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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054873/the-enigmatic-genome-of-an-obligate-ancient-spiroplasma-symbiont-in-a-hadal-holothurian
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Li-Sheng He, Pei-Wei Zhang, Jiao-Mei Huang, Fang-Chao Zhu, Antoine Danchin, Yong Wang
Protective symbiosis has been reported in many organisms, but the molecular mechanisms of the mutualistic interactions between the symbionts and their host are unclear. Here, we sequenced the 424-Kbp genome of "Candidatus Spiroplasma holothuricola" that dominated the hindgut microbiome of a sea cucumber, a major scavenger captured in the Mariana trench (6140m depth). Phylogenetic relationships indicated that the dominant bacterium in the hindgut was derived from a basal group of Spiroplasma sp. In this organism, the genes responsible for biosynthesis of amino acids, glycolysis and sugar transporters were lost, strongly suggesting endosymbiosis...
October 20, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052539/engineering-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-gut-bacteria
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Brian P Landry, Jeffrey J Tabor
Genetically engineered bacteria have the potential to diagnose and treat a wide range of diseases linked to the gastrointestinal tract, or gut. Such engineered microbes will be less expensive and invasive than current diagnostics and more effective and safe than current therapeutics. Recent advances in synthetic biology have dramatically improved the reliability with which bacteria can be engineered with the sensors, genetic circuits, and output (actuator) genes necessary for diagnostic and therapeutic functions...
October 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052511/q-a-what-are-pathogens-and-what-have-they-done-to-and-for-us
#3
Francois Balloux, Lucy van Dorp
Microbes are found on us, within us and around us. They inhabit virtually every environment on the planet and the bacteria carried by an average human, mostly in their gut, outnumber human cells. The vast majority of microbes are harmless to us, and many play essential roles in plant, animal and human health. Others, however, are either obligate or facultative pathogens exerting a spectrum of deleterious effects on their hosts. Infectious diseases have historically represented the most common cause of death in humans until recently, exceeding by far the toll taken by wars or famines...
October 19, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051554/recombinant-incretin-secreting-microbe-improves-metabolic-dysfunction-in-high-fat-diet-fed-rodents
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Paul M Ryan, Elaine Patterson, Robert M Kent, Helena Stack, Paula M O'Connor, Kiera Murphy, Veronica L Peterson, Rupasri Mandal, David S Wishart, Timothy G Dinan, John F Cryan, Randy J Seeley, Catherine Stanton, R Paul Ross
The gut hormone glucagon-like peptide (GLP)-1 and its analogues represent a new generation of anti-diabetic drugs, which have also demonstrated propensity to modulate host lipid metabolism. Despite this, drugs of this nature are currently limited to intramuscular administration routes due to intestinal degradation. The aim of this study was to design a recombinant microbial delivery vector for a GLP-1 analogue and assess the efficacy of the therapeutic in improving host glucose, lipid and cholesterol metabolism in diet induced obese rodents...
October 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048927/early-origins-of-asthma-role-of-microbial-dysbiosis-and-metabolic-dysfunction
#5
Fernando D Martinez, Stefano Guerra
Asthma is a developmental disease that affects airway growth and is characterized by inappropriate responses to a variety of environmental stimuli. Recent advances point to two altered early life pathways as major determinants of asthma risk. In the "microbial" pathway, pre- and post-natal exposures to microbiota-loaded farm environments block gene-virus interactions (e.g., interactions between risk alleles in chromosome 17q21 and lower respiratory illnesses [LRI] by rhinovirus) that are associated with asthma development...
October 19, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048537/group-living-and-male-dispersal-predict-the-core-gut-microbiome-in-wild-baboons
#6
Laura E Grieneisen, Josh Livermore, Susan Alberts, Jenny Tung, Elizabeth A Archie
The mammalian gut microbiome plays a profound role in the physiology, metabolism, and overall health of its host. However, biologists have only a nascent understanding of the forces that drive inter-individual heterogeneity in gut microbial composition, especially the role of host social environment. Here we used 178 samples from 78 wild yellow baboons (Papio cynocephalus) living in two social groups to test how host social context, including group living, social interactions within groups, and transfer between social groups (e...
October 1, 2017: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048482/n-acetylglucosamine-more-than-a-silent-partner-in-insulin-resistance
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Geoffrey G Hesketh, James W Dennis
Pedersen et al. (Pedersen HK, Gudmundsdottir V, Nielsen HB, Hyotylainen T, Nielsen T, Jensen BA, Forslund K, Hildebrand F, Prifti E, Falony G, et al. 2016. Human gut microbes impact host serum metabolome and insulin sensitivity. Nature. 535: 376-381.) report that human serum levels of branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) and N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) increase in proportion to insulin resistance. They focus on the microbiome and the contributing subset of microbe species, thereby demonstrating disease causality in mice...
