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Prevalence of Cronobacter spp. and Salmonella in Milk Powder Manufacturing Facilities in the United States.

Melinda Hayman, Sharon Edelson-Mammel, Peggy Carter, Yi Chen, Monica Metz, John Sheehan, Ben D Tall, Clinton Thompson, Leslie Smoot,

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted a sampling assignment in 2014 to ascertain the prevalence of Cronobacter spp. and Salmonella in the processing environment of facilities manufacturing milk powder.Cronobacter was detected in the environment of 38 (69%) of 55 facilities. The average prevalence of Cronobacter in 5,671 subsamples ... Read more >>

J. Food Prot. (Journal of food protection)
[2020, :]

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The Secretion of Toxins and Other Exoproteins of Cronobacter: Role in Virulence, Adaption, and Persistence.

Hyein Jang, Gopal R Gopinath, Athmanya Eshwar, Shabarinath Srikumar, Scott Nguyen, Jayanthi Gangiredla, Isha R Patel, Samantha B Finkelstein, Flavia Negrete, JungHa Woo, YouYoung Lee, Séamus Fanning, Roger Stephan, Ben D Tall, Angelika Lehner,

: Cronobacter species are considered an opportunistic group of foodborne pathogenic bacteria capable of causing both intestinal and systemic human disease. This review describes common virulence themes shared among the seven Cronobacter species and describes multiple exoproteins secreted by Cronobacter, many of which are bacterial toxins that may play a ... Read more >>

Microorganisms (Microorganisms)
[2020, 8(2):]

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Prevalence, Distribution, and Phylogeny of Type Two Toxin-Antitoxin Genes Possessed by Cronobacter Species where C. sakazakii Homologs Follow Sequence Type Lineages.

Samantha Finkelstein, Flavia Negrete, Hyein Jang, Jayanthi Gangiredla, Mark Mammel, Isha R Patel, Hannah R Chase, JungHa Woo, YouYoung Lee, Caroline Z Wang, Leah Weinstein, Ben D Tall, Gopal R Gopinath,

Cronobacter species are a group of foodborne pathogenic bacteria that cause both intestinal and systemic human disease in individuals of all age groups. Little is known about the mechanisms that Cronobacter employ to survive and persist in foods and other environments. Toxin-antitoxin (TA) genes are thought to play a role ... Read more >>

Microorganisms (Microorganisms)
[2019, 7(11):]

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RNA Sequencing-Based Transcriptional Overview of Xerotolerance in Cronobacter sakazakii SP291.

Shabarinath Srikumar, Yu Cao, Qiongqiong Yan, Koenraad Van Hoorde, Scott Nguyen, Shane Cooney, Gopal R Gopinath, Ben D Tall, Sathesh K Sivasankaran, Angelika Lehner, Roger Stephan, Séamus Fanning,

Cronobacter sakazakii is a xerotolerant neonatal pathogen epidemiologically linked to powdered infant food formula, often resulting in high mortality rates. Here, we used transcriptome sequencing (RNA-seq) to provide transcriptional insights into the survival of C. sakazakii in desiccated conditions. Our RNA-seq data show that about 22% of the total C. ... Read more >>

Appl. Environ. Microbiol. (Applied and environmental microbiology)
[2019, 85(3):]

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Draft genomes of Cronobacter sakazakii strains isolated from dried spices bring unique insights into the diversity of plant-associated strains.

Hyein Jang, Jungha Woo, Youyoung Lee, Flavia Negrete, Samantha Finkelstein, Hannah R Chase, Nicole Addy, Laura Ewing, Junia Jean Gilles Beaubrun, Isha Patel, Jayanthi Gangiredla, Athmanya Eshwar, Ziad W Jaradat, Kunho Seo, Srikumar Shabarinath, Séamus Fanning, Roger Stephan, Angelika Lehner, Ben D Tall, Gopal R Gopinath,

Cronobacter sakazakii is a Gram-negative opportunistic pathogen that causes life- threatening infantile infections, such as meningitis, septicemia, and necrotizing enterocolitis, as well as pneumonia, septicemia, and urinary tract and wound infections in adults. Here, we report 26 draft genome sequences of C. sakazakii, which were obtained from dried spices from ... Read more >>

Stand Genomic Sci (Standards in genomic sciences)
[2018, 13:35]

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Analysis of enterotoxigenic Bacillus cereus strains from dried foods using whole genome sequencing, multi-locus sequence analysis and toxin gene prevalence and distribution using endpoint PCR analysis.

