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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912057/gut-microbiota-regulate-motor-deficits-and-neuroinflammation-in-a-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Timothy R Sampson, Justine W Debelius, Taren Thron, Stefan Janssen, Gauri G Shastri, Zehra Esra Ilhan, Collin Challis, Catherine E Schretter, Sandra Rocha, Viviana Gradinaru, Marie-Francoise Chesselet, Ali Keshavarzian, Kathleen M Shannon, Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede, Rob Knight, Sarkis K Mazmanian
The intestinal microbiota influence neurodevelopment, modulate behavior, and contribute to neurological disorders. However, a functional link between gut bacteria and neurodegenerative diseases remains unexplored. Synucleinopathies are characterized by aggregation of the protein α-synuclein (αSyn), often resulting in motor dysfunction as exemplified by Parkinson's disease (PD). Using mice that overexpress αSyn, we report herein that gut microbiota are required for motor deficits, microglia activation, and αSyn pathology...
December 1, 2016: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849584/lifestyle-chemistries-from-phones-for-individual-profiling
#2
Amina Bouslimani, Alexey V Melnik, Zhenjiang Xu, Amnon Amir, Ricardo R da Silva, Mingxun Wang, Nuno Bandeira, Theodore Alexandrov, Rob Knight, Pieter C Dorrestein
Imagine a scenario where personal belongings such as pens, keys, phones, or handbags are found at an investigative site. It is often valuable to the investigative team that is trying to trace back the belongings to an individual to understand their personal habits, even when DNA evidence is also available. Here, we develop an approach to translate chemistries recovered from personal objects such as phones into a lifestyle sketch of the owner, using mass spectrometry and informatics approaches. Our results show that phones' chemistries reflect a personalized lifestyle profile...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822557/migraines-are-correlated-with-higher-levels-of-nitrate-nitrite-and-nitric-oxide-reducing-oral-microbes-in-the-american-gut-project-cohort
#3
Antonio Gonzalez, Embriette Hyde, Naseer Sangwan, Jack A Gilbert, Erik Viirre, Rob Knight
Nitrates, such as cardiac therapeutics and food additives, are common headache triggers, with nitric oxide playing an important role. Facultative anaerobic bacteria in the oral cavity may contribute migraine-triggering levels of nitric oxide through the salivary nitrate-nitrite-nitric oxide pathway. Using high-throughput sequencing technologies, we detected observable and significantly higher abundances of nitrate, nitrite, and nitric oxide reductase genes in migraineurs versus nonmigraineurs in samples collected from the oral cavity and a slight but significant difference in fecal samples...
September 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822553/mockrobiota-a-public-resource-for-microbiome-bioinformatics-benchmarking
#4
Nicholas A Bokulich, Jai Ram Rideout, William G Mercurio, Arron Shiffer, Benjamin Wolfe, Corinne F Maurice, Rachel J Dutton, Peter J Turnbaugh, Rob Knight, J Gregory Caporaso
Mock communities are an important tool for validating, optimizing, and comparing bioinformatics methods for microbial community analysis. We present mockrobiota, a public resource for sharing, validating, and documenting mock community data resources, available at http://caporaso-lab.github.io/mockrobiota/. The materials contained in mockrobiota include data set and sample metadata, expected composition data (taxonomy or gene annotations or reference sequences for mock community members), and links to raw data (e...
September 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822543/the-oral-and-skin-microbiomes-of-captive-komodo-dragons-are-significantly-shared-with-their-habitat
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Embriette R Hyde, Jose A Navas-Molina, Se Jin Song, Jordan G Kueneman, Gail Ackermann, Cesar Cardona, Gregory Humphrey, Don Boyer, Tom Weaver, Joseph R Mendelson, Valerie J McKenzie, Jack A Gilbert, Rob Knight
Examining the way in which animals, including those in captivity, interact with their environment is extremely important for studying ecological processes and developing sophisticated animal husbandry. Here we use the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) to quantify the degree of sharing of salivary, skin, and fecal microbiota with their environment in captivity. Both species richness and microbial community composition of most surfaces in the Komodo dragon's environment are similar to the Komodo dragon's salivary and skin microbiota but less similar to the stool-associated microbiota...
