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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906649/a-common-bacterial-metabolite-elicits-prion-based-bypass-of-glucose-repression
#1
David M Garcia, David Dietrich, Jon Clardy, Daniel F Jarosz
Robust preference for fermentative glucose metabolism has motivated domestication of the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This program can be circumvented by a protein-based genetic element, the [GAR(+)] prion, permitting simultaneous metabolism of glucose and other carbon sources. Diverse bacteria can elicit yeast cells to acquire [GAR(+)], although the molecular details of this interaction remain unknown. Here we identify the common bacterial metabolite lactic acid as a strong [GAR(+)] inducer. Transient exposure to lactic acid caused yeast cells to heritably circumvent glucose repression...
November 29, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906630/evaluation-of-purine-utilization-by-lactobacillus-gasseri-strains-with-potential-to-decrease-the-absorption-of-food-derived-purines-in-the-human-intestine
#2
N Yamada, C Iwamoto, H Kano, N Yamaoka, T Fukuuchi, K Kaneko, Y Asami
It is well accepted that frequent and heavy intake of purine-rich foods causes elevation of serum uric acid levels, which is a risk factor of hyperuricemia. Reducing intestinal absorption of dietary purines may attenuate the elevation of serum uric acid levels and exacerbation of hyperuricemia. This reduction may be achieved by the ingestion of lactic acid bacteria that take up purines in the intestine. In this study, we investigated the degree of uptake and utilization of purines of three lactobacilli strains...
December 2016: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904402/microbiological-quality-and-variability-of-natural-microbiota-in-croatian-cheese-maturing-in-lambskin-sacks
#3
Jadranka Frece, Marija Vrdoljak, Mija Filipčić, Marko Jelić, Iva Čanak, Željko Jakopović, Jelka Pleadin, Ivana Gobin, Tibela Landeka Dragičević, Ksenija Markov
As in the traditional production of cheese in lambskin sacks raw cow's or sheep's milk is mostly used, the purpose of this study is to see how the production affects the microbiological quality of the cheese. To do that, we tested 39 samples of raw cow's and sheep's milk, curd, ripened cheese (15, 30 and 45 days) and lambskin sacks for native microbial population. Two-thirds of the milk, curd and cheese samples had higher counts of staphylococci and enterobacteria than permitted by regulations. Not a single sample had Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, but we did find Escherichia coli in sheep's milk and cheese, and yeast and mould in both types of milk and cheese...
June 2016: Food Technology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904391/non-alcoholic-beverages-from-fermented-cereals-with-increased-oligosaccharide-content
#4
Loreta Basinskiene, Grazina Juodeikiene, Daiva Vidmantiene, Maija Tenkanen, Tomas Makaravicius, Elena Bartkiene
The aim of this study is to develop a new technology for making traditional Lithuanian non-alcoholic beverage kvass from fermented cereals by extending the spectrum of raw materials (extruded rye) and applying new biotechnological resources (xylanolytic enzymes and lactic acid bacteria (LAB)) to improve its functional properties. Arabinoxylans in extruded rye were very efficiently hydrolysed into oligosaccharides by xylanolytic complex Ceremix Plus MG. Using Ceremix Plus MG and LAB fermentation, the yield of arabinoxylooligosaccharides and xylooligosaccharides in beverage was increased to 300 and 1100 mg/L, respectively...
March 2016: Food Technology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903090/pediococcus-acidilactici-lab4-and-lactobacillus-plantarum-lab12-assimilate-cholesterol-and-modulate-abca1-cd36-npc1l1-and-scarb1-in-vitro
#5
F T Lim, S M Lim, K Ramasamy
There is growing interest in the use of probiotic lactic acid bacteria (LAB) for prevention of hypercholesterolaemia. This study assessed the cholesterol lowering ability of Pediococcus acidilactici LAB4 and Lactobacillus plantarum LAB12 in growth media. Both LAB yielded >98% (39.2 μg/ml) cholesterol lowering in growth media. Nile Red staining indicated direct assimilation of cholesterol by the LAB. The LAB were then explored for their prophylactic (pre-treatment of HT29 cells with LAB prior to cholesterol exposure) and biotherapeutic (treatment of HT29 cells with LAB after exposure to cholesterol) use against short and prolonged exposure of HT29 cells to cholesterol, respectively...
