Title

Influence of temperature of incubation and type of growth medium on pigmentation in Serratia marcescens.

Publication Date

5-1-1971

Journal

J Bacteriol. 1971 May; 106(2): 438–443.

Abstract

Maximal amounts of prodigiosin were synthesized in either minimal or complete medium after incubation of cultures at 27 C for 7 days. Biosynthesis of prodigiosin began earlier and the range of temperature for formation was greater in complete medium. No prodigiosin was formed in either medium when cultures were incubated at 38 C; however, after a shift to 27 C, pigmentation ensued, provided the period of incubation at 38 C was not longer than 36 hr for minimal medium or 48 hr for complete medium. Washed, nonpigmented cells grown in either medium at 38 C for 72 hr could synthesize prodigiosin when suspended in saline at 27 C when casein hydrolysate was added. These suspensions produced less prodigiosin at a slower rate than did cultures growing in casein hydrolysate at 27 C without prior incubation at 38 C. Optimal concentration of casein hydrolysate for pigment formation by suspensions was 0.4%; optimal temperature was 27 C. Anaerobic incubation, shift back to 38 C, killing cells by heating, or chloramphenicol (25 mug/ml) inhibited pigmentation. Suspensions of washed cells forming pigment reached pH 8.0 to 8.3 rapidly and maintained this pH throughout incubation for 7 days. Measurements of viable count and of protein, plus other data, indicated that cellular multiplication did not occur in suspensions of washed cells during pigment formation. By this procedure utilizing a shift down in temperature, biosynthesis of prodigiosin by washed cells could be separated from multiplication of bacteria.

Keywords

Anti-Bacterial Agents, Bacterial Proteins, Bacteriological Techniques, Caseins, Cell Division, Chloramphenicol, Culture Media, Hot Temperature, Hydrogen-Ion Concentration, Oxygen, Pigments, Biological, Prodigiosin, Protein Hydrolysates, Pyrroles, Saccharomyces, Serratia marcescens, Spectrophotometry, Temperature, Time Factors

Comments

PMCID: PMC285114