Hiroshi Fujikawa

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Staphylococcus aureus growth and its enterotoxin production in sterilized milk were modeled with a modification of a new logistic model recently developed by us. The modified model and the Baranyi model described the early exponential phase of a growth curve more accurately than the previous model, at constant temperatures from 14 to 36.5 degrees C. The(More)
The kinetics of destruction of Escherichia coli cells suspended in a solution by microwave irradiation with a microwave oven were studied. During radiation at several powers, the temperature of 0.01 M phosphate buffer (PB), pH 7.0, in a glass beaker increased linearly at a rate of A (degrees Centigrade per second) according to the exposure time. When E.(More)
A bacterium capable of producing a deep blue pigment was isolated from the environment and identified as Pantoea agglomerans. The pigment production characteristics of the bacterium under various conditions were studied. The optimal agar plate ingredients for pigment production by the bacterium were first studied: the optimal ingredients were 5 g/liter(More)
Recently we developed a novel method for estimating viable Salmonella cell numbers by means of a 5'-nuclease real-time PCR [Fujikawa et al., J. Food Hyg. Japan, 47, 151-156 (2006)]. The method was based on the increase kinetics of the target DNA region (inv A) of the microorganism growing in a culture medium during incubation. The index for the PCR was the(More)
Toxic shock syndrome toxin-1 (TSST-1) is an exotoxin produced by Staphylococcus aureus isolated from patients with toxic shock syndrome. We investigated the proliferative response of human lymphocytes and their interleukin 2 (IL-2) production after stimulation with TSST-1 in vitro. Human cord blood mononuclear cells (HCBM) and human peripheral blood(More)
To establish a diagnostic index for predicting enzootic bovine leukosis (EBL), proviral bovine leukemia virus (BLV) copies in whole blood, lymph nodes and spleen were examined by quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR). Cattle were divided into two groups, EBL and BLV-infected, based on meat inspection data. The number of BLV copies in all specimens of EBL cattle(More)
In this study, we developed a predictive program for Vibrio parahaemolyticus growth under various environmental conditions. Raw growth data was obtained with a V. parahaemolyticus O3:K6 strain cultured at a variety of broth temperatures, pH, and salt concentrations. Data were analyzed with our logistic model and the parameter values of the model were(More)
The perinatal mortality rate of vasa previa is high if it is not prenatally diagnosed. Systematic strategies for vasa previa screening have been recommended. In this paper, three cases of vasa previa diagnosed prenatally, with umbilical cord inserted to the lower segment of the uterus, are presented. It should be considered that umbilical cord insertion to(More)
An exotoxin was purified from a toxic shock toxin (TST)-producing Staphylococcus aureus strain, FRI 1169, and another exotoxin was purified from a pyrogenic exotoxin C (PEC)-producing S. aureus strain, 587. Both strains had been isolated from toxic-shock syndrome patients. The two exotoxins were purified by the same method of ion-exchange chromatography,(More)
Surface growth of Escherichia coli cells on a membrane filter placed on a nutrient agar plate under various conditions was studied with a mathematical model. The surface growth of bacterial cells showed a sigmoidal curve with time on a semilogarithmic plot. To describe it, a new logistic model that we presented earlier (H. Fujikawa et al., Food Microbiol.(More)