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Nagib S.,Justus Liebig University | Rau J.,Chemisches und Veterinaruntersuchungsamt Stuttgart CVUAS | Sammra O.,Justus Liebig University | Lammler C.,Justus Liebig University | And 5 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2014

The present study was designed to investigate the potential of Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy to identify Trueperella (T.) pyogenes isolated from bovine clinical mastitis. FT-IR spectroscopy was applied to 57 isolates obtained from 55 cows in a period from 2009 to 2012. Prior to FT-IR spectroscopy these isolates were identified by phenotypic and genotypic properties, also including the determination of seven potential virulence factor encoding genes. The FT-IR analysis revealed a reliable identification of all 57 isolates as T. pyogenes and a clear separation of this species from the other species of genus Trueperella and from species of genus Arcanobacterium and Actinomyces. The results showed that all 57 isolates were assigned to the correct species indicating that FT-IR spectroscopy could also be efficiently used for identification of this bacterial pathogen. © 2014 Nagib et al.

Bertsch D.,ETH Zurich | Rau J.,Chemisches und Veterinaruntersuchungsamt Stuttgart CVUAS | Eugster M.R.,ETH Zurich | Haug M.C.,ETH Zurich | And 3 more authors.
International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology | Year: 2013

A study was performed on three isolates (LU2006-1T, LU2006-2 and LU2006-3), which were sampled independently from cheese in western Switzerland in 2006, as well as a fourth isolate (A11-3426), which was detected in 2011, using a polyphasic approach. The isolates could all be assigned to the genus Listeria but not to any known species. Phenotypic and chemotaxonomic data were compatible with the genus Listeria and phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequences confirmed that the closest relationships were with members of this genus. However, DNA-DNA hybridization demonstrated that the isolates did not belong to any currently described species. Cell-wall-binding domains of Listeria monocytogenes bacteriophage endolysins were able to attach to the isolates, confirming their tight relatedness to the genus Listeria. Although PCR targeting the central portion of the flagellin gene flaA was positive, motility was not observed. The four isolates could not be discriminated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy or pulsedfield gel electrophoresis. This suggests that they represent a single species, which seems to be adapted to the environment in a cheese-ripening cellar as it was re-isolated from the same type of Swiss cheese after more than 5 years. Conjugation experiments demonstrated that the isolates harbour a transferable resistance to clindamycin. The isolates did not exhibit haemolysis or show any indication of human pathogenicity or virulence. The four isolates are affiliated with the genus Listeria but can be differentiated from all described members of the genus Listeria and therefore they merit being classified as representatives of a novel species, for which we propose the name Listeria fleischmannii sp. nov.; the type strain is LU2006-1T (5DSM 24998T 5LMG 26584T). © 2013 IUMS.

Wortberg F.,Chemisches und Veterinaruntersuchungsamt Stuttgart CVUAS | Nardy E.,Chemisches und Veterinaruntersuchungsamt Stuttgart CVUAS | Contzen M.,Chemisches und Veterinaruntersuchungsamt Stuttgart CVUAS | Rau J.,Chemisches und Veterinaruntersuchungsamt Stuttgart CVUAS
Journal of Fish Diseases | Year: 2012

Yersinia ruckeri is the causative agent of enteric redmouth disease (ERM), which mainly affects salmonid fish. Isolates of Y. ruckeri from diseased salmonid fish were obtained over a 6-year period from eight fish farms in the State of Baden-Württemberg, Southwest Germany. The strains were characterized by biochemical methods and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) combined with artificial neural network analysis. These methods were complemented by 16S rDNA sequencing for several isolates. The set of strains from these fish farms included sorbitol-positive, gelatinase-positive and non-motile Y. ruckeri. These variants were differentiated with an advanced FT-IR module, which is part of a higher-ranking method including more than 200 well-defined Yersinia strains against a background of more than 1000 other Gram-negative isolates. Validation of the newly constructed method yielded 97.4% of Y. ruckeri identified correctly on the species level. Thus, the FT-IR analysis enables distinction of all Y. ruckeri from other Yersinia species (e.g. fish-borne Y. enterocolitica) and other Enterobacteriaceae typically misidentified because of similar biochemical reaction profiles, especially Hafnia alvei. The differentiation of sorbitol-positive variants of Y. ruckeri using FT-IR was demonstrated. © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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