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New insights in mechanisms of bacterial inactivation by carvacrol.
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PMID:  23035895     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AIMS: To study the mechanism of bacterial inactivation by carvacrol and the influence of genetic and environmental factors in its antimicrobial activity. METHODS AND RESULTS: In general, bacterial inactivation by carvacrol was higher in the Gram-positive Listeria monocytogenes than in the Gram-negative Escherichia coli and at acidic pH. At pH 4.0, 25 μl∙l(-1) of carvacrol for 5 h inactivated 1 and more than 5 log(10) cycles of E. coli and L. monocytogenes populations, respectively. Genetic and environmental factors also influenced cell resistance to carvacrol: rpoS and sigB deletion decreased carvacrol resistance in E. coli and L. monocytogenes, respectively; and a heat shock induced a phenomenon of cross-protection to carvacrol treatments. Repair of sublethal injuries in cell envelopes suggested that carvacrol targets lipid fractions and proteins of these structures. This result was corroborated by Attenuated total reflectance infrared microspectroscopy analysis. CONCLUSIONS: This study shows critical genetic and environmental factors, such as rpoS or sigB and heat shocks, and reveals new microbial structures involved in the mechanism of bacterial inactivation by carvacrol. SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACT OF STUDY: A better understanding of the mechanisms of microbial inactivation is of great relevance in order to design more appropriate carvacrol treatments with high antimicrobial effects. © 2012The Authors Journal of Applied Microbiology © 2012 The Society for Applied Microbiology.
Abdenour Ait-Ouazzou; Laura Espina; Tilahun K Gelaw; Sílvia de Lamo-Castellví; Rafael Pagán; Diego García-Gonzalo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of applied microbiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2672     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Appl. Microbiol.     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9706280     Medline TA:  J Appl Microbiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012The Authors Journal of Applied Microbiology © 2012 The Society for Applied Microbiology.
Departamento de Producción Animal y Ciencia de los Alimentos, Facultad de Veterinaria, Universidad de Zaragoza, Miguel Servet 177, 50013, Zaragoza, Spain.
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