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Ulla G Knaus, Rosanne Hertzberger, Gratiela G Pircalabioru, S Parsa M Yousefi, Filipe Branco Dos Santos
Intestinal infections are a global challenge, connected to malnutrition and inadequate hygiene in developing countries, and to expanding antibiotic resistance in developed countries. In general, a healthy host is capable of fighting off gut pathogens or at least to recover from infections quickly. The underlying protective mechanism, termed colonization resistance, is provided by indigenous commensal communities (microbiota) that are shaped and aided by the host's epithelial and innate immune system. (1) Commensal-pathogen interactions are governed by competition for a suitable niche for replication and stable colonization, nutrient availability, species-specific alterations of the metabolic environment, changes in oxygen tension and release of chemicals and proteinaceous toxins (bacteriocins)...
January 12, 2017: Gut Microbes
Vilma Kaškonienė, Mantas Stankevičius, Kristina Bimbiraitė-Survilienė, Gintarė Naujokaitytė, Loreta Šernienė, Kristina Mulkytė, Mindaugas Malakauskas, Audrius Maruška
The scientific interest for the search of natural means of microbial inhibitors has not faded for several years. A search of natural antibiotics, so-called bacteriocins which are produced by lactic acid bacteria (LAB), gains a huge attention of the scientists in the last century, in order to reduce the usage of synthetic food additives. Pure bacteriocins with wide spectra of antibacterial activity are promising among the natural biopreservatives. The usage of bacteriocin(s) producing LAB as starter culture for the fermentation of some food products, in order to increase their shelf-life, when synthetic preservatives are not allowable, is also possible...
January 9, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Erin Shanker, Michael J Federle
The human pathogens Streptococcus pneumoniae and Streptococcus mutans have both evolved complex quorum sensing (QS) systems that regulate the production of bacteriocins and the entry into the competent state, a requirement for natural transformation. Natural transformation provides bacteria with a mechanism to repair damaged genes or as a source of new advantageous traits. In S. pneumoniae, the competence pathway is controlled by the two-component signal transduction pathway ComCDE, which directly regulates SigX, the alternative sigma factor required for the initiation into competence...
January 5, 2017: Genes
Iwona B Wenderska, Andrew Latos, Benjamin Pruitt, Sara Palmer, Grace Spatafora, Dilani B Senadheera, Dennis G Cvitkovitch
In the cariogenic Streptococcus mutans, competence development is regulated by the ComRS signaling system comprised of the ComR regulator and the ComS prepeptide to the competence signaling peptide XIP (ComX-inducing peptide). Aside from competence development, XIP signaling has been demonstrated to regulate cell lysis, and recently, the expression of bacteriocins, small antimicrobial peptides used by bacteria to inhibit closely related species. Our study further explores the effect of XIP signaling on the S...
January 2017: MSystems
Tapasa Kumar Sahoo, Prasant Kumar Jena, Bhumika Prajapati, Laxita Gehlot, Amiya Kumar Patel, Sriram Seshadri
Bacteriocin TSU4 is a novel antimicrobial peptide isolated from Catla catla gut isolate Lactobacillus animalis TSU4. It has been reported for its potential antimicrobial activity against fish pathogens and food spoilage bacteria. In vivo safety evaluation is necessary to determine its immunogenicity, toxicity, and importance in real-life applications. The present study was designed to evaluate the immunogenicity, acute and sub-chronic toxicity of bacteriocin TSU4 in BALB/c mice to ensure its safety in industrial application...
January 6, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
Pierre Marie Kaktcham, Jules-Bocamdé Temgoua, François Ngoufack Zambou, Gloria Diaz-Ruiz, Carmen Wacher, María de Lourdes Pérez-Chabela
The present study aimed to evaluate the bacterial load of water, Nile Tilapia and common Carp intestines from earthen ponds, isolate lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and assess their antimicrobial activity against fish spoilage and pathogenic bacteria. Following enumeration and isolation of microorganisms the antimicrobial activity of the LAB isolates was evaluated. Taxonomic identification of selected antagonistic LAB strains was assessed, followed by partial characterisation of their antimicrobial metabolites. Results showed that high counts (>4 log c...
February 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Iman Mehdizadeh Gohari, Andrew M Kropinski, Scott J Weese, Ashley E Whitehead, Valeria R Parreira, Patrick Boerlin, John F Prescott
Clostridium perfringens is an important cause of foal necrotizing enteritis and canine acute hemorrhagic diarrhea. A major virulence determinant of the strains associated with these diseases appears to be a beta-sheet pore-forming toxin, NetF, encoded within a pathogenicity locus (NetF locus) on a large tcp-conjugative plasmid. Strains producing NetF also produce the putative toxin NetE, encoded within the same pathogenicity locus, as well as CPE enterotoxin and CPB2 on a second plasmid, and sometimes the putative toxin NetG within a pathogenicity locus (NetG locus) on another separate large conjugative plasmid...
