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J Food Prot. 2004 Mar;67(3):505-11.

Pressure inactivation kinetics of phage lambda cI 857.

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Department of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware 19716-2150, USA.


Inactivation curves of phage lambda cI 857 inactivated by high hydrostatic pressure were obtained at three pressure levels (300, 350, and 400 MPa) in buffered media and ultrahigh-temperature 2% reduced fat milk. Pressurization of phage lambda in buffered media at 300 MPa for 300 min, 350 MPa for 36 min, and 400 MPa for 8 min reduced the titer of phage lambda by 7.5, 6.7, and 7.7 log, respectively. Pressurization of phage lambda in milk at 300 MPa for 400 min, 350 MPa for 80 min, and 400 MPa for 20 min reduced the titer of phage lambda by 5.4, 6.4, and 7.1 log, respectively. Tailing was observed in all inactivation curves, indicating that the linear model was not adequate for describing these curves. Among the three nonlinear models studied, the Weibull and log-logistic models consistently produced best fits to all inactivation curves, and the modified Gompertz model the poorest. Because there were no significant differences in the values of shape factor (n) for suspension medium buffer, we reduced the number of parameters in the Weibull model from two to one by setting n at the mean value. The simplified Weibull model produced a fit comparable to the full model. Additionally, the simplified Weibull model allowed predictions to be made at pressures different from the experimental pressures. Menstruum was found to significantly affect the pressure resistance of phage lambda. Comparison of pressure inactivation of hepatitis A virus and phage lambda indicated that phage lambda is more sensitive to pressure than hepatitis A virus in Dulbecco's modified Eagle medium with 10% fetal bovine sera.

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