and fecal transplant on lemur gut microbiota structure, associations, and resistomes, Sally L. Bornbusch et al., bioRxiv

Pinto beans modulate the gut microbiome, augment MHC II protein, and antimicrobial peptide gene expression in mice fed a normal or western-style diet, Babajide A. Ojo et al., Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry

Preprint – Contagious Antibiotic Resistance: Plasmid Transfer Among Bacterial Residents of the Zebrafish Gut, Wesley Loftie-Eaton et al., bioRxiv

Animal microbiome

Shifts in microbial diversity, composition, and functionality in the gut and genital microbiome during a natural SIV infection in vervet monkeys, Anna J. Jasinska et al., Microbiome

A multi-disciplinary comparison of great ape gut microbiota in a central African forest and European zoo, Narat and Amato et al., Scientific Reports

Bioinformatics

Preprint – AGORA2: Large scale reconstruction of the microbiome highlights wide-spread drug-metabolising capacities, Almut Heinken et al., bioRxiv

Techniques

Preprint – Benchmarking DNA isolation kits used in analyses of the urinary microbiome, Lisa Karstens et al., bioRxiv

November 10, 2020

Hello again microbiome friends! A paucity of articles in the mail from yesterday, however, I was able to look back through the weekend mail to enable a post for today. Included in the short post is an interesting article on alternative stable states in the intestinal ecosystem and a perspective on therapeutic implications, a preprint on phage recombination as a driver in evolution of spore-forming Bacilli and a news article discussing natural ways to boost immunity in the times of the pandemic. Enjoy!

GENERAL MICROBIOME

News Article: Immunity : Let’s Talk Solutions – a panel talk by Workout.lk

Preprint: The oxidative stress response and virulence of pathogenic Leptospira are controlled by the interplay of two peroxide stress regulators – Crispin Zavala-Alvarado, et al – bioRxiv

HUMAN GUT MICROBIOME

News Article:Gut Microbiome Changes Different in Ankylosing Spondylitis and IBD, Associated With DiseaseRheumatology Advisor

ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS

Alternative stable states in the intestinal ecosystem: proof of concept in a rat model and a perspective of therapeutic implications– Maarten Van de Guchte, et al – Microbiome

News Article: What if a bee’s identity passes through its gut?

ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS

Preprint: Rhinovirus reduces the severity of subsequent respiratory viral infections, which is associated with dampened inflammatory responses– James T. Van Leuven, et al – bioRxiv

PLANT, ROOT AND SOIL MICROBIOME

Preprint: The host exocyst complex is targeted by a conserved bacterial type III effector protein that promotes virulence – Vassiliki A. A. Michalopoulou,et al – bioRxiv

Preprint: Influence of plant host and organ, management strategy, and spore traits on microbiome composition– Kristi Gdanetz, et al – bioRxiv

MICROBIAL ECOLOGY

Preprint:Resuscitation of soil microbiota after > 70-years of desiccation – Jun Zhao, et al – bioRxiv

Preprint: The unintended consequences of a surge in antibiotic resistance when removing wastewater drain biofilm – SHIREEN MEHER KOTAY, et al – bioRxiv

WATER AND EXTREMOPHILE MICROBIOME

Preprint: Bacteroidetes contribute to the carbon and nutrient cycling of deep sea through breaking down diverse glycans – Rikuan Zheng, et al – bioRxiv

PHAGES AND VIRUSES

Preprint: African Swine Fever Virus CD2v protein promotes β-Interferon expression and apoptosis in swine cells – Sabal Chaulagain, et al – bioRxiv

Preprint: Phage recombination drives evolution of spore-forming Bacilli – Anna Dragos, et al – bioRxiv

November 9, 2020

Happy Monday morning from San Francisco, California! Hope everyone had a restful weekend. For those who aren’t quite ready for the working week, how about easing in to things with a warm beverage and some great microbiome reads?

Today’s digest includes two papers that blew my mind. The first is a paper by van Tatenhove-Pel et al. which looks at how cell-to-cell distance in 3D space impacts the metabolic interactions between bacteria. The second, by Nowosad et al., examines the role of the gut microbiota on B cell selection and antibody affinity maturation in gut-associated germinal centers. Other fascinating papers include: a pilot study profiling the gut microbiomes of South Africans in an urban cohort and a transitioning rural cohort which was designed collaboratively with community leaders (Oduaran et al.); a review paper about using brachyuran crabs as a model for studying how animal-microbiome symbioses evolve when aquatic organisms transition to land (Cannicci et al.); and a paper that used shotgun metagenomics to identify current and historical microbiomes in lake sediment which could help our understanding of how humans impact lake ecosystems over time (Garner et al.). Happy reading, y’all!

