African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5200

Table of Content: 4 May, 2011; 5(9)

May 2011

Comparison of the VersaTrek and BACTEC MGIT 960 systems for the contamination rate, time of detection and recovery of mycobacteria from clinical specimens

  The most commonly used conventional Lowenstein Jensen (L.J) culture method requires at least 6 to 10 weeks of incubation due to the slow growth rate of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex. Today, there are liquid automated systems to detect mycobacteria than faster conventional LJ culture method. In this study, we aimed to compare of the VersaTrek system and BACTEC MGIT 960 system for the...

Author(s): Pelin Yuksel, Suat Saribas and Yasar Bagdatli

May 2011

Bacteriuria in patients with indwelling urethral catheter in Owerri municipality, Nigeria

  Bacteriuria in patients with indwelling urethral catheter in Owerri Municipality of Imo State, Nigeria was studied. A total of 500 early mornings mid stream urine samples from patients admitted in different hospitals within the Municipality. The samples were microbiologically analyzed using cultural methods on different isolation media. A total of 220 isolates were identified. Identification tests showed the...

Author(s): Chukwuocha, U. M.,  Dozie, U. W. and Nwawume, I. C.

May 2011

Assessment of antifungal activity of Rumex vesicarius L. and Ziziphus spina-christi (L.) Willd. extracts against two phytopathogenic fungi

  The preliminary phytochemical screening of extracts of Rumex vesicarius L. and Ziziphus spina-christi (L.) Willd. showed the presence of compounds that are biologically active against the two root rot pathogens Drechslera biseptata and Fusarium solani in vitro. The relative efficacy of this action, however, differed according to the extracted plant, solvent used,...

Author(s): Amira M. Abu-Taleb, Kadriya El- Deeb and Fatimah O. Al-Otibi

May 2011

A recombinant E0 gene of bovine viral diarrhea virus protects against challenge with bovine viral diarrhea virus of sika deer

  Eukaryotic expression plasmid (PVAX 1/E0) of E0 gene was constructed from an isolated strain of bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) from sika deer and transfected into the BHK-21 cells to detect E0 gene transcription expression level and protein expression level. It was found that E0 gene could express in BHK-21 cells by RT-PCR and ELESA results. The humoral and cellular immune...

Author(s): Yugang Gao, Yajun Wang, Rui Du, Quankai Wang, Pengju Zhang, Shuzhi Wangand Lianxue Zhang

May 2011

The viability of the Lactobacillus paracasei IL2 and Lactobacillus plantarum IL3 strains in simulated gastrointestinal conditions

  The viability maintenance of Lactobacillus paracasei IL2 and Lactobacillus plantarum IL3 strains in gastrointestinal conditions represents one of the most important characteristics regarding their use for obtaining probiotic products. The tests were performed with a cell suspension kept in 0.5% NaCl. The influences of pepsin (3 g/l) at pH values of 1.5, 2, 2.5 and 3.0, as well as of...

Author(s): Emanuel Vamanu, Adrian Vamanu, Sultana Nita and Nicoleta Rusu

May 2011

Evaluation of different pH and temperatures for bacterial cellulose production in HS (Hestrin-Scharmm) medium and beet molasses medium

  Acetobacter pasteurianus HBB6 and Acetobacter lovaniensis HBB5 strains used in this study was isolated from vinegar in Turkey. Bacterial cellulose was produced from HS (Hestrin-Scharmm) medium and beet molasses using A. pasteurianus HBB6 and A. lovaniensis HBB5. In this study, the effects of different pH (2.5, 3.5, 4.5, 6.5, 7.5 and 8.5) and temperatures (4, 22, 30 and...

Author(s): Esin PoyrazoÄŸlu Çoban and Halil Biyik

May 2011

Impact of fungal content of some Arabic nuts to induce kidney toxicity and agonistic action of natural resources

  Human and animals are exposed to a great extent of the danger of mycotoxic infection and their toxins due to wide spread of fungal growth on grains and food. Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) is one of the most dangerous toxins that are produced by fungi as a secondary metabolic products. This study aims to isolate and identify the fungi from some grains present in Arabian nuts. 30 samples were collected from commercial...

Author(s): A. A. Saddiq and S. A. Kalifa

May 2011

Does borna disease virus (BDV) have a role in the etiopathogenesis of schizophrenia?

  In human, certain serological and molecular trials estimated an association between psychiatric diseases, particularly schizophrenia, mood disorders and borna disease virus (BDV). The purpose of this study was to investigate whether BDV has association with etiopathogenesis of schizophrenia. A total of 207 patients who were diagnosed with residual schizophrenia and 51 patient control grop with 134 healthy...

Author(s): Karakose A. R., Yuksel P., Turan N., Ziver T., SaribaÅŸ S., Nihat Alpay, Balcioglu I., Aslan M., Helps C. R., Yilmaz H. and Kocazeybek B.

