Mohamed Z Badaoui Najjar

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Listeria monocytogenes is a food-borne pathogen that has been implicated in many outbreaks associated with ready-to-eat products. Listeria adjusts to various stresses by adjusting its membrane fluidity, increasing the uptake of osmoprotectants and cryoprotectants, and activating the sigma(B) stress factor. The present work examines the regulation of(More)
The present study aims to examine the efficacy of the natural antimicrobial ε-poly-L-lysine against Streptococcus mutans and against total aerobic oral microflora, alone and in combination with the natural antimicrobial peptide nisin. In in vitro studies, natural antimicrobials nisin A and ε-poly-L-lysine synergized in their action against S. mutans,(More)
The ability of L. monocytogenes cells to adapt to a variety of stressors contributes to its growth in a wide range of foods. The present study examines the effect of acid and of the acid tolerance response (ATR) on membrane fluidity and on the organism's resistance to acid and to the bacteriocin nisin. When ATR was induced in wild-type cells, these cells(More)
AIMS To test epsilon-poly-L-lysine and nisin A for possible synergistic activity against selected food-borne pathogens and food spoilage organisms. METHODS AND RESULTS Synergistic activity was observed against Gram-positive Listeria monocytogenes and Bacillus cereus cells and spores of B. cereus in 96 well plate assays. However, nisin A had no effect(More)
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