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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222236/differential-sharing-and-distinct-co-occurrence-networks-among-spatially-close-bacterial-microbiota-of-bark-mosses-and-lichens%C3%A2-%C3%A2
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Ines Aline Aschenbrenner, Tomislav Cernava, Armin Erlacher, Gabriele Berg, Martin Grube
Knowledge of bacterial community host-specificity has increased greatly in recent years. However, the inter-microbiome relationships of unrelated but spatially close organisms remain little understood. Trunks of trees covered by epiphytes represent complex habitats with a mosaic of ecological niches. In this context, we investigated the structure, diversity and interactions of microbiota associated with lichens, mosses and the bare tree bark. Comparative analysis revealed significant differences in the habitat-associated community structures...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221981/dry-transfer-inoculation-of-low-moisture-spices-containing-antimicrobial-compounds
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Ian M Hildebrandt, Chuxuan Hu, Elizabeth M Grasso-Kelley, Peiran Ye, Nathan M Anderson, Susanne E Keller
Inoculation of a food product for use in subsequent validation studies typically makes use of a high concentration cocktail of microorganisms suspended in aqueous media. However, this inoculation method may prove difficult particularly when the food product is a low-moisture food containing antimicrobial compounds, such as some dried spices. In this study, a dry transfer method for inoculation of clove powder, oregano leaves, ginger powder, and ground black pepper with a five-serovar cocktail of Salmonella was developed and compared with a traditional aqueous inoculation procedure...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221956/microbiological-quality-and-occurrence-of-nontuberculous-mycobacteria-in-fresh-squeezed-orange-juice-samples-purchased-from-street-vendors-in-mexico-city
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Jorge F Cerna-Cortes, Ana Laura Cortes-Cueto, Maria Rosalia Cano-Gaona, Nancy Leon-Montes, Addy C Helguera-Repetto, Sandra Rivera-Gutierrez, Laura P Salas-Rangel, Javier Castro-Rosas, Jorge A Gonzalez-Y-Merchand
Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are potentially pathogenic agents commonly found in a natural ecosystem. For this reason, food is considered another source of NTM transmission for humans. The aims of this study were to evaluate the microbiological quality and the occurrence of NTM in fresh-squeezed orange juice samples purchased from street vendors. All 102 samples analyzed were positive for aerobic mesophilic bacteria (AMB), with limits ranging from 1.8 to 6.2 log CFU/ml. A total of 55 (54%), 25 (25%), and 13 (13%) orange juice samples were positive for total coliforms (TC), fecal coliforms (FC), and Escherichia coli , respectively...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221936/evaluation-of-a-recirculating-dipper-well-combined-with-ozone-sanitizer-for-control-of-foodborne-pathogens-in-food-service-operations
#4
Giselle Almeida, Kristen E Gibson
In the retail food service industry, small countertop sinks, or dipper wells, are utilized to rinse and store serving utensils between uses. These dipper wells are designed to operate under a constant flow of water, which serves both to prevent the accumulation of microorganisms and to aid in the cleanliness of the dipper well itself. Here, a recirculating dipper well ozone sanitation system (DWOSS) was evaluated for the control and inactivation of Escherichia coli , Listeria innocua , PRD1 bacteriophage, and Staphylococcus aureus present on a stainless steel disher...
