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J Gen Microbiol. 1984 Nov;130(11):2845-50.

The effect of food preservatives on pH homeostasis in Escherichia coli.

Abstract

The effects of cinnamic, propionic, benzoic and sorbic acids on the growth and intracellular pH of Escherichia coli were investigated. The data suggest that the potency of weak acids as food preservatives is related to their capacity to reduce specifically the intracellular pH. The data also suggest that although both the undissociated forms of the acid cause the intracellular pH to fall, growth inhibition is due predominantly to the undissociated acid.

PMID:
6396375
DOI:
10.1099/00221287-130-11-2845
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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