Research Article | Open Access
Arya Radhakrishnan Krishna, Swathy Krishna Jayalekshmi, Trisha Mary Pandipilly Antony and Suganthi Ramasamy
School of Biotechnology, Dr. G.R.Damodaran College of Science (Autonomous), Coimbatore – 641 014, Tamil Nadu, India.
J Pure Appl Microbiol. 2022;16(1):481-493 | Article Number: 7263 | © The Author(s). 2022
Received: 20/08/2021 | Accepted: 14/01/2022 | Published online: 21/02/2022
Issue online: March 2022

Antilisterial bacteriocin producing strain were isolated from milk samples and were subjected to 16S rRNA sequencing and found to be of genus Enterococcus faecium. The bacteriocin ALC102 were partially purified by Amberlite XAD-16 adsorption followed by column chromatography. The biofilm formation capacity of Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 were evaluated by tube method and CV binding assay. Biofilm formation on different abiotic substrates were also evaluated. Among three substrates stainless steel had a strong biofilm formation followed by glass and aluminum foil. From the results of biofilm eradication studies, the bacteriocin ALC102 showed almost similar activity of commercial bacteriocin nisin on all the substrates at 45°C, 30°C, 4°C and -20°C. Based on CBD® biofilm eradication assay, the eradication potential of ALC102 and nisin were found to be similar on high (45°C) and freezing (-20°C) temperatures. From the study, antilisterial bacteriocin ALC102 found to be able to inhibit the biofilm formed Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 at different temperatures and different incubation periods (24h, 48h and 72h). The biofilm eradication potential of antilisterial bacteriocin ALC102 was similar to nisin. Neither incubation temperature nor incubation period doesn’t altered the activity of the bacteriocin. So this bacteriocin can be considered as a potential competitor in food industry and we strongly recommend the use of this bacteriocin from Enterococcus faecium GRD AA in the food preservation industry to a higher temperature (45°C) to freezing temperature (-20°C).


