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Cavallo R.A.,Institute for Marine Coastal Environment IAMC | Acquaviva M.I.,Institute for Marine Coastal Environment IAMC | Stabili L.,Institute for Marine Coastal Environment IAMC | Stabili L.,University of Salento | And 3 more authors.
Central European Journal of Biology | Year: 2013

In mariculture, diseases of microbial origin can cause significant economic losses worldwide; the evolution of microorganism resistance to antibiotics has resulted in a growing need for new antibacterial compounds that are effective in veterinary medicine and characterized by limited undesirable side effects. Increased attention has recently been turned to seaweeds as a promising source for metabolites with antimicrobial activity. Vibriosis is a common disease, caused by bacteria of the genus Vibrio, that can result in high mortality in aquaculture. The aim of this study was to identify seaweeds with antibacterial activity against some pathogenic Vibrio species, in order to identify a possible alternative to the commonly used antibiotics in aquaculture. Chloroform/methanol lipidic extracts of six seaweed species (Chaetomorpha linum, Cladophora rupestris, Gracilaria dura, Gracilaria gracilis, Gracilariopsis longissima, Ulva prolifera) were tested for their antibacterial activities against six fish pathogenic Vibrio species using the disc diffusion method. Different susceptibilities to lipidic algal extracts were observed. All six of the seaweed extracts tested demonstrated inhibition of Vibrio ordalii. The best was that from Gracilariopsis longissima, showing activity against Vibrio ordalii, Vibrio salmonicida, Vibrio alginolyticus and Vibrio vulnificus. The results confirmed the potential use of seaweed extracts as a source of antibacterial compounds or as a health-promoting feed for aquaculture. © 2013 Versita Warsaw and Springer-Verlag Wien. Source


Pastore A.S.,University of Bari | Santacroce M.P.,University of Bari | Narracci M.,Institute for Marine Coastal Environment IAMC | Cavallo R.A.,Institute for Marine Coastal Environment IAMC | And 4 more authors.
Marine Environmental Research | Year: 2014

The large majority of studies on the genotoxic hazard of PAHs polluted water widely applied the ENA assay as versatile tool in large number of wild and farmed aquatic species. Nuclear abnormalities are commonly considered to be a direct consequence of genotoxic lesions in DNA macromolecule, and such evaluation might be helpful in identifying the genotoxic damage induced by the most harmful PAHs such as B[a]P. Regarding at the fish species subjected to aquaculture, most of the toxicological data come from wild fish and mainly focus on freshwater fish, but very little is known for other marine major aquacultured species. The gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata L.) is the most economically important sparid species cultured along the Mediterranean costs, and it has been proved a very sensitive species to acute B[a]P exposure. However, further investigation is needed on several other types of genotoxic assessments, especially for chronic effects. This work was totally based on an invitro model for chronic toxicity, using long-term S. aurata hepatocytes in primary culture, continuously exposed to low levels of BaP, over a prolonged period of time, to provide evidences for latent toxicity response. We aimed to investigate the kind of nuclear damage in gilthead sea bream hepatocytes continuously exposed to B[a]P sublethal doses. Cells were exposed to several B[a]P concentrations (10μg/mL, 1μg/mL, 1ng/mL, 1pg/mL) for two exposure times (24 and 72h), and then tested both for apoptosis induction and for nuclear abnormalities by immunofluorescence analysis. The presence of severe nuclear damage, revealed cells progressing towards abnormal genotypes, due to a series of aberrant mitosis followed by unequal distribution of chromosomal content. The nuclear atypia (NA) more frequently observed were: a) micronuclei (MN); b) nuclear buds or blebs (NBUDs); c) notched nuclei; d) lobed nuclei; e) nuclei with nucleoplasmic bridge (NPBs); f) nuclei squashed, with a residual nuclear membrane; g) open nuclei, with membrane tape unrolled; and h) apoptotic bodies. Our results showed at medium-low doses a sustained genotoxic response, whose potency increased with the exposure time, becoming apparent as apoptosis induction, both by cell surface and nuclear changes. At the lowest doses, the longer was B[a]P exposure, greater was the involvement on masses of replicating cells, establishing the connection between the escape from apoptosis and the selection of tumoral cell evolution. In view of these results, there is no evidence of a threshold dose below which B[a]P was found not to be genotoxic in sea bream cultured hepatocytes. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Source


Stabili L.,Institute for Marine Coastal Environment IAMC | Stabili L.,University of Salento | Acquaviva M.I.,Institute for Marine Coastal Environment IAMC | Biandolino F.,Institute for Marine Coastal Environment IAMC | And 6 more authors.
New Biotechnology | Year: 2014

Recently, with the advent of modern technologies, various marine organisms including algae are being studied as sources of natural substances effective on classical microorganisms and able to also combat the new trend of acquired resistance in microbes. In the present study the antimicrobial activity of the lipidic extract of the green seaweed Cladophora rupestris collected in a Mediterranean area, in two sampling periods (January and April), was assayed. The chemical characterization of the lipidic fractions was performed by gas-chromatography and multinuclear and multidimensional NMR spectroscopy. In the lipidic extract of C. rupestris collected in January an antibacterial activity against Enterococcus sp., Streptococcus agalactiae and Vibrio cholerae non-O1 was recorded; by contrast, bacterial inhibition was measured on several Vibrio species only in April. The fatty acid profile of C. rupestris lipidic extract, analyzed by gas chromatography, resulted mainly composed of palmitic, myristic, oleic, α linolenic, palmitoleic and linoleic acids. Moreover, since α-linolenic acid was the predominant ω3 fatty acid in April, we suggest its involvement in the antibacterial activity observed in this month, taking also into account that pure α-linolenic acid resulted effective towards some vibrios strains. C. rupestris fatty acid profile revealed also an interesting composition in polyunsaturated fatty acids in both the considered periods with the ω6/ω3 ratio lower than 1, leading to conclude that this macroalga may be employed as a natural source of ω3. Finally, the 1H NMR spectrum in CDCl3 of algal lipid fractions showed the characteristic signals of saturated (SAFAs) and unsaturated fatty acids (UFAs) as well as other metabolites and a marked difference in free fatty acids (FFAs) content for the two examined algal lipid fractions. It is noteworthy that C. rupestris lipidic extracts show, by NMR spectroscopy, the signal pattern of polyhydroxybutyrate, a natural biocompatible and biodegradable polymer. In conclusion, on account of its antimicrobial activity, nutritional value and bioplastic content, C. rupestris lipidic extract can be considered a promising source for future biotechnological applications. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. Source

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