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Spectrophotometric techniques for the characterization of strains involved in the blue pigmentation of food: Preliminary results

Luca Fasolato, Nadia Andrea Andreani, Roberta De Nardi, Giulia Nalotto, Lorenzo Serva, Stefania Balzan, Barbara Cardazzo, Lisa Carraro, Federico Fontana, Enrico Novelli
  • Luca Fasolato
    Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, University of Padua, Italy | luca.fasolato@unipd.it
  • Nadia Andrea Andreani
    Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, University of Padua, Italy
  • Roberta De Nardi
    Department of Animal Medicine, Productions and Health, University of Padua, Italy
  • Giulia Nalotto
    Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, University of Padua, Italy
  • Lorenzo Serva
    Department of Animal Medicine, Productions and Health, University of Padua, Italy
  • Stefania Balzan
    Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, University of Padua, Italy
  • Barbara Cardazzo
    Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, University of Padua, Italy
  • Lisa Carraro
    Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, University of Padua, Italy
  • Federico Fontana
    Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, University of Padua, Italy
  • Enrico Novelli
    Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, University of Padua, Italy

Abstract

Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRs) and ultraviolet visible spectroscopy (UV-vis) have been investigated as rapid techniques to characterize foodborne bacteria through the analysis of the spectra of whole cells or microbial suspensions. The use of spectra collected from broth cultures could be used as a fingerprint for strain classification using a combined polyphasic approach. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of NIRs and UV-vis for the characterization of blue strains belonging to the Pseudomonas fluorescens group. The bacteria were isolated from different food matrices, including some spoiled samples (blue discoloration). Eightyone strains previously identified at the species level were grown in Minimal Bacterial Medium broth under standard conditions at 22°C. Two biological replicates were centrifuged in order to separate the bacterial cells from the extracellular products. Six aliquots per strain were analyzed on a small ring cup in transflectance mode (680-2500 nm, gap 2 nm). A subset of 39 strains was evaluated by UV-vis to determine changes in the spectral characteristics at 48 and 72 hours. Several chemometric approaches were tested to assess the performance of NIRs and UVvis. According to the variable importance in projection (VIP), the 1892-2020 nm spectral region showed the highest level of discrimination between blue strains and others. Additional information was provided in the 680-886 and 1454-1768 nm regions (aromatic C-H bonds) and in the 2036-2134 nm region (fatty acids). Changes in UV-vis spectral data (at 48 and 72 hours) appear to indicate the presence of phenazine and catecholic compounds in extracellular products.

Keywords

Pseudomonas fluorescens, Polyphasic approach, NIRs, UV-Vis spectroscopy

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