Biocontrol science

Publisher: Nihon Bōkin Bōbai Gakkai

Current impact factor: 0.75

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2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 0.75
2013 Impact Factor 1.312
2012 Impact Factor 0.604
2011 Impact Factor 0.778
2010 Impact Factor 0.625

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5-year impact 0.87
Cited half-life 5.40
Immediacy index 0.23
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.18
Website Biocontrol Science website
Other titles Biocontrol science
ISSN 1342-4815
OCLC 37579252
Material type Periodical
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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  • No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Biocontrol science
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    ABSTRACT: The thermophilic spore forming bacteria Geobacillus stearothermophilus is recognized as a major cause of spoilage in canned food. A quantitative real-time PCR assay was developed to specifically detect and quantify the species G. stearothermophilus in samples from canned food. The selected primer pairs amplified a 163-bp fragment of the 16S rRNA gene in a specific PCR assay with a detection limit of 12.5 fg of pure culture DNA, corresponding to DNA extracted from approximately 0.7 CFU/mL of G. stearothermophilus. Analysis showed that the bacterial species G. stearothermophilus was not detected in any canned food sample. Our approach presented here will be useful for tracking or quantifying species G. stearotethermophilus in canned food and ingredients.
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    ABSTRACT: Fifty strains of Campylobacter jejuni/coli were detected in 108 specimens of chicken meat and organs sampled at six supermarkets and one poultry slaughterhouse (large scale) between April and October 2013 (isolation rates: 84.8% from the slaughterhouse, 29.3% from the supermarkets). 46/50 strains were successfully recovered and subjected to the E-test to examine their susceptibility to three fluoroquinolone antibacterial agents authorized for use in poultry in Japan: enrofloxacin (ERFX) , ofloxacin (OFLX) , and norfloxacin (NLFX). 29 isolates (63%) were resistant to all three agents and 2 isolates (4.3%) were resistant to two agents (ERFX and OFLX). The resistance rates of strains isolated fom the supermarkets and slaughterhouse were 61.9% and 72.0%, respectively. Because the chickens processed at the slaughterhouse were raised without the use of fluoroquinolone, the results did not suggest a positive relationship between the use of these agents and the distribution of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. Susceptibility to macrolide antibiotics (erythromycin [EM]) was also tested in 42 strains, and one strain (2.4%) , C. coli from a retailer sample, showed resistance. Previous studies have detected high rates of fluoroquinolone-resistant strains, suggesting an expanding distribution of resistant bacteria. The detection of EM-resistant bacteria downstream in the food distribution chain (i.e., closer to consumers) is a concern for human health.
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    ABSTRACT: Microbiological control is a regulatory requirement and one that can be defined as the continued interaction of science and applied technology with products, processes, materials, equipment, and personnel entering the manufacturing areas. In the ISO 14644-1, control of microbial contamination is addressed. A good microbiological control program starts with understanding the risks for microbial contamination in the manufacturing process and identification of possible types of contaminants. The results obtained from such risk assessment can be used in the design of facilities and equipment as well as when establishing protocols regarding equipment and personnel. Once possible sources of contamination have been identified, control and preventative measures can be implemented and qualified/validated.
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    ABSTRACT: Effects of wiping copper-alloyed stainless steel surfaces with disinfectants to remove protein surface contaminants and re-establish their antibacterial activities were quantitatively studied. Disinfectants used were sodium hypochlorite aqueous solutions and ethyl alcohol aqueous solutions. Wiping with NaOCl aqueous solutions effectively removed protein surface contaminants. Ethyl alcohol aqueous solutions were also effective for cleaning, but their efficiency was less than that of NaOCl aqueous solutions. When the amount of residual surface contaminants was reduced to 0.4 ng/mm2, the surfaces of the copper-alloyed stainless steel regained antibacterial activities to the same level as those in a clean surface condition.
