Research Publications from Peer-Reviewed Journals

The Research Publications track research that is published across national and international peer-reviewed journals. The most recent articles are available ahead of print and searchable by Journal Title, Subject, USDA Grant Funding Agencies or FDA Grant Funding Agencies. The research publications are tracked across five subject areas: Bacterial Pathogens, Chemical Contaminants, Natural Toxins, Parasites, and Viruses.

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 12:00
Methylmercury (MeHg) is a developmental toxicant capable of eliciting neurocognitive and neuromuscular deficits in children with in utero exposure. Previous research in Drosophila melanogaster uncovered that developmental MeHg exposure simultaneously targets the developing musculature and innervating motor neuron in the embryo, along with identifying Drosophila neuroligin 1 (nlg1) as a gene...
Mon, 11/29/2021 - 12:00
Screening for drug discovery targeting the central nervous system requires the establishment of efficient and highly accurate toxicity test methods that can reduce costs and time while maintaining high throughput using the function of an in vitro neural network. In particular, an evaluation system using a human-derived neural network is desirable in terms of species difference. Despite the...
Mon, 11/29/2021 - 06:05
Author(s): Mohsen Jalali, Amir Meyari Due to the utilization of municipal and industrial wastewater, as well as the uncontrolled use of chemical and livestock fertilizers leafy vegetables have a high content of heavy metals (HMs). Soils and eight vegetable samples extensively used in Iran were collected from numerous vegetable farms to investigate the risk of HMs pollution and human health risk...
Mon, 11/29/2021 - 02:01
The scope of this work was to study the efficacy of the combination of sonication at 35 or 130 kHz with three temperature treatments: 20, 50 and 55 ºC, on the population of artificially inoculated Listeria innocua in strawberries, and on their overall quality. Prior in vitro results showed that temperature was the main factor in decreasing L. innocua population: a maximum of 3.8 log reductions...
Mon, 11/29/2021 - 02:01
Benzophenone-1 (BP1) has been classified as a potential endocrine disruptor due to its reported negative effect on different living beings. In addition, its presence in different water bodies has been detected. In this way, the ultrasonic removal of BP1 was studied considering the effects of the frequency, the power density, and the pollutant initial concentration. In general, results indicated...
Mon, 11/29/2021 - 00:00
The intensifying world-wide spread of mycotoxigenic fungal species has increased the possibility of mycotoxin contamination in animal feed and the human food chain. Growing evidence shows the deleterious toxicological effects of mycotoxins from infants to adults, while large population-based screening programs are often missing to identify affected individuals. The kidney functions as the major...
Mon, 11/29/2021 - 00:00
An increase in human and veterinary fluoroquinolone-resistant Escherichia coli is a global concern. In this study, we isolated fluoroquinolone-resistant E. coli isolates from companion animals and characterized them using molecular epidemiological analysis, multiplex polymerase chain reaction to detect E. coli ST131 and CTX-M type extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBL), and multi-locus...
Sun, 11/28/2021 - 22:07
Journal of Applied Microbiology, Accepted Article. Aims The adsorption of lead ions from aqueous solution by macroporous Ca-alginate-lignin (MCAL) beads immobilized with Clostridium tyrobutyricum (C. tyrobutyricum) and free strains was evaluated. Methods and Results The effects of different factors including pH, adsorption time, adsorbent dosage and initial concentration of lead ions were...
Sun, 11/28/2021 - 06:06
Author(s): Apurva Kakade, El-Sayed Salama, Muhammad Usman, Muhammad Arif, Pengya Feng, Xiangkai Li Heavy metals (HMs) contaminated fish is a threat to humans when consumed. Dietary probiotics have evolved as a successful HMs removal approach. In this study, probiotics Enterococcus (EC) sp. and Lactococcus (LC) sp. were evaluated for toxicity alleviation and gut microbiota maintenance in Cyprinus...
