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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788909/whole-genome-analysis-reveals-the-diversity-and-evolutionary-relationships-between-necrotic-enteritis-causing-strains-of-clostridium-perfringens
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Jake A Lacey, Theodore R Allnutt, Ben Vezina, Thi Thu Hao Van, Thomas Stent, Xiaoyan Han, Julian I Rood, Ben Wade, Anthony L Keyburn, Torsten Seemann, Honglei Chen, Volker Haring, Priscilla A Johanesen, Dena Lyras, Robert J Moore
BACKGROUND: Clostridium perfringens causes a range of diseases in animals and humans including necrotic enteritis in chickens and food poisoning and gas gangrene in humans. Necrotic enteritis is of concern in commercial chicken production due to the cost of the implementation of infection control measures and to productivity losses. This study has focused on the genomic analysis of a range of chicken-derived C. perfringens isolates, from around the world and from different years. The genomes were sequenced and compared with 20 genomes available from public databases, which were from a diverse collection of isolates from chickens, other animals, and humans...
May 22, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786671/mechanisms-of-action-and-cell-death-associated-with-clostridium-perfringens-toxins
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REVIEW
Mauricio A Navarro, Bruce A McClane, Francisco A Uzal
Clostridium perfringens uses its large arsenal of protein toxins to produce histotoxic, neurologic and intestinal infections in humans and animals. The major toxins involved in diseases are alpha (CPA), beta (CPB), epsilon (ETX), iota (ITX), enterotoxin (CPE), and necrotic B-like (NetB) toxins. CPA is the main virulence factor involved in gas gangrene in humans, whereas its role in animal diseases is limited and controversial. CPB is responsible for necrotizing enteritis and enterotoxemia, mostly in neonatal individuals of many animal species, including humans...
May 22, 2018: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785632/virulence-factors-in-salmonella-typhimurium-the-sagacity-of-a-bacterium
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REVIEW
Anamaria M P Dos Santos, Rafaela G Ferrari, Carlos A Conte-Junior
Currently, Salmonella enterica Typhimurium (ST) is responsible for most cases of food poisoning in several countries. It is characterized as a non-specific zoonotic bacterium that can infect both humans and animals and although most of the infections caused by this microorganism cause only a self-limiting gastroenteritis, some ST strains have been shown to be invasive, crossing the intestinal wall and reaching the systemic circulation. This unusual pathogenicity ability is closely related to ST virulence factors...
May 21, 2018: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778594/differetial-toxin-profiles-of-ciguatoxins-in-marine-organisms-chemistry-fate-and-global-distribution
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REVIEW
Lucía Soliño, Pedro Reis Costa
Ciguatoxins (CTXs) are fish metabolism products and a result of biotransformation of precursor gambiertoxins produced, in the first instance, by benthic dinoflagellates Gambierdiscus and Fukuyoa. Ciguatoxins are potent neurotoxins that selectively open voltage gated sodium channels in excitable cells causing the human food poisoning known as Ciguatera (CFP). Endemic from tropical areas in central Pacific and West Indian Ocean, and the Caribbean Sea, CTX may affects up to 500,000 people annually due to fish consumption...
May 17, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778160/food-contamination-as-a-pathway-for-lead-exposure-in-children-during-the-2010-2013-lead-poisoning-epidemic-in-zamfara-nigeria
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Simba Tirima, Casey Bartrem, Ian von Lindern, Margrit von Braun, Douglas Lind, Shehu Mohamed Anka, Aishat Abdullahi
In 2010, an estimated 400 to 500 children died of acute lead poisoning associated with artisanal gold mining in Zamfara, Nigeria. Processing of gold ores containing up to 10% lead within residential compounds put residents, especially children, at the highest risk. Principal routes of exposure were incidental ingestion and inhalation of contaminated soil and dusts. Several Nigerian and international health organizations collaborated to reduce lead exposures through environmental remediation and medical treatment...
