Microbiology

Analysis of adult damselfly fecal material aids in the estimation of antibiotic-resistant Enterobacterales contamination of the local environment
Siouxsie Wiles –– This is a really neat study, looking at antibiotic-resistant bacteria in damselfly poo as a potential means of identifying what resistant-bacteria are present in the wider environment. I would love to see them extend the study to look at genomic analyses rather than being limited to what they could grow on selective agar.
Production of exopolysaccharide by strains of Lactobacillus plantarum YO175 and OF101 isolated from traditional fermented cereal beverage
Carlos Conte-Junior –– This article is relevant to food science and technology.
Functions of Candida albicans cell wall glycosidases Dfg5p and Dcw1p in biofilm formation and HOG MAPK pathway
Jürg Bähler –– Candida biofilm formation is a fascinating biological process and has medical implications.
Cellular production of a counterfeit viral protein confers immunity to infection by a related virus
Kate Bishop –– The acquisition of viral genes by hosts to use as anti-viral proteins is interesting and this adds to our knowledge of such mechanisms.
Molecular typing and profiling of topoisomerase mutations causing resistance to ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin in Elizabethkingia species
Paul Tulkens –– Although Elizabethkingia may seem as a rather rare organism in terms fo human pathology, the study illustrates well the various mechanisms of resistance to a important fluoroquinolone and will be of interest to many investigators of antibacterial resistance and to clinicians using ciprofloxacin or other fluoroquinolones.
Fine-scale differentiation between Bacillus anthracis and Bacillus cereus group signatures in metagenome shotgun data
Lesley Hoyles –– Highlights the need for careful analyses of metagenomic data when looking at closely related bacteria, and proposes a way of dealing with this. Applicable to metagenomic studies across a range of ecological niches.
A meta-analysis reveals the environmental and host factors shaping the structure and function of the shrimp microbiota
Konstantinos Kormas –– A very good effort on putting together and analysing shrimp gut microbiota.
The effects of fermentation products of prebiotic fibres on gut barrier and immune functions in vitro
Maria Cristina Albertini –– I believe that prebiotics may have an important influence of immune response. More information are needed on intestinal barrier functions and this paper can be of support.
Occurrence of virulent multidrug-resistant Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium in the pigs, farmers and farm environments in Malaysia
Carlos Conte-Junior –– This paper is very relevant in food microbiology.
Patterns in evolutionary origins of heme, chlorophyll a and isopentenyl diphosphate biosynthetic pathways suggest non-photosynthetic periods prior to plastid replacements in dinoflagellates
Daniel Lahr –– This article attempts to retrace the complex history of re-construction of the photosynthetic pathway in organisms that went through serial endosymbiosis. It is likely to be relevant to biologists working on evolution, endosymbiosis and lateral gene transfer, thus making it a broadly interesting paper.
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Cai et al. present a retrospective study - Heparin-binding protein and procalcitonin in the diagnosis of pathogens causing community-acquired pneumonia in adult patients Read the full @PeerJLife article https://t.co/xSEXqiB1kx #Microbiology #Geriatrics https://t.co/rFSMOVMvOj

Molecular characteristic of treatment failure clinical isolates of Leishmania major https://t.co/MWTlDf11kv @thePeerJ https://t.co/kCAuhFLAFP

The association between prior physical fitness and depression in young adults during the COVID-19 pandemic—a cross-sectional, retrospective study https://t.co/o68kRXB9Lg @thePeerJ https://t.co/DvRn0Lcwk4

T cell mediated immunity against influenza H5N1 nucleoprotein, matrix and hemagglutinin derived epitopes in H5N1 survivors and non-H5N1 subjects https://t.co/dwQElwdqfP @thePeerJ https://t.co/tklGFSCyk0

Excited to have my first article as a first author published in @thePeerJ https://t.co/ITYaZWSpml. We kept this one short and sweet: the microbiome community structure from samples stored at -20C did not differ from those stored at the standard -80C, even after 4 years

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Hey Rick and Ingmar: well done :) mining carbapenemases in genome databases https://t.co/9A0STPryCt