August 23, 2019

Good morning everyone!

This post is written from lovely NYC, quite a distance from my hometown in Israel. If you’re working on microbial ecology in the city and care for a cup of coffee (on me!) and a rather interesting chat about science, entreprenurship and agriculture- please contact me via barakdror@outlook.com or just find me on Linkedin.

Today post will feature highly recommended podcast, a great antimicrobial resistance review paper, Cocaine effect on gut microbiota, some cool bioinformatics tools papers, fascinating animal microbiome studies and more.

Resources and Podcast

I’m a huge fan of the This Week in Microbiology podcast. On their 201 episode the team hosted Prof. Mark Martin (U of Puget Sound) with some great list of papers for 1st year undergrads- but it is a great opportunity to read about general concepts and direction in micrboiology. I truely enjoed both the episode and the recommended papers.

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Antibiotic Resistance

Defining and combating antibiotic resistance from One Health and Global Health perspectives, Sara Hernando-Amado, Nature Microbiology

Bioinformatics

An expectation-maximization algorithm enables accurate ecological modeling using longitudinal microbiome sequencing data, Chenhao Li, Microbiome

Analysing complex metagenomic data with MicroWineBar, Franziska Klincke ,bioRxiv

A systematic NGS-based approach for contaminant detection and functional inference, Sung-Joon Park, bioRxiv

Human and Animal microbiome

Cocaine Induces Inflammatory Gut Milieu by Compromising the Mucosal Barrier Integrity and Altering the Gut Microbiota Colonization, Ernest T. Chivero, Scientific Reports

Influence of the microbiota-gut-brain axis on behavior and welfare in farm animals: A review, Narjis Kraimi, Physiology & Behavior

Dissecting the factors shaping fish skin microbiomes in a heterogeneous inland water system, Yaron Krotman, bioRxiv

Non‐random associations of maternally transmitted symbionts in insects: The roles of drift versus biased co‐transmission and selection, Hugo Mathe-Hubert, Molecular Ecology

The microbiome of the Melitaea cinxia butterfly shows marked variation but is only little explained by the traits of the butterfly or its host plant, G. Minard, Environmental Microbiology

Food microbiome

The occurrence of Listeria monocytogenes is associated with built environment microbiota in three tree fruit processing facilities, Xiaoqing Tan, Microbiome

Environmental microbiome

Marine-freshwater prokaryotic transitions require extensive changes in the predicted proteome, Pedro J. Cabello-Yeves, Microbiome

Taxonomic and functional characterization of a microbial community from a volcanic englacial ecosystem in Deception Island, Antarctica, Emma Martinez-Alonso, Scientific Reports

June 13, 2019

Good morning everyone!

Today the focus is almost entirely on environmental microbiology- plant, soil and water habitats. Check also the methods paper regarding activating silent BGCs (a true challenge for drug discovery).

General Microbiology

A multiphase theory for spreading microbial swarms and films, Siddarth Srinivasan, eLIFE

Methods

Advances in microbial culturing conditions to activate silent biosynthetic gene clusters for novel metabolite production, Hailey A. Tomm, J. Industrial Microbiology % Biotechnology

A set of modular and integrative vectors for synthetic biology in Streptomyces, Celine Aubry, AEM

Revealing microbial assemblage structure in the human gut microbiome using latent Dirichlet allocation, Shion Hosoda, bioRxiv

Animal microbiome

The Insect Virome: Opportunities and Challenges, BC Bonning, Curr. Issues Mol Bio.

Host species and site of collection shape the microbiota of Rift Valley fever vectors in Kenya, David P. Tchouassi, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Microbiomes of stony and soft deep-sea corals share rare core bacteria, Christina A. Kellogg, Microbiome

Plant Microbiome

Identification and Characterization of the Core Rice Seed Microbiome, Alexander W. Eyre, Phytobiome

Microbiota Associated with Sclerotia of Soilborne Fungal Pathogens – A Novel Source of Biocontrol Agents Producing Bioactive Volatiles, Pascal Mulner, Phytobiome

ffects of agricultural management on rhizosphere microbial structure and function in processing tomato, Jennifer E. Schmidt, AEM

Environmental microbiome

Methylotrophs and Methylotroph Populations for Chloromethane Degradation, F Bringel, Curr Issues Mol Bio.