Enterococcus faecium, Bacteriocin, Listeria monocytogenes, Biofilm, Nisin


Biofilms formed by microorganisms are often explained as immobile microbial consortia fixed in a three dimensional structure which consists of multicellular groups of prokaryotic and/or eukaryotic cells lodged in a matrix composed of not less than of matter incorporated by the microbial group.1 Formation of biofilm is a multistep procedure that begins with fastening of microbes followed by production and collection of extra cellular matrix composed more than one polymeric substance like proteins, polysaccharides, humic substances, extracellular DNA and occasionally other molecules which are involved in cell to cell signaling.2 Bill Costerton and coworkers presented the first description of biofilms to the public in 1978, and bioscience technology has been a significant topic of study since then. Nowadays, studies reported that biofilm is a well-established by the majority of the microorganisms in the environment exists as adhered to the surfaces as biofilm ecosphere as not as hovering microrganisms.3 Listeria monocytogenes is a Gram positive foodborne pathogen, which was first reported in 1926 in the course of an outbreak that affected rabbits and guinea pigs.4 It was accepted as an etiological agent of human infections in the 1970s and recognized in 1980s5 as a foodborne pathogen. Whereas, the total of contagions per annum is comparatively low (round about 23,150 cases were estimated globally in 2010), the death rate infected individuals is higher (20%-30%).6 Most adults get mild to severe gastroenteritis after eating Listeria monocytogenes contaminated food; however, children, the elderly, immunocompromised persons, and pregnant women are more susceptible, a little amount of food contamination leads to bacterial infections, ensuing bacterial meningitis or infections to the fetus resulting in miscarriage or difficulties in pregnancy.7 Listeria monocytogenes is psychotropic, capable to multiply in temperature less than 0°C. The bacteria are able to grow in pH range of 4.6 and 9.5 and has a low water activity of 0.92.8 Listeria discovers beneficial growth conditions on grounds, sewers and equipment in the food processing industry and environments preferably in the freezing and moist atmosphere of deep freeze rooms where non-psychotropic microbes commonly get through.9,10 Listeria monocytogenes strains are usually found on the environments of food industries and food processing, notable in cold and freeze premises, through these are regularly flushed and sanitized.11 The bacteria might enter in the food processing environments via several ways and it gets established.12 In the case of Listeria monocytogenes these activities are assisted by different factors like its ability to grow in different conditions like broad pH range, salt tolerance, growth at freezing temperature, resistance to various stress conditions and biofilm forming capacity. The potential of Listeria monocytogenes to endure for long period of time in food processing equipment and environments of food industries, under unfavorable conditions, and are connected to biofilm formation, and this conspires the scientific community. Listeria monocytogenes is capable to attach to a wide range of food contact surfaces, including polystyrene, polypropylene, glass, stainless steel, quartz, marble and wood.13 Listeria monocytogenes biofilms are protected by numerous environmental factors like UV-rays, noxious materials, acids, evaporation, saltiness and antimicrobial compounds and it overcomes greater concentrations of disinfectants and sanitizers hindering the disinfection of the surfaces.10,14,15 Different methods have been taken to put a stop to control the biofilm formation on various food contact surfaces and also in medical apparatus. The prevention of Listeria monocytogenes biofilms in food processing industries is done mainly by cleaning and disinfection of apparatus, with certain compounds like acetic acid, lactic acid, sodium hypochlorite, quaternary ammonium and hydrogen peroxide.16 The usage of antimicrobial peptides (bacteriocins) or bacteriocin producing bacteria also help to prevent the primary attachment and biofilm formation by Listeria monocytogenes on different substrates.17 Bacteriocins can also be used to increase consumer defence against foodborne bacteria. Bacteriocin producing cultures can be implied directly into food as purified forms, like nisin produced by Lactococcus lactis which is a commercial food preservative permitted in various countries. Likewise, certain natural compounds like essential oils and culinary plant extracts, can be used to control biofilm formation by Listeria monocytogenes on food processing environments and surfaces.18 Although, little is known about potential inhibitors of cell to cell signaling in Listeria monocytogenes biofilm, which can be a crucial way for new researches.15 Among lactic acid bacteria, enterococci are common occupants of animal and human gastrointestinal tract and also present in meat, vegetables and cheeses and cheese products.19 In addition to its technical features, enterococci are capable of creating bacteriocins called enterocins, which are typically found in high concentrations in a variety of cheeses.20 These bacteriocins forms spores inside the cytoplasmic membrane of the cells in the bacteria, there by exhausting the trans-membrane capability and or the pH gradient which results in the cell apoptosis.21 Various enterococci strains have been applied in falsely contaminated dairy foods like milk, soft cheese and soy milk to prevent the growth of foodborne pathogens like Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus aureus without altering the activity of the starter culture or the organoleptic nature of the product.22 The aim of the study was to isolate antilisterial bacteriocin producing strain from milk sample and to purify the antilisterial bacteriocin from it. A parallel study were conducted to find out the biofilm forming ability of Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 by different methods using different abiotic substrates. And also to find out the biofilm eradication potential of the isolated antilisterial bacteriocin on Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 biofilms by MTP method and CBD® method.

Materials and Methods

Screening of bacteriocin producing bacteria
Milk samples were collected from milk vendors from Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu, India. The sample were diluted serially (up to tenfold) and plated in deMan, Rogosa, and Sharpe (MRS) agar (HiMedia) using spread plate technique and incubated for 24-72h at 30°C-37°C. The bacteriocin production ability of the strain were identified using spot-on-lawn (SOL) method against test organism Listeria monocytogenes (MTCC 657). The lyophilized form of test organism Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 were purchased from microbial type culture collection (MTCC). All the isolates were maintained in MRS agar and Nutrient agar (HiMedia, India) respectively. The isolate were identified based on biochemical and phenotypical (16S rRNA sequencing) characteristics. For phylogenetic identification, the bacterial DNA was amplified with 27F and 1492R primers23 and then sent to Eurofins Scientific, Bangalore (India). The gene sequence was obtained and submitted to GenBank (NCBI).