September 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221922/contribution-of-selective-conditions-to-microbial-competition-in-four-listeria-selective-enrichment-formulations
#5
Ashley L Keys, Anthony D Hitchins, R Derike Smiley
Microbial competition during selective enrichment negatively affects Listeria monocytogenes populations and may hinder the subsequent detection or recovery of this organism. Competition assays among 10 selected strains of Listeria and Citrobacter braakii were performed in buffered Listeria enrichment broth, 3-(N-morpholino)propanesulfonic acid-buffered Listeria enrichment broth, University of Vermont medium-modified Listeria enrichment broth, and Fraser broth. The individual contributions of each selective agent in these media were also assessed, as well as the contribution of incubation temperature...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221909/effect-of-temperature-and-nutrient-concentration-on-survival-of-foodborne-pathogens-in-deciduous-fruit-processing-environments-for-effective-hygiene-management
#6
Stacey Duvenage, Lise Korsten
Temperature and good sanitation practices are important factors for controlling growth of microorganisms. Fresh produce is stored at various temperatures to ensure quality and to prolong shelf life. When foodborne pathogens survive and grow on fresh produce at storage temperatures, then additional control strategies are needed to inactivate these pathogens. The aim of this study was to determine how temperatures associated with deciduous fruit processing and storage facilities (0.5, 4, and 21°C) affect the growth and/or survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes , Salmonella enterica subsp...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221906/tracing-surrogates-for-enteric-pathogens-inoculated-on-hide-through-the-beef-harvesting-process
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Mariana Villarreal-Silva, Daniel P Genho, Irfan Ilhak, Lisa M Lucia, James S Dickson, Kerri B Gehring, Jeffrey W Savell, Alejandro Castillo
Multiple antimicrobial interventions have been validated for use during the beef postharvesting process. However, little has been done to determine the impact of the postharvest environment on pathogen contamination. In this study, surrogate microorganisms were used to simulate pathogen cross-contamination through the postharvest environment at three different abattoirs. At each abattoir, the brisket areas of 13 hide-on carcasses were inoculated after stunning, with a gelatin slurry containing a cocktail (~7 log CFU/ml) of fluorescent Escherichia coli biotype I...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221891/microbial-quality-safety-and-pathogen-detection-by-using-quantitative-pcr-of-raw-salad-vegetables-sold-in-dhanbad-city-india
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Sujeet K Mritunjay, Vipin Kumar
Consumption of ready-to-eat fresh vegetables has increased worldwide, with a consequent increase in outbreaks caused by foodborne pathogens. In the Indian subcontinent, raw fresh vegetables are usually consumed without washing or other decontamination procedures, thereby leading to new food safety threats. In this study, the microbiological quality and pathogenic profile of raw salad vegetables was evaluated through standard protocols. In total, 480 samples (60 each of eight different salad vegetables) of cucumber, tomato, carrot, coriander, cabbage, beetroot, radish, and spinach were collected from different locations in Dhanbad, a city famous for its coal fields and often called the "Coal Capital of India...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221875/inactivation-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-and-aerobic-microorganisms-in-romaine-lettuce-packaged-in-a-commercial-polyethylene-terephthalate-container-using-atmospheric-cold-plasma
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Sea C Min, Si Hyeon Roh, Glenn Boyd, Joseph E Sites, Joseph Uknalis, Xuetong Fan, Brendan A Niemira
The effects of dielectric barrier discharge atmospheric cold plasma (DACP) treatment on the inactivation of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and aerobic microorganisms in romaine lettuce packaged in a conventional commercial plastic container were evaluated during storage at 4°C for 7 days. Effects investigated included the color, carbon dioxide (CO2) generation, weight loss, and surface morphology of the lettuce during storage. Romaine lettuce pieces, with or without inoculation with a cocktail of three strains of E...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221713/reconfigurable-microscale-frameworks-from-concatenated-helices-with-controlled-chirality
#10
Seog-Jin Jeon, Ryan C Hayward
The utility of helical structures in driving motion of microorganisms and plants has inspired efforts to develop synthetic stimuli-responsive helical architectures for self-motile and shape-morphing systems. While several approaches to responsive helices based on hydrogels and liquid crystalline polymers have been reported, they have so far been limited to macroscopic (cm scale) dimensions, and have not been applied to concatenated helices with more than two segments. Here, a robust method for microfabrication of helices inspired by Bauhinia seedpods, based on trilayer samples consisting of rigid plastic stripes sandwiching a swellable temperature-responsive hydrogel, is reported and the formation of responsive shape-controlled frameworks from concatenated multiple helices (multihelices) with controlled chirality is demonstrated...
