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The purpose of this research was to monitor the changes during storage in survival of bifidobacteria in a soft-frozen ice cream supplemented with a yeast cell wall-based product claimed to contribute to the functioning of the immune system. An ice cream mix was prepared and pasteurised. After overnight aging at 4 °C, it was inoculated with Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis Bb-12. Two batches of the mix were supplemented with a commercial Saccharomyces cerevisiae cell wall product at 2.0% and 4.0% (w/w), whereas a third batch was left unsupplemented and served as control. The final mixes were frozen, and the three products were stored at –13 °C for 7 days. The ice creams contained viable bifidobacteria cells at levels exceeding 106 CFU g–1 throughout the storage throughout the storage period. Although the yeast supplement decreased the loss of viability of bifidobacteria during frozen storage of ice creams, it imparted a slightly bitter off-flavour to the samples and it also negatively influenced the original white colour of the product, thereby necessitating further work to develop flavoured varieties of the Saccharomyces cell wall-containing synbiotic ice cream.

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We are synthetized thermo- and pH-sensitive gels, which are then tested as skin extenders. Our aim is the development of copolymer and composite hydrogels that, when implanted under the human skin, swell osmotically and thereby induce skin growth. During the polimerization reaction we are produced copolymers with varyable composition, which are proceed from two acrylic compounds [N- isopropyl- acrylamide (NIPAAm), and acrylamide (AAm)]. The mechanical strength and the swelling stability of the gels are enhanced by the addition of fillers [Na- montmorillonite (Na- m.) and with alkyl- ammonium ion organophilized Na- montmorillonites [(C n - m.), n = 4, 12, 18]. With this method we are synthetized composite- hydrogels. The filler content of composites varies between 1 and 25 wt%. We observed that in the case of composites synthesized with the addition of fillers, relatively low filler contents (1–5 wt%) resulted in more extensive swelling and stronger gel structure. In the course of the experiments the monomer composition of the gels (0/100–100/0 mol% NIPAAm/AAm) and in the case of composites, the quality (montmorillonite and organophilized montmorillonite) and quantity (1–25 wt%) of fillers are varied. The extent of swelling and the viscoelastic properties can be manipulated through the ratios of these parameters. In the case of certain copolymer and composite gels, values of desorption enthalpy (ΔH m ) corresponding to the actual water contents were also determined by thermoanalytical measurements (DSC). Swelling values determined by gravimetry and enthalpies calculated from DSC measurements were found to be in good correlation. Evaluation and comparison of the rheological and DSC results also allowed conclusions to be drawn concerning the types of interaction operating among the three components of the system, i.e. the polymer skeleton, the filler and water molecules. We found that water molecules within the gel matrix are bound to the 3-D polymer lattice with bonds of different strengths and the strength of these interactions are dependent on both hydrophilicity and charge conditions. In the case of hydrophobic NIPAAm composites a more extensive swelling can be achieved by applying montmorillonite fillers with hydrophobized surfaces, whereas in the case of hydrophilic AAm-based composites the use of hydrophilic montmorillonite fillers ensure more extensive swelling.

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The objective of this study was to use matrix-assisted laser desorption ionisation–time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) for the identification of ovine-associated staphylococci. Presumptive Staphylococcus isolates were recovered from ovine udder surface (US), individual raw milk, bulk tank milk, and cheese samples and were characterised by conventional phenotypic methods. A total of 69 bacterial isolates were further confirmed by MALDI-TOF MS. Forty-two (60.9%) of 69 isolates were successfully identified on genus and species level. Two thirds (n = 28) of the 42 identified isolates were shown to be Staphylococcus spp. These 28 staphylococcal isolates formed two clusters, one consisting of 22 Staphylococcus aureus strains and the other composed of 6 non-aureus staphylococci, including S. simulans (n = 3), S. auricularis, S. equorum, and S. haemolyticus. MALDI-TOF MS has proven to be a reliable tool for the identification of staphylococci from raw sheep's milk, especially bulk tank milk; however, currently it appears to be less useful for the identification of bacterial isolates originating from ovine US samples. This is the first study to evaluate the applicability of MALDI-TOF MS for identification of Staphylococcus spp. in ovine raw milk, cheese, and US samples in Hungary.

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