Bacteriocin production and purification
The crude extract of the bacteriocin from the strain were harvested from production medium (TGE+Tween 80). It was then purified using partially by Amberlite XAD-16 (HiMedia, India) resin adsorption by column chromatography. Five grams of Amberlite XAD-16 resin were soaked in 50% isopropanol overnight at 4°C. This was then washed with distilled water repeatedly to remove isopropanol. The Amberlite XAD-16 was then added to 250mL of heat stabilized cell free supernatant and incubated at room temperature in a shaking incubator for 4h. After incubation this was then transferred to chromatographic column packed with Amberlite resins for elution. First the matrix was washed with 20mL of deionized water and then with 20mL of 40% ethanol. The extract was then eluted with 20mL of 70% isopropanol followed by washing with 100% ethanol. The eluted crude extract was evaporated to half its volume called as Amberlite fraction and stored for further analysis at 4°C.

100mG of nisin (HiMedia, India) was solubilized in 10mL of 0.02N HCl to give a concentration of 101 IU/mL (40 IU=1G). The solution was then filter sterilized using 0.45mm filters and stored at -4°C.24

Biofilm formation studies
The objective of this study was to find out the biofilm forming capacity of Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 on various abiotic substrates such as stainless steel, glass and aluminum foil at different temperature conditions and in order to evaluate the biofilm eradication potential of nisin and antilisterial bacteriocin ALC102. A parallel study was carried out to determine minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum biofilm eradication concentration (MBEC) of ALC102 and nisin (standard) against Listeria monocytogenes MTCC657 using Calgary Biofilm Device® (CBD®).

Tube method
Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 strain was tested for biofilm formation by the method according to.25 A loopful of overnight culture were inoculated to 5mL of tryptic soy broth (TSB, HiMedia, India) test tubes and kept for incubation at 37°C for 72h. The contents were discarded after incubation and washed with phosphate buffered saline (PBS) pH-7.3 and dried at room temperature. The test tubes were then stained with 4% crystal violet (CV) solution and rotated uniformly and the contents were discarded. The tubes were kept upside down and drained. The positive formation of biofilm were observed as a visible film in the sides and bottom of the test tubes.26

Microtiter plate (MTP) method
Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 culture were inoculated from overnight cultured plates into 5mL of TSB broth and kept for incubation at 30°C for 18h. Following incubation, it was then transferred (125µL) to 5mL of TSB medium again. The culture was then vortexed for 1min and volume of 100µL were transferred into wells of a 96 well microtiter plate. The plate were covered tightly with a lid ad kept for incubation for 24h, 48h and 72h at 30°C. For each plate, 12 wells comprising of 100µL growth medium without microorganism served as control. After each incubation, the cultures were decanted and cell densities were measured spectrophotometrically at 595nm. The plates were then washed three times with deionized water to eliminate loosely bounded bacteria and air dried for 3min at 30°C. 100µL of 95% ethyl alcohol were added to each well for destaining the biofilm and the concentration of CV were determined by measuring optical density at 595nm (OD595).

Biofilm formation on different substrates
The biofilm forming ability of Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 was tested on different abiotic surfaces. In this study, common substrates in food industries were selected (glass, aluminum foil and stainless steel). Overnight culture of Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 were grown in 100mL conical flask containing TSB and incubated for 24h at 30°C. The abiotic surfaces glass, aluminum foil and stainless steel were cleaned using detergent and distilled water and dried in hot air oven for 30 min at 75°C. After 24h incubation, sterile substrates were carefully added to the conical flasks and incubated for 24h, 48h and 72h at 30°C. Each set of substrates were removed aseptically for biofilm quantification after each incubation period method for crystal violet (CV) binding assay.27 The substrates were washed with 5mL of deionized water and the leftover adherent bacteria were fixed with 250mL of methanol. The substrate were stained with 4% of CV for 15min and the excess stain were removed in flowing tap water and air dried. The dye bound to the adherent cells were resolubilized with 25% of 33% glacial acetic acid. The resolubilized liquid was collected for each substrate and absorbance were measured at 595nm using spectrophotometer (HACH). The control (medium only) without test organism served as blank.28

