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High-fat diet-induced alterations to gut microbiota and gut-derived lipoteichoic acid contributes to the development of enteric neuropathy.

Nyavor Y, Brands CR, May G, Kuther S, Nicholson J, Tiger K, Tesnohlidek A, Yasuda A, Starks K, Litvinenko D, Linden DR, Bhattarai Y, Kashyap PC, Forney LJ, Balemba OB.

Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2020 Mar 13:e13838. doi: 10.1111/nmo.13838. [Epub ahead of print]



Stalder T, Cornwell B, Lacroix J, Kohler B, Dixon S, Yano H, Kerr B, Forney LJ, Top EM.

Mol Biol Evol. 2020 Feb 6. pii: msaa024. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msaa024. [Epub ahead of print]


The microbiome and women's health: perspectives and controversies.

Witkin SS, Forney LJ.

BJOG. 2020 Jan;127(2):127. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.16010. No abstract available.


Vaginal Biomarkers That Predict Cervical Length and Dominant Bacteria in the Vaginal Microbiomes of Pregnant Women.

Witkin SS, Moron AF, Ridenhour BJ, Minis E, Hatanaka A, Sarmento SGP, Franca MS, Carvalho FHC, Hamamoto TK, Mattar R, Sabino E, Linhares IM, Rudge MVC, Forney LJ.

mBio. 2019 Oct 22;10(5). pii: e02242-19. doi: 10.1128/mBio.02242-19.


Nonoptimal Vaginal Microbiota After Azithromycin Treatment for Chlamydia trachomatis Infection.

Tamarelle J, Ma B, Gajer P, Humphrys MS, Terplan M, Mark KS, Thiébaut ACM, Forney LJ, Brotman RM, Delarocque-Astagneau E, Bavoil PM, Ravel J.

J Infect Dis. 2020 Feb 3;221(4):627-635. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiz499.


The Cervicovaginal Microbiota-Host Interaction Modulates Chlamydia trachomatis Infection.

Edwards VL, Smith SB, McComb EJ, Tamarelle J, Ma B, Humphrys MS, Gajer P, Gwilliam K, Schaefer AM, Lai SK, Terplan M, Mark KS, Brotman RM, Forney LJ, Bavoil PM, Ravel J.

mBio. 2019 Aug 13;10(4). pii: e01548-19. doi: 10.1128/mBio.01548-19.


Comparative genomics of Bifidobacterium species isolated from marmosets and humans.

Brown CJ, Mtui D, Oswald BP, Van Leuven JT, Vallender EJ, Schultz-Darken N, Ross CN, Tardif SD, Austad SN, Forney LJ.

Am J Primatol. 2019 Oct;81(10-11):e983. doi: 10.1002/ajp.22983. Epub 2019 May 6.


The Relationship between Spatial Structure and the Maintenance of Diversity in Microbial Populations.

France MT, Forney LJ.

Am Nat. 2019 Apr;193(4):503-513. doi: 10.1086/701799. Epub 2019 Feb 12.


Vaginal Glycogen, Not Estradiol, Is Associated With Vaginal Bacterial Community Composition in Black Adolescent Women.

Nunn KL, Ridenhour BJ, Chester EM, Vitzthum VJ, Fortenberry JD, Forney LJ.

J Adolesc Health. 2019 Jul;65(1):130-138. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.01.010. Epub 2019 Mar 14.


Comparison of the Vaginal Microbiomes of Premenopausal and Postmenopausal Women.

Gliniewicz K, Schneider GM, Ridenhour BJ, Williams CJ, Song Y, Farage MA, Miller K, Forney LJ.

Front Microbiol. 2019 Feb 14;10:193. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.00193. eCollection 2019.


Spatial structure facilitates the accumulation and persistence of antibiotic-resistant mutants in biofilms.

France MT, Cornea A, Kehlet-Delgado H, Forney LJ.

Evol Appl. 2018 Dec 22;12(3):498-507. doi: 10.1111/eva.12728. eCollection 2019 Mar.


Epigenetics and the vaginal microbiome: influence of the microbiota on the histone deacetylase level in vaginal epithelial cells from pregnant women.

