October 12, 2017

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

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

Technician (Microbiology) – Birmingham, Alabama – LabCorp

Instructor in Microbiology – Corvallis, OR – Oregon State University

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

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

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

Dysbiosis and Its Discontents – Katarzyna B. Hooks – mBio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


October 11, 2017

Events and jobs

Microbiology Laboratory Analyst – Cork (Ringaskiddy Road, Monkstown, Co. Cork)


Pregnancy and early life

Effect of probiotics on perinatal outcome in patients at high risk of preterm birth. – N Kirihara – The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research



Human oral microbiome

Quantification of carious pathogens in the interdental microbiota of young caries-free adults. – D Bourgeois – PLoS One


Human gut microbiome

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

Review: The microbiome as a novel paradigm in studying stress and mental health. – RT Liu – The American Psychologist

Review: The mycobiome: Role in health and disease, and as a potential probiotic target in gastrointestinal disease – CL Hager – Digestive and Liver Disease

Review: Selected aspects of the human gut microbiota – M Ventura – Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences


Animal experiments 

Modulation of the gut microbiota by the mixture of fish oil and krill oil in high-fat diet-induced obesity mice. – C Ciu – PLoS One

Comparative characterization of bacterial communities in geese fed all-grass or high-grain diets – X Qu – PLoS One


Animal microbiome 

Pycnoscelus surinamensis cockroach gut microbiota respond consistently to a fungal diet without mirroring those of fungus-farming termites – C Richards – PLoS One


Plant, root, and soil microbiome

The impact of the omics era on the knowledge and use of Lysobacter spp. to control phytopathogenic microorganisms. – G Puopolo – Journal of Applied Microbiology

The effect of pH, electrolytes and temperature on the rhizosphere geochemistry of phytosiderophores. – M Walter – Plant and Soil

Pathogenic potential of environmental resident fungi from ornithogenic soils of Antarctica – JRP Sousa – Fungal Biology

Influences of Different Halophyte Vegetation on Soil Microbial Community at Temperate Salt Marsh – DR Chaudhary – Microbial Ecology


Built environment 

Unravelling the core microbiome of biofilms in cooling tower systems. – L Di Gregorio – Biofouling



Phages and viruses

Ecogenomics of virophages and their giant virus hosts assessed through time series metagenomics – S Roux – Nature Communications

Nasty Prophages and the Dynamics of Antibiotic-Tolerant Persister Cells – A Harms – bioRxiv



Modified RNA-seq method for microbial community and diversity analysis using rRNA in different types of environmental samples. – YW Yan – PLoS One

A GLM-based latent variable ordination method for microbiome samples. – MB Sohn – Biometrics

Rapid enteric testing to permit targeted antimicrobial therapy, with and without Lactobacillus reuteri probiotics, for paediatric acute diarrhoeal disease in Botswana: A pilot, randomized, factorial, controlled trial – JM Pernica – PLoS One

A Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus S RNA-based Replicon System in Yeast –  K Ishibashi – Scientific Reports

Analyses Approaches for Bacteria – E Ribeiro – Exposure to Microbiological Agents in Indoor and Occupational Environments


Microbes in the news

Bacteria self-organize to build working sensors – EurekAlert

Effects of nutritional factors on the intestinal microbiota – Freie Universität

October 10, 2017

Effects of amino acid supplements on metabolic health, a discussion of the broader risks and benefits of microbiome research, a book chapter evaluating microbiome statistical analysis tools.

Events and jobs

Assistant Professor in Microbiology, Tenure Track – Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of British Columbia

General microbiome

Communicating the promise, risks, and ethics of large-scale, open space microbiome and metagenome research – Daria Shamarina – Microbiome

Pregnancy and early life

Review: Early microbiota, antibiotics and health – Alicja M Nogacka – Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences

Human gut microbiome

Amino acid supplements and metabolic health: a potential interplay between intestinal microbiota and systems control – Francesco Bifari – Genes & Nutrition

Microbial dysbiosis in spouses of ulcerative colitis patients: Any clues to disease pathogenesis? – Dario Sorrentino – World Journal of Gastroenterology

Phages and viruses

Pre-print: Nasty Prophages and the Dynamics of Antibiotic-Tolerant Persister Cells – Alexander Harms – bioRxiv


Book Chapter: Processing and Analyzing Human Microbiome Data – Xuan Zhu – Statistical Human Genetics

Interpretation of microbiota-based diagnostics by explaining individual classifier decisions – A Eck – BMC Bioinformatics