July 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822526/preservation-methods-differ-in-fecal-microbiome-stability-affecting-suitability-for-field-studies
#6
Se Jin Song, Amnon Amir, Jessica L Metcalf, Katherine R Amato, Zhenjiang Zech Xu, Greg Humphrey, Rob Knight
Immediate freezing at -20°C or below has been considered the gold standard for microbiome preservation, yet this approach is not feasible for many field studies, ranging from anthropology to wildlife conservation. Here we tested five methods for preserving human and dog fecal specimens for periods of up to 8 weeks, including such types of variation as freeze-thaw cycles and the high temperature fluctuations often encountered under field conditions. We found that three of the methods-95% ethanol, FTA cards, and the OMNIgene Gut kit-can preserve samples sufficiently well at ambient temperatures such that differences at 8 weeks are comparable to differences among technical replicates...
May 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822524/from-sample-to-multi-omics-conclusions-in-under-48-hours
#7
Robert A Quinn, Jose A Navas-Molina, Embriette R Hyde, Se Jin Song, Yoshiki Vázquez-Baeza, Greg Humphrey, James Gaffney, Jeremiah J Minich, Alexey V Melnik, Jakob Herschend, Jeff DeReus, Austin Durant, Rachel J Dutton, Mahdieh Khosroheidari, Clifford Green, Ricardo da Silva, Pieter C Dorrestein, Rob Knight
Multi-omics methods have greatly advanced our understanding of the biological organism and its microbial associates. However, they are not routinely used in clinical or industrial applications, due to the length of time required to generate and analyze omics data. Here, we applied a novel integrated omics pipeline for the analysis of human and environmental samples in under 48 h. Human subjects that ferment their own foods provided swab samples from skin, feces, oral cavity, fermented foods, and household surfaces to assess the impact of home food fermentation on their microbial and chemical ecology...
March 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822521/geography-and-location-are-the-primary-drivers-of-office-microbiome-composition
#8
John Chase, Jennifer Fouquier, Mahnaz Zare, Derek L Sonderegger, Rob Knight, Scott T Kelley, Jeffrey Siegel, J Gregory Caporaso
In the United States, humans spend the majority of their time indoors, where they are exposed to the microbiome of the built environment (BE) they inhabit. Despite the ubiquity of microbes in BEs and their potential impacts on health and building materials, basic questions about the microbiology of these environments remain unanswered. We present a study on the impacts of geography, material type, human interaction, location in a room, seasonal variation, and indoor and microenvironmental parameters on bacterial communities in offices...
March 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822518/improved-bacterial-16s-rrna-gene-v4-and-v4-5-and-fungal-internal-transcribed-spacer-marker-gene-primers-for-microbial-community-surveys
#9
William Walters, Embriette R Hyde, Donna Berg-Lyons, Gail Ackermann, Greg Humphrey, Alma Parada, Jack A Gilbert, Janet K Jansson, J Gregory Caporaso, Jed A Fuhrman, Amy Apprill, Rob Knight
Designing primers for PCR-based taxonomic surveys that amplify a broad range of phylotypes in varied community samples is a difficult challenge, and the comparability of data sets amplified with varied primers requires attention. Here, we examined the performance of modified 16S rRNA gene and internal transcribed spacer (ITS) primers for archaea/bacteria and fungi, respectively, with nonaquatic samples. We moved primer bar codes to the 5' end, allowing for a range of different 3' primer pairings, such as the 515f/926r primer pair, which amplifies variable regions 4 and 5 of the 16S rRNA gene...