General Microbiome
Microbial competition reduces metabolic interaction distances to the low µm-range. – van Tatenhove-Pel, R.J. et al., The ISME Journal

Human Respiratory Microbiome
Developmental patterns in the nasopharyngeal microbiome during infancy are associated with asthma risk. – Tang, H.H.F, et al., Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Human Gut Microbiome
Distinct Fecal and Plasma Metabolites in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Their Modulation after Microbiota Transfer Therapy. – Kang, D-W et al., mSphere

Gut Microbiome in Children from Indigenous and Urban Communities in México: Different Subsistence Models, Different Microbiomes. – Sánchez-Quinto, A. et al., Microorganisms

Gut microbiome profiling of a rural and urban South African cohort reveals biomarkers of a population in lifestyle transition. – Oduaran, O.H. et al., BMC Microbiology

Maturation of the gut microbiome during the first year of life contributes to the protective farm effect on childhood asthma. – Depber, M. et al., Nature Medicine

Fecal Microbiota Changes in Patients With Postpartum Depressive Disorder. – Zhou, Y. et al., Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

Animal Experiments
Tunable dynamics of B cell selection in gut germinal centres. – Nowosad, C.R. et al., Nature

Acute liver failure is regulated by MYC- and microbiome-dependent programs. – Kolodziejczyk, A.A. et al., Nature Medicine

Epithelial TLR4 signaling activates DUOX2 to induce microbiota-driven tumorigenesis. – Burgueño, J.F. et al., Gastroenterology

Gut Microbiome Alters the Activity of Liver Cytochromes P450 in Mice With Sex-Dependent Differences. – Jourová, L. et al., Frontiers in Pharmacology

Distinct Polysaccharide Utilization Determines Interspecies Competition between Intestinal Prevotella spp. – Gálvez, E.J.C. et al., Cell Host & Microbe

FXR in the dorsal vagal complex is sufficient and necessary for upper small intestinal microbiome-mediated changes of TCDCA to alter insulin action in rats. – Zhang, S-Y et al., Gut

Animal Microbiome
Review: To the Land and Beyond: Crab Microbiomes as a Paradigm for the Evolution of Terrestrialization. – Cannicci, S. et al., Frontiers in Microbiology

Insect Microbiome
The direct and indirect effects of environmental toxicants on the health of bumblebees and their microbiomes. – Rothman, J.A. et al., Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences

A Very Hungry Caterpillar: Polyethylene Metabolism and Lipid Homeostasis in Larvae of the Greater Wax Moth ( Galleria mellonella). – LeMoine, C.M. et al., Environmental Science and Technology

Plant, Root, and Soil Microbiome
Deciphering the Microbial Taxonomy and Functionality of Two Diverse Mangrove Ecosystems and Their Potential Abilities To Produce Bioactive Compounds. – Liao, S. et al., mSystems

Introducing the Mangrove Microbiome Initiative: Identifying Microbial Research Priorities and Approaches To Better Understand, Protect, and Rehabilitate Mangrove Ecosystems. – Allard, S.M. et al., mSystems

Water and Extremophile Microbiome
The water chemistry and microbiome of household wells in Medawachchiya, Sri Lanka, an area with high prevalence of chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu). McDonough, L.K. et al., Scientific Reports

Sediment Metagenomes as Time Capsules of Lake Microbiomes. – Garner, R.E. et al., mSphere

Built Environment
Bioaerosols in the Athens Metro: Metagenetic insights into the PM 10 microbiome in a naturally ventilated subway station. – Grydaki, N. et al., Environment International

Probiotics
Biotic Interactions Are More Important than Propagule Pressure in Microbial Community Invasions. – Albright, M.B.N. et al., mBio

Microbiological, immunological, and histological changes in the gut of Salmonella Enteritidis-challenged rats fed goat cheese containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus EM1107. – Rolim, F.R.L. et al., Journal of Dairy Science

Comparative Genome Analysis of Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis Strains Reveals Variation in Human Milk Oligosaccharide Utilization Genes among Commercial Probiotics. – Duar, R.M. et al., Nutrients

