Heat shock induces barotolerance in Listeria monocytogenes

Melinda M. Hayman, Ramaswamy C. Anantheswaran, Stephen J. Knabel

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The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of heat shock on the resistance of Listeria monocytogenes to high pressure processing (HPP). L. monocytogenes ATCC 19115 was grown to stationary phase at 15°C and inoculated into whole ultrahigh-temperature milk at ∼107 CFU/ml. Milk samples (5 ml) were placed into plastic transfer pipettes, which were heat sealed and then heated in a water bath at 48°C for 10 min. Immediately after heat shock, the milk was cooled in water (20°C) for 25 min and then placed on ice. The samples were high pressure processed at ambient temperature (∼23°C) at 400 MPa for various times up to 150 s. Following HPP, the samples were spread plated on tryptic soy agar supplemented with yeast extract. Heat shock significantly increased the D400 MPa-value of L. monocytogenes from 35 s in non-heat-shocked cells to 127 s in heat-shocked cells (P < 0.05). Addition of chloramphenicol before heat shock eliminated the protective effect of heat shock (P < 0.05). Heat shock for 5, 10, 15, or 30 min at 48°C resulted in maximal barotolerance (P < 0.05); increasing the time to 60 min significantly decreased survival compared with that at 5, 10, 15, or 30 min (P < 0.05). These results indicate that prior heat shock significantly increases the barotolerance of L. monocytogenes and that de novo protein synthesis during heat shock is required for this enhanced barotolerance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)426-430
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of food protection
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science
  • Microbiology


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