January 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822515/open-source-sequence-clustering-methods-improve-the-state-of-the-art
#10
Evguenia Kopylova, Jose A Navas-Molina, Céline Mercier, Zhenjiang Zech Xu, Frédéric Mahé, Yan He, Hong-Wei Zhou, Torbjørn Rognes, J Gregory Caporaso, Rob Knight
Sequence clustering is a common early step in amplicon-based microbial community analysis, when raw sequencing reads are clustered into operational taxonomic units (OTUs) to reduce the run time of subsequent analysis steps. Here, we evaluated the performance of recently released state-of-the-art open-source clustering software products, namely, OTUCLUST, Swarm, SUMACLUST, and SortMeRNA, against current principal options (UCLUST and USEARCH) in QIIME, hierarchical clustering methods in mothur, and USEARCH's most recent clustering algorithm, UPARSE...
January 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27786218/let-researchers-try-new-paths
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COMMENT
Tolu Oni, Fabio Sciarrino, Gerardo Adesso, Rob Knight
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 26, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760558/tiny-microbes-enormous-impacts-what-matters-in-gut-microbiome-studies
#12
Justine Debelius, Se Jin Song, Yoshiki Vazquez-Baeza, Zhenjiang Zech Xu, Antonio Gonzalez, Rob Knight
Many factors affect the microbiomes of humans, mice, and other mammals, but substantial challenges remain in determining which of these factors are of practical importance. Considering the relative effect sizes of both biological and technical covariates can help improve study design and the quality of biological conclusions. Care must be taken to avoid technical bias that can lead to incorrect biological conclusions. The presentation of quantitative effect sizes in addition to P values will improve our ability to perform meta-analysis and to evaluate potentially relevant biological effects...
October 19, 2016: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756413/fat-and-vitamin-intakes-during-pregnancy-have-stronger-relations-with-a-pro-inflammatory-maternal-microbiota-than-does-carbohydrate-intake
#13
Siddhartha Mandal, Keith M Godfrey, Daniel McDonald, Will V Treuren, Jørgen V Bjørnholt, Tore Midtvedt, Birgitte Moen, Knut Rudi, Rob Knight, Anne Lise Brantsæter, Shyamal D Peddada, Merete Eggesbø
BACKGROUND: Although diet is known to have a major modulatory influence on gut microbiota, knowledge of the specific roles of particular vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients is limited. Modulation of the composition of the microbiota in pregnant women is especially important as maternal microbes are transferred during delivery and initiate the colonization process in the infant. We studied the associations between intake of specific dietary nutrients during pregnancy and gut microbiota composition...
October 19, 2016: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27732780/mass-spectrometry-based-visualization-of-molecules-associated-with-human-habitats
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Daniel Petras, Louis-Félix Nothias, Robert A Quinn, Theodore Alexandrov, Nuno Bandeira, Amina Bouslimani, Gabriel Castro-Falcón, Liangyu Chen, Tam Dang, Dimitrios J Floros, Vivian Y H Hook, Neha Garg, Nicole Hoffner, Yike Jiang, Clifford A Kapono, Irina Koester, Rob Knight, Christopher A Leber, Tiejun Ling, Tal Luzzatto-Knaan, Laura-Isobel McCall, Aaron Philip McGrath, Michael J Meehan, Jonathan K Merritt, Robert H Mills, Jamie Morton, Sonia Podvin, Ivan Protsyuk, Trevor Purdy, Kendall Satterfield, Stephen Searles, Sahil Shah, Sarah Shires, Dana Steffen, Margot White, Jelena Todoric, Robert Tuttle, Aneta Wojnicz, Valerie Sapp, Fernando Vargas, Jin Yang, Chao Zhang, Pieter C Dorrestein
The cars we drive, the homes we live in, the restaurants we visit, and the labs and offices we work in are all a part of the modern human habitat. Remarkably, little is known about the diversity of chemicals present in these environments and to what degree molecules from our bodies influence the built environment that surrounds us and vice versa. We therefore set out to visualize the chemical diversity of five built human habitats together with their occupants, to provide a snapshot of the various molecules to which humans are exposed on a daily basis...