Sun, 11/28/2021 - 06:06
Author(s): Muhammad Saqib Rashid, Guijian Liu, Balal Yousaf, Yu Song, Rafay Ahmed, Abdul Rehman, Muhammad Arif, Samina Irshad, Ayesha Imtiyaz Cheema The present study investigated the effectiveness of rice husk biochar (RHB) and chicken manure compost (CMC) amendments (T1: Control, T2: 2% RHB, T3: 2% CMC, T4: 1% RHB + 1% CMC) on the potential mobility of heavy metals (HMs) and the growth of maize...
Sun, 11/28/2021 - 06:06
Author(s): Kamran Banan, Dara Hatamabadi, Hanif Afsharara, Bahar Mostafiz, Hadise Sadeghi, Soheil Rashidi, Amirreza Dowlati Beirami, Mohammad-Ali Shahbazi, Rüstem Keçili, Chaudhery Mustansar Hussain, Fatemeh Ghorbani-Bidkorbeh Misusing or overusing antibiotics in livestock and poultry can result in the accumulation of mentioned drugs in the animal meat. Consequently, its consumption by humans and...
Sun, 11/28/2021 - 06:05
Author(s): Badrul Hisyam Zainudin, Muhammad Isfaiz Iskandar, Suzannah Sharif, Aznie Aida Ahmad, Muhd Fauzi Safian This article discussed a development, optimization, and validation of modified QuEChERS method with liquid chromatography quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LC-QTOF-MS) operated in time-of-flight multiple-reaction-monitoring (TOF-MRM) mode for the analysis of ochratoxin A...
Sun, 11/28/2021 - 06:05
Author(s): Zeynal Topalcengiz, Michelle D. Danyluk The purpose of this study was to evaluate the fate of generic Escherichia coli in fecal pats under different field conditions and to predict Salmonella and Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) survival dynamics based on developed models. Eight trials were conducted during spring and fall in both North and Central Florida. Fresh cattle feces (1g)...
Sun, 11/28/2021 - 06:04
Author(s): Ting Cui, Wenjuan Jiang, Fan Yang, Junrong Luo, Ruiming Hu, Huabin Cao, Guoliang Hu, Caiying Zhang Growing evidences reveal that Nrf2-mediated antioxidant defense response and mitophagy are involved in the toxic mechanism of heavy metals, but the effects of molybdenum (Mo) and cadmium (Cd) co-exposure on Nrf2-mediated antioxidant defense response and mitophagy in duck hypothalamus have...
Sun, 11/28/2021 - 06:04
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Author(s): Deyin Zhao, Qian Wang, Fengxia Lu, Xiaomei Bie, Haizhen Zhao, Zhaoxin Lu, Yingjian Lu Increasing cases of infections by S. aureus in food resulted in a great demand to utilize natural, safe, and effective antimicrobial agents which could inactivate foodborne pathogens in the food industry. A novel class IId bacteriocin, plantaricin 827, produced by Lactobacillus plantarum 163 was...
Sun, 11/28/2021 - 04:01
Dicamba is an important herbicide for controlling post-emergent resistant weeds in soybean farming. Recently, the scientific community and general public have further examined off-target transport mechanisms (e.g., spray drift, volatilization, and tank contamination) and the visual responses of soybeans to ultralow dicamba concentrations. This paper synthesizes key chemical concepts and...
Sun, 11/28/2021 - 00:00
While monitoring the presence of antibiotic resistance in municipal wastewater bacteria from Mexico City, five Escherichia coli isolates were found to be resistant to carbapenems, antibiotics of “last resort” used mostly in hospitals. Further analysis revealed that these carbapenem-resistant isolates carried the gene encoding a metallo-beta-lactamase, NDM-5. The gene was found to be beared by a...
Sun, 11/28/2021 - 00:00
Mutations in the Crumbs homolog 1 (CRB1) gene cause both autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). Since three separate CRB1 isoforms are expressed at meaningful levels in the human retina, base editing shows promise as a therapeutic approach. This retrospective analysis aims to summarise the reported pathogenic CRB1 variants and investigate their...
