[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Cronobacter spp. is a newly emerging pathogen that causes meningitis in infants and other diseases in elderly and immunocompromised individuals. This study was undertaken to investigate surface antigenic determinants in Cronobacter spp. using monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) and MALDI-TOF Mass spectrometry.
Spleenocytes from mice that were immunized with heat-killed (20 min, 80°C) Cronobacter cells were fused with SP2 myeloma cells. Five desirable MAbs (A1, B5, 2C2, C5 and A4) were selected. MAbs A1, B5, 2C2 and C5 were of IgG2a isotype while A4 was an IgM. Specificity of the MAbs was determined by using immunoblotting with outer membrane protein preparations (OMPs) extracted from 12 Cronobacter and 6 non-Cronobacter bacteria. All MAbs recognized proteins with molecular weight ranging between 36 and 49 kDa except for one isolate (44) in which no OMPs were detected. In addition, MAbs recognized two bands (38-41 kDa) in four of the non-Cronobacter bacteria. Most of the proteins recognized by the MAbs were identified by MALDI-TOF peptide sequencing and appeared to be heterogeneous with the identities of some of them are still unknown. All MAbs recognized the same epitope as determined by an additive Index ELISA with their epitopes appeared to be conformational rather than sequential. Further, none of the MAbs recognized purified LPS from Cronobacter spp. Specificity of the MAbs toward OMPs was further confirmed by transmission electron microscopy.
Results obtained in this study highlight the immunological cross-reactivity among Cronobacter OMPs and their Enterobacteriaceae counterparts. Nevertheless, the identity of the identified proteins appeared to be different as inferred from the MALDI-TOF sequencing and identification.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Jordan is considered to be one of the 10 poorest countries worldwide in water resources, and has a population growth rate of about 2.9% (1998-2002), the 9th highest in the world. The available renewable water resources are dropping drastically to an annual per capita share of 160 m3 in recent years. Within Jordan, the Zarqa River is the third largest river in terms of its annual discharge. The river is heavily contaminated with treated domestic and industrial wastewater principally from the city of Amman, but still serves as a major source for irrigation water. We consider riverbank filtration (RBF) an appropriate technology that efficiently and dependably procure quality water from Zarqa River thus making a contribution to protect Jordan's remaining surface and ground water resources. Since 2006, a RBF well field has been installed. Six wells were drilled at various distances from the river. Salt tracers have been released to the hyporheic zone and were detected in a RBF well during subsequent pumping. From the tracer test data, approximated travel times have been established and first observations regarding the removal of microbial matter have been obtained. The data indicate rapid travel times and 2 to 3 log units of removal even over a very short distance from the river (< 10 m). Additional tests are planned to further investigate the performance of the RBF system. However, it is already clear that the RBF has significantly improved the water quality and local farmers have begun using our RBF water for agricultural purposes.
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[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective: The objective of this study was to examine the effect of household microwave heating (MWH) on the immunogenicity of a putative diabetogenic protein among young Jordanian diabetic children.
Methods: Bovine serum albumin (1mg/ml) was modified at physiological pH (7.4) by incubating with equal volume of bovine insulin (1mg/ml) at 37 C for 24 h. The developed modified bovine serum albumin with bovine insulin (mBI-BSA) was subjected to MWH for 30, 60, 90, and 120 seconds, cooled immediately to 0ºC prior to analysis. Blood samples were collected from 76 diabetic and healthy children. Sera were tested for presence of antibodies against mBI-BSA by ELISA.
Results: Anti-BSA, anti-mBI-BSA, and anti-microwave heated mBI-BSA antibodies were detected in diabetic and healthy children. The difference between groups was insignificant (P<0.05). Anti-mBI-BSA antibodies were significantly higher than that produced against native BSA (P>0.05) with no significant difference between groups. The difference in sera and saliva titers against mBI-BSA between diabetic children and their control was insignificant (P>0.05).The effect of MWH with different exposure times on anti-mBI-BSA was nearly similar to that produced against un heated mBI- with no significant difference between groups.