February 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221346/synthesis-of-ent-be-43547a1-reveals-a-potent-hypoxia-selective-anticancer-agent-and-uncovers-the-biosynthetic-origin-of-the-apd-cld-natural-products
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Nikolaj L Villadsen, Kristian M Jacobsen, Ulrik B Keiding, Esben T Weibel, Bjørn Christiansen, Thomas Vosegaard, Morten Bjerring, Frank Jensen, Mogens Johannsen, Thomas Tørring, Thomas B Poulsen
Tumour hypoxia is speculated to be a key driver of therapeutic resistance and metastatic dissemination. Consequently, the discovery of new potent agents that selectively target the hypoxic cell population may reveal new and untapped antitumour mechanisms. Here we demonstrate that the BE-43547 subclass of the APD-CLD (amidopentadienoate-containing cyclolipodepsipeptides) natural products possesses highly hypoxia-selective growth-inhibitory activity against pancreatic cancer cells. To enable this discovery, we have developed the first synthesis of the BE-43547-macrocyclic scaffold in 16 steps (longest linear sequence), which also allowed access to the full panel of relative stereoisomers and ultimately to the assignment of stereochemical configuration...
March 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221135/impaired-respiration-elicits-srrab-dependent-programmed-cell-lysis-and-biofilm-formation-in-staphylococcus-aureus
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Ameya A Mashruwala, Adriana Van De Guchte, Jeffrey M Boyd
Biofilms are communities of microorganisms attached to a surface or each other. Biofilm associated cells are the etiologic agents of recurrent Staphylococcus aureus infections. Infected human tissues are hypoxic or anoxic. S. aureus increases biofilm formation in response to hypoxia, but how this occurs is unknown. In the current study we report that oxygen influences biofilm formation in its capacity as a terminal electron acceptor for cellular respiration. Genetic, physiological, or chemical inhibition of respiratory processes elicited increased biofilm formation...
February 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220590/biosynthesis-and-mass-spectral-fragmentation-pathways-of-13-c-and-15-n-labeled-cytochalasin-d-produced-by-xylaria-arbuscula
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Luciana da Silva Amaral, Taicia Pacheco Fill, Luiz Fernando Arruda Santos, Edson Rodrigues-Filho
The fungus Xylaria arbuscula was isolated as an endophyte from Cupressus lusitanica and has shown to be a prominent producer of cytochalasans, mainly cytochalasin C, D and Q. Cytochalasans comprise an important class of fungal secondary metabolites that have aroused attention due to their uncommon molecular structures and pronounced biological activities. Due to the few published studies on the ESI-MS/MS fragmentation of this important class of secondary metabolites, in the first part of our work we studied the cytochalasin D fragmentation pathways using an ESI-Q-ToF mass spectrometer coupled with liquid chromatography...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220542/the-gut-microbiome-in-human-neurological-disease-a-review
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REVIEW
Helen Tremlett, Kylynda C Bauer, Silke Appel-Cresswell, Brett B Finlay, Emmanuelle Waubant
Almost half the cells and 1% of the unique genes found in our bodies are human, the rest are from microbes; predominantly bacteria, archaea, fungi, and viruses. These microorganisms collectively form the human microbiota, with most colonizing the gut. Recent technological advances, open access data-libraries, and application of high throughput sequencing have allowed these microbes to be identified and their contribution to neurological health examined. Emerging evidence links perturbations in the gut microbiota to neurological disease, including disease risk, activity, and progression...
February 21, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220507/relationships-between-inflammation-and-immunity-related-transcript-abundance-in-the-rumen-and-jejunum-of-beef-steers-with-divergent-average-daily-gain
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J G Reynolds, A P Foote, H C Freetly, W T Oliver, A K Lindholm-Perry
The bovine rumen papillae are in contact with a wide array of microorganisms and the metabolites they produce, which may activate an inflammatory and/or immune response. Cytokines, chemokines and their receptor genes were tested for differential expression in the rumen and jejunum of beef steers with greater and lesser average daily body weight gain (ADG) near the average daily dry matter intake (DMI) for the population. Angus-sired steers (n = 16) were used to represent the greater (ADG = 2.2 ± 0.07 kg/day; DMI = 10...