Laurenda Carter, Hannah R Chase, Charles M Gieseker, Nicholas R Hasbrouck, Cynthia B Stine, Ashraf Khan, Laura J Ewing-Peeples, Ben D Tall, Gopal R Gopinath,

Bacillus cereus strains were isolated from dried foods, which included international brands of spices from South East Asia, Mexico and India purchased from several retail stores, samples of powdered infant formula (PIF), medicated fish feed and dietary supplements. The genetic diversity of 64 strains from spices and PIF was determined ... Read more >>

Int. J. Food Microbiol. (International journal of food microbiology)
[2018, 284:31-39]

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Genomic characterization of malonate positive Cronobacter sakazakii serotype O:2, sequence type 64 strains, isolated from clinical, food, and environment samples.

Gopal R Gopinath, Hannah R Chase, Jayanthi Gangiredla, Athmanya Eshwar, Hyein Jang, Isha Patel, Flavia Negrete, Samantha Finkelstein, Eunbi Park, TaeJung Chung, YeonJoo Yoo, JungHa Woo, YouYoung Lee, Jihyeon Park, Hyerim Choi, Seungeun Jeong, Soyoung Jun, Mijeong Kim, Chaeyoon Lee, HyeJin Jeong, Séamus Fanning, Roger Stephan, Carol Iversen, Felix Reich, Günter Klein, Angelika Lehner, Ben D Tall,

Malonate utilization, an important differential trait, well recognized as being possessed by six of the seven Cronobacter species is thought to be largely absent in Cronobacter sakazakii (Csak). The current study provides experimental evidence that confirms the presence of a malonate utilization operon in 24 strains of sequence type (ST) ... Read more >>

Gut Pathog (Gut pathogens)
[2018, 10:11]

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Whole-Genome Sequences of Cronobacter sakazakii Isolates Obtained from Foods of Plant Origin and Dried-Food Manufacturing Environments.

Hyein Jang, Nicole Addy, Laura Ewing, Junia Jean-Gilles Beaubrun, YouYoung Lee, JungHa Woo, Flavia Negrete, Samantha Finkelstein, Ben D Tall, Angelika Lehner, Athmanya Eshwar, Gopal R Gopinath,

Here, we present draft genome sequences of 29 Cronobacter sakazakii isolates obtained from foods of plant origin and dried-food manufacturing facilities. Assemblies and annotations resulted in genome sizes ranging from 4.3 to 4.5 Mb and 3,977 to 4,256 gene-coding sequences with G+C contents of ∼57.0%. ... Read more >>

Genome Announc (Genome announcements)
[2018, 6(15):]

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Salmonella enterica serovar Infantis from Food and Human Infections, Switzerland, 2010-2015: Poultry-Related Multidrug Resistant Clones and an Emerging ESBL Producing Clonal Lineage.

Denise Hindermann, Gopal Gopinath, Hannah Chase, Flavia Negrete, Denise Althaus, Katrin Zurfluh, Ben D Tall, Roger Stephan, Magdalena Nüesch-Inderbinen,

Objectives: The aim of this study was to characterize a collection of 520 Salmonella enterica serovar Infantis strains isolated from food (poultry meat), human infections and environmental sources from the years 2010, 2013 and 2015 in Switzerland. Methods: We performed antimicrobial susceptibility testing and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) analysis on ... Read more >>

Front Microbiol (Frontiers in microbiology)
[2017, 8:1322]

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Comparative Genomic Characterization of the Highly Persistent and Potentially Virulent Cronobacter sakazakii ST83, CC65 Strain H322 and Other ST83 Strains.

