Effects of glucose and oxygen on arginine metabolism by coagulase-negative staphylococci.

Abstract

Coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS) are not only part of the desirable microbiota of fermented meat products but also commonly inhabit skin and flesh wounds. Their proliferation depends on the versatility to use energy sources and the adaptation to fluctuating environmental parameters. In this study, the conversion of the amino acid arginine by two strains with arginine deiminase (ADI) activity (Staphylococcus carnosus 833 and S. pasteuri αs3-13) and a strain with nitric oxide synthase (NOS) activity (S. haemolyticus G110) was modelled as a function of glucose and oxygen availability. Both factors moderately inhibited the ADI-based conversion kinetics, never leading to full repression. However, for NOS-driven conversion of arginine by S. haemolyticus G110, oxygen was an absolute requirement. When changing from microaerobic conditions to aerobiosis, a switch from homolactic fermentation to a combined formation of lactic acid, acetic acid, and acetoin was found in all cases, after which lactic acid and acetic acid were used as substrates. The kinetic model proposed provided a suitable description of the data of glucose and arginine co-metabolism as a function of oxygen levels and may serve as a tool to further analyse the behaviour of staphylococci in different ecosystems or when applying specific food processing conditions.

DOI: 10.1016/j.fm.2017.02.007

Cite this paper

@article{Mainar2017EffectsOG, title={Effects of glucose and oxygen on arginine metabolism by coagulase-negative staphylococci.}, author={Mar{\'i}a S{\'a}nchez Mainar and Fr{\'e}derick Matheuse and Luc De Vuyst and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Leroy}, journal={Food microbiology}, year={2017}, volume={65}, pages={170-178} }