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Junsheng Liu, Zhennan Gu, Wenwei Lu, Diangeng Hu, Xi Zhao, Hongxuan Huang, Hao Zhang, Jianxin Zhao, Wei Chen
Probiotics are now prevalent world-wide, as functional food supplements with many benefits for humans and animals, such as protective effects against pathogenic infection. We showed that oral supplementation of Lactobacillus pentosus AT6 (AT6) decreased the mortality rate of mice with Salmonella infection. A series of experiments showed that the protective effects of AT6 on mice involved multiple mechanisms, including (1) the inhibition of Salmonella Typhimurium growth by AT6 or its cell-free culture supernatants (CFCSs); (2) the reduction of the bacterial loads of Salmonella Typhimurium in intestinal contents and internal organs, such as the liver and spleen; (3) the inhibition of adhesion and invasion of Salmonella Typhimurium into intestinal epithelial cells; and (4) the regulation of host immunities by modifying the production of a chain of cytokines...
April 25, 2018: Food & Function
Hechao Du, Jie Yang, Zhaoxin Lu, Xiaomei Bie, Haizhen Zhao, Chong Zhang, Fengxia Lu
Bacillus cereus is an opportunistic human pathogen that causes serious foodborne diseases and need to be controlled using natural preservatives. We isolated and elucidated the mode of action of plantaricin GZ1-27, a novel bacteriocin that potently inhibits B. cereus. Plantaricin GZ1-27 was purified using ammonium sulfate precipitation, gel-filtration chromatography, and reverse-phase HPLC, and Q-TOF/MS analysis revealed that its molecular mass was 975 Da. Plantaricin GZ1-27 was highly thermostable, pH and organic-solvent tolerant, and trypsin and pepsin sensitive...
April 25, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
P D'Incecco, L Ong, S Gras, L Pellegrino
Non-pathogenic spore-forming Clostridia are of increasing interest due to their application in biogas production and their capability to spoil different food products. The life cycle for Clostridium includes a spore stage that can assist in survival under environmentally stressful conditions, such as extremes of temperature or pH. Due to their size, spores can be investigated by a range of microscopic techniques, many of which involve sample pre-treatment. We have developed a quick, simple and non-destructive fluorescent staining procedure that allows a clear differentiation between spores and vegetative cells and effectively stains spores, allowing recovery and tracking in subsequent experiments...
April 18, 2018: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
C Yuan, A Krull, C Wang, M Erdman, P J Fedorka-Cray, C M Logue, A M O'Connor
As Salmonella enterica is an important pathogen of food animals, surveillance programmes for S. enterica serovars have existed for many years in the United States. Surveillance programmes serve many purposes, one of which is to evaluate alterations in the prevalence of serovars that may signal changes in the ecology of the target organism. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate changes in the proportion of S. enterica serovars isolated from swine over a near 20-year observation period (1997-2015) using four longitudinal data sets from different food animal species...
April 23, 2018: Zoonoses and Public Health
Meegun Hong, Dae Hee Han, Jitaek Hong, Dong Joon Kim, Ki Tae Suk
Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) encompasses a broad spectrum of disorders including steatosis, steatohepatitis, fibrosis, and cirrhosis. Despite intensive research in the last two decades, there is currently no Food and Drug Administration-approved therapy for treating ALD. Several studies have demonstrated the importance of the gut-liver axis and gut microbiome on the pathogenesis of ALD. Alcohol may induce intestinal dysbiosis and increased intestinal permeability, which in turn result in increased levels of pathogen-associated molecular patterns such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and translocation of microbial products from the gut to the liver (bacterial translocation)...
April 23, 2018: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
Elham Esmaeilishirazifard, Aliakbar Dariush, Sterghios A Moschos, Tajalli Keshavarz
Quorum sensing molecules (QSMs) regulate, through a chemical communication process, multiple complex systems in bacterial and some fungal populations on the basis of cell density. The bacterial QSMs involved in inter-kingdom cross-talk may exhibit antagonistic activity against fungi. This provides an important opportunity for biocontrol of fungal invasion in plants. It has been shown that cultures of Bacillus spp. inhibit fungal growth. Here, we explore the inhibitory potential of the industrial workhorse Bacillus licheniformis NCIMB-8874 and its QSM (ComX pheromone) on the growth of Aspergillus flavus, a cereal, legume, and nut crop pathogen...