Persistence of Suspected Probiotic Organisms in Preterm Infant Gut Microbiota Weeks After Probiotic Supplementation in the NICU. – Yousuf, E.I. et al., Frontiers in Microbiology

Bioinformatics
Model-based and phylogenetically adjusted quantification of metabolic interaction between microbial species. – Lam, T.J. et al., PLoS Computational Biology

Comprehensive screening of genomic and metagenomic data reveals a large diversity of tetracycline resistance genes. – Berglund, F. et al., Microbial Genomics

Review: Naught all zeros in sequence count data are the same. – Silverman, J.S. et al., Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal

Techniques
Microbiomic Analysis on Low Abundant Respiratory Biomass Samples; Improved Recovery of Microbial DNA From Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid. – Saladié, M. et al., Frontiers in Microbiology

Jumping the green wall: The use of PNA-DNA clamps to enhance microbiome sampling depth in wildlife microbiome research. – Víquez-R, L. et al., Ecology and Evolution

November 6, 2020

Shalom from Israel!

While the eyes of the world are looking at the US elections results, it’s good to know that the world of microbiome research is stable and produces great scientific discoveries. So stop refreshing the news websites, grab yourself a cup of cofee and enjoy your Saturday.

Today’s digest has some great papers about memory in microboimes, factors that shapes bacterial growth, infant skin microbial communities, degraded soils restoration using self-assembly communities, songbirds microbiome, antiSMASH3 is out (!), useful youtube video for metagenome ML analysis in MATLAB and more. Reminding those of you who are intrested in agriculture-related microbioe studies to stop by and follow my bot agmicroPapers

General microbiology

Memory shapes microbial populations, Chaitanya S Gokhale , bioRxiv

Bacterial–fungal interactions revealed by genome-wide analysis of bacterial mutant fitness, Emily C. Pierce, Nature Microbiology

Environmental and Physiological Factors Affecting High-Throughput Measurements of Bacterial Growth, Esha Atolia , mBio

Human microbiome

Host variables confound gut microbiota studies of human disease, Ivan Vujkovic-Cvijin, Nature

Infant Skin Bacterial Communities Vary by Skin Site and Infant
Age across Populations in Mexico and the United States
, Melissa B. Manus, mSystems

Plant and soil microbiome

Microbiome manipulation by a soil-borne fungal plant pathogen using effector proteins, Nick C. Snelders, Nature Plants

Assembly and variation of root-associated microbiota of rice during their vegetative growth phase with and without lindane pollutant, Jiayin Feng, Soil Ecology Letters

Restoring degraded microbiome function with self-assembled communities, Carlos Fernando Gutierrez Landazuri , FEMS Micro. Eco.

Multi-species relationships in legume roots: From pairwise legume-symbiont interactions to the plant – microbiome – soil continuum, Myrto Tsiknia, FEMS Micro. Eco.

Animal microbiome

Evidence supporting the microbiota–gut–brain axis in a songbird, Morgan C. Slevin, Biology Letters

Comparative Analysis of the Fecal Microbiota of Wild and Captive Beal’s Eyed Turtle (Sacalia bealei) by 16S rRNA Gene Sequencing, Jonathan J. Fong , Front. Micro.

High-Throughput Cultivation for the Selective Isolation of Acidobacteria From Termite Nests, Markus Oberpaul , Front. Micro.

Bioinformatics

EUKulele: Taxonomic annotation of the unsung
eukaryotic microbes
, Arianna I. Krinos, JOSS

The antiSMASH database version 3: increased taxonomic coverage and new query features for modular enzymes, Kai Blin, Nucleic Acids Research

**Youtube Video- Microbiome: How to Navigate Through Matlab to Perform Machine Learning Analysis on Metagenomics Data

**Help questionnaire! Natural Products – Data Repositories Questionnaire

November 5, 2020

Hello, friends!

I’m an American who grew up in North Carolina, lived in Georgia for many years, and now counts Pennsylvania as home. All of this is to say, I’ve been especially consumed by the US election this morning and so today’s digest is tailor made to distract me for a few hours. It contains a heavy dose of general microbiome, environmental microbiology, and microbial ecology articles. If you need a bigger distraction than usual, I’ve highlighted a few articles that I am particularly looking forward to reading and am using this space as an opportunity to reintroduce myself and share why these articles have peaked my interest.

