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Record number 535938
Title Glycerol metabolism induces Listeria monocytogenes biofilm formation at the air-liquid interface
Author(s) Crespo Tapia, Natalia; Besten, Heidy M.W. den; Abee, Tjakko
Source International Journal of Food Microbiology 273 (2018). - ISSN 0168-1605 - p. 20 - 27.
Department(s) Food Microbiology Laboratory
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Keyword(s) Aerotaxis - Biofilm - Glycerol - Listeria monocytogenes - Metabolism
Abstract Listeria monocytogenes is a food-borne pathogen that can grow as a biofilm on surfaces. Biofilm formation in food-processing environments is a big concern for food safety, as it can cause product contamination through the food-processing line. Although motile aerobic bacteria have been described to form biofilms at the air-liquid interface of cell cultures, to our knowledge, this type of biofilm has not been described in L. monocytogenes before. In this study we report L. monocytogenes biofilm formation at the air-liquid interface of aerobically grown cultures, and that this phenotype is specifically induced when the media is supplemented with glycerol as a carbon and energy source. Planktonic growth, metabolic activity assays and HPLC measurements of glycerol consumption over time showed that glycerol utilization in L. monocytogenes is restricted to growth under aerobic conditions. Gene expression analysis showed that genes encoding the glycerol transporter GlpF, the glycerol kinase GlpK and the glycerol 3-phosphate dehydrogenase GlpD were upregulated in the presence of oxygen, and downregulated in absence of oxygen. Additionally, motility assays revealed the induction of aerotaxis in the presence of glycerol. Our results demonstrate that the formation of biofilms at the air-liquid interface is dependent on glycerol-induced aerotaxis towards the surface of the culture, where L. monocytogenes has access to higher concentrations of oxygen, and is therefore able to utilize this compound as a carbon source.
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