Comparison of methods for the microbiological identification and profiling of cronobacter species from ingredients used in the preparation of infant formula

Cetinkaya, E., Joseph, S., Ayhan, K. and Forsythe, S.J. ORCID: 0000-0002-6709-0712, 2013. Comparison of methods for the microbiological identification and profiling of cronobacter species from ingredients used in the preparation of infant formula. Molecular and Cellular Probes, 27 (1), pp. 60-64. ISSN 0890-8508

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Abstract

Cronobacter spp. (formerly Enterobacter sakazakii) can be isolated from a wide range of foods and environments, and its association with neonatal infections has drawn considerable attention from regulatory authorities. The principle route of neonatal infection has been identified as the ingestion of contaminated infant formula. A number of methods have been developed to identify Cronobacter spp., however these were before the most recent (2012 ) taxonomic revision of the genus into seven species. In this study, phenotyping, protein profiling and molecular methods were used to identify Cronobacter strains which had been recently isolated from ingredients used in the preparation of infant formula. Pulsed field gel electrophoresis revealed that different Cronobacter strains had been recovered from the same food products. All isolates were identified as C sakazakii according to four genus specific PCR-probes and protein profiling using MALDI-TOF analysis. However, 16S rDNA sequence analyses and fusA allele sequencing gave more accurate identification: four strains were C sakazakii, one strain was C malonaticus and the remaining strain was C universalis. Multilocus sequence typing showed the strains were different sequence types. These results demonstrate the presence of different Cronobacter species in food ingredients used in the preparation of infant formula, and also the need for molecular identification and profiling methods to be revised according to taxonomic revisions.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Molecular and Cellular Probes
Creators: Cetinkaya, E., Joseph, S., Ayhan, K. and Forsythe, S.J.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: 2013
Volume: 27
Number: 1
ISSN: 0890-8508
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10.1016/j.mcp.2012.10.003DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:05
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:18
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7448

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