Human microbiome digest, August 5, 2014

Lots of microbiome papers today, so I will split it up into three posts. Here you will find papers on human gut, respiratory, oral, and vaginal microbiomes, as well as animal models.

Pregnancy and Birth

Prevalence and Clinical Significance of Sterile Intra-amniotic Inflammation in Patients with Preterm Labor and Intact Membranes – Roberto Romero – American Journal of Reproductive Immunology

“The purpose of this study was to (i) determine the prevalence and clinical significance of sterile intra-amniotic inflammation and (ii) examine the relationship between amniotic fluid (AF) concentrations of high mobility group box-1 (HMGB1) and the interval from amniocentesis to delivery in patients with sterile intra-amniotic inflammation.”

A Holobiont Birth Narrative: The Epigenetic Transmission of the Human Microbiome –
Scott F. Gilbert – Frontiers in Genetics

“Birth is nothing less than the passage from one set of symbiotic relationships to another.”

Fecal Short Chain Fatty Acids of Very Low Birth Weight Preterm Infants Fed Expressed Breast Milk or Formula – Pourcyrous, M.; Nolan, V.G.; Goodwin, A.; Davis, S.L.; Buddington, R.K. – Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition

“ Ion chromatography was used to measure fecal SCFAs (acetate, formate, propionate, butyrate, and isobutyrate), lactate, and chloride in fresh stool samples collected from 32 preterm infants”

Human mouth microbiome

Microbial community in persistent apical periodontitis: a 16S rRNA gene clone library analysis – M. N. Zakaria – International Endodontic Journal

“DNA was directly extracted from each sample and the microbial composition was comprehensively analyzed using clone library analysis of the 16S rRNA gene”

 Respiratory microbiome

A large genomic island allows Neisseria meningitidis to utilize propionic acid, with implications for colonization of the human nasopharynx – Maria Chiara E. Catenazzi, Helen Jones, Iain Wallace, Jacqueline Clifton, James P. J. Chong, Matthew A. Jackson, Sandy Macdonald, James Edwards andJames W. B. Moir – Molecular Microbiology

“Data from classical microbiological and sequence-based microbiome studies provide several lines of supporting evidence that N. meningitidis colonization is correlated with propionic acid generating bacteria, with a strong correlation between prp-containing Neisseria and propionic acid generating bacteria from the genus Porphyromonas, and that this may explain adolescent/adult colonization by N. meningitidis.”

Analysis of Culture-Dependent vs. Culture-Independent Techniques for the Identification of Bacteria in Clinically-Obtained Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid – Robert P. Dickson – Journal of Clinical Microbiology

“We analyzed forty six clinically-obtained bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) specimens from symptomatic and asymptomatic lung transplant recipients both by culture (using a clinical microbiology laboratory protocol) and by bacterial 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing. “

Vaginal microbiome

Differences in vaginal microbiome in African American women versus women of European ancestry – Jennifer M. Fettweis – Microbiology

“we performed 16S rRNA gene survey to compare the microbiomes of vaginal samples from 1,268 African American women and 416 women of European ancestry. Our results confirmed significant differences in the vaginal microbiomes of the two groups and identified several taxa relevant to these differences.”

Human gut microbiome

Unraveling the mechanisms underlying associations between the microbiome and gastrointestinal malignancies – Tiffany L. Weir – Translational Gastrointestinal Cancer

“While many reviews have focused on research identifying microbial signatures associated with malignancies, including changes in diversity or evenness of GI microbial communities and depletion or overrepresentation of particular bacterial groups; this comprehensive review emphasizes research that explores the cause rather than effects of microbe-malignancy relationships.”

Animal models of human microbiome

Transfer of gut microbiota from lean and obese mice to antibiotic-treated mice – Merete Ellekilde, Ellika Selfjord, Christian S. Larsen, Maja Jakesevic, Ida Rune, Britt Tranberg, Finn K. Vogensen, Dennis S. Nielsen, Martin I. Bahl, Tine R. Licht, Axel K. Hansen & Camilla H. F. Hansen – Nature Scientific Reports

“To date, most studies of gut microbiota transfer are performed in germ-free mice. In the studies presented, it was tested whether an antibiotic treatment approach could be used instead. “

Postnatal Prebiotic Fiber Intake in Offspring Exposed to Gestational Protein Restriction Has Sex-Specific Effects on Insulin Resistance and Intestinal Permeability in Rats – Megan C. Hallam and Raylene A. Reimer – Journal of Nutrition

“At 24 wk of age, glucose tolerance, body composition, satiety hormones, gut microbiota, and markers of intestinal permeability were measured in the offspring. “

A polyphenol-rich cranberry extract protects from diet-induced obesity, insulin resistance and intestinal inflammation in association with increased Akkermansia spp. population in the gut microbiota of mice – Fernando F Anhê – Gut

CE exerts beneficial metabolic effects through improving HFHS diet-induced features of the metabolic syndrome, which is associated with a proportional increase in Akkermansia spp. population.”


Human microbiome, July 9

Microbiome in pediatric Crohn’s disease patients, tipping elements in the human intestinal ecosystem, and oral microbes in the respiratory tract of carcinoma patients.

Gut microbiome

Crohn diseasePediatric Crohn disease patients exhibit specific ileal transcriptome and microbiome signature – Yael Haberman – Journal of Clinical Investigation

“Here, we characterized the global pattern of ileal gene expression and the ileal microbial community in 359 treatment-naive pediatric patients with CD, patients with ulcerative colitis (UC), and control individuals. “

Tipping elementsTipping elements in the human intestinal ecosystem – Leo Lahti – Nature Communications

“Here, based on a deep phylogenetic analysis of the intestinal microbiota in a thousand western adults, we identify groups of bacteria that exhibit robust bistable abundance distributions. These bacteria are either abundant or nearly absent in most individuals, and exhibit decreased temporal stability at the intermediate abundance range. “

Respiratory microbiome

Detection and identification of oral anaerobes in intraoperative bronchial fluids of patients with pulmonary carcinoma – Ayako Hasegawa – Microbiology & Immunology

“This study aimed to quantify and identify bacteria in intraoperative bronchial fluids and to evaluate the relationship between impairment of cough/swallowing reflexes and silent aspiration of oral bacteria in elderly patients. “

A large genomic island allows Neisseria meningitidis to utilize propionic acid, with implications for colonization of the human nasopharynx – Maria Chiara E. Catenazzi – Microbiology & Immunology

“This genomic island is absent from the close relative of N. meningitidis, the commensal Neisseria lactamica, which chiefly colonizes infants not adults. “

Animal models of microbiome and disease

Microbiota-Driven Immune Cellular Maturation Is Essential for Antibody-Mediated Adaptive Immunity to Staphylococcus aureus Infection in the Eye – Tanweer Zaidi – Infection and Immunity

“ In germfree mice, there was no protective efficacy of antibody to PNAG due to the lack of LY6G+ inflammatory cell coeffector recruitment to the cornea.”