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Human Microbiome

The human microbiome is the set of all microbes that live on or in humans. Together, a human body and its associated microbiomes constitute a human holobiont. Although a human holobiont is mostly mammal by weight, by cell count it is mostly microbial. The number of microbial genes in the associated microbiomes far outnumber the number of human genes in the human genome. Just as humans (and other multicellular eukaryotes) evolved in the constant presence of gravity, so they also evolved in the constant presence of microbes. Consequently, nearly every aspect of human biology has evolved to deal with, and to take advantage of, the existence of associated microbiota. In some cases, the absence of a "normal microbiome" can cause disease, which can be treated by the transplant of a correct microbiome from a healthy donor. For example, fecal transplants are an effective treatment for chronic diarrhea from over abundant Clostridium difficile bacteria in the gut.

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RevDate: 2018-09-19

Little MS, Ervin SM, Walton WG, et al (2018)

Active Site Flexibility Revealed in Crystal Structures of Parabacteroides merdae β-Glucuronidase from the Human Gut Microbiome.

Protein science : a publication of the Protein Society [Epub ahead of print].

β-Glucuronidase (GUS) enzymes in the gastrointestinal tract are involved in maintaining mammalian-microbial symbiosis and can play key roles in drug efficacy and toxicity. Parabacteroides merdae GUS was identified as an abundant mini-Loop 2 (mL2) type GUS enzyme in the Human Microbiome Project gut metagenomic database. Here, we report the crystal structure of P. merdae GUS and highlight the differences between this enzyme and extant structures of gut microbial GUS proteins. We find that P. merdae GUS exhibits a distinct tetrameric quaternary structure and that the mL2 motif traces a unique path within the active site, which also includes two arginines distinctive to this GUS. We observe two states of the P. merdae GUS active site; a loop repositions itself by more than 50 Å to place a functionally-relevant residue into the enzyme's catalytic site. Finally, we find that P. merdae GUS is able to bind to homo- and heteropolymers of the polysaccharide alginic acid. Together, these data broaden our understanding of the structural and functional diversity in the GUS family of enzymes present in the human gut microbiome and point to specialization as an important feature of microbial GUS orthologs. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

RevDate: 2018-09-18

Randolph TW, Zhao S, Copeland W, et al (2018)


The annals of applied statistics, 12(1):540-566.

The analysis of human microbiome data is often based on dimension-reduced graphical displays and clusterings derived from vectors of microbial abundances in each sample. Common to these ordination methods is the use of biologically motivated definitions of similarity. Principal coordinate analysis, in particular, is often performed using ecologically defined distances, allowing analyses to incorporate context-dependent, non-Euclidean structure. In this paper, we go beyond dimension-reduced ordination methods and describe a framework of high-dimensional regression models that extends these distance-based methods. In particular, we use kernel-based methods to show how to incorporate a variety of extrinsic information, such as phylogeny, into penalized regression models that estimate taxonspecific associations with a phenotype or clinical outcome. Further, we show how this regression framework can be used to address the compositional nature of multivariate predictors comprised of relative abundances; that is, vectors whose entries sum to a constant. We illustrate this approach with several simulations using data from two recent studies on gut and vaginal microbiomes. We conclude with an application to our own data, where we also incorporate a significance test for the estimated coefficients that represent associations between microbial abundance and a percent fat.

RevDate: 2018-09-18

Lin H, He QY, Shi L, et al (2018)

Proteomics and the microbiome: pitfalls and potential.

Expert review of proteomics [Epub ahead of print].

INTRODUCTION: Human symbiotic microbiota are now known to play important roles in human health and disease. Significant progress in our understanding of the human microbiome has been driven by recent technological advances in the fields of genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics. As a complementary method to metagenomics, proteomics is enabling detailed protein profiling of the microbiome to decipher its structure and function and to analyse its relationship with the human body. Faecal proteomics is being increasingly applied to discover and validate potential health and disease biomarkers, and TGA approved instrumentation and a range of clinical assays are being developed that will collectively play key roles in advancing personalized medicine. Areas covered: This review will introduce the complexity of the microbiome and its role in health and disease (in particular the gastrointestinal tract or gut microbiome), discuss current genomic and proteomic methods for studying this system, including the discovery of potential biomarkers, and outline the development of clinically accepted protocols leading to personalized medicine. Expert commentary: Recognition of the important role the microbiome plays in both health and disease is driving current research in this key area. A proteogenomics approach will be essential to unravel the biologies underlying this complex network.

RevDate: 2018-09-15

Zhan X, Xue L, Zheng H, et al (2018)

A small-sample kernel association test for correlated data with application to microbiome association studies.

Genetic epidemiology [Epub ahead of print].

Recent research has highlighted the importance of the human microbiome in many human disease and health conditions. Most current microbiome association analyses focus on unrelated samples; such methods are not appropriate for analysis of data collected from more advanced study designs such as longitudinal and pedigree studies, where outcomes can be correlated. Ignoring such correlations can sometimes lead to suboptimal results or even possibly biased conclusions. Thus, new methods to handle correlated outcome data in microbiome association studies are needed. In this paper, we propose the correlated sequence kernel association test (CSKAT) to address such correlations using the linear mixed model. Specifically, random effects are used to account for the outcome correlations and a variance component test is used to examine the microbiome effect. Compared to existing genetic association tests for longitudinal and family samples, we implement a correction procedure to better calibrate the null distribution of the score test statistic to accommodate the small sample size nature of data collected from a typical microbiome study. Comprehensive simulation studies are conducted to demonstrate the validity and efficiency of our method, and we show that CSKAT achieves a higher power than existing methods while correctly controlling the Type I error rate. We also apply our method to a microbiome data set collected from a UK twin study to illustrate its potential usefulness. A free implementation of our method in R software is available at

RevDate: 2018-09-14

Trinh P, Zaneveld JR, Safranek S, et al (2018)

One Health Relationships Between Human, Animal, and Environmental Microbiomes: A Mini-Review.

Frontiers in public health, 6:235.

The One Health concept stresses the ecological relationships between human, animal, and environmental health. Much of the One Health literature to date has examined the transfer of pathogens from animals (e.g., emerging zoonoses) and the environment to humans. The recent rapid development of technology to perform high throughput DNA sequencing has expanded this view to include the study of entire microbial communities. Applying the One Health approach to the microbiome allows for consideration of both pathogenic and non-pathogenic microbial transfer between humans, animals, and the environment. We review recent research studies of such transmission, the molecular and statistical methods being used, and the implications of such microbiome relationships for human health. Our review identified evidence that the environmental microbiome as well as the microbiome of animals in close contact can affect both the human microbiome and human health outcomes. Such microbiome transfer can take place in the household as well as the workplace setting. Urbanization of built environments leads to changes in the environmental microbiome which could be a factor in human health. While affected by environmental exposures, the human microbiome also can modulate the response to environmental factors through effects on metabolic and immune function. Better understanding of these microbiome interactions between humans, animals, and the shared environment will require continued development of improved statistical and ecological modeling approaches. Such enhanced understanding could lead to innovative interventions to prevent and manage a variety of human health and disease states.

RevDate: 2018-09-14

Hill AB, Beitelshees M, Nayerhoda R, et al (2018)

Engineering a Next-Generation Glycoconjugate-Like Streptococcus pneumoniae Vaccine.

ACS infectious diseases [Epub ahead of print].

We detail the development of a next-generation Streptococcus pneumoniae liposomal encapsulation of polysaccharides (LEPS) vaccine, with design characteristics geared toward best-in-class efficacy. The first generation LEPS vaccine, which contained 20 encapsulated pneumococcal capsular polysaccharides (CPSs) and two surface-displayed virulence-associated proteins (GlpO and PncO), enabling prophylactic potency against 70+ serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae (the causative agent of pneumococcal disease), was rationally redesigned for advanced clinical readiness and best-in-class coverage. In doing so, the virulent-specific GlpO protein antigen was removed from the final formulation due to off-target immunogenicity toward bacterial species within the human microbiome, while directed protection was maintained by increasing the dose of PncO from 17 to 68 μg. LEPS formulation parameters also readily facilitated an increase in CPS valency (to a total of 24) and systematic variation in protein-liposome attachment mechanisms in anticipation of clinical translation. An additional safety assessment study demonstrated that LEPS does not exhibit appreciable toxicological effects even when administered at ten times the effective dose. In summary, this new design offers the broadest, safest, and most-complete protection while maintaining desirable glycoconjugate-like features, positioning the LEPS vaccine platform for clinical success and a global health impact.

RevDate: 2018-09-13

Ossorio PN, Y Zhou (2018)

Regulating stool for microbiota transplantation.

Gut microbes [Epub ahead of print].

In 2017 Gut Microbes published "A proposed definition of microbiota transplantation for regulatory purposes," in which the authors suggest that regulators should draw a line between microbiota transplants and biologic drugs composed of microbial communities (or other products derived from the human microbiome). They develop a definition of microbiota transplantation (MT) to help regulators draw such a line, and suggest that MT need not be, and cannot be, regulated as a biologic drug (a live biotherapeutic product). However, an agency's regulatory scrutiny of a medical product should be commensurate with that product's degree of risk to patients. Products for MT, such as stool, are likely to be as or more dangerous than more highly manipulated microbial products that scientists and regulators agree should be regulated as biologic drugs. Therefore, we argue that MT, as defined by the authors, should receive the same regulatory oversight as any other biologic product intended to cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent disease. We also suggest that regulators might not be able to operationalize the proposed definition of MT.

RevDate: 2018-09-13

Alves LF, Westmann CA, Lovate GL, et al (2018)

Metagenomic Approaches for Understanding New Concepts in Microbial Science.

International journal of genomics, 2018:2312987.

Over the past thirty years, since the dawn of metagenomic studies, a completely new (micro) universe was revealed, with the potential to have profound impacts on many aspects of the society. Remarkably, the study of human microbiome provided a new perspective on a myriad of human traits previously regarded as solely (epi-) genetically encoded, such as disease susceptibility, immunological response, and social and nutritional behaviors. In this context, metagenomics has established a powerful framework for understanding the intricate connections between human societies and microbial communities, ultimately allowing for the optimization of both human health and productivity. Thus, we have shifted from the old concept of microbes as harmful organisms to a broader panorama, in which the signal of the relationship between humans and microbes is flexible and directly dependent on our own decisions and practices. In parallel, metagenomics has also been playing a major role in the prospection of "hidden" genetic features and the development of biotechnological applications, through the discovery of novel genes, enzymes, pathways, and bioactive molecules with completely new or improved biochemical functions. Therefore, this review highlights the major milestones over the last three decades of metagenomics, providing insights into both its potentialities and current challenges.

RevDate: 2018-09-12

Hidalgo-Cantabrana C, Sanozky-Dawes R, R Barrangou (2018)

Insights into the Human Virome Using CRISPR Spacers from Microbiomes.

Viruses, 10(9): pii:v10090479.

Due to recent advances in next-generation sequencing over the past decade, our understanding of the human microbiome and its relationship to health and disease has increased dramatically. Yet, our insights into the human virome, and its interplay with important microbes that impact human health, is relatively limited. Prokaryotic and eukaryotic viruses are present throughout the human body, comprising a large and diverse population which influences several niches and impacts our health at various body sites. The presence of prokaryotic viruses like phages, has been documented at many different body sites, with the human gut being the richest ecological niche. Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) and associated proteins constitute the adaptive immune system of bacteria, which prevents attack by invasive nucleic acid. CRISPR-Cas systems function by uptake and integration of foreign genetic element sequences into the CRISPR array, which constitutes a genomic archive of iterative vaccination events. Consequently, CRISPR spacers can be investigated to reconstruct interplay between viruses and bacteria, and metagenomic sequencing data can be exploited to provide insights into host-phage interactions within a niche. Here, we show how the CRISPR spacer content of commensal and pathogenic bacteria can be used to determine the evidence of their phage exposure. This framework opens new opportunities for investigating host-virus dynamics in metagenomic data, and highlights the need to dedicate more efforts for virome sampling and sequencing.

RevDate: 2018-09-12

Hendler R, Y Zhang (2018)

Probiotics in the Treatment of Colorectal Cancer.

Medicines (Basel, Switzerland), 5(3): pii:medicines5030101.

The human microbiome plays many roles in inflammation, drug metabolism, and even the development of cancer that we are only beginning to understand. Colorectal cancer has been a focus for study in this field as its pathogenesis and its response to treatment have both been linked to the functioning of microbiota. This literature review evaluates the animal and human studies that have explored this relationship. By manipulating the microbiome with interventions such as probiotic administration, we may be able to reduce colorectal cancer risk and improve the safety and effectiveness of cancer therapy even though additional clinical research is still necessary.

RevDate: 2018-09-11

Gardner CD, ME Hauser (2017)

Food Revolution.

American journal of lifestyle medicine, 11(5):387-396 pii:10.1177_1559827617696289.

Recent research has found important links between poor dietary choices, a toxic food environment, and high national and global burdens of chronic diseases. These findings serve as an impetus for a Food Revolution. The Gardner Nutrition Studies Research Group, along with a diverse range of collaborators, has been focusing on solution-oriented research to help find answers to the problems that plague the current food system. Research topics include (1) a recently completed weight loss diet study contrasting Healthy Low-Fat to Healthy Low-Carbohydrate diets among 609 overweight and obese adults; (2) a quasi-experimental study conducted among Stanford undergraduates that examined social and environmental, rather than health-focused, motivations for dietary change; (3) links between dietary fiber, the human microbiome, and immune function; and (4) ongoing collaborations with university chefs to create unapologetically delicious food for campus dining halls that is also healthy and environmentally sustainable. Most of these approaches emphasize plant-based diets. The decreased consumption of animal products has created some concern over the ability of one to obtain adequate protein intake. Evidence is presented that adequate protein is easily obtainable from vegetarian, vegan, and other diets that contain significantly less meat and fewer animal foods than the standard American diet.

RevDate: 2018-09-10

Xia Y, J Sun (2017)

Hypothesis Testing and Statistical Analysis of Microbiome.

Genes & diseases, 4(3):138-148.

After the initiation of Human Microbiome Project in 2008, various biostatistic and bioinformatic tools for data analysis and computational methods have been developed and applied to microbiome studies. In this review and perspective, we discuss the research and statistical hypotheses in gut microbiome studies, focusing on mechanistic concepts that underlie the complex relationships among host, microbiome, and environment. We review the current available statistic tools and highlight recent progress of newly developed statistical methods and models. Given the current challenges and limitations in biostatistic approaches and tools, we discuss the future direction in developing statistical methods and models for the microbiome studies.

RevDate: 2018-09-09

Dong TS, A Gupta (2018)

Influence of Early Life, Diet, and the Environment on the Microbiome.

Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association pii:S1542-3565(18)30946-7 [Epub ahead of print].

Advances in sequencing technology and bioinformatics have greatly enhanced our ability to understand the human microbiome. Over the last decade, a growing body of literature has linked nutrition and the environment to the microbiome and is now thought to be an important contributor to overall health. This paper reviews the literature from the past 10 years to highlight the influence of environmental factors such as diet, early life adversity and stress in shaping and modifying our microbiome towards health and disease. The review shows that many factors such as the mode of delivery, breast milk, stress, diet and medications can greatly influence the development of our gut microbiome and potentially make us more prone to certain diseases. By incorporating environmental factors into models that study the microbiome in the setting of health and disease, may provide a better understanding of disease and potentially new areas of treatment. To highlight this, we will additionally explore the role of the environment and the microbiome in the development of obesity and functional bowel disorders.

RevDate: 2018-09-08

Sharma A, JA Gilbert (2018)

Microbial exposure and human health.

Current opinion in microbiology, 44:79-87 pii:S1369-5274(18)30053-5 [Epub ahead of print].

The human body comprises of micro-ecosystem made up of trillions of microbes (i.e. bacteria, archaea, fungi, protists and viruses). The total microbial gene content, which is referred to as the human microbiome, is fundamental to human physiology and immunity. There exists an intricate relationship between the surrounding microbial world (i.e. the environment) and the endogenous human microbiome, mediated by the immune system. Disrupting this relationship can a profound effect on human health and disease. Understanding how microbial exposure influences immune response and the feedback on endogenous microbial metabolic activity could have profound implications for the development of novel microbial therapeutics. The term 'microbial exposure' is used generally to refer to exogenous environmental microbial interaction, while 'exposome' accounts for both the environmental exposures and the impact of lifestyle-associated microbial impacts, such as diet influences on endogenous microbial metabolism. In this review, we focus on how environment and lifestyle-associated microbial exposures shape the human immune system and microbiome, and how the resulting changes can shape human health, especially during critical developmental windows, that is prenatal, postnatal and adult. We conclude this review by proposing approaches to characterize the microbial exposome so as to accelerate the development of a precision microbial therapeutics for both practical and clinical intervention.

RevDate: 2018-09-07

Di Francesco L, Di Girolamo F, Mennini M, et al (2018)

A MALDI-TOF MS Approach for Mammalian, Human, and Formula Milks' Profiling.

