Kingsley Kwaku Amoako

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We examined two variants of the genome-sequenced strain, Campylobacter jejuni NCTC11168, which show marked differences in their virulence properties including colonization of poultry, invasion of Caco-2 cells, and motility. Transcript profiles obtained from whole genome DNA microarrays and proteome analyses demonstrated that these differences are reflected(More)
A one-step multiplex real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) using SmartCycler technology and TaqMan probes was developed for detection and typing of bovine viral diarrhea viruses (BVDV). Common primers and type-specific (BVDV1 and BVDV2) TaqMan probes were designed in the 5'-untranslated region of the viral genome. The real-time(More)
The in vitro activity of the hemolysin of Fusobacterium necrophorum was determined using the hemolysis of horse erythrocytes as an assay. The effects of medium composition and pH on hemolysin production were investigated. Calf serum and casitone stimulated a comparatively higher hemolytic activity in F. necrophorum subsp. necrophorum and F. necrophorum(More)
Pseudomonas pseudoalcaligenes KF707 is a soil polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) degrader, able to grow both planktonically and as a biofilm in the presence of various toxic metals and metalloids. Here we report the genome sequence (5,957,359 bp) of P. pseudoalcaligenes KF707, which provides insights into metabolic degradation pathways, flagellar motility, and(More)
The effect of various agents as enhancers or inhibitors of hemolysin secretion by Fusobacterium necrophorum was investigated. The hemolysin secreted in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) alone was inactivated shortly after secretion. Tween-80 or albumin preserved the hemolytic activity in PBS in which cultures of F. necrophorum had been suspended. Hemoglobin(More)
Food is a vulnerable target for potential bioterrorist attacks; therefore, a critical mitigation strategy is needed for the rapid concentration and detection of biothreat agents from food matrices. Magnetic beads offer a unique advantage in that they have a large surface area for efficient capture of bacteria. We have demonstrated the efficient capture and(More)
A total of 10 strains each of Fusobacterium necrophorum subsp. necrophorum and Fusobacterium necrophorum subsp. funduliforme were tested for the production of 13 extracellular enzymes. DNase, alkaline phosphatase, and lipase were predominantly associated with all the strains of F. necrophorum subsp. necrophorum, with DNase not detected in any of the strains(More)
Two isogenic sets of Yersinia pestis strains were generated, composed of wild-type strains 231 and I-1996, their non-polar pH 6(-) mutants with deletions in the psaA gene that codes for its structural subunit or the whole operon, as well as strains with restored ability for temperature- and pH-dependent synthesis of adhesion pili or constitutive production(More)
When a bioterrorism attack is attempted or perpetrated there is considerable risk for public health and large scale socioeconomic consequences. It is imperative that we possess established assays for the rapid identification of biothreat agents with high sensitivity and specificity to ensure emergency response measures can be deployed appropriately. Highly(More)