Sat, 11/27/2021 - 06:13
Author(s): Feng Zhao, Guoying Ding, Qilong Wang, Huihui Du, Guosheng Xiao, Deqing Zhou ibrio parahaemolyticus is the main cause of foodborne gastroenteritis, which is widely distributed in shellfish and other seafood. Most V. parahaemolyticus are nonpathogenic, and only a few types, such as serotype O3:K6, are pathogenic, which is also the most prevalent strain in Asia. However, the relationship...
Sat, 11/27/2021 - 06:13
Author(s): Stella Nordhagen, Elisabetta Lambertini, Caroline Smith DeWaal, Bonnie McClafferty, Lynnette M. Neufeld Food safety and nutrition are inextricably linked: to achieve optimal human health and wellbeing, people must be both well-nourished and free from foodborne disease. Despite these linkages, the connections between food safety and nutrition have been largely lacking from existing...
Sat, 11/27/2021 - 06:12
Author(s): Wei Tan, Lei Zhang, Fan Fu, Sean Bowman, Ping Wang, Yuanyuan Li, Yan Zhang This paper proposes an environmental friendly nonwoven geotextile with good heavy metal adsorption properties and beneficial promotion of plant cultivation to potentially replace the riverbank soil or cover on the shoreline surface to rebuild up a healthy ecosystem. In this paper, waste fibers were adopted and...
Sat, 11/27/2021 - 06:10
Author(s): Xin Yin, Yezhi Fu, Heather Tate, Casey Pinto, Edward G. Dudley, Nkuchia M. M'ikanatha Introduction Salmonella Typhimurium is the leading cause of foodborne illnesses in the U.S., causing over a million cases each year. In recent years, whole-genome sequencing (WGS) has become a standard tool for routine epidemiological subtyping. Objectives The objectives of this study are 1) to...
Sat, 11/27/2021 - 02:01
Abstract Main conclusion Multiple rice GT61 members were demonstrated to be xylan arabinosyltransferases (XATs) mediating 3-O-arabinosylation of xylan and the functions of XATs and xylan 2-O-xylosyltransferases were shown to be conserved in grass species. Abstract Xylan is the major hemicellulose in the cell walls of grass species and it is typified by having arabinofuranosyl (Araf)...
Sat, 11/27/2021 - 02:01
Optimization of different types of exposure to workers, public, and vegetation is a major issue for several institutions. The main exposure is due to the activities related to various ores of the subsoil such as phosphate which generates heavy metals during its exploitation. This study used the energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry to investigate the heavy metal pollution that affects life on...
Sat, 11/27/2021 - 00:00
In Serbia, aspergillus ear rot caused by the disease pathogen Aspergillus parasiticus (A. parasiticus) was first detected in 2012 under both field and storage conditions. Global climate shifts, primarily warming, favour the contamination of maize with aflatoxins in temperate climates, including Serbia. A five-year study (2012–2016) comprising of 46 A. parasiticus strains isolated from...
Sat, 11/27/2021 - 00:00
This study was performed to assess the effects of dietary aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) on the growth, antioxidant and immune response, digestive enzyme activities, and intestinal morphology of Lateolabrax maculatus during a 56-day feeding trial. Four diets were formulated including 0, 0.1, 0.5, and 1.0 mg/kg of AFB1. Each diet was randomly assigned to 3 fish tanks with 40 fish per tank. Results indicated...
Sat, 11/27/2021 - 00:00
Pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) are a large group of botanical toxins of concern, as they are considered genotoxic carcinogens, with long-term dietary exposure presenting an elevated risk of liver cancer. PAs can contaminate honey through honeybees visiting the flowers of PA-containing plant species. A program of monitoring New Zealand honey has been undertaken over several years to build a...
Sat, 11/27/2021 - 00:00
Quinolone resistance in bacterial pathogens has primarily been associated with mutations in the quinolone resistance-determining regions (QRDRs) of bacterial type-II topoisomerases, which are DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV. Depending on the position and type of the mutation (s) in the QRDRs, bacteria either become partially or completely resistant to quinolone. QRDR mutations have been...
Sat, 11/27/2021 - 00:00
The limitations in the therapeutic options for foodborne pathogens lead to treatments failure, especially for multidrug-resistant (MDR) Salmonella sp., worldwide. Therefore, we aimed to find alternative and complementary therapies against these resistant foodborne pathogens. Out of 100 meat products samples, the prevalence rate of salmonella was 6%, serotyped only as S. Typhimurium and S....