May 2011

Emergence of extensive drug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii in North of Jordan

  The aim of this study is to investigate the antimicrobial susceptibility profile of Acinetobacter baumannii and the contribution of the insertion sequence upstream of ampC β-lactamase on the susceptibility profile of 64 A. baumannii clinical isolates collected from a Jordan hospital. A total of 64 consecutive clinical isolates of A. baumannii were recovered (between March...

Author(s): Ghulam N. Dhabaan, Hamimah H and  M. A. Shorman

May 2011

Virucidal activity of green propolis against avipoxvirus in chorioallantoic membrane of embryonated chicken eggs

  Recent pandemics caused by virus like influenzavirus (H1N1, H5N1) reaffirm the importance of studies aiming at obtaining new virucidal and/or antiviral substances, once its prolonged use can lead to resistance to the active principles. Green propolis, which has several scientifically proven bioactive properties, was evaluated in this study as an ethanol extract regarding its virucidal capacity...

Author(s):   Camila O. Vilela, Geferson Fischer, Clarissa C. de Castro, Cristina F. Nunes, Silvia O. Hübner, Margarida B. Raffi, Simone E. Salles, Marcos A. Anciuti and Gilberto D. Vargas

May 2011

Antimicrobial and nematicidal screening of anamorphic fungi isolated from plant debris of tropical areas in Mexico

  Forty seven fungal strains were isolated from plant debris in the tropical regions of Mexico, where fifteen of them were identified to species and twenty two to genus level. All isolates were grown in fermented rice and their EtOAc extracts screened against ten targets, four bacteria (Bacillus subtilis,Erwinia carotovora, Staphylococcus aureus and Xanthomonas campestris), the yeast Candida...

Author(s): Manuela Reyes-Estebanez, Elizabeth Herrera-Parra, Jairo Cristóbal-Alejo, Gabriela Heredia-Abarca, Blondy Canto-Canché, Irma Medina-Baizabal and Marcela Gamboa-Angulo

May 2011

The impact of electrode reuse on the biofilm community and performance of whey-fuelled H-type microbial fuel cell

  Humankind has always been engaged in a relentless quest for energy to drive daily activities. However, most of the existing conventional strategies of tapping the environment are expensive and polluting. A nascent microbial fuel cell technology, relying on the degradation of wastewater such as cheese whey with the subsequent release of electricity, is thus the focus for sustainable energy. It is therefore...

Author(s): J. Kassongo and C. A. Togo

May 2011

Trichosporon identification methods for isolates obtained from different clinical specimens

  Trichosporon is a medically important genus that includes the causative agents of both deep-seated, mucosa-associated infection and superficial infection. In this study, we aimed to present data on the phenotypic and molecular identification of Trichosporon species recovered from various clinical specimens representing both superficial and systemic infections. 397 samples (65 blood cultures, 192 nail...

Author(s): Noha El-Mashad, Mohamed Taha Mahmoud and Heba allah El-Shewehy

May 2011

Pollen germination, tube growth and longevity in some cultivars of Vitis vinifera L.

  The grapevines (Vitis vinifera, L.) are cultured widely in Maragheh and are made one of the most important commercial fruit crops of its regions. Most of the cultivars are growing with their fruits or are used in rasine, juice and fresh fruits forms. However, pollination is the main factor affecting fruit set and knowledge about pollen traits of cultivars is necessary to plan the vineyards establishment...

Author(s): Yavar Sharafi and Ali Bahmani

May 2011

Soluble proteome analysis of male Ericerus pela Chavannes cuticle at the stage of the second instar larva

  Shotgun liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) were employed to character the soluble proteome of male Ericerus pela cuticle at the stage of the second instar larva. A total of 278 protein groups (2584 peptides) were identified that involved in a wide spectrum of biological process and molecular function. The proteins were classified into seven categories according to...

Author(s): Pu Yang, Jiaying Zhu,  Meng Li, Junmin Li and Xiaoming Chen

May 2011

Assesment of some microbiological and chemical properties of pismaniye sweet

  The objective of this research was to determine some microbiological and chemical properties of pismaniye sweet. A total of 47 plain and with cacao pismaniye samples were purchased from retail markets in the Marmara region, Turkey. Mean moisture, ash, fat and total sugar contents were found as 3.16 to 3.31, 0.18 to 0.23, 11.67 to 11.87 and 37.10 to 35.72%, for plain and with cacao, respectively. The microbial...

Author(s):   Lutfiye Yilmaz-Ersan, Arzu Akpinar-Bayizit, Tulay Ozcan, Oya Irmak Sahin  and Pinar Aydinol

May 2011

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) inhibit growth of yeast pathogens

  Studies on yeasts exposed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) as potential anti-mitochondrial antifungals. In this study, various NSAIDs were tested for antifungal activity on the human yeast pathogens Candida albicans and Cryptococcus neoformans. Our results suggest a dual action for these drugs, that is, antifungal as well as...

Author(s): Desmond M. Ncango, Carolina H. Pohl, Pieter W. J. van Wyk and Johan L. F. Kock