Hannah R Chase, Gopal R Gopinath, Athmanya K Eshwar, Andrea Stoller, Claudia Fricker-Feer, Jayanthi Gangiredla, Isha R Patel, Hediye N Cinar, HyeJin Jeong, ChaeYoon Lee, Flavia Negrete, Samantha Finkelstein, Roger Stephan, Ben D Tall, Angelika Lehner,

Cronobacter (C.) sakazakii is an opportunistic pathogen and has been associated with serious infections with high mortality rates predominantly in pre-term, low-birth weight and/or immune compromised neonates and infants. Infections have been epidemiologically linked to consumption of intrinsically and extrinsically contaminated lots of reconstituted powdered infant formula (PIF), thus contamination ... Read more >>

Front Microbiol (Frontiers in microbiology)
[2017, 8:1136]

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Draft Genome Sequence of Cronobacter sakazakii GP1999, Sequence Type 145, an Epiphytic Isolate Obtained from the Tomato's Rhizoplane/Rhizosphere Continuum.

Hannah R Chase, Leo Eberl, Roger Stephan, HyeJin Jeong, Chaeyoon Lee, Samantha Finkelstein, Flavia Negrete, Jayanthi Gangiredla, Isha Patel, Ben D Tall, Gopal R Gopinath, Angelika Lehner,

We present here the draft genome of Cronobacter sakazakii GP1999, a sequence type 145 strain isolated from the rhizosphere of tomato plants. Assembly and annotation of the genome resulted in a genome of 4,504,670 bp in size, with 4,148 coding sequences, and a GC content of 56.8%. ... Read more >>

Genome Announc (Genome announcements)
[2017, 5(31):]

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Use of a Pan-Genomic DNA Microarray in Determination of the Phylogenetic Relatedness among Cronobacter spp. and Its Use as a Data Mining Tool to Understand Cronobacter Biology.

Ben D Tall, Jayanthi Gangiredla, Christopher J Grim, Isha R Patel, Scott A Jackson, Mark K Mammel, Mahendra H Kothary, Venugopal Sathyamoorthy, Laurenda Carter, Séamus Fanning, Carol Iversen, Franco Pagotto, Roger Stephan, Angelika Lehner, Jeffery Farber, Qiong Q Yan, Gopal R Gopinath,

Cronobacter (previously known as Enterobacter sakazakii) is a genus of Gram-negative, facultatively anaerobic, oxidase-negative, catalase-positive, rod-shaped bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae. These organisms cause a variety of illnesses such as meningitis, necrotizing enterocolitis, and septicemia in neonates and infants, and urinary tract, wound, abscesses or surgical site infections, septicemia, and ... Read more >>

Microarrays (Basel) (Microarrays (Basel, Switzerland))
[2017, 6(1):]

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Analysis and Characterization of Proteins Associated with Outer Membrane Vesicles Secreted by Cronobacter spp.

Mahendra H Kothary, Gopal R Gopinath, Jayanthi Gangiredla, Prasad V Rallabhandi, Lisa M Harrison, Qiong Q Yan, Hannah R Chase, Boram Lee, Eunbi Park, YeonJoo Yoo, Taejung Chung, Samantha B Finkelstein, Flavia J Negrete, Isha R Patel, Laurenda Carter, Venugopal Sathyamoorthy, Séamus Fanning, Ben D Tall,

Little is known about secretion of outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) by Cronobacter. In this study, OMVs isolated from Cronobacter sakazakii, Cronobacter turicensis, and Cronobacter malonaticus were examined by electron microscopy (EM) and their associated outer membrane proteins (OMP) and genes were analyzed by SDS-PAGE, protein sequencing, BLAST, PCR, and DNA ... Read more >>

Front Microbiol (Frontiers in microbiology)
[2017, 8:134]

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Draft Genome Sequences of Enterotoxigenic Bacillus cereus Strains Obtained from Powdered Infant Formula.

Laurenda Carter, Hannah R Chase, Hyerim Choi, SoYoung Jun, JiHyeon Park, Seungeun Jeong, MiJeong Kim, KyuYoung Han, ChaeYoon Lee, HyeJin Jeong, Samantha Finkelstein, Flavia Negrete, Hediye N Cinar, Ben D Tall, Gopal R Gopinath,

We introduce the draft genome sequences of five enterotoxigenic Bacillus cereus strains: Bc 12, Bc 67, Bc 111, Bc 112, and Bc 113, which were obtained from powdered infant formula. The genome sizes of the strains ranged from 5.5 to 5.8 Mb, and the G+C contents were ~35.2%. ... Read more >>

Genome Announc (Genome announcements)
[2017, 5(8):]

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Increased secretion of exopolysaccharide and virulence potential of a mucoid variant of Salmonella enterica serovar Montevideo under environmental stress.