Nutrients, 10(9): pii:nu10091238.

Human milk composition is dynamic, and substitute formulae are intended to mimic its protein content. The purpose of this study was to investigate the potentiality of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS), followed by multivariate data analyses as a tool to analyze the peptide profiles of mammalian, human, and formula milks. Breast milk samples from women at different lactation stages (2 (n = 5), 30 (n = 6), 60 (n = 5), and 90 (n = 4) days postpartum), and milk from donkeys (n = 4), cows (n = 4), buffaloes (n = 7), goats (n = 4), ewes (n = 5), and camels (n = 2) were collected. Different brands (n = 4) of infant formulae were also analyzed. Protein content (<30 kDa) was analyzed by MS, and data were exported for statistical elaborations. The mass spectra for each milk closely clustered together, whereas different milk samples resulted in well-separated mass spectra. Human samples formed a cluster in which colostrum constituted a well-defined subcluster. None of the milk formulae correlated with animal or human milk, although they were specifically characterized and correlated well with each other. These findings propose MALDI-TOF MS milk profiling as an analytical tool to discriminate, in a blinded way, different milk types. As each formula has a distinct specificity, shifting a baby from one to another formula implies a specific proteomic exposure. These profiles may assist in milk proteomics for easiness of use and minimization of costs, suggesting that the MALDI-TOF MS pipelines may be useful for not only milk adulteration assessments but also for the characterization of banked milk specimens in pediatric clinical settings.

RevDate: 2018-09-05

Zhu X, Wang J, Reyes-Gibby C, et al (2017)

Correction to: Processing and Analyzing Human Microbiome Data.

Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.), 1666:E1.

The original version of this chapter was inadvertently published without including the dbGaP acknowledgment. The updated chapter now contains that information.

RevDate: 2018-09-05

Strouse C, Mangalam A, J Zhang (2018)

Bugs in the system: bringing the human microbiome to bear in cancer immunotherapy.

Gut microbes [Epub ahead of print].

The influence of the composition of the human microbiome on the efficacy of cancer directed immunotherapies, such as antibodies directed against the programmed cell death 1 protein (PD-1) or its ligand (PD-L1), has garnered increasing attention as the role of immunotherapies in the care of cancer has grown. Dysbiosis (altered microbiota) has recently been reported to adversely affect the efficacy of cancer directed immunotherapies, and correction of this dysbiosis has the potential to improve the efficacy of these treatments. However, the exact mechanisms underlying this relationship remains unknown. Current methods for characterizing the microbiome likely capture only a small portion of the highly complex interaction between the microbiome and the immune system. Here we discuss the recent reports of the influence of dysbiosis on cancer immunotherapy, methods to more fully characterize the interaction between the microbiome and the immune system, and methods of modulating the immune system to improve the efficacy of cancer immunotherapy.

RevDate: 2018-09-05

Neil JA, K Cadwell (2018)

The Intestinal Virome and Immunity.

Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950), 201(6):1615-1624.

The composition of the human microbiome is considered a major source of interindividual variation in immunity and, by extension, susceptibility to diseases. Intestinal bacteria have been the major focus of research. However, diverse communities of viruses that infect microbes and the animal host cohabitate the gastrointestinal tract and collectively constitute the gut virome. Although viruses are typically investigated as pathogens, recent studies highlight a relationship between the host and animal viruses in the gut that is more akin to host-microbiome interactions and includes both beneficial and detrimental outcomes for the host. These viruses are likely sources of immune variation, both locally and extraintestinally. In this review, we describe the components of the gut virome, in particular mammalian viruses, and their ability to modulate host responses during homeostasis and disease.

RevDate: 2018-09-04

Riscuta G, Xi D, Pierre-Victor D, et al (2018)

Diet, Microbiome, and Epigenetics in the Era of Precision Medicine.

Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.), 1856:141-156.

Precision medicine is a revolutionary approach to disease prevention and treatment that takes into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology. The US National Institutes of Health has recently launched The All of Us Research Program (2016) to extend precision medicine to all diseases by building a national research cohort of one million or more US participants. This review is limited to how the human microbiome factors into precision medicine from the applied aspect of preventing and managing cancer. The Precision Medicine Initiative was established in an effort to address particular characteristics of each person with the aim to increase the effectiveness of medical interventions in terms of prevention and treatment of multiple diseases including cancer. Many factors contribute to the response to an intervention. The microbiome and microbially produced metabolites are capable of epigenetic modulation of gene activity, and can influence the response through these mechanisms. The fact that diet has an impact on microbiome implies that it will also affect the epigenetic mechanisms involving microbiota. In this chapter, we review some major epigenetic mechanisms, notably DNA methylation, chromatin remodeling and histone modification, and noncoding RNA, implicated in cancer prevention and treatment. Several examples of how microbially produced metabolites from food influence cancer risk and treatment response through epigenetic mechanisms will be discussed. Some challenges include the limited understanding of how diet shapes the microbiome and how to best evaluate those changes since both, diet and the microbiota, exhibit daily and seasonal variations. Ongoing research seeks to understand the relationship between the human microbiome and multiple diseases including cancer.

RevDate: 2018-09-04

Lee JYH, Monk IR, Gonçalves da Silva A, et al (2018)

Global spread of three multidrug-resistant lineages of Staphylococcus epidermidis.

Nature microbiology pii:10.1038/s41564-018-0230-7 [Epub ahead of print].

Staphylococcus epidermidis is a conspicuous member of the human microbiome, widely present on healthy skin. Here we show that S. epidermidis has also evolved to become a formidable nosocomial pathogen. Using genomics, we reveal that three multidrug-resistant, hospital-adapted lineages of S. epidermidis (two ST2 and one ST23) have emerged in recent decades and spread globally. These lineages are resistant to rifampicin through acquisition of specific rpoB mutations that have become fixed in the populations. Analysis of isolates from 96 institutions in 24 countries identified dual D471E and I527M RpoB substitutions to be the most common cause of rifampicin resistance in S. epidermidis, accounting for 86.6% of mutations. Furthermore, we reveal that the D471E and I527M combination occurs almost exclusively in isolates from the ST2 and ST23 lineages. By breaching lineage-specific DNA methylation restriction modification barriers and then performing site-specific mutagenesis, we show that these rpoB mutations not only confer rifampicin resistance, but also reduce susceptibility to the last-line glycopeptide antibiotics, vancomycin and teicoplanin. Our study has uncovered the previously unrecognized international spread of a near pan-drug-resistant opportunistic pathogen, identifiable by a rifampicin-resistant phenotype. It is possible that hospital practices, such as antibiotic monotherapy utilizing rifampicin-impregnated medical devices, have driven the evolution of this organism, once trivialized as a contaminant, towards potentially incurable infections.

RevDate: 2018-09-03

Meng S, Chen B, Yang J, et al (2018)

Study of Microbiomes in Aseptically Collected Samples of Human Breast Tissue Using Needle Biopsy and the Potential Role of in situ Tissue Microbiomes for Promoting Malignancy.

Frontiers in oncology, 8:318.

Mounting evidence suggests that changes in microbiome are linked to development of cancer and its aggressiveness. Microbiome profiles in human breast tissue previously presumed to be sterile, have recently been characterized using high-throughput technologies. Recent findings of microbiome variation between benign and malignant disease provides a rationale for exploring microbiomes associated with cancer during tumor progression. We assessed microbiomes of aseptically collected human breast tissue samples in this study, using needle biopsy from patients with benign and malignant tumors of different histological grading, using 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing. This is consistent with previous studies, and our results identified distinct microbiome profiles in breast tissues from women with cancer as compared to women with benign breast disease in Chinese cohorts. The enriched microbial biomarkers in malignant tissue included genus Propionicimonas and families Micrococcaceae, Caulobacteraceae, Rhodobacteraceae, Nocardioidaceae, Methylobacteriaceae, which appeared to be ethno-specific. Further, we compared microbiome profiles in malignant tissues of three different histological grades. The relative abundance of family Bacteroidaceae decreased and that of genus Agrococcus increased with the development of malignancy. KEGG pathways inferred by PICRUSt showed that biotin and glycerophospholipid metabolism had significant differences in all three grades. Glycerophospholipid and ribosome biogenesis increased in grade III tissue as compared to grades I and II. Flavonoid biosynthesis significantly decreased in grade III tissue. The specific correlation of these potential microbial biomarkers and indicated pathways with advanced disease could have broad implications in the diagnosis and staging of breast cancer. Further large-cohort investigation of the breast cancer microbiome and its potential mechanism in breast cancer development are essential.

RevDate: 2018-08-31

Willis-Owen SAG, Cookson WOC, MF Moffatt (2018)

The Genetics and Genomics of Asthma.

Annual review of genomics and human genetics, 19:223-246.

Asthma is a common, clinically heterogeneous disease with strong evidence of heritability. Progress in defining the genetic underpinnings of asthma, however, has been slow and hampered by issues of inconsistency. Recent advances in the tools available for analysis-assaying transcription, sequence variation, and epigenetic marks on a genome-wide scale-have substantially altered this landscape. Applications of such approaches are consistent with heterogeneity at the level of causation and specify patterns of commonality with a wide range of alternative disease traits. Looking beyond the individual as the unit of study, advances in technology have also fostered comprehensive analysis of the human microbiome and its varied roles in health and disease. In this article, we consider the implications of these technological advances for our current understanding of the genetics and genomics of asthma.

RevDate: 2018-08-31

Chanyi RM (2018)

The complete microbiologist, Dr. Terry Beveridge.

Canadian journal of microbiology, 64(9):643.

RevDate: 2018-08-30

Skelly E, Kapellas K, Cooper A, et al (2018)

Consequences of colonialism: A microbial perspective to contemporary Indigenous health.

American journal of physical anthropology [Epub ahead of print].

Nearly all Indigenous populations today suffer from worse health than their non-Indigenous counterparts, and despite interventions against known factors, this health "gap" has not improved. The human microbiome-the beneficial, diverse microbial communities that live on and within the human body-is a crucial component in developing and maintaining normal physiological health. Disrupting this ecosystem has repercussions for microbial functionality, and thus, human health. In this article, we propose that modern-day Indigenous population health may suffer from disrupted microbial ecosystems as a consequence of historical colonialism. Colonialism may have interrupted the established relationships between the environment, traditional lifeways, and microbiomes, altering the Indigenous microbiome with detrimental health consequences.

RevDate: 2018-08-29

Ma ZS (2018)

Sketching the Human Microbiome Biogeography with DAR (Diversity-Area Relationship) Profiles.

Microbial ecology pii:10.1007/s00248-018-1245-6 [Epub ahead of print].

SAR (species area relationship) is a classic ecological theory that has been extensively investigated and applied in the studies of global biogeography and biodiversity conservation in macro-ecology. It has also found important applications in microbial ecology in recent years thanks to the breakthroughs in metagenomic sequencing technology. Nevertheless, SAR has a serious limitation for practical applications-ignoring the species abundance and treating all species as equally abundant. This study aims to explore the biogeography discoveries of human microbiome over 18 sites of 5 major microbiome habitats, establish the baseline DAR (diversity-area scaling relationship) parameters, and perform comparisons with the classic SAR. The extension from SAR to DAR by adopting the Hill numbers as diversity measures not only overcomes the previously mentioned flaw of SAR but also allows for obtaining a series of important findings on the human microbiome biodiversity and biogeography. Specifically, two types of DAR models were built, the traditional power law (PL) and power law with exponential cutoff (PLEC), using comprehensive datasets from the HMP (human microbiome project). Furthermore, the biogeography "maps" for 18 human microbiome sites using their DAR profiles for assessing and predicting the diversity scaling across individuals, PDO profiles (pair-wise diversity overlap) for measuring diversity overlap (similarity), and MAD profile (for predicting the maximal accrual diversity in a population) were sketched out. The baseline biogeography maps for the healthy human microbiome diversity can offer guidelines for conserving human microbiome diversity and investigating the health implications of the human microbiome diversity and heterogeneity.

RevDate: 2018-08-29

Westerik N, Reid G, Sybesma W, et al (2018)

The Probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus for Alleviation of Helicobacter pylori-Associated Gastric Pathology in East Africa.

Frontiers in microbiology, 9:1873.

The probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) can play a role in establishing a harmless relationship with Helicobacter pylori and reduce gastric pathology in East African populations. H. pylori has the ability to inhabit the surface of the mucous layer of the human stomach and duodenum. In the developing world, an estimated 51% of the population is carrier of H. pylori, while in some Western countries these numbers dropped below 20%, which is probably associated with improved sanitation and smaller family sizes. Colonization by H. pylori can be followed by inflammation of the gastric mucus layer, and is a risk factor in the development of atrophic gastritis, peptic ulcers and gastric cancer. Notwithstanding the higher prevalence of H. pylori carriers in developing countries, no equal overall increase in gastric pathology is found. This has been attributed to a less pro-inflammatory immune response to H. pylori in African compared to Caucasian populations. In addition, a relatively low exposure to other risk factors in certain African populations may play a role, including the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, smoking, and diets without certain protective factors. A novel approach to the reduction of H. pylori associated gastric pathology is found in the administration of the probiotic bacterium Lactobacillus rhamnosus yoba 2012 (LRY), the generic variant of LGG. This gastro-intestinal isolate inhibits H. pylori by competition for substrate and binding sites as well as production of antimicrobial compounds such as lactic acid. In addition, it attenuates the host's H. pylori-induced apoptosis and inflammation responses and stimulates angiogenesis in the gastric and duodenal epithelium. The probiotic LRY is not able to eradicate H. pylori completely, but its co-supplementation in antibiotic eradication therapy has been shown to relieve side effects of this therapy. In Uganda, unlike other African countries, gastric pathology is relatively common, presumably resulting from the lack of dietary protective factors in the traditional diet. Supplementation with LRY through local production of probiotic yogurt, could be a solution to establish a harmless relationship with H. pylori and reduce gastric pathology and subsequent eradication therapy treatment.

RevDate: 2018-08-29

Kho ZY, SK Lal (2018)

The Human Gut Microbiome - A Potential Controller of Wellness and Disease.

Frontiers in microbiology, 9:1835.

Interest toward the human microbiome, particularly gut microbiome has flourished in recent decades owing to the rapidly advancing sequence-based screening and humanized gnotobiotic model in interrogating the dynamic operations of commensal microbiota. Although this field is still at a very preliminary stage, whereby the functional properties of the complex gut microbiome remain less understood, several promising findings have been documented and exhibit great potential toward revolutionizing disease etiology and medical treatments. In this review, the interactions between gut microbiota and the host have been focused on, to provide an overview of the role of gut microbiota and their unique metabolites in conferring host protection against invading pathogen, regulation of diverse host physiological functions including metabolism, development and homeostasis of immunity and the nervous system. We elaborate on how gut microbial imbalance (dysbiosis) may lead to dysfunction of host machineries, thereby contributing to pathogenesis and/or progression toward a broad spectrum of diseases. Some of the most notable diseases namely Clostridium difficile infection (infectious disease), inflammatory bowel disease (intestinal immune-mediated disease), celiac disease (multisystemic autoimmune disorder), obesity (metabolic disease), colorectal cancer, and autism spectrum disorder (neuropsychiatric disorder) have been discussed and delineated along with recent findings. Novel therapies derived from microbiome studies such as fecal microbiota transplantation, probiotic and prebiotics to target associated diseases have been reviewed to introduce the idea of how certain disease symptoms can be ameliorated through dysbiosis correction, thus revealing a new scientific approach toward disease treatment. Toward the end of this review, several research gaps and limitations have been described along with suggested future studies to overcome the current research lacunae. Despite the ongoing debate on whether gut microbiome plays a role in the above-mentioned diseases, we have in this review, gathered evidence showing a potentially far more complex link beyond the unidirectional cause-and-effect relationship between them.

RevDate: 2018-08-28

Xu W, Luo Z, Alekseyenko AV, et al (2018)

Distinct systemic microbiome and microbial translocation are associated with plasma level of anti-CD4 autoantibody in HIV infection.

Scientific reports, 8(1):12863 pii:10.1038/s41598-018-31116-y.

Microbial signals have been linked to autoantibody induction. Recently, we found that purified anti-CD4 autoantibodies from the plasma of chronic HIV-1-infected patients under viral-suppressed antiretroviral therapy (ART) play a pathologic role in poor CD4+ T cell recovery. The purpose of the study was to investigate the association of systemic microbiome and anti-CD4 autoantibody production in HIV. Plasma microbiome from 12 healthy controls and 22 HIV-infected subjects under viral-suppressed ART were analyzed by MiSeq sequencing. Plasma level of autoantibodies and microbial translocation (LPS, total bacterial 16S rDNA, soluble CD14, and LPS binding protein) were analyzed by ELISA, limulus amebocyte assay, and qPCR. We found that plasma level of anti-CD4 IgGs but not anti-CD8 IgGs was increased in HIV+ subjects compared to healthy controls. HIV+ subjects with plasma anti-CD4 IgG > 50 ng/mL (high) had reduced microbial diversity compared to HIV+ subjects with anti-CD4 IgG ≤ 50 ng/mL (low). Moreover, plasma anti-CD4 IgG level was associated with elevated microbial translocation and reduced microbial diversity in HIV+ subjects. The Alphaproteobacteria class was significantly enriched in HIV+ subjects with low anti-CD4 IgG compared to patients with high anti-CD4 IgG even after controlling for false discovery rate (FDR). The microbial components were different from the phylum to genus level in HIV+ subjects with high anti-CD4 IgGs compared to the other two groups, but these differences were not significant after controlling for FDR. These results suggest that systemic microbial translocation and microbiome may associate with anti-CD4 autoantibody production in ART-treated HIV disease.