April 23, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Loredana Stabili, Maria Immacolata Acquaviva, Rosa Anna Cavallo, Carmela Gerardi, Marcella Narracci, Patrizia Pagliara
Echinoderms are a renewable resource with an economic value due to their increasing demand as food and/or source of bioactive molecules exerting antitumor, antiviral, anticoagulant, antioxidant, and antimicrobial activities. In this framework, the present study is aimed at investigating the antibacterial, antioxidant, and hemolytic activities in the three Echinoderm species Echinaster sepositus , Arbacia lixula , and Sphaerechinus granularis . The sea star E. sepositus showed lysozyme-like activity (mean diameter of lysis of 13...
2018: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Célia C G Silva, Sofia P M Silva, Susana C Ribeiro
In the last years, consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the human health risk posed by the use of chemical preservatives in foods. In contrast, the increasing demand by the dairy industry to extend shelf-life and prevent spoilage of dairy products has appeal for new preservatives and new methods of conservation. Bacteriocins are antimicrobial peptides, which can be considered as safe since they can be easily degraded by proteolytic enzymes of the mammalian gastrointestinal tract. Also, most bacteriocin producers belong to lactic acid bacteria (LAB), a group that occurs naturally in foods and have a long history of safe use in dairy industry...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Katharina D C Stärk, Agnieszka Pękala, Petra Muellner
Diagnostic tools for the identification and confirmation of animal diseases have been evolving rapidly over the last decade, with diseases of aquatic animals being no exception. Hence, case definitions used in surveillance may now include molecular and genomic components and ultimately be based on the entire genome of a pathogen. While the opportunities brought on by this change in our ability to define and differentiate organisms are manifold, there are also challenges. These include the need to consider typing tool characteristics during sampling design, but also the re-thinking of diagnostic protocols and standards for the meaningful interpretation of the increasingly complex data presented to surveillance managers...
April 17, 2018: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
N B Alhaji, A E Haruna, B Muhammad, M K Lawan, T O Isola
The World Health Organization's Global Action Plan on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) recommended monitoring of antimicrobial use (AMU) through surveillance and research to help mitigate AMR. This survey was aimed at assessing poultry owners' knowledge/awareness and practices regarding AMU, identified pathways for AMR emergence and spread in small-scale commercial poultry farms and free-range local bird flocks in North-central Nigeria. An interview questionnaire-based cross-sectional study was conducted on commercial poultry farmers and local bird flock keepers in 2017...
June 1, 2018: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
O C M Queiroz, I M Ogunade, Z Weinberg, A T Adesogan
Silage is one of the main ingredients in dairy cattle diets and it is an important source of nutrients, particularly energy and digestible fiber. Unlike properly made and managed silage, poorly made or contaminated silage can also be a source of pathogenic bacteria that may decrease dairy cow performance, reduce the safety and quality dairy products, and compromise animal and human health. Some of the pathogenic bacteria that are frequently or occasionally associated with silage are enterobacteria, Listeria, Bacillus spp...
May 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
Benjamin Félix, Carole Feurer, Aurelien Maillet, Laurent Guillier, Evelyne Boscher, Annaëlle Kerouanton, Martine Denis, Sophie Roussel
Listeria monocytogenes is an ubiquitous pathogenic bacterium, transmissible to humans through the consumption of contaminated food. The pork production sector has been hit hard by a series of L. monocytogenes -related food poisoning outbreaks in France. An overview of the diversity of strains circulating at all levels of the pork production chain, from pig farming (PF) to finished food products (FFP), is needed to identify the contamination routes and improve food safety. Until now, no typing data has been available on strains isolated across the entire pig and pork production chain...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Dima Dandachi, Maria C Rodriguez-Barradas
Viral pathogens are increasingly recognized as a cause of pneumonia, in immunocompetent patients and more commonly among immunocompromised. Viral pneumonia in adults could present as community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), ranging from mild disease to severe disease requiring hospital admission and mechanical ventilation. Moreover, the role of viruses in hospital-acquired pneumonia and ventilator-associated pneumonia as causative agents or as co-pathogens and the effect of virus detection on clinical outcome are being investigated...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
Yasmeen S Alzubeidi, Pathima Udompijitkul, Prabhat K Talukdar, Mahfuzur R Sarker
Enterotoxigenic Clostridium perfringens, a leading foodborne pathogen can be cross-contaminated from food processing stainless steel (SS) surfaces to the finished food products. This is mostly due to the high resistance of C. perfringens spores adhered onto SS surfaces to various disinfectants commonly used in food industries. In this study, we aimed to investigate the survivability and adherence of C. perfringens spores onto SS surfaces and then validate the effectiveness of a simulated Clean-in-Place (CIP) regime on inactivation of spores adhered onto SS surfaces...
