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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732128/inhibition-of-shigella-sonnei-and-shigella-flexneri-in-hummus-using-citric-acid-and-garlic-extract
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Amin N Olaimat, Murad A Al-Holy, Mahmoud H Abu-Ghoush, Tareq M Osaili, Anas A Al-Nabulsi, Barbara A Rasco
Hummus (chickpea dip) is a ready-to-eat product that may pose a significant risk to human if pathogens are present. Several organisms including Shigella spp. have been isolated from hummus. However, studies on the survival and inhibition of Shigella spp. in food are scarce. This study investigated the growth pattern of Sh. sonnei and Sh. flexneri in hummus at different temperatures (4, 10, and 24 °C). Additionally, the inhibitory activity of different concentrations of citric acid (CA) (0.5%, 1.0%, and 2.0%) and garlic extract (GE) (1...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731389/protease-hydrolysates-of-filefish-thamnaconus-modestus-byproducts-effectively-inhibit-foodborne-pathogens
#2
Shaimaa Hatab, Mei-Ling Chen, Wenhua Miao, Jiheng Lin, Dandan Wu, Changyu Wang, Pengxiang Yuan, Shanggui Deng
In this study, novel antimicrobial peptides had been derived by enzymatic hydrolysis of filefish (Thamnaconus modestus) byproduct (HFBP). Different proteases, (papain [P], trypsin [T], neutrase [N], pepsin [PE], and the mixture I [PN] and mixture II [PT]) and different hydrolysis time (60, 120, 180, and 240 min), have been used to generate peptides with different lengths and amino acid sequences. The antimicrobial properties of HFBPs were tested, against Gram-positive and Gram-negative strains, using disc diffusion method...
July 21, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731263/commercial-strain-derived-clinical-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-can-evolve-new-phenotypes-without-higher-pathogenicity
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Walter P Pfliegler, Enikő Boros, Kitti Pázmándi, Ágnes Jakab, Imre Zsuga, Renátó Kovács, Edit Urbán, Zsuzsa Antunovics, Attila Bácsi, Matthias Sipiczki, László Majoros, István Pócsi
SCOPE: Saccharomyces cerevisiae is one of the most important microbes in food industry, but there is growing evidence on its potential pathogenicity as well. Its status as a member of human mycobiome is still not fully understood. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this study, we characterise clinical S. cerevisiae isolates from Hungarian hospitals along with commercial baking and probiotic strains, and determine their phenotypic parameters, virulence factors, interactions with human macrophages, and pathogenicity...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730403/functional-characterization-of-potential-probiotic-lactic-acid-bacteria-isolated-from-kalarei-and-development-of-probiotic-fermented-oat-flour
#4
Mahak Gupta, Bijender Kumar Bajaj
Considerable variations among probiotics with respect to their health benefitting attributes fuel the research on bioprospecting of proficient probiotic strains from various ecological niches especially the poorly unexplored ones. In the current study, kalarei, an indigenous cheese-like fermented milk product, and other dairy-based sources like curd and raw milk were used for isolation of lactic acid bacteria (LAB). Among 34 LAB isolates, 7 that could withstand simulated gastrointestinal (GI) conditions were characterized for functional probiotic attributes, viz...
July 20, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730143/long-term-temporal-trends-of-nosema-spp-infection-prevalence-in-northeast-germany-continuous-spread-of-nosema-ceranae-an-emerging-pathogen-of-honey-bees-apis-mellifera-but-no-general-replacement-of-nosema-apis
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Sebastian Gisder, Vivian Schüler, Lennart L Horchler, Detlef Groth, Elke Genersch
The Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) is widely used as commercial pollinator in worldwide agriculture and, therefore, plays an important role in global food security. Among the parasites and pathogens threatening health and survival of honey bees are two species of microsporidia, Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae. Nosema ceranae is considered an emerging pathogen of the Western honey bee. Reports on the spread of N. ceranae suggested that this presumably highly virulent species is replacing its more benign congener N...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727757/development-of-organic-fertilizers-from-food-market-waste-and-urban-gardening-by-composting-in-ecuador
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J Jara-Samaniego, M D Pérez-Murcia, M A Bustamante, C Paredes, A Pérez-Espinosa, I Gavilanes-Terán, M López, F C Marhuenda-Egea, H Brito, R Moral
Currently, the management of urban waste streams in developing countries is not optimized yet, and in many cases these wastes are disposed untreated in open dumps. This fact causes serious environmental and health problems due to the presence of contaminants and pathogens. Frequently, the use of specific low-cost strategies reduces the total amount of wastes. These strategies are mainly associated to the identification, separate collection and composting of specific organic waste streams, such as vegetable and fruit refuses from food markets and urban gardening activities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726085/micrornas-in-mucosal-inflammation
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REVIEW
Viola Neudecker, Xiaoyi Yuan, Jessica L Bowser, Holger K Eltzschig
Of the total human body's surface, the majority is internal surface, belonging to the lungs (100 m(2)) and intestinal tract (400 m(2)). In comparison, the external surface area, belonging to the skin, comprises less than 1% (2 m(2)). Continuous exposure of the mucosal surface to external factors (e.g., pathogens, food particles) requires tight regulation to maintain homeostasis. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have gained noticeable attention as playing important roles in maintaining the steady-state of tissues by modulating immune functions and inflammatory responses...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725217/metagenomics-the-next-culture-independent-game-changer