RevDate: 2018-08-27

Suda W, Ogata Y, S Nishijima (2018)

[Analysis of human microbiome using NGS.].

Clinical calcium, 28(9):1274-1281.

Recently, next generation sequencers(NGS)became prevalent and enable us possible to comprehensively analyze the entire human microbiome community structures including difficult-to-culture microbes. In this review, we introduce the NGS-based analytical methods of human microbiome, called "meta-16S analysis" and "metagenomic analysis", then show several fundamental data basing these analyses. Furthermore, we also introduce the importance of database improvement used for analysis and the DNA preparation method from human samples.

RevDate: 2018-08-25

Friedman ES, Li Y, Shen TD, et al (2018)

FXR-Dependent Modulation of the Human Small Intestinal Microbiome by the Bile Acid Derivative Obeticholic Acid.

Gastroenterology pii:S0016-5085(18)34887-X [Epub ahead of print].

BACKGROUND & AIMS: Intestinal bacteria can modify the composition of bile acids and bile acids, which are regulated by the farnesoid X receptor (FXR), affect the survival and growth of gut bacteria. We studied the effects of obeticholic acid (OCA), a bile acid analog and FXR agonist, on the intestinal microbiomes of humans and mice.

METHODS: We performed a phase 1 study in 24 healthy volunteers given OCA (5 mg, 10 mg, or 25 mg per day, for 17 days). Fecal and plasma specimens were collected at baseline (day 0) and on days 17 (end of dosing) and 37 (end of study). The fecal specimens were analyzed by shotgun metagenomic sequencing. A Uniref90 high stringency genomic analysis was used to assign specific genes to the taxonomic signature of bacteria whose abundance was associated with OCA. Male C57BL/6 mice were gavaged daily with water, vehicle, or OCA (10 mg/kg) for 2 weeks. Small intestine luminal contents were collected by flushing with saline and fecal pellets were collected at baseline and day 14. Mouse samples were analyzed by 16S tagged sequencing. Culture experiments were performed to determine taxonomic-specific effects of bile acids and OCA on bacterial growth.

RESULTS: Suppression of endogenous bile acid synthesis by OCA in subjects led to a reversible induction of Gram-positive bacteria that are found in the small intestine and are components of diet and the oral microbiota. We found that bile acids reduced proliferation of these bacteria in minimum inhibitory concentration assays. In these organisms, there was an increase in the representation of microbial genomic pathways involved in DNA synthesis and amino acid metabolism with OCA treatment of subjects. Consistent with these findings, mice fed OCA had reduced endogenous bile acid levels and an increased proportion of Firmicutes, specifically in the small intestine, compared to mice fed water or vehicle.

CONCLUSIONS: In studying the effects of OCA in humans and mice, we found evidence for interactions between bile acids and features of the small intestinal microbiome. These findings indicate that FXR activation alters the intestinal microbiota and could provide opportunities for microbiome biomarker discovery or new approaches to engineering the human microbiome.


RevDate: 2018-08-23

Hoen AG, Madan JC, Li Z, et al (2018)

Sex-specific associations of infants' gut microbiome with arsenic exposure in a US population.

Scientific reports, 8(1):12627 pii:10.1038/s41598-018-30581-9.

Arsenic is a ubiquitous environmental toxicant with antimicrobial properties that can be found in food and drinking water. The influence of arsenic exposure on the composition of the human microbiome in US populations remains unknown, particularly during the vulnerable infant period. We investigated the relationship between arsenic exposure and gut microbiome composition in 204 infants prospectively followed as part of the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study. Infant urine was analyzed for total arsenic concentration using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Stool microbiome composition was determined using sequencing of the bacterial 16S rRNA gene. Infant urinary arsenic related to gut microbiome composition at 6 weeks of life (p = 0.05, adjusted for infant feeding type and urine specific gravity). Eight genera, six within the phylum Firmicutes, were enriched with higher arsenic exposure. Fifteen genera were negatively associated with urinary arsenic concentration, including Bacteroides and Bifidobacterium. Upon stratification by both sex and feeding method, we found detectable associations among formula-fed males (p = 0.008), but not other groups (p > 0.05 for formula-fed females and for breastfed males and females). Our findings from a US population indicate that even moderate arsenic exposure may have meaningful, sex-specific effects on the gut microbiome during a critical window of infant development.

RevDate: 2018-08-22

Ma Z, Li L, W Li (2018)

Assessing and Interpreting the Within-Body Biogeography of Human Microbiome Diversity.

Frontiers in microbiology, 9:1619.

A human body hosts a relatively independent microbiome including five major regional biomes (i.e., airway, oral, gut, skin, and urogenital). Each of them may possess different regional characteristics with important implications to our health and diseases (i.e., so-termed microbiome associated diseases). Nevertheless, these regional microbiomes are connected with each other through diffusions and migrations. Here, we investigate the within-body (intra-individual) distribution feature of microbiome diversity via diversity area relationship (DAR) modeling, which, to the best of our knowledge, has not been systematically studied previously. We utilized the Hill numbers for measuring alpha and beta-diversities and built 1,200 within-body DAR models with to date the most comprehensive human microbiome datasets of 18 sites from the human microbiome project (HMP) cohort. We established the intra-DAR profile (z-q pattern: the diversity scaling parameter z of the power law (PL) at diversity order q = 0-3), intra-PDO (pair-wise diversity overlap) profile (g-q), and intra-MAD (maximal accrual diversity) profile (Dmax-q) for the within-body biogeography of the human microbiome. These profiles constitute the "maps" of the within-body biogeography, and offer important insights on the within-body distribution of the human microbiome. Furthermore, we investigated the heterogeneity among individuals in their biogeography parameters and found that there is not an "average Joe" that can represent majority of individuals in a cohort or population. For example, we found that most individuals in the HMP cohort have relatively lower maximal accrual diversity (MAD) or in the "long tail" of the so-termed power law distribution. In the meantime, there are a small number of individuals in the cohort who possess disproportionally higher MAD values. These findings may have important implications for personalized medicine of the human microbiome associated diseases in practice, besides their theoretical significance in microbiome research such as establishing the baseline for the conservation of human microbiome.

RevDate: 2018-08-21

Heerema-McKenney A (2018)

Defense and infection of the human placenta.

APMIS : acta pathologica, microbiologica, et immunologica Scandinavica, 126(7):570-588.

The placenta functions as a shield against infection of the fetus. The innate and adaptive immune defenses of the developing fetus are poorly equipped to fight infections. Infection by bacteria, viruses, and protozoa may cause infertility, spontaneous abortion, stillbirth, growth retardation, anomalies of development, premature delivery, neonatal morbidity, and mortality. However, appreciation of the human microbiome and host cell-microbe interactions must be taken into consideration as we try to determine what interactions are pathologic. Infection is typically recognized histologically by the presence of inflammation. Yet, several factors make comparison of the placenta to other human organs difficult. The placenta comprises tissues from two persons, complicating the role of the immune system. The placenta is a temporary organ. It must be eventually expelled; the processes leading to partuition involve maternal inflammation. What is normal or pathologic may be a function of timing or extent of the process. We now must consider whether bacteria, and even some viruses, are useful commensals or pathogens. Still, recognizing infection of the placenta is one of the most important contributions placental pathologic examination can give to care of the mother and neonate. This review provides a brief overview of placental defense against infection, consideration of the placental microbiome, routes of infection, and the histopathology of amniotic fluid infection and TORCH infections.

RevDate: 2018-08-21

Lin J, Kimura BY, Oikarinen S, et al (2018)

Bioinformatics Assembling and Assessment of Novel Coxsackievirus B1 Genome.

Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.), 1838:261-272.

The human microbiome project via application of metagenomic next-generation sequencing techniques has found surprising large and diverse amounts of microbial sequences across different body sites. There is a wave of investigators studying autoimmune related diseases designing from birth case and control studies to elucidate microbial associations and potential direct triggers. Sequencing analysis, considered big data as it typically includes millions of reads, is challenging but particularly demanding and complex is virome profiling due to its lack of pan-viral genomic signature. Impressively thousands of virus complete genomes have been deposited and these high-quality references are core components of virus profiling pipelines and databases. Still it is commonly known that most viral sequences do not map to known viruses. Moreover human viruses, particularly RNA groups, are notoriously heterogeneous due to high mutation rates. Here, we present the related assembling challenges and a series of bioinformatics steps that were applied in the construction of the complete consensus genome of a novel clinical isolate of Coxsackievirus B1. We further demonstrate our effort in calling mutations between prototype Coxsackievirus B1 sequence from GenBank and serial clinical isolate genome grown in cell culture.

RevDate: 2018-08-20

Dubourg G, Baron S, Cadoret F, et al (2018)

From Culturomics to Clinical Microbiology and Forward.

Emerging infectious diseases, 24(9):1683-1690.

Culturomics has permitted discovery of hundreds of new bacterial species isolated from the human microbiome. Profiles generated by using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry have been added to the mass spectrometer database used in clinical microbiology laboratories. We retrospectively collected raw data from MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry used routinely in our laboratory in Marseille, France, during January 2012-March 2018 and analyzed 16S rDNA sequencing results from misidentified strains. During the study period, 744 species were identified from clinical specimens, of which 21 were species first isolated from culturomics. This collection involved 105 clinical specimens, accounting for 98 patients. In 64 cases, isolation of the bacteria was considered clinically relevant. MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry was able to identify the species in 95.2% of the 105 specimens. While contributing to the extension of the bacterial repertoire associated with humans, culturomics studies also enlarge the spectrum of prokaryotes involved in infectious diseases.

RevDate: 2018-08-16

Bisanz JE, Spanogiannopoulos P, Pieper LM, et al (2018)

How to determine the role of the microbiome in drug disposition.

Drug metabolism and disposition: the biological fate of chemicals pii:dmd.118.083402 [Epub ahead of print].

With a paradigm shift occurring in health care towards personalized and precision medicine, understanding the numerous environmental factors that impact drug disposition is of paramount importance. The highly diverse and variant nature of the human microbiome is now recognized as a factor driving inter-individual variation in therapeutic outcomes. The purpose of this review is to provide a practical guide on methodology that can be applied to study the effects of microbes on the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs. We also highlight recent examples of how these methods have been successfully applied to help build the basis for researching the intersection of microbiome and pharmacology. While in vitro and in vivo preclinical models are highlighted, these methods are also relevant in late-phase drug development or even as a part of routine after-market surveillance. These approaches will aid in filling major knowledge gaps for both current and upcoming therapeutics with the long-term goal of achieving a new type of knowledge-based medicine that integrates data on the host and the microbiome.

RevDate: 2018-08-16

Fernández MF, Reina-Pérez I, Astorga JM, et al (2018)

Breast Cancer and Its Relationship with the Microbiota.

International journal of environmental research and public health, 15(8): pii:ijerph15081747.

The microorganisms that live symbiotically in human beings are increasingly recognized as important players in health and disease. The largest collection of these microorganisms is found in the gastrointestinal tract. Microbial composition reflects both genetic and lifestyle variables of the host. This microbiota is in a dynamic balance with the host, exerting local and distant effects. Microbial perturbation (dysbiosis) could contribute to the risk of developing health problems. Various bacterial genes capable of producing estrogen-metabolizing enzymes have been identified. Accordingly, gut microbiota is capable of modulating estrogen serum levels. Conversely, estrogen-like compounds may promote the proliferation of certain species of bacteria. Therefore, a crosstalk between microbiota and both endogenous hormones and estrogen-like compounds might synergize to provide protection from disease but also to increase the risk of developing hormone-related diseases. Recent research suggests that the microbiota of women with breast cancer differs from that of healthy women, indicating that certain bacteria may be associated with cancer development and with different responses to therapy. In this review, we discuss recent knowledge about the microbiome and breast cancer, identifying specific characteristics of the human microbiome that may serve to develop novel approaches for risk assessment, prevention and treatment for this disease.

RevDate: 2018-08-15

Bučević Popović V, Šitum M, Chow CT, et al (2018)

The urinary microbiome associated with bladder cancer.

Scientific reports, 8(1):12157 pii:10.1038/s41598-018-29054-w.

Recent findings suggest that human microbiome can influence the development of cancer, but the role of microorganisms in bladder cancer pathogenesis has not been explored yet. The aim of this study was to characterize and compare the urinary microbiome of bladder cancer patients with those of healthy controls. Bacterial communities present in urine specimens collected from 12 male patients diagnosed with bladder cancer, and from 11 healthy, age-matched individuals were analysed using 16S sequencing. Our results show that the most abundant phylum in both groups was Firmicutes, followed by Actinobacteria, Bacteroidetes and Proteobacteria. While microbial diversity and overall microbiome composition were not significantly different between groups, we could identify operational taxonomic units (OTUs) that were more abundant in either group. Among those that were significantly enriched in the bladder cancer group, we identified an OTU belonging to genus Fusobacterium, a possible protumorigenic pathogen. In an independent sample of 42 bladder cancer tissues, 11 had Fusobacterium nucleatum sequences detected by PCR. Three OTUs from genera Veillonella, Streptococcus and Corynebacterium were more abundant in healthy urines. However, due to the limited number of participants additional studies are needed to determine if urinary microbiome is associated with bladder cancer.

RevDate: 2018-08-12

Bastiaanssen TFS, Cowan CSM, Claesson MJ, et al (2018)

Making Sense of… the Microbiome in Psychiatry.

The international journal of neuropsychopharmacology pii:5067516 [Epub ahead of print].

Microorganisms can be found almost anywhere, including in and on the human body. The collection of microorganisms associated with a certain location is called a microbiota with its collective genetic material referred to as the microbiome. The largest population of microorganisms on the human body resides in the gastrointestinal tract thus it is not surprising that most investigated human microbiome is the human gut microbiome. On average, the gut hosts microbes from more than 60 genera and contains more cells than the human body. The human gut microbiome has been shown to influence many aspects of host health including more recently the brain.Several modes of interaction between the gut and the brain have been discovered, including via the synthesis of metabolites and neurotransmitters, activation of the vagus nerve and activation of the immune system. A growing body of work is implicating the microbiome in a variety of psychological processes and neuropsychiatric disorders. These include mood and anxiety disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia, and even neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease. Moreover, it is probable that most psychotropic medications have an impact on the microbiome.Here, an overview will be provided for the bidirectional role of the microbiome in brain health, age-associated cognitive decline, neurological and psychiatric disorders. Furthermore, a primer on the common microbiological and bioinformatics techniques used to interrogate the microbiome will be provided. This review is meant to equip the reader with a primer to this exciting research area which is permeating all areas of biological psychiatry research.

RevDate: 2018-08-12

Kroon SJ, Ravel J, WM Huston (2018)

Cervicovaginal microbiota, women's health, and reproductive outcomes.

Fertility and sterility, 110(3):327-336.

The human microbiome project has shown a remarkable diversity of microbial ecology within the human body. The vaginal microbiota is unique in that in many women it is most often dominated by Lactobacillus species. However, in some women it lacks Lactobacillus spp. and is comprised of a wide array of strict and facultative anaerobes, a state that broadly correlates with increased risk for infection, disease, and poor reproductive and obstetric outcomes. Interestingly, the level of protection against infection can also vary by species and strains of Lactobacillus, and some species although dominant are not always optimal. This factors into the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections and possibly influences the occurrence of resultant adverse reproductive outcomes such as tubal factor infertility. The composition and function of the vaginal microbiota appear to play an important role in pregnancy and fertility treatment outcomes and future research in this field will shed further translational mechanistic understanding onto the interplay of the vaginal microbiota with women's health and reproduction.

RevDate: 2018-08-09

Zhang XS, Li J, Krautkramer KA, et al (2018)

Antibiotic-induced acceleration of type 1 diabetes alters maturation of innate intestinal immunity.

eLife, 7: pii:37816.

The early-life intestinal microbiota plays a key role in shaping host immune system development. We found that a single early-life antibiotic course (1PAT) accelerated type 1 diabetes (T1D) development in male NOD mice. The single course had deep and persistent effects on the intestinal microbiome, leading to altered cecal, hepatic, and serum metabolites. The exposure elicited sex-specific effects on chromatin states in the ileum and liver and perturbed ileal gene expression, altering normal maturational patterns. The global signature changes included specific genes controlling both innate and adaptive immunity. Microbiome analysis revealed four taxa each that potentially protect against or accelerate T1D onset, that were linked in a network model to specific differences in ileal gene expression. This simplified animal model reveals multiple potential pathways to understand pathogenesis by which early-life gut microbiome perturbations alter a global suite of intestinal responses, contributing to the accelerated and enhanced T1D development.