Biofilm eradication studies on Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 using different bacteriocins Microtiter plate method
For biofilm eradication studies, microtiter plate method was slightly modified in which the abiotic substrates glass, aluminum foil and stainless steel were added to every wells of 96 well microtiter plate and filled with 200µL of bacterial suspension. The broth without bacterial culture served as control. The plates were closed with lid and kept for incubation for 24h, 48h and 72h at various temperatures of 45°C, 30°C, 4°C and -20°C. After each incubation period, the substrates were removed and transferred into sterile and fresh microtiter plate and washed with 250µL of PBS for three times. The plates were shaken vigorously to remove non adherent bacteria and contents were decanted. Added 200µL different concentrations of Nisin and ALC102 except in control wells and incubated for 1h. After incubation, the bacteriocins were removed and washed with sterile distilled water for five times to remove loosely adherent bacteria, Nisin and ALC102.24 The substrates was then stained with 200µL of 2% crystal violet for 5 min. Excess stain was washed off and air dried. The dye bound to the attached cells were resolubilized with 160µL of 33% glacial acetic acid and incubated for 15 min at 30°C. The OD were measured at 595nm using ELISA reader. The reduction percentage was calculated using the following formula:

Reduction potential = [ Control OD595nm – Test OD595nm / Control OD595nm ] X 100

Calgary Biofilm Device® Method (CBD®)
The biofilm of Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 were grown at different temperatures (45°C, 30°C, 4°C and -20°C) on CBD® to evaluate biofilm eradication potential of Nisin and antilisterial bacteriocin ALC102 at different concentrations by calculating MIC and MBEC values. The procedure follows:

Day 1
Growing Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 biofilm: Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 inoculum were prepared and 200µL each culture were added to all wells in a 96-well microtiter plate closed with lid containing polystyrene pegs and incubated for 72h at 45°C, 30°C, 4°C and -20°C.

Day 2
Preparation of Challenge plate: After 72h incubation, a fresh and sterile microtiter plate was taken and two fold dilutions of Nisin and antilisterial bacteriocin ALC102 were prepared in TSB and added (200µL) to the wells. Biofilm formed pegs were washed with sterile PBS for three times. After washing, the pegs were immersed into the fresh microtiter plate containing bacteriocins and incubated at 45°C, 30°C, 4°C and -20°C for 24h.

Day 3 Neutralization and recovery: To a fresh microtiter plate, 200µL of freshly prepared TSB were added to all the wells. The pegs from the challenge plate were removed and rinsed twice with PBS. The pegs were then immersed in a fresh microtiter plate (recovery plate) and sonicated for 24h to disrupt biofilm from the pegs. After incubation the contents were decanted and to this 200µL of neutralizing agent (Proteinase K) were added and kept for 24h incubation. To determine the MIC values, the turbidity in the wells of challenge plate was read at 650nm using ELISA reader. The MIC (OD650<0.1) is described as the minimum concentration of bacteriocin which prevents the growth of the microorganism. To determine the MBEC values, the turbidity in the wells of recovery plate was read at 650nm.29, 30

Statistical Analysis
All the experiments in the study was performed in triplicates and results were indicated as Mean±SD. A one way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to find out significant difference between mean of each surface and strain. Statistical significance were studied at P<0.05. Graphs were framed using GraphPad Prism 8.0


Screening of bacteriocin of bacteriocin producing bacteria
Milk was selected as source of isolating bacteriocin producing bacteria. From more than 15 colonies screened for the antibacterial activity against Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657, one colony found to produce zone of inhibition and named as GRD S1. The pure culture was maintained in MRS agar. The isolated strain were found to be Gram positive cocci, catalase negative and vancomycin resistant. The strain was subjected to 16S rRNA sequencing and phylogenetic analysis. Based on the results, the bacterial strain showed 99% similarity to Enterococcus faecium. The sequence was submitted to GenBank, NCBI and got accession number MH113816 and the GRD S1 was named as Enterococcus faecium GRD AA. Enterococci, particularly Enterococcus faecium and Enterococcus faecalis are usually in milk31 and are also omnipresent in the environments of animal and human gastrointestinal tracts and in traditional fermented foods. The genus Enterococcus comprises a large number of bacteria, in certain cases, it is suitable as starter culture or probiotics and also in some other cases familiar as spoilage or infectious microorganisms.32 Certain strains of Enterococci has useful role in wide range of fermented foods, including dairy and vegetable commodities, evidently via proteolysis, lipolysis, exopolysaccharide production and citrate breakdown.33,34 Such as other lactic acid bacteria, enterococci are able to secrete antimicrobial substance, which makes them likely useful for the control of foodborne illness caused by the bacteria.35