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REVIEW
Jessica D Forbes, Natalie C Knox, Jennifer Ronholm, Franco Pagotto, Aleisha Reimer
A trend towards the abandonment of obtaining pure culture isolates in frontline laboratories is at a crossroads with the ability of public health agencies to perform their basic mandate of foodborne disease surveillance and response. The implementation of culture-independent diagnostic tests (CIDTs) including nucleic acid and antigen-based assays for acute gastroenteritis is leaving public health agencies without laboratory evidence to link clinical cases to each other and to food or environmental substances...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722599/assessment-of-fecal-exposure-pathways-in-low-income-urban-neighborhoods-in-accra-ghana-rationale-design-methods-and-key-findings-of-the-sanipath-study
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Katharine Robb, Clair Null, Peter Teunis, Habib Yakubu, George Armah, Christine L Moe
Rapid urbanization has contributed to an urban sanitation crisis in low-income countries. Residents in low-income, urban neighborhoods often have poor sanitation infrastructure and services and may experience frequent exposure to fecal contamination through a range of pathways. There are little data to prioritize strategies to decrease exposure to fecal contamination in these complex and highly contaminated environments, and public health priorities are rarely considered when planning urban sanitation investments...
July 17, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720951/isolation-and-characterization-of-lactic-acid-bacteria-from-traditional-pickles-of-himachal-pradesh-india
#10
Monika, Savitri, Vijay Kumar, Anila Kumari, Kunzes Angmo, Tek Chand Bhalla
A total of 15 isolates of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) were isolated from traditional pickles of rural and urban areas of Himachal Pradesh. These isolates were identified as Enterococcus faecalis (7), Lactobacillus plantarum (3), Pediococcus pentosaceus (2), Leuconostoc mesenteroides (1), Lactococcus lactis (1) and Enterococcus sp. (1) on the basis of morphological, biochemical and 16S rDNA sequence analysis. All the LABs produced exopolysaccharides, have antibiotic susceptibility, and possess activity of β-galactosidase, β-glucosidase, protease and amylase, while none of the isolates showed haemolytic activity...
June 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719947/efficient-liquid-media-for-encystation-of-pathogenic-free-living-amoebae
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Hae-Jin Sohn, Heekyoung Kang, Ga-Eun Seo, Jong-Hyun Kim, Suk-Yul Jung, Ho-Joon Shin
Pathogenic Naegleria fowleri, Acanthamoeba castellanii, and Acanthamoeba polyphaga, are distributed worldwide. They are causative agents of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis or acanthamoebic keratitis in humans, respectively. Trophozoites encyst in unfavorable environments, such as exhausted food supply and desiccation. Until recently, the method of N. fowleri encystation used solid non-nutrient agar medium supplemented with heat-inactivated Escherichia coli; however, for the amoebic encystment of Acanthamoeba spp...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719840/environmental-and-human-health-challenges-of-industrial-livestock-and-poultry-farming-in-china-and-their-mitigation
#12
REVIEW
Yuanan Hu, Hefa Cheng, Shu Tao
Driven by the growing demand for food products of animal origin, industrial livestock and poultry production has become increasingly popular and is on the track of becoming an important source of environmental pollution in China. Although concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) have higher production efficiency and profitability with less resource consumption compared to the traditional family-based and "free range" farming, they bring significant environmental pollution concerns and pose public health risks...
July 15, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719258/impact-of-a-food-safety-campaign-on-streptococcus-suis-infection-in-humans-in-thailand
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Dan Takeuchi, Anusak Kerdsin, Yukihiro Akeda, Piphat Chiranairadul, Phacharaphan Loetthong, Nutchada Tanburawong, Prasanee Areeratana, Panarat Puangmali, Kasean Khamisara, Wirasinee Pinyo, Rapeepun Anukul, Sutit Samerchea, Punpong Lekhalula, Tatsuya Nakayama, Kouji Yamamoto, Masayo Hirose, Shigeyuki Hamada, Surang Dejsirilert, Kazunori Oishi
AbstractStreptococcus suis is an important zoonotic pathogen in swine and humans that causes sepsis and meningitis. Our previous study in Thailand showed that the prevalence of S. suis infection in humans, especially in northern areas of Thailand, and the transmission of the pathogen occurred mainly through the consumption of traditional raw pork products. Considering the high incidence proportion and mortality rate of the disease as an important public health problem, we implemented a food safety campaign in the Phayao Province in northern Thailand in 2011...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717327/virulence-gene-profiles-of-arcobacter-species-isolated-from-animals-foods-of-animal-origin-and-humans-in-andhra-pradesh-india
#14
M Soma Sekhar, S R Tumati, B K Chinnam, V S Kothapalli, N Mohammad Sharif
AIM: This study aimed to detect putative virulence genes in Arcobacter species of animal and human origin. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 41 Arcobacter isolates (16 Arcobacter butzleri, 13 Arcobacter cryaerophilus, and 12 Arcobacter skirrowii) isolated from diverse sources such as fecal swabs of livestock (21), raw foods of animal origin (13), and human stool samples (7) were subjected to a set of six uniplex polymerase chain reaction assays targeting Arcobacter putative virulence genes (ciaB, pldA, tlyA, mviN, cadF, and cj1349)...