July 1, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047329/genome-sequencing-of-39-akkermansia-muciniphila-isolates-reveals-its-population-structure-genomic-and-functional-diverisity-and-global-distribution-in-mammalian-gut-microbiotas
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Xianfeng Guo, Shenghui Li, Jiachun Zhang, Feifan Wu, Xiangchun Li, Dan Wu, Min Zhang, Zihao Ou, Zhuye Jie, Qiulong Yan, Peng Li, Jiangfeng Yi, Yongzheng Peng
BACKGROUND: Akkermansia muciniphila is one of the most dominant bacteria that resides on the mucus layer of intestinal tract and plays key role in human health, however, little is known about its genomic content. RESULTS: Herein, we for the first time characterized the genomic architecture of A. muciniphila based on whole-genome sequencing, assembling, and annotating of 39 isolates derived from human and mouse feces. We revealed a flexible open pangenome of A. muciniphila currently consisting of 5644 unique proteins...
October 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046233/association-among-gut-microbes-intestinal-physiology-and-autism
#9
Wei-Li Wu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 13, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045896/microbes-rev-up-host-metabolism-around-the-clock
#10
Geoffrey N Pronovost, Elaine Y Hsiao
There is increasing evidence that the microbiome regulates host metabolism, but specific mechanisms underlying these interactions remain poorly understood. In a recent paper in Science, Wang et al. (2017) reveal that the gut microbiota regulates the expression of circadian-clock genes to impact host lipid metabolism and body composition.
October 17, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044635/development-and-application-of-a-real-time-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-for-detection-of-a-novel-gut-bacteriophage-crassphage
#11
Yuying Liang, Xin Jin, Yuan Huang, Shuiping Chen
BACKGROUND: crAssphage is a novel and by far the most abundant bacteriophage in human gut. This bacteriophage might modulate gut microbiota balance so as to be involved in some diseases like obesity, diabetes, metabolic disorders, hypertension, and cancer. Therefore, a rapid and reliable detection and quantification method for crAssphage is essential for studying its molecular epidemiology and pathogenicity in human diseases. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The primers-probes set for the quantitative real-time PCR assay was designed based on the DNA polymerase gene (ORF00018) of crAssphage...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043005/impact-of-supplementation-with-a-food-derived-microbial-community-on-obesity-associated-inflammation-and-gut-microbiota-composition
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Marianna Roselli, Chiara Devirgiliis, Paola Zinno, Barbara Guantario, Alberto Finamore, Rita Rami, Giuditta Perozzi
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a complex pathology associated with dysbiosis, metabolic alterations, and low-grade chronic inflammation promoted by immune cells, infiltrating and populating the adipose tissue. Probiotic supplementation was suggested to be capable of counteracting obesity-associated immune and microbial alterations, based on its proven immunomodulatory activity and positive effect on gut microbial balance. Traditional fermented foods represent a natural source of live microbes, including environmental strains with probiotic features, which could transiently colonise the gut...
2017: Genes & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042495/impact-of-dietary-resistant-starch-on-the-human-gut-microbiome-metaproteome-and-metabolome
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Tanja V Maier, Marianna Lucio, Lang Ho Lee, Nathan C VerBerkmoes, Colin J Brislawn, Jörg Bernhardt, Regina Lamendella, Jason E McDermott, Nathalie Bergeron, Silke S Heinzmann, James T Morton, Antonio González, Gail Ackermann, Rob Knight, Katharina Riedel, Ronald M Krauss, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Janet K Jansson
Diet can influence the composition of the human microbiome, and yet relatively few dietary ingredients have been systematically investigated with respect to their impact on the functional potential of the microbiome. Dietary resistant starch (RS) has been shown to have health benefits, but we lack a mechanistic understanding of the metabolic processes that occur in the gut during digestion of RS. Here, we collected samples during a dietary crossover study with diets containing large or small amounts of RS. We determined the impact of RS on the gut microbiome and metabolic pathways in the gut, using a combination of "omics" approaches, including 16S rRNA gene sequencing, metaproteomics, and metabolomics...