October 12, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27694806/dog-and-human-inflammatory-bowel-disease-rely-on-overlapping-yet-distinct-dysbiosis-networks
#15
Yoshiki Vázquez-Baeza, Embriette R Hyde, Jan S Suchodolski, Rob Knight
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an autoimmune condition that is difficult to diagnose, and animal models of this disease have questionable human relevance(1). Here, we show that the dysbiosis network underlying IBD in dogs differs from that in humans, with some bacteria such as Fusobacterium switching roles between the two species (as Bacteroides fragilis switches roles between humans and mice)(2). For example, a dysbiosis index trained on humans fails when applied to dogs, but a dog-specific dysbiosis index achieves high correlations with the overall dog microbial community diversity patterns...
October 3, 2016: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27686615/precision-medicine-in-alcoholic-and-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-via-modulating-the-gut-microbiota
#16
REVIEW
Sena Bluemel, Brandon Williams, Rob Knight, Bernd Schnabl
Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) represent a major health burden in industrialized countries. Although alcohol abuse and nutrition play a central role in disease pathogenesis, preclinical models support a contribution of the gut microbiota to ALD and NAFLD. This review describes changes in the intestinal microbiota compositions related to ALD and NAFLD. Findings from in vitro, animal, and human studies are used to explain how intestinal pathology contributes to disease progression...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27686380/effects-of-field-conditions-on-fecal-microbiota
#17
Vanessa L Hale, Chia L Tan, Kefeng Niu, Yeqin Yang, Duoying Cui, Hongxia Zhao, Rob Knight, Katherine R Amato
Gut microbiota can provide great insight into host health, and studies of the gut microbiota in wildlife are becoming more common. However, the effects of field conditions on gut microbial samples are unknown. This study addresses the following questions: 1) How do environmental factors such as sunlight and insect infestations affect fecal microbial DNA? 2) How does fecal microbial DNA change over time after defecation? 3) How does storage method affect microbial DNA? Fresh fecal samples were collected, pooled, and homogenized from a family group of 6 spider monkeys, Ateles geoffroyi...
November 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27670121/culturing-looking-it-up-in-our-gut
#18
Clarisse Marotz, Rob Knight
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27666579/heritable-components-of-the-human-fecal-microbiome-are-associated-with-visceral-fat
#19
Michelle Beaumont, Julia K Goodrich, Matthew A Jackson, Idil Yet, Emily R Davenport, Sara Vieira-Silva, Justine Debelius, Tess Pallister, Massimo Mangino, Jeroen Raes, Rob Knight, Andrew G Clark, Ruth E Ley, Tim D Spector, Jordana T Bell
BACKGROUND: Variation in the human fecal microbiota has previously been associated with body mass index (BMI). Although obesity is a global health burden, the accumulation of abdominal visceral fat is the specific cardio-metabolic disease risk factor. Here, we explore links between the fecal microbiota and abdominal adiposity using body composition as measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry in a large sample of twins from the TwinsUK cohort, comparing fecal 16S rRNA diversity profiles with six adiposity measures...
September 26, 2016: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27602409/extreme-dysbiosis-of-the-microbiome-in-critical-illness
#20
Daniel McDonald, Gail Ackermann, Ludmila Khailova, Christine Baird, Daren Heyland, Rosemary Kozar, Margot Lemieux, Karrie Derenski, Judy King, Christine Vis-Kampen, Rob Knight, Paul E Wischmeyer
Critical illness is hypothesized to associate with loss of "health-promoting" commensal microbes and overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria (dysbiosis). This dysbiosis is believed to increase susceptibility to nosocomial infections, sepsis, and organ failure. A trial with prospective monitoring of the intensive care unit (ICU) patient microbiome using culture-independent techniques to confirm and characterize this dysbiosis is thus urgently needed. Characterizing ICU patient microbiome changes may provide first steps toward the development of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions using microbiome signatures...
July 2016: MSphere
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