Teizo Tsukamoto

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We investigated the prevalence of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in hospitalized diarrhea patients in Calcutta, India, as well as in healthy domestic cattle and raw beef samples collected from the city's abattoir. Multiplex polymerase chain reaction using primers specific for stx1 and stx2 detected STEC in 18% of cow stool samples, 50% of raw(More)
Histamine-producing bacteria (HPB) such as Photobacterium phosphoreum and Raoultella planticola possess histidine decarboxylase (HDC), which converts histidine into histamine. Histamine fish poisoning (HFP) is attributable to the ingestion of fish containing high levels of histamine produced by HPB. Because freezing greatly decreases the histamine-producing(More)
Characteristics of Escherichia coli residing in the vagina and their role in extraintestinal infections are largely unknown. In this study, 88 vaginal E. coli (VEC) isolates from Japanese women were characterized by extraintestinal virulence factor (VF) profiling, O:H serotyping and phylogenetic analysis. The prevalence of papC, hlyA, cnfI, PAI, ibeA and K1(More)
Histamine fish poisoning is caused by histamine-producing bacteria (HPB). Klebsiella pneumoniae and Klebsiella oxytoca are the best-known HPB in fish. However, 22 strains of HPB from fish first identified as K. pneumoniae or K. oxytoca by commercialized systems were later correctly identified as Raoultella planticola (formerly Klebsiella planticola) by(More)
A one-step reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) assay for the detection of norovirus (NV) was developed. In order to design primer sets for the detection of a wide range of NVs, NVs were categorized into three groups, that is, genogroup I (GI), prevalent GII, and minor GII; three sets of primers were developed for each(More)
In the present study, we examined the prevalence and characteristics of CTEC among diarrheal children in Japan during a year-long surveillance study. A PCR-RFLP assay for the detection and differentiation of five types of E. coli cdtB gene (types I through V) was developed, and 362 stool specimens collected from patients reporting to pediatric departments(More)
We identified and characterized a gene encoding a homologue of the B subunits of cholera toxin (CTB) and heat-labile enterotoxin (LTB) of Escherichia coli from a clinical isolate of Citrobacter freundii that was found to produce a factor in the culture supernatant that cross-reacted with antibodies to CTB and LTB when assayed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent(More)
An incident of histamine fish poisoning (HFP) occurred due to the consumption of iwashi maruboshi (dried sardine) in Osaka, Japan in March 2002. A histamine-producing bacterial strain, YS4-7, was isolated from iwashi maruboshi that contained 1700 mg of histamine per kilogram. This strain was identified as Photobacterium phosphoreum by biochemical(More)
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) isolated from Japan were investigated for the distribution of virulence genes. A total of 232 STEC strains including 171 from cattle and 61 from human were examined for the occurrence of genes responsible for bacterial adhesions to intestine, e.g., eae (intimin, E. coli attaching and effacing), saa (STEC(More)
In order to clarify the enteropathogenicity of Plesiomonas shigelloides, we investigated a cytotoxin produced by the P-1 strain isolated from patients suffering from diarrhea. The cytotoxicity of the culture filtrate of the strain reached a maximum in culture at 37 degrees C after 12 h shaken in BHI medium. The cytotoxin in the cultures was purified by(More)