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Lab members, August 2019

Zoom in on any patch of our planet and you will find a diverse group of microorganisms living together. Invisible to the naked eye, microbes live in complex communities that inhabit oceans, soils, our homes, and our bodies. Microbes are not mere inhabitants of these environments; they play a major role in the health of the environment in which they reside. Various types of molecular interactions occur between species in a microbial community, such as the exchange of nutrients or competition for resources. These molecular relationships shape the composition of the community and, in turn, the health of the ecosystem. However, the specifics of microbial interactions remain unknown. By examining microbes in isolation, in co-cultures, and within wholescale communities, the Taga Lab aims to uncover hidden interactions between microbes. We hope to apply our knowledge to manipulate microbial growth in controlled ways in order to dissect relationships between microbes and uncover new ways to promote environmental and human health.


Mok et al. mBio paper featured in the Berkeley Science Review

Cobamide co-op, Berkeley Science Review article
Our latest journal article by Mok et al. was spotlighted in the Spring 2021 issue of the Berkeley Science Review!

New Paper Published in mBio!

Congratulations Kenny and collaborators on your recent publication in mBio entitled "Identification of a Novel Cobamide Remodeling Enzyme in the Beneficial Human Gut Bacterium Akkermansia muciniphila". You can find the paper here: https://mbio.asm.org/content/11/6/e02507-20/article-info

“Naturally occurring cobalamin (B 12) analogs can function as cofactors for human methylmalonyl-CoA mutase” has recently been published in Biochimie!!

Olga Sokolovskaya, Michi Taga and collaborators recently had their bioRxiv paper accepted into Biochimie ! You can find the paper here : https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biochi.2020.06.014 and https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1cm4s14QopW8Bb (free access until May 8, 2021)

New review in Science

Did you know microbes need vitamins? And they can be picky about which one. Learn more about vitamin B12 and related molecules and how they affect microbes in our review: https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aba0165

Article published in mSystems

Our hypothesis paper, Emergence of Metabolite Provisioning as a By-Product of Evolved Biological Functions, is now online at mSystems. https://doi.org/10.1128/mSystems.00259-20


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