December 29, 2017

It’s a bit quiet towards the end of the year, but not without highlights. Could we fight antibiotic resistance by targeting mild infections using alternative drugs? Do we want to correct our own genes using CRISPR and what’s the future for penicillin?


Associate Professor – Microbiology – Dental College -chennai

General microbiology

Efficient Hydrogen-Dependent Carbon Dioxide Reduction by Escherichia coli – Magali Roger et al. – Current Biology

Press: Bacteria under pressure run reaction in reverse to sequester carbon – John Timmer – Ars Technica

The Role of Type VI Secretion System Effectors in Target Cell Lysis and Subsequent Horizontal Gene Transfer – Peter David Ringel et al. – Cell Reports

Press: Predatory Bacteria Acquire Drug Resistance Directly from Rivals – Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

* Alternative therapeutics for self-limiting infections—An indirect approach to the antibiotic resistance challenge – Kristofer Wollein Waldetoft and Sam P. Brown – PLoS Biology

Author interview: Alternatives to Antibiotics: Why managing mild maladies matters – Beth Baker – PLoS Research News

Animal experiments

Under control: how a dietary additive can restore the gut microbiome and proteomic profile, and improve disease resilience in a marine teleostean fish fed vegetable diets – María Carla Piazzon et al. – Microbiome

Animal microbiome

Mosquito vector-associated microbiota: Metabarcoding bacteria and eukaryotic symbionts across habitat types in Thailand endemic for dengue and other arthropod-borne diseases – Panpim Thongsripong et al. – Ecology and Evolution

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Rhizosphere-associated Alcaligenes and Bacillus strains that induce resistance against blast and sheath blight diseases, enhance plant growth and improve mineral content in rice – Kaleem U. Kakar et al. – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Microbes in the news

A week of holiday junk food could derail your gut microbiome—but there’s hope – Claire Maldarelli – Popular Science

Microbiota and Cancer – Andrea S. Blevins Prime – Cancer Therapy Advisor

Maternal Antibiotic Exposure Affects Infant Fecal Microbiota Following Vaginal Delivery – Jessica Martin – Infectious Disease Advisor

Microbe expert claims we should wash them ‘AT LEAST’ once a week at a high temperature to avoid dust mites and bacteria – Unity Blott – Daily Mail

* CORRECTING THE GENES – Santanu Chakraborty – Bangalore Mirror

Govt study finds faecal bacteria in 97 percent ‘filtered’ water jars in Dhaka – Bdnews24

* 200 million lives saved – but prognosis for penicillin is not healthy – Harry Ridgewell and Angela Long (collaborator) – Wiki Tribune

Microbes on the market

Report on sale: Human Microbiome Therapeutics Market is expected to Witness a CAGR of 14.19 % Till 2022 including Key Players: Rebiotix, Seres Therapeutics – Craig Francis – Social Articles Tracking & PR

Report on sale: Microbiome Drugs Market by Production, Capacity Utilization Rate, Ex-Factory Price, Revenue, Cost, Gross and Gross Margin Analysis – Amit Pawar – Social Articles Tracking & PR



December 28, 2017

Not many microbiome articles today, but a good selection non the less! Dysbiosis and obesity in humans, effects of hay on suckling calfs, and MPLasso to Infer microbial association networks.

Human respiratory microbiome

The impact of persistent bacterial bronchitis on the pulmonary microbiome of children – Leah Cuthbertson – PLOS ONE

Human vaginal microbiome

The vaginal microbiome and sexually transmitted infections are interlinked: Consequences for treatment and prevention – Janneke H. H. M. van de Wijgert – PLOS Medicine

Human gut microbiome

Dysbiosis Signatures of Gut Microbiota Along the Sequence from Healthy, Young Patients to Those with Overweight and Obesity – Renyuan Gao – Obesity

The NLR Protein NLRP6 Does Not Impact Gut Microbiota Composition – Paul Lemire – Cell Reports