December 1, 2016: Beneficial Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902242/rapid-and-accurate-identification-of-pediococcus-species-isolated-from-korean-fermented-foods-by-maldi-tof-ms-with-local-database-extension
#6
Youngjae Cho, Eiseul Kim, Yoonju Lee, Sun-Kyung Han, Chang-Gyeom Kim, Dong-Won Choo, Young-Rok Kim, Hae-Yeong Kim
Pediococci are halophilic lactic acid bacteria, within the family Lactobacillaceae, which are involved in the fermentation of various salted and fermented foods, such as kimchi and jeotgal. In this study, a MALDI-TOF MS method was developed for the rapid identification of Pediococcus species. Of the 130 Pediococcus spectra aligned with the Biotyper taxonomy database, 122 isolates (93.9%) yielded log scores <1.7, which means they were not identifiable. After registering the spectra of 11 Pediococcus reference strains, all of the isolates were correctly identified, of which 84 (64...
October 27, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898903/intestinal-lactose-and-mineral-concentration-affect-the-microbial-ecophysiology-along-the-gastrointestinal-tract-of-formula-fed-neonatal-piglets
#7
R Pieper, W Vahjen, J Zentek
Hyperprolificacy in modern pig breeds has led to increased use of artificial rearing and formula feeding of neonatal piglets, which may change their intestinal bacterial ecophysiology. Here, newborn piglets ( = 8 per group) were fed a bovine milk-based formula (FO) or allowed to suckle their mothers (sow milk [SM]) for 2 wk, and digesta samples from the stomach, jejunum, and colon were subsequently analyzed for enzyme activities, bacterial metabolites, and 16S rRNA transcripts of bacterial groups by quantitative real-time PCR...
September 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898282/comparative-fingerprinting-of-the-human-microbiota-in-diabetes-and-cardiovascular-disease
#8
Emanuel Vamanu, Diana Pelinescu, Ionela Sarbu
Diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are major causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, and are associated with changes in the human gut microbiota. To better understand the relationships between diet, disease, and the colonic microbiome, we used the in vitro GIS1 system and repetitive element palindromic polymerase chain reaction (rep-PCR) to determine the microbial fingerprints in individuals with these diseases and compared them with the fingerprints in healthy controls. Clear differences were apparent in the three groups...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897124/an-acid-tale-of-prion-formation
#9
Mick F Tuite
Some bacteria use lactic acid to communicate with yeast cells.
November 29, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896483/the-effects-of-different-carbon-sources-on-the-antifungal-activity-by-lactic-acid-bacteria
#10
Anna Toplaghaltsyan, Inga Bazukyan, Armen Trchounian
Lactobacillus rhamnosus R-2002 strain isolated from Armenian pickled cheese sample has a fungicide effect, which was carried out by the first-time designed method. The fungicide effect of LAB strain was expressed after 5 days of co-cultivation with Mucor plumbeus and 6 days of co-cultivation with Penicillium aurantioviolaceum. The growth as well as the antifungal activity of L. rhamnosus R-2002 was shown to directly depend on the nature of the medium's carbon source. The antifungal activity of this strain against both moulds was inhibited when the combination of 10 g l(-1) glucose and 10 ml l(-1) ethanol in the medium was used as a carbon source...