J Jean-Gilles Beaubrun, Ben D Tall, M-L Flamer, I Patel, G Gopinath, Winny Auguste, Catherine Jean, Melvin George, Carmen Tartera, L Ewing, D E Hanes,

During an investigation to increase the recovery of Salmonella enterica from Oregano, an increased expression of exopolysaccharide was induced in Salmonella serovar Montevideo. The atypical mucoid (SAL242S) and the non-mucoid (SAL242) strains of Montevideo were compared and characterized using various methods. Serotyping analysis demonstrated that both strains are the same ... Read more >>

Microb. Pathog. (Microbial pathogenesis)
[2017, 103:107-113]

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Diverse profiles of N-acyl-homoserine lactones in biofilm forming isolates of Cronobacter sakazakii.

Ben D Tall, Hannah R Chase, Gopal R Gopinath,

Virulence (Virulence)
[2017, 8(3):246-247]

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Purification and Characterization of a Rabbit Serum Factor That Kills Listeria Species and Other Foodborne Bacterial Pathogens.

Mahendra H Kothary, Augusto A Franco, Ben D Tall, Gopal R Gopinath, Atin R Datta,

In an in-vitro assay, rabbit serum, but not human serum, killed Listeria monocytogenes, a foodborne pathogen. The aim of our study was to purify and partially characterize this killing factor. Listericidin was purified from rabbit serum by a single-step ion-exchange chromatography with DEAE-Sephadex A-50 and its antimicrobial activity was assessed ... Read more >>

Foodborne Pathog. Dis. (Foodborne pathogens and disease)
[2016, 13(8):441-447]

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Linking Genomo- and Pathotype: Exploiting the Zebrafish Embryo Model to Investigate the Divergent Virulence Potential among Cronobacter spp.

Athmanya K Eshwar, Ben D Tall, Jayanthi Gangiredla, Gopal R Gopinath, Isha R Patel, Stephan C F Neuhauss, Roger Stephan, Angelika Lehner,

Bacteria belonging to the genus Cronobacter have been recognized as causative agents of life-threatening systemic infections primarily in premature, low-birth weight and immune-compromised neonates. Apparently not all Cronobacter species are linked to infantile infections and it has been proposed that virulence varies among strains. Whole genome comparisons and in silico ... Read more >>

PLoS ONE (PloS one)
[2016, 11(6):e0158428]

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Fabrication of Polymerase Chain Reaction Plastic Lab-on-a-Chip Device for Rapid Molecular Diagnoses.

Kieu The Loan Trinh, Hainan Zhang, Dong-Jin Kang, Sung-Hyun Kahng, Ben D Tall, Nae Yoon Lee,

We aim to fabricate a thermoplastic poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) Lab-on-a-Chip device to perform continuous- flow polymerase chain reactions (PCRs) for rapid molecular detection of foodborne pathogen bacteria.A miniaturized plastic device was fabricated by utilizing PMMA substrates mediated by poly(dimethylsiloxane) interfacial coating, enabling bonding under mild conditions, and thus avoiding the deformation ... Read more >>

Int Neurourol J (International neurourology journal)
[2016, 20(Suppl 1):S38-48]

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Genomic evidence reveals numerous Salmonella enterica serovar Newport reintroduction events in Suwannee watershed irrigation ponds.

Baoguang Li, Scott A Jackson, Jayanthi Gangiredla, Weimin Wang, Huanli Liu, Ben D Tall, Junia Jean-Gilles Beaubrun, Michele Jay-Russell, George Vellidis, Christopher A Elkins,

Our previous work indicated a predominance (56.8%) of Salmonella enterica serovar Newport among isolates recovered from irrigation ponds used in produce farms over a 2-year period (B. Li et al., Appl Environ Microbiol 80:6355-6365, http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/AEM.02063-14). This observation provided a valuable set of metrics to explore an underaddressed issue of environmental ... Read more >>

Appl. Environ. Microbiol. (Applied and environmental microbiology)
[2015, 81(24):8243-8253]

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Ingested Salmonella enterica, Cronobacter sakazakii, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Listeria monocytogenes: transmission dynamics from adult house flies to their eggs and first filial (F1) generation adults.

