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Morphotypic conversion in Listeria monocytogenes biofilm formation: Biological significance of rough colony isolates

IR Monk, GM Cook, BC Monk, PJ Bremer

Applied and Environmental Microbiology | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 2004


Adherence to a stainless steel surface selected isolates of Listeria monocytogenes with enhanced surface colonization abilities and a change in phenotype from the common smooth colony morphology to a succession of rough colony morphotypes. Growth in broth culture of the best-adapted, surface-colonizing rough colony morphotype gave a smooth colony revertant. Comparative analysis revealed that the smooth and rough variants had similar phenotypic and biochemical characteristics (e.g., identical growth rates and tolerances to antibiotics and environmental stressors). Rough colony isolates, however, failed to coordinate motility or induce autolysis. The defect in autolysis of rough colony isolate..

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