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Appl Environ Microbiol. Jan 1976; 31(1): 127–133.
PMCID: PMC169728

Stimulatory effect of dihydroxyphenyl compounds on the aerotolerance of Spirillum volutans and Campylobacter fetus subspecies jejuni.


The aerotolerance of the microaerophilic bacterium Spirillum volutans was greatly stimulated in a defined medium by the presence of dihydroxyphenyl ferric iron-binding compounds such as nor-epinephrine at 10(-5) to 10(-6) M. Dihydroxyphenyl compounds at 2 X 10(-4) M, or iron salts (ferrous or ferric) at high concentration, greatly increased the aerotolerance of a strain of Campylobacter fetus subsp. jejuni when grown on streak plates of Brucella agar. The results suggest that the microaerophilism of these organisms might in part be caused by a failure to synthesize microbial ferric iron-binding compounds at sufficient levels to support aerobic growth.

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