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  1. Methodology Article

    Ribosomal subunit protein typing using matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) for the identification and discrimination of Aspergillus species

    Accurate identification of Aspergillus species is a very important subject. Mass spectral fingerprinting using matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) is genera...

    Sayaka Nakamura, Hiroaki Sato, Reiko Tanaka, Yoko Kusuya, Hiroki Takahashi and Takashi Yaguchi

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:100

    Published on: 26 April 2017

  2. Research article

    DFI-seq identification of environment-specific gene expression in uropathogenic Escherichia coli

    During infection of the urinary tract, uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) are exposed to different environments, such as human urine and the intracellular environments of bladder epithelial cells. Each environ...

    Michelle Madelung, Tina Kronborg, Thomas Koed Doktor, Carsten Struve, Karen Angeliki Krogfelt and Jakob Møller-Jensen

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:99

    Published on: 24 April 2017

  3. Research article

    Comparative proteomic analysis of Neisseria meningitidis wildtype and dprA null mutant strains links DNA processing to pilus biogenesis

    DNA processing chain A (DprA) is a DNA binding protein which is ubiquitous in bacteria, and is required for DNA transformation to various extents among bacterial species. However, the interaction of DprA with ...

    Getachew Tesfaye Beyene, Shewit Kalayou, Tahira Riaz and Tone Tonjum

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:96

    Published on: 21 April 2017

  4. Research article

    Comparative genomics and evolution of the amylase-binding proteins of oral streptococci

    Successful commensal bacteria have evolved to maintain colonization in challenging environments. The oral viridans streptococci are pioneer colonizers of dental plaque biofilm. Some of these bacteria have adap...

    Elaine M. Haase, Yurong Kou, Amarpreet Sabharwal, Yu-Chieh Liao, Tianying Lan, Charlotte Lindqvist and Frank A. Scannapieco

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:94

    Published on: 20 April 2017

  5. Research article

    Bacterial communities and metabolic activity of faecal cultures from equol producer and non-producer menopausal women under treatment with soy isoflavones

    Isoflavones are polyphenols with estrogenic activity found mainly in soy and soy-derived products that need to be metabolised in the intestine by the gut bacteria to be fully active. There is little knowledge ...

    Lucía Guadamuro, Anja B. Dohrmann, Christoph C. Tebbe, Baltasar Mayo and Susana Delgado

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:93

    Published on: 17 April 2017

  6. Research article

    The expression of fibronectin is significantly suppressed in macrophages to exert a protective effect against Staphylococcus aureus infection

    Fibronectin (Fn) plays a major role in the attachment of Staphylococcus aureus to host cells by bridging staphylococcal fibronectin-binding proteins (FnBPs) and cell-surface integrins. A previous study demonstrat...

    Hong-Yi Chen, Mei-Hui Lin, Chien-Cheng Chen and Jwu-Ching Shu

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:92

    Published on: 13 April 2017

  7. Research article

    Localization of Staphylococcus aureus in tissue from the nasal vestibule in healthy carriers

    Colonization of the body is an important step in Staphylococcus aureus infection. S. aureus colonizes skin and mucous membranes in humans and several animal species. One important ecological niche of S. aureus is...

    Anne-Merethe Hanssen, Bert Kindlund, Niels Christian Stenklev, Anne-Sofie Furberg, Silje Fismen, Renate Slind Olsen, Mona Johannessen and Johanna Ulrica Ericson Sollid

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:89

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  8. Research article

    Supplemental invasion of Salmonella from the perspective of Salmonella enterica serovars Kentucky and Typhimurium

    Critical to the development of Salmonellosis in humans is the interaction of the bacterium with the epithelial lining of the gastrointestinal tract. Traditional scientific reasoning held type III secretion sys...

    Kevin Howe, Sanaz Salehi, R. Hartford Bailey, John P. Brooks, Robert Wills, Mark L. Lawrence and Attila Karsi

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:88

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  9. Methodology Article

    Discrimination of three genetically close Aspergillus species by using high resolution melting analysis applied to indoor air as case study

    Indoor air pollution caused by fungal contamination is suspected to have a public health impact. Monitoring of the composition of the indoor airborne fungal contaminants is therefore important. To avoid proble...

    Xavier Libert, Ann Packeu, Fabrice Bureau, Nancy H. Roosens and Sigrid C. J. De Keersmaecker

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:84

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  10. Research article

    Prevalence and antimicrobial resistance of Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli isolated from children and environmental sources in urban and suburban areas

    Campylobacteriosis is a dominant bacterial cause of foodborne infection and is considered the main public health problem in Europe and many other countries worldwide. In the study lasting from 2011 to 2013 we ...

    Bernadeta Szczepanska, Małgorzata Andrzejewska, Dorota Spica and Jacek J. Klawe

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:80

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  11. Research article

    In vitro transfer of methicillin resistance determinants mecA from methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) to methicillin susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA)

    Staphylococcus aureus more than any other human pathogen is a better model for the study of the adaptive evolution of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, as it has demonstrated a rema...

    Asinamai Athliamai Bitrus, Zakaria Zunita, Siti Khairani Bejo, Sarah Othman and Nur Adilah Ahmad Nadzir

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:83

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  12. Research article

    Evolutionary gradient of predicted nuclear localization signals (NLS)-bearing proteins in genomes of family Planctomycetaceae

    The nuclear envelope is considered a key classification marker that distinguishes prokaryotes from eukaryotes. However, this marker does not apply to the family Planctomycetaceae, which has intracellular space...

    Min Guo, Ruifu Yang, Chen Huang, Qiwen Liao, Guangyi Fan, Chenghang Sun and Simon Ming-Yuen Lee

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:86

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  13. Research article

    Application of hierarchical oligonucleotide primer extension (HOPE) to assess relative abundances of ammonia- and nitrite-oxidizing bacteria

    Establishing an optimal proportion of nitrifying microbial populations, including ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB), nitrite-oxidizing bacteria (NOB), complete nitrite oxidizers (comammox) and ammonia-oxidizing...

    Giantommaso Scarascia, Hong Cheng, Moustapha Harb and Pei-Ying Hong

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:85

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  14. Research article

    Initial nitrogen enrichment conditions determines variations in nitrogen substrate utilization by heterotrophic bacterial isolates

    The nitrogen (N) cycle consists of complex microbe-mediated transformations driven by a variety of factors, including diversity and concentrations of N compounds. In this study, we examined taxonomic diversity...

    Suchismita Ghosh, Paul A. Ayayee, Oscar J. Valverde-Barrantes, Christopher B. Blackwood, Todd V. Royer and Laura G. Leff

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:87

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  15. Methodology article

    Comparison of stool versus rectal swab samples and storage conditions on bacterial community profiles

    Sample collection for gut microbiota analysis from in-patients can be challenging. Collection method and storage conditions are potential sources of variability. In this study, we compared the bacterial microb...

    Christine M. Bassis, Nicholas M. Moore, Karen Lolans, Anna M. Seekatz, Robert A. Weinstein, Vincent B. Young and Mary K. Hayden

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:78

    Published on: 31 March 2017

  16. Methodology article

    Development of a genus-specific next generation sequencing approach for sensitive and quantitative determination of the Legionella microbiome in freshwater systems

    Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) has revolutionized the analysis of natural and man-made microbial communities by using universal primers for bacteria in a PCR based approach targeting the 16S rRNA gene. In ou...

    Rui P. A. Pereira, Jörg Peplies, Ingrid Brettar and Manfred G. Höfle

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:79

    Published on: 31 March 2017

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