RevDate: 2018-08-07

Shrivastava A, Patel VK, Tang Y, et al (2018)

Cargo transport shapes the spatial organization of a microbial community.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America pii:1808966115 [Epub ahead of print].

The human microbiome is an assemblage of diverse bacteria that interact with one another to form communities. Bacteria in a given community are arranged in a 3D matrix with many degrees of freedom. Snapshots of the community display well-defined structures, but the steps required for their assembly are not understood. Here, we show that this construction is carried out with the help of gliding bacteria. Gliding is defined as the motion of cells over a solid or semisolid surface without the necessity of growth or the aid of pili or flagella. Genomic analysis suggests that gliding bacteria are present in human microbial communities. We focus on Capnocytophaga gingivalis, which is present in abundance in the human oral microbiome. Tracking of fluorescently labeled single cells and of gas bubbles carried by fluid flow shows that swarms of C. gingivalis are layered, with cells in the upper layers moving more rapidly than those in the lower layers. Thus, cells also glide on top of one another. Cells of nonmotile bacterial species attach to the surface of C. gingivalis and are propelled as cargo. The cargo cell moves along the length of a C. gingivalis cell, looping from one pole to the other. Multicolor fluorescent spectral imaging of cells of different live but nonmotile bacterial species reveals their long-range transport in a polymicrobial community. A swarm of C. gingivalis transports some nonmotile bacterial species more efficiently than others and helps to shape the spatial organization of a polymicrobial community.

RevDate: 2018-08-06

Yao L, Seaton SC, Ndousse-Fetter S, et al (2018)

A selective gut bacterial bile salt hydrolase alters host metabolism.

eLife, 7: pii:37182.

The human gut microbiota impacts host metabolism and has been implicated in the pathophysiology of obesity and metabolic syndromes. However, defining the roles of specific microbial activities and metabolites on host phenotypes has proven challenging due to the complexity of the microbiome-host ecosystem. Here, we identify strains from the abundant gut bacterial phylum Bacteroidetes that display selective bile salt hydrolase (BSH) activity. Using isogenic strains of wild-type and BSH-deleted Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron, we selectively modulated the levels of the bile acid tauro-β-muricholic acid in monocolonized gnotobiotic mice. B. thetaiotaomicron BSH mutant-colonized mice displayed altered metabolism, including reduced weight gain and respiratory exchange ratios, as well as transcriptional changes in metabolic, circadian rhythm, and immune pathways in the gut and liver. Our results demonstrate that metabolites generated by a single microbial gene and enzymatic activity can profoundly alter host metabolism and gene expression at local and organism-level scales.

RevDate: 2018-08-05

Martin TC, Visconti A, Spector TD, et al (2018)

Conducting metagenomic studies in microbiology and clinical research.

Applied microbiology and biotechnology pii:10.1007/s00253-018-9209-9 [Epub ahead of print].

Owing to the increased cost-effectiveness of high-throughput technologies, the number of studies focusing on the human microbiome and its connections to human health and disease has recently surged. However, best practices in microbiology and clinical research have yet to be clearly established. Here, we present an overview of the challenges and opportunities involved in conducting a metagenomic study, with a particular focus on data processing and analytical methods.

RevDate: 2018-08-03

Bicknell B, Liebert A, Johnstone D, et al (2018)

Photobiomodulation of the microbiome: implications for metabolic and inflammatory diseases.

Lasers in medical science pii:10.1007/s10103-018-2594-6 [Epub ahead of print].

The human microbiome is intimately associated with human health, with a role in obesity, metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, and divergent diseases such as cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. The microbiome can be changed by diet, probiotics, and faecal transplants, which has flow-on effects to health outcomes. Photobiomodulation has a therapeutic effect on inflammation and neurological disorders (amongst others) and has been reported to influence metabolic disorders and obesity. The aim of this study was to examine the possibility that PBM could influence the microbiome of mice. Mice had their abdomen irradiated with red (660 nm) or infrared (808 nm) low-level laser, either as single or multiple doses, over a 2-week period. Genomic DNA extracted from faecal pellets was pyrosequenced for the 16S rRNA gene. There was a significant (p < 0.05) difference in microbial diversity between PBM- and sham-treated mice. One genus of bacterium (Allobaculum) significantly increased (p < 0.001) after infrared (but not red light) PBM by day 14. Despite being a preliminary trial with small experimental numbers, we have demonstrated for the first time that PBM can alter microbiome diversity in healthy mice and increase numbers of Allobaculum, a bacterium associated with a healthy microbiome. This change is most probably a result of PBMt affecting the host, which in turn influenced the microbiome. If this is confirmed in humans, the possibility exists for PBMt to be used as an adjunct therapy in treatment of obesity and other lifestyle-related disorders, as well as cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. The clinical implications of altering the microbiome using PBM warrants further investigation.

RevDate: 2018-08-02

Hanssen EN, Liland KH, Gill P, et al (2018)

Optimizing body fluid recognition from microbial taxonomic profiles.

Forensic science international. Genetics, 37:13-20 pii:S1872-4973(18)30174-1 [Epub ahead of print].

In forensics the DNA-profile is used to identify the person who left a biological trace, but information on body fluid can also be essential in the evidence evaluation process. Microbial composition data could potentially be used for body fluid recognition as an improved alternative to the currently used presumptive tests. We have developed a customized workflow for interpretation of bacterial 16S sequence data based on a model composed of Partial Least Squares (PLS) in combination with Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA). Large data sets from the Human Microbiome Project (HMP) and the American Gut Project (AGP) were used to test different settings in order to optimize performance. From the initial cross-validation of body fluid recognition within the HMP data, the optimal overall accuracy was close to 98%. Sensitivity values for the fecal and oral samples were ≥0.99, followed by the vaginal samples with 0.98 and the skin and nasal samples with 0.96 and 0.81 respectively. Specificity values were high for all 5 categories, mostly >0.99. This optimal performance was achieved by using the following settings: Taxonomic profiles based on operational taxonomic units (OTUs) with 0.98 identity (OTU98), Aitchisons simplex transform with C = 1 pseudo-count and no regularization (r = 1) in the PLS step. Variable selection did not improve the performance further. To test for robustness across sequencing platforms, we also trained the classifier on HMP data and tested on the AGP data set. In this case, the standard OTU based approach showed moderately decline in accuracy. However, by using taxonomic profiles made by direct assignment of reads to a genus, we were able to nearly maintain the high accuracy levels. The optimal combination of settings was still used, except the taxonomic level being genus instead of OTU98. The performance may be improved even further by using higher resolution taxonomic bins.

RevDate: 2018-08-02

Mert I, Walther-Antonio M, A Mariani (2018)

Case for a role of the microbiome in gynecologic cancers: Clinician's perspective.

The journal of obstetrics and gynaecology research [Epub ahead of print].

In this review, we aimed to provide insight into the microbiome and its association with endometrial and ovarian cancer and their risk factors. We reviewed the literature focusing on the relationship between the microbiome and cancer, as well as the relationship between gynecologic diseases and cancers. The human body contains different kinds of microorganisms in various body parts, which is termed the microbiome. The number of microorganisms that live in and on the human body is greater than that of the human germ and somatic cells by 10-fold. The relationship between a human and their microbiome is complex; it is also one of the most important components of homeostasis. Impairment of microbiome-host homeostasis has been associated with obesity, several cancers, preterm labor, inflammatory and allergic conditions and neurodevelopmental disorders. Direct and strong causal relationships have been established for several cancers and microorganisms, such as gastric lymphoma and Helicobacter pylori infection. Interestingly, eradication of the infectious agents has also been shown to be therapeutic. The association between cancer and the microbiome, however, is more complicated than a 1 bacteria-1 cancer model, and a shift in a healthy microbiome can result in various cancers via inflammation, change in microenvironment or DNA-damaging toxins. The human microbiome is an integral part of homeostasis. Understanding the mechanisms that cause dysbiosis will enable us to elucidate the pathways that result in malignancy and investigate new treatment modalities.

RevDate: 2018-08-01

Costa AN, Costa FMD, Campos SV, et al (2018)

The pulmonary microbiome: challenges of a new paradigm.

Jornal brasileiro de pneumologia : publicacao oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia pii:S1806-37132018005004101 [Epub ahead of print].

The study of the human microbiome-and, more recently, that of the respiratory system-by means of sophisticated molecular biology techniques, has revealed the immense diversity of microbial colonization in humans, in human health, and in various diseases. Apparently, contrary to what has been believed, there can be nonpathogenic colonization of the lungs by microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Although this physiological lung microbiome presents low colony density, it presents high diversity. However, some pathological conditions lead to a loss of that diversity, with increasing concentrations of some bacterial genera, to the detriment of others. Although we possess qualitative knowledge of the bacteria present in the lungs in different states of health or disease, that knowledge has advanced to an understanding of the interaction of this microbiota with the local and systemic immune systems, through which it modulates the immune response. Given this intrinsic relationship between the microbiota and the lungs, studies have put forth new concepts about the pathophysiological mechanisms of homeostasis in the respiratory system and the potential dysbiosis in some diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, COPD, asthma, and interstitial lung disease. This departure from the paradigm regarding knowledge of the lung microbiota has made it imperative to improve understanding of the role of the microbiome, in order to identify possible therapeutic targets and to develop innovative clinical approaches. Through this new leap of knowledge, the results of preliminary studies could translate to benefits for our patients.

RevDate: 2018-07-30

Greco V, Piras C, Pieroni L, et al (2018)

Applications of MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry in clinical proteomics.

Expert review of proteomics [Epub ahead of print].

INTRODUCTION: The development of precision medicine requires advanced technologies to address the multifactorial disease stratification and to support personalized treatments. Among omics techniques, proteomics based on Mass Spectrometry (MS) is becoming increasingly relevant in clinical practice allowing a phenotypic characterization of the dynamic functional status of the organism. From this perspective, Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Time of Flight (MALDI-TOF) MS is a suitable platform for providing a high-throughput support to clinics. Areas covered: This review aims to provide an updated overview of MALDI-TOF MS applications in clinical proteomics. The most relevant features of this analysis have been discussed, highlighting both pre analytical and analytical factors that are crucial in proteomics studies. Particular emphasis is placed on biofluids proteomics for biomarkers discovery and on recent progresses in clinical microbiology, drug monitoring and minimal residual disease (MRD). Expert commentary: Despite some analytical limitations, the latest technological advances together with the easiness of use, the low time and low cost consuming and the high throughput are making MALDI-TOF MS instruments very attractive for the clinical practice. These features offer a significant potential for the routine of the clinical laboratory and ultimately for personalized medicine.

RevDate: 2018-07-30

Rosa CP, Brancaglion GA, Miyauchi-Tavares TM, et al (2018)

Antibiotic-induced dysbiosis effects on the murine gastrointestinal tract and their systemic repercussions.

Life sciences, 207:480-491.

The gastrointestinal tract has become a focus of study recently. The crosstalk between microbiota, especially bacteria, and the intestinal mucosa has to be accurately balanced in order to maintain physiological homeostasis in the human body. This dynamic interaction results in different levels of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), IgA, and T cell lymphocyte subsets, which could lead the human body towards health or disease. The disruption of this microbiome characterises gut dysbiosis. Antibiotics are usually prescribed to fight against bacterial infection. They can also modulate the human microbiome, since it acts directly over organisational taxonomic units (OTUs) when taken orally. As a result, these pharmaceuticals enable gut dysbiosis and its systemic effects due to microbiome disturbance. Here, current data have been gathered from mice model experiments and epidemiological studies in an antibiotic-centred perspective. The presented data suggest the importance of translational studies in a murine model focusing on GIT homeostasis with bacterial groups since any changes to the GIT-microbiota have systemic repercussions in human health and disease.

RevDate: 2018-07-27

Frey AM, Ansbro K, Kamble NS, et al (2018)

Characterisation and pure culture of putative health-associated oral bacterium BU063 (Tannerella sp. HOT-286) reveals presence of a potentially novel glycosylated S-layer.

FEMS microbiology letters pii:5056158 [Epub ahead of print].

Tannerella HOT-286 (phylotype BU063) is a recently identified novel filamentous Gram-negative anaerobic oral bacterium cultured for the first time recently in co-culture with Propionibacterium acnes. In contrast to the related periodontal disease associated pathobiont Tannerella forsythia it is considered a putative health-associated bacterium. In this paper we identified that this organism could be grown in pure culture if N-acetyl muramic acid (NAM) was provided in the media, although surprisingly the genetic basis of this phenomenon is not likely to be due to a lack of NAM synthesis genes. During further microbiological investigations we showed for the first time that Tannerella HOT-286 possesses a prominent extracellular S-layer with a novel morphology putatively made up of two proteins modified with an unknown glycan. This data furthers our knowledge of this poorly understood organism and genus that is an important part of the oral and human microbiome.

RevDate: 2018-07-27

Laing B, Barnett MPG, Marlow G, et al (2018)

An update on the role of gut microbiota in chronic inflammatory diseases, and potential therapeutic targets.

Expert review of gastroenterology & hepatology [Epub ahead of print].

INTRODUCTION: The human microbiome plays a critical role in human health, having both metabolic, protective and trophic functions, depending upon its' exact composition. This composition is affected by a number of factors, including the genetic background of the individual, early life factors (including method of birth, length of breast feeding) and nature of the diet and other environmental exposures (including cigarette smoking) and general life habits. It plays a key role in the control of inflammation, and in turn, its' composition is significantly influenced by inflammation. Areas covered: We consider metabolic, protective and trophic functions of the microbiome and influences through the lifespan from post- partum effects, to diet later in life in healthy older adults, the effects of aging on both its' composition, and influence on health and potential therapeutic targets that may have anti-inflammatory effects. Expert commentary: The future will see the growth of more effective therapies targeting the microbiome particularly with respect to the use of specific nutrients and diets personalised to the individual.

RevDate: 2018-07-25

Westerik N, Kort R, Sybesma W, et al (2018)

Lactobacillus rhamnosus Probiotic Food as a Tool for Empowerment Across the Value Chain in Africa.

Frontiers in microbiology, 9:1501.

Perhaps by serendipity, but Lactobacillus rhamnosus has emerged from the 1980s as the most researched probiotic species. The many attributes of the two main probiotic strains of the species, L. rhamnosus GG and GR-1, have made them suitable for applications to developing countries in Africa and beyond. Their use with a Streptococcus thermophilus starter strain C106, in the fermentation of milk, millet, and juices has provided a means to reach over 250,000 consumers of the first probiotic food on the continent. The social and economical implications for this translational research are significant, and especially pertinent for people living in poverty, with malnutrition and exposure to environmental toxins and infectious diseases including HIV and malaria. This example of probiotic applications illustrates the power of microbes in positively impacting the lives of women, men, and children, right across the food value chain.

RevDate: 2018-07-18

Proal AD, TG Marshall (2018)

Re-framing the theory of autoimmunity in the era of the microbiome: persistent pathogens, autoantibodies, and molecular mimicry.

Discovery medicine, 25(140):299-308.

The theory of autoimmunity was developed at a time when the human body was regarded as largely sterile. Antibodies in patients with chronic inflammatory disease could consequently not be tied to persistent human pathogens. The concept of the "autoantibody" was created to reconcile this phenomenon. Today, however, the discovery of the human microbiome has revolutionized our understanding of human biology. Humans are superorganisms that harbor trillions of persistent microbial cells. Indeed, vast human microbiomes have been detected in human tissue and blood. These microbial ecosystems harbor thousands of newly identified bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms -- most of which can act as pathogens under conditions of immunosuppression. The theory of autoimmunity must be revised to account for the human microbiome. Here, we propose a model in which "autoantibodies" are created in response to chronic, persistent microbiome pathogens. The structural homology (molecular mimicry) between pathogen and host proteins can result in "collateral damage" to surrounding human tissue. This calls for a paradigm shift in autoimmune disease treatment. Immunosuppressive medications palliate inflammatory symptoms at the expense of microbiome health and balance. In contrast, treatments that support the immune system in autoimmune disease could allow patients to target pathogens at the root of the disease process.

RevDate: 2018-07-18

Wang AY, Thuy-Boun PS, Stupp GS, et al (2018)

Triflic acid treatment enables LC-MS/MS analysis of insoluble bacterial biomass.

Journal of proteome research [Epub ahead of print].