Witkin SS, Nasioudis D, Leizer J, Minis E, Boester A, Forney LJ.

Minerva Ginecol. 2019 Apr;71(2):171-175. doi: 10.23736/S0026-4784.18.04322-8. Epub 2018 Oct 11.


High Rate of Infection by Only Oncogenic Human Papillomavirus in Amerindians.

Vargas-Robles D, Magris M, Morales N, de Koning MNC, Rodríguez I, Nieves T, Godoy-Vitorino F, Sánchez GI, Alcaraz LD, Forney LJ, Pérez ME, García-Briceño L, van Doorn LJ, Domínguez-Bello MG.

mSphere. 2018 May 2;3(3). pii: e00176-18. doi: 10.1128/mSphere.00176-18. eCollection 2018 May-Jun.


Focusing the diversity of Gardnerella vaginalis through the lens of ecotypes.

Cornejo OE, Hickey RJ, Suzuki H, Forney LJ.

Evol Appl. 2017 Nov 16;11(3):312-324. doi: 10.1111/eva.12555. eCollection 2018 Mar.


Associations between sexual habits, menstrual hygiene practices, demographics and the vaginal microbiome as revealed by Bayesian network analysis.

Noyes N, Cho KC, Ravel J, Forney LJ, Abdo Z.

PLoS One. 2018 Jan 24;13(1):e0191625. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0191625. eCollection 2018.


The development of a specific pathogen free (SPF) barrier colony of marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) for aging research.

Ross CN, Austad S, Brasky K, Brown CJ, Forney LJ, Gelfond JA, Lanford R, Richardson A, Tardif SD.

Aging (Albany NY). 2017 Dec 7;9(12):2544-2558. doi: 10.18632/aging.101340.


The composition of the vaginal microbiome in first trimester pregnant women influences the level of autophagy and stress in vaginal epithelial cells.

Nasioudis D, Forney LJ, Schneider GM, Gliniewicz K, France MT, Boester A, Sawai M, Scholl J, Witkin SS.

J Reprod Immunol. 2017 Sep;123:35-39. doi: 10.1016/j.jri.2017.08.009. Epub 2017 Sep 8.


Influence of Pregnancy History on the Vaginal Microbiome of Pregnant Women in their First Trimester.

Nasioudis D, Forney LJ, Schneider GM, Gliniewicz K, France M, Boester A, Sawai M, Scholl J, Witkin SS.

Sci Rep. 2017 Aug 31;7(1):10201. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-09857-z.


Persistence of antibiotic resistance plasmids in bacterial biofilms.

Ridenhour BJ, Metzger GA, France M, Gliniewicz K, Millstein J, Forney LJ, Top EM.

Evol Appl. 2017 May 8;10(6):640-647. doi: 10.1111/eva.12480. eCollection 2017 Jul.


Properties of Epithelial Cells and Vaginal Secretions in Pregnant Women When Lactobacillus crispatus or Lactobacillus iners Dominate the Vaginal Microbiome.

Leizer J, Nasioudis D, Forney LJ, Schneider GM, Gliniewicz K, Boester A, Witkin SS.

Reprod Sci. 2018 Jun;25(6):854-860. doi: 10.1177/1933719117698583. Epub 2017 Mar 17.


Erratum: Effects of low dose estrogen therapy on the vaginal microbiomes of women with atrophic vaginitis.

Shen J, Song N, Williams CJ, Brown CJ, Yan Z, Xu C, Forney LJ.

Sci Rep. 2016 Nov 29;6:34119. doi: 10.1038/srep34119. No abstract available.


Unraveling the Dynamics of the Human Vaginal Microbiome.

Nunn KL, Forney LJ.

Yale J Biol Med. 2016 Sep 30;89(3):331-337. eCollection 2016 Sep. Review.


Genomic Comparisons of Lactobacillus crispatus and Lactobacillus iners Reveal Potential Ecological Drivers of Community Composition in the Vagina.

France MT, Mendes-Soares H, Forney LJ.

Appl Environ Microbiol. 2016 Nov 21;82(24):7063-7073. Print 2016 Dec 15.