Animal experiments

Effect of hay supplementation timing on rumen microbiota in suckling calves – Xueyan Lin – MicrobiologyOpen

Shaping of Intestinal Microbiota in Nlrp6- and Rag2-Deficient Mice Depends on Community Structure – Eric J.C. Gálvez – Cell Reports

Animal microbiome

Associations between Escherichia coli O157 shedding and the fecal microbiota of dairy cows – Chloe Stenkamp-Strahm – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Taxonomic differences of gut microbiomes drive cellulolytic enzymatic potential within hind-gut fermenting mammals – Emma C. L. Finlayson-Trick – PLOS ONE

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Shift of allelochemicals from Sorghum halepense in the soil and their effects on the soil’s bacterial community – Hongjuan Huang – Weed Biology and Management



MPLasso: Inferring microbial association networks using prior microbial knowledge – Chieh Lo – PLOS Computational Biology

December 27, 2017

Quite a few papers on the gut microbiome today, in addition to coral reef microbiomes and the sinonasal microbiome.


Human respiratory microbiome

The sinonasal microbiota, neural signaling, and depression in chronic rhinosinusitis – Michael Hoggard – International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology

Human skin microbiome

Clostridia in the gut and onset of atopic dermatitis via eosinophilic inflammation – Eun Lee – Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 

Human gut microbiome

In vitro human colonic fermentation of indigestible fraction isolated from lunch menus: impact on the gut metabolites and antioxidant capacity – Victor Manuel Zamora-Gasga – International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition

Targeting gut microbiome: A novel and potential therapy for autism – Yongshou Yang – Life Sciences

Molecular mechanistic pathway of colo-rectal carcinogenesis associated with intestinal microbiota – Paramita Mandal – Anaerobe

Gut microbiota and obesity: implications for fecal microbiota transplantation therapy – Yongbo Kang – HORMONES

Correlation between gut microbiota and personality in adults: a cross-sectional study – Han-Na Kim – Brain, Behavior, and Immunity

Randomized clinical trial to evaluate the effect of fecal microbiota transplant for initial Clostridium difficile infection in intestinal microbiome – Adrián Camacho-Ortiz – PLOSone

Water and extremophile microbiome

Interplay between stochastic and deterministic processes in the maintenance of alternative community states in Verrucomicrobia-dominated shallow lakes – Maria E. Llames – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Complex interactions between potentially pathogenic, opportunistic, and resident bacteria emerge during infection on a reef-building coral – Sarah A. Gignoux-Wolfsohn – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Bacterial community composition and diversity in Kalakuli, an alpine glacial-fed lake in Muztagh Ata of the westernmost Tibetan Plateau – Keshao Liu – FEMS Microbiology Ecology

December 26, 2017

Quite a few articles today especially in the plant/soil and water/extremophile sections. Plus: a new zebrafish model of the human gut microbiome, fiber and bifidos protect against north american diet-induced increased gut permeability in mice, prebiotics from the Morinda plant not only alter the gut microbiome but improve Alzheimers-like symptoms in a rat model, micro-eukaryotes may be an important factor in a deadly skin fungus infection in the Cascades Frog, and a new Leaf-FISH technique to visualize bacterial communities on plants. Happy Holidays!

Human oral microbiome

The oral microbiome—the relevant reservoir for acute pediatric appendicitis? – Carlotta Blod – International Journal of Colorectal Disease

Differences in carbon source usage by dental plaque in children with and without early childhood caries – Yan Zhao – International Journal of Oral Science

Review: Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research: Host-Microbiome Interactions in Dysbiosis – T.E. Van Dyke – JDR Clinical & Translational Research

Human gut microbiome

Review: Probiotics and necrotizing enterocolitis – Ravi Mangal Patel – Seminars in Pediatric Surgery

Animal experiments

Fusimonas intestini gen. nov., sp. nov., a novel intestinal bacterium of the family Lachnospiraceae associated with diabetes in mice – Hiroyuki Kusada – Scientific Reports