May 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775481/widespread-anatoxin-a-detection-in-benthic-cyanobacterial-mats-throughout-a-river-network
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Keith Bouma-Gregson, Raphael M Kudela, Mary E Power
Benthic algae fuel summer food webs in many sunlit rivers, and are hotspots for primary and secondary production and biogeochemical cycling. Concerningly, riverine benthic algal assemblages can become dominated by toxic cyanobacteria, threatening water quality and public health. In the Eel River in Northern California, over a dozen dog deaths have been attributed to cyanotoxin poisonings since 2000. During the summers of 2013-2015, we documented spatial and temporal patterns of cyanotoxin concentrations in the watershed, showing widespread distribution of anatoxin-a in benthic cyanobacterial mats...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772466/research-on-the-contamination-levels-of-norovirus-in-food-facilities-using-groundwater-in-south-korea-2015-2016
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Jeong Su Lee, In Sun Joo, Si Yeon Ju, Min Hee Jeong, Yun-Hee Song, Hyo Sun Kwak
Norovirus (NoV) is a major pathogenic virus that is responsible for foodborne and waterborne gastroenteritis outbreaks. Groundwater is an important source of drinking water and is used in agriculture and food manufacturing processes. This study investigated norovirus contamination of groundwater treatment systems at 1360 sites in seven metropolitan areas and nine provinces in 2015-2016. Temperature, pH, residual chlorine, and turbidity content were assessed to analyze the water quality. In 2015, six sites were positive for the presence of NoV (0...
May 11, 2018: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772268/determination-and-regulation-of-hepatotoxic-pyrrolizidine-alkaloids-in-food-a-critical-review-of-recent-research
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Chuanhui Ma, Yang Liu, Lin Zhu, Hong Ji, Xun Song, Hui Guo, Tao Yi
Pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) are secondary metabolites of plants. PAs have been reported to be hepatotoxic, mutagenic, and carcinogenic; they are a significant group of natural toxins affecting livestock, wildlife, and humans. To date, over 10,000 PAs poisoning cases have been reported worldwide. In recent years, many articles have reported the detection of PAs in various foods, including honey, milk, meat, eggs, tea and salad. This review summarized the contamination of PAs in foods, state of the art detection methods and regulations by different countries and authorities, hoping to propose effective solutions to minimize the consumption of PAs in food...
May 14, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768617/a-study-about-the-young-consumers-consumption-behaviors-of-street-foods
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Nevin Sanlier, Aybuke Ceyhun Sezgin, Gulsah Sahin, Emine Yassibas
As in almost every country in the world, street foods are frequently used in Turkey. To determine the preferences for these foods, a questionnaire was given to 847 individuals constituted by randomly selected high school and university students. Of the participants, 43.4% were male and 56.6% were female; the majority of them were between 19 and 22 years of age. It was found that 40.1% of the young people ate street food 2-3 times per week, whereas 23.3% were found to eat it every day. Turkish bagels, döner, boiled corn in a cup and toast are most preferred street foods...
May 2018: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751687/designed-strategies-for-fluorescence-based-biosensors-for-the-detection-of-mycotoxins
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REVIEW
Atul Sharma, Reem Khan, Gaelle Catanante, Tauqir A Sherazi, Sunil Bhand, Akhtar Hayat, Jean Louis Marty
Small molecule toxins such as mycotoxins with low molecular weight are the most widely studied biological toxins. These biological toxins are responsible for food poisoning and have the potential to be used as biological warfare agents at the toxic dose. Due to the poisonous nature of mycotoxins, effective analysis techniques for quantifying their toxicity are indispensable. In this context, biosensors have been emerged as a powerful tool to monitors toxins at extremely low level. Recently, biosensors based on fluorescence detection have attained special interest with the incorporation of nanomaterials...
