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Multilayered Regulation Of The Type I Toxin Zoro In Ehec, Jia Wen Aug 2016

Multilayered Regulation Of The Type I Toxin Zoro In Ehec, Jia Wen

Doctoral Dissertations

A bacterial type I toxin-antitoxin system contains two genes: one encodes a small toxic protein and the second, a small regulatory RNA (sRNA) that inhibits toxin production. To date, very few type I loci have been described thoroughly in regards to the regulation of toxin and the function of the toxin at endogenous levels. In this study, I demonstrated that the zor-orz locus of Escherichia coli O157:H7 is composed of two highly homologous type I toxin-antitoxin systems: zorO-orzO and zorP-orzP. The zor genes encode the toxins and the orz genes encode the antitoxin sRNAs. Overexpression of zorO is toxic ...


Novel Advancements For Improving Sprout Safety, Kyle S. Landry Jan 2016

Novel Advancements For Improving Sprout Safety, Kyle S. Landry

Doctoral Dissertations

All varieties of bean sprouts (mung bean, alfalfa, broccoli, and radish) are classified as a “super-food” and are common staples for health conscious consumers. Along with the proposed health benefits, there is also an inherent risk of foodborne illness. When sprouts are cooked, there is little risk of illness. The purpose of this dissertation was to explore novel techniques to minimize or prevent the incidence of foodborne illness associated with the consumption of sprouts. Three areas were investigated: 1) the use of a biocontrol organism, 2) the use of a novel spontaneous carvacrol nanoemulsion, and 3) the influence of the ...