*Zebrafish Axenic Larvae Colonization with Human Intestinal Microbiota – Arias-Jayo Nerea – Zebrafish

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

In Silico Analysis of the Small Molecule Content of Outer Membrane Vesicles Produced by Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron Indicates an Extensive Metabolic Link between Microbe and Host – William A. Bryant – Frontiers in Microbiology

*Prebiotic Effect of Fructooligosaccharides from Morinda officinalis on Alzheimer’s Disease in Rodent Models by Targeting the Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis – Diling Chen – Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience

Animal microbiome

Effect of Environmental Factors and an Emerging Parasitic Disease on Gut Microbiome of Wild Salmonid Fish – Anti Vasemägi – mSphere

*Composition of Micro-eukaryotes on the Skin of the Cascades Frog (Rana cascadae) and Patterns of Correlation between Skin Microbes and Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis – Jordan G. Kueneman – Frontiers in Microbiology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Chemical investigation of metabolites produced by an endophytic fungi Phialemonium curvatum from the leaves of Passiflora edulis –  G. R. Nalin Rathnayake – Natural Product Research

Novel hydrocarbonoclastic metal-tolerant Acinetobacter and Pseudomonas strains from Aconcagua river oil-polluted soil – Valentina Méndez – Journal of soil science and plant nutrition

Spatial patterns of enzyme activities in the rhizosphere: Effects of root hairs and root radius – Xiaomin Ma – Soil Biology and Biochemistry

The rhizosphere microbial community response to a bio-organic fertilizer: finding the mechanisms behind the suppression of watermelon Fusarium wilt disease – Jia Zhao – Acta Physiologiae Plantarum

Efficiency of two inoculation methods of Pseudomonas putida on growth and yield of tomato plants – Luis G. Hernández-Montiel – Journal of soil science and plant nutrition

Rhizospere yeasts improve P uptake of a maize arbuscular mycorrhizal association – Marcela Sarabia – Applied Soil Ecology

Ammonia-oxidizing microorganisms: key players in the promotion of plant growth – Adenike Eunice Amoo – Journal of soil science and plant nutrition

Review: Potassium solubilizing bacteria (KSB): Mechanisms, promotion of plant growth, and future prospects ­ A review – H. Etesami – Journal of soil science and plant nutrition

Long-term phosphorus fertilization effects on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity in Uruguayan grasses – Silvina García – Journal of soil science and plant nutrition

Alcaligenes faecalisassociated with Mimosa calodendron rizhosphere assist plant survival in arsenic rich soils – Érica Barbosa Felestrino – Journal of soil science and plant nutrition

Functional land-use change effects on soil fungal communities in Chilean temperate rainforests – César Marín – Journal of soil science and plant nutrition

Probiotic strain Stenotrophomonas acidaminiphila BJ1 degrades and reduces chlorothalonil toxicity to soil enzymes, microbial communities and plant roots – Qingming Zhang – AMB Express

Low light availability alters root exudation and reduces putative beneficial microorganisms in seagrass roots –  Belinda C. Martin – Frontiers in Microbiology

Effects of biochar on nutrients and the microbial community structure of tobacco-planting soils – Gao Lin – Journal of soil science and plant nutrition

Root-associated bacterial and fungal community profiles of Arabidopsis thaliana are robust across contrasting soil P levels – Chanz Robbins – Phytobiomes

Water and extremophile microbiome

Biogeographical patterns of bacterial and archaeal communities from distant hypersaline environments – M.R. Mora-Ruiz del – Systematic and Applied Microbiology

Cloning, Over-Expression, and Purification of Carbonic Anhydrase from an Extremophilic Bacterium: An Introduction to Advanced Molecular Biology – Vijayakumar Somalinga – The American Biology Teacher

Salinivibrio kushneri sp. nov., a moderately halophilic bacterium isolated from salterns – Clara López-Hermoso – Systematic and Applied Microbiology

Genome sequencing and heterologous expression of antiporters reveal alkaline response mechanisms of Halomonas alkalicola – Lei Zhai – Extremophiles

