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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441565/gut-microbiota-small-molecules-modulate-host-cellular-functions
#1
Jacob M Luber, Aleksandar D Kostic
The human gut metagenome was recently discovered to encode vast collections of biosynthetic gene clusters with diverse chemical potential, almost none of which are yet functionally validated. Recent work elucidates common microbiome-derived biosynthetic gene clusters encoding peptide aldehydes that inhibit human proteases.
April 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441534/managing-the-plant-microbiome-for-biocontrol-fungi-examples-from-hypocreales
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REVIEW
Ryan M Kepler, Jude E Maul, Stephen A Rehner
Feeding an increasing global population requires continued improvements in agricultural efficiency and productivity. Meeting estimated future production levels requires the adoption of practices that increase output without environmental degradation associated with external inputs to supplement nutrition or control pests. Enriching the community of microbes associated with plants in agricultural systems for those providing ecosystem services such as pest control is one possible component towards achieving sustainable productivity increases...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441450/commensal-bacteria-and-essential-amino-acids-control-food-choice-behavior-and-reproduction
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Ricardo Leitão-Gonçalves, Zita Carvalho-Santos, Ana Patrícia Francisco, Gabriela Tondolo Fioreze, Margarida Anjos, Célia Baltazar, Ana Paula Elias, Pavel M Itskov, Matthew D W Piper, Carlos Ribeiro
Choosing the right nutrients to consume is essential to health and wellbeing across species. However, the factors that influence these decisions are poorly understood. This is particularly true for dietary proteins, which are important determinants of lifespan and reproduction. We show that in Drosophila melanogaster, essential amino acids (eAAs) and the concerted action of the commensal bacteria Acetobacter pomorum and Lactobacilli are critical modulators of food choice. Using a chemically defined diet, we show that the absence of any single eAA from the diet is sufficient to elicit specific appetites for amino acid (AA)-rich food...
April 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440278/an-insider-s-perspective-bacteroides-as-a-window-into-the-microbiome
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REVIEW
Aaron G Wexler, Andrew L Goodman
Over the last decade, our appreciation for the contribution of resident gut microorganisms-the gut microbiota-to human health has surged. However, progress is limited by the sheer diversity and complexity of these microbial communities. Compounding the challenge, the majority of our commensal microorganisms are not close relatives of Escherichia coli or other model organisms and have eluded culturing and manipulation in the laboratory. In this Review, we discuss how over a century of study of the readily cultured, genetically tractable human gut Bacteroides has revealed important insights into the biochemistry, genomics and ecology that make a gut bacterium a gut bacterium...
April 25, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439499/tick-pathogen-interactions-and-vector-competence-identification-of-molecular-drivers-for-tick-borne-diseases
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REVIEW
José de la Fuente, Sandra Antunes, Sarah Bonnet, Alejandro Cabezas-Cruz, Ana G Domingos, Agustín Estrada-Peña, Nicholas Johnson, Katherine M Kocan, Karen L Mansfield, Ard M Nijhof, Anna Papa, Nataliia Rudenko, Margarita Villar, Pilar Alberdi, Alessandra Torina, Nieves Ayllón, Marie Vancova, Maryna Golovchenko, Libor Grubhoffer, Santo Caracappa, Anthony R Fooks, Christian Gortazar, Ryan O M Rego
Ticks and the pathogens they transmit constitute a growing burden for human and animal health worldwide. Vector competence is a component of vectorial capacity and depends on genetic determinants affecting the ability of a vector to transmit a pathogen. These determinants affect traits such as tick-host-pathogen and susceptibility to pathogen infection. Therefore, the elucidation of the mechanisms involved in tick-pathogen interactions that affect vector competence is essential for the identification of molecular drivers for tick-borne diseases...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439295/production-of-high-concentration-n-caproic-acid-from-lactate-through-fermentation-using-a-newly-isolated-ruminococcaceae-bacterium-cpb6