February 21, 2017: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220411/peptidoglycan-isolation-and-binding-studies-with-lysm-type-pattern-recognition-receptors
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Ute Bertsche, Andrea A Gust
In the last decade, more and more plant receptors for complex carbohydrate structures have been described. However, studies on receptor binding to glycan ligands are often hampered due to the technical challenge to obtain pure preparations of homogeneous carbohydrate ligands such as bacterial peptidoglycan (PGN) in amounts suitable for studying protein-glycan interactions. Also, most approaches rely on the availability of defined soluble ligands, which in the case of glycans can rarely be synthesized but have to be purified from the respective microorganism...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220386/clogging-development-and-hydraulic-performance-of-the-horizontal-subsurface-flow-stormwater-constructed-wetlands-a-laboratory-study
#17
Ping Tang, Bohai Yu, Yongchao Zhou, Yiping Zhang, Jin Li
The horizontal subsurface constructed wetland (HSSF CW) is a highly effective technique for stormwater treatment. However, progressive clogging in HSSF CW is a widespread operational problem. The aim of this study was to understand the clogging development of HSSF CWs during stormwater treatment and to assess the influence of microorganisms and vegetation on the clogging. Moreover, the hydraulic performance of HSSF CWs in the process of clogging was evaluated in a tracer experiment. The results show that the HSSF CW can be divided into two sections, section I (circa 0-35 cm) and section II (circa 35-110 cm)...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220353/exploitation-of-genus-rhodosporidium-for-microbial-lipid-production
#18
REVIEW
Jingyang Xu, Dehua Liu
Oleaginous microorganisms are receiving significant attention worldwide for their utility in biodiesel production and the potentiality to produce some specialty-type lipids. There is an increasing interest in isolation/adaption of robust microbe strains and design of innovative fermentation processes to make microbial lipid production a more efficient and economically feasible bio-process. Currently, the genus Rhodosporidium has been considered an important candidate, for the reason that several strains belonging to this genus have shown excellent capabilities of lipid accumulation, broad adaptabilities to various substrates, and co-production of some carotenoids...
March 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220202/enzyme-inhibitory-metabolites-from-endophytic-penicillium-citrinum-isolated-from-boswellia-sacra
#19
Sajid Ali, Abdul Latif Khan, Liaqat Ali, Tania Shamim Rizvi, Sumera Afzal Khan, Javid Hussain, Muhammad Hamayun, Ahmed Al-Harrasi
Fungal endophytes establish an important niche within the host plant through the secretion of chemical constituents. Isolation of bioactive metabolites could be a vital source for inhibiting the function of enzymes such as α-glucosidase and urease. The present study aimed to elucidate the potential of endophytes associated with Boswellia sacra through bioassay-guided isolation and identification of secondary metabolites with enzyme inhibitory ability. Endophytic fungal strains viz. Penicillium citrinum, P...
February 20, 2017: Archives of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220120/neutrophil-extracellular-traps-and-its-implications-in-inflammation-an-overview
#20
REVIEW
Vidal Delgado-Rizo, Marco A Martínez-Guzmán, Liliana Iñiguez-Gutierrez, Alejandra García-Orozco, Anabell Alvarado-Navarro, Mary Fafutis-Morris
In addition to physical barriers, neutrophils are considered a part of the first line of immune defense. They can be found in the bloodstream, with a lifespan of 6-8 h, and in tissue, where they can last up to 7 days. The mechanisms that neutrophils utilize for host defense are phagocytosis, degranulation, cytokine production, and, the most recently described, neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) production. NETs are DNA structures released due to chromatin decondensation and spreading, and they thus occupy three to five times the volume of condensed chromatin...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
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