Hervé Alexandre

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Food-fermenting lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are generally considered to be non-toxic and non-pathogenic. Some species of LAB, however, can produce biogenic amines (BAs). BAs are organic, basic, nitrogenous compounds, mainly formed through decarboxylation of amino acids. BAs are present in a wide range of foods, including dairy products, and can occasionally(More)
The lipid composition of a strain of each of two yeasts, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Kloeckera apiculata, with different ethanol tolerances, was determined for cells grown with or without added ethanol. An increase in the proportion of ergosterol, unsaturated fatty acid levels and the maintenance of phospholipid biosynthesis seemed to be responsible for(More)
There has been increasing interest in the use of selected non-Saccharomyces yeasts in co-culture with Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The main reason is that the multistarter fermentation process is thought to simulate indigenous fermentation, thus increasing wine aroma complexity while avoiding the risks linked to natural fermentation. However, multistarter(More)
We compared pyrosequencing technology with the PCR-ITS-RFLP analysis of yeast isolates and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). These methods gave divergent findings for the yeast population. DGGE was unsuitable for the quantification of biodiversity and its use for species detection was limited by the initial abundance of each species. The(More)
The development of the nucleoli and the sites of rDNA transcription have been studied by high-resolution autoradiography during the cleavage stages of mouse embryos. The appearance of fibrillar centres at the periphery of the fibrillar primary nucleoli has been observed at the 4-cell stage. Several fibrillar centres, interconnected by electron-dense(More)
Decanoic acid, a lipophilic agent, inhibited in vitro the plasma membrane H(+)-ATPase of Saccharomyces cerevisiae grown in YPD medium. Conversely, when decanoic acid (35 microM) was present in the growth medium, the measured H(+)-ATPase activity was four times higher than that of control cells. Km, and pH and orthovanadate sensitivity were the same for the(More)
A pma1-1 mutant of Saccharomyces cerevisiae with reduced H(+)-ATPase activity and the isogenic wild-type strain accumulated high levels of trehalose in response to a temperature upshift to 40 degrees C and after addition of 10% ethanol, but only modest levels in response to a rapid drop in external pH and after addition of decanoic acid. There was, however,(More)
Determination of the membrane lipid composition of Saccharomyces cerevisiae revealed an increase in the unsaturation index, qualitative and quantitative changes in sterol content and an alteration of the activity of the plasma membrane ATPase when cells were pre-adapted to ethanol. All these changes may constitute different adaptation mechanisms which allow(More)
Recently a number of studies have focused on the factors responsible for the occurrence of stuck and sluggish fermentations. Results from these studies indicate that together with nutritional deficiencies and inhibitory substances, technological practices could lead to such situations. This review explains, from a biochemical point of view, the influence of(More)
Okadaic acid (OA), a potent inhibitor of types 1 and 2A protein phosphatases, was shown recently to induce chromatin condensation and germinal vesicle breakdown (GVBD) in mouse oocytes arrested at the dictyate stage by dibutyryl cAMP (dbcAMP), isobutyl methylxanthine (IBMX) and 12,13-phorbol dibutyrate (PDBu). We confirm these results using IBMX and another(More)