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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Food Science
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology