Some enterococci of food origin produce bacteriocins that exert anti-Listeria activity. Enterococci are used as probiotics to improve the microbial balance of the. Enterococci can cause food intoxication through production of biogenic amines and can be a reservoir for .. Enterococci at the crossroads of food safety. C. M. A. P. Franz, W. H. Holzapfel and M. E. Stiles, “Enterococci at the Crossroads of Food Safety” International Journal of Food Microbiology, Vol. 47, No.

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Incidence of virulence factors and antibiotic resistance among enterococci isolated from food.

A number of genes encoding for virulence factors especially in E. Enterococci can be readily isolated from foods, including a number of traditional fermented foods. There is strong epidemiological evidence of a link between the use of antibiotics in human medicine and animal husbandry and the emergence, spreading and persistence of resistant strains in animal products [ 4647 ].

However, this measure should be complemented by a more prudent use of antibiotics in human medicine. The vanA type glycopeptide resistance, which confers coupled resistance to both vancomycin and teicoplanin, seems the most frequent vancomycin-resistant phenotype among food-associated VRE.

Enterococci at the crossroads of food safety?

In processed meats, enterococci may survive heat processing and cause spoilage, though in certain cheeses the growth of enterococci contributes to ripening and development of product flavour. Epidemiological data also indicate that E. The exchange of genetic material in E.

In many cases, however, enterococci are a spoilage problem also in cooked, processed meats because they are able to survive heat processing, especially if initially present in high numbers [12].

Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Food-associated enterococci could therefore be a reservoir for antibiotic resistance. On the contrary, enterococci have important implications in the dairy industry. Outbreak of multidrug-resistant Enterococcus faecium with transferable vanB class vancomycin resistance.

Citing articles via Web of Science Two distinct forms of transferable vancomycin-resistant phenotypes have been described in enterococci: Transient intestinal carriage after ingestion of antibiotic-resistant Enterococcus faecium from chicken and pork.

On the other crosroads, although many reports of cases of VRE infection suggested inter-strain transmission of resistance genes, cross colonisation of single resistant clones seem the most frequent mechanisms of VRE spreading within farms or hospitals [ 11616467—70 ].


To the contrary, many authors suggest that certain strains of enterococci in some cheeses may be highly desirable on the basis of their positive contribution to flavour development during the cheese ripening.

Amino acid-decarboxylase activity of bacteria isolated from fermented pork sausages. On the basis of 16S rRNA cataloguing, the genus Streptococcus was separated during the s into the three genera Enterococcus, Lactococcus and Streptococcus. Gordon and Ahmad [39] stated that E.

Recent molecular screenings of Enterococcus virulence determinants indicated that medical E.

Enterococci at the crossroads of food safety? [1999]

EnterococcusEnterococcal virulenceFood-borne pathogenOpportunistic pathogenicityAntibiotic resistanceFermented food. A grouping of the strains on the basis of virulence traits, as well as case-by-case studies on overall phenotypic and genotypic characteristics, could crossriads us to trace pathogenicity schemes within the enterococcal population and better comprehend the microbial ecology of this heterogeneous group of bacteria.

The technology for the production of most of these products is essentially similar. Virulence genes, antibiotic resistance and plasmid profiles of Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium from naturally fermented Turkish foods.

Genetic structure of the Enterococcus faecalis plasmid pAD1-encoded cytolytic toxin system and its relationship to lantibiotic determinants. Enterococci can cause food intoxication through production of biogenic amines and can be a reservoir for foov opportunistic infections and for virulence traits. Enterococci isolated from dairy products: Because virginiamycin has been used as a growth promoter in animal feed but streptogamins have rarely been used in human therapy, this again appears to be another example of resistance of animal origin [47].

These long-term policies should be based on international prospective monitoring systems for the surveillance in humans, animals, carcasses and foods.

Enterococci are gram-positive bacteria and fit within the crossroadz definition of lactic acid bacteria. VRE have been found in waste water samples from sewage treatment plants, livestock faeces, uncooked chicken samples, manure samples from pig and poultry farms [ 123662 ]. Epidemiology of vancomycin-resistant enterococci in the community and the relevance of farm animals to human infection. The chronic use of antibiotics as growth promoters in livestock is a recognised factor acting as a selective agent in promoting resistant enterococci.


Epidemiology of colonisation of patients and environment with vancomycin-resistant enterococci.

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Plasmid-associated hemolysin and aggregation substance production contribute to virulence in experimental enterococcal endocarditis.

It is also difficult to prove that animal, environmental and human strains are identical by means of molecular typing. It is difficult to unequivocally categorise isolates into one of the Enterococcus species by physiological tests because heterogeneity in phenotypic features is very high, regardless of the origin of the isolate [ 2—5 ]. The molecular biology of fruity and floral aromas in beer and other alcoholic beverages.

Antimicrobial resistance of Enterococcus species from meat and fermented meat products isolated by a PCR-based rapid screening method. Food intoxication caused by ingestion of biogenic amines determines a number of symptoms of increasing complexity which include headache, vomiting, increase of blood pressure and even allergic reactions of strong intensity. Enterococci have recently enetrococci as nosocomial pathogens. It is highly probable that phylogenetic system of the genus Enterococcus has not yet been completely elucidated and that some re-classifications may be necessary in the near future.

In this context, reports of hospital-acquired szfety attributed to enterococci are difficult to interpret because these bacteria are generally identified in mixed cultures with other primary pathogens, such as staphylococci and others [10]. Enterococci constitute a large proportion of the autochthonous bacteria associated with the mammalian gastrointestinal tract.

To this regard, glycopeptide resistance has not yet transferred in vivo to other significant pathogens, but experimental transfer to S. In this review, the following topics will be covered: Enterococci or low grade pathogens but their intrinsic resistance to many antibiotics and their acquisition of resistance to the few enterococxi available for treatment in clinical therapy, such as the glycopeptides, have led to difficulties and a search for new drugs and therapeutic options.