Monica Pava-Ripoll, Rachel E Goeriz Pearson, Amy K Miller, Ben D Tall, Christine E Keys, George C Ziobro,

BACKGROUND:The mechanical transmission of pathogenic bacteria by synanthropic filth flies is widely recognized. While many studies report the fate and the temporospatial distribution of ingested foodborne bacteria by filth flies, there is little evidence about the transmission dynamics of ingested foodborne bacteria by adult house flies (Musca domestica) to their ... Read more >>

BMC Microbiol. (BMC microbiology)
[2015, 15:150]

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Analysis of the cellulose synthase operon genes, bcsA, bcsB, and bcsC in Cronobacter species: Prevalence among species and their roles in biofilm formation and cell-cell aggregation.

Lan Hu, Christopher J Grim, Augusto A Franco, Karen G Jarvis, Vengopal Sathyamoorthy, Mahendra H Kothary, Barbara A McCardell, Ben D Tall,

Cronobacter species are emerging food-borne pathogens that cause severe sepsis, meningitis, and necrotizing entercolitis in neonates and infants. Bacterial pathogens such as Escherichia coli and Salmonella species produce extracellular cellulose which has been shown to be involved in rugosity, biofilm formation, and host colonization. In this study the distribution and ... Read more >>

Food Microbiol. (Food microbiology)
[2015, 52:97-105]

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A proposed harmonized LPS molecular-subtyping scheme for Cronobacter species.

Qiongqiong Yan, Karen G Jarvis, Hannah R Chase, Karine Hébert, Larisa H Trach, Chloe Lee, Jennifer Sadowski, Boram Lee, Seongeun Hwang, Venugopal Sathyamoorthy, Niall Mullane, Monica Pava-Ripoll, Carol Iversen, Franco Pagotto, Séamus Fanning, Ben D Tall,

Cronobacter are opportunistic pathogens, which cause infections in all age groups. To aid the characterization of Cronobacter in foods and environments a harmonized LPS identification scheme for molecular serotyping is needed. To this end, we studied 409 Cronobacter isolates representing the seven Cronobacter species using two previously reported molecular serotyping ... Read more >>

Food Microbiol. (Food microbiology)
[2015, 50:38-43]

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Genome Sequence of Cronobacter sakazakii Serogroup O:4, Sequence Type 4 Strain CDC 2009-03746, Isolated from a Fatal Case of Infantile Meningitis.

Christopher J Grim, Gopal R Gopinath, Karen G Jarvis, Venugopal Sathyamoorthy, Larissa H Trach, Hannah R Chase, Ben D Tall,

We report the draft genome sequence of a Cronobacter sakazakii serogroup O:4, sequence type 4 strain, CDC 2009-03746 (=NM1240=2009-06-01), isolated from a fatal case of infantile meningitis. The draft genome has a size of 4,492,904 bp and a G+C% content of 56.7. ... Read more >>

Genome Announc (Genome announcements)
[2015, 3(3):]

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Comparative Genotypic and Phenotypic Analysis of Cronobacter Species Cultured from Four Powdered Infant Formula Production Facilities: Indication of Pathoadaptation along the Food Chain.

Qiongqiong Yan, Juan Wang, Jayanthi Gangiredla, Yu Cao, Marta Martins, Gopal R Gopinath, Roger Stephan, Keith Lampel, Ben D Tall, Séamus Fanning,

Cronobacter species are opportunistic pathogens commonly found in the environment. Among the seven Cronobacter species, Cronobacter sakazakii sequence type 4 (ST-4) is predominantly associated with recorded cases of infantile meningitis. This study reports on a 26-month powdered infant formula (PIF) surveillance program in four production facilities located in distinct geographic ... Read more >>

Appl. Environ. Microbiol. (Applied and environmental microbiology)
[2015, 81(13):4388-4402]

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