oa Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal - The influence of extrinsic stresses on the growth and endotoxin profiles of Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1684-498X



The LPS, endotoxin of Gram-negative organisms in communal growth as compared to pure culture was the focus of this research. The experiment aimed to show pure and communal samples grown in the presence of the extrinsic stresses. The change in toxicity was measured using the Limulus Amoebocyte Lysate (LAL) test. The overall sensitivity of organisms was similar for the same sanitiser and the same detergent. Growth in community was found not to be the arithmetic sum of the individual growth patterns. The detergents had a marked effect on the growth of all samples throughout the growth cycle. This finding reveals that the acceptable refrigeration temperatures still allows for pathogen growth and thus for biofilm formation. The quantification by LAL showed that the enumeration of the food-borne pathogens isolated from households might not be indicative of acclimatisation obtained over short periods of time and the causal stress could turn these organisms into more or less toxic pathogens.

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