Sat, 11/27/2021 - 00:00
The main objectives of the present study were to determine the occurrence of coagulase positive staphylococci (CPS) and to assess the presence and antimicrobial susceptibility profile of Staphylococcus aureus isolates in different raw milk origin (cow and sheep) traditional cheeses marketed in Banat region, Romania. Additionally, the presence of mecA gene in S. aureus isolates and the...
Fri, 11/26/2021 - 22:05
Journal of Food Processing and Preservation, Accepted Article. Evaluation of the suitability of surfaces for sun drying is important to prevent the AFs contamination in any produce. Proper drying can reduce the post-harvest losses. The study was conducted to determine suitable surfaces for chili drying and the relationship between physical appearance of pods and AFs content to aid management...
Fri, 11/26/2021 - 22:04
Letters in Applied Microbiology, Accepted Article. High-throughput 16S rRNA and 18S rRNA sequencing were performed to study the changes of soil microbial diversity and community structure under different heavy metal pollution levels in Chengxian lead-zinc mining area, Gansu Province. In this study, we characterized the main physicochemical properties, multiple heavy metal pollution, and microbial...
Fri, 11/26/2021 - 22:04
Journal of Applied Microbiology, Accepted Article. Aims This study developed and evaluated a loop-mediated isothermal amplification assay to simply, rapidly and accurately identify Shigella flexneri serotypes 2 and Xv. Methods and Results The LAMP assay based on the O-antigen synthesis and modification genes of S. flexneri including gtrII, gtrX, opt, and wzx was developed. Its specificity...
Fri, 11/26/2021 - 22:04
Journal of Applied Microbiology, Accepted Article. Aims To compare the heat stability of two globally prevalent human norovirus (HuNoV) strains (GII.2[P16] and GII.4[P16]) and a commonly used HuNoV surrogate, Tulane virus (TV). Methods and Results With the use of a newly developed zebrafish larvae platform, we measured the change of infectivity of HuNoV GII.2[P16] and GII.4[P16] toward mild...
Fri, 11/26/2021 - 16:00
Aspergillus flavus is an opportunistic fungal pathogen capable of producing aflatoxins, potent carcinogenic toxins that accumulate in maize kernels after infection. To better understand the molecular mechanisms of maize resistance to A. flavus growth and aflatoxin accumulation, we performed a high-throughput transcriptomic study in situ using maize kernels infected with A. flavus strain 3357....
Fri, 11/26/2021 - 16:00
The morphology of plants growing under combined blue- and red-light irradiation is affected by the presence or absence of time slots of blue- and red-light mono-irradiation. The purposes of this study were to investigate the morphology and growth of cos lettuce grown under light irradiation combining several durations of blue and red light simultaneously and independent mono-irradiations of blue...
Fri, 11/26/2021 - 16:00
Some root-associated bacteria could degrade polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in contaminated soil; however, their dynamic distribution and performance on root surface and in inner plant tissues are still unclear. In this study, greenhouse container experiments were conducted by inoculating the phenanthrene-degrading bacterium Diaphorobacter sp. Phe15, which was isolated from root surfaces...
Fri, 11/26/2021 - 16:00
Background: Despite the rapid spread of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) producing-Enterobacterales (ESBL-E) and carbapenemase-producing Enterobacterales (CPE), little is known about the extent of their prevalence in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). In this systematic review, we aimed to determine the epidemiology of ESBL-E and CPE in clinically significant Enterobacterales: Escherichia...
Fri, 11/26/2021 - 16:00
New antibacterial drugs with novel modes of action are urgently needed as antibiotic resistance in bacteria is increasing and spreading throughout the world. In this study, we aimed to explore the possibility of using APIM-peptides targeting the bacterial β-clamp for treatment of skin infections. We selected a lead peptide, named betatide, from five APIM-peptide candidates based on their...