October 17, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29041989/links-of-gut-microbiota-composition-with-alcohol-dependence-syndrome-and-alcoholic-liver-disease
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Veronika B Dubinkina, Alexander V Tyakht, Vera Y Odintsova, Konstantin S Yarygin, Boris A Kovarsky, Alexander V Pavlenko, Dmitry S Ischenko, Anna S Popenko, Dmitry G Alexeev, Anastasiya Y Taraskina, Regina F Nasyrova, Evgeny M Krupitsky, Nino V Shalikiani, Igor G Bakulin, Petr L Shcherbakov, Lyubov O Skorodumova, Andrei K Larin, Elena S Kostryukova, Rustam A Abdulkhakov, Sayar R Abdulkhakov, Sergey Y Malanin, Ruzilya K Ismagilova, Tatiana V Grigoryeva, Elena N Ilina, Vadim M Govorun
BACKGROUND: Alcohol abuse has deleterious effects on human health by disrupting the functions of many organs and systems. Gut microbiota has been implicated in the pathogenesis of alcohol-related liver diseases, with its composition manifesting expressed dysbiosis in patients suffering from alcoholic dependence. Due to its inherent plasticity, gut microbiota is an important target for prevention and treatment of these diseases. Identification of the impact of alcohol abuse with associated psychiatric symptoms on the gut community structure is confounded by the liver dysfunction...
October 17, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038988/can-the-gastrointestinal-microbiota-be-modulated-by-dietary-fibre-to-treat-obesity
#15
H C Davis
Recent research suggests that the human gastrointestinal microbiota is greatly involved in yielding, storing and expending energy from the diet; therefore, it may be a further factor in linking diet to obesity. The gut microbial composition is affected by diet throughout the human lifespan, and is highly dynamic and efficient in response to dietary alterations in particular to dietary fibre intake. Short-chained fatty acids (SCFA) are the bi-product of fibre fermentation and have both obesogenic and anti-obesogenic properties...
October 16, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038112/interplay-between-microbes-and-the-circadian-clock
#16
Paola Tognini, Mari Murakami, Paolo Sassone-Corsi
Circadian rhythms influence virtually all life forms on our planet, a notion that opens the question on how the circadian cycles of individual organisms may interplay with each other. In mammals, a potentially dangerous environmental stress is represented by encounters with infectious agents. Microbial attack is a major risk for organismal homeostasis and therefore needs to be efficiently counteracted by mechanisms implemented by the host immune system. Accumulating evidence shows that the immune system may anticipate an emerging pathogenic exposure through an enhanced inflammatory state...
October 16, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034327/high-fat-diet-changes-fungal-microbiomes-and-interkingdom-relationships-in-the-murine-gut
#17
Timothy Heisel, Emmanuel Montassier, Abigail Johnson, Gabriel Al-Ghalith, Yi-Wei Lin, Li-Na Wei, Dan Knights, Cheryl A Gale
Dietary fat intake and shifts in gut bacterial community composition are associated with the development of obesity. To date, characterization of microbiota in lean versus obese subjects has been dominated by studies of gut bacteria. Fungi, recently shown to affect gut inflammation, have received little study for their role in obesity. We sought to determine the effects of high-fat diet on fungal and bacterial community structures in a mouse model using the internal transcribed spacer region 2 (ITS2) of fungal ribosomal DNA (rDNA) and the 16S rRNA genes of bacteria...
September 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031410/harnessing-gut-microbes-for-mental-health-getting-from-here-to-there
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Annadora J Bruce-Keller, J Michael Salbaum, Hans-Rudolf Berthoud
There has been an explosion of interest in the study of microorganisms inhabiting the gastrointestinal tract (gut microbiota) and their impact on host health and physiology. Accumulating data suggest that altered communication between gut microbiota and host systems could participate in disorders such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, and autoimmune disorders as well as neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism, anxiety, and major depressive disorders. The conceptual development of the microbiome-gut-brain axis has facilitated understanding of the complex and bidirectional networks between gastrointestinal microbiota and their host, highlighting potential mechanisms through which this environment influences central nervous system physiology...
August 30, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030867/do-host-associated-gut-microbiota-mediate-the-effect-of-an-herbicide-on-disease-risk-in-frogs
#19
Sarah A Knutie, Caitlin Gabor, Kevin D Kohl, Jason R Rohr
1.Environmental stressors, such as pollutants, can increase disease risk in wildlife. For example, the herbicide atrazine affects host defenses (e.g. resistance and tolerance) of the amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), but the mechanisms for these associations are not always clear. Given that pollutants can alter the gut microbiota of hosts, which in turn can affect their health and immune systems, one potential mechanism by which pollutants could increase infection risk is by influencing host-associated microbiota...
October 14, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029218/dose-dependent-effects-on-replication-and-persistence-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhimurium-in-house-flies-diptera-muscidae
#20
Rabecca Chifanzwa, Dana Nayduch
Adult house flies (Musca domestica L.) ingest variable numbers of bacteria when they encounter microbe-rich substrates. Bacterial abundance may affect replication within the fly gut, which subsequently impacts vector potential. This study investigated the dose-dependent replication of GFP-expressing Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium (ex Kauffmann and Edwards1952) Le Minor and Popoff 1987, (Enterobacteriales: Enterobacteriaceae) (GFP S. Typhimurium) within the fly alimentary canal. Adult house flies were fed two doses (colony forming units, CFU) of GFP S...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
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