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Xiaoyu Zhu, Yan Zhou, Yi Wang, Tingting Wu, Xiangzhen Li, Daping Li, Yong Tao
BACKGROUND: n-Caproic acid (CA), as a medium-chain carboxylic acid, is a valuable chemical feedstock for various industrial applications. The fermentative production of CA from renewable carbon sources has attracted a lot of attentions. Lactate is a significant intermediate waste in the anaerobic breakdown of carbohydrates that comprise 18-70% of the chemical oxygen demand (COD) in municipal and some industrial wastewaters. Recently, researchers (including our own group) reported the CA production using lactate as electron donor with newly identified microbiome systems...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439263/microbial-diversity-of-browning-peninsula-eastern-antarctica-revealed-using-molecular-and-cultivation-methods
#7
Sarita Pudasaini, John Wilson, Mukan Ji, Josie van Dorst, Ian Snape, Anne S Palmer, Brendan P Burns, Belinda C Ferrari
Browning Peninsula is an ice-free polar desert situated in the Windmill Islands, Eastern Antarctica. The entire site is described as a barren landscape, comprised of frost boils with soils dominated by microbial life. In this study, we explored the microbial diversity and edaphic drivers of community structure across this site using traditional cultivation methods, a novel approach the soil substrate membrane system (SSMS), and culture-independent 454-tag pyrosequencing. The measured soil environmental and microphysical factors of chlorine, phosphate, aspect and elevation were found to be significant drivers of the bacterial community, while none of the soil parameters analyzed were significantly correlated to the fungal community...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439121/bioinformatic-approaches-including-predictive-metagenomic-profiling-reveal-characteristics-of-bacterial-response-to-petroleum-hydrocarbon-contamination-in-diverse-environments
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Arghya Mukherjee, Bobby Chettri, James S Langpoklakpam, Pijush Basak, Aravind Prasad, Ashis K Mukherjee, Maitree Bhattacharyya, Arvind K Singh, Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay
Microbial remediation of oil polluted habitats remains one of the foremost methods for restoration of petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated environments. The development of effective bioremediation strategies however, require an extensive understanding of the resident microbiome of these habitats. Recent developments such as high-throughput sequencing has greatly facilitated the advancement of microbial ecological studies in oil polluted habitats. However, effective interpretation of biological characteristics from these large datasets remain a considerable challenge...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438965/radiation-induces-proinflammatory-dysbiosis-transmission-of-inflammatory-susceptibility-by-host-cytokine-induction
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Shiran Gerassy-Vainberg, Alexandra Blatt, Yael Danin-Poleg, Katya Gershovich, Edmond Sabo, Alex Nevelsky, Shahar Daniel, Aviva Dahan, Oren Ziv, Rishu Dheer, Maria T Abreu, Omry Koren, Yechezkel Kashi, Yehuda Chowers
OBJECTIVE: Radiation proctitis (RP) is a complication of pelvic radiotherapy which affects both the host and microbiota. Herein we assessed the radiation effect on microbiota and its relationship to tissue damage using a rectal radiation mouse model. DESIGN: We evaluated luminal and mucosa-associated dysbiosis in irradiated and control mice at two postradiation time points and correlated it with clinical and immunological parameters. Epithelial cytokine response was evaluated using bacterial-epithelial co-cultures...
April 24, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438359/impact-of-selectively-enriched-microbial-communities-on-long-term-fermentative-biohydrogen-production
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R Kanniah Goud, Kotakonda Arunasri, Dileep Kumar Yeruva, K Vamshi Krishna, Shikha Dahiya, S Venkata Mohan
The effect of selectively enriched inoculum for biohydrogen production and shifts in microbial communities was observed using anaerobic sequencing batch reactor (AnSBR). Significantly, combined pretreatment using acid and iodopropane resulted 3 fold increase in H2 production (8.65mol/kgCODR) over untreated control (2.63mol/kgCODR). Pretreatment showed significant shifts in the microbial communities which are thus accounted for enhanced H2 production. The high-throughput pyrosequence analysis depicted shifts in phylum Firmicutes and Proteobacteria...