Pre-print: Umbilical cord blood diagnostics for early onset sepsis in premature infants: detection of bacterial DNA and systemic inflammatory response – Leena B Mithal – bioRxiv

Pre-print: Accuracy of microbial community diversity estimated by closed- and open-reference OTUs – Robert C Edgar – PeerJ

Microbes in the news

Bacteria with synthetic gene circuit self-assemble to build working device with gold nanoparticles – Phys Org

New test identifies antibiotic-resistant bacteria in 30 minutes – The Statesman

Microbes on the market

Summit Highlights Microbiome Preservation During Ridinilazole Treatment in Exploratory Phase 2 Clinical Trial at ID Week 2017 – Globe Newswire

October 9, 2017

Events and jobs
Postdoctoral Researcher (Experimental or Computational) – Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

The Brito Lab at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY works in the area of systems biology of the human microbiome. We are looking for talented postdocs to fill two open positions for postdoctoral researchers interested in investigating mechanistic linkages between microbes and human health outcomes.

Postdoctoral candidates can have an experimental or computational background, or both. One of the positions will be focused on engineering—any experience with synthetic biology or biomaterials is a plus. There are a range of projects in the lab relating to: clinically relevant populations (i.e. inflammatory bowel and neutropenic patients); environmental transmission of organisms and antibiotic resistance; genetic engineering of bacteria; and international research related to the microbiome. The lab strives on the diverse backgrounds of students and postdocs (e.g. microbiology, biomedical engineering, computational biology and genetics).

Start dates are flexible, but could be as early as this Fall. Interested late-stage graduate students or recently-obtained PhDs, should send Ilana Brito (ibrito (at) cornell.edu) a cover letter and CV. Promising candidates will be invited for an interview. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.

Pregnancy and early life
Diagnosis and management of diaper dermatitis in infants with emphasis on skin microbiota in the diaper area – Maja Šikić Pogačar – International Journal of Dermatology

Human respiratory microbiome
Upregulation of bacterial-specific Th1 and Th17 responses that are enriched in CXCR5+ CD4+ T cells in non-small cell lung cancer – Qin-Yun Ma – International Immunopharmacology

Human gut microbiome
Review: Microbiome-health interactions in older people – Paul W. O’Toole – Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences

Review: Selected aspects of the human gut microbiota – Marco Ventura – Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences

Review: A comprehensive review of non-enterica subspecies of Salmonella enterica – Alexandre Lamas – Microbiological Research

Animal experiments
Effect of dietary supplements in American bullfrogs reared in low and high stocking densities – Jorgina Juliana Gradisse Freitas – Aquaculture Reports

Animal microbiome
Stenotrophomonas-like bacteria are widespread symbionts in cone snail venom ducts – Joshua P. Torres – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome
Microbial Resistance Mechanisms to the Antibiotic and Phytotoxin Fusaric Acid – Frankie K. Crutcher – Journal of Chemical Ecology

Book: Soil Pollution: From Monitoring to Remediation – Paula Alvarenga, Christian P. Andersen (editors)

Water and extremophile microbiome
Oxic-anoxic regime shifts mediated by feedbacks between biogeochemical processes and microbial community dynamics – Timothy Bush – Nature Communications

Built environment
Impact of carbon monoxide partial pressures on methanogenesis and medium chain fatty acids production during ethanol fermentation – Sofia Esquivel-Elizondo – Biotechnology and Bioengineering

Food microbiology
Volatile Organic Compounds in Feces Associate With Response to Dietary Intervention in Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Megan Rossi – Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Tiny but mighty: bacterial membrane vesicles in food biotechnological applications – Yue Liu – Current Opinion in Biotechnology

10 – Microstructure, constituents, and their relationship with quality and functionality of dietary fibers – Naphaporn Chiewchan – Food Science, Technology and Nutrition

Targeting gut microbiota: Lactobacillus alleviated type 2 diabetes via inhibiting LPS secretion and activating GPR43 pathway – Kai-Kai Li – Journal of Functional Foods

Probiotics / prebiotics
Enhancing the viability of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG after spray drying and during storage – Géraldine Broeckx – International Journal of Pharmaceutics

Review: Challenges and Opportunities of Nontraditional Approaches to Treating Bacterial Infections – Brian N Tse – Clinical Infectious Diseases

Probiotic intervention influences the salivary levels of Matrix Metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 and Tissue Inhibitor of metalloproteinases (TIMP)-1 in healthy adults – Heli Jäsberg – Archives of Oral Biology

Detection of complex structural variation from paired-end sequencing data – Joseph G. Arthur – bioRxiv

