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Applied microbiology

This section aims to publish studies relating to the application of microbiology, including environmental applications, soil degradation and bioremediation, food safety and degradation, and probiotics.

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  1. Conjugation is a major type of horizontal transmission of genes that involves transfer of a plasmid into a recipient using specific conjugation machinery, which results in an extended spectrum of bacterial ant...

    Authors: Yang Liu, Yanan Gao, Xiaohong Liu, Qin Liu, Yuanxing Zhang, Qiyao Wang and Jingfan Xiao

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:112

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  2. Genus Clostridium accompanies more than 200 known species and at least 30 among them are associated with human and animal diseases. At the moment, the treatment of clostridial infections is based on use of antibi...

    Authors: Nataša Golić, Katarina Veljović, Nikola Popović, Jelena Djokić, Ivana Strahinić, Igor Mrvaljević and Amarela Terzić-Vidojević

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:108

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  3. Although Enterococcus cecorum (EC) infection is one of the most important bacterial diseases in modern broiler chickens today, many aspects of epidemiology and pathogenesis are still unknown. There is a need for ...

    Authors: Arne Jung, Henning Petersen, Lydia Teske and Silke Rautenschlein

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:106

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  4. 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 ...

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

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:93

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  5. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:84

    Content type: Methodology Article

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  6. There is an increasing demand on cholesterol oxidase for its various industrial and clinical applications. The current research was focused on extracellular cholesterol oxidase production under submerged ferme...

    Authors: Noura El-Ahmady El-Naggar, Sahar F. Deraz, Hoda M. Soliman, Nehal M. El-Deeb and Nancy M. El-Shweihy

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:76

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  7. B. cereus are of particular interest in food safety and public health because of their capacity to cause food spoilage and disease through the production of various toxins. The aim of ...

    Authors: James Owusu-Kwarteng, Alhassan Wuni, Fortune Akabanda, Kwaku Tano-Debrah and Lene Jespersen

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:65

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  8. For Aspergillus niger, a broad set of auxotrophic and dominant resistance markers is available. However, only few offer targeted modification of a gene of interest into or at a genomic locus of choice, which hamp...

    Authors: Markus R. M. Fiedler, Tarek Gensheimer, Christin Kubisch and Vera Meyer

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:57

    Content type: Methodology article

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  9. Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE), particularly carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates, are important causative agents of nosocomial infections associated with significant mortality...

    Authors: Christina Sakarikou, Marco Ciotti, Camilla Dolfa, Silvia Angeletti and Cartesio Favalli

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:54

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  10. Describing the microbial populations present in small grain silage and understanding their changes during ensiling is of interest for improving the nutrient value of these important forage crops. Barley, oat a...

    Authors: Lysiane Duniere, Shanwei Xu, Jin Long, Chijioke Elekwachi, Yuxi Wang, Kelly Turkington, Robert Forster and Tim A. McAllister

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:50

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  11. Ethiopia bears the largest burden of foodborne diseases in Africa, and diarrheal diseases are the second leading causes of premature deaths. Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157 causes an asymptomatic infectio...

    Authors: Ashenafi Feyisa Beyi, Akafete Teklu Fite, Ephrem Tora, Asdesach Tafese, Tadele Genu, Tamirat Kaba, Tariku Jibat Beyene, Takele Beyene, Mesula Geloye Korsa, Fanos Tadesse, Lieven De Zutter, Bruno Maria Goddeeris and Eric Cox

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:49

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  12. 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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:46

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  13. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:41

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  14. Fire blight is an important disease affecting rosaceous plants. The causal agent is the bacteria Erwinia amylovora which is poorly controlled with the use of conventional bactericides and biopesticides. Antimicro...

    Authors: Jordi Cabrefiga and Emilio Montesinos

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:39

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  15. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:36

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  16. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:35

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  17. Moderate electric field (MEF) technology is a promising food preservation strategy since it relies on physical properties—rather than chemical additives—to preserve solid cellular foods during storage. However...