Benthic phototrophic community from Kiran soda lake, south-eastern Siberia – Ekaterina I. Burganskaya – Extremophiles

Enhancing the adaptability of the deep-sea bacterium Shewanella piezotolerans WP3 to high pressure and low temperature by experimental evolution under H2O2 stress – Zhe Xie – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Fungal community structure at pelagic and littoral sites in Lake Biwa determined with high-throughput sequencing – Peixue Song – Limnology

Spatiotemporal dynamics of marine bacterial and archaeal communities in surface waters off the northern Antarctic Peninsula – Camila N. Signori – Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography

Microbial Ecology

Dissertation: The Macroecology of Microorganisms: From Pattern to Process – David Clark – University of Essex

Review: Using metabolic networks to resolve ecological properties of microbiomes – Emilie E.L. Muller – Current Opinion in Systems Biology

Microbial stress mediated intercellular nanotubes in an anaerobic microbial consortium digesting cellulose – Martina John – Scientific Reports

Built environment

Distribution of Legionella and bacterial community composition among regionally diverse US cooling towers – Anna C. Llewellyn – PLOS one

Food microbiology

Identification of natural antimicrobial peptides from bacteria through metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analysis of high-throughput transcriptome data of Taiwanese oolong teas – Kai-Yao Huang – BMC Systems Biology

Strain-Level Metagenomic Analysis of the Fermented Dairy Beverage Nunu Highlights Potential Food Safety Risks – Aaron M. Walsh – Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Probiotics / prebiotics

Review: Recent Development of Prebiotic Research—Statement from an Expert Workshop – Giorgio La Fata – Nutrients

Effects of fermented soymilk with Lactobacillus casei Shirota on skin condition and the gut microbiota: a randomised clinical pilot trial – T. Nagino – Beneficial Microbes

Phages and viruses

Novel ssDNA viruses detected in the virome of bleached, habitat-forming kelp Ecklonia radiata –  Douglas Beattie – Frontiers in Marine Science


Vipie: web pipeline for parallel characterization of viral populations from multiple NGS samples – Jake Lin – BMC Genomics


*Leaf-FISH: Microscale imaging of bacterial taxa on phyllosphere –  Elena L. Peredo – Frontiers in Microbiology

A new suite of plasmid vectors for fluorescence-based imaging of root colonizing pseudomonads –  Rosemarie Wilton – Frontiers in Plant Science

Synthetic microbial consortia enable rapid assembly of pure translation machinery – Fernando Villarreal – Nature Chemical Biology

Microbes in the news

Essential science: Link between gut microbes and despair – Tim Sandle – Digital Science

Enjoy the holidays, but don’t forget your fiber – Tim Sandle – Digital Science


Vote for the best microbiome papers of 2017

It’s that time again, where we look back on what happened in the past year. Like last year, I thought it would be nice to choose the best microbiome papers of the year.  Here is a form where you can fill out your top 3 (#1 being the best, and – optional – your second and third choice). I will post the results on January 1, so you can vote until December 31, midnight, Pacific Time. Below the poll are a ton of ideas for papers that I thought were news-worthy. I probably forgot a lot, so feel free to add your own choice. Happy voting and all the best wishes for the New Year.

Update December 28: I have added Kiran Gurung’s favorite papers, so there are even more to choose from!

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December 25, 2017


A short digest today covering the human oral and gut microbiome, animal experiments, animal microbiome, plant, root and soil microbiome, techniques and news. At last we also have some “Lab stock fun picks”. Merry Christmas!!