The lysis and extraction of soluble bacterial proteins from cells is a common practice for proteomics analyses, but insoluble bacterial biomasses are often left behind. Here, we show that with triflic acid treatment, the insoluble bacterial biomass of Gram- and Gram+ bacteria can be rendered soluble. We use LC-MS/MS shotgun proteomics to show that bacterial proteins in the soluble and insoluble post-lysis fractions differ significantly. Additionally, in the case of Gram- Pseudomonas aeruginosa, triflic acid treatment enriches for cell envelope-associated proteins. Finally, we apply triflic acid to a human microbiome sample to show that this treatment is robust and enables the identification of a new, complementary subset of proteins from a complex microbial mixture.

RevDate: 2018-07-18

Chanyi RM, Alzubaidi R, Leung EJY, et al (2018)

Inflatable Penile Prostheses Implantation: Does Antibiotic Exposure Matter?.

Sexual medicine pii:S2050-1161(18)30054-0 [Epub ahead of print].

BACKGROUND: Inflatable penile prosthetic (IPP) infections are unusual but carry high patient morbidity and healthcare costs.

AIM: To increase the bactericidal effect of IPP tubing material to prevent future bacterial infections and to determine whether this effect is time-dependent.

METHODS: A modified disk diffusion assay was developed to measure the zones of inhibition against Escherichia coli, Proteus mirabilis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Staphylococcus epidermidis when tubing was immersed in gentamycin, ampicillin, tetracycline, kanamycin, erythromycin, or ciprofloxacin. To further assess the efficacy of this approach, IPP tubing was exposed to ampicillin or ciprofloxacin for 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 10 minutes, or 60 minutes.

OUTCOMES: Bacterial zones of inhibition against IPP tubing material exposed to various treatments.

RESULTS: IPP tubing was more effective against Gram-positive bacteria (S aureus and S epidermidis) then Gram-negative bacteria (E coli and P mirabilis). Immersing IPP tubing material in ampicillin or ciprofloxacin increased bactericidal effect of tubing material against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, respectively. The observed inhibitory effect was time dependent.

CLINICAL TRANSLATION: Exposing IPP to a specific antimicrobial directly before implantation increases the bactericidal properties of the material, potentially decreasing the likelihood of infection.

STRENGTHS & LIMITATIONS: This study is limited in that it is in vitro experimentation observing the effect of a single strain of each bacterium. Although the strains used were clinically relevant, further analysis is required to determine whether these results were strain specific.

CONCLUSION: Immersing IPP material into an antibiotic solution, such as ampicillin or ciprofloxacin, increases the bactericidal properties and may aid in the prevention of infection. Chanyi RM, Alzubaidi R, Leung EJY, Wilcox HB, Brock GB, Burton JP. Inflatable Penile Prostheses Implantation: Does Antibiotic Exposure Matter? Sex Med 20xx;x;xxx.

RevDate: 2018-07-20

Schnorr SL (2018)

Meanings, measurements, and musings on the significance of patterns in human microbiome variation.

Current opinion in genetics & development, 53:43-52 pii:S0959-437X(18)30075-3 [Epub ahead of print].

Variation of the human microbiome is a multidimensional value depending on the question of interest. Unlike traditional human genetics, which most often deals with variation at the level of genes or genetic sequences, microbiome variation may be most relevant at the functional level and can be interrogated a number of ways. Most common methods are marker gene metataxonomic surveys or shotgun metagenomic sequencing, however more direct indicators of microbial activity that are gaining popularity include metabolomic and metatranscriptomic surveys. With all these data and promise in human microbiome research, it requires that we reassess what is meant by variation of the human microbiome and how its significance impacts the ability of microbiome research to be informative on a range of topics from evolutionary theory to clinical outcomes. Learning from mistakes is essential to advancing the field, and new sophisticated analysis tools are helping to crystallize associations between microbiome variation and its drivers so that firm ground supports future explorations of mechanism. However, the body of current data suggests that these may be highly individualized due to the array of interactions between the host, the microbiome, and the environment. As a result, microbiome researchers need to be cognizant of population contexts and the limits these impose on conclusive outcomes.

RevDate: 2018-07-17

Rands CM, Starikova EV, Brüssow H, et al (2018)

ACI-1 beta-lactamase is widespread across human gut microbiomes in Negativicutes due to transposons harboured by tailed prophages.

Environmental microbiology [Epub ahead of print].

Antibiotic resistance is increasing among pathogens and the human microbiome contains a reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes. Acidaminococcus intestini is the first Negativicute bacterium (Gram-negative Firmicute) shown to be resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics. Resistance is conferred by the aci1 gene, but its evolutionary history and prevalence remain obscure. We discovered that ACI-1 proteins are phylogenetically distinct from beta-lactamases of Gram-positive Firmicutes and that aci1 occurs in bacteria scattered across the Negativicute clade, suggesting lateral gene transfer. In the reference A. intestini RyC-MR95 genome, we found transposons residing within a tailed prophage context are likely vehicles for aci1's mobility. We found aci1 in 56 (4.4%) of 1,267 human gut metagenomes, mostly hosted within A. intestini, and, where could be determined, mostly within a consistent mobile element constellation. These samples are from Europe, China and the USA, showing that aci1 is distributed globally. We found that for most Negativicute assemblies with aci1, the prophage observed in A. instestini is absent, but in all cases aci1 is flanked by varying transposons. The chimeric mobile elements we identify here likely have a complex evolutionary history and potentially provide multiple complementary mechanisms for antibiotic resistance gene transfer both within and between cells. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

RevDate: 2018-07-16

Stauber RH, Siemer S, Becker S, et al (2018)

Small Meets Smaller: Effects of Nanomaterials on Microbial Biology, Pathology, and Ecology.

ACS nano [Epub ahead of print].

As functionalities and levels of complexity in nanomaterials have increased, unprecedented control over microbes has been enabled, as well. In addition to being pathogens and relevant to the human microbiome, microbes are key players for sustainable biotechnology. To overcome current constraints, mechanistic understanding of nanomaterials' physicochemical characteristics and parameters at the nano-bio interface affecting nanomaterial-microbe crosstalk is required. In this Perspective, we describe key nanomaterial parameters and biological outputs that enable controllable microbe-nanomaterial interactions while minimizing design complexity. We discuss the role of biomolecule coronas, including the problem of nanoantibiotic resistance, and speculate on the effects of nanomaterial-microbe complex formation on the outcomes and fates of microbial pathogens. We close by summarizing our current knowledge and noting areas that require further exploration to overcome current limitations for next-generation practical applications of nanotechnology in medicine and agriculture.

RevDate: 2018-07-16

Ceccarelli F, Orrù G, Pilloni A, et al (2018)

Porphyromonas gingivalis in the tongue biofilm is associated with the clinical outcome in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Clinical and experimental immunology [Epub ahead of print].

OBJECTIVE: Several evidences suggested a link between human microbiome and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) development. Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis) seems involved in RA initiation and progression, as supported by the high occurrence of periodontitis. In this case-control study, we analyzed tongue P. gingivalis presence and quantification in a large healthy and RA cohort.

METHODS: We enrolled 143 RA patients (Male/Female 32/111, mean±SD age 57.5±19.8 years, mean±SD disease duration 155.9± 114.7 months); 36 periodontitis patients (M/F 11/25, mean±SD age56±9.9 years, mean±SD disease duration 25.5±20.9 months); 57 patients (M/F 12/45, mean ±SD age 61.4±10.9 years, mean ±SD disease duration 62.3±66.9 months) with knee osteoarthritis or fibromyalgia. All subjects underwent a standard cytologic swab to identify the rate of P. gingivalis/total bacteria by using quantitative real time PCR.

RESULTS: The prevalence of P. gingivalis resulted similar in RA and periodontitis patients (48.9% versus 52.7%, P=NS). Moreover, the prevalence of this pathogen was significantly higher in RA and PD patients in comparison with CS (P=0.01 and P=0.003, respectively). We found a significant correlation between P. gingivalis rate in total bacteria genomes and DAS28(ESR) (r=0.4, P=0.01). RA patients in remission showed a significantly lower prevalence of P. gingivalis in comparison with non-remission (P=0.02).

CONCLUSIONS: We demonstrated a significant association between the percentage of P. gingivalis on the total tongue biofilm and RA disease activity (DAS28), suggesting that the oral cavity microbiological status could play a role in the pathogenic mechanisms of inflammation, leading to a more active disease. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

RevDate: 2018-07-17

Stegen JC, Bottos EM, JK Jansson (2018)

A unified conceptual framework for prediction and control of microbiomes.

Current opinion in microbiology, 44:20-27 pii:S1369-5274(17)30253-9 [Epub ahead of print].

Microbiomes impact nearly all systems on Earth, and despite vast differences among systems, we contend that it is possible and highly beneficial to develop a unified conceptual framework for understanding microbiome dynamics that is applicable across systems. The ability to robustly predict and control environmental and human microbiomes would provide impactful opportunities to sustain and improve the health of ecosystems and humans alike. Doing so requires understanding the processes governing microbiome temporal dynamics, which currently presents an enormous challenge. We contend, however, that new opportunities can emerge by placing studies of both environmental and human microbiome temporal dynamics in the context of a unified conceptual framework. Our conceptual framework poses that factors influencing the temporal dynamics of microbiomes can be grouped into three broad categories: biotic and abiotic history, internal dynamics, and external forcing factors. Both environmental and human microbiome science study these factors, but not in a coordinated or consistent way. Here we discuss opportunities for greater crosstalk across these domains, such as leveraging specific ecological concepts from environmental microbiome science to guide optimization of strategies to manipulate human microbiomes towards improved health. To achieve unified understanding, it is necessary to have a common body of theory developed from explicit iteration between models and molecular-based characterization of microbiome dynamics across systems. Only through such model-experiment iteration will we eventually achieve prediction and control across microbiomes that impact ecosystem sustainability and human health.

RevDate: 2018-07-13

Lorimer J (2018)

Hookworms Make Us Human: The Microbiome, Eco-immunology, and a Probiotic Turn in Western Health Care.

Medical anthropology quarterly [Epub ahead of print].

Historians of science have identified an ecological turn underway in immunology, driven by the mapping of the human microbiome and wider environmentalist anxieties. A figure is emerging of the human as a holobiont, composed of microbes and threatened by both microbial excess and microbial absence. Antimicrobial approaches to germ warfare are being supplemented by probiotic approaches to restoring microbial life. This article examines the political ecology of this probiotic turn in Western health care. It focuses on Necator americanus-a species of human hookworm-and its relations with immunologists. The analysis moves from a history of human disentanglement from hookworm, to contemporary anxieties about their absence. It examines the reintroduction of worms for helminthic therapy and explores emerging trajectories for probiotic health care involving the synthesis, modification, and/or restoration of worms and their salutary ecologies. The conclusion differentiates these trajectories and identifies an emerging model of "post-paleo" microbiopolitics. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

RevDate: 2018-07-12

Archibugi L, Signoretti M, G Capurso (2018)

The Microbiome and Pancreatic Cancer: An Evidence-based Association?.

Journal of clinical gastroenterology [Epub ahead of print].

Many risk factors for pancreatic cancer are related with microbiome alteration. In the past few years, the human microbiome and its relation with the immune system have been linked with carcinogenesis of different organs distant from the gut, including the pancreas. Patterns of oral microbiome associated with periodontitis are associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, possibly because of the increased systemic inflammatory response, or to the capacity of some specific bacteria to alter the host immune response, making it more favorable to cancer cells. Helicobacter pylori infection when affecting the gastric body mucosa with subsequent hypochlorhydria also seems associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer. The composition of the intestinal microbiome is different in animal models and in humans with pancreatic cancer who have a distinct microbiome population compared with controls. Some specific bacteria can migrate from the intestine to the pancreas, and their ablation restores the immune system activity through its reprogramming with a switch toward a Th1 response and displays a protective effect toward tumor growth. More research in this area might lead to progress in terms of pancreatic cancer prevention and treatment, possibly in association with immunotherapy.

RevDate: 2018-07-15

Xiao J, Chen L, Johnson S, et al (2018)

Predictive Modeling of Microbiome Data Using a Phylogeny-Regularized Generalized Linear Mixed Model.

Frontiers in microbiology, 9:1391.

Recent human microbiome studies have revealed an essential role of the human microbiome in health and disease, opening up the possibility of building microbiome-based predictive models for individualized medicine. One unique characteristic of microbiome data is the existence of a phylogenetic tree that relates all the microbial species. It has frequently been observed that a cluster or clusters of bacteria at varying phylogenetic depths are associated with some clinical or biological outcome due to shared biological function (clustered signal). Moreover, in many cases, we observe a community-level change, where a large number of functionally interdependent species are associated with the outcome (dense signal). We thus develop "glmmTree," a prediction method based on a generalized linear mixed model framework, for capturing clustered and dense microbiome signals. glmmTree uses the similarity between microbiomes, which is defined based on the microbiome composition and the phylogenetic tree, to predict the outcome. The effects of other predictive variables (e.g., age, sex) can be incorporated readily in the regression framework. Additional tuning parameters enable a data-adaptive approach to capture signals at different phylogenetic depth and abundance level. Simulation studies and real data applications demonstrated that "glmmTree" outperformed existing methods in the dense and clustered signal scenarios.

RevDate: 2018-07-12

Lourenςo TGB, Spencer SJ, Alm EJ, et al (2018)

Defining the gut microbiota in individuals with periodontal diseases: an exploratory study.

Journal of oral microbiology, 10(1):1487741 pii:1487741.

Background: This exploratory study aimed to characterize the gut microbiome of individuals with different periodontal conditions, and correlate it with periodontal inflammation and tissue destruction. Methods: Stool samples were obtained from individuals presenting periodontal health (PH = 7), gingivitis (G = 14) and chronic periodontitis (CP = 23). The intestinal microbiome composition was determined by Illumina MiSeq sequencing. Results: A lower alpha-diversity in the gut microbiome of individuals with CP was observed, although no significant difference among groups was found (p > 0.01). Firmicutes, Proteobacteria, Verrucomicrobia and Euryarchaeota were increased, whereas Bacteroidetes were decreased in abundance in patients with periodontitis compared to PH. Prevotella (genus), Comamonadaceae (family) and Lactobacillales (order) were detected in higher numbers in G, while Bacteroidales (order) was predominant in PH (p < 0.01). Significant correlations (rho = 0.337-0.468, p < 0.01) were found between OTUs representative of periodontal pathogens and attachment loss. Mogibacteriaceae, Ruminococcaceae and Prevotella were able to discriminate individuals with periodontal diseases from PH (overall accuracy = 84%). Oral taxa were detected in high numbers in all stool samples. Conclusions: Individuals with periodontal diseases present a less diverse gut microbiome consistent with other systemic inflammatory diseases. High numbers of oral taxa related to periodontal destruction and inflammation were detected in the gut microbiome of individuals regardless of periodontal status.

RevDate: 2018-07-09

Li BL, Cheng L, Zhou XD, et al (2018)

[Research progress on the relationship between oral microbes and digestive system diseases].

Hua xi kou qiang yi xue za zhi = Huaxi kouqiang yixue zazhi = West China journal of stomatology, 36(3):331-335.

The human microbiome project promoted further understanding on human oral microbes. Besides oral diseases such as dental caries, periodontal disease, and oral cancer, oral microbes are closely associated with systematic diseases. They have a close connection with digestive system diseases and even contribute to the origination and progression of colorectal cancer. By reviewing recent studies involving oral microbe-related digestive systemic diseases, we aim to propose the considerable role of oral microbes in relation to digestive systemic diseases and the way of oral microbes to multiple organs of digestive system.

RevDate: 2018-07-12

Tipton L, Cuenco KT, Huang L, et al (2018)

Measuring associations between the microbiota and repeated measures of continuous clinical variables using a lasso-penalized generalized linear mixed model.

BioData mining, 11:12 pii:173.

Background: Human microbiome studies in clinical settings generally focus on distinguishing the microbiota in health from that in disease at a specific point in time. However, microbiome samples may be associated with disease severity or continuous clinical health indicators that are often assessed at multiple time points. While the temporal data from clinical and microbiome samples may be informative, analysis of this type of data can be problematic for standard statistical methods.

Results: To identify associations between microbiota and continuous clinical variables measured repeatedly in two studies of the respiratory tract, we adapted a statistical method, the lasso-penalized generalized linear mixed model (LassoGLMM). LassoGLMM can screen for associated clinical variables, incorporate repeated measures of individuals, and address the large number of species found in the microbiome. As is common in microbiome studies, when the number of variables is an order of magnitude larger than the number of samples LassoGLMM can be imperfect in its variable selection. We overcome this limitation by adding a pre-screening step to reduce the number of variables evaluated in the model. We assessed the use of this adapted two-stage LassoGLMM for its ability to determine which microbes are associated with continuous repeated clinical measures.We found associations (retaining a non-zero coefficient in the LassoGLMM) between 10 laboratory measurements and 43 bacterial genera in the oral microbiota, and between 2 cytokines and 3 bacterial genera in the lung. We compared our associations with those identified by the Wilcoxon test after dichotomizing our outcomes and identified a non-significant trend towards differential abundance between high and low outcomes. Our two-step LassoGLMM explained more of the variance seen in the outcome of interest than other variants of the LassoGLMM method.