    Authors: Wenbo Chen, Honghai Hu, Chunjiang Zhang, Feng Huang, Dequan Zhang and Hong Zhang

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:32

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  18. 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,...

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

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:25

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  19. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:24

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  20. Enterococci are now well recognised for their ability to transfer antibiotic resistance and for their association with nosocomial infections, but less is known regarding their relevance in the wider environment.

    Authors: M. Conwell, V. Daniels, P. J. Naughton and J. S. G. Dooley

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:19

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  21. Pea fiber (PF) is a potential fibrous supplement in swine production. The influence of dietary PF on microbial community in the colon of pigs remains largely unexplored. Methanogens in the hindgut of monogastr...

    Authors: Yuheng Luo, Hong Chen, Bing Yu, Jun He, Ping Zheng, Xiangbing Mao, Gang Tian, Jie Yu, Zhiqing Huang, Junqiu Luo and Daiwen Chen

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:17

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  22. The aim of this study is to compare the diagnostic performance of the line probe assay (LPA) with conventional multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for Streptococcus pneumoniae as well as real-time PCR for N...

    Authors: Ahmet Soysal, Demet Gedikbasi Toprak, Salih Türkoğlu and Mustafa Bakir

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:14

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  23. Acetyl-CoA-derived chemicals are suitable for multiple applications in many industries. The bio-production of these chemicals has become imperative owing to the economic and environmental problems. However, ac...

    Authors: Min Liu, Yamei Ding, Hailin Chen, Zhe Zhao, Huizhou Liu, Mo Xian and Guang Zhao

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:10

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  24. Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) strains producing multiple enterotoxins are important causes of post-weaning diarrhea (PWD) in pigs. The aim of the present study was to investigate the fecal presence of E...

    Authors: Mohamed Rhouma, John Morris Fairbrother, William Thériault, Francis Beaudry, Nadia Bergeron, Sylvette Laurent-Lewandowski and Ann Letellier

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:6

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  25. So far, little is known about the genetic diversity and relatedness among Escherichia coli (E. coli) populations in the gut of swine. Information on this is required to improve modeling studies on antimicrobial r...

    Authors: Ana Herrero-Fresno, Shahana Ahmed, Monica Hegstad Hansen, Matthew Denwood, Camilla Zachariasen and John Elmerdahl Olsen

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2017 17:5

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  26. Numerous pathogens and opportunistic pathogens have been detected in harvested rainwater. Developing countries, in particular, require time- and cost-effective treatment strategies to improve the quality of th...

    Authors: André Strauss, Penelope Heather Dobrowsky, Thando Ndlovu, Brandon Reyneke and Wesaal Khan

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:289

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  27. Hemoglobin is a rich source of biological peptides. As a byproduct and even wastewater of poultry-slaughtering facilities, chicken blood is one of the most abundant source of hemoglobin.

    Authors: Fengjiao Hu, Qiaoxing Wu, Shuang Song, Ruiping She, Yue Zhao, Yifei Yang, Meikun Zhang, Fang Du, Majid Hussain Soomro and Ruihan Shi

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:287

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  28. Colletotrichum and Fusarium species are among pathogenic fungi widely affecting Coffea arabica L., resulting in major yield loss. In the present study, we aimed to isolate bacteria fro...

    Authors: Tekalign Kejela, Vasudev R. Thakkar and Parth Thakor

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:277

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  29. Microbiota that co-enrich during efforts to recover pathogens from foodborne outbreaks interfere with efficient detection and recovery. Here, dynamics of co-enriching microbiota during recovery of Listeria monocy...