November 28, 2016: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894832/development-of-a-rapid-one-step-screening-method-for-the-isolation-of-presumptive-proteolytic-enterococci
#11
Ken Graham, Rosemary Rea, Paul Simpson, Helena Stack
Enterococci show higher proteolytic activities than other lactic acid bacteria and thus have received considerable attention in scientific literature in recent years. Proteolytic enzymes of enterococci have warranted the use of some species as starter, adjuncts or protective cultures and as probiotics, while in some strains they have also been linked with virulence. Consequently, the isolation and identification of proteolytic enterococci is becoming of increasing interest and importance. However, current screening methods for proteolytic enterococci can be time consuming, requiring a two-step procedure which may take up to 96h...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894162/partitioning-the-effects-of-mating-and-nuptial-feeding-on-the-microbiome-in-gift-giving-insects
#12
Chad C Smith, Robert B Srygley, Emma I Dietrich, Ulrich G Mueller
Mating is a ubiquitous social interaction with the potential to influence the microbiome by facilitating transmission, modifying host physiology, and in species where males donate nuptial gifts to females, altering diet. We manipulated mating and nuptial gift consumption in two insects that differ in nuptial gift size, the Mormon cricket Anabrus simplex and the decorated cricket Gryllodes sigillatus, with the expectation that larger gifts are more likely to affect the gut microbiome. Surprisingly, mating, but not nuptial gift consumption, affected the structure of bacterial communities in the gut, and only in Mormon crickets...
November 28, 2016: Environmental Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890004/lactic-acid-bacteria-as-cell-factories-for-the-generation-of-bioactive-peptides
#13
Lucía Brown, Esteban Vera Pingitore, Fernanda Mozzi, Lucila Saavedra, Josefina M Villegas, Elvira M Hebert
There is a growing interest in the incorporation of functional foods in the daily diet to achieve health promotion and disease risk reduction. Numerous studies have focused on the production of biologically active peptides as nutraceuticals and functional food ingredients due to their health benefits. These short peptides, displaying antihypertensive, antioxidant, mineral binding, immunomodulatory and antimicrobial activities are hidden in a latent state within the primary sequences of food proteins requiring enzymatic proteolysis for their release...
November 23, 2016: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889157/monitoring-of-wheat-lactic-acid-bacteria-from-the-field-until-the-first-step-of-dough-fermentation
#14
Antonio Alfonzo, Claudia Miceli, Anna Nasca, Elena Franciosi, Giusi Ventimiglia, Rosalia Di Gerlando, Kieran Tuohy, Nicola Francesca, Giancarlo Moschetti, Luca Settanni
The present work was carried out to retrieve the origin of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) in sourdough. To this purpose, wheat LAB were monitored from ear harvest until the first step of fermentation for sourdough development. The influence of the geographical area and variety on LAB species/strain composition was also determined. The ears of four Triticum durum varieties (Duilio, Iride, Saragolla and Simeto) were collected from several fields located within the Palermo province (Sicily, Italy) and microbiologically investigated...
April 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889148/surface-attachment-of-active-antimicrobial-coatings-onto-conventional-plastic-based-laminates-and-performance-assessment-of-these-materials-on-the-storage-life-of-vacuum-packaged-beef-sub-primals
#15
David Clarke, Andrey A Tyuftin, Malco C Cruz-Romero, Declan Bolton, Seamus Fanning, Shashi K Pankaj, Carmen Bueno-Ferrer, Patrick J Cullen, Joe P Kerry
Two antimicrobial coatings, namely Sodium octanoate and Auranta FV (a commercial antimicrobial composed of bioflavonoids, citric, malic, lactic, and caprylic acids) were used. These two antimicrobials were surface coated onto the inner polyethylene layer of cold plasma treated polyamide films using beef gelatin as a carrier and coating polymer. This packaging material was then used to vacuum pack beef sub-primal cuts and stored at 4 °C. A control was prepared using the non-coated commercial laminate and the same vacuum packaged sub-primal beef cuts...
April 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889143/use-of-natural-antimicrobials-to-improve-the-quality-characteristics-of-fresh-phyllo-a-dough-based-wheat-product-shelf-life-assessment
#16
Maria I Tsiraki, Layal Karam, Mohamad G Abiad, Hany M Yehia, Ioannis N Savvaidis
This study explores the effects of chitosan and natamycin on the quality of fresh "Phyllo" - a dough-based wheat product, by monitoring the microbiological, physicochemical and sensory parameters. Four different lots of phyllo samples stored under aerobic packaging conditions, in the absence or presence of the aforementioned antimicrobials, were prepared and stored at 4 °C. Microbiological data suggested that, the combination of chitosan and natamycin resulted in significant reductions (1-3 log cfu/g) of the microbial species examined (mesophilic total viable counts; TVC), yeasts/molds, psychrotrophic and lactic acid bacteria (LAB), Enterobacteriaceae and coliforms) by day 10...
April 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889142/the-microbiota-of-marketed-processed-edible-insects-as-revealed-by-high-throughput-sequencing
#17
Cristiana Garofalo, Andrea Osimani, Vesna Milanović, Manuela Taccari, Federica Cardinali, Lucia Aquilanti, Paola Riolo, Sara Ruschioni, Nunzio Isidoro, Francesca Clementi
Entomophagy has been linked to nutritional, economic, social and ecological benefits. However, scientific studies on the potential safety risks in eating edible insects need to be carried out for legislators, markets and consumers. In this context, the microbiota of edible insects deserves to be deeply investigated. The aim of this study was to elucidate the microbial species occurring in some processed marketed edible insects, namely powdered small crickets, whole dried small crickets (Acheta domesticus), whole dried locusts (Locusta migratoria), and whole dried mealworm larvae (Tenebrio molitor), through culture-dependent (classical microbiological analyses) and -independent methods (pyrosequencing)...
April 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888334/capacity-of-lactic-acid-bacteria-in-immunity-enhancement-and-cancer-prevention
#18
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Muhammad Shahid Riaz Rajoka, Junling Shi, Jing Zhu, Dongyan Shao, Qingsheng Huang, Hui Yang, Mingliang Jin
Lactic acid bacteria are associated with the human gastrointestinal tract. They are important for maintaining the balance of microflora in the human gut. An increasing number of published research reports in recent years have denoted the importance of producing interferon-gamma and IgA for treatment of disease. These agents can enhance the specific and nonspecific immune systems that are dependent on specific bacterial strains. The mechanisms of these effects were revealed in this investigation, where the cell walls of these bacteria were modulated by the cytokine pathways, while the whole bacterial cell mediated the host cell immune system and regulated the production of tumor necrosis factors and interleukins...
November 26, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886641/comparison-of-hot-versus-cold-boning-of-beef-carcasses-on-bacterial-growth-and-the-risk-of-blown-pack-spoilage
#19
Rachael Reid, Séamus Fanning, Paul Whyte, Joe Kerry, Declan Bolton
Primals were prepared from beef Longissimus thoracis et lumborum (LTL), psoas major (PM), quadriceps femoris (QF) and semitendinosus (S) muscles from cold and hot boned carcasses, vacuum-packaged and stored for 42 or 100days at 2°C and 7°C. Storage temperature, carcass or primal surface temperature, pH and aw were monitored. Samples were taken periodically and tested for total viable count mesophilic (TVCm), TVC psychrophilic (TVCp), total Enterobacteriaceae count (TEC), presumptive Pseudomonas spp., lactic acid bacteria (LAB), Clostridium spp...
November 17, 2016: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886374/effect-of-different-aloe-fractions-on-the-growth-of-lactic-acid-bacteria
#20
Giulia Chiodelli, Marco Pellizzoni, Gabriela Ruzickova, Luigi Lucini
Several foods on the market, such as yogurt and fermented milk, include mixtures of prebiotics and probiotic microorganisms effective in promoting the proliferation and equilibrium of intestinal bacteria, thus improving gut health. Particularly, researchers and the public have shown increasing interest in the combination of probiotics with natural substances that promote health or that can act as substrates to promote bacterial growth. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of different extracts of Aloe barbadensis and Aloe arborescens in fermented milk, taking into account both the prebiotic effect of aloe polysaccharides and the antimicrobial activity of several secondary metabolites...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Food Science
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