Conclusions: We demonstrated a method that can account for the large number of genera detected in microbiome studies and repeated measures of clinical or longitudinal studies, allowing for the detection of strong associations between microbes and clinical measures. By incorporating the design strengths of repeated measurements and a prescreening step to aid variable selection, our two-step LassoGLMM will be a useful analytic method for investigating relationships between microbes and repeatedly measured continuous outcomes.

RevDate: 2018-07-06

George Kerry R, Patra JK, Gouda S, et al (2018)

Benefaction of probiotics for human health: A review.

Journal of food and drug analysis, 26(3):927-939.

Humans are a unique reservoir of heterogeneous and vivacious group of microbes, which together forms the human-microbiome superorganism. Human gut serves as a home to over 100-1000 microbial species, which primarily modulate the host internal environment and thereby, play a major role in host health. This spectacular symbiotic relationship has attracted extensive research in this field. More specifically, these organisms play key roles in defense function, eupepsia along with catabolism and anabolism, and impact brain-gut responses. The emergence of microbiota with resistance and tolerance to existing conventional drugs and antibiotics has decreased the drug efficacies. Furthermore, the modern biotechnology mediated nano-encapsulated multiplex supplements appear to be high cost and inconvenient. Henceforth, a simple, low-cost, receptive and intrinsic approach to achieve health benefits is vital in the present era. Supplementation with probiotics, prebiotics, and synbiotics has shown promising results against various enteric pathogens due to their unique ability to compete with pathogenic microbiota for adhesion sites, to alienate pathogens or to stimulate, modulate and regulate the host's immune response by initiating the activation of specific genes in and outside the host intestinal tract. Probiotics have also been shown to regulate fat storage and stimulate intestinal angiogenesis. Hence, this study aims to underline the possible beneficial impact of probiotics for human health and medical sectors and for better lifestyle.

RevDate: 2018-07-08

Fankhauser M, Moser C, T Nyfeler (2018)

Patents as Early Indicators of Technology and Investment Trends: Analyzing the Microbiome Space as a Case Study.

Frontiers in bioengineering and biotechnology, 6:84.

The human microbiome is the collective of microbes living in symbiosis on and within humans. Modulating its composition and function has become an attractive means for the prevention and treatment of a variety of diseases including cancer. Since the initiation of the human microbiome project in 2007, the number of academic publications and active patent families around the microbiome has grown exponentially. Screening patent databases can be useful for the early detection and the tracking of new technology trends. However, it is not sufficient to assess portfolio sizes because emerging players with small but high-quality patent portfolios will be missed within the noise of large but low-quality portfolio owners. Here we used the consolidated database and software tool PatentSight to benchmark patent portfolios, and to analyze key patent owners and innovators in the microbiome space. Our study shows how in-depth patent analyses combining qualitative and quantitative parameters can identify actionable early indicators of technology and investment trends from large patent datasets.

RevDate: 2018-07-05

Castilla IA, Woods DF, Reen FJ, et al (2018)

Harnessing Marine Biocatalytic Reservoirs for Green Chemistry Applications through Metagenomic Technologies.

Marine drugs, 16(7): pii:md16070227.

In a demanding commercial world, large-scale chemical processes have been widely utilised to satisfy consumer related needs. Chemical industries are key to promoting economic growth and meeting the requirements of a sustainable industrialised society. The market need for diverse commodities produced by the chemical industry is rapidly expanding globally. Accompanying this demand is an increased threat to the environment and to human health, due to waste produced by increased industrial production. This increased demand has underscored the necessity to increase reaction efficiencies, in order to reduce costs and increase profits. The discovery of novel biocatalysts is a key method aimed at combating these difficulties. Metagenomic technology, as a tool for uncovering novel biocatalysts, has great potential and applicability and has already delivered many successful achievements. In this review we discuss, recent developments and achievements in the field of biocatalysis. We highlight how green chemistry principles through the application of biocatalysis, can be successfully promoted and implemented in various industrial sectors. In addition, we demonstrate how two novel lipases/esterases were mined from the marine environment by metagenomic analysis. Collectively these improvements can result in increased efficiency, decreased energy consumption, reduced waste and cost savings for the chemical industry.

RevDate: 2018-07-05

Nieves-Ramírez ME, Partida-Rodríguez O, Laforest-Lapointe I, et al (2018)

Asymptomatic Intestinal Colonization with Protist Blastocystis Is Strongly Associated with Distinct Microbiome Ecological Patterns.

mSystems, 3(3): pii:mSystems00007-18.

Blastocystis is the most prevalent protist of the human intestine, colonizing approximately 20% of the North American population and up to 100% in some nonindustrialized settings. Blastocystis is associated with gastrointestinal and systemic disease but can also be an asymptomatic colonizer in large populations. While recent findings in humans have shown bacterial microbiota changes associated with this protist, it is unknown whether these occur due to the presence of Blastocystis or as a result of inflammation. To explore this, we evaluated the fecal bacterial and eukaryotic microbiota in 156 asymptomatic adult subjects from a rural population in Xoxocotla, Mexico. Colonization with Blastocystis was strongly associated with an increase in bacterial alpha diversity and broad changes in beta diversity and with more discrete changes to the microbial eukaryome. More than 230 operational taxonomic units (OTUs), including those of dominant species Prevotella copri and Ruminococcus bromii, were differentially abundant in Blastocystis-colonized individuals. Large functional changes accompanied these observations, with differential abundances of 202 (out of 266) predicted metabolic pathways (PICRUSt), as well as lower fecal concentrations of acetate, butyrate, and propionate in colonized individuals. Fecal calprotectin was markedly decreased in association with Blastocystis colonization, suggesting that this ecological shift induces subclinical immune consequences to the asymptomatic host. This work is the first to show a direct association between the presence of Blastocystis and shifts in the gut bacterial and eukaryotic microbiome in the absence of gastrointestinal disease or inflammation. These results prompt further investigation of the role Blastocystis and other eukaryotes play within the human microbiome. IMPORTANCE Given the results of our study and other reports of the effects of the most common human gut protist on the diversity and composition of the bacterial microbiome, Blastocystis and, possibly, other gut protists should be studied as ecosystem engineers that drive community diversity and composition.

RevDate: 2018-07-05

Petrova MI, Macklaim JM, Wuyts S, et al (2018)

Comparative Genomic and Phenotypic Analysis of the Vaginal Probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1.

Frontiers in microbiology, 9:1278.

Lactobacillus represents a versatile bacterial genus, which can adapt to a wide variety of ecological niches, including human body sites such as the intestinal and urogenital tract. In this study, the complete genome sequence of the vaginal probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 was determined and compared to other L. rhamnosus strains at genomic and phenotypic level. The strain GR-1 was originally isolated from a female urethra, and was assessed with L. rhamnosus GG from a feces sample of a healthy male, and L. rhamnosus LC705 from a dairy product. A key difference is the absence in GR-1 and LC705 of the spaCBA locus required for pili-mediated intestinal epithelial adhesion. In addition, the L. rhamnosus GR-1 genome contains a unique cluster for exopolysaccharide production, which is postulated to synthesize glucose-rich, rhamnose-lacking exopolysaccharide molecules that are different from the galactose-rich extracellular polysaccharide of L. rhamnosus GG. Compared to L. rhamnosus GG, L. rhamnosus GR-1 was also genetically predicted and experimentally shown to better metabolize lactose and maltose, and to better withstand oxidative stress, which is of relevance in the vagina. This study could thus provide a molecular framework for the selection of the optimal probiotic strain for each targeted niche and condition, but further substantiation of niche adaptation mechanisms of lactobacilli is warranted.

RevDate: 2018-07-02

Jakobsen TH, Eickhardt SR, Gheorghe AG, et al (2018)

Implants induce a new niche for microbiomes.

APMIS : acta pathologica, microbiologica, et immunologica Scandinavica [Epub ahead of print].

Although much work is being done to develop new treatments, research and knowledge regarding factors underlying implant-related microbial colonization leading to infection are less comprehensive. Presence of microorganisms in and around implants clinically characterized as uninfected remains unknown. The objective of this study was to detect and identify bacteria and fungi on implants from various groups of patients with no prior indications of implant related infections. Patient samples (implants and tissue) were collected from five different hospitals in the Capital region of Denmark. By in-depth microbiological detection methods, we examined the prevalence of bacteria and fungi on 106 clinically uninfected implants from four patient groups (aseptic loosening, healed fractures, craniofacial complications and recently deceased). Of 106 clinically uninfected implants and 39 negative controls investigated, 66% were colonized by bacteria and 40% were colonized by fungi (p < 0.0001 compared to negative controls). A large number of microbes were found to colonize the implants, however, the most prevalent microbes present were not common aetiological agents of implant infections. The findings indicate that implants provide a distinct niche for microbial colonization. These data have broad implications for medical implant recipients, as well as for supporting the idea that the presence of foreign objects in the body alters the human microbiome by providing new colonization niches.

RevDate: 2018-07-01

Primec M, Klemenak M, Di Gioia D, et al (2018)

Clinical intervention using Bifidobacterium strains in celiac disease children reveals novel microbial modulators of TNF-α and short-chain fatty acids.

Clinical nutrition (Edinburgh, Scotland) pii:S0261-5614(18)31150-6 [Epub ahead of print].

BACKGROUND & AIMS: Celiac disease (CD) is an immune-mediated systemic disease, caused by ingestion of gluten in genetically predisposed individuals. Gut microbiota dysbiosis might play a significant role in pathogenesis of chronic enteropathies and its modulation can be used as an intervention strategy in CD as well. In this study, we aimed to identify correlations between fecal microbiota, serum tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and fecal short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) in healthy children and children with CD after administration of probiotic Bifidobacterium breve BR03 and B632.

METHODS: A double-blind placebo-controlled study enrolled 40 children with CD (CD) and 16 healthy children (HC). CD children were randomly allocated into two groups, of which 20 belonged to the placebo (PL) group and 20 to the Probiotic (PR) group. The PR group received a probiotic formulation containing a mixture of 2 strains, B. breve BR03 (DSM 16604) and B. breve B632 (DSM 24706) in 1:1 ratio for 3 months. Subsequently, for statistical analysis, blood and fecal samples from CD children (on enrolment - T0 and after 3 months, at the end of intervention with probiotic/placebo - T1) and HC children were used. The HC group was sampled only once (T0).

RESULTS: Verrucomicrobia, Parcubacteria and some yet unknown phyla of Bacteria and Archaea may be involved in the disease, indicated by a strong correlation to TNF-α. Likewise, Proteobacteria strongly correlated with fecal SCFAs concentration. The effect of probiotic administration has disclosed a negative correlation between Verrucomicrobia, some unknown phyla of Bacteria, Synergistetes, Euryarchaeota and some SCFAs, turning them into an important target in microbiome restoration process. Synergistetes and Euryarchaeota may have a role in the anti-inflammatory process in healthy human gut.

CONCLUSIONS: Our results highlight new phyla, which may have an important relation to disease-related parameters, CD itself and health.

RevDate: 2018-07-01

Scapaticci M, Bartolini A, Del Chierico F, et al (2018)

Phenotypic typing and epidemiological survey of antifungal resistance of Candida species detected in clinical samples of Italian patients in a 17 months' period.

Germs, 8(2):58-66 pii:germs.2018.1132.

Introduction: Yeast pathogens are emerging agents of nosocomial as well as community-acquired infections and their rapid and accurate identification is crucial for a better management of high-risk patients and for an adequate treatment.

Methods: We performed a retrospective review of 156 yeast isolates collected during a 17 months' period of regular clinical practice at the Microbiology Department of San Camillo Hospital in Treviso, Italy and analyzed by the traditional culture-based method combined with matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS).

Results: Out of all the samples collected MALDI-TOF MS was able to characterize with a MT score ≥1.7 (accurate result at species level) 12 different yeast and yeast-like species from 140 samples: Candida albicans (63.7%), Candida glabrata (13.6%), Saccharomyces cerevisiae (6.5%), Candida parapsilosis (5.7%), Candida tropicalis (2.1%), Candida pararugosa (2.1%), Candida guilliermondii (2.1%), Candida kefyr (1.4%), Candida lusitaniae (0.7%), Candida palmioleophila (0.7%), Geotrichum silvicola (0.7%), Rhodotorula mucilaginosa (0.7%). Susceptibility testing toward seven common antifungal agents showed a characteristic MIC distribution of C. albicans isolates for echinocandins: particularly we noticed that 72% and 46% of C. albicans showed an MIC value close to clinical breakpoint as defined by EUCAST, respectively for anidulafungin and micafungin.

Conclusion: Accurate identification of microorganisms and the study of their antifungal susceptibility allow to understand the epidemiology of a particular area, permitting the choice of the most appropriate early antifungal treatment.

RevDate: 2018-07-01

Hadrich D (2018)

Microbiome Research Is Becoming the Key to Better Understanding Health and Nutrition.

Frontiers in genetics, 9:212.

The human microbiome has emerged as the crucial moderator in the interactions between food and our body. It is increasingly recognised that the microbiome can change our mind and health status, or switch on a wide range of diseases including cancer, cardio-metabolic diseases, allergies, and obesity. The causes of diseases are often only partially understood. However, nutrients, metabolites, and microbes are increasingly regarded as key players, even where the complete disease mechanisms remain unclear. The key to progress in the future will be to use and exploit additional, newly emerging disciplines such as metagenomics to complement patient information and to bring our understanding of diseases and the interrelation and effects of nutritional molecules to the next level. The EU has already funded 216 projects under the 7th Framework Programme and Horizon 2020 programmes to promote metagenomics and to advance our knowledge of microbes. This support started with the catalysing MetaHIT project that has produced a catalogue of gut microbes, and has arrived now at the very multi-disciplinary SYSCID action looking at how the microbiome is driving its resilience potential and our health. Together, these projects involve an investment of more than €498 M. However, in Horizon 2020, the new EU Health and Food Work Programmes for 2018-2020 go even further by setting new goals to find applications and to generate more knowledge on the microbiome, nutrition, various hosts of microbes, and their relation to health and disease. The big vision is to modulate health and diseases via the microbiome and nutrition, while at the same time other factors such as omics, molecular signatures, and lifestyle are constant. In this way, microbiome and nutrition research is moving from an isolated and despised offside position to a beacon of hope with a lot of potential and possibilities.

RevDate: 2018-07-20

Marchesi JR (2018)

Advancing microbiome research.

RevDate: 2018-06-28

Paul C, Bayrychenko Z, Junier T, et al (2018)

Dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes associated with the sporobiota in sediments impacted by wastewater.

PeerJ, 6:e4989 pii:4989.

Aquatic ecosystems serve as a dissemination pathway and a reservoir of both antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) and antibiotic resistance genes (ARG). In this study, we investigate the role of the bacterial sporobiota to act as a vector for ARG dispersal in aquatic ecosystems. The sporobiota was operationally defined as the resilient fraction of the bacterial community withstanding a harsh extraction treatment eliminating the easily lysed fraction of the total bacterial community. The sporobiota has been identified as a critical component of the human microbiome, and therefore potentially a key element in the dissemination of ARG in human-impacted environments. A region of Lake Geneva in which the accumulation of ARG in the sediments has been previously linked to the deposition of treated wastewater was selected to investigate the dissemination of tet(W) and sul1, two genes conferring resistance to tetracycline and sulfonamide, respectively. Analysis of the abundance of these ARG within the sporobiome (collection of genes of the sporobiota) and correlation with community composition and environmental parameters demonstrated that ARG can spread across the environment with the sporobiota being the dispersal vector. A highly abundant OTU affiliated with the genus Clostridium was identified as a potential specific vector for the dissemination of tet(W), due to a strong correlation with tet(W) frequency (ARG copy numbers/ng DNA). The high dispersal rate, long-term survival, and potential reactivation of the sporobiota constitute a serious concern in terms of dissemination and persistence of ARG in the environment.

RevDate: 2018-06-26

Marchesi JR (2018)

Advancing microbiome research.

Microbiology (Reading, England) [Epub ahead of print].

RevDate: 2018-06-25

Chang CY, Yan X, Crnovcic I, et al (2018)

Resistance to Enediyne Antitumor Antibiotics by Sequestration.

Cell chemical biology pii:S2451-9456(18)30183-1 [Epub ahead of print].

The enediynes, microbial natural products with extraordinary cytotoxicities, have been translated into clinical drugs. Two self-resistance mechanisms are known in the enediyne producers-apoproteins for the nine-membered enediynes and self-sacrifice proteins for the ten-membered enediyne calicheamicin. Here we show that: (1) tnmS1, tnmS2, and tnmS3 encode tiancimycin (TNM) resistance in its producer Streptomyces sp. CB03234, (2) tnmS1, tnmS2, and tnmS3 homologs are found in all anthraquinone-fused enediyne producers, (3) TnmS1, TnmS2, and TnmS3 share a similar β barrel-like structure, bind TNMs with nanomolar KD values, and confer resistance by sequestration, and (4) TnmS1, TnmS2, and TnmS3 homologs are widespread in nature, including in the human microbiome. These findings unveil an unprecedented resistance mechanism for the enediynes. Mechanisms of self-resistance in producers serve as models to predict and combat future drug resistance in clinical settings. Enediyne-based chemotherapies should now consider the fact that the human microbiome harbors genes encoding enediyne resistance.