Human oral microbiome

The oral microbiome-the relevant reservoir for acute pediatric appendicitis? – C Blod – International Journal of Colorectal Disease



Human gut microbiome

Intestinal microbiome analysis revealed dysbiosis in sickle cell disease – SH Lim – American Journal of Hematology


Animal experiments 

Fermented Soybean Meal Increases Lactic Acid Bacteria in Gut Microbiota of Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar). – N Catalán – Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins


Animal microbiome 

The Combined Effect of Temperature and Host Clonal Line on the Microbiota of a Planktonic Crustacean. – KE Sullam – Microbial Ecology


Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Grey relational analysis for evaluating the effects of different rates of wine lees-derived biochar application on a plant-soil system with multi-metal contamination. – M Xu – Environmental Science and Pollution Research International

http://Transcriptomic responses of catalase, peroxidase and laccase encoding genes and enzymatic activities of oil spill inhabiting rhizospheric fungal strains. – MD Asemoloye – Environmental Pollution

Augmentation with potential endophytes enhances phytostabilization of Cr in contaminated soil. – MT Ahsan – Environmental Science and Pollution Research International




Strain profiling and epidemiology of bacterial species from metagenomic sequencing – D Albanese – Nature Communications

Mechanistic and structural insight into promiscuity based metabolism of cardiac drug digoxin by gut microbial enzyme – K Kumar – Journal of Cellular Biochemistry


Microbes in the news

Cooking a turkey? Here’s how to make sure you avoid getting food poisoning –

How the US military killed an Irishman in San Fran with germ warfare – Irish Central

How to avoid getting sick from flying – keep clean, stay hydrated and try to get a window seat – South China Morning Post

It’s getting real tough to ‘ESKAPE’ hospital-acquired infections – Indian Express


Lab stock funny picks (source: Shutterstock)

My magnifying glass is more powerful than the microscope



Sometimes I try to incorporate the additive model of primary colours in my research: Red, Green , Blue!!



Seems some one has finally been able to culture virus on a solid (agar) medium..



Do you see what I see?




December 24, 2017

Events and jobs
Microbiology/bioinformatics/bioche Freshers Wanted For Medical Coding – AS Medical Coding Technologies – Chennai, Cuddalore, Vellore

General microbiome
Review: Protective Microbiota: From Localized to Long-Reaching Co-Immunity. – Lynn Chiu – Frontiers In Immunology

Pregnancy and early life
Microbiome Influences Prenatal and Adult Microglia in a Sex-Specific Manner – Morgane Sonia Thion – Cell

Human respiratory microbiome
Differentially Regulated Host Proteins Associated with Chronic Rhinosinusitis Are Correlated with the Sinonasal Microbiome. – Kristi Biswas – Frontiers In Cellular And Infection Microbiology

Sputum microbiome temporal variability and dysbiosis in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbations: an analysis of the COPDMAP study. – Zhang Wang – Thorax

Human vaginal microbiome
Evaluation of lactitol, lactulose, raffinose, and oligofructose for maintenance of a Lactobacillus-dominated vaginal microbiota establishes a promising prebiotic candidate. – Stephanie L Collins – Applied And Environmental Microbiology

Review: Human vaginal pH and microbiota: an update. – Keshav Godha – Gynecological Endocrinology

Review: Impact of microbiota on the use and effects of isoflavones in the relief of climacteric symptoms in menopausal women – A review – Naice E.S. Monteiro – Journal of Functional Foods

Human oral microbiome
Review: Tongue Coating: its characteristics and role in intra-oral halitosis and general health: A review. – Kavitha Seerangaiyan – Journal Of Breath Research

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

Fiber-Mediated Nourishment of Gut Microbiota Protects against Diet-Induced Obesity by Restoring IL-22-Mediated Colonic Health – Jun Zou – Cell Host and Microbe

Dysbiosis-Associated Change in Host Metabolism Generates Lactate to Support Salmonella Growth – Caroline C. Gillis – Cell Host and Microbe

Durability and Long-Term Clinical Outcomes of Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) Treatment in Patients with Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infection. – Yafet Mamo – Clinical Infectious Diseases

Evaluation of a faecal dysbiosis test for irritable bowel syndrome in subjects with and without obesity. – Martin Aasbrenn – Scandinavian Journal Of Clinical And Laboratory Investigation

Structural basis for the regulation of β-glucuronidase expression by human gut Enterobacteriaceae. – Michael S Little – PNAS