Clinical and Epidemiological Evidence of the Red Queen Hypothesis in Pneumococcal Serotype Dynamics.

Stockmann C, Ampofo K, Pavia AT, Blaschke AJ, Mason EO, Presson AP, Forney LJ, Byington CL.

Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Sep 1;63(5):619-626. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciw357. Epub 2016 Jun 9.


Effects of low dose estrogen therapy on the vaginal microbiomes of women with atrophic vaginitis.

Shen J, Song N, Williams CJ, Brown CJ, Yan Z, Xu C, Forney LJ.

Sci Rep. 2016 Apr 22;6:24380. doi: 10.1038/srep24380. Erratum in: Sci Rep. 2016 Nov 29;6:34119.


Evolutionary Paths That Expand Plasmid Host-Range: Implications for Spread of Antibiotic Resistance.

Loftie-Eaton W, Yano H, Burleigh S, Simmons RS, Hughes JM, Rogers LM, Hunter SS, Settles ML, Forney LJ, Ponciano JM, Top EM.

Mol Biol Evol. 2016 Apr;33(4):885-97. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msv339. Epub 2015 Dec 14.


Vaginal microbiota of adolescent girls prior to the onset of menarche resemble those of reproductive-age women.

Hickey RJ, Zhou X, Settles ML, Erb J, Malone K, Hansmann MA, Shew ML, Van Der Pol B, Fortenberry JD, Forney LJ.

mBio. 2015 Mar 24;6(2). pii: e00097-15. doi: 10.1128/mBio.00097-15.


Fine-scale analysis of 16S rRNA sequences reveals a high level of taxonomic diversity among vaginal Atopobium spp.

Mendes-Soares H, Krishnan V, Settles ML, Ravel J, Brown CJ, Forney LJ.

Pathog Dis. 2015 Jun;73(4). pii: ftv020. doi: 10.1093/femspd/ftv020. Epub 2015 Mar 15.


Chlamydia caviae infection alters abundance but not composition of the guinea pig vaginal microbiota.

Neuendorf E, Gajer P, Bowlin AK, Marques PX, Ma B, Yang H, Fu L, Humphrys MS, Forney LJ, Myers GS, Bavoil PM, Rank RG, Ravel J.

Pathog Dis. 2015 Jun;73(4). pii: ftv019. doi: 10.1093/femspd/ftv019. Epub 2015 Mar 10.


Comparative analysis of microbial community of novel lactic acid fermentation inoculated with different undefined mixed cultures.

Liang S, Gliniewicz K, Mendes-Soares H, Settles ML, Forney LJ, Coats ER, McDonald AG.

Bioresour Technol. 2015 Mar;179:268-274. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2014.12.032. Epub 2014 Dec 17.


The bacterial microbiome in paired vaginal and vestibular samples from women with vulvar vestibulitis syndrome.

Jayaram A, Witkin SS, Zhou X, Brown CJ, Rey GE, Linhares IM, Ledger WJ, Forney LJ.

Pathog Dis. 2014 Dec;72(3):161-6. doi: 10.1111/2049-632X.12197. Epub 2014 Jul 10.


Gardnerella vaginalis does not always cause bacterial vaginosis.

Hickey RJ, Forney LJ.

J Infect Dis. 2014 Nov 15;210(10):1682-3. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiu303. Epub 2014 May 22. No abstract available.


Reply of the authors.

Forney LJ, Xu C, Hou D.

Fertil Steril. 2014 Apr;101(4):e28. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2014.01.043. Epub 2014 Feb 28. No abstract available.


Comparative functional genomics of Lactobacillus spp. reveals possible mechanisms for specialization of vaginal lactobacilli to their environment.

Mendes-Soares H, Suzuki H, Hickey RJ, Forney LJ.

J Bacteriol. 2014 Apr;196(7):1458-70. doi: 10.1128/JB.01439-13. Epub 2014 Jan 31.


Daily temporal dynamics of vaginal microbiota before, during and after episodes of bacterial vaginosis.

Ravel J, Brotman RM, Gajer P, Ma B, Nandy M, Fadrosh DW, Sakamoto J, Koenig SS, Fu L, Zhou X, Hickey RJ, Schwebke JR, Forney LJ.

