Ecology of the multi-kingdom human gut microbiota assembly: insights from preterm infants

MicrobiotaMi Comment 24_21
by Giulia Colombo

The new-born human gut is like a desert island for the microbiota: in fact, it evolves predictably with pioneer species colonizing the gut after birth, followed by an ordered succession of microorganisms. This colonizing process can be studied in a privileged manner in preterm infants, as well as the potentially shaping influences of the environment, the host and interactions …

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Kin to win: kin selection drives cooperation in the human gut microbiota

MicrobiotaMi Comment 17_21
by Giulia Colombo

The management of complex microbial communities is a very promising tool in many fields, from microbiome manipulation to sustainable food production and climate regulation. To successfully engineer …

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Gut feelings: how the microbiota influences the neuroanatomical substrates of social bonding in a sex-specific manner

MicrobiotaMi Comment 07_21
by  Giulia Colombo

Growing evidence shows a pivotal role for the gut microbiota on the brain development, which may impact on behavior, too. Effah et al.’s recent article deals with this topic: the authors studied the oxytocin receptor’s expression and distribution in …

The circadian rhythm and the microbiota-gut-brain axis: a recurrent appointment with the neighbours

MicrobiotaMi Comment 02_21
by  Giulia Colombo

Teichman et al.’s recent review deals with the interactions between the microbiota-gut-brain axis and circadian rhythmicity, a topic that reminds us how reductive it is to think about ourselves as lonely bodies: we are more similar to small-scale ecosystems, instead, for our microbiota partners…