Conclusion: It was evident that modification of certain dietary proteins as well as using different heating methods and exposure times prompted substantial changes in the antibodies titre levels with no significant differences between children with type 1 diabetes and healthy children. Further studies are required to determine specific and sensitive immune responses caused by modification and heat treatment of probably other dietary proteins that might be implicated in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Cronobacter spp. (formerly Enterobacter sakazakii), are a group of Gram-negative pathogens that have been implicated as causative agents of meningitis and necrotizing enterocolitis in infants. The pathogens are linked to infant formula; however, they have also been isolated from a wide range of foods and environmental samples.
In this study, 233 samples of food, infant formula and environment were screened for the presence of Cronobacter spp. in an attempt to find its source. Twenty nine strains were isolated from samples of spices, herbs, infant foods, and dust obtained from household vacuum cleaners. Among the 76 samples of infant food, infant formula, milk powder and non-milk dairy products tested, only one sample of infant food contained Cronobacter spp. (1.4%). The other Cronobacter spp. isolates recovered include two from household vacuum dust, and 26 from 67 samples of herbs and spices. Among the food categories analyzed, herbs and spices harbored the highest number of isolates, indicating plants as a possible reservoir of this pathogen. Initial screening with API 20E test strips yielded 42 presumptive isolates. Further characterization using 3 chromogenic media (alpha-MUG, DFI and EsPM) and 8 sets of PCR primers detecting ITS (internal transcribed spacer sequences), 16S rRNA, zpx, gluA, gluB, OmpA genes followed by nucleotide sequencing of some PCR amplicons did not confirm the identity of all the isolates as none of the methods proved to be free of both false positives or false negatives. The final confirmation step was done by 16S rRNA sequence analysis identifying only 29 of the 42 isolates as Cronobacter spp.
Our studies showed that Cronobacter spp. are highly diverse and share many phenotypic traits with other Enterobacteriaceae members highlighting the need to use several methods to confirm the identity of this pathogen. None of the biochemical, chromogenic or PCR primers proved to be a reliable method for confirmation of the identity of the isolates as all of them gave either false positives or false negatives or both. It is therefore concluded that 16S rRNA sequencing is pivotal to confirm the identity of the isolates.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of growth conditions and medium composition on the production ofchitinase by Streptomyces sp. (strain S242). Production of chitinase by strain S242 was detected on colloidal chitin agar (CCA) medium after 8 days of incubation at 28 degrees C resulting in a clear zone 10 mm around the colony. Chitinase activity was assayed as the amount of N-acetylglucosamine released in micromol/ml/min using the dinitrosalicylic acid assay method. The crude enzyme had maximum activity (0.162 U ml/l) after 4 days of incubation at pH 7 and 30 degrees C when the broth medium was supplemented with 1.6% of colloidal chitin. However, enzyme activity was strongly decreased at 40 degrees C and extreme acidic and alkaline pH values. SDS-PAGE and zymogram analysis revealed six distinctive bands that range from 39 to 97 kDa with chitinolytic activity. The findings of this investigation create a possibility for the use of the organism in the commercial production of chitinase. In addition, it can be a source of DNA for cloning the chitinase gene(s) to generate phytopathogen resistant transgenic plants.
Polish journal of microbiology / Polskie Towarzystwo Mikrobiologów = The Polish Society of Microbiologists 01/2009; 58(4):339-45. · 0.70 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The investigation aimed to examine the Streptomyces flora of hydrocarbon-contaminated soil and study their capability to grow on diesel fuel as a sole carbon source and their
analysis for the presence of the alkane hydroxylase gene (alkB) by PCR. A total of 16 Streptomyces isolates were recovered from hydrocarbon-contaminated soil samples on starch casein nitrate agar medium with the ability
of 3 isolates to grow on diesel as evaluated by agar plate diffusion method, enzymatic assay and dry weight measurements.
PCR analysis of the isolates for the presence of the alkB gene showed two groups with different band size products; group 1 (G1) (316–334bp) and group 2 (G2) (460–550bp). Three
isolates (SF.1Ac, SF.2Ba, and SF.3Ad) grew around diesel-containing wells and contained the alkB gene with size band ranged between 320 and 550bp. However; one isolate (SF.1Aa) did not show any PCR product although it
was able to grow on diesel. This implies that the alkB gene is not the only gene that is responsible for the degradation of alkanes. Further, the variation in the G2 fragment size
probably indicates different related genes that might be involved in alkane degradation rather than a single gene.
World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 10/2008; 24(10):2191-2198. DOI:10.1007/s11274-008-9729-z · 1.78 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A total of 231 different soil Streptomyces isolates were recovered from 16 different locations in North Jordan. They were assessed for their phytotoxic activity on seeds of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) and ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) placed adjacent to a 2 cm wide Streptomyces culture strips grown at 28C degrees for 3 weeks on starch casein nitrate (SCN) agar. Phytotoxicity was ascertained on the basis of suppressed seed germination, discoloration of the root tip, reduced root and the shoot growth and eventual death of the root. Twenty one of the isolates exhibited adverse effect against growth of germinated cucumber seeds, germination and growth of ryegrass seeds. Using filter paper bioassay method, culture filtrate from the SCN broth of the isolate R9; identified as Streptomyces aburaviensis, significantly inhibited seed germination, radicle and shoot growth ofryegrass, reduced radicle and shoot growth of cucumber and suppressed the shoot growth of milk thistle (Silybum marianum L.). Also, culture filtrate from the glucose-peptone-molasses (GPM) broth diluted (1:1) with sterilized distilled water caused complete inhibition of seed germination of redroot pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus L.). Dichloromethane extracted fraction of S. aburaviensis (strain R9) culture filtrate from GPM broth completely inhibited seed germination of ryegrass when applied at doses of 3 and 5 mg of dry weight, and the seedling growth of cucumber and milk thistle was severely reduced by the same doses.
Polish journal of microbiology / Polskie Towarzystwo Mikrobiologów = The Polish Society of Microbiologists 02/2008; 57(4):297-305. · 0.70 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of growth conditions and medium composition on the cellulase enzyme production by Streptomyces sp. Production of cellulase enzyme by a Streptomyces strain (J2) was detected on cellulose agar (CA) medium after 4 days of incubation at 28 °C that exhibited a clear zone of 22 mm around the colony. Cellulase production was assayed by measuring the amount of glucose liberated in μmol/ml/min by using the dinitrosalicylic acid assay method. The highest crude enzyme activity (432 U/l) was observed after 3 days of incubation at pH 7 and 60 °C in a medium that was supplemented with 0.5% glucose, 0.2% starch, and 0.2% NH4CL. However, enzyme production and activity were strongly decreased at 45°C and acidic pH. Enzyme production and activity were also inhibited when Streptomyces strain (J2) was grown in CMC broth supplemented with arabinose and yeast extract as a sole carbon and nitrogen source, respectively. ﻂﺳﻮﻟا ﺐﻴآﺮﺗو ﻮﻤﻨﻟا فوﺮﻇ ﺮﻴﺛﺄﺗ ﺔﺳارد ﺚﺤﺒﻟا اﺬه ﻦﻣ فﺪﻬﻟا نﺎآ ـﻟا ﺎﻳﺮﻴﺘﻜﺑ ﻦﻣ ﺰﻴﻠﻴﻠﺴﻟا ﻢﻳﺰﻧإ جﺎﺘﻧإ ﻰﻠﻋ ﻲﺋاﺬﻐﻟا Streptomyces . ﻢﺗ
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A total of 161 different Streptomyces isolates were recovered from 5 soil samples representing the driest habitats of Jordan. These were then characterized and
assessed for their antagonistic activity against four clinical multi-drug resistant Pseudomonas
aeruginosa test pathogens. Results indicated that only 3 strains out of 139 and 6 out of 22 isolated at 27°C and 45°C, respectively,
were active against at least three strains of pathogenic Pseudomonas. However, three Streptomyces strains (J2b, J4, and J12) that were isolated at 45°C inhibited all of the tested pathogens with an inhibition zone ranging between 5 and 16mm in
diameter. Data obtained from comparing the inhibition activity of these unique Streptomyces strains toward multi-resistant Pseudomonas pathogens with standard used antibiotics revealed that these isolates produce possible different inhibitory bioactive compounds
other than the standard antibiotics.
World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 02/2007; 24(2):157-162. DOI:10.1007/s11274-007-9451-2 · 1.78 Impact Factor