RevDate: 2018-06-22

van Dijkhuizen EHP, Aidonopoulos O, Ter Haar NM, et al (2018)

Prediction of inactive disease in juvenile idiopathic arthritis: a multicentre observational cohort study.

Rheumatology (Oxford, England) pii:5042122 [Epub ahead of print].

Objectives: To predict the occurrence of inactive disease in JIA in the first 2 years of disease.

Methods: An inception cohort of 152 treatment-naïve JIA patients with disease duration <6 months was analysed. Potential predictors were baseline clinical variables, joint US, gut microbiota composition and a panel of inflammation-related compounds in blood plasma. Various algorithms were employed to predict inactive disease according to Wallace criteria at 6-month intervals in the first 2 years. Performance of the models was evaluated using the split-cohort technique. The cohort was analysed in its entirety, and separate models were developed for oligoarticular patients, polyarticular RF negative patients and ANA positive patients.

Results: All models analysing the cohort as a whole showed poor performance in test data [area under the curve (AUC): <0.65]. The subgroup models performed better. Inactive disease was predicted by lower baseline juvenile arthritis DAS (JADAS)-71 and lower relative abundance of the operational taxonomic unit Mogibacteriaceae for oligoarticular patients (AUC in test data: 0.69); shorter duration of morning stiffness, higher haemoglobin and lower CXCL-9 levels at baseline for polyarticular RF negative patients (AUC in test data: 0.69); and shorter duration of morning stiffness and higher baseline haemoglobin for ANA positive patients (AUC in test data: 0.72).

Conclusion: Inactive disease could not be predicted with satisfactory accuracy in the whole cohort, likely due to disease heterogeneity. Interesting predictors were found in more homogeneous subgroups. These need to be validated in future studies.

RevDate: 2018-07-06

Bäumel S, Tytgat HLP, Nemec B, et al (2018)

Fifty Percent Human - how art brings us in touch with our microbial cohabitants.

Microbial biotechnology, 11(4):571-574.

The Human Microbiome, as well as the exploration of the microorganisms inhabiting the human body, are not only integral to the field of microbiology but represent an intrinsic part of all human beings. Consequently, along with scientists, artists have been inspired by the microbiome: transforming it in to tangible artefacts in order to critically question, reflect on and break down the barrier between humans and their microcohabitants. By artistic means, artists help us to understand how microbial research topics are inevitably affected by societal influences, including (health) politics, economics and the arts. Fifty Percent Human is a multidisciplinary artistic research project that aims to reshape our understanding of the human body and its environment as well as to explore possibilities for conscious coexistence in order to bridge the gap between science and society.

RevDate: 2018-06-22

Del Chierico F, Abbatini F, Russo A, et al (2018)

Gut Microbiota Markers in Obese Adolescent and Adult Patients: Age-Dependent Differential Patterns.

Frontiers in microbiology, 9:1210.

Obesity levels, especially in children, have dramatically increased over the last few decades. Recently, several studies highlighted the involvement of gut microbiota in the pathophysiology of obesity. We investigated the composition of gut microbiota in obese adolescents and adults compared to age-matched normal weight (NW) volunteers in order to assemble age- and obesity-related microbiota profiles. The composition of gut microbiota was analyzed by 16S rRNA-based metagenomics. Ecological representations of microbial communities were computed, and univariate, multivariate, and correlation analyses performed on bacterial profiles. The prediction of metagenome functional content from 16S rRNA gene surveys was carried out. Ecological analyses revealed a dissimilarity among the subgroups, and resultant microbiota profiles differed between obese adolescents and adults. Using statistical analyses, we assigned, as microbial markers, Faecalibacterium prausnitzii and Actinomyces to the microbiota of obese adolescents, and Parabacteroides, Rikenellaceae, Bacteroides caccae, Barnesiellaceae, and Oscillospira to the microbiota of NW adolescents. The predicted metabolic profiles resulted different in adolescent groups. Particularly, biosynthesis of primary bile acid and steroid acids, metabolism of fructose, mannose, galactose, butanoate, and pentose phosphate and glycolysis/gluconeogenesis were for the majority associated to obese, while biosynthesis and metabolism of glycan, biosynthesis of secondary bile acid, metabolism of steroid hormone and lipoic acid were associated to NW adolescents. Our study revealed unique features of gut microbiota in terms of ecological patterns, microbial composition and metabolism in obese patients. The assignment of novel obesity bacterial markers may open avenues for the development of patient-tailored treatments dependent on age-related microbiota profiles.

RevDate: 2018-06-19

Noguera-Julian M, González-Beiras C, Parera M, et al (2018)

Aetiological Characterization of the Cutaneous Ulcer Syndrome in Papua New Guinea using Shotgun Metagenomics.

Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America pii:5039156 [Epub ahead of print].

Background: Treponema pallidum subsp. pertenue and Haemophilus ducreyi are causative agents of cutaneous ulcer (CU) in yaws endemic regions in the tropics. However, a significant proportion of CU patients remain PCR-negative for both bacterial agents. We aimed to identify potential additional aetiological agents of CU in a yaws-endemic region.

Methods: This population-based cohort study included children in Lihir Island (Papua New Guinea) examined during a yaws eradication campaign in Oct 2013-Oct 2014. All consenting patients with atraumatic exudative ulcers of more than 1 cm diameter were enrolled. Lesional swabs were collected for Real-Time PCR testing for T. p .pertenue and H. ducreyi. We then performed shotgun whole DNA metagenomics sequencing on extracted DNA and taxonomically assigned shotgun sequences using a human microbiome reference.

Findings: Sequence data was available for 122 samples. Shotgun sequencing showed high classification agreement relative to PCR testing: AUC for T. pallidum/H. ducreyi: 0.92/0.85 respectively. Clustering analysis of shotgun data revealed compositional clusters where the dominant species (median relative abundance ranged 32%-66%) was: H. ducreyi (23% of specimens), T. p. pertenue (16%), Streptococcus dysgalactiae (12%), Arcanobacterium haemolyticum (8%) and Corynebacterium diptheriae (8%). Sample clustering derived from ulcer microbial composition did not show geographical patterns.

Conclusion: These data suggest a diverse aetiology of skin ulcers in yaws-endemic areas, which may help design more accurate diagnostic tools and more effective antimicrobial treatment approaches to the cutaneous ulcer syndrome.

RevDate: 2018-06-19

Shen M, Yang Y, Shen W, et al (2018)

A linear plasmid-like prophage of Actinomyces odontolyticus Promotes Biofilm Assembly.

Applied and environmental microbiology pii:AEM.01263-18 [Epub ahead of print].

The human oral cavity is home to a large number of bacteria and bacteriophages (phages). However, the biology of oral phages as members of the human microbiome is not well understood. Recently, we isolated an Actinomyces odontolyticus subsp. Actinosynbacter strain XH001 from human oral cavity, and genomic analysis revealed the presence of an intact prophage, named xhp1. Here we demonstrated that xhp1 is a linear plasmid-like prophage, which is a newly identified phage of A. odontolyticus Prophage xhp1 genome is 35 kb linear double-stranded DNA with 10 bp single-stranded cohesive ends at 3' of both ends. xhp1 exists extra-chromosomally with an estimated copy number of 5. Annotation of xhp1 revealed 54 open reading frames, while phylogenetic analysis suggests that it has limited similarity with other phages. xhp1 phage particles can be induced by mitomycin C and belong to Siphoviridae family according to transmission electron microscopic examination. The released xhp1 particles can re-infect xhp1-cured XH001 strain and result in tiny blurry plaques. Moreover, the xhp1 promotes XH001 biofilm formation through spontaneous induction and releasing of host eDNA. In conclusion, we identified a linear plasmid-like prophage of A. odontolyticus, which enhances bacterial host biofilm assembly and could be beneficial to the host for its persistence in the oral cavity.Importance The biology of phages as members of the human oral microbiome is understudied. Here, we reported the characterization of xhp1, a novel linear plasmid-like prophage identified from a human oral isolate, Actinomyces odontolyticus subsp. actinosynbacter strain XH001. xhp1 can be induced and re-infects xhp1-cured XH001. Spontaneous induction of xhp1 leads to the lysis of a subpopulation of bacterial host and the release of eDNA that promotes biofilm assemble, thus potentially contributing to A. odontolyticus' persistence within oral cavity.

RevDate: 2018-06-18

Ismail T, Fatima N, Muhammad SA, et al (2018)

Prioritizing and modelling of putative drug target proteins of Candida albicans by systems biology approach.

Acta biochimica Polonica, 65(2):209-218.

Candida albicans (Candida albicans) is one of the major sources of nosocomial infections in humans which may prove fatal in 30% of cases. The hospital acquired infection is very difficult to treat affectively due to the presence of drug resistant pathogenic strains, therefore there is a need to find alternative drug targets to cure this infection. In silico and computational level frame work was used to prioritize and establish antifungal drug targets of Candida albicans. The identification of putative drug targets was based on acquiring 5090 completely annotated genes of Candida albicans from available databases which were categorized into essential and non-essential genes. The result indicated that 9% of proteins were essential and could become potential candidates for intervention which might result in pathogen eradication. We studied cluster of orthologs and the subtractive genomic analysis of these essential proteins against human genome was made as a reference to minimize the side effects. It was seen that 14% of Candida albicans proteins were evolutionary related to the human proteins while 86% are non-human homologs. In the next step of compatible drug target selections, the non-human homologs were sequentially compared to the human microbiome data to minimize the potential effects against gut flora which accumulated to 38% of the essential genome. The sub-cellular localization of these candidate proteins in fungal cellular systems indicated that 80% of them are cytoplasmic, 10% are mitochondrial and the remaining 10% are associated with the cell wall. The role of these non-human and non-gut flora putative target proteins in Candida albicans biological pathways was studied. Due to their integrated and critical role in Candida albicans replication cycle, four proteins were selected for molecular modeling. For drug designing and development, four high quality and reliable protein models with more than 70% sequence identity were constructed. These proteins are used for the docking studies of the known and new ligands (unpublished data). Our study will be an effective framework for drug target identifications of pathogenic microbial strains and development of new therapies against the infections they cause.

RevDate: 2018-07-20

Schirmer M, Kumar V, Netea MG, et al (2018)

The causes and consequences of variation in human cytokine production in health.

Current opinion in immunology, 54:50-58 pii:S0952-7915(17)30173-5 [Epub ahead of print].

Cytokines are important cell-signaling molecules that activate and modulate immune responses. Major factors influencing cytokine variation in healthy individuals are host genetics, non-heritable factors and the microbiome. Genetic variation accounts for a significant part of heterogeneity in cytokine production by peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Variation in cytokines such as IL-6 and IL-6Ra is strongly influenced by heritability, suggesting an evolutionarily pressure for their genetic regulation that potentially contributes to differences in immune responsiveness between human populations. Non-heritable factors, including age, body weight and environmental variables such as seasonality, drive variation in baseline cytokine levels. Age further affects pathogen-induced lymphocyte-derived cytokine responses, whereas seasonality affects monocyte-derived cytokine production in response to influenza virus, Coxiella burnetti or Cryptococcus neoformans. Another influential factor that shapes the immune system is the human microbiome. Microbes and microbial products (e.g. short-chain fatty acids and tryptophan metabolites) possess strong immunomodulatory effects, induce regulatory T cells and lead to the diversification of B cells and the production of specific antibodies. In particular, differential TNFα and IFNγ production is associated with the gut microbiome. Understanding causes of variation in the healthy human immune system can reveal factors that lead to aberrant cytokine production in immune-related disorders.

RevDate: 2018-06-26

McMillan A, Rulisa S, Gloor GB, et al (2018)

Pilot assessment of probiotics for pregnant women in Rwanda.

PloS one, 13(6):e0195081 pii:PONE-D-17-17221.

BACKGROUND: While the global market for probiotics is soon to reach in excess of US$50 billion, the continent of Africa has been largely ignored, despite these products having the ability to reduce the burden of disease and death.

TRIAL DESIGN: The present randomised, blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial was undertaken in Rwanda, a country devoid of well-documented probiotics. The primary outcome aim was to examine receptivity and compliance for orally administered probiotic capsules containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14 in pregnant women and assess any initial side effects or changes to the vaginal microbiome.

METHODS: Pregnant women between the ages of 18 and 55 were recruited from the Nyamata District Hospital in Rwanda and randomly assigned to receive probiotic or placebo capsules for one month. Clinicians were blinded to the treatments.

RESULTS: The drop-out rate was 21%, with 13 of 18 women in the placebo group and 17 of 20 in the probiotic group completing the study. Only 13 women returned for birthing and additional sample collection. No side effects of either treatment group were reported. Microbiota and metabolomics data showed similar findings to those reported in the literature, with low bacterial diversity and Lactobacillus dominance associated with a healthy vagina, and birthing associated with high diversity. Despite the small sample size and lack of changes in the microbiota, women in the placebo arm were significantly more likely to give birth pre-term.

CONCLUSION: Overall women were receptive to the probiotic concept, but the lack of information on such products and logistical and economical challenges pose problems for wider population engagement.


RevDate: 2018-06-21

Pannaraj PS, Ly M, Cerini C, et al (2018)

Shared and Distinct Features of Human Milk and Infant Stool Viromes.

Frontiers in microbiology, 9:1162.

Infants acquire many of their microbes from their mothers during the birth process. The acquisition of these microbes is believed to be critical in the development of the infant immune system. Bacteria also are transmitted to the infant through breastfeeding, and help to form the microbiome of the infant gastrointestinal (GI) tract; it is unknown whether viruses in human milk serve to establish an infant GI virome. We examined the virome contents of milk and infant stool in a cohort of mother-infant pairs to discern whether milk viruses colonize the infant GI tract. We observed greater viral alpha diversity in milk than in infant stool, similar to the trend we found for bacterial communities from both sites. When comparing beta diversity, viral communities were mostly distinguishable between milk and infant stool, but each was quite distinct from adult stool, urine, and salivary viromes. There were significant differences in viral families in the infant stool (abundant bacteriophages from the family Siphoviridae) compared to milk (abundant bacteriophages from the family Myoviridae), which may reflect significant differences in the bacterial families identified from both sites. Despite the differences in viral taxonomy, we identified a significant number of shared viruses in the milk and stool from all mother-infant pairs. Because of the significant proportion of bacteriophages transmitted in these mother-infant pairs, we believe the transmission of milk phages to the infant GI tract may help to shape the infant GI microbiome.

RevDate: 2018-06-17

Qiu B, Al K, Pena-Diaz AM, et al (2018)

Cutibacterium acnes and the shoulder microbiome.

Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery pii:S1058-2746(18)30304-5 [Epub ahead of print].

BACKGROUND: Advances in DNA sequencing technologies have made it possible to detect microbial genome sequences (microbiomes) within tissues once thought to be sterile. We used this approach to gain insights into the likely sources of Cutibacterium acnes (formerly Propionibacterium acnes) infections within the shoulder.

METHODS: Tissue samples were collected from the skin, subcutaneous fat, anterior supraspinatus tendon, middle glenohumeral ligament, and humeral head cartilage of 23 patients (14 male and 9 female patients) during primary arthroplasty surgery. Total DNA was extracted and microbial 16S ribosomal RNA sequencing was performed using an Illumina MiSeq system. Data analysis software was used to generate operational taxonomic units for quantitative and statistical analyses.

RESULTS: After stringent removal of contamination, genomic DNA from various Acinetobacter species and from the Oxalobacteraceae family was identified in 74% of rotator cuff tendon tissue samples. C acnes DNA was detected in the skin of 1 male patient but not in any other shoulder tissues.

CONCLUSION: Our findings indicate the presence of a low-abundance microbiome in the rotator cuff and, potentially, in other shoulder tissues. The absence of C acnes DNA in all shoulder tissues assessed other than the skin is consistent with the hypothesis that C acnes infections are derived from skin contamination during surgery and not from opportunistic expansion of a resident C acnes population in the shoulder joint.

RevDate: 2018-06-17

Ely PH (2018)

Is psoriasis a bowel disease? Successful treatment with bile acids and bioflavonoids suggests it is.

Clinics in dermatology, 36(3):376-389.

