Antagonistic Effect of Pseudomonas sp. CMI-1 on Foodborne Pathogenic Listeria

Ágnes Belák* and Anna Maráz

Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Food Science, Corvinus University of Budapest, 
Somlói út 14–16, HU-1118 Budapest, Hungary

Article history:
Received May 20, 2014
Acceptred January 26, 2015

Key words
antagonistic bacteria, Listeria monocytogenes, siderophore, fluorescent Pseudomonas sp.

Bacterial isolates derived from food or raw food materials of animal origin were 
screened for potential antagonistic activity against foodborne pathogenic Listeria monocytogenesUsing the agar spot method, ten out of the 94 tested bacteria showed antilisterial activity. All of the antagonistic isolates identified by sequence analysis as strains of the genus Pseudomonas were able to inhibit the growth of all the examined Listeria species including the ruminal pathogenic L. ivanovii and the opportunistic human pathogenic L. innocuaPseudomonas sp. CMI-1 had the highest inhibitory effect on the growth of different Listeria strains. Co-culturing studies revealed that the inhibition of L. monocytogenes could not be achieved efficiently. Although the population of the Pseudomonas sp. CMI-1 strain increased by up to 10 orders of magnitude during 2 days of culturing period at 20 °C in the presence of L. monocytogenes, the cell count of the pathogen also increased by approx. 6 orders of magnitude. At the same time, appropriate inhibition of cell-free supernatants generated from 6-day-old cultures of Pseudomonas sp. CMI-1 was observed. The inhibitory compound of this antagonistic strain is presumably a chromopeptide siderophore, whose activity and production can be affected by iron supplementation, and which had an absorption maximum typical of siderophores of fluorescent Pseudomonas species. Production of the antilisterial substance was influenced by the oxygen concentration, as in static cultures the concentration of the siderophore was higher than in shake flask cultures.


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