Production and Purification of antilisterial bacteriocin ALC102
Antilisterial bacteriocin production from Enterococcus faecium GRD AA was carried out in production medium (TGE+Tween 80), which aided maximum bacteriocin production. Extraction of crude antilisterial bacteriocin was done using Amberlite XAD-16 adsorption, which is a non-ionic macro reticular resin that absorbs and release ionic species through hydrophobic interactions.36 The antilisterial bacteriocin will selectively adhere to the amberlite resin which were added to the cell free buoyant. The bounded bacteriocin were eluted by column chromatography method and the amberlite fraction was evaporated to half the volume and stored in 4°C for further analysis. Numerous strains of enterococci produce not less than one bacteriocin, antimicrobial peptide that is synthesized ribosomally that are active against a various foodborne pathogens including Listeria spp.37 According to the classification by,38 most of the enterocins produced by enterococci are class II bacteriocins, explained as non-modified and thermo stable. This class of bacteriocin produced by enterococci includes pediocin like bacteriocins with a tough activity against Listeria spp. The bacteriocin production by Enterococcus spp. perhaps be a favorable trait in some conditions to enhance competitiveness of the producer strain to establish its habitat amid other microbial groups in antagonistic environment.39,40

Biofilm formation studies
Preliminary studies to find out the biofilm formation capacity of Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 were carried out by tube method and microtiter plate method.

Tube method
The tube method involves the adherence by Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 on the sides of test tube which was assessed visually. In this study, Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 showed positive results of biofilm formation after crystal violet staining (Fig. 1.) and this indicates that Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 is strong biofilm producer.

Fig. 1. The biofilm formation by Listeria monocytogenes MTCC657 by tube method, A- Control, B- Test strain with crystal violet staining indicates biofilm formation.

There are different strategies implied by microorganisms for biofilm production and to understand pathways. According41 report, scientists has reported that biofilm producing bacterial strains emit certain chemicals that protect them from sanitizers and antimicrobial agents. Tube method is one of the dependable quantitative analysis for biofilm formation. It is one of the primary screening method for detection of biofilm production by bacteria in laboratory level.26 Microtiter plate method: The biofilm formation ability of Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 by microtiter plate method was evaluated. Optical density of Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 biofilm grown at 24h, 48h and 72h were observed spectrophotometrically at 595nm. From the results, Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 was able to form biofilm at 24h itself. The OD ranged from 0.103 to 0.165 (Fig. 2.) after 72h. The biofilm production seems to be increasing as the incubation increases.30 Biofilm formation is a complicated process which is influenced by factors such as time, temperature and growth medium.42

Fig. 2. Biofilm formation by Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 at different incubation period in crystal violet binding assay

Biofilm formation on different substrates
Three abiotic surfaces glass, aluminum foil and stainless steel were selected for different incubation periods. The selection of substrates was based on their relevance in the food industry. For 24h, Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 formed strong biofilm on stainless steel (OD-0.185) followed by aluminum foil (OD-0.064) and glass (OD-0.042). Similar results were observed in 48h and 72h. From the results, it is clear that Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 has higher ability to form biofilm on these abiotic substrates Krishna et al.30 The absorbance values of biofilm adherence of Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657, stainless steel maintained higher biofilm formation than aluminum foil and glass (Fig. 3.).

Fig. 3. Biofilm formation on by Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 on different substrates at different incubation periods.

The strong biofilm formation could be due to the surface hydrophobicity in stainless steel and other physciochemical properties compared to other surfaces. Cellular hydrophobicity is another physciochemical factor which may influence bacterial adhesion on surfaces.43 Biofilm formation by Listeria monocytogenes is affected not only by lineage and origin of the strain, but also by internal and external food factors.17

Biofilm eradication studies on Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 Microtiter plate method
The objective of the study was to evaluate the biofilm forming ability of Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 on different abiotic substrates (glass, aluminum foil and stainless steel) at different temperatures (45°C, 30°C, 4°C and -20°C) and to assess the biofilm eradication potential of Nisin and antilisterial bacteriocin ALC102. All the experiments were performed in triplicates. From the results, ALC102 bacteriocin has almost similar activity when compared to commercially available bacteriocin Nisin. (Fig. 4. 5. And 6.)