Diversity of Methane Cycling Microorganisms in Soils and Their Relation to Oxygen, C Knief, Curr Issues Mol Bio.

Microbiomes in Ground Water and Alternative Irrigation Water, and Spinach Microbiomes Impacted by Irrigation with Different Types of Water, Ganyu Gu, Phytobiome

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Microbiome in the market

Macrogen Announces Strategic Investment in Australian Microbiome Company, Microba

New DuPont research pact has animal microbiome focus

April 16, 2019

Good morning everyone! Today’s digest will deal a lot of disturbance in various ecosystems- starvation of the oral microbiota, forest fires, elevated CO2 levels and rising temperatures and more. Additionally, interesting pieces about science communication and education are recommended (bottom of the post).

Animal microbiome

Effects of diet on gut microbiota of soil collembolans– Qian Xiang- Science of the Total Environment

Diel population and functional synchrony of microbial communities on coral reefs– Winda Wegley-Kelly- Nature Communications

Human microbiome

Klebsiella and Providencia emerge as lone survivors following long-term starvation of oral microbiota– Jonathon L. Baker- PNAS

Horizontal gene transfer in human-associated microorganisms inferred by phylogenetic reconstruction and reconciliation– Hyeonsoo Jeong- Scientific Reports

Dysbiosis patterns during re-induction/salvage versus induction chemotherapy for acute leukemia– Armin Rashidi- Scientific Reports

The personalized temporal dynamics of microbiome in the airways of cystic fibrosis patients– Giovanni Baci- bioRxiv

Plant, root and soil microbiome

Maize synthesized benzoxazinoids affect the host associated microbiome- Enoch Narh Kodjordjie- Microbiome

Utilization of carbon sources in the rice rhizosphere and non-rhizosphere soils with different long-term fertilization management– Tang H- J of Basic Microbiology

Effect of forest fire prevention treatments on bacterial communities associated with productive Boletus edulis sites- Olaya Mediavilla- Microbial Biotechnology

Effects of elevated temperature and elevated CO2 on soil nitrification and ammonia-oxidizing microbial communities in field-grown crop– Linh T.T Nguyen- Science of the Total Environment

Phyllosphere epiphytic and endophytic fungal community and network structures differ in a tropical mangrove ecosystem– Hui Yao- Microbiome

Changes in fungal communities across a forest disturbance gradient– Lingling Shi- AEM

Water microbiome

Wetland sediments host diverse microbial taxa capable of cycling alchohols- Paula Dalcin Martins- AEM

Review- The microbiomes of deep-sea hydrothermal vents: distributed globally, shaped locally– Gregory J. Dick- N. Reviews Microbiology

Bioinformatics

DeeplyEssential: A Deep Neural Network for Predicting Essential Genes in Microbes- Md Abid Hassan- bioRxiv

Microbiome news and science communication

Biotech company launches animal models with custom microbiome profiles

Microbial biotechnology for water treatment- A collection of high-quality websites (from Microbial Biotechnology)

Thematic series on scholarly communications in the digital age

The urgent need for microbiology literacy in society

June 22, 2018

Have a happy weekend! Today in Microbiome Digest: reviews on microbiome immunity and type 1 diabetes,  metatranscriptome analysis of vaginal microbiome, Differences in gut microbiota associated with age, sex, and stool consistency, microbes in the news, and more…

Events and jobs

Scientist – Genomics and Microbiome – Madison, WI

Bioinformatics Scientific Programmer – Quadram Institute Bioscience

General microbiome

Review: Communication Between the Microbiota and Mammalian Immunity – Kyla S. Ost – Annual Review of Microbiology

Host genotype-specific microbiota do not influence the susceptibility of Dmagna to a bacterial pathogen – Marilou P. Sison-Mangus – Scientific Reports

Pregnancy and early life

Book chapter: Implantation Failure 1: Intrauterine Circumstances and Embryo–Endometrium Synchrony at Implantation – Keiji Kuroda – Treatment Strategy for Unexplained Infertility and Recurrent Miscarriage

Special Issue: Microbiome in normal and pathological pregnancies: A literature overview – Carla R. Taddei – American Journal of Reproductive Immunology

