Effect of high pressure on growth and bacteriocin production of Pediococcus acidilactici HA-6111-2

S. M. Castro, M. Kolomeytseva, R. Casquete, J. Silva, J. A. Saraiva, P. Teixeira*

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This study was aimed to investigate the effect of high pressure processing (HPP, 200-600 MPa) on the (i) survival of Listeria innocua and Pediococcus acidilactici HA-6111-2; (ii) production of bacteriocin bacHA-6111-2 and (iii) activity of bacteriocin against untreated and pressure-treated L. innocua cells. Inactivation of P. acidilactici was observed for pressures of >300 MPa. However, at this pressure level, L. innocua was more sensitive. Bacteriocin crude extract was pressure stable, with a decrease for pressures of ≥400 MPa. Pressures of ≤200 MPa did not affect bacteriocin production when compared with non-pressure-treated cells, whereas higher pressures caused a 2- to 4-fold decrease on the maximum level of bacteriocin production. Growth curves of P. acidilactici were fitted with the modified Gompertz model. The lag phase period depended on the magnitude of the pressure applied: there was a delay in the exponential phase as pressure increased and, as a consequence, in the beginning of bacteriocin production. Since P. acidilactici HA-6111-2 and its bacteriocin have shown resistance to pressures up to 300-400 MPa, they could be used in combination with HPP in order to improve food safety.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-418
Number of pages14
JournalHigh Pressure Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2015


  • Bacteriocin production
  • Modified Gompertz model
  • Pediococcus acidilactici
  • Pressure treatments


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