Monday, May 30, 2016

BacterioFiles 253 - Probiotics Promote Protective Pathway

This episode: In mice and fruit flies, Lactobacillus species induce gut cells to protect themselves from reactive oxygen compounds!

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Journal Paper:
Jones, R. M. et al. Lactobacilli Modulate Epithelial Cytoprotection through the Nrf2 Pathway. Cell Reports 12, 1217–1225 (2015).

Other interesting stories:
  • Gut microbes in mice help prevent development of diabetes
  • Bacteria could degrade nicotine to help people quit smoking
  • Even dead probiotic bacteria protect nematodes against pathogens (paper)
  • Discovery of TNT-degrading yeast for bioremediation
  • Engineered yeast can produce opioids

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    Monday, May 23, 2016

    BacterioFiles 252 - Small Cells Supervise Circadian Cycles

    This episode: In mice, high-fat diets affect their gut microbes, which in turn disrupts their circadian cycles and metabolic health!

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    Show notes:
    News item
    Journal Paper:
    Leone, V. et al. Effects of Diurnal Variation of Gut Microbes and High-Fat Feeding on Host Circadian Clock Function and Metabolism. Cell Host and Microbe 17, 681–689 (2015).

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    Other interesting stories:
  • Fungi could help clean up lead pollution (paper)
  • Fungi growing on rocks in driest desert (paper)
  • Probiotic bacterium inhibited pathogenic bacteria in chickens (paper)
  • Bacteria survive just from very small amounts of hydrogen
  • Developing ways to monitor microbial catalysts

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