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Lett Appl Microbiol. 2000 Sep;31(3):255-8.

Influence of sodium chloride on the beta-glucuronidase activity of Clostridium perfringens and Escherichia coli.

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Kanagawa Prefectural Public Health Laboratory, Yokohama, Japan.


While the beta-glucuronidase activity of intact cells of Clostridium perfringens was higher in 0.95% sodium chloride (NaCl) than that in 0, 0.1 or 0.5%, that of Escherichia coli was higher in 0.1% NaCl than that in 0, 0.5 or 0.95% NaCl in 0.1 mol l-1 KH2PO4. However, the enzyme activity of both species of intact cells was higher in buffer containing 16 mEq sodium, 134 mEq potassium and 16 mEq chloride per litre than in that containing 146 mEq sodium, 13 mEq potassium and 146 mEq chloride. These findings suggest that bacterial cells are affected by the presence of NaCl and that the effect of NaCl on the activity of bacterial beta-glucuronidase may differ by location in the large intestine.

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