January 3, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
Sutanate Saelao, Suppasil Maneerat, Sireewan Kaewsuwan, Hanitra Rabesona, Yvan Choiset, Thomas Haertlé, Jean-Marc Chobert
Lactococcus lactis KTH0-1S isolated from Thai traditional fermented shrimp (Kung-som) is able to produce heat-stable bacteriocin and inhibits food spoilage bacteria and food-borne pathogens. The inhibitory effect of bacteriocin remained intact after treatment with different pHs and after heating, but was sensitive to some proteolytic enzymes. Addition of bacteriocin KTH0-1S to Staphylococcus aureus cultures decreased viable cell counts by 2.8 log CFU/ml, demonstrating a bactericidal mode of action. Furthermore, the growth of S...
January 5, 2017: Archives of Microbiology
Shiao-Wen Li, Yi-Sheng Chen, Yun-Shien Lee, Chih-Hsien Yang, Sirinat Srionnual, Hui-Chung Wu, Chuan-Hsiung Chang
Weissella cibaria 110 was isolated from plaa-som, a Thai fermented fish product, and known to produce the weissellicin 110 bacteriocin. We carried out comprehensive comparative genomic analysis of W. cibaria 110 with four other non-bacteriocin-producing W. cibaria strains and identified potential antibiotic-resistant genes. We further identified a type III restriction-modification system, a TA system, and a bacteriocin gene cluster that are unique in W. cibaria 110. Genes related to bacteriocin biosynthesis are organized in clusters and are encoded with minimum genetic machinery consisting of structural cognate immunity genes, including ABC transporter and immunity protein...
January 5, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Brittany E Harlow, Michael D Flythe, Glen E Aiken
AIMS: The objective was to determine the effect of biochanin A (BCA), an isoflavone produced by red clover (Trifolium pratense L.), on corn fermentation by rumen microorganisms. METHODS AND RESULTS: When bovine rumen bacterial cell suspensions (n = 3) were incubated (24 h, 39 °C) with ground corn, amylolytic bacteria including group D Gram-positive cocci (GPC; Streptococcus bovis; enterococci) proliferated, cellulolytic bacteria were inhibited, lactate accumulated, and pH declined...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
Duolong Zhu, Yuxin Fu, Fulu Liu, Haijin Xu, Per Erik Joakim Saris, Mingqiang Qiao
BACKGROUND: The implementation of novel chassis organisms to be used as microbial cell factories in industrial applications is an intensive research field. Lactococcus lactis, which is one of the most extensively studied model organisms, exhibits superior ability to be used as engineered host for fermentation of desirable products. However, few studies have reported about genome reduction of L. lactis as a clean background for functional genomic studies and a model chassis for desirable product fermentation...
January 3, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
Ana Andréa Teixeira Barbosa, Hilário Cuquetto Mantovani, Sona Jain
Bacteriocins produced by lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are well-recognized for their potential as natural food preservatives. These antimicrobial peptides usually do not change the sensorial properties of food products and can be used in combination with traditional preservation methods to ensure microbial stability. In recent years, fruit products are increasingly being associated with food-borne pathogens and spoilage microorganisms, and bacteriocins are important candidates to preserve these products. Bacteriocins have been extensively studied to preserve foods of animal origin...
January 3, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
Veronica Vendramin, Laura Treu, Stefano Campanaro, Angiolella Lombardi, Viviana Corich, Alessio Giacomini
Eight Streptococcus thermophilus strains of dairy origin isolated in Italy were chosen to investigate autochthonous bacterial diversity in this important technological species. In the present study a comparative analysis of all the 17 S. thermophilus genomes publicly available was performed to identify the core and the variable genes, which vary among strains from 196 to 265. Additionally, correlation between the isolation site and the genetic distance was investigated at genomic level. Results highlight that the phylogenetic reconstruction differs from the geographical strain distribution...
May 2017: Food Microbiology
Juliana de Lima Marques, Graciele Daiana Funck, Guilherme da Silva Dannenberg, Claudio Eduardo Dos Santos Cruxen, Shanise Lisie Mello El Halal, Alvaro Renato Guerra Dias, Ângela Maria Fiorentini, Wladimir Padilha da Silva
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a biodegradable film, with antimicrobial metabolites produced by Lactobacillus curvatus P99 incorporated, targeting the control of Listeria monocytogenes in sliced "Prato" cheese. Tests were performed to evaluate the spectrum of action of cell-free supernatant (CFS) of P99 against different microorganisms, as well as to detect the minimum inhibitory (MIC) and bactericidal (MBC) concentrations against L. monocytogenes Scott A. The detection of genes that encode for the production of bacteriocins and evaluation of their expression were performed...
