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We examined histamine formation in cultures of Tetragenococcus muriaticus, a halophilic lactic acid bacterium isolated from fish sauce. T. muriaticus formed histamine in low acidity (pH 5.8), O2 limiting conditions with optimal NaCl and glucose concentrations of 5-7% (w/v) and above 1%, respectively. Histamine formation could not be prevented even at 20%(More)
A specific serotype of Vibrio parahaemolyticus, O3:K6, has recently been linked to epidemics of gastroenteritis in Southeast Asia, Japan, and North America. These pandemic O3:K6 strains appear to have recently spread across continents from a single origin to reach global coverage, based on profiling of strains by several molecular typing methods. In this(More)
A total of 11 strains of moderately halophilic histamine-producing bacteria isolated from fermented squid liver sauce were studied phenotypically, genotypically, and phylogenetically. These strains are considered members of the genus Tetragenococcus based on their physiological, morphological, and chemotaxonomic characteristics. A 16S rRNA gene sequence(More)
The phylogenetic relationships of Oceanospirillum strains were analysed by using the nucleotide sequences of 16S rRNA and gyrB genes. Results from sequence analysis demonstrated that the Oceanospirillum core group consisted of four species, Oceanospirillum linum, Oceanospirillum maris, Oceanospirillum beijerinckii and Oceanospirillum multiglobuliferum, with(More)
The incidence of Listeria monocytogenes in raw fish, shellfish, and fish roe was investigated in seafood products collected from randomly selected retail stores in and around Tokyo, Japan. Of the 10 samples of 208 examined found positive for L. monocytogenes by mini-VIDAS LMO, seven were fish roe (cod, salmon) and three were minced tuna. Three serotypes(More)
Rapid enumeration of Escherichia coli strains by quantitative real-time PCR targeting the uidA gene was developed and confirmed for minced beef, tuna and raw oyster. Higher sensitivity (1 CFU/g of E. coli in all three food samples) was obtained by incubating for 7 h in TSB. Colony-directed E. coli specific TaqMan PCR assay could effectively distinguish(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to investigate the detailed mechanisms of acid resistance in Vibrio parahaemolyticus. METHODS AND RESULTS All 11 strains of V. parahaemolyticus survived lethal acidic conditions following acid adaptation, and accumulation of cadaverine was detected. The addition of lysine improved survival, suggesting that lysine(More)
We encountered two cases of fatal necrotizing fasciitis caused by Photobacterium damsela in Japan. Both cases occurred in fishermen who became sick after fishing. They developed multiple organ failure within 20 to 36 h from the onset of initial symptoms despite intensive chemotherapy and surgical treatments.
The use of molecular tools for early and rapid detection of gram-negative histamine-producing bacteria is important for preventing the accumulation of histamine in fish products. To date, no molecular detection or identification system for gram-negative histamine-producing bacteria has been developed. A molecular method that allows the rapid detection of(More)
Listeria monocytogenes causes listeriosis in humans mainly through consumption of ready-to-eat foods. Immunocompromised persons, the elderly, and pregnant women and their fetuses or newborns are at highest risk for the infection. To isolate probiotic lactic acid bacteria (LAB) with inhibitory effects against L. monocytogenes, we screened for acid and bile(More)