Ronald John Siebeling

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The sale of small turtles is banned by the Food and Drug Administration from the U.S. market due to concerns about their excretion of Salmonella spp. To produce a safe pet for the export market, the Louisiana pet turtle industry uses gentamicin sulfate baths (1,000 microg/ml) to eradicate Salmonella spp. from turtle eggs. In 1999, we analyzed bacterial(More)
Transposon mutagenesis of an encapsulated, virulent strain of Vibrio vulnificus 1003(O) led to the identification of four genetic regions that are essential to capsular polysaccharide (CPS) expression and virulence. Of the four regions, three are believed to be part of a capsule gene locus comprised of biosynthesis, polymerization, and transport genes(More)
A serotyping scheme for Vibrio vulnificus predicated on the detection of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) antigens is proposed. The serovar O typing scheme used to type V. vulnificus employs polyclonal antisera raised in rabbits immunized with heat-killed whole-cell vaccines. Polyclonal typing sera produced in this manner cross-react with heterologous strains.(More)
The findings of this study demonstrate that Vibrio vulnificus isolates recovered from diseased eels in Denmark are heterogeneous as shown by O serovars, capsule types, ribotyping, phage typing, and plasmid profiling. The study includes 85 V. vulnificus isolates isolated from the gills, intestinal contents, mucus, spleen, and kidneys of eels during five(More)
Vibrio vulnificus was isolated in 1996 from 2 disease outbreaks on a Danish eel farm which used brackish water. A characteristic clinical sign was extensive, deep muscle necrosis in the head region. V. vulnificus was isolated from kidney, mucus, spleen, gill and intestine of diseased eels. Thirty-two isolates were examined phenotypically and serologically(More)
Water, sediment, and shellfish from three Oregon estuaries were cultured for pathogenic Vibrio species. Non-O1 serovars of V. cholerae were the most common pathogenic Vibrio species recovered. Non-O1 V. cholerae were isolated from all three estuaries sampled, covering an area of about 170 miles along the Oregon coast. Non-O1 V. cholerae were isolated from(More)
Two systems are currently used to serologically type Vibrio cholerae O1 and non-O1 isolates. Antiserovar-serotype serum in the Smith system is produced in rabbits immunized with live whole-cell vaccines, and that in the Sakazaki system is produced in rabbits immunized with heat-killed vaccines. In neither system is the serovar-serotype-specific antigen(More)
Seasonal variation of human pathogens such as Vibrio Cholerae non-01 and Salmonella spp. in Fukuyama coastal waters and the role of zooplankton in their distribution were studies for a period of 1 year. Comparison of two established methods, viz., the elevated temperature method and the two-step enrichment method of enumerating V. cholerae, showed that the(More)
The extracellular capsule polysaccharide (CPS) of Vibrio vulnificus is a primary virulence factor which allows survival of the bacteria in the human host. To study the genes involved in expression of the capsule, we generated mutants that lost the ability to produce CPS following the insertion of a minitransposon into the genome of an encapsulated, clinical(More)
A polyphasic approach, using bacteriological, immunological, and molecular biological techniques was used to elucidate the distribution of pathogenicVibrio species in the Louisiana coastal environment. A variety ofVibrio species pathogenic for man, includingV. cholerae, V. parahaemolyticus, V. fluvialis, andV. vulnificus, were found to be ubiquitous in(More)