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Microbiome in human physiological function

Eric Erbe, digital colorization by Christopher Pooley, both of USDAGuest Editor: Dr Santanu Banerjee, University of Miami, Florida, USA

The Editor-in-Chief of Microbial Cell Factories, Prof Grzegorz Wegrzyn and the guest editor invite the submission of articles for a special collection with a thematic scheme: ‘Microbiome in human physiological function’.

The association of microbes with humans and their role in influencing host physiology has been common knowledge since the early nineteenth century. With the recent advent of 16s pyrosequencing and whole-genome sequence-based molecular phylogeny, we are gradually understanding the mechanisms by which microbial perturbations in various mucosal surfaces influence host physiology in health and disease. In this series, we aim to address questions on mechanisms operating in microbial cells which make important contribution to effects on microbes on human physiology.  The following broad topics will be considered, including (but not limited to):

  1. The immune system and host-microbe interactions.
  2. The role of microbiota in obesity and metabolic disorders.
  3. Microbial metabolites and their influence in health and disease.
  4. Commensal microbes and processing of xenobiotics.

We will consider basic and/or clinical studies elucidating the role and specific interaction(s) of commensal microbiota (Bacterial, fungal and/or viral) on any aspect of human physiology included in the topics above and beyond. Physiological functions described in experimental animal models and those including high-throughput methodologies are also welcome.

Submission deadline: 31 May 2020. Please indicate at the Additional Information stage of submission that you are submitting to the Microbiome in human physiological function article collection. All manuscripts received will be subject to peer review as is standard for the journal.

Articles will be published continuously on the collection homepage as soon as they are ready.

  1. Resistance to therapy is one of the major factors that contribute to dismal survival statistics in pancreatic cancer. While there are many tumor intrinsic and tumor microenvironment driven factors that contrib...

    Authors: Kousik Kesh, Roberto Mendez, Leila Abdelrahman, Santanu Banerjee and Sulagna Banerjee

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2020 19:75

    Content type: Research

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  2. In the last decade, increasing evidence has shown that changes in human gut microbiota are associated with diseases, such as obesity. The excreted/secreted proteins (secretome) of the gut microbiota affect the...

    Authors: Luigui Gallardo-Becerra, Fernanda Cornejo-Granados, Rodrigo García-López, Alejandra Valdez-Lara, Shirley Bikel, Samuel Canizales-Quinteros, Blanca E. López-Contreras, Alfredo Mendoza-Vargas, Henrik Nielsen and Adrián Ochoa-Leyva

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2020 19:61

    Content type: Research

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  3. The gut microbiota that inhabit our gastrointestinal tract are well known to play an important role in maintaining human health in many aspects, including facilitating the digestion and absorption of nutrients...

    Authors: Zhao Zhou, Xin Chen, Huakang Sheng, Xiaolin Shen, Xinxiao Sun, Yajun Yan, Jia Wang and Qipeng Yuan

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2020 19:56

    Content type: Review

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  4. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disease, and in an effort to identify novel therapeutic target for this disease in recent years, human microbiota has attracted much inte...

    Authors: Liang Shen

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2020 19:50

    Content type: Review

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  5. Spore-forming bacteria of the Bacillus genus are widely used probiotics known to exert their beneficial effects also through the stimulation of the host immune response. The oral delivery of B. toyonensis spores ...

    Authors: Francisco Denis S. Santos, Arianna Mazzoli, Ana Raquel Maia, Anella Saggese, Rachele Isticato, Fabio Leite, Susanna Iossa, Ezio Ricca and Loredana Baccigalupi

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2020 19:42

    Content type: Research

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  6. The gut microbiota can significantly affect the function of the intestinal barrier. Some intestinal probiotics (such as Lactobacillus, Bifidobacteria, a few Escherichia coli strains, and a new generation of probi...

    Authors: Qing Liu, Zhiming Yu, Fengwei Tian, Jianxin Zhao, Hao Zhang, Qixiao Zhai and Wei Chen

    Citation: Microbial Cell Factories 2020 19:23

    Content type: Review

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