I completed my PhD research on the cockroach gut microbiome and through this work, I realized how complex microbiome-host-environmental interactions can be. Because of this, my first highlighted article is a review about cockroach-associated microbes. Currently, I work in a national lab studying environmental-associated microbes (and their functional capacity!) in a variety of different energy-associated environments. It’s no wonder I’m excited to read the second highlighted article focused on novel soil microbes found in an abandoned coal mine! I’m also very hungry at the moment, so as soon I read the phrase “smoked cow cheese” I was motivated to explore my cheese drawer as well as think more about microbial food safety and the microbial production of favor compounds. Finally, I love musical theater and science outreach, so I’m delighted to share a mouldy article that combines both passions.

Happy reading, everyone!


General microbiome

Review: The pneumococcal social network – Aggarawal et al. – PLOS Pathogens

Expanding magnetic organelle biogenesis in the domain Bacteria – Lin et al. – Microbiome

Gene duplication drives genome expansion in a major lineage of Thaumarchaeota – Sheridan et al. – Nature Communications

Metatranscriptomic analysis reveals active microbes and genes responded to short-term Cr(VI) stress – Yu et al. – Ecotoxicology

Effects of heavy ion particle irradiation on spore germination of Bacillus spp. from extremely hot and cold environments – Zammuto et al. – Life
Human gut microbiome

Gut microbiome

Gut microbiota ecology: Biodiversity estimated from hybrid neutral-niche model increases with health status and aging – Sala et al. – PLOS ONE

Implication of gut microbiota in the physiology of rats intermittently exposed to cold and hypobaric hypoxia – Ramos-Romero et al. – PLOS ONE

Animal microbiome

Exploring the resident gut microbiota of stranded odontocetes: high similarities between two dolphin species Tursiops truncatus and Stenella coeruleoalba – Abdelrhman et al. – Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK

**Review: Bacteria associated with cockroaches: health risk or biotechnological opportunity? – Guzman & Vilcinskas – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Impact of land uses, drought, flood, wildfire, and cascading events on water quality and microbial communities: A review and analysis – Mishra et al. – Journal of Hydrology

Dams shift microbial community assembly and imprint nitrogen transformation along the Yangtze River – Gao et al. – Water Research

Built environment

**Isolation and characterization of soil bacteria from an abandoned coal mine in southeast Kansas – Bechtold et al. – BioOne Complete

Review: Understanding building-occupant-microbiome interactions toward healthy built environments – Li et al. – Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering

Food microbiology

**Microbial quality of smoked cow cheese “Parencia” – Kačániová et al. – Scientific Papers: Animal Science and Biotechnologies

Phages and viruses

Virome of bat guano from nine northern California roosts – Li et al. – Journal of Virology

Bioinformatics

The IMG/M data management and analysis system v.6.0: new tools and advanced capabilities – Chen et al. – Nucleic Acids Research

PhANNs, a fast and accurate tool and web server to classify phage structural proteins – Cantu et al. – PLOS Computational Biology

Techniques

Low-cost biofuel-powered autoclaving machine for use in rural health care centres – Ahmed et al. – Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology

**‘The Mould that Changed the World’: Quantitative and qualitative evaluation of children’s knowledge and motivation for behavioural change following participation in an antimicrobial resistance musical – Hall et al. – PLOS ONE

Harnessing the power of eDNA metabarcoding for the detection of deep-sea fishes – McClenaghan et al. – PLOS ONE

November 4, 2020

Some very nice articles in todays digest including a probiotic study in Science Translation Medicine and a non-microbiome pick for dog lovers at the end. Enjoy!

COVID-19 & Vaccines

SARS-CoV-2 viral load is associated with increased disease severity and mortality – Fajnzylber et al. Nature Communications

Gut microbiome

Multi-omics analyses of radiation survivors identify radioprotective microbes and metabolites – Guo et al. Science

Dietary simple sugars alter microbial ecology in the gut and promote colitis in mice – Khan et al. Science Translational Medicine

Deep-Learning Resources for Studying Glycan-Mediated Host-Microbe Interactions – Bojar et al. Cell Host & Microbe

Mucin-derived O-glycans supplemented to diet mitigate diverse microbiota perturbations – Pruss et al. ISME

Microbiota-Derived Short-Chain Fatty Acids Promote LAMTOR2-Mediated Immune Responses in Macrophages – Wu et al. mSystems

Probiotics

A probiotic yeast-based immunotherapy against Clostridioides difficile infection – Chen et al. Science Translational Medicine

