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Plate counting and four culture-independent flow cytometric assays were used to determine the viability and intrinsic properties of three probiotic strains during storage. The strains showed reduction in plate counts but were able to maintain esterase activity, intact cytoplasmic membrane, and pH gradient. The apparently uncultivable probiotic cells were(More)
Gut Bifidobacterium microbiota of the elderly has been suggested to differ from that of adults, possibly promoting the risk of infections and gut barrier dysfunction. Specific probiotics may improve the gut barrier. In this randomized, placebo-controlled intervention study, 66 elders consumed a fermented oat drink containing probiotic Bifidobacterium longum(More)
 Isolates obtained from the blood of ten patients with Arcanobacterium haemolyticum septicaemia were biotyped as smooth or rough using morphological and biochemical criteria, and their susceptibilities to 18 antibacterial agents were determined. Nine of the clinical cases included here have not been reported previously and are discussed in brief. One of the(More)
Since the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) may be transmitted acidentally to laboratory personnel analyzing patient sera, the efficiency of a non-ionic detergent, Triton X-100, in inactivation of HIV in human serum as a safety measure was studied. Semliki Forest virus, an enveloped toga virus, was used as a model virus to create optimal treatment(More)
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