    Authors: Andrea Ottesen, Padmini Ramachandran, Elizabeth Reed, James R. White, Nur Hasan, Poorani Subramanian, Gina Ryan, Karen Jarvis, Christopher Grim, Ninalynn Daquiqan, Darcy Hanes, Marc Allard, Rita Colwell, Eric Brown and Yi Chen

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:275

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  30. A newly isolated L. acidophilus strain has been reported to have potential anti-inflammatory activities against lipopolysaccharide (LPS) challenge in piglet, while the details of the related inflammatory response...

    Authors: Haihua Li, Lei Zhang, Longbin Chen, Qi Zhu, Wenjie Wang and Jiayun Qiao

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:273

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  31. In the search for new natural resources for crop protection, streptomycetes are gaining interest in agriculture as plant growth promoting bacteria and/or biological control agents. Because of their peculiar li...

    Authors: Andrea Kunova, Maria Bonaldi, Marco Saracchi, Cristina Pizzatti, Xiaoyulong Chen and Paolo Cortesi

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:272

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  32. Atherosclerosis appears to have multifactorial causes – microbial component like lipopolysaccharides (LPS) and other pathogen associated molecular patterns may be plausible factors. The gut microbiota is an am...

    Authors: Yee Kwan Chan, Manreetpal Singh Brar, Pirkka V. Kirjavainen, Yan Chen, Jiao Peng, Daxu Li, Frederick Chi-Ching Leung and Hani El-Nezami

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:264

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  33. One of the foodborne pathogens is Listeria monocytogenes, which causes serious invasive illness in elderly and immunocompromised patients, pregnant women, newborns and infants ranking second after salmonellosis b...

    Authors: Kamelia M. Osman, Ahmed Samir, Usama H. Abo-Shama, Essam H. Mohamed, Ahmed Orabi and Tara Zolnikov

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:263

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  34. The chicken gut microbiota is an important and complicated ecosystem for the host. They play an important role in converting food into nutrient and energy. The coding capacity of microbiome vastly surpasses th...

    Authors: Yunhe Xu, Huixin Yang, Lili Zhang, Yuhong Su, Donghui Shi, Haidi Xiao and Yumin Tian

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:259

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  35. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) induces remission in ulcerative colitis (UC). However, the treatment effect of FMT diminishes over time. Maintaining the diversity of the gut flora for long periods may i...

    Authors: Yao Wei, Jianfeng Gong, Weiming Zhu, Hongliang Tian, Chao Ding, Lili Gu, Ning Li and Jieshou Li

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:255

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  36. Biofilm production represents an important virulence and pathogenesis factor for Staphylococcus aureus. The formation of biofilms on medical devices is a major concern in hospital environments, as they can become...

    Authors: Tauá Alves Melo, Thalis Ferreira dos Santos, Milena Evangelista de Almeida, Luiz Alberto Gusmão Fontes Junior, Ewerton Ferraz Andrade, Rachel Passos Rezende, Lucas Miranda Marques and Carla Cristina Romano

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:250

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  37. Paenibacillus polymyxa is a plant-growth promoting rhizobacterium that could be exploited as an environmentally friendlier alternative to chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Various s...

    Authors: Brian Weselowski, Naeem Nathoo, Alexander William Eastman, Jacqueline MacDonald and Ze-Chun Yuan

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:244

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  38. Despite the fact that most vitamins are present in a variety of foods, malnutrition, unbalanced diets or insufficient intake of foods are still the cause of vitamin deficiencies in humans in some countries. Vi...

    Authors: Andrea Carolina Torres, Verónica Vannini, Julieta Bonacina, Graciela Font, Lucila Saavedra and María Pía Taranto

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:240

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  39. Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are part of the gut microbiota and produce ribosomally synthesized antimicrobial peptides or bacteriocins with interest as natural food preservatives and therapeutic agents. Bacterio...

    Authors: Sara Arbulu, Juan J. Jiménez, Loreto Gútiez, Cristina Campanero, Rosa del Campo, Luis M. Cintas, Carmen Herranz and Pablo E. Hernández

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:228

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  40. Serine/threonine protein kinases are highly conserved kinases with a wide distribution in microbes and with multiple functions. Mesorhizobium alhagi CCNWXJ12-2, a α-proteobacterium which could be able to form sym...

