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Iron Sources Used by the Nonpathogenic Lactic Acid Bacterium Lactobacillus sakei as Revealed by Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy and Secondary-Ion Mass Spectrometry

Abstract : Lactobacillus sakei is a lactic acid bacterium naturally found on meat. Although it is generally acknowledged that lactic acid bacteria are rare species in the microbial world which do not have iron requirements, the genome sequence of L. sakei 23K has revealed quite complete genetic equipment dedicated to transport and use of this metal. Here, we aimed to investigate which iron sources could be used by this species as well as their role in the bacterium's physiology. Therefore, we developed a microscopy approach based on electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) analysis and nano-scale secondary-ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) in order to analyze the iron content of L. sakei cells. This revealed that L. sakei can use iron sources found in its natural ecosystem, myoglobin, hemoglobin, hematin, and transferrin, to ensure long-term survival during stationary phase. This study reveals that analytical image methods (EELS and SIMS) are powerful complementary tools for investigation of metal utilization by bacteria.
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Philippe Duhutrel, Christian Bordat, Ting-Di Wu, Monique Zagorec, Jean-Luc Guerquin-Kern, et al.. Iron Sources Used by the Nonpathogenic Lactic Acid Bacterium Lactobacillus sakei as Revealed by Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy and Secondary-Ion Mass Spectrometry. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology, 2010, 76 (2), pp.560-565. ⟨10.1128/AEM.02205-09⟩. ⟨hal-02922077⟩

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