Codon-Dependent Translational Accuracy Controls Protein Quality in Escherichia coli but not in Saccharomyces cerevisiae – Lyne Jossé – bioRxiv

A simple dilute and shoot approach incorporated with pentafluorophenyl (PFP) column based LC-MS/MS assay for the simultaneous determination of trimethylamine N-oxide and trimethylamine in spot urine samples with high throughput – Xiaoguang (Sunny) Li – Journal of Chromatography B

Microbes in the news
Multiple barriers to ending Madagascar’s plague outbreak – Andrew Masterson – Cosmos Magazine

A daughter’s affliction gives mother’s work ‘meaning and purpose’ – Liora Engel-Smith – The Sentinel

Antibiotic apocalypse’: doctors sound alarm over drug resistance – Robin McKie –
The Guardian

Want to cut your risk of urinary tract infection? Drink water, says study – Zee Media Bureau

Statins have power to help elderly fight off killer superbug – Sarah Westcott – Express

October 8, 2017

General microbiome

Repurposed kinase inhibitors and β-lactams as a novel therapy for antibiotic resistant bacteria – Nathan Wlodarchak, bioRxiv

Isolation and whole genome analysis of endospore-forming bacteria from heroin – Jörn Kalinowski, Forensic Science International: Genetics

Events and jobs


Director of the Microbiome Research Laboratory – Microbiome Research Laboratory (MRL) at UT Southwestern

Microbiology Faculty Position – University of Chicago

Human gut microbiome

Microbiome, inflammation and colorectal cancer – Ju Chen, Seminars in Immunology

The fecal microbiome of ALS patients – David Brenner, Neurobiology of Aging

Targeting gut microbiota: Lactobacillus alleviated type 2 diabetes via inhibiting LPS secretion and activating GPR43 pathway – Kai-Kai Li, Journal of Functional Foods

Volatile Organic Compounds in Feces Associate With Response to Dietary Intervention in Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Megan Rossi, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Proteomics Dataset: The Colon Mucosa from Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients, Gastrointestinal Asymptomic Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients, and Controls – Tue Bjerg Bennike, Data in Brief

The mycobiome: Role in health and disease, and as a potential probiotic target in gastrointestinal disease – Christopher L. Hager, Digestive and Liver Disease

Overview of paediatric IBD – David C. Wilson, Seminars in Pediatric Surgery

Improvement of Insulin Sensitivity after Lean Donor Feces in Metabolic Syndrome Is Driven by Baseline Intestinal Microbiota Composition – Ruud S. Kootte, Cell Metabolism

Fasting the Microbiota to Improve Metabolism? – Joel T. Haas, Cell Metabolism

Fecal Transplant in Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Alexander S. Browne, Gastroenterology Clinics of North America

The Brain-Gut Axis and Stress in Inflammatory Bowel Disease  – Charles N. Bernstein, Gastroenterology Clinics of North America

Human oral microbiome

The oral microbiota in colorectal cancer is distinctive and predictive – Burkhardt Flemer, Gut microbiota

Animal experiments

Interhost dispersal alters microbiome assembly and can overwhelm host innate immunity in an experimental zebrafish model – Adam R. Burns, PNAS

Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides improve insulin sensitivity by regulating inflammatory cytokines and gut microbiota composition in mice – S. Xua, Journal of Functional Foods

Effect of enzymatically hydrolyzed scallop visceral protein powder used as a replacement of fish meal on the growth performance, immune responses, intestinal microbiota and intestinal morphology of broiler chickens – R.E. Xing, Livestock Science

Intestinal microbiota impact sepsis associated encephalopathy via the vagus nerve – Suyan Li, Neuroscience Letters

Animal microbiome

Environmental proteomics reveals taxonomic and functional changes in an enriched aquatic ecosystem – Amanda C. Northrop, Ecosphere

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Characterization of the first rice paddy cluster I isolate, Methyloterricola oryzae gen. nov., sp. nov. and amended description of Methylomagnum ishizawai –  Katharina Frindte, International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Ultrastructural observations on prokaryotic associates of benthic foraminifera: Food, mutualistic symbionts, or parasites? – Joan M. Bernhard, Marine Micropaleontology

Food microbiology

Potentially active spoilage bacteria community during the storage of vacuum packaged beefsteaks treated with aqueous ozone and electrolyzed water – Cristian Botta, International Journal of Food Microbiology

Next generation of microbiological risk assessment: Potential of omics data for exposure assessment – Heidy M.W. den Besten, International Journal of Food Microbiology

Characterization of lactic acid bacteria recovered from atole agrio, a traditional Mexican fermented beverage – Kati Väkeväinen, LWT – Food Science and Technology

Probiotics / prebiotics

Prebiotics and Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Heather E. Rasmussen, Gastroenterology Clinics of North America

Probiotics in Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Bincy P. Abraham, Gastroenterology Clinics of North America

Enhancing the viability of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG after spray drying and during storage – Géraldine Broeckx, International Journal of Pharmaceutics

Microbes in the news

Second grade handwashing experiment leads to big decrease in bacteria, illness – INFECTIOUS DISEASES SOCIETY OF AMERICA, EurekAlert!