Microbiome. 2013 Dec 2;1(1):29. doi: 10.1186/2049-2618-1-29.


Human epididymis protein 4 and secretory leukocyte protease inhibitor in vaginal fluid: relation to vaginal components and bacterial composition.

Orfanelli T, Jayaram A, Doulaveris G, Forney LJ, Ledger WJ, Witkin SS.

Reprod Sci. 2014 Apr;21(4):538-42. doi: 10.1177/1933719113503416. Epub 2013 Sep 10.


Microbiota of the seminal fluid from healthy and infertile men.

Hou D, Zhou X, Zhong X, Settles ML, Herring J, Wang L, Abdo Z, Forney LJ, Xu C.

Fertil Steril. 2013 Nov;100(5):1261-9. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2013.07.1991. Epub 2013 Aug 29.


Influence of vaginal bacteria and D- and L-lactic acid isomers on vaginal extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer: implications for protection against upper genital tract infections.

Witkin SS, Mendes-Soares H, Linhares IM, Jayaram A, Ledger WJ, Forney LJ.

mBio. 2013 Aug 6;4(4). pii: e00460-13. doi: 10.1128/mBio.00460-13. Erratum in: MBio. 2014;5(2):e00874-14. Dosage error in article text.


Effects of tampons and menses on the composition and diversity of vaginal microbial communities over time.

Hickey RJ, Abdo Z, Zhou X, Nemeth K, Hansmann M, Osborn TW 3rd, Wang F, Forney LJ.

BJOG. 2013 May;120(6):695-704; discussion 704-6. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.12151. Epub 2013 Feb 11.


The evolution of antibiotic susceptibility and resistance during the formation of Escherichia coli biofilms in the absence of antibiotics.

Tyerman JG, Ponciano JM, Joyce P, Forney LJ, Harmon LJ.

BMC Evol Biol. 2013 Jan 28;13:22. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-13-22.


Association between Trichomonas vaginalis and vaginal bacterial community composition among reproductive-age women.

Brotman RM, Bradford LL, Conrad M, Gajer P, Ault K, Peralta L, Forney LJ, Carlton JM, Abdo Z, Ravel J.

Sex Transm Dis. 2012 Oct;39(10):807-12.


Vaginal microbiome: rethinking health and disease.

Ma B, Forney LJ, Ravel J.

Annu Rev Microbiol. 2012;66:371-89. doi: 10.1146/annurev-micro-092611-150157. Epub 2012 Jun 28. Review.


mcaGUI: microbial community analysis R-Graphical User Interface (GUI).

Copeland WK, Krishnan V, Beck D, Settles M, Foster JA, Cho KC, Day M, Hickey R, Schütte UM, Zhou X, Williams CJ, Forney LJ, Abdo Z.

Bioinformatics. 2012 Aug 15;28(16):2198-9. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/bts338. Epub 2012 Jun 12.


Understanding vaginal microbiome complexity from an ecological perspective.

Hickey RJ, Zhou X, Pierson JD, Ravel J, Forney LJ.

Transl Res. 2012 Oct;160(4):267-82. doi: 10.1016/j.trsl.2012.02.008. Epub 2012 Mar 6. Review.


Temporal dynamics of the human vaginal microbiota.

Gajer P, Brotman RM, Bai G, Sakamoto J, Schütte UM, Zhong X, Koenig SS, Fu L, Ma ZS, Zhou X, Abdo Z, Forney LJ, Ravel J.

Sci Transl Med. 2012 May 2;4(132):132ra52. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3003605.


Evaluation of methods for the extraction and purification of DNA from the human microbiome.

Yuan S, Cohen DB, Ravel J, Abdo Z, Forney LJ.

PLoS One. 2012;7(3):e33865. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0033865. Epub 2012 Mar 23.


The onion model, a simple neutral model for the evolution of diversity in bacterial biofilms.

Eastman JM, Harmon LJ, LA HJ, Joyce P, Forney LJ.

J Evol Biol. 2011 Nov;24(11):2496-504. doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2011.02377.x. Epub 2011 Sep 19.

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