Fri, 11/26/2021 - 16:00
Currently, applications of essential oils for protection of postharvest fruits against fungal infestation and mycotoxin contamination are of immense interest and research hot spot in view of their natural origin and possibly being an alternative to hazardous synthetic preservatives. However, the practical applications of essential oils in broad-scale industrial sectors have some limitations due...
Fri, 11/26/2021 - 16:00
Background Listeria monocytogenes is one of the deadliest foodborne pathogens. The bacterium can tolerate severe environments through biofilm formation and antimicrobial resistance. This study aimed to investigate the antimicrobial susceptibility, resistance genes, virulence, and molecular epidemiology about Listeria from meat processing environments. Methods This study evaluated the...
Fri, 11/26/2021 - 08:00
Type III secretion system (T3SS) effectors are key virulence factors that underpin the infection strategy of many clinically important Gram-negative pathogens, including Salmonella enterica, Shigella spp., enteropathogenic and enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli and their murine equivalent, Citrobacter rodentium. The cellular processes or proteins targeted by the effectors can be common to...
Fri, 11/26/2021 - 06:06
Author(s): Junmeng Li, Yanli Huang, Wei Li, Yachao Guo, Shenyang Ouyang, Guolei Cao The underground reservoir of a coal mine can store and purify mine water. The high salinity ions in the underground reservoir of a coal mine can be removed by the adsorption with gangue block, and the high salinity mine water can be purified in the flow process of the underground reservoir of a coal mine. Through...
Fri, 11/26/2021 - 06:05
Author(s): Ravibabu Kalahasthi, Raju Nagaraju, Rakesh Balachandar, Bhavani Shankara Bagepally Recent evidences suggest the role of chronic lead (Pb) exposure in altering immunological parameters. Present study aimed to systematically review existing literature and synthesize quantitative evidence on the association between chronic Pb exposure and changes in immunological markers. Observational...
Fri, 11/26/2021 - 06:04
Author(s): Rute Witter, Hilda Fátima Jesus Pena, Maerle Oliveira Maia, Leodil da Costa Freitas, Sayanne Luns Hatum Almeida, Daniel Moura de Aguiar, Michelle Igarashi, Bruna Farias Alves, Solange Maria Gennari, Richard Campos Pacheco In the present study, 51 strains of Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) were isolated from free-range chickens in the state of Mato Grosso, Midwestern Brazil, upon...
Fri, 11/26/2021 - 00:00
Spasmodic dysphonia (SD) is a rare voice disorder caused by involuntary and intermittent spasms of the laryngeal muscles. Both diagnosis and treatment have been controversial. Therefore, a series of clinical studies has recently been conducted in Japan. A nationwide epidemiological survey revealed that adductor SD predominated (90–95% of all cases; 3.5–7.0/100,000),...
Fri, 11/26/2021 - 00:00
Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) are a set of food contaminants that may exert a cytotoxic effect on human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). However, the genetic mechanism underlying the cytotoxicity of HCAs on PBMC has not been investigated. In the study, bioinformatic analysis on gene dataset GSE19078 was performed. The results of weighted correlation network analysis and linear models for...
Fri, 11/26/2021 - 00:00
This study analyzed the clinical features and molecular characteristics of methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) ocular infections in Taiwan and compared them between community-associated (CA) and health-care-associated (HA) infections. We collected S. aureus ocular isolates from patients at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital between 2010 and 2017. The infections were classified as CA or...
Fri, 11/26/2021 - 00:00
Foodborne pathogens significantly impact public health globally. Excessive antimicrobial use plays a significant role in the development of the public health crisis of antibiotic resistance. Here, we determined the prevalence and antimicrobial resistance profiles of E. coli O157, Salmonella, L. monocytogenes, and Campylobacter isolated between 2016 and 2020 from small scale agricultural settings...
Thu, 11/25/2021 - 22:04
Journal of Separation Science, Accepted Article. In the present study, we propose a novel method for the extraction of parabens in personal care products. A new, simple adsorptive material was obtained by combining metal-organic frameworks and melamine sponges using the adhesive property of polyvinylidene fluoride. This new material, metal-organic frameworks /melamine sponges, was found to be...

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