Fig. 4. Y-axis represents the reduction potential (%) of L. monocytogenes MTCC 657 and X-axis represents the bacteriocins nisin and ALC102 on Glass substrate.
Fig. 5. Y-axis represents the reduction potential (%) of L. monocytogenes MTCC 657 and X-axis represents the bacteriocins nisin and ALC102 aluminum foil substrate.
Fig. 6. Y-axis represents the reduction potential (%) of L. monocytogenes MTCC 657 and X-axis represents the bacteriocins nisin and ALC102 stainless steel substrate

From the results got from the study, the biofilm eradication potential of ALC102 and Nisin were found to be similar. Nisin was selected as standard bacteriocin in our study as it is a proven commercially available bacteriocin. Nisin coated food packaging materials have budding applications in the control of growth of various foodborne pathogens and also on the spores of Clostridium botulinum and Listeria monocytogenes.44

Nisin’s inhibitory effect on biofilm produced by Oenococcus oeni on stainless steel surfaces and recorded the use of nisin also pediocin PD-1 and plantaricin 423 bacteriocins in the eradication of biofilms from the surfaces.24 In spite, not being accepted for economical use as a food additive, bacteriocins from Enterococcus spp. like enterocin, are consistently evaluated for preservation of food materials. Different bacteriocins are able to prevent the growth of foodborne pathogens via pre-forming mechanisms in the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane, which results in apoptosis.45, 46

Calgary Biofilm Device (CBD®)
Based on the results, both the bacteriocins ALC102 and Nisin were found to be capable to eradicate the biofilm produed by Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 regardless of the temperatures. The results are depicted in the tables as follows (Table1. 2., 3. and 4).

Table (1):
Susceptibility of Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 for Nisin and ALC102 at 45°C.

Conc.of bacteriocin µg/ml MIC MBEC
Nisin ALC102 Nisin ALC102
1280 0.073±0.003 0.070±0.001 0.079±0.002 0.068±0.001
640 0.075±0.003 0.072±0.002a 0.082±0.001 0.069±0.003
320 0.077±0001 0075±0.004 0.085±0.003 0.070±0.001a
160 0.081±0.002 0.076±0.009 0.088±0.001 0.072±0.001
80 0.084±0.002 0.078±0.001a 0.092±0.002 0.073±0.002
40 0.086±0.001 0.079±0.002 0.094±0.001 0.074±0.001a
20 0.089±0.002 0.082±0.002 0.095±0.003 0.075±0.002a
10 0.091±0.001 0.083±0.001 0.097±0.001 0.079±0.002

The given values are the optical density of L. monocytogenes MTCC 657 biofilm obtained by measuring the turbidity at 650nm on Elisa plate reader and indicted as Mean ± SD at significance p < 0.05. a– significant relationship between Nisin and ALC102

Table (2):
Susceptibility of Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 for Nisin and ALC102 at 30°C.

Conc.of bacteriocin µg/ml MIC MBEC
Nisin ALC102 Nisin ALC102
1280 0.061±0.002 0.066±0.001a 0.057±0.002 0.065±0.001
640 0.065±0.001 0.067±0.002 0.056±0.002 0.067±0.002
320 0.066±0.002 0.068±0.004a 0.059±0.001 0.069±0.002
160 0.071±0.001 0.069±0.002 0.061±0.003 0.071±0.004
80 0.073±0.001 0.071±0.002 0.065±0.002 0.074±0.001a
40 0.078±0.003 0.072±0.001 0.067±0.003 0.075±0.001a
20 0.081±0.001 0.075±0.002a 0.071±0.002 0.078±0.002
10 0.082±0.002 0.079±0.001a 0.072±0.001 0.080±0.001

The given values are the optical density of L. monocytogenes MTCC 657 biofilm obtained by measuring the turbidity at 650nm on Elisa plate reader and indicated as Mean ± SD at significance p < 0.05. a– significant relationship between Nisin and ALC102

Table (3):
Susceptibility of Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 for Nisin and ALC102 at 4°C.

