Kristine Naterstad

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Vectors have been developed for inducible gene expression in Lactobacillus sakei and Lactobacillus plantarum in which expression of the gene of interest is driven by strong, regulated promoters from bacteriocin operons found in L. sakei strains. The activity of these promoters is controlled via a two-component signal transduction system, which responds to(More)
Potential probiotic cultures suitable as starter cultures for the Scandinavian-type fermented sausages were identified among strains well-adapted to fermented meats as well as strains originating from a culture collection. From 15 different fermented meat products, 22 strains were isolated as dominant non-starter lactic acid bacteria (NSLAB). The isolates(More)
A synthetic promoter library (SPL) for Lactobacillus plantarum has been developed, which generalizes the approach for obtaining synthetic promoters. The consensus sequence, derived from rRNA promoters extracted from the L. plantarum WCFS1 genome, was kept constant, and the non-consensus sequences were randomized. Construction of the SPL was performed in a(More)
AIMS Surface contamination by Listeria monocytogenes of gouda-like cheeses during processing represents a potential public health problem. The aim of this work was to develop novel real-time PCR diagnostics to detect the presence of viable, dead or viable but not culturable (VBNC) cells on gouda-like cheeses. METHODS AND RESULTS We used ethidium monoazide(More)
Triclosan is a widely used biocide that is considered as an effective antimicrobial agent against different microorganisms. It is included in many contemporary consumer and personal health-care products, like oral and dermal products, but also in household items, including plastics and textiles. At bactericidal concentrations, triclosan appears to act upon(More)
PCR techniques have significantly improved the detection and identification of bacterial pathogens. Countless adaptations and applications have been described, including quantitative PCR and the latest innovation, real-time PCR. In real-time PCR, e.g., the 5'-nuclease chemistry renders the automated and direct detection and quantification of PCR products(More)
AIM To develop an inducible gene expression system for Lactobacillus sakei, based on the regulatory system of sakacin A production. METHODS AND RESULTS A Lactobacillus/Escherichia coli shuttle vector; pKRV3, was constructed including the signal transducing system genes of the bacteriocin sakacin A. The gusA gene fused to PsapA promoter, cloned in this(More)
Some strains of Lactobacillus sakei are known to produce the bacteriocin sakacin P, encoded by the spp gene cluster. In strains unable to produce sakacin P, spp homologues were observed. The analysis of 15 strains not producing sakacin P revealed that all contained a region corresponding to a part of sppKR encoding the regulatory elements for sakacin P(More)
Lactobacillus plantarum NC7 harbours a single 7.2 kb plasmid called p256. This report describes the complete nucleotide sequence and annotation of p256, as well as the identification of the minimal replicon of the plasmid. Based on sequence features in the unusually small (0.7 kb) minimal replicon, and the absence of a gene for a replication-relevant(More)
The three-dimensional structure of four malate dehydrogenases (MDH) from thermophilic and mesophilic phototropic bacteria have been determined by X-ray crystallography and the corresponding structures compared. In contrast to the dimeric quaternary structure of most MDHs, these MDHs are tetramers and are structurally related to tetrameric malate(More)