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OBJECTIVES To investigate the presence and distribution of integron-carrying bacteria from a slaughterhouse wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). METHODS Enterobacteriaceae and aeromonads were isolated at different stages of the wastewater treatment process and screened for the presence of integrase genes by dot-blot hybridization. Integrase-positive strains(More)
The most common mechanism of resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics is the production of beta-lactamases. These enzymes are encoded by genes that evolve rapidly, thus constituting a group characterized by high levels of molecular diversity. Most of the genetic determinants of resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics characterized until now were obtained from(More)
To investigate the mobile gene pool present in wastewater environments, total community DNA was obtained from two distinct raw effluents: urban and slaughterhouse wastewaters. Bacterial community structure was evaluated by DGGE analysis of 16S rRNA gene fragments. Detection of broad-host-range plasmid sequences and integrase encoding genes was carried out(More)
BACKGROUND Identifying organism-environment interactions at the molecular level is crucial to understanding how organisms adapt to and change the chemical and molecular landscape of their habitats. In this work we investigated whether relative amino acid compositions could be used as a molecular signature of an environment and whether such a signature could(More)
INTEGRALL is a freely available, text-based search system developed with the aim of collecting and organizing information on integrons in a single database. The current release (1.2) contains more than 4800 integron sequences and provides a public genetic repository for sequence data and nomenclature, offering scientists an easy and interactive access to(More)
In order to investigate the bacterial diversity in a number of rivers, reservoirs and lakes in northern and central Portugal during the winter of 2004/5 (atypically dry), we applied molecular methodologies, namely denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis with primers targeting fractions of the bacterial 16S rRNA gene. Environmental parameters such as pH,(More)
Aerated lagoons are commonly used for domestic and industrial wastewater treatment due to their low cost and minimal need of operational requirements. However, little information is known regarding microbial communities that inhabit these ecosystems. In this study, a 16S-DGGE approach was used to estimate bacterial diversity and to monitor community changes(More)
In this study, the occurrence and diversity of integrons were evaluated in 697 isolates belonging to Enterobacteriaceae and Aeromonas spp. isolated from urban wastewaters. Screening of integrons was performed by dot blot hybridization and intI-positive strains were further characterized. The global prevalence of integrons was 3.73%. Three new gene cassettes(More)
This study focused on the diversity of bacterial communities from two series of two-stage constructed wetlands (CWs) treating tannery wastewater, under different hydraulic conditions. Series were separately planted with Typha latifolia and Phragmites australis in expanded clay aggregates and operated for 31 months. The effect of plant species, hydraulic(More)