Synergystic Effect of Temperature and Electric Field Intensity in Escherichia coli Inactivation

Author(s): A.M. Oliva, A. Homs-Corbera, E. Torrents, A. Juarez, J. Samitier.

Journal Name: Micro and Nanosystems

Volume 6 , Issue 2 , 2014

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Abstract:

Electric Fields are increasingly used to manipulate bacteria. However, there is no systematic and definitive study on how the different electric parameters change bacteria viability. Here we present a study on the effects of electric field intensity and temperature to bacterial cultures. Escherichia coli colonies have been exposed to different electric field intensities at 1MHz during 5 minutes by means of a microfluidic device specially designed for the experiment. From the analysis of the results it is possible to see that Escherichia coli survival rate diminishes when applying field intensities as low as 220V during 5 minutes. Death rates also increase when stronger fields are applied. However, viability of survived bacteria is maintained. Additionally, temperature shows a synergistic effect with voltage. When temperature was increased, results showed a stronger sensitivity of cells to the electric field. Moreover, the expression patterns of Outer Membrane Protein A and Ribosomal Proteins differ in control and treated samples, suggesting changes in bacterial metabolism and structure.

Keywords: E. coli, electric field, temperature, viability.

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VOLUME: 6
ISSUE: 2
Year: 2014
Page: [79 - 86]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/187640290602141127114035
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