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Sorbic acid-loaded chitosan/tripolyphosphate nanoparticles (SANs) have previously been shown to exert both antibacterial and antioxidant effects on Chinese sausage. In this study, the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of SANs against two Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains were determined. The blank control group (BC) served as the negative control, while the chitosan/tripolyphosphate nanoparticles (CTNs) group and free sorbic acid (SA) group served as the positive controls. Tests conducted under five different pH conditions (5/6/7/8/9) revealed that the SANs exhibited a good bacteriostatic effect against P. aeruginosa. Variations in the metabolism, cell membrane or cell wall integrity, and morphology of P. aeruginosa were measured to evaluate the effects of SANs on their intracellular and extracellular components. The MIC of SANs for the two P. aeruginosa strains was determined to be 150 μg/mL. SANs delayed the growth of P. aeruginosa and severely damaged both its inner and outer cell membranes. The heteromorphism of the bacteria as observed by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), verified the aforementioned results. The results showed SANs could effectively inhibit the growth of P. aeruginosa and exert antibacterial ability in a wider range of acid-base environments. This study broadens the application of SANs in food processing and provides experimental basis. Copyright © 2022 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Qian Wang, Yue Peng, Lina Chai, Wu Ding. Antimicrobial effect of sorbic acid-loaded chitosan/tripolyphosphate nanoparticles on Pseudomonas aeruginosa. International journal of biological macromolecules. 2023 Jan 31;226:1031-1040

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