Isabel Barcina

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Some effects of visible light on the survival of Escherichia coli in waters of the Butrón river were studied by comparing illuminated and nonilluminated systems. The following count methods were used: CFU on a selective medium (eosin-methylene blue agar), CFU on a medium of recuperation (Trypticase soy agar with yeast extract and glucose), number of(More)
Differential decreases over time of two bacterial species, Escherichia coli and Enterococcus faecalis, in a freshwater and a marine ecosystem were observed and explained by a differential rate of digestion of these bacteria by phagotrophic flagellates and ciliates. For this purpose, fluorescence-labeled bacteria (FLB) were used and prepared from the two(More)
The temporal variability of the abundance and the incorporation of 3H-thymidine and 14C-glucose by attached and free-living bacteria, as well as their relation with environmental factors, were analyzed in a coastal marine ecosystem during a year. Both communities were quantitatively very different. Attached bacteria represented only 6.8% of the total(More)
The survival of an E. coli strain in water samples from the Butrón river has been studied. The input of E. coli cells in the aquatic system breaks down the established balance among the components of the natural microbiota: E. coli becomes the object of the active protozoal predation whereas the autochtonous heterotrophic community become alternative preys.(More)
Changes in the outer membrane subproteome of Escherichia coli along the transition to the viable but nonculturable state (VBNC) were studied. The VBNC state was triggered by exposure of E. coli cells to adverse conditions such as aquatic systems, starvation, suboptimal temperature, visible light irradiation and seawater. The subproteome, obtained according(More)
We evaluated the transfer to and from Escherichia coli of endogenously isolated plasmid material from the River Butrón during the growth of three donor strains and two recipient strains as well as after the survival of these parental cells in river water. Transfer frequency varied greatly during the growth of donor cells, with minimum values in the(More)
In Escherichia coli, during survival under adverse conditions, namely starvation and luminous radiation, two things occur. On the one hand organic substances are released into the surrounding medium and on the other there is a transition from the culturable state to viable but non-culturable (VBNC). An analysis of organic molecules released into the(More)
After induction of the viable but nonculturable (VBNC) state in Escherichia coli populations, we analysed abiotic and biotic factors suggested to promote the resuscitation process. The response to the stressing conditions implied the formation of three subpopulations, culturable, VBNC and nonviable. In most adverse situations studied, the VBNC subpopulation(More)
Nonstained bacteria (NSB), rhodamine-stained bacteria (RSB), and fluorescence-labeled bacteria (FLB) were prepared from two enteric bacterial species, Escherichia coli and Enterococcus faecalis. Counts of CFU of NSB and RSB and total numbers of RSB and FLB were monitored over time, both in the presence and in the absence of natural microbiota. In the(More)
The influence of biotic and abiotic factors on plasmid transfer between Escherichia coli strains in terms of the variation in the number of transconjugants formed and the variation in transfer frequency was investigated. The density of parent cells affected the number of transconjugants, reaching a maximum when the cell density was on the order of 10(8) CFU(More)