Low-to-moderate intensity aerobic exercise training modulates irritable bowel syndrome through antioxidative and inflammatory mechanisms in women: Results of a randomized controlled trial – Behzad Hajizadeh Maleki – Cytokine

Differences in fecal microbial metabolites and microbiota of children with autism spectrum disorders – Dae-Wook Kang – Anaerobe

Review: The Microbiome in Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis: Current Evidence and Potential Concepts. – Johannes R Hov – Seminars In Liver Disease

Microbial ecology
Autoinducer 2-dependent Escherichia coli biofilm formation is enhanced in a dual-species co-culture. – Leanid Laganenka – Applied And Environmental Microbiology

Animal experiments
Prebiotic Supplementation Following Ileocecal Resection in a Murine Model is Associated With a Loss of Microbial Diversity and Increased Inflammation. – Michael Laffin – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

An attenuated Salmonella Typhimurium strain and galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) accelerate clearance of Salmonella infection in poultry through modifications to the gut microbiome. – M Andrea Azcarate-Peril – Applied And Environmental Microbiology

Akkermansia muciniphila induces gut microbiota remodelling and controls islet autoimmunity in NOD mice. – Arno Hänninen – Gut

Analysis of the Specificity of IgA Antibodies Produced in the Mouse Small Intestine. – N E Sharanova – Molekuliarnaia Biologiia (Molecular Biology, original in Russian)

Bacteriostatic Effect of Quercetin as an Antibiotic Alternative In Vivo and Its Antibacterial Mechanism In Vitro. – Shengan Wang – Journal Of Food Protection (in Arbor Acre (AA) broiler chickens)

Dietary protein level affects nutrient digestibility and ileal microbiota structure in growing pigs. – Kai Qiu – Animal Science Journal

Arctic berry extracts target the gut-liver axis to alleviate metabolic endotoxaemia, insulin resistance and hepatic steatosis in diet-induced obese mice. – Fernando F Anhê – Diabetologia

Microbiota transplantation reveals beneficial impact of berberine on hepatotoxicity by improving gut homeostasis. – Chenjie Qin – Science China. Life Sciences (in rats and mice)

Dysbiosis of gut microbiota by chronic coexposure to titanium dioxide nanoparticles and bisphenol A: Implications for host health in zebrafish – Lianguo Chen – Environmental Pollution

Dysbiosis of the fecal microbiota in feedlot cattle with hemorrhagic diarrhea – Mohamed Zeineldin – Microbial Pathogenesis

Characterization of Brachyspira communities from clinical cases of swine mucohaemorrhagic diarrhea through deep sequencing of the NADH oxidase (nox) gene – Lisa A. Johnson – Veterinary Microbiology

Injectable antimicrobials in commercial feedlot cattle and their effect on the nasopharyngeal microbiota and antimicrobial resistance – Devin B. Holman – Veterinary Microbiology

Grain grinding size of cereals in complete pelleted diets for growing lambs: effects on ruminal microbiota and fermentation – Sonia Andrés – Small Ruminant Research

Animal microbiome
Food Storage by the Savanna Termite Cornitermes cumulans (Syntermitinae): a Strategy to Improve Hemicellulose Digestibility? – Letícia Menezes – Microbial Ecology

The metagenome of Caracolus marginella gut microbiome using culture independent approaches and shotgun sequencing. – Robert J Rabelo-Fernandez – Data In Brief (snails)

Transcriptomic characterization of Caecomyces churrovis: a novel, non-rhizoid-forming lignocellulolytic anaerobic fungus. – John K Henske – Biotechnology For Biofuels (Found in Navajo Churro sheep fecal pellets)

** Enhancing the Resolution of Rumen Microbial Classification from Metatranscriptomic Data Using Kraken and Mothur. – Andre L A Neves – Frontiers In Microbiology **

Temporal and regional variability in the skin microbiome of humpback whales along the Western Antarctic Peninsula. – K C Bierlich – Applied And Environmental Microbiology (DOI not available yet, so linked to PubMed)