Multi-site human microbiome

Bacterial invasion of dentinal tubules from the external root surface with and without an intact cemental layer- a confocal laser scanning microscopic study – Jovita D’souza – Advances in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Human respiratory microbiome

Review: Drug Resistance and Gene Transfer Mechanisms in Respiratory/Oral Bacteria – Jiang S – Journal of Dental Research

Ecology and diversity in upper respiratory tract microbial population structures from a cross-sectional community swabbing study –  Abigail L. Coughtrie – Journal of Medical Microbiology

Human skin microbiome

Skin Microbiota in Obese Women at Risk for Surgical Site Infection After Cesarean Delivery – Kara M. Rood – Scientific Reports

Human vaginal microbiome

Review: Pharmacology of Antiretrovirals in the Female Genital Track for HIV Prevention – Melanie R. Nicol – The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

Metatranscriptome Analysis of the Vaginal Microbiota Reveals Potential Mechanisms for Protection against Metronidazole in Bacterial Vaginosis – Zhi-Luo Deng – mSphere 

Human gut microbiome

Review: Gut microbiome in type 1 diabetes: A comprehensive review – Zheng P – Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews

A Small Molecule-Screening Pipeline to Evaluate the Therapeutic Potential of 2-Aminoimidazole Molecules Against Clostridium difficile – Thanissery R – Frontiers in Microbiology

Differences in gut microbiota associated with age, sex, and stool consistency in healthy Japanese subjects – Tomohisa Takagi – Journal of Gastroenterology

Dietary Supplementation with a Magnesium-Rich Marine Mineral Blend Enhances the Diversity of Gastrointestinal Microbiota – Erin K. Crowley – Marine Drugs

The developing premature infant gut microbiome is a major factor shaping the microbiome of neonatal intensive care unit rooms – Brandon Brooks – Microbiome

Review: Potential Role of the Gut Microbiome in ALS: A Systematic Review – Michelle L. Wright – Biological Research for Nursing

Animal experiments

Lack of liver steatosis in germ-free mice following hypercaloric diets – Stephan C. Bischoff – European Journal of Nutrition

 Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Exploring Elicitors of the Beneficial Rhizobacterium Bacillus amyloliquefaciens SQR9 to Induce Plant Systemic Resistance and Their Interactions With Plant Signaling Pathways – Gengwei Wu – Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions

Correlation and Distribution of Xenobiotics Genes and Metabolic Activities with Level of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon in Soil, Sediment and Estuary Water in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria U. O. Edet – Asian Journal of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

Review: Status and future of disease protection and grape berry quality alteration by microorganisms in viticulture – Misa Otoguro – Letters in Applied Microbiology

Editorial: The contribution of plant microbiota to economy growth – Angela Sessitsch – Microbial Biotechnology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Mini-Review: Future direction in marine bacterial agarases for industrial applications -Saeid Tamadoni Jahromi – Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Prokaryotic assemblages in the maritime Antarctic Lake Limnopolar (Byers Peninsula, South Shetland Islands) – M. Papale – Extremophiles

Taxonomy, phylogeny and ecology of cultivable fungi present in seawater gradients across the Northern Antarctica Peninsula – Vívian N. Gonçalves – Extremophiles 

A strong link between marine microbial community composition and function challenges the idea of functional redundancy – Pierre E. Galand – The ISME Journal

Probiotics / prebiotics

Gut Microbiota, Probiotics, and Sport: From Clinical Evidence to Agonistic Performance – Marco Pane – Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology

 Microbes in the news

‘Green’-feed: Industrial microbes could feed cattle, pigs, chicken

SMU researchers hope microbes will lead them to strike oil offshore

Scientists Reveal How Gut Microbes ‘Recover’ After Antibiotic Treatment

Celebrate your gut microbiota on the first World Microbiome day!

