Glucose uptake by Listeria monocytogenes Scott A and inhibition by pediocin JD

D. P. Christensen, R. W. Hutkins

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Glucose uptake by Listeria monocytogenes Scott A was inhibited by the bacteriocin pediocin JD and by the protonophore carbonyl cyanide m- chlorophenyhydrazone. Experiments with monensin, nigericin, chlorhexidine diacetate, dinitrophenol, and gramicidin, however, showed that glucose uptake could occur in the absence of a proton motive force. L. monocytogenes cell extracts phosphorylated glucose when phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP) was present in the assay mixture, and whole cells incubated with 2-deoxyglucose accumulated 2-deoxyglucose-6-phosphate, indicating the presence of a PEP-dependent phosphotransferase system in this organism. Glucose phosphorylation also occurred when ATP was present, suggesting that a proton motive force-mediated glucose transport system may also be present. We conclude that L. monocytogenes Scott A accumulates glucose by phosphotransferase and proton motive force-mediated systems, both of which are sensitive to pediocin JD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3870-3873
Number of pages4
JournalApplied and environmental microbiology
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Ecology


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