May 11, 2018: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748486/transcriptomic-analysis-of-ciguatoxin-induced-changes-in-gene-expression-in-primary-cultures-of-mice-cortical-neurons
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Juan Andrés Rubiolo, Carmen Vale, Andrea Boente-Juncal, Masahiro Hirama, Shuji Yamashita, Mercedes Camiña, Mercedes R Vieytes, Luis M Botana
Ciguatoxins are polyether marine toxins that act as sodium channel activators. These toxins cause ciguatera, one of the most widespread nonbacterial forms of food poisoning, which presents several symptoms in humans including long-term neurological alterations. Earlier work has shown that both acute and chronic exposure of primary cortical neurons to synthetic ciguatoxin CTX3C have profound impacts on neuronal function. Thus, the present work aimed to identify relevant neuronal genes and metabolic pathways that could be altered by ciguatoxin exposure...
May 10, 2018: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747413/binding-of-catechins-to-staphylococcal-enterotoxin-a
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Yuko Shimamura, Mio Utsumi, Chikako Hirai, Shogo Nakano, Sohei Ito, Ai Tsuji, Takeshi Ishii, Takahiro Hosoya, Toshiyuki Kan, Norio Ohashi, Shuichi Masuda
Staphylococcal enterotoxin A (SEA) is a toxin protein, and is the most common cause of staphylococcal food poisoning. Polyphenols, such as catechins, are known to interact with proteins. In this study, we investigated the binding of catechins to SEA using SPR (Biacore), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), and protein-ligand docking. We found that (−)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) could strongly bind to SEA. According to thermodynamic parameters, a negative Δ G indicated that the interaction between EGCG and SEA was spontaneous, and the electrostatic force accompanied by hydrophobic binding forces may play a major role in the binding...
May 9, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743464/-quantitative-analysis-of-unicapsula-seriolae-in-greater-amberjack-associated-with-unidentified-food-borne-disease
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Takahiro Ohnishi, Tetuya Obara, Sakura Arai, Tomoya Yoshinari, Yoshiko Sugita-Konishi
It has been suggested that a myxosporean parasite, Unicapsula seriolae, is responsible for food-borne disease associated with the ingestion of raw greater amberjack. In this study, we quantified U. seriolae in greater amberjack meats involved in food-poisoning episodes. U. seriolae DNA was detected in 26 samples out of 29 samples by means of quantitative real-time PCR(qRT-PCR). The major symptoms were diarrhea and vomiting within 12 hours after consumption. No seasonal trend in the outbreaks was apparent. The number of spores in samples with qRT-PCR-detected U...
2018: Shokuhin Eiseigaku Zasshi. Journal of the Food Hygienic Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740530/foodborne-illness-outbreaks-in-gyeonggi-province-korea-following-seafood-consumption-potentially-caused-by-kudoa-septempunctata-between-2015-and-2016
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Joon Jai Kim, Sukhyun Ryu, Heeyoung Lee
Objectives: Investigations into foodborne illness, potentially caused by Kudoa septempunctata , has been ongoing in Korea since 2015. However, epidemiological analysis reporting and positive K septempunctata detection in feces in Korea has been limited. The aim of this study was to provide epidemiologic data analysis of possible food poisoning caused by K septempunctata in Korea. Methods: This study reviewed 16 Kudoa outbreak investigation reports, including suspected cases between 2015 and 2016 in Gyeonggi province, Korea...
April 2018: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29739905/loss-of-ethanolamine-utilization-in-enterococcus-faecalis-increases-gastrointestinal-tract-colonization
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Karan Gautam Kaval, Kavindra V Singh, Melissa R Cruz, Sruti DebRoy, Wade C Winkler, Barbara E Murray, Danielle A Garsin
Enterococcus faecalis is paradoxically a dangerous nosocomial pathogen and a normal constituent of the human gut microbiome, an environment rich in ethanolamine. E. faecalis carries the eut (ethanolamine utilization) genes, which enable the catabolism of ethanolamine (EA) as a valuable source of carbon and/or nitrogen. EA catabolism was previously shown to contribute to the colonization and growth of enteric pathogens, such as Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium and enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC), in the gut environment...