Wild eel microbiome reveals that skin mucus of fish could be a natural niche for aquatic mucosal pathogen evolution. – Miguel Carda-Diéguez – Microbiome

Seasonal, spatial, and maternal effects on gut microbiome in wild red squirrels. – Tiantian Ren – Microbiome

Water and extremophile microbiome
Biodegradation of weathered polystyrene films in seawater microcosms. – Evdokia Syranidou – Scientific Reports

Microbial stress mediated intercellular nanotubes in an anaerobic microbial consortium digesting cellulose. – Martina John – Scientific Reports

Metagenomic analysis reveals the impact of wastewater treatment plants on the dispersal of microorganisms and genes in aquatic sediments. – Binh T T Chu – Applied And Environmental Microbiology

Nutrient dynamics and stream order influence microbial community patterns along a 2914 km transect of the Mississippi River – Michael W Henson – bioRxiv

Metagenomic exploration reveals a marked change in the river resistome and mobilome after treated wastewater discharges – Itziar Lekunberri – Environmental Pollution

Built environment
Metagenomic survey of bacterial diversity in the atmosphere of Mexico City using different sampling methods – N. Serrano-Silva – Environmental Pollution

Dynamics of biofilm formation by Listeria monocytogenes on stainless steel under mono-species and mixed-culture simulated fish processing conditions and chemical disinfection challenges – Eleni Papaioannou – International Journal of Food Microbiology

Food microbiology
Modulation of gut microbiota and gut-generated metabolites by bitter melon results in improvement in the metabolic status in high fat diet-induced obese rats – Juan Bai – Journal of Functional Foods

In vitro digestion by saliva, simulated gastric and small intestinal juices and fermentation by human fecal microbiota of sulfated polysaccharides from Gracilaria rubra – Tong Di – Journal of Functional Foods

Seasonal variances in bacterial microbiota and volatile organic compounds in raw milk – Beata Nalepa – International Journal of Food Microbiology

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

Review: Lactose intolerance and gastrointestinal cow’s milk allergy in infants and children – common misconceptions revisited. – Ralf G Heine – The World Allergy Organization Journal

Probiotics / prebiotics / antibiotics
Effect of the consumption of a synbiotic diet mousse containing Lactobacillus acidophilus La-5 by individuals with metabolic syndrome: A randomized controlled trial – Douglas Xavier-Santos – Journal of Functional Foods

Review: Is Metformin Poised for a Second Career as an Antimicrobial? – Faiza Malik – Diabetes/Metabolism Research And Reviews

Review: Role of probiotics in the management of lung cancer and related diseases: An update – Anshul Sharma – Journal of Functional Foods

Phages and viruses
Isolation in small populations of Wayampi Amerindians promotes endemicity and homogenization of their faecal virome, but its distribution is not entirely random. – Vicente Pérez-Brocal – Fems Microbiology Ecology

Identification of bacterial species that can utilize fructose-asparagine. – Anice Sabag-Daigle – Applied And Environmental Microbiology

On the Identification of Culturable Microorganisms for the Assessment of Biodiversity in Bioaerosols. – Philippe Duquenne – Annals Of Work Exposures And Health

Review: Illuminating the covert mission of mononuclear phagocytes in their regional niches – Shu Zhen Chong – Current Opinion in Immunology

Draft genomes of Enterococcus faecium strains isolated from human feces before and after eradication therapy against Helicobacter pylori. – Nikita A Prianichnikov – Data In Brief

Microbes in the news
Biota Beats: Music from the Microbiome –  Clara Rodríguez Fernández – LabBioTech
Microbes on the market (news about biotech companies)

Bacteria and Cancer Immunotherapy: What’s in Your Gut? – Medical News Bulletin

Can You Teach an Old Gene New Tricks? – Grishma Gupte – SciWorthy

Doctor warns patients to avoid unnecessary antibiotics this winter – Tammy Palmer –