March 27, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438217/a-powerful-microbiome-based-association-test-and-a-microbial-taxa-discovery-framework-for-comprehensive-association-mapping
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Hyunwook Koh, Martin J Blaser, Huilin Li
BACKGROUND: The role of the microbiota in human health and disease has been increasingly studied, gathering momentum through the use of high-throughput technologies. Further identification of the roles of specific microbes is necessary to better understand the mechanisms involved in diseases related to microbiome perturbations. METHODS: Here, we introduce a new microbiome-based group association testing method, optimal microbiome-based association test (OMiAT). OMiAT is a data-driven testing method which takes an optimal test throughout different tests from the sum of powered score tests (SPU) and microbiome regression-based kernel association test (MiRKAT)...
April 24, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438184/microbiota-activated-cd103-dcs-stemming-from-microbiota-adaptation-specifically-drive-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t17-proliferation-and-activation
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Chris Fleming, Yihua Cai, Xuan Sun, Venkatakrishna R Jala, Feng Xue, Samantha Morrissey, Yu-Ling Wei, Yueh-Hsiu Chien, Huang-Ge Zhang, Bodduluri Haribabu, Jian Huang, Jun Yan
BACKGROUND: IL-17-producing γδT cells (γδT17) promote autoinflammatory diseases and cancers. Yet, γδT17 peripheral regulation has not been thoroughly explored especially in the context of microbiota-host interaction. The potent antigen-presenting CD103(+) dendritic cell (DC) is a key immune player in close contact with both γδT17 cells and microbiota. This study presents a novel cellular network among microbiota, CD103(+) DCs, and γδT17 cells. METHODS: Immunophenotyping of IL-17r(-/-) mice and IL-17r(-/-) IRF8(-/-) mice were performed by ex vivo immunostaining and flow cytometric analysis...
April 24, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437665/jasmonic-acid-signalling-and-the-plant-holobiont
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REVIEW
Lilia C Carvalhais, Peer M Schenk, Paul G Dennis
The plant holobiont - which is the plant and its associated microbiome - is increasingly viewed as an evolving entity. Some interacting microbes that compose the microbiome assist plants in combating pathogens and herbivorous insects. However, knowledge of the factors that influence the microbiome in the context of defence signalling pathways is still in its infancy. Recent research reported that changes in jasmonic acid (JA) and salicylic acid signalling affects the root microbiome of Arabidopsis thaliana...
April 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437662/life-in-earth-the-root-microbiome-to-the-rescue
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REVIEW
Tim H Mauchline, Jacob G Malone
Manipulation of the soil microbiome holds great promise for contributing to more environmentally benign agriculture, with soil microbes such as Pseudomonas promoting plant growth and effectively suppressing pathogenic microorganisms. Next-generation sequencing has enabled a new generation of research into soil microbiomes, presenting the opportunity to better understand and exploit these valuable resources. Soil bacterial communities are both highly complex and variable, and contain vast interspecies and intraspecies diversity, both of which respond to environmental variation...
April 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437661/ecological-patterns-of-seed-microbiome-diversity-transmission-and-assembly
#15
REVIEW
Ashley Shade, Marie-Agnès Jacques, Matthieu Barret
Seeds are involved in the transmission of microorganisms from one plant generation to another and consequently act as the initial inoculum for the plant microbiota. The purpose of this mini-review is to provide an overview of current knowledge on the diversity, structure and role of the seed microbiota. The relative importance of the mode of transmission (vertical vs horizontal) of the microbial entities composing the seed microbiota as well as the potential connections existing between seed and other plant habitats such as the anthosphere and the spermosphere is discussed...
