Development of a biofilm model for Listeria monocytogenes EGD-e

Zameer, Farhan and Shubha Gopal and Krohne, Georg and Kreft, Jürgen (2010) Development of a biofilm model for Listeria monocytogenes EGD-e. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 26 (6). pp. 1143-1147. ISSN 1573-0972

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The ability to form persistent biofilms makes the pathogenic bacterium Listeria monocytogenes a hazardous contaminant in food processing environments. Growth and biofilm formation of L. monocytogenes EGD-e were studied in defined medium (HTM) and in tryptic soy broth (TSB) with different supplements. TSB + 1% glucose gave optimal results. Using this medium, biofilm development on the model surface polystyrene (microtiter plate) was monitored by the standard crystal violet staining for adherent cells after bacterial cultivation for 24 and 48 h at five different temperatures (4, 18, 25, 30 and 37°C). In parallel, the matrix exopolysaccharide formed after 48 h of incubation was quantified by staining with ruthenium red. In both assays incubation at 30°C yielded the highest values. The formation of larger scale biofilms on dialysis membranes, placed on TSB agar with 1% glucose for 48 h, was studied by scanning electron microscopy. Contiguous and multilayered biofilms were observed at 18, 25, 30 and 37°C incubation temperature. The methodology is suitable for quantitative and microscopic studies and, in addition, yields sufficient cell mass for subsequent biochemical and molecular biological analyses.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Life Science > Microbiology
Divisions: Department of > Microbiology
Depositing User: LA manjunath user
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2019 05:59
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2022 06:46

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