Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

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Bacteriocin production by members of the genusKlebsiella

  • A. H. Stouthamer
  • G. A. Tieze


Bacteriocin production was tested in 36Klebsiella and 3Enterobacter aerogenes strains. Bacteriocins produced byK. pneumoniae were found to be active on most strains ofK. edwardsi, K. aerogenes, K. rhinoscleromatis andE. aerogenes. The bacteriocin produced byE. aerogenes 37 is also active onK. pneumoniae andK. ozaenae. The bacteriocins produced byK. rhinoscleromatis, K. edwardsi andK. aerogenes are active on only a few strains. The activity spectra of the bacteriocins of a number of strains were similar. The method of classification used for colicins could not be applied to these bacteriocins as mutants resistant to one bacteriocin were nearly always resistant to all other bacteriocins. One mutant, though resistant, still adsorbed the bacteriocin to which it was resistant and it is very likely that the same applies for all other resistant mutants. The hypothesis is made that allKlebsiella bacteriocins have the same biochemical target, or more likely, possess a common transmission mechanism.


Resistant Mutant Activity Spectrum Transmission Mechanism Bacteriocin Production 3Enterobacter Aerogenes 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. H. Stouthamer
    • 1
  • G. A. Tieze
    • 1
  1. 1.Microbiology Department, Botanical LaboratoryFree UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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