Water and extremophile microbiome

Host specificity of microbiome assembly and its fitness effects in phytoplankton – Jackrel et al. ISME

Microbial ecology of the newly discovered serpentinite-hosted Old City hydrothermal field (southwest Indian ridge) – Lecoeuvre et al. ISME

Phages and viruses

Roles of bacteriophages, plasmids and CRISPR immunity in microbial community dynamics revealed using time-series integrated meta-omics – Arbas et al. Nature Microbiology

Bioinformatics

Detecting Gene Ontology misannotations using taxon-specific rate ratio comparisons – Wei et al. Bioinformatics

phyloFlash: Rapid Small-Subunit rRNA Profiling and Targeted Assembly from Metagenomes – Gruber-Vodicka et al. mSystems

Large-Scale Metagenome Assembly Reveals Novel Animal-Associated Microbial Genomes, Biosynthetic Gene Clusters, and Other Genetic Diversity – Youngblut et al. mSystems

Non-microbiome pick 

Origins and genetic legacy of prehistoric dogs – Berstrom et al. 

November 3, 2020

Greetings Everyone!!

Happy reading of an interesting digest for November 3, 2020.

General microbiome
The perfect condition for the rising of superbugs: person-to-person contagion and antibiotic use are the key factors responsible for the positive correlation between antibiotic resistance gene diversity and virulence gene diversity in human metagenomes -Domingues et al – bioRxiv

Human gut microbiome
Parallel and non-parallel changes of the gut microbiota during trophic diversification in repeated young adaptive radiations of sympatric cichlid fish – Härer et al – Microbiome

Exploring the resident gut microbiota of stranded odontocetes: high similarities between two dolphin species Tursiops truncatus and Stenella coeruleoalba – Abdelrhman et al – Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

Animal experiments
Investigating the cow skin and teat canal microbiomes of the bovine udder using different sampling and sequencing approaches – Dean et al – Journal of Dairy Science

Animal microbiome
Review: Defining Coral Bleaching as a Microbial Dysbiosis within the Coral Holobiont – Boilard et al – microorganisms

Plant, root, and soil microbiome
Free Iron and Iron-Reducing Microorganisms in Permafrost and Permafrost-Affected Soils of Northeastern Siberia – Rivkina et al – Eurasian

Soil Science
Behaviors of cadmium in rhizosphere soils and its interaction with microbiome communities in phytoremediation – Niu et al – Chemosphere

Water and extremophile microbiome
Uncovering the genomic potential of the Amazon River microbiome to degrade rainforest organic matter – Santos-Júnior et al – Microbiome

Microbiome variability across the native and invasive range of the ascidian Clavelina oblonga – Goddard-Dwyer et al – Applied and Environmental Biology

Microbiome of the Black Sea water column analyzed by genome centric metagenomics – Cabello-Yeves et al – bioRxiv

Built environment
Review: Understanding building-occupant-microbiome interactions toward healthy built environments: A review – Li et al – Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering

Microbes in space
Molecular repertoire of Deinococcus radiodurans after 1 year of exposure outside the International Space Station within the Tanpopo mission – Ott et al – Microbiome

Bioinformatics
NBZIMM: negative binomial and zero-inflated mixed models, with application to microbiome/metagenomics data analysis – Zhang and Yi – BMC Bioinformatics

Techniques
MASI: microbiota—active substance interactions database – Zeng et al – Nucleic Acids Research

November 1, 2020

Hello from the Sonoran Desert! In today’s digest, you’ll find several interesting works, in particular on recent advances in understanding the gut microbiome! Iandaza and collaborators review the rise of machine learning and deep learning methods in exploring the gut microbiota and the potential of these methods in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Additionally, this digest links to a freely-accessible webinar series from the university of Illinois on gut-brain connections.

If you are interested in microbial ecology, I also recommend taking a look at a very interesting preprint from Ettinger and collaborators. The authors investigate the distribution of fungi associated with a widely distributed seagrass, Zostera marina. This work is particularly relevant since the role and diversity of fungi in marine ecosystems are often overlooked in microbiome studies, while terrestrial fungi have been shown to have critical roles as decomposers, pathogens and endophytes.

Finally, you’ll find in this digest a non-microbiology pick: an amazing preprint where authors assessed 2.75 million open access articles on their transparency (data sharing, code sharing, conflicts of interest disclosures, funding disclosures and protocol registration)!

