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  1. Research article

    Microbial survey of ready-to-eat salad ingredients sold at retail reveals the occurrence and the persistence of Listeria monocytogenes Sequence Types 2 and 87 in pre-packed smoked salmon

    As the preparation of salads involves extensive handling and the use of uncooked ingredients, they are particularly vulnerable to microbial contamination. This study aimed to determine the microbial safety and...

    Man Ling Chau, Kyaw Thu Aung, Hapuarachchige Chanditha Hapuarachchi, Pei Sze Valarie Lee, Pei Ying Lim, Joanne Su Lin Kang, Youming Ng, Hooi Ming Yap, Hyun-Gyun Yuk, Ramona Alikiiteaga Gutiérrez and Lee Ching Ng

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:46

    Published on: 28 February 2017

  2. Research article

    Genetic profiling for Anaplasma and Ehrlichia species in ticks collected in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa

    Anaplasma and Ehrlichia are emerging tick-borne pathogens that cause anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis in humans and other animals worldwide. Infections caused by these pathogens are deadl...

    Benson C. Iweriebor, Elia J. Mmbaga, Abiodun Adegborioye, Aboi Igwaran, Larry C. Obi and Anthony I. Okoh

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:45

    Published on: 27 February 2017

  3. Research article

    Effectiveness of ITS and sub-regions as DNA barcode markers for the identification of Basidiomycota (Fungi)

    Fungi are among the most abundant and diverse organisms on Earth. However, a substantial amount of the species diversity, relationships, habitats, and life strategies of these microorganisms remain to be disco...

    Fernanda Badotti, Francislon Silva de Oliveira, Cleverson Fernando Garcia, Aline Bruna Martins Vaz, Paula Luize Camargos Fonseca, Laila Alves Nahum, Guilherme Oliveira and Aristóteles Góes-Neto

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:42

    Published on: 23 February 2017

  4. Research article

    Antimicrobial structure activity relationship of five anthraquinones of emodine type isolated from Vismia laurentii

    Antimicrobial activity of anthraquinone compounds of emodine type has been reported by many authors. These compounds are found in Vismia laurentii (Clusiaceae), a plant used in traditional pharmacopoeia for treat...

    Gislaine Aurelie Kemegne, Pierre Mkounga, Jean Justin Essia Ngang, Sylvain Leroy Sado Kamdem and Augustin Ephrem Nkengfack

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:41

    Published on: 22 February 2017

  5. Research article

    Molecular characterization of invasive capsule null Neisseria meningitidis in South Africa

    The meningococcal capsule is an important virulence determinant. Unencapsulated meningococci lacking capsule biosynthesis genes and containing the capsule null locus (cnl) are predominantly non-pathogenic. Rare c...

    Karistha Ganesh, Mushal Allam, Nicole Wolter, Holly B. Bratcher, Odile B. Harrison, Jay Lucidarme, Ray Borrow, Linda de Gouveia, Susan Meiring, Monica Birkhead, Martin C. J. Maiden, Anne von Gottberg and Mignon du Plessis

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:40

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  6. Research article

    Molecular pathways underlying inhibitory effect of antimicrobial peptide Nal-P-113 on bacteria biofilms formation of Porphyromonas gingivalis W83 by DNA microarray

    Wound-related infection remains a major challenge for health professionals. One disadvantage in conventional antibiotics is their inability to penetrate biofilms, the main protective strategy for bacteria to e...

    Hong-yan Wang, Li Lin, Li-si Tan, Hui-Yuan Yu, Jya-Wei Cheng and Ya-ping Pan

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:37

    Published on: 17 February 2017

  7. Research article

    Porphyromonas gingivalis can invade periodontal ligament stem cells

    Porphyromonas gingivalis is strongly associated with the development, progression, severity and recurrence of periodontitis. Periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSCs) play an important ...

    Chunling Pan, Junchao Liu, Hongyan Wang, Jia Song, Lisi Tan and Haijiao Zhao

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:38

    Published on: 17 February 2017

  8. Research article

    Determination of antibacterial activity and minimum inhibitory concentration of larval extract of fly via resazurin-based turbidometric assay

    Antimicrobial resistance is currently a major global issue. As the rate of emergence of antimicrobial resistance has superseded the rate of discovery and introduction of new effective drugs, the medical arsena...

    Chien Huey Teh, Wasi Ahmad Nazni, Ab Hamid Nurulhusna, Ahmad Norazah and Han Lim Lee

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:36

    Published on: 16 February 2017

  9. Research article

    Costs and benefits of natural transformation in Acinetobacter baylyi

    Natural transformation enables acquisition of adaptive traits and drives genome evolution in prokaryotes. Yet, the selective forces responsible for the evolution and maintenance of natural transformation remai...

