Beatriz T. Rodríguez

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Lactobacillus casei strains are lactic acid bacteria (LAB) that colonize diverse ecological niches, and have broad commercial applications. To probe their evolution and phylogeny, 40 L. casei strains were characterized; the strains included isolates from plant materials (n=9), human gastrointestinal tracts (n=7), human blood (n=1), cheeses from different(More)
Lactobacillus helveticus CNRZ32 is used by the dairy industry to modulate cheese flavor. The compilation of a draft genome sequence for this strain allowed us to identify and completely sequence 168 genes potentially important for the growth of this organism in milk or for cheese flavor development. The primary aim of this study was to investigate the(More)
Specimens of a species of cyclocoelid digenean inhabiting Jacana spinosa from the Area de Conservación Guanacaste, Costa Rica, most closely resemble Haematotrephus facioi (Brenes and Arroyo, 1962) Yamaguti, 1971, in the same host from Aranjuez, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, in having confluent vitelline follicles posteriorly, diagnostic of(More)
Department of Food Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 1 , Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Utah State University, Logan, Utah 2 , Department of Biology, Utah State University, Logan, Utah 3 , Department of Food Science, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Frederiksberg, Denmark. † Present address: U.S.(More)
The conversion of amino acids into volatile and nonvolatile compounds by lactic acid bacteria in cheese is thought to represent the rate-limiting step in the development of mature flavor and aroma. Because amino acid breakdown by microbes often entails the reversible action of enzymes involved in biosynthetic pathways, our group investigated the genetics of(More)
GSK837149A has been identified as a selective inhibitor of human fatty acid synthase (FAS). The compound was first isolated as a minor impurity in a sample found to be active against the enzyme in a high-throughput screening campaign. The structure of this compound was confirmed by NMR and MS studies, and evaluation of the newly synthesized molecule(More)
AIMS To determine whether conversion of lactocepin substrate binding regions by gene replacement can alter lactocepin specificity in Lactococcus lactis starter bacteria without affecting other important strain properties. METHODS AND RESULTS We utilized two-step gene replacement to convert substrate-binding determinants in the L. lactis prtP genes(More)
The selective binding of the family 2a carbohydrate binding module (CBM2a) of xylanase 10A of the soil bacterium Cellulomonas fimi to a variety of cellulosic substrates is shown to provide a new, cost-effective affinity chromatography system for purification of recombinant protein. Genetic linkage of CBM2a to a target protein, in this case protein A from(More)
We report 3 species of the digenean genus Parallopharynx, 1 previously undescribed, from the Area de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG) in northwestern Costa Rica. Parallopharynx gonzalezi, which was originally described in Basiliscus sp. and Ctenosoura similis from central Costa Rica, inhabits C. quinquecarinata; P. jonesi, originally described in Anolis(More)