Category Archives: Microbial Communities

Host lifestyle affects human microbiota on daily timescales

Fascinating! Abstract: Disturbance to human microbiota may underlie several pathologies. Yet, we lack a comprehensive understanding of how lifestyle affects the dynamics of human-associated microbial communities. Here, we link over 10,000 longitudinal measurements of human wellness and action to the … Continue reading

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Eco-evolutionary feedbacks drive species interactions

This. Is. Awesome. Link Abstract: In the biosphere, many species live in close proximity and can thus interact in many different ways. Such interactions are dynamic and fall along a continuum between antagonism and cooperation. Because interspecies interactions are the … Continue reading

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Comparison of the Compositions of the Stool Microbiotas of Infants Fed Goat Milk Formula, Cow Milk-Based Formula, or Breast Milk

Abstract: The aim of the study was to compare the compositions of the fecal microbiotas of infants fed goat milk formula to those of infants fed cow milk formula or breast milk as the gold standard. Pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA gene … Continue reading

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The root microbiota—a fingerprint in the soil?

Kristin, Aleklett, and Hart Miranda. “The root microbiota—a fingerprint in the soil?.” Plant and Soil (2013): 1-16. PDF here Background The root system of a plant is known to host a wide diversity of microbes that can be essential or … Continue reading

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Effects of Antibiotics on Bacterial Species Composition and Metabolic Activities in Chemostats Containing Defined Populations of Human Gut Microorganisms

The composition and metabolic activities of the human colonic microbiota are modulated by a number of external factors, including diet and antibiotic therapy. Changes in the structure and metabolism of the gut microbiota may have long term consequences for host … Continue reading

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Sex Differences in the Gut Microbiome Drive Hormone-Dependent Regulation of Autoimmunity

Abstract: Microbial exposures and sex hormones exert potent effects on autoimmune diseases, many of which are more prevalent in women. We demonstrate that early-life microbial exposures determine sex hormone levels and modify progression to autoimmunity in the nonobese diabetic (NOD) … Continue reading

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Host-Derived Nitrate Boosts Growth of E. coli in the Inflamed Gut

Abstract: Changes in the microbial community structure are observed in individuals with intestinal inflammatory disorders. These changes are often characterized by a depletion of obligate anaerobic bacteria, whereas the relative abundance of facultative anaerobic Enterobacteriaceae increases. The mechanisms by which … Continue reading

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