    Nils Hülter, Vidar Sørum, Kristina Borch-Pedersen, Mikkel M. Liljegren, Ane L. G. Utnes, Raul Primicerio, Klaus Harms and Pål J. Johnsen

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:34

    Published on: 15 February 2017

  10. Research article

    Diffusible substances from lactic acid bacterial cultures exert strong inhibitory effects on Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enterica serovar enteritidis in a co-culture model

    Food-borne infections cause huge economic and human life losses. Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis are among the top ranking pathogens causing such losses. Control of such infecti...

    Solomon H. Mariam, Nigus Zegeye, Abraham Aseffa and Rawleigh Howe

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:35

    Published on: 15 February 2017

  11. Research article

    Conjugative type IVb pilus recognizes lipopolysaccharide of recipient cells to initiate PAPI-1 pathogenicity island transfer in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa pathogenicity island 1 (PAPI-1) is one of the largest genomic islands of this important opportunistic human pathogen. Previous studies have shown that PAPI-1 enc...

    Toan Phuoc Hong, Michelle Q. Carter, Paolo Struffi, Stefano Casonato, Youai Hao, Joseph S. Lam, Stephen Lory and Olivier Jousson

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:31

    Published on: 7 February 2017

  12. Researc article

    Do biofilm communities respond to the chemical signatures of fracking? A test involving streams in North-central Arkansas

    Unconventional natural gas (UNG) extraction (fracking) is ongoing in 29 North American shale basins (20 states), with ~6000 wells found within the Fayetteville shale (north-central Arkansas). If the chemical s...

    Wilson H. Johnson, Marlis R. Douglas, Jeffrey A. Lewis, Tara N. Stuecker, Franck G. Carbonero, Bradley J. Austin, Michelle A. Evans-White, Sally A. Entrekin and Michael E. Douglas

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:29

    Published on: 3 February 2017

  13. Research article

    Origins and global context of Brucella abortus in Italy

    Brucellosis is a common and chronic disease of cattle and other bovids that often causes reproductive disorders. Natural infection in cattle is caused by Brucella abortus and transmission typically occurs during ...

    Giuliano Garofolo, Elisabetta Di Giannatale, Ilenia Platone, Katiuscia Zilli, Lorena Sacchini, Anna Abass, Massimo Ancora, Cesare Cammà, Guido Di Donato, Fabrizio De Massis, Paolo Calistri, Kevin P. Drees and Jeffrey T. Foster

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:28

    Published on: 2 February 2017

  14. Research article

    Binding site of restriction-modification system controller protein in Mollicutes

    Bacteria of the class Mollicutes underwent extreme reduction of genomes and gene expression control systems. Only a few regulators are known to date. In this work, we describe a novel group of transcriptional ...

    Gleb Y. Fisunov, Daria V. Evsyutina, Valentin A. Manuvera and Vadim M. Govorun

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:26

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  15. Research article

    Decision criteria for MALDI-TOF MS-based identification of filamentous fungi using commercial and in-house reference databases

    Several Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Time-of-Flight mass spectrometry protocols, which differ in identification criteria, have been developed for mold and dermatophyte identification. Currently,...

    Anne-Cécile Normand, Carole Cassagne, Magali Gautier, Pierre Becker, Stéphane Ranque, Marijke Hendrickx and Renaud Piarroux

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:25

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  16. Researc article

    Occurrence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in cattle feces and contamination of carcass and various contact surfaces in abattoir and butcher shops of Hawassa, Ethiopia

    Despite of the sanitation measures in municipal abattoirs to reduce contamination, Escherichia coli continues to be a health hazard. The present study was conducted on 150 apparently healthy slaughtered cattle at...

    Biruhtesfa Atnafie, Degmawi Paulos, Mesele Abera, Genene Tefera, Dereje Hailu, Surafel Kasaye and Kebede Amenu

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:24

    Published on: 25 January 2017

  17. Methodology article

    Optimisation of methods for bacterial skin microbiome investigation: primer selection and comparison of the 454 versus MiSeq platform

    The composition of the skin microbiome is predicted to play a role in the development of conditions such as atopic eczema and psoriasis. 16S rRNA gene sequencing allows the investigation of bacterial microbiot...

    Madhura Castelino, Stephen Eyre, John Moat, Graeme Fox, Paul Martin, Pauline Ho, Mathew Upton and Anne Barton

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:23

    Published on: 21 January 2017

  18. Research article

    Genomic and transcriptomic comparison between Staphylococcus aureus strains associated with high and low within herd prevalence of intra-mammary infection

    Staphylococcus aureus (Staph. aureus) is one of the major pathogens causing mastitis in dairy ruminants worldwide. The chronic nature of Staph. aureus infection enhances the contagious...

    E. Capra, P. Cremonesi, A. Pietrelli, S. Puccio, M. Luini, A. Stella and B. Castiglioni

    BMC Microbiology 2017 17:21

    Published on: 19 January 2017

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