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ABSTRACT

Appl Environ Microbiol. 1998 March; 64 (3): 999-1005

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Thermal Tolerance of Mycobacterium paratuberculosis

Nackmoon Sung and Michael T. Collins
Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin--Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706

Received May 20, 1997; Accepted November 15, 1997

D values (decimal reduction time; the time required to kill 1 log concentration of bacteria) were determined for both human and bovine strains (Dominic, Ben, BO45, and ATCC 19698) of Mycobacterium paratuberculosis in 50 mM lactate solution (pH 6.8) and in milk at four temperatures (62, 65, 68, and 71°C). Viable M. paratuberculosis organisms were quantified by a radiometric culture method (BACTEC). Thermal death curves for the M. paratuberculosis strains tested were generally linear, with R2 of =0.90, but a few curves (R2, 0.80 to 0.90) were better described by a quadratic equation. The human strains (Dominic and Ben) had similar D values in milk and in lactate solution. However, D values for the bovine strains (BO45 and ATCC 19698) were significantly different depending on the menstruum. D values for low-passage clinical strains (Dominic, Ben, and BO45) were lower than those of the high-passage laboratory strain (ATCC 19698). The D value based on pooled data for clinical strains of M. paratuberculosis in milk at 71°C (D71°C) was 11.67 s. Pooled D62°C, D65°C, and D68°C of clinical M. paratuberculosis strains in milk were 228.8, 47.8, and 21.8 s, respectively. The Z value (the temperature required for the decimal reduction time to traverse 1 log cycle) of clinical strains in milk was 7.11°C. The D values of clumped and single M. paratuberculosis cells were not significantly different. The D values of all M. paratuberculosis strains tested were considerably higher than those published for Listeria, Salmonella, and Coxiella spp. and estimated for Mycobacterium bovis, indicating that M. paratuberculosis is more thermally tolerant. This study supports the premise that M. paratuberculosis may survive high-temperature, short-time pasteurization when the initial organism concentration is greater than 101 cells/ml.


PARA's SUMMARY

RESEARCHERS SUNG AND COLLINS FOUND THAT MAP IS MUCH MORE RESISTANT TO HIGH TEMPERATURES THAN OTHER PATHOGENS AND THUS IS LIKELY TO SURVIVE STANDARD PASTEURIZATION. THIS WORK IS IN CONTRAST TO RESEARCH BY STABEL ET AL WHO CONFIDENTLY REPORTED THAT MAP DOES NOT SURVIVE PASTEURIZATION -- USING TECHNIQUES THAT HAVE COME UNDER CRITICISM BY OTHER SCIENTISTS.


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