The gut is the largest lymphoid organ in the body. The human microbiome is composed of trillions of bacteria. The DNA of these bacteria dwarfs the human genome. Diet and ethanol can cause rapid shifts in the number and types of bacteria in the gut. The psoriatic microbiome is similar to that seen in alcoholics; there is a decrease in bacterial diversity and overgrowth of bacteria in the small bowel. Psoriatics often have liver disease and deficiencies in bile acids. Psoriasis is a disease characterized by a leaky gut. All of the comorbidities of this disease are due to systemic endotoxemia. Bacterial peptidoglycans absorbed from the gut have direct toxic effects on the liver and skin. Their absorption, as well as endotoxin absorption, must be eliminated to treat psoriasis successfully. Endotoxin absorption is markedly increased by ethanol and peppers. Bioflavonoids, such as quercetin and citrus bioflavonoids, prevent this absorption. Bile acids, given orally, break up endotoxin in the intestinal lumen. Pathogens, including Helicobacter pylori and Streptococcus pyogenes, must be eliminated with antimicrobial therapy for any treatment to work. A complete protocol for curing psoriasis is provided.

RevDate: 2018-06-14

Milshteyn A, Colosimo DA, SF Brady (2018)

Accessing Bioactive Natural Products from the Human Microbiome.

Cell host & microbe, 23(6):725-736.

Natural products have long played a pivotal role in the development of therapeutics for a variety of diseases. Traditionally, soil and marine environments have provided a rich reservoir from which diverse chemical scaffolds could be discovered. Recently, the human microbiome has been recognized as a promising niche from which secondary metabolites with therapeutic potential have begun to be isolated. In this Review, we address how the expansive history of identifying bacterial natural products in other environments is informing the approaches being brought to bear on the study of the human microbiota. We also touch on how these tools can lead to insights about microbe-microbe and host-microbe interactions and help generate biological hypotheses that may lead to developments of new therapeutic modalities.

RevDate: 2018-06-14

Coleman M, Elkins C, Gutting B, et al (2018)

Microbiota and Dose Response: Evolving Paradigm of Health Triangle.

Risk analysis : an official publication of the Society for Risk Analysis [Epub ahead of print].

SRA Dose-Response and Microbial Risk Analysis Specialty Groups jointly sponsored symposia that addressed the intersections between the "microbiome revolution" and dose response. Invited speakers presented on innovations and advances in gut and nasal microbiota (normal microbial communities) in the first decade after the Human Microbiome Project began. The microbiota and their metabolites are now known to influence health and disease directly and indirectly, through modulation of innate and adaptive immune systems and barrier function. Disruption of healthy microbiota is often associated with changes in abundance and diversity of core microbial species (dysbiosis), caused by stressors including antibiotics, chemotherapy, and disease. Nucleic-acid-based metagenomic methods demonstrated that the dysbiotic host microbiota no longer provide normal colonization resistance to pathogens, a critical component of innate immunity of the superorganism. Diverse pathogens, probiotics, and prebiotics were considered in human and animal models (in vivo and in vitro). Discussion included approaches for design of future microbial dose-response studies to account for the presence of the indigenous microbiota that provide normal colonization resistance, and the absence of the protective microbiota in dysbiosis. As NextGen risk analysis methodology advances with the "microbiome revolution," a proposed new framework, the Health Triangle, may replace the old paradigm based on the Disease Triangle (focused on host, pathogen, and environment) and germophobia. Collaborative experimental designs are needed for testing hypotheses about causality in dose-response relationships for pathogens present in our environments that clearly compete in complex ecosystems with thousands of bacterial species dominating the healthy superorganism.

RevDate: 2018-06-17

Xun Z, Zhang Q, Xu T, et al (2018)

Dysbiosis and Ecotypes of the Salivary Microbiome Associated With Inflammatory Bowel Diseases and the Assistance in Diagnosis of Diseases Using Oral Bacterial Profiles.

Frontiers in microbiology, 9:1136.

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) are chronic, idiopathic, relapsing disorders of unclear etiology affecting millions of people worldwide. Aberrant interactions between the human microbiota and immune system in genetically susceptible populations underlie IBD pathogenesis. Despite extensive studies examining the involvement of the gut microbiota in IBD using culture-independent techniques, information is lacking regarding other human microbiome components relevant to IBD. Since accumulated knowledge has underscored the role of the oral microbiota in various systemic diseases, we hypothesized that dissonant oral microbial structure, composition, and function, and different community ecotypes are associated with IBD; and we explored potentially available oral indicators for predicting diseases. We examined the 16S rRNA V3-V4 region of salivary bacterial DNA from 54 ulcerative colitis (UC), 13 Crohn's disease (CD), and 25 healthy individuals using Illumina sequencing. Distinctive sample clusters were driven by disease or health based on principal coordinate analysis (PCoA) of both the Operational Taxonomic Unit profile and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathways. Comparisons of taxa abundances revealed enrichment of Streptococcaceae (Streptococcus) and Enterobacteriaceae in UC and Veillonellaceae (Veillonella) in CD, accompanied by depletion of Lachnospiraceae and [Prevotella] in UC and Neisseriaceae (Neisseria) and Haemophilus in CD, most of which have been demonstrated to exhibit the same variation tendencies in the gut of IBD patients. IBD-related oral microorganisms were associated with white blood cells, reduced basic metabolic processes, and increased biosynthesis and transport of substances facilitating oxidative stress and virulence. Furthermore, UC and CD communities showed robust sub-ecotypes that were not demographic or severity-specific, suggesting their value for future applications in precision medicine. Additionally, indicator species analysis revealed several genera indicative of UC and CD, which were confirmed in a longitudinal cohort. Collectively, this study demonstrates evident salivary dysbiosis and different ecotypes in IBD communities and provides an option for identifying at-risk populations, not only enhancing our understanding of the IBD microbiome apart from the gut but also offering a clinically useful strategy to track IBD as saliva can be sampled conveniently and non-invasively.

RevDate: 2018-07-03

Bansal S, Nguyen JP, Leligdowicz A, et al (2018)

Rectal and Naris Swabs: Practical and Informative Samples for Analyzing the Microbiota of Critically Ill Patients.

mSphere, 3(3): pii:3/3/e00219-18.

Commensal microbiota are immunomodulatory, and their pathological perturbation can affect the risk and outcomes of infectious and inflammatory diseases. Consequently, the human microbiota is an emerging diagnostic and therapeutic target in critical illness. In this study, we compared four sample types-rectal, naris, and antecubital swabs and stool samples-for 16S rRNA gene microbiota sequencing in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Stool samples were obtained in only 31% of daily attempts, while swabs were reliably obtained (≥97% of attempts). Swabs were compositionally distinct by anatomical site, and rectal swabs identified within-patient temporal trends in microbiota composition. Rectal swabs from ICU patients demonstrated differences from healthy stool similar to those observed in comparing stool samples from ICU patients to those from the same healthy controls. Rectal swabs are a useful complement to other sample types for analysis of the intestinal microbiota in critical illness, particularly when obtaining stool may not be feasible or practical.IMPORTANCE Perturbation of the microbiome has been correlated with various infectious and inflammatory diseases and is common in critically ill patients. Stool is typically used to sample the microbiota in human observational studies; however, it is often unavailable for collection from critically ill patients, reducing its utility as a sample type to study this population. Our research identified alternatives to stool for sampling the microbiota during critical illness. Rectal and naris swabs were practical alternatives for use in these patients, as they were observed to be more reliably obtained than stool, were suitable for culture-independent analysis, and successfully captured within- and between-patient microbiota differences.

RevDate: 2018-06-17

Elbehery AHA, Feichtmayer J, Singh D, et al (2018)

The Human Virome Protein Cluster Database (HVPC): A Human Viral Metagenomic Database for Diversity and Function Annotation.

Frontiers in microbiology, 9:1110.

Human virome, including those of bacteria (bacteriophages) have received an increasing attention recently, owing to the rapid developments in human microbiome research and the awareness of the far-reaching influence of microbiomes on health and disease. Nevertheless, human viromes are still underrepresented in literature making viruses a virtually untapped resource of diversity, functional and physiological information. Here we present the human virome protein cluster database as an effort to improve functional annotation and characterization of human viromes. The database was built out of hundreds of virome datasets from six different body sites. We also show the utility of this database through its use for the characterization of three bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) viromes from one healthy control in addition to one moderate and one severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. The use of the database allowed for a better functional annotation, which were otherwise poorly characterized when limited to annotation using sequences from full-length viral genomes. In addition, our BAL samples gave a first insight into viral communities of COPD patients and confirm a state of dysbiosis for viruses that increases with disease progression. Moreover, they shed light on the potential role of phages in the horizontal gene transfer of bacterial virulence factors, a phenomenon that highlights a possible contribution of phages to etiopathology.

RevDate: 2018-06-13

Katsi V, Didagelos M, Skevofilax S, et al (2018)

Gut Microbiome - Gut Dysbiosis - Arterial Hypertension: New Horizons.

Current hypertension reviews pii:CHYR-EPUB-91087 [Epub ahead of print].

Arterial hypertension is a progressive cardiovascular syndrome arising from complex and interrelated etiologies. The human microbiome refers to the community of microorganisms that live in or on the human body. They influence human physiology by interfering in several processes such as providing nutrients and vitamins and in Phase I and Phase II drug metabolism. The human gut microbiota is represented mainly by Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes and to a lesser degree by Actinobacteria and Proteobacteria, with each individual harbouring at least 160 such species. Gut microbiota contributes to blood pressure homeostasis and the pathogenesis of arterial hypertension through production, modification and degradation of a variety of microbial-derived bioactive metabolites. Animal studies and to a lesser degree human research has unmasked relative mechanisms, mainly through the effect of certain microbiome metabolites and their receptors, outlining this relationship. Interventions to utilize these pathways, with probiotics, prebiotics, antibiotics and fecal microbiome transplantation have shown promising results. Personalized microbiome-based disease prediction and treatment responsiveness seems futuristic. Undoubtedly, a long way of experimental and clinical research should be pursued to elucidate this novel, intriguing and very promising horizon.

RevDate: 2018-06-10

Tsigalou C, Stavropoulou E, E Bezirtzoglou (2018)

Current Insights in Microbiome Shifts in Sjogren's Syndrome and Possible Therapeutic Interventions.

Frontiers in immunology, 9:1106.

Sjogren's syndrome (SS) is an autoimmune disease, among the most common ones, that targets mainly the exocrine glands as well as extra-glandular epithelial tissues. Their lymphocytic infiltration leads to manifestations from other organs (e.g., kidneys, lungs, liver, or thyroid), apart from sicca symptoms (xerostomia and keratoconjunctivitis). SS is more prevalent in women than in men (9:1). Moreover, p.SS patients are in increased risk to develop lymphoma. Certain autoantibodies (e.g., antibodies against ribonucleoprotein autoantigens Ro-SSA and La-SSB) are ultimate hallmarks for the disease. It was not known until recently that culture-independent techniques like next-generation sequencing (NGS) facilitate the study of the microbe communities in humans and scientists achieved to define the outlines of the microbiome contribution in health and disease. Researchers have started to investigate the alterations in diversity of the oral, ocular, or intestinal microbiota in SS. Recent studies indicate that dysbiosis may play a significant role in SS pathogenesis. At the same time, the cause or effect is not clear yet because the dysfunction of salivary glands induces alterations in oral and intestinal microbiome which is linked to worsen of symptoms and disease severity. If the human microbiome proves to play a key role in pathogenesis and manifestation of SS, the next step could be new and promising therapeutic approaches such as probiotics or prebiotics. This mini review focuses on the alterations of microbiome of SS patients, their connection with immune tolerance and new therapeutic strategies involving diet manipulation toward future personalized medicine.

RevDate: 2018-06-07

Albayrak L, Khanipov K, Golovko G, et al (2018)

Detection of Multidimensional Co-Exclusion Patterns in Microbial Communities.

Bioinformatics (Oxford, England) pii:5033385 [Epub ahead of print].

Motivation: Identification of complex relationships among members of microbial communities is key to understand and control the microbiota. Co-exclusion is arguably one of the most important patterns reflecting microorganisms' intolerance to each other's presence. Knowing these relations opens an opportunity to manipulate microbiotas, personalize anti-microbial and probiotic treatments as well as guide microbiota transplantation. The co-exclusion pattern however, cannot be appropriately described by a linear function nor its strength be estimated using covariance or (negative) Pearson and Spearman correlation coefficients. This manuscript proposes a way to quantify the strength and evaluate the statistical significance of co-exclusion patterns between two, three or more variables describing a microbiota and allows one to extend analysis beyond microorganism abundance by including other microbiome associated measurements such as, pH, temperature etc., as well as estimate the expected numbers of false positive co-exclusion patterns in a co-exclusion network.

Results: The implemented computational pipeline (CoEx) tested against 2,380 microbial profiles (samples) from The Human Microbiome Project resulted in body-site specific pairwise co-exclusion patterns.

Availability: C++ source code for calculation of the score and p-value for 2, 3, and 4 dimensional co-exclusion patterns as well as source code and executable files for the CoEx pipeline are available at


Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

RevDate: 2018-06-15

Wandro S, Osborne S, Enriquez C, et al (2018)

The Microbiome and Metabolome of Preterm Infant Stool Are Personalized and Not Driven by Health Outcomes, Including Necrotizing Enterocolitis and Late-Onset Sepsis.

mSphere, 3(3): pii:3/3/e00104-18.

The assembly and development of the gut microbiome in infants have important consequences for immediate and long-term health. Preterm infants represent an abnormal case for bacterial colonization because of early exposure to bacteria and frequent use of antibiotics. To better understand the assembly of the gut microbiota in preterm infants, fecal samples were collected from 32 very low birth weight preterm infants over the first 6 weeks of life. Infant health outcomes included health, late-onset sepsis, and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). We characterized bacterial compositions by 16S rRNA gene sequencing and metabolomes by untargeted gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Preterm infant fecal samples lacked beneficial Bifidobacterium spp. and were dominated by Enterobacteriaceae, Enterococcus, and Staphylococcus organisms due to nearly uniform antibiotic administration. Most of the variance between the microbial community compositions could be attributed to the baby from which the sample derived (permutational multivariate analysis of variance [PERMANOVA] R2 = 0.48, P < 0.001), while clinical status (health, NEC, or late-onset sepsis) and overlapping times in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) did not explain a significant amount of variation in bacterial composition. Fecal metabolomes were also found to be unique to the individual (PERMANOVA R2 = 0.43, P < 0.001) and weakly associated with bacterial composition (Mantel statistic r = 0.23 ± 0.05, P < 0.05). No measured metabolites were found to be associated with necrotizing enterocolitis, late-onset sepsis, or a healthy outcome. Overall, preterm infant gut microbial communities were personalized and reflected antibiotic usage.IMPORTANCE Preterm infants face health problems likely related to microbial exposures, including sepsis and necrotizing enterocolitis. However, the role of the gut microbiome in preterm infant health is poorly understood. Microbial colonization differs from that of healthy term babies because it occurs in the NICU and is often perturbed by antibiotics. We measured bacterial compositions and metabolomic profiles of 77 fecal samples from 32 preterm infants to investigate the differences between microbiomes in health and disease. Rather than finding microbial signatures of disease, we found that both the preterm infant microbiome and the metabolome were personalized and that the preterm infant gut microbiome is enriched in microbes that commonly dominate in the presence of antibiotics. These results contribute to the growing knowledge of the preterm infant microbiome and emphasize that a personalized view will be important to disentangle the health consequences of the preterm infant microbiome.


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ESP Origins

In the early 1990's, Robert Robbins was a faculty member at Johns Hopkins, where he directed the informatics core of GDB — the human gene-mapping database of the international human genome project. To share papers with colleagues around the world, he set up a small paper-sharing section on his personal web page. This small project evolved into The Electronic Scholarly Publishing Project.

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In 1995, Robbins became the VP/IT of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA. Soon after arriving in Seattle, Robbins secured funding, through the ELSI component of the US Human Genome Project, to create the original ESP.ORG web site, with the formal goal of providing free, world-wide access to the literature of classical genetics.

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Although the methods of molecular biology can seem almost magical to the uninitiated, the original techniques of classical genetics are readily appreciated by one and all: cross individuals that differ in some inherited trait, collect all of the progeny, score their attributes, and propose mechanisms to explain the patterns of inheritance observed.

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In reading the early works of classical genetics, one is drawn, almost inexorably, into ever more complex models, until molecular explanations begin to seem both necessary and natural. At that point, the tools for understanding genome research are at hand. Assisting readers reach this point was the original goal of The Electronic Scholarly Publishing Project.

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Usage of the site grew rapidly and has remained high. Faculty began to use the site for their assigned readings. Other on-line publishers, ranging from The New York Times to Nature referenced ESP materials in their own publications. Nobel laureates (e.g., Joshua Lederberg) regularly used the site and even wrote to suggest changes and improvements.

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When the site began, no journals were making their early content available in digital format. As a result, ESP was obliged to digitize classic literature before it could be made available. For many important papers — such as Mendel's original paper or the first genetic map — ESP had to produce entirely new typeset versions of the works, if they were to be available in a high-quality format.

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With the development of methods for adding typeset side notes to PDF files, the ESP project now plans to add annotated versions of some classical papers to its holdings. We also plan to add new reference and pedagogical material. We have already started providing regularly updated, comprehensive bibliographies to the ESP.ORG site.

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Papers in Classical Genetics

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Digital Books

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Selected Bibliographies

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