Identification of Pathogenic Bacteria from Public Libraries via Proteomics Analysis
AbstractHazardous organisms may thrive on surfaces that are often exposed to human contact, including children’s library books. In this study, swab samples were taken from 42 children’s books collected from four public libraries in Texas and California. Samples were then cultivated in brain–heart infusion (BHI) medium and then in Luria broth (LB) medium containing either ampicillin or kanamycin. All 42 samples (100%) were positive for bacterial growth in normal BHI medium. Furthermore, 35 samples (83.3%) and 20 samples (47.6%) in total were positive in LB medium containing ampicillin or kanamycin, respectively. Bacterial populations were then identified in samples using an Orbitrap Fusion™ Tribrid ™ mass spectrometer, a state-of-the-art proteomic analysis tool. Identified bacterial species grown in ampicillin included Bacillus, Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas, Staphylococcus, Enterobacter, Klebsiella, Serratia, Streptococcus, Escherichia, Salmonella, and Enterococcus. In contrast, identified bacteria grown in kanamycin included Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Enterococcus, and Bacillus. The presences of pathogenic bacteria species were also confirmed. The results of this study warrant follow up studies to assess the potential health risks of identified pathogens. This study demonstrates the utility of proteomics in identifying environmental pathogenic bacteria for specific public health risk evaluations. View Full-Text
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Jung, R.H.; Kim, M.; Bhatt, B.; Choi, J.M.; Roh, J.H. Identification of Pathogenic Bacteria from Public Libraries via Proteomics Analysis. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 912.
Jung RH, Kim M, Bhatt B, Choi JM, Roh JH. Identification of Pathogenic Bacteria from Public Libraries via Proteomics Analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(6):912.Chicago/Turabian Style
Jung, Ryan H.; Kim, Minzae; Bhatt, Bhoomi; Choi, Jong M.; Roh, Jung H. 2019. "Identification of Pathogenic Bacteria from Public Libraries via Proteomics Analysis." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 16, no. 6: 912.
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