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Overview on mechanisms of acetic acid resistance in acetic acid bacteria

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Acetic acid bacteria (AAB) are a group of gram-negative or gram-variable bacteria which possess an obligate aerobic property with oxygen as the terminal electron acceptor, meanwhile transform ethanol and sugar to corresponding aldehydes, ketones and organic acids. Since the first genus Acetobacter of AAB was established in 1898, 16 AAB genera have been recorded so far. As the main producer of a world-wide condiment, vinegar, AAB have evolved an elegant adaptive system that enables them to survive and produce a high concentration of acetic acid. Some researches and reviews focused on mechanisms of acid resistance in enteric bacteria and made the mechanisms thoroughly understood, while a few investigations did in AAB. As the related technologies with proteome, transcriptome and genome were rapidly developed and applied to AAB research, some plausible mechanisms conferring acetic acid resistance in some AAB strains have been published. In this review, the related mechanisms of AAB against acetic acid with acetic acid assimilation, transportation systems, cell morphology and membrane compositions, adaptation response, and fermentation conditions will be described. Finally, a framework for future research for anti-acid AAB will be provided.

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This study was supported by Programs of International S & T Cooperation, Ministry of Science and Technology, P. R. China (No. 2014DFG32380), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. 2013PY006).

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Wang, B., Shao, Y. & Chen, F. Overview on mechanisms of acetic acid resistance in acetic acid bacteria. World J Microbiol Biotechnol 31, 255–263 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11274-015-1799-0

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