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Purification of leucocin A for use on wieners to inhibit Listeria monocytogenes in the presence of spoilage organisms

Balay, Danielle R., Dangeti, Ramana V., Kaur, Kamaljit, McMullen, Lynn M.
International journal of food microbiology 2017 v.255 pp. 25-31
Brochothrix thermosphacta, Carnobacterium divergens, Leuconostoc gelidum, Listeria monocytogenes, agar, antibacterial properties, asparagine, bacteriocins, food matrix, foodborne illness, leucine, minimum inhibitory concentration, spoilage, storage time, vacuum packaging
The aims of this study were to improve the method for purification of leucocin A to increase yield of peptide and to evaluate the efficacy of leucocin A and an analogue of leucocin A (leucocin N17L) to inhibit the growth of Listeria monocytogenes on wieners in the presence of spoilage organisms. Leucocin A was produced by Leuconostoc gelidum UAL187 and purified with a five-fold increase in yield; leucocin N17L was synthesized replacing asparagine at residue 17 with leucine. Five strains of L. monocytogenes associated with foodborne illness were used to assess bacteriocin efficacy in vitro and in situ. Minimum inhibitory concentrations could not be determined in broth; however, on agar the minimum inhibitory concentrations ranged from 11.7–62.5μM and 62.5–>500μM for leucocin A and leucocin N17L, respectively. Leucocin N17L was less effective than the native bacteriocin at controlling the growth of L. monocytogenes. The inactivation profiles of L. monocytogenes in broth in the presence of leucocin A suggested each isolate had different levels of resistance to the bacteriocin as determined by the initial bactericidal effect. The formation of spontaneously resistance subpopulations were also observed for each strain of L. monocytogenes. In situ, wieners were inoculated with the spoilage organisms, Carnobacterium divergens and Brochothrix thermosphacta, followed by surface application of purified leucocin A, and inoculated with a cocktail of L. monocytogenes. Wieners were vacuum packaged and stored at 7°C for 16d. Leucocin A reduced the counts L. monocytogenes on wieners during storage, regardless of the presence of C. divergens. B. thermosphacta was unaffected by the presence of leucocin A on wieners over the duration of storage. This study suggests that leucocin A may be beneficial to industry as a surface application on wieners to help reduce L. monocytogenes counts due to post-processing contamination even in the presence of spoilage organisms. However, further investigation on the ability of L. monocytogenes to form spontaneous resistance to class II bacteriocins on food matrices during prolonged storage is warranted.