UTHealth awarded $3.1 million NIH grant to study how gut bacteria relates to diabetes – UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT HOUSTON, EurekAlert!

Scientists are trying to figure out how to keep bacteria from running rampant on space missions –  Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science

“Good” Gut Bacteria Linked to Melanoma Immunotherapy Response – GEN

October 7, 2017

Events and jobs

Director of the Microbiome Research Laboratory – UT Southwestern

DOCTORAL STUDENT OR POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER –  Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki – Application deadline: Nov 5, 2017


General microbiome

Proteinivorax hydrogeniformans sp. nov., an anaerobic, haloalkaliphilic bacterium fermenting proteinaceous compounds with high hydrogen production – Y Boltyanskaya – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Biochemical Features of Beneficial Microbes: Foundations for Therapeutic Microbiology. – MA Engevik – Microbiology Spectrum


Pregnancy and early life

Immunological tolerance, pregnancy and pre-eclampsia: the roles of semen microbes and the father – LC Kenny – bioRxiv


Human respiratory microbiome

Long-term effects of inhaled corticosteroids on sputum bacterial and viral loads in COPD. – M Contoli – The European Respiratory Journal



Human gut microbiome

Bifidobacteria and the infant gut: an example of co-evolution and natural selection. – F Turroni – Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences

Inflammatory bactericidal lectin RegIIIβ: Friend or Foe for the host? – T Miki – Gut Microbes

Review: Host-microbiota interplay in mediating immune disorders. – KM Felix – Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Review: Probiotics for the prevention of Hirschsprung-associated enterocolitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. – H Nakamura – Pediatric Surgery International


Animal experiments 

Can intestinal microbiota be associated with non-intestinal cancers? – C Jacqueline – Scientific Reports

Gnotobiotics: getting a grip on the microbiome boom – S Mallapaty – Lab Animal

Nanoparticle curcumin ameliorates experimental colitis via modulation of gut microbiota and induction of regulatory T cells. – M Ohno – PLoS One


Animal microbiome 

Comparative analysis of microbial communities associated with bacteriomes, reproductive organs and eggs of the cicada Subpsaltria yangi. – D Wang – Archives of Microbiology

Antibiotic pretreatment minimizes dietary effects on reconstructure of rumen fluid and mucosal microbiota in goats. – H Shen – Microbiology Open

Elucidating the microbial community associated with the protein preference of sludge degrading worms – S de Valk – Environmental Technology


Plant, root and soil microbiome

Mycorrhizal fungi show regular community compositions in natural ecosystems. – E Verbruggen – The ISME Journal

Differential contribution of plant-beneficial functions from Pseudomonas kilonensis F113 to root system architecture alterations in Arabidopsis thaliana and Zea mays – J Vacheron – Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions

Nutrient limitation of soil microbial activity during the earliest stages of ecosystem development. – SC Castle – Oecologica


Water microbiome and extremophile 

Bacteria alone establish the chemical basis of the wood-fall chemosynthetic ecosystem in the deep-sea. – D Kalenitchenko – The ISME Journal

Importance of free-living and particle-associated bacteria for the growth of the harmful dinoflagellate Prorocentrum minimum: evidence in culture stages – BS  Park – Marine and Freshwater Research

Metagenomic Sequencing of Microbial Communities from Brackish Water of Pangong Lake of the Northwest Indian Himalayas. – R Rathour – Genome Announcements


Built environment 

Managing the excessive proliferation of glycogen accumulating organisms in industrial activated sludge by nitrogen supplementation: A FISH-NanoSIMS approach – CA Onetto – Systematic and Applied Microbiology



Phages and viruses

Virome and Inflammasomes, a Finely Tuned Balance with Important Consequences for the Host Health. – G Freer – Current Medicinal Chemistry



Preparing for the crewed Mars journey: microbiota dynamics in the confined Mars500 habitat during simulated Mars flight and landing – P Schwendner – Microbiome