May 2017: Food Microbiology
Virginia Fuochia, Giovanni Li Volti, Pio Maria Furneri
BACKGROUND: Gram positive bacteria produce peptides, defined bacteriocins which exhibit good antibacterial activity. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the ability of L. fermentum to produce bacteriocins having therefore, good probiotic features and finally, be safe towards microglial cells. METHOD: Eight wild strains, identified using molecular techniques, were investigated for the evaluation of resistance to bile salts, low pH, H2O2 production, biofilm formation, antibacterial activity and safety on microglia cells (BV2)...
December 29, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Xiangxiang Wang, Jiwei Mao, Yiming Chen, Dongmin Song, Zhendong Gao, Xiuming Zhang, Yanling Bai, Per E J Saris, Hui Feng, Haijin Xu, Mingqiang Qiao
Class IIa bacteriocin pediocin PA-1 has broad-spectrum activity and is a well-characterized candidate food biopreservative. Here, a simple approach is designed to extend the application of pediocin PA-1 in improving the antibacterial activity of electrospun poly(caprolactone) (PCL) grafts through combining PA-1 with HGFI, which is a self-assembled protein with characteristics allowing the modulation of surface properties of other materials originated from Grifola frondosa. Saccharomyces cerevisiae was used as the host for expression of fusion protein PA-1-linker-HGFI (pH) and his-tag purification was used to purify recombinant protein pH...
December 16, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Patrícia Martins Simões, Hajar Lemriss, Yann Dumont, Sanâa Lemriss, Jean-Philippe Rasigade, Sophie Assant-Trouillet, Azeddine Ibrahimi, Saâd El Kabbaj, Marine Butin, Frédéric Laurent
The multi-resistant Staphylococcus capitis clone NRCS-A has recently been described as a major pathogen causing nosocomial, late-onset sepsis (LOS) in preterm neonates worldwide. NRCS-A representatives exhibit an atypical antibiotic resistance profile. Here, the complete closed genome (chromosomal and plasmid sequences) of NRCS-A prototype strain CR01 and the draft genomes of three other clinical NRCS-A strains from Australia, Belgium and the United Kingdom are annotated and compared to available non-NRCS-A S...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
J B Bruce, S A West, A S Griffin
When competing for space and resources, bacteria produce toxins known as bacteriocins to gain an advantage over competitors. Recent studies in the laboratory have confirmed theoretical predictions that bacteriocin production can determine coexistence, by eradicating sensitive competitors or driving the emergence of resistant genotypes. However, there is currently limited evidence that bacteriocin-mediated competition influences the coexistence and distribution of genotypes in natural environments, and what factors drive interactions towards inhibition remain unclear...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Min Zhang, Xiuzhi Gao, Hongxing Zhang, Hui Liu, Junhua Jin, Wenge Yang, Yuanhong Xie
In recent years, bacteriocin as a natural antimicrobial compound, provides enormous promise to be used in food safety preservation. In this work, the polyethylene(PE)-based biological preservative films incorporating plantaricin BM-1, a typical IIa bacteriocin produced by Lactobacillus plantarum BM-1, were developed and characterized. The results showed that polyethylene (PE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) films soaked in plantaricin BM-1 solution had obvious antimicrobial activities aganist Listeria monocytogenes And the volume of plantaricin BM-1 solution absorbed by PE, LDPE and HDPE films continued to increase and reached the maximum during exposure for up to 10, 6 and 16 hours, respectively...
December 18, 2016: FEMS Microbiology Letters
Dovilė Jonkuvienė, Lina Vaičiulytė-Funk, Joana Šalomskienė, Gitana Alenčikienė, Aldona Mieželienė
Retardation of microbial spoilage of bread can be achieved by the use of spontaneous sourdough with an antimicrobial activity. This study was undertaken to identify lactic acid bacteria naturally occurring in spontaneous sourdough and use them for quality improvement and prolonging shelf life of rye, wheat and rye with wheat bread. Identification of isolates from spontaneous sourdough by pyrosequencing assay showed that Lactobacillus reuteri were dominant lactic acid bacteria. The isolates showed a wide range of antimicrobial activity and displayed a synergistic activity against other lactobacilli, some lactococci and foodborne yeasts...
September 2016: Food Technology and Biotechnology
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