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Osmoregulation and its importance to food-borne microorganisms.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11981971     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The control of water activity has been used as a means of preserving foods for thousands of years. This preservation strategy presents food-borne microorganisms with serious problems, many of which relate to the management of water flow. Although the specific details of how each organism deals with these problems are different, several common themes have emerged. Bacteria induce specific responses. both physiological and genetic, to respond to either the loss or the gain of water, triggered by changes in the osmolarity of the environment. Many of the key systems have now been identified and the mechanisms of their regulation are beginning to be understood. Here we review recent developments in the field of bacterial osmoregulation with emphasis on key food-borne genera.
Conor P O'Byrne; Ian R Booth
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of food microbiology     Volume:  74     ISSN:  0168-1605     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Food Microbiol.     Publication Date:  2002 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-04-30     Completed Date:  2002-08-08     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8412849     Medline TA:  Int J Food Microbiol     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  203-16     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Aberdeen, Institute of Medical Sciences, Scotland, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Bacterial Physiological Phenomena*
Food Microbiology*
Foodborne Diseases / microbiology*
Water-Electrolyte Balance / physiology*
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