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    ABSTRACT: Fatty acid salts are a type of surfactant known to have potent antibacterial activity. We therefore examined the antibacterial activities of fatty acid salts against Streptococcus mutans. Potassium caprylate (C10K) , potassium laurate (C12K) , potassium myristate (C14K) , potassium oleate (C18:1K) , potassium linoleate (C18:2K) , and potassium linolenate (C18:3K) , used at a concentration of 175 mM, resulted in a 7 log-unit reduction of S. mutans after a 10-min incubation. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of C18:2K and C18:3K was 5.5 mM. C12K also demonstrated high antibacterial activity (MIC of 21.9 mM). These results indicate that C12K, C18:2K, and C18:3K have high antibacterial activity against S. mutans, and possess great potential as antibacterial agents.
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    ABSTRACT: Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) is an animal pathogen of great concern. It is contagious to cloven-hoofed animals and affects animals in extensive areas worldwide. In general, the primary eradication strategies for foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Japan are stamping out the disease and restriction of movement. It is also important to completely disinfect the infected area to prevent the spread of FMDV, including vehicles and people as well. However, there is no report on the effect of commercially available disinfectants against FMDV in a short contact time. In this study, we evaluated the virucidal effect of thirteen commercially available products, and got the following results: acidic ethanol disinfectants, alkaline cleaners and sodium hypochlorite had great effect (>3.0 log10 reduction in titer) against FMDV. On the other hand, neutral ethanol disinfectants, hand soaps, and quaternary ammonium compound sanitizers did not show great effect against FMDV. Therefore, it is presumed that acidic ethanol disinfectants are effective for human use and alkaline cleaners are effective for use in the infected environment for the control of a FMD outbreak.
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the potential of curcumin on toxic and carcinogenic effects of Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) in relation to AFB1 metabolism, we studied the effects of curcumin on hepatic AFB1-DNA adduct formation and glutathione S-transferase (GST) activity, and the toxic effects of AFB1 in male Fischer 344 rats. Oral administration of curcumin to 5-week-old male rats at a dose of 8 or 80 mg/kg for five consecutive days for three weeks resulted in reduction of AFB1-DNA adduct formation mediated by both liver microsomal and postmitochondrial fractions. The activity of liver GST toward a universal substrate, CDNB, was increased in curcuminadministered rats. As for the acute toxicity of AFB1, curcumin was orally administered to rats for 3 weeks and then AFB1 was given by intragastric intubation. The result showed a decrease of plasma AST and ALT activities in curcumin-treated rats compared with those which received AFB1 alone. Moreover, we have observed that curcumin also reduced glutathione S-transferase placental form positive single cells and foci caused by AFB1 treatment. These results demonstrate the potential of curcumin to reduce the toxic and carcinogenic effects of AFB1 by modulating hepatic drug metabolizing enzymes responsible for AFB1 metabolism.
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    ABSTRACT: In order to improve the photobactericidal activity of ultraviolet-A UV-A mediated by reactive oxygen species ROS, the present study focused on trans-coumaric acid trans-CA , which is isomerized by UV-A. Generation of ROS was expected during the isomerization of trans-CA. Trans-CA derivatives, in which the carboxyl group was modified with a methyl, n-butyl or phenyl group, thereby changing the interaction with the cellular membrane by quenching the anionic properties of the carboxyl group and changing the UV adsorption properties, were used. The photobactericidal activities of trans-CA derivatives were evaluated by using UV-A light wavelength 350 to 385 nm. The number of surviving Escherichia coli NBRC12713 was determined by colony-forming assay. Derivative 4c, which was esterified with a phenyl group, reduced survival by more than 5.0-log at a dose of 7.4 J/cm2 and by 3.2-log at a dose of 4.9 J/cm2. This synergistic activity may have been caused by the absorption of photon energy from UV-A, which is attributable to the UV spectrum of 4c. The photobactericidal activity was comparable to that of riboflavin, a known photo-activated agent. Isomerized molecules serve as a promising lead for improving the photobactericidal activity of UV-A by activating molecule-mediated ROS generation.