 Microbes on the market (news about biotech companies)

Human Microbiome Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2018 – 2026

MaaT Pharma and Lutech Sign Licensing Agreement on Microbiome Therapy for Graft-vs-Host Disease

 

Ashok’s non-microbiology picks

The Rheumatoid Arthritis-Associated Citrullinome – Ronak Tilvawala – Cell Chemical Biology

Inflammation-Induced, STING-Dependent Autophagy Restricts Zika Virus Infection in the Drosophila Brain – Yuan Liu – Cell Host & Microbe

Distinct progenitor lineages contribute to the heterogeneity of plasmacytoid dendritic cells – Patrick Fernandes Rodrigues – Nature Immunology

A synaptic threshold mechanism for computing escape decisions – Dominic A. Evans – Nature

March 4th, 2017

Events and jobs

Head, Microbiome Discovery Research – Johnson & Johnson

Multi-site human microbiome

Characterization of oral and gut microbiome temporal variability in hospitalized cancer patients – Jessica R. Galloway-Peña – Genome Medicine

Human gut microbiome

Childhood BMI in relation to microbiota in infancy and lifetime antibiotic use – K. Korpela – Microbiome

Animal experiments

Metaproteogenomics reveals taxonomic and functional changes between cecal and fecal microbiota in mouse – Alessandro Tanca – Frontiers in Microbiology

Animal microbiome

Cultivable gut bacteria provide a pathway for adaptation of Chrysolina herbacea to Mentha aquatica volatiles – Graziano Pizzolante – BMC Plant Biology

Gut bacteria oversee the special relationship between the green mint leaf beetle and watermint – BMC Series Blog

Effects of tussah immunoreactive substances on growth, immunity, disease resistance against Vibrio splendidus and gut microbiota profile of Apostichopus japonicus – Shuhui Ma – Fish & Shellfish Immunology

Community-Level Differences in the Microbiome of Healthy Wild Mallards and Those Infected by Influenza A Viruses – Holly H. Ganz – mSystems

The microbiome of the ant-built home: the microbial communities of a tropical arboreal ant and its nest – Jane Lucas – Ecosphere

*Perspective: Gut microbiome transmission in lizards – Timothy J. Colston – Molecular Ecology

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Microbial communities in soil chronosequences with distinct parent material: the effect of soil pH and litter quality – Fernando D. Alfaro – Journal of Ecology

Water and extremophile microbiome

Volcanic ash supports a diverse bacterial community in a marine mesocosm – V. Witt – Geobiology

Methylamine as a Nitrogen Source for Microorganisms from a Coastal Marine Environment – Martin Taubert – Environmental Microbiology

Built environment

Response of microbial community structure to pre-acclimation strategies in microbial fuel cells for domestic wastewater treatment – Younghyun Park – Bioresource Technology

Food microbiology

Viable microbial loads on citrus carpoplane during packhouse processing and survival of foodborne pathogens in reconstituted postharvest fungicides – A. Gomba – Journal of Food Safety

Bacterial and fungal core microbiomes associated with small grain silages during ensiling and aerobic spoilage – Lysiane Duniere – BMC Microbiology

Probiotics / prebiotics

Microbiome dynamic modulation through functional diets based on pre- and probiotics (mannan-oligosaccharides and Saccharomyces cerevisiae) in juvenile rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) – Ana Teresa Gonçalves – Journal of Applied Microbiology

Exploration of the effect of probiotics supplementation on intestinal microbiota of food allergic mice – Bo Yang – American Journal of Translational Research

Phages and viruses

Human norovirus binding to select bacteria representative of the human gut microbiota – Erin A. Almand – PLoS ONE

Environmental Viral Genomes Shed New Light on Virus-Host Interactions in the Ocean – Yosuke Nishimura – mSphere

Bioinformatics

REPARATION: Ribosome Profiling Assisted (Re-)Annotation of Bacterial
genomes – Elvis Ndah – BioRxiv

Normalization and microbial differential abundance strategies depend upon data characteristics – Sophie Weiss – Microbiome

How conserved are the conserved 16S-rRNA regions? – Marcel Martinez-Porchas – PeerJ

Microbes in the news

Gut bacteria affect intestines and brain in IBS patients – Medical News Today

Intestinal Bacteria Alter Gut and Brain Function – Neuroscience News

Why Are People Sending Poop Through the Mail? For Their Health – GQ Magazine

Microbes on the market

Next-gen microbiome drugs are now on sale, should you buy them? – New Scientist

 

More microbiology and science, May 28, 2014

In this digest we’ll focus on general microbiology papers that I thought were interesting. And we’ll learn that swim diapers are leaky,  that both urine as well as kid’s pools are not sterile, and that Gemmatimonadetes are photosynthetic.

Bacteria are Everywhere

More Microbes

General Science

Scientific writing and publishing

Dr. Bik’s Picks

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