June 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717239/a-novel-pathogen-capturing-device-for-removal-and-detection
#15
Gwangseong Kim, Horatiu Vinerean, Angelo Gaitas
A simple technique that employs an antibody coated polydimethylsiloxane tube is used for effective capturing of bloodborne and foodborne pathogens. By recirculating the entire sample through the antibody coated tube, accumulation of target pathogens is achieved, thereby delivering a higher concentration of pathogens in a small volume. The described method can provide an effective and economical solution to microbiology techniques that rely on enrichment, thereby expediting diagnostics. Using this method 80...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715975/viruses-with-circular-single-stranded-dna-genomes-are-everywhere
#16
L M Shulman, I Davidson Davidson
Circular single-stranded DNA viruses infect archaea, bacteria, and eukaryotic organisms. The relatively recent emergence of single-stranded DNA viruses, such as chicken anemia virus (CAV) and porcine circovirus 2 (PCV2), as serious pathogens of eukaryotes is due more to growing awareness than to the appearance of new pathogens or alteration of existing pathogens. In the case of the ubiquitous human circular single-stranded DNA virus family Anelloviridae, there is still no convincing direct causal relation to any specific disease...
July 17, 2017: Annual Review of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715485/characterization-of-the-maize-lipoxygenase-gene-family-in-relation-to-aflatoxin-accumulation-resistance
#17
Oluwaseun F Ogunola, Leigh K Hawkins, Erik Mylroie, Michael V Kolomiets, Eli Borrego, Juliet D Tang, W Paul Williams, Marilyn L Warburton
Maize (Zea mays L.) is a globally important staple food crop prone to contamination by aflatoxin, a carcinogenic secondary metabolite produced by the fungus Aspergillus flavus. An efficient approach to reduce accumulation of aflatoxin is the development of germplasm resistant to colonization and toxin production by A. flavus. Lipoxygenases (LOXs) are a group of non-heme iron containing dioxygenase enzymes that catalyze oxygenation of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). LOX derived oxylipins play critical roles in plant defense against pathogens including A...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715307/taking-on-the-obesity-epidemic-researchers-wage-a-big-fat-fight-in-efforts-to-combat-this-global-health-issue
#18
Leslie Mertz
If obesity were tied only to too much food or too little physical activity, the cure would be a simple matter of counting calories or keeping track of steps with a pedometer. Unfortunately, obesity is much more complex. Many other factors come into play, including so-called hunger genes that make a person more susceptible to obesity, infection with certain pathogens linked to weight gain, hormones that dampen or stimulate appetite, sleep disruption that can trigger overeating, and social networks that can promote obesity...
July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714890/cardamom-cumin-and-dill-weed-essential-oils-chemical-compositions-antimicrobial-activities-and-mechanisms-of-action-against-campylobacter-spp
#19
Aysegul Mutlu-Ingok, Funda Karbancioglu-Guler
Natural antimicrobials as well as essential oils (EOs) have gained interest to inhibit pathogenic microorganisms and to control food borne diseases. Campylobacter spp. are one of the most common causative agents of gastroenteritis. In this study, cardamom, cumin, and dill weed EOs were evaluated for their antibacterial activities against Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli by using agar-well diffusion and broth microdilution methods, along with the mechanisms of antimicrobial action. Chemical compositions of EOs were also tested by gas chromatography (GC) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS)...
July 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714887/characterization-of-enterotoxigenic-bacillus-cereus-sensu-lato-and-staphylococcus-aureus-isolates-and-associated-enterotoxin-production-dynamics-in-milk-or-meat-based-broth
#20
Laura Walker-York-Moore, Sean C Moore, Edward M Fox
Bacillus cereus sensu lato species, as well as Staphylococcus aureus, are important pathogenic bacteria which can cause foodborne illness through the production of enterotoxins. This study characterised enterotoxin genes of these species and examined growth and enterotoxin production dynamics of isolates when grown in milk or meat-based broth. All B. cereus s. l. isolates harboured nheA, hblA and entFM toxin genes, with lower prevalence of bceT and hlyII. When grown at 16 °C, toxin production by individual B...
July 15, 2017: Toxins
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