Ascorbic acid inhibition of Campylobacter jejuni growth.


The inhibitory effect of ascorbic acid on Campylobacter jejuni is described. In vitro growth of clinical strains, as measured spectrophotometrically, was inhibited by 0.5 mg of freshly prepared L-ascorbic acid per ml. Alkaline-treated or aged L-ascorbic acid increased inhibition, as did copper; however, L-cysteine, L-cystine, and glutathione prevented inhibition. Biochemical analysis of the medium and cultures indicated that one or more of the oxidation products of L-ascorbic acid, e.g., L-dehydroascorbic acid or L-diketogulonic acid, were more effective inhibitors than was reduced L-ascorbic acid.

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@article{Fletcher1983AscorbicAI, title={Ascorbic acid inhibition of Campylobacter jejuni growth.}, author={Ronald D. Fletcher and A C Albers and Alan K Chen and Julie Albertson}, journal={Applied and environmental microbiology}, year={1983}, volume={45 3}, pages={792-5} }