    Preview · Article · Jan 2015 · Biocontrol science
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    ABSTRACT: We previously developed a method for evaluating the heat resistance of microorganisms by measuring the transition temperature at which the coefficient of linear expansion of a cell changes. Here, we performed heat resistance measurements using a scanning probe microscope with a nano thermal analysis system. The microorganisms studied included six strains of the genus Bacillus or related genera, one strain each of the thermophilic obligate anaerobic bacterial genera Thermoanaerobacter and Moorella, two strains of heat-resistant mold, two strains of non-sporulating bacteria, and one strain of yeast. Both vegetative cells and spores were evaluated. The transition temperature at which the coefficient of linear expansion due to heating changed from a positive value to a negative value correlated strongly with the heat resistance of the microorganism as estimated from the D value. The microorganisms with greater heat resistance exhibited higher transition temperatures. There was also a strong negative correlation between the coefficient of linear expansion and heat resistance in bacteria and yeast, such that microorganisms with greater heat resistance showed lower coefficients of linear expansion. These findings suggest that our method could be useful for evaluating the heat resistance of microorganisms.
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    ABSTRACT: Protamine is an arginine-rich polycationic protein extracted from sperm cells of vertebrates including fishes such as salmon. The purpose of this study was to investigate the suppressive effects of protamine on the growth of oral pathogens for possible usage in dental materials. Minimal inhibitory concentration MIC and minimal bactericidal concentration MBC were determined by the microdilution method. Twelve strains of oral viridans streptococci, Actinomyces naeslundii, Actinomyces odontolyticus, Enterococcus faecalis, Lactobacillus acidophi lus, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Fusobacterium nucleatum, Porphyromonas gingivalis and Candida albicans were suppressed by protamine. MIC and MBC values were between 0.009-20 mg/mL and 0.019-80 mg/mL, respectively. The bactericidal activities of protamine against susceptible bacterial species were dependent on the concentration of protamine and incubation time. Based on the results of this study, protamine would be a useful compound for the development of antimicrobial agents against oral pathogens in dental materials.
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    ABSTRACT: For high-throughput screening of novel cosmetic preservatives, a rapid and simple assay to evaluate the antimicrobial activities should be developed because the conventional agar dilution method is time-consuming and labor-intensive. To address this issue, we evaluated a microbial sensor as a tool for rapid antimicrobial activity testing. The sensor consists of an oxygen electrode and a filter membrane that holds the test microorganisms, Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans. The antimicrobial activity of the tested cosmetic preservative was evaluated by measuring the current increases corresponding to the decreases in oxygen consumption in the microbial respiration. The current increases detected by the sensor showed positive correlation to the concentrations of two commercially used preservatives, chlorphenesin and 2-phenoxyethanol. The same tendency was also observed when a model cosmetic product was used as a preservative solvent, indicating the feasibility in practical use. Furthermore, the microbial sensor and microfluidic flow-cell was assembled to achieve sequential measurements. The sensor system presented in this study could be useful in large-scale screening experiments.
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    ABSTRACT: A new low-temperature sterilization method to replace the ethylene oxide gas sterilization is needed. Strong bactericidal effects of OH and O2H radicals are well known. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the sterilization effect of wet oxygen ("OO2+HO2O") plasma in the bubbling method, confirming the effect of humidity. Sterility assurance was confirmed by using a biological indicator (Geobacillus stearothermophilus ATCC7953, Namsa, USA). One hundred and eight samples (105 spores/carrier) were divided into three groups of 36 in each for treatment with a different type of gas (O2, O2+H2O, Air+H2O). Plasma processing was conducted using a plasma ashing apparatus (13.56 MHz, PACK-3' , Y. A. C., Japan) under various gas pressures (13, 25, 50 Pa) and gas flows (50, 100, 200 seem). Fixed plasma treatment parameters were power at 150 W, temperature of 60°C, treatment time of 10 min. The samples after treatment were incubated in trypticase soy broth at 58C for 72 h. The negative culture rate in the "O2+H2O" group was significantly (Mantel-Haenszel procedure, p<0.00l) higher than in the other gas groups. It is suggested that the significant sterilization effect of the "O2+H2O" group depends on the bubbling method which is the method of introducing vapor into the chamber. The bubbling method seems able to generate OH and O2H radicals in a stable way.
    Preview · Article · Jan 2015 · Biocontrol science