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  • The Secrets of Successful Venture Pitching: A New Workshop at the 5th Annual Translational Microbiome Conference

    An important new workshop is taking place at the 5th Annual Translational Microbiome Conference (Boston | April 16-18, 2019). Dr. Lakshmi Balanchandra, the Founder of the Women’s Venture Capital Network and an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College’s Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, will be presenting What Investors Want, What Investors Notice and Value in […]

  • The most significant achievements in gut microbiome science in 2018


    In 2018, the Gut Microbiota for Health (GMFH) digital community has reached an audience that includes scientists, healthcare professionals, and the general public, with 60,000 visits every month from all over the world. These changes reflect an increased awareness of how the gut microbiome influences health. Meanwhile, the number of publications focusing on the gut […]

  • Bacteria Making Headlines in 2018


    In the last few months, multiple bacterial species have been making headlines. This review will outline three types of bacteria and how specific strains may prevent or encourage the development of bacterial infections: Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a gram-negative bacteria part of the Enterobacteriaceae family. E. coli in the Microbiome – Harmless strains of […]

  • Seasonal Cycling in the Gut Microbiome of the Hadza Hunter-gatherers of Tanzania


    Researchers from Stanford University published a paper in Science titled “Seasonal cycling in the gut microbiome of the Hadza hunter-gatherers of Tanzania” which examines the relationship between diet, seasons, and the microbiome. The authors performed a longitudinal study on 350 stool samples collected throughout a year and a half and found that the microbial population […]

  • 2019 Microbiome Conferences


    Are you looking for a microbiome conference or workshop? Many 2019 conferences are outlined on our event’s page with differing agendas and meetings in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, these educational summits provide an opportunity to network and meet your peers. Here are the first few microbiome conferences of next year: Phage Futures Congress The […]

  • Nature Biotechnology Publication: Translating microbiome futures


    The publication of Translating microbiome futures is the culmination of more than a year’s work by Gaspar Taroncher-Oldenberg, Consultant in Residence at Global Engage and Susan Jones, Senior Editor at Nature Biotechnology. Together they spoke with close to 150 key opinion leaders in microbiome R&D, venture capital, and regulatory agencies. Then on May 23, 2018, […]

  • Mouse Microbiomes Are Mostly Inherited

    A mouse’s gut microbiome is, largely speaking, inherited and alters very little throughout multiple generations, according to a long-term study of caged wild mice published in Science today (October 25). While this vertical transmission predominates in the given experimental setup, the study also reveals that certain genera of bacteria could spread horizontally from cage to […]

  • QIAGEN announces winners of 2018 Microbiome Awards competition

    Two extraordinary young scientists honored with prizes and more than $100,000 in support for research into the impacts of microbial communities on human health Hilden, Germany, and Germantown, Maryland, October 17, 2018 – QIAGEN today announced the winners of its fifth annual 2018 Microbiome Awards, a competition for outstanding researchers working on diverse aspects of […]

  • Housing Systems for Rodents Used in Microbiome Research


    Gnotobiotic technology in laboratory animal science is the processes and systems employed for maintaining gnotobiotic and germfree (germfree) research animals. Through sterilization of feed and other husbandry supplies, and by housing in systems that completely protect the animals from the surrounding environment and human caretakers, the intent is to create and maintain animal models with […]

  • Obesity Aggravates Acute Pancreatitis via Damaging Intestinal Mucosal Barrier and Changing Microbiota Composition in Rats


    ABSTRACT Obesity may aggravate acute pancreatitis (AP) through damaging the intestinal mucosal barrier (IMB). The underlying mechanism remains unclear. This study was aimed to provide further data to clarify the mechanism. 48 rats were divided into 4 groups: 1) normal control (NC), chow-fed rats with sham operation, 2) no-obese rats with AP (NAP), chow-fed rats […]

  • Lactobacillus sakei Alleviates High‐fat Diet‐induced Obesity and Anxiety in Mice by Inducing AMPK Activation and SIRT1 Expression and Inhibiting Gut Microbiota‐mediated NF‐κB Activation

    ABSTRACT Scope Long‐term feeding of a high‐fat diet (HFD) causes gastrointestinal inflammation and gut microbiota disturbance, leading to the increased occurrence of obesity and anxiety. In the present study, we examined the effects of heat‐labile Lactobacillus sakei OK67, tyndallized OK67 (tOK67), and heat‐stable Lactobacillus sakei PK16 on HFD‐induced obesity and anxiety in mice. Methods and […]

  • Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs Alter the Microbiota and Exacerbate Clostridium difficile Colitis while Dysregulating the Inflammatory Response


    ABSTRACT Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a major public health threat worldwide. The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is associated with enhanced susceptibility to and severity of CDI; however, the mechanisms driving this phenomenon have not been elucidated. NSAIDs alter prostaglandin (PG) metabolism by inhibiting cyclooxygenase (COX) enzymes. Here, we found that treatment with […]

  • Mechanisms Underlying Microbial-Mediated Changes in Social Behavior in Mouse Models of Autism Spectrum Disorder


    SUMMARY Currently, there are no medications that effectively treat the core symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We recently found that the bacterial species Lactobacillus (L.) reuteri reverses social deficits in maternal high-fat-diet offspring. However, whether the effect of L. reuteri on social behavior is generalizable to other ASD models and its mechanism(s) of action […]

  • Insights into a Possible Mechanism Underlying the Connection of Carbendazim-Induced Lipid Metabolism Disorder and Gut Microbiota Dysbiosis in Mice


    ABSTRACT Carbendazim (CBZ), a systemic, broad-spectrum benzimidazole fungicide, is widely used to control fungal diseases and has been regarded as an endocrine disruptor that causes mammalian toxicity in different target organs. Here, we discovered that chronic administrations of CBZ at 0.2, 1, and 5 mg/kg body weight for 14 weeks not only changed the composition of gut […]

  • General Anesthesia Alters the Diversity and Composition of the Intestinal Microbiota in Mice

    ABSTRACT Dysbiosis of the intestinal microbiota has been shown to result in altered immune responses and increased susceptibility to infection; as such, the state of the intestinal microbiome may have profound implications in the perioperative setting. In this first-in-class study, we used 16s ribosomal RNA sequencing and analysis in a mouse model of general anesthesia […]

  • Cesarean Section Induces Microbiota-Regulated Immune Disturbances in C57BL/6 Mice

    ABSTRACT Epidemiological studies have shown that children born by cesarean section (CS) are at higher risk of developing chronic inflammatory diseases, and it has been suggested that a skewed gut microbial colonization process early in life and altered priming of the immune system are causative. The aim of this study was to clarify whether impaired […]

  • On the role of corticosterone in behavioral disorders, microbiota composition alteration and neuroimmune response in adult male mice subjected to maternal separation stress


    ABSTRACT Experiencing psychosocial adversities in early life such as maternal seperation (MS) increases the risk of psychiatric disorders. Immune-inflammatory responses have imperative roles in the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders. MS relatively changes the composition of intestinal microbiota leading to an overactivation of the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis, and subsequently increases the corticosterone level. In this study, […]

  • Impact of commensal flora on periodontal immune response to lipopolysaccharide

    ABSTRACT 1 Background Commensal flora are involved in the appropriate development of the mature immune system. However, it is unclear how commensal flora contribute to immune responses against periodontal pathogens, including the response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the expression of immune responses after topical application of LPS in […]

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  • Gut microbiota from multiple sclerosis patients enables spontaneous autoimmune encephalomyelitis in mice


    Significance Studies using experimental models have indicated that multiple sclerosis (MS)-like disease can be triggered in the gut following interactions of brain autoimmune T lymphocytes with local microbiota.

  • BOOK REVIEW: GNOTOBIOTICS


    Gnotobiotics, edited by Trenton Schoeb and Kathryn Eaton, is invaluable to those developing or managing gnotobiotic facilities.

  • Stress could be just as unhealthy as junk food


    Brigham Young University: We all know that a poor diet is unhealthy, but a new BYU study finds that stress may just as harmful to our bodies as a really bad diet.

  • Infection via mosquito bite alters Zika virus replication kinetics in rhesus macaques


    Abstract For more than three decades it has been recognized that small amounts of vector saliva can significantly alter the infectivity of vector-borne pathogens and subsequent in vivo dynamics.

  • Of Mice, Dirty Mice, and Men: Using Mice To Understand Human Immunology


    Abstract Mouse models have enabled breakthroughs in our understanding of the immune system, but it has become increasingly popular to emphasize their shortcomings when translating observations to humans.

  • Microbial Genetic Composition Tunes Host Longevity


    Highlights •Systematic analysis of longevity-promoting microbial genetic variations •Colanic acid as a pro-longevity natural compound effective in different species

  • Learning more about the gut microbiota


    The GMFH editing team recommends these book selections on the topic.

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