Microbes in the news

Puppies Linked To Bacterial Infection Outbreak Across 12 States – Forbes

“Good” Gut Bacteria Linked to Melanoma Immunotherapy Response – GEN

Episode Review: VICE’s ‘Post-Truth News and Microbiome’ – The Hoya

Second grade handwashing experiment leads to big decrease in bacteria, illness – EurekAlert

Validating microbiome claims:Including the latest DNA techniques-Formulation Summit – Cosmetics Design Europe

Macromolecules: Weapons in the Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance  – American Veterinarian

Scientists are trying to figure out how to keep bacteria from running rampant on space missions – Popular Science

Bacteria can spread antibiotic resistance through soil – Phys.org

October 6, 2017

Events and jobs

Clinical Laboratory Technologist IV (SL-1), Microbiology Laboratory – Stony Brook University Hospital – Posting End Date: Nov 2, 2017, 11:59:00 PM

Assistant Professor in Microbiology – Emporia State University – Deadline- open until filled

Assistant Professor in Virology and Microbiome Research – Auburn University, Alabama – Deadline- open until filled

Faculty Position in Microbial Environmental Metagenomics and Bioinformatics – University of Kansas – Initial review of applications: Nov 14, 2017


General microbiome

A mechanism for prime-realignment during influenza A virus replication – J Oymans – bioRxiv



Human vaginal microbiome

Microbiome: Detecting diversity – C Humphries – Nature


Human gut microbiome

Prebiotics Mediate Microbial Interactions in a Consortium of the Infant Gut Microbiome. – DA Medina – International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Synthetic biology and the gut microbiome. – J Dou – Biotechnology Journal

The Gut and Its Microbiome as Related to Central Nervous System Functioning and Psychological Well-being: Introduction to the Special Issue of Psychosomatic Medicine. – EA Mayer – Psychosomatic Medicine

Functional Classification of the Gut Microbiota: The Key to Cracking the Microbiota Composition Code: Functional classifications of the gut microbiota reveal previously hidden contributions of indigenous gut bacteria to human health and disease. – CE Rosen – BioEssays : News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.


Animal experiments 

Colonic thioguanine pro-drug: investigation of microbiome and novel host metabolism. – T Florin – Gut Microbes

The gastric microbiome, its interaction with Helicobacter pylori, and its potential role in the progression to stomach cancer – JM Noto – PLoS Pathogens

Review: Microbiota, cirrhosis, and the emerging oral-gut-liver axis. – C Acharya – JCI Insight


Animal microbiome 

Interactions of pathogenic and commensal strains of Mannheimia haemolytica with differentiated bovine airway epithelial cells grown at an air-liquid interface – D Cozens – bioRxiv

Ixodes scapularis does not harbor a stable midgut microbiome – BD Ross – bioRxiv


Plant, root and soil microbiome

Protists are an integral part of the Arabidopsis thaliana microbiome. – M Sapp – Environmental Microbiology

Fusarium verticillioides: Advancements in Understanding the Toxicity, Virulence, and Niche Adaptations of a Model Mycotoxigenic Pathogen of Maize. – AA Blacutt – Phytopathology

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

Root-associated fungal microbiota of nonmycorrhizal Arabis alpina and its contribution to plant phosphorus nutrition. – J Almario – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Photochemical alteration of organic carbon draining permafrost soils shifts microbial metabolic pathways and stimulates respiration. – CP Ward – Nature Communications

Changes in the abundance and structure of bacterial communities in the greenhouse tomato cultivation system under long-term fertilization treatments – X Zhang – Applied Soil Ecology



Phages and viruses

Evolution: Zapping viral RNAs – SP Goff – Nature



Label-Free Proteomics of a Defined, Binary Co-culture Reveals Diversity of Competitive Responses Between Members of a Model Soil Microbial System. – JF Chignell – Microbial Ecology

Cryopreservation of artificial gut microbiota produced with in vitro fermentation technology. – L Bircher – Microbial Biotechnology

On the Reproduction Number of a Gut Microbiota Model. – C Barril – Bulletin of Mathematical Biology


Microbes in the news

Woods: The art of aging cheese – Lake Geneva News

Methane-Munching Bacteria Could Poop Out Your Future Clothes – Geek.com

XOMA (XOMA) Announces Multiple New License Agreements for Proprietary Phage Display Libraries – Biospace

Superbug superweapon: Identifying antibiotic-resistant bacteria in 30 minutes – New Atlas

New fundamental insight into the battle against bacteria – Science Daily

Ribaxamase Protects Gut Microbiome, Cuts Opportunistic C. diff Risk – MPR