Have a great Sunday!


Events and webinars

Webinar: Scientific Webinars on the Gut-Brain Connection Spotlight Spike in Research


Pregnancy and early life

Review: The dark matter of microbiome: the mother-infant pair virome – Comitini et al. – Minerva Pediatrica

Human vaginal microbiome

Intrauterine Growth Restriction Is Associated with Unique Features of the Reproductive Microbiome – Hu et al. – Reproductive sciences

Human gut microbiome

Review: Gut microbiota and artificial intelligence approaches: A scoping review – Iadanza et al. – Health and Technology

Review: Circadian rhythms and the gut microbiota: from the metabolic syndrome to cancer – Bishehsari et al. – Nature Reviews Endocrinology

Ecological Structuring of Temperate Bacteriophages in the Inflammatory Bowel Disease-Affected Gut – Nishiyama et al. – Microorganisms


Animal microbiome

Preprint: Genomic and microscopic evidence of stable high density and maternally inherited Wolbachia infections in Anopheles mosquitoes – Walker et al. – BioRxiV

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Testosterone amendment alters metabolite profiles of the soil microbial community – Ding et al. – Environmental Pollution

Host population size is linked to orchid mycorrhizal fungal communities in roots and soil, which are shaped by microenvironment – Kaur et al. – Mycorrhiza

Root exudates drive soil‐microbe‐nutrient feedbacks in response to plant growth – Zhao et al. – Plant, Cell & Environment

Microbial activity and metamitron degrading microbial communities differ between soil and water-sediment systems – Wang et al. – Journal of hazardous materials

Water and extremophile microbiome

Review: Insights into ‘Symbiodiniaceae phycosphere’ in a coral holobiont – Guedes Garrido et al. – Symbiosis

Diversity and Dynamics of Seaweed Associated Microbial Communities Inhabiting the Lagoon of Venice – Juhmani et al. – Microorganisms

Preprint: Global diversity and biogeography of the Zostera marina mycobiome – Ettinger et al. – BioRxiV

Built environment

Analysis of Microbial Community Structure and Diversity in Surrounding Rock Soil of Different Waste Dump Sites in Fushun Western Opencast Mine – Jiang et al. – Chemosphere


My non-microbiology picks

Preprint: Assessment of transparency indicators across the biomedical literature: how open is open? – Serghiou et al. – BioRxiV

October 30, 2020

COVID19
Cancer inpatients with COVID-19: A report from the Brazilian National Cancer Institute – de Melo et al. – PLOS One

Few bacterial co-infections but frequent empiric antibiotic use in the early phase of hospitalized patients with COVID-19: results from a multicentre retrospective cohort study in The Netherlands – Karami – et al. – Infectious Diseases

Infection of dogs with SARS-CoV-2 – Sit et al. – Nature

General microbiome/metabolome

Metabolomics of primary cutaneous melanoma and matched adjacent extratumoral microenvironment – Taylor et al. PLOS One

Human gut microbiome

Microbial signature in IgE-mediated food allergies – Goldberg et al. – Genome Medicine

Gut microbiota profiles of treatment-naïve adult acute myeloid leukemia patients with neutropenic fever during intensive chemotherapy – Rattanathammethee et al. – PLOS One

[Book Chapter]Understanding Polyphenols’ Health Effects Through the Gut Microbiota – Selma et al. – Dietary Polyphenols : Their Metabolism and Health Effects

[REVIEW]Gut Microbiota: Its Potential Roles in Pancreatic Cancer – Li et al. – Front. Cell. Infect. Microbiol.

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Biological invasions alter environmental microbiomes: A meta-analysis – Malacrino et al. – PLOS One

Phages and viruses

[PREPRINT]VirION2: a short- and long-read sequencing and informatics workflow to study the genomic diversity of viruses in nature – Zablocki et al. – bioRxiv

Mycobiome
[REVIEW]T cell immunity to commensal fungi – Scheffold, Bacher & LeibundGut-Landmann – Current Opinion in Microbiology

Bioinformatics

Prometheus, an omics portal for interkingdom comparative genomic analyses – Ko et al. – PLOS One

Microbes in the news (popular press, EurekAlert, ScienceDaily, Youtube, NPR, etc)

News in Brie! Scientists discover cheese is so smelly because it helps microbes ‘talk’ to the bacteria that makes it ripe – S. Howes – Daily Mail