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Isolation, Antibiotic Resistance, And Molecular Characterization Of Campylobacter From Poultry, Swine And Dairy Cows, Willie James Taylor Dec 2012

Isolation, Antibiotic Resistance, And Molecular Characterization Of Campylobacter From Poultry, Swine And Dairy Cows, Willie James Taylor

Doctoral Dissertations

This study was conducted to determine presence, antibiotic resistance, and genetic relatedness of Campylobacter on diverse farm types. Cloacal fecal samples from poultry (broilers, layers, and turkey breeders), and fecal rectal samples from non-poultry animals (farrowing sows, finisher pigs, and lactating dairy cows) were tested for Campylobacter using BAM protocols. Agar disk diffusion method was used to determine antibiotic resistance, and PFGE analysis to determine genetic relatedness of isolates recovered within the different farm types. Campylobacter was detected in 34.8% (range of 6.7 to 62.0%, P < 0.001) of cloacal samples from poultry, in 61.4% (range of 55.0 to 69.0%, P < 0.05), and 26.0% (range of 19.0 to 34.0%, P < 0.05) of rectal samples from pigs, and dairy cows, respectively. Antibiotic resistance was detected in 30.2% (range of ...


Casein Micelles From Bovine Milk: Native Structure, Interactions, And Practical Applications Of Their Structural Modification, Raymundo Trejo Dec 2012

Casein Micelles From Bovine Milk: Native Structure, Interactions, And Practical Applications Of Their Structural Modification, Raymundo Trejo

Doctoral Dissertations

A definitive structure of the native casein micelle structure continues to elude researchers. Data and images obtained via cryo - transmission electron microscopy of isolated native casein micelles allowed for the reconstruction of a three dimensional model of the micelle; which contains water filled cavities (ca. 20 to 30 nm diameter), channels (diameter larger than ca. 5 nm), and several hundred high density nanoclusters (6-12 nm diameter) within the interior of the micelles.

The SDS polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of isolated micelles (pH 6.8, 5.0) showed that whey proteins were found associated with the isolated micelles regardless of the pH ...


Novel Rapid Molecular Detection And Processing Approaches For The Control Of Salmonella Enterica Serovars In The Food Environment, Chayapa Techathuvanan May 2012

Novel Rapid Molecular Detection And Processing Approaches For The Control Of Salmonella Enterica Serovars In The Food Environment, Chayapa Techathuvanan

Doctoral Dissertations

The increase in Salmonella enterica outbreaks calls for an urgent need to rapidly detect and control Salmonella-associated contamination. Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay is a novel method that can be completed within 90 min in a simple waterbath. Detection is by simple turbidity, fluorescence, or gel electrophoresis and is more specific than PCR. Reverse-transcriptase LAMP (RT-LAMP) targeting mRNA for the potential detection of live infectious Salmonella or recent contamination was used in this study and detection sensitivity to culture-based detection and RT-PCR assays was compared in pure culture, food products, and food processing environments. Our results showed detection limits ...


Plant Protein-Based Nanocomposite Materials: Modification Of Layered Nanoclay By Surface Coating And Enhanced Interactions By Enzymatic And Chemical Cross-Linking, Minfeng Jin May 2012

Plant Protein-Based Nanocomposite Materials: Modification Of Layered Nanoclay By Surface Coating And Enhanced Interactions By Enzymatic And Chemical Cross-Linking, Minfeng Jin

Doctoral Dissertations

Highly intercalated or exfoliated nanoclay montmorillonite (MMT) has promises to improve mechanical and barrier properties of nanocomposite materials that may be further improved by strengthening interactions between matrix polymers and nanofillers. In this work, water-soluble proteins extracted from hominy feed and soy flour were utilized to modify the structures of MMT layers by surface-coating. Following coating at 60 °C using different MMT:protein mass ratios (49:1-2:1) and pH (2.0-10.0), the nanoclay was triple-washed for zeta potential analysis and lyophilized for X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analyses. Results showed that protein adsorption on MMT occurred ...