April 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437450/esprit-forest-parallel-clustering-of-massive-amplicon-sequence-data-in-subquadratic-time
#16
Yunpeng Cai, Wei Zheng, Jin Yao, Yujie Yang, Volker Mai, Qi Mao, Yijun Sun
The rapid development of sequencing technology has led to an explosive accumulation of genomic sequence data. Clustering is often the first step to perform in sequence analy- sis, and hierarchical clustering is one of the most commonly used approaches for this purpose. However, it is currently computationally expensive to perform hierarchical clustering of extremely large sequence datasets due to its quadratic time and space complexities. In this paper we developed a new algorithm called ESPRIT-Forest for parallel hierarchical clustering of sequences...
April 24, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437060/high-throughput-and-quantitative-measurement-of-microbial-metabolome-by-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-using-automated-alkyl-chloroformate-derivatization
#17
Linjing Zhao, Yan Ni, Mingming Su, Hongsen Li, Fangcong Dong, Wenlian Chen, Runmin Wei, Lulu Zhang, Seu-Ping Guiraud, François-Pierre J Martin, Cynthia Rajani, Guoxiang Xie, Wei Jia
The ability to identify and quantify small molecule metabolites derived from gut microbial-mammalian co-metabolism is essential for the understanding of the distinct metabolic functions of the microbiome. To date, analytical protocols that quantitatively measure a complete panel of microbial metabolites in biological samples have not been established, but urgently needed by the microbiome research community. Here, we report an automated high-throughput quantitative method using a gas chromatography/time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC/TOFMS) platform to simultaneously measure over one hundred microbial metabolites in human serum, urine, feces and Escherichia coli cell samples within 15 minutes per sample...
April 24, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436439/discovery-of-tauroursodeoxycholic-acid-biotransformation-enzymes-from-the-gut-microbiome-of-black-bears-using-metagenomics
#18
Can Song, Bochu Wang, Jun Tan, Liancai Zhu, Deshuai Lou
Tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA) has been used to treat many diseases effectively. 7α-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (7α-HSDH) and 7β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (7β-HSDH) are two key enzymes that drive the efficient biosynthesis of TUDCA from taurochenodeoxycholic acid (TCDCA) in vitro. In this study, a metagenomic approach was used to isolate 7α- and 7β-HSDHs from fecal samples of black bears. Five new 7α-HSDHs and one new 7β-HSDH enzyme were discovered and identified from the gut microbiota of black bears, and four of them presented good enzymatic properties...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436097/the-vaginal-microbiome-and-gynaecological-cancer-exercise-caution-when-considering-causation
#19
Neal C Ramchander, Emma J Crosbie
Genital infection with high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) is extremely common in young, sexually active women, but most infections are transient and clear without ever causing disease. Persistent infection causes premalignant cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN), which, if left untreated, can undergo malignant transformation and become invasive cancer. Cervical cancer is thus considered a late, rare consequence of persistent high-risk HPV infection (Crosbie et al. Lancet 2013; 382:889-99). Factors that influence the acquisition of genital HPV and the rate of its natural clearance are therefore important in the pathogenesis of cervical cancer...
April 24, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435856/dynamic-microbiome-evolution-in-social-bees
#20
Waldan K Kwong, Luis A Medina, Hauke Koch, Kong-Wah Sing, Eunice Jia Yu Soh, John S Ascher, Rodolfo Jaffé, Nancy A Moran
The highly social (eusocial) corbiculate bees, comprising the honey bees, bumble bees, and stingless bees, are ubiquitous insect pollinators that fulfill critical roles in ecosystem services and human agriculture. Here, we conduct wide sampling across the phylogeny of these corbiculate bees and reveal a dynamic evolutionary history behind their microbiota, marked by multiple gains and losses of gut associates, the presence of generalist as well as host-specific strains, and patterns of diversification driven, in part, by host ecology (for example, colony size)...
March 2017: Science Advances
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