April 12, 2018: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Andrew F Brouwer, Nina B Masters, Joseph N S Eisenberg
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Waterborne enteric pathogens remain a global health threat. Increasingly, quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) and infectious disease transmission modeling (IDTM) are used to assess waterborne pathogen risks and evaluate mitigation. These modeling efforts, however, have largely been conducted independently for different purposes and in different settings. In this review, we examine the settings where each modeling strategy is employed. RECENT FINDINGS: QMRA research has focused on food contamination and recreational water in high-income countries (HICs) and drinking water and wastewater in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)...
April 20, 2018: Current Environmental Health Reports
Alexander J Schuyler, Jeffrey M Wilson, Anubha Tripathi, Scott P Commins, Princess U Ogbogu, Patrice G Kruzsewski, Barrett H Barnes, Emily C McGowan, Lisa J Workman, Jonas Lidholm, Sheryl L Rifas-Shiman, Emily Oken, Diane R Gold, Thomas A E Platts-Mills, Elizabeth A Erwin
BACKGROUND: Allergen-specific IgG4 antibodies are often associated with tolerance, but specific IgG4 antibodies (sIgG4 ) to causally relevant foods have recently been reported in adult eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). Prevalence and levels of food-sIgG4 are not well established in the general pediatric population. OBJECTIVE: We sought to investigate serum food-sIgG4 with component diagnostics in children with EoE and children from an unselected birth cohort and to explore the effects of sex, age and milk consumption on sIgG4 levels METHODS: Sera from 71 cases of pediatric EoE and 210 early-adolescent children from an unselected birth cohort (Project Viva) were assayed for sIgG4 and specific IgE (sIgE) to major cow's milk (CM) proteins (α-lactalbumin, β-lactoglobulin, caseins) and to wheat, soy, egg, and peanut proteins...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Hossein Noormohammdi, Shamsozoha Abolmaali, Shakiba Darvish Alipour Astaneh
Drug-resistant Gram-positive pathogens have been a rising risk in hospitals and food industries from the last decades. Here in, the potential of endolysin production in Dasht Desert Bacterial Culture Collection (DDBCC), against indicator bacteria, was investigated. DDBCC was screened against autoclaved-indicator bacteria; Streptococcus faecalis, Streptococcus pyogenes, Bacillus sp, Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus as the substrates for the endolysin enzymes. The endolysins were produced in BHI medium followed by ammonium sulfate purification...
April 17, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
Leann Lerie Matta, Saranraj Karuppuswami, Premjeet Chahal, Evangelyn C Alocilja
Rapid detection techniques of pathogenic bacteria in the liquid food supply chain are of significant research interest due to their pivotal role in preventing foodborne outbreaks, and in maintaining high standards of public health and safety. Milk and dairy products are of particular interest due to their widespread consumption across the globe. In this paper, a biosensor for detecting pathogenic bacteria in milk using dextrin-capped gold nanoparticles (d-AuNP) as labels decoded at microwave frequencies is presented...
April 11, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Evangelia A Zilelidou, Panagiotis N Skandamis
Like with all food microorganisms, many basic aspects of L. monocytogenes life are likely to be influenced by its interactions with bacteria living in close proximity. This pathogenic bacterium is a major concern both for the food industry and health organizations since it is ubiquitous and able to withstand harsh environmental conditions. Due to the ubiquity of Listeria monocytogenes, various strains may contaminate foods at different stages of the supply chain. Consequently, simultaneous exposure of consumers to multiple strains is also possible...
April 12, 2018: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Kui Luo, Fuye Shao, Kadijatu N Kamara, Shuaiyin Chen, Rongguang Zhang, Guangcai Duan, Haiyan Yang
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is an important human etiologic agent. An investigation of the characteristics of common genotypes of S. aureus relating to pathogenicity and antibiotic resistance may provide a foundation to prevent infection. METHODS: This study collected 275 S. aureus isolates from Zhengzhou city in China, including 148 isolates from patient samples and 127 isolates from ready-to-eat food samples. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was performed using the broth dilution method...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
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