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Listeria monocytogenes efficiently invades caco-2 cells after low-temperature storage in broth and on deli meat

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The objective of this study was to investigate how various growth conditions influence the virulence of Listeria monocytogenes monitored by its ability to invade the epithelial cell lines Caco-2 and INT-407. The growth conditions examined were modified atmosphere-packaged deli meat and brain heart infusion broth (BHI) with and without salt. Five strains of L. monocytogenes were selected to investigate their invasiveness and all strains invaded Caco-2 cells at higher levels than INT-407 cells. Further, the clinical strains (3443 and 3734) were more invasive (p < 0.05) than the strains isolated from meat and food-processing environments (3008, 3126, and 4140) after grown in BHI at 30 degrees C. This attenuation could not be ascribed to a defective Internalin A as all strains encoded an intact inlA gene. To determine the influence of food products on virulence, the ability of L. monocytogenes to invade Caco-2 cells was compared after growth on a fermented sausage and on cured cooked ham to that of bacteria grown in BHI broth supplemented with salt. Samples were stored under chilling conditions for up to 4 weeks. The results showed no difference (p > 0.05) in invasiveness after 7 days at 10 degrees C in BHI broth or on sausage, whereas a slight increase (p < 0.05) was observed after incubation on ham for 2 and 4 weeks compared to that in BHI broth. Most importantly, our results show that L. monocytogenes efficiently invade Caco-2 cells even after 4 weeks of storage at chilled temperature. This is highly relevant for safety assessment of this organism in food as these conditions reflect storage of ready-to-eat food products in domestic refrigerators.
Udgivelsesdato: sep 2010
TidsskriftFoodborne Pathogens and Diseases
Udgave nummer9
Sider (fra-til)1013-1018
Antal sider6
StatusUdgivet - 2010

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