May 8, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29737276/molecular-identification-and-characterization-of-sarcocystis-spp-in-horsemeat-and-beef-marketed-in-japan
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Rie Murata, Jun Suzuki, Ayako Hyuga, Takayuki Shinkai, Kenji Sadamasu
Human Sarcocystis infections are known to be caused by the ingestion of raw or undercooked beef or pork containing mature sarcocysts of Sarcocystis hominis or S. suihominis, respectively. In addition, several cases of parasitic food poisoning in Japan have recently been reported after consumption of raw horsemeat containing sarcocysts of S. fayeri. In this study, the presence of sarcocysts in 28 horsemeat and 121 beef samples collected in Tokyo was investigated. Sarcocysts of S. fayeri were found in 16 horsemeat samples...
2018: Parasite: Journal de la Société Française de Parasitologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29735058/exposure-assessment-to-paralytic-shellfish-toxins-through-the-shellfish-consumption-in-korea
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Choonshik Shin, Hyejin Jo, Sheen-Hee Kim, Gil-Jin Kang
Paralytic shellfish poisoning is caused by saxitoxin and its analogues. The paralytic shellfish toxins (PSTs) are produced by marine dinoflagellates and can be accumulated in filter feeding shellfish, such as mussel, clam, oyster and ark shell. The worldwide regulatory limits for PSTs in shellfish are set at 80 μg STX eq./100 g meat and this is widely accepted as providing adequate public health protection. In this study, we have determined five individual PSTs (STX, GTX1, GTX2, GTX3 and GTX4) in shellfish using LC-MS/MS and assessed the human acute and chronic exposures to PSTs through shellfish consumption...
June 2018: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29734714/arsenic-and-other-elemental-concentrations-in-mushrooms-from-bangladesh-health-risks
#18
Md Harunur Rashid, Mohammad Mahmudur Rahman, Ray Correll, Ravi Naidu
Mushroom cultivation has been increasing rapidly in Bangladesh. Arsenic (As) toxicity is widespread in the world and Bangladesh faces the greatest havoc due to this calamity. Rice is the staple food in Bangladesh and among all the crops grown, it is considered to be the main cause of As poisoning to its population after drinking water. Consequently, rice straw, an important growing medium of mushrooms in Bangladesh, is known to have high As content. The objective of this study was, therefore, to determine the concentrations of As in mushrooms cultivated in Bangladesh and to assess the health risk as well...
May 4, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29728390/unprotonated-short-chain-alkylamines-inhibit-staphylolytic-activity-of-lysostaphin-in-a-wall-teichoic-acid-dependent-manner
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Xia Wu, Seok Joon Kwon, Domyoung Kim, Jian Zha, Mauricio Mora-Pale, Jonathan S Dordick
Lysostaphin (Lst) is a potent bacteriolytic enzyme that kills Staphylococcus aureus , a common bacterial pathogen of humans and animals. With high activity against both planktonic cells and biofilms, Lst has the potential to be used in industrial products, such as commercial cleansers, for decontamination. However, Lst is inhibited in the presence of monoethanolamine (MEA), a chemical widely used in cleaning solutions and pharmaceuticals, and the underlying mechanism remains unknown. In this study, we examined the cell binding and killing capabilities of Lst against S...
May 4, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29710828/molecular-mechanisms-governing-hair-trigger-induction-of-shiga-toxin-encoding-prophages
#20
Dolonchapa Chakraborty, Eric Clark, Steven A Mauro, Gerald B Koudelka
Shiga toxin (Stx)-encoding E. coli (STEC) strains are responsible for sporadic outbreaks of food poisoning dating to 1982, when the first STEC strain, E. coli O157:H7, was isolated. Regardless of STEC serotype, the primary symptoms of STEC infections are caused by Stx that is synthesized from genes resident on lambdoid prophage present in STEC. Despite similar etiology, the severity of STEC-mediated disease varies by outbreak. However, it is unclear what modulates the severity of STEC-mediated disease. Stx production and release is controlled by lytic growth of the Stx-encoding bacteriophage, which in turn, is controlled by the phage repressor...
April 29, 2018: Viruses
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