    Authors: Xiaodong Liu, Yantao Luo, Zhefei Li and Gehong Wei

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:227

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  41. Microalgae, which can absorb carbon dioxide and then transform it into lipid, are promising candidates to produce renewable energy, especially biodiesel. The paucity of genomic information, however, limits the...

    Authors: Lin Li, Guoqiang Zhang and Qinhong Wang

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:223

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  42. Due to broad range of clinical and industrial applications of cholesterol oxidase, isolation and screening of bacterial strains producing extracellular form of cholesterol oxidase is of great importance.

    Authors: Noura El-Ahmady El-Naggar, Nancy M. El-Shweihy and Sara M. El-Ewasy

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:217

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Microbiology 2016 16:257

  43. Pertussis or whooping cough is an acute respiratory illness caused by the Gram-negative pathogen Bordetella pertussis. Despite high vaccination coverage whooping cough is currently re-emerging in many developed c...

    Authors: Elisa Zanaboni, Vanessa Arato, Mariagrazia Pizza, Anja Seubert and Rosanna Leuzzi

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:215

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  44. Bovine tuberculosis (bTB), which is caused by Mycobacterium bovis and M. caprae, is a notifiable animal disease in Germany. Diagnostic procedure is based on a prescribed protocol that is published in the framewor...

    Authors: Shari Fell, Stephanie Bröckl, Mathias Büttner, Anna Rettinger, Pia Zimmermann and Reinhard K. Straubinger

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:213

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  45. Processing of fresh produce exposes cut surfaces of plant cell walls that then become vulnerable to human foodborne pathogen attachment and contamination, particularly by Salmonella enterica. Plant cell walls are...

    Authors: Michelle Sze-Fan Tan, Sean C. Moore, Rico F. Tabor, Narelle Fegan, Sadequr Rahman and Gary A. Dykes

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:212

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  46. Salmonella Typhimurium (STM) is an important cause of foodborne outbreaks worldwide. Subtyping of STM remains critical to outbreak investigation, yet current techniques (e.g. multilocu...

    Authors: Anastasia Phillips, Cristina Sotomayor, Qinning Wang, Nadine Holmes, Catriona Furlong, Kate Ward, Peter Howard, Sophie Octavia, Ruiting Lan and Vitali Sintchenko

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:211

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  47. Enteroaggregative (EAEC) and Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) are a major cause of diarrhea worldwide. E. coli carrying both virulence factors characteristic for EAEC and STEC and producing extended-...

    Authors: Nguyen Vinh Trung, Hoang Ngoc Nhung, Juan J. Carrique-Mas, Ho Huynh Mai, Ha Thanh Tuyen, James Campbell, Nguyen Thi Nhung, Pham Van Minh, Jaap A. Wagenaar, Nguyen Thi Nhu Mai, Thai Quoc Hieu, Constance Schultsz and Ngo Thi Hoa

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:208

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  48. Non-typhoid Salmonella Typhimurium (S. Typhimurium) accounts for a high number of registered salmonellosis cases, and O-serotyping is one important tool for monitoring epidemiology and spread of the disease. More...

    Authors: Andreas Schmidt, Wolfgang Rabsch, Nina K. Broeker and Stefanie Barbirz

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:207

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  49. This study evaluated how dosing regimen for intramuscularly-administered ampicillin, composition of Escherichia coli strains with regard to ampicillin susceptibility, and excretion of bacteria from the intestine ...

    Authors: Amais Ahmad, Camilla Zachariasen, Lasse Engbo Christiansen, Kaare Græsbøll, Nils Toft, Louise Matthews, Søren Saxmose Nielsen and John Elmerdahl Olsen

    Citation: BMC Microbiology 2016 16:205

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