Conc.of bacteriocin µg/ml MIC MBEC
Nisin ALC102 Nisin ALC102
1280 0.071±0.002 0.060±0.001 0.056±0.001 0.062±0.001
640 0.076±0.002 0.062±0.001 0.058±0.001 0.064±0.001
320 0.081±0.001 0.065±0.002 0.061±0.002 0.065±0.002a
160 0.085±0.003 0.071±0.001a 0.063±0.001 0.069±0.001
80 0.089±0.002 0.074±0.001a 0.067±0.003 0.072±0.001
40 0.092±0.001 0.079±0.001 0.071±0.001 0.074±0.001a
20 0.094±0.003 0.082±0.002 0.076±0.001 0.077±0.001a
10 0.095±0.002 0.086±0.002a 0.079±0.002 0.081±0.001a

The given values are the optical density of L. monocytogenes MTCC 657 biofilm obtained by measuring the turbidity at 650nm on Elisa plate reader and indicated as Mean ± SD at significance p < 0.05. a– significant relationship between Nisin and ALC102

Table (4):
Susceptibility of Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 for Nisin and ALC102 at -20°C.

Conc. of bacteriocin µg/ml MIC MBEC
Nisin ALC102 Nisin ALC102
1280 0.053±0.001 0.052±0.002 0.056±0.001 0.065±0.001
640 0.055±0.003 0.053±0.001 0.059±0.002 0.061±0.003
320 0.061±0.002 0.055±0.001 0.061±0.001 0.064±0.001
160 0.063±0.001 0.059±0.001 0.063±0.002 0.065±0.001
80 0.069±0.002 0.062±0.003 0.065±0.003 0.067±0.002
40 0.071±0.002 0.064±0.001 0.068±0.001 0.071±0.003
20 0.076±0.003 0.068±0.001 0.072±0.002 0.072±0.001
10 0.081±0.002 0.070±0.002 0.078±0.001 0.076±0.001

The given values are the optical density of L. monocytogenes MTCC 657 biofilm obtained by measuring the turbidity at 650nm on Elisa plate reader and indicated as Mean ± SD at significance p < 0.05. a – significant relationship between Nisin and ALC102

From the results, it can be concluded that the Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 biofilm eradication potential of bacteriocin ALC102 is almost similar to that of Nisin. The starvation and cold stress enhances the biofilm formation, surface hydrophobicity and modify the membrane lipopeptides of Listeria monocytogenes. The evaluation of antibiofilm activities of antimicrobial agents is generally depends on intervention with quorum sensing, inhibition attachment, increase of dispersion and various experimental and promising alternatives such as the use of biofilm specific antibodies, bacteriophage precised treatments and the species specific control of biofilms.47, 48 From the results, the biofilm eradication potential of antilisterial bacteriocin ALC102 was found to be a potential competitor commercial bacteriocin nisin and it is recommendable for use in the application food preservation and in food processing industry.


In this study, antilisterial bacteriocin production and biofilm eradication potential of Enterococcus faecium GRD AA isolated from milk sample were investigated in vitro. From 15 isolates, only one strain was found to be Gram positive, catalase negative and identified to be Enterococcus faecium (MH113816) by 16S rRNA gene sequencing and found to be antagonistic to foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657. In a parallel study conducted, the biofilm forming ability of Listeria monocytogenes MTCC 657 were assessed by tube method and CV binding assay and found that the strain to be a tough biofilm producer. And also biofilm formation on different abiotic substrates were also studied among which stainless steel had strong biofilm formation. The biofilm eradication potential of antilisterial bacteriocin ALC102 along with nisin (commercial bacteriocin) were assessed by MTP method and CBD® method. Both nisin and ALC102 showed similar activities despite of temperature and incubation period. From our results, we highly recommend the use of antilisterial bacteriocin ALC102 in the food industry as a food additive. However, the detailed study about the structure and characteristics of the bacteriocin is mandatory for further research.



The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.

All authors listed have made a substantial, direct and intellectual contribution to the work, and approved it for publication.


Not applicable.

The datasets generated and analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.

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