Abstract Title:

Antibacterial activity of papain and bromelain on Alicyclobacillus spp.

Abstract Source:

Int J Food Microbiol. 2016 Jan 4 ;216:121-6. Epub 2015 Oct 8. PMID: 26476327

Abstract Author(s):

Márcia Maria dos Anjos, Angela Aparecida da Silva, Isabela Carolini de Pascoli, Jane Martha Graton Mikcha, Miguel Machinski, Rosane Marina Peralta, Benício Alves de Abreu Filho

Article Affiliation:

Márcia Maria dos Anjos


Alicyclobacillus spp. are spore forming bacteria that are often related to the deterioration of acidic products such as beverages and citrus juices. After the process of industrial pasteurization, the spore produced by the bacteria can germinate and the microorganism can grow, causing sensory abnormalities in the product. Alternative biopreservatives, such as the antimicrobial compounds, are of considerable importance to the food industry. Papain and bromelain are proteolytic enzymes derived frompapaya and pineapple, respectively. These enzymes are widely used in medicine and in the pharmaceutical and food industries, but while some studies have described their antibacterial action, no studies of the Alicyclobacillus spp. exist. The aimof this studywas to analyze the antibacterial effect of papain and bromelain on Alicyclobacillus spp. through 1) determining minimum inhibitory and bactericidal concentration (MIC and MBC); 2) determining the death time curve of the micro-organism in the presence and absence of enzymes; and 3) investigating the enzymatic mechanism on the microorganism. The antibacterial activity of enzymes in combination with nisin was also evaluated. The results showed that for the Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris strain, the MIC of papain was 0.98μg/mL and the MBC was 3.91 μg/mL, while theMIC of bromelain was 62.5 μg/mL and the MBCwas 250 μg/mL. The concentration of 4 ×MIC for both the enzymes was sufficient to eliminate 4 logs of the micro-organism after 24 h of incubation. Through the use of enzyme inhibitors specific for cysteine proteases, it was found that the antibacterial activity of papain and bromelain is not related to its proteolytic activity, butmay be related to other activities, such as amidse and esterase. The synergistic activity of the enzymes revealed a fractional inhibitory concentration (FIC) level of 0.16. Combination with nisin revealed an FIC of 0.25 for papain and 0.19 for bromelain, indicating synergism between both compounds. The application of enzymes in reconstituted orange juice contaminated with A. acidoterrestris was found to be effective, as after 48 h of incubation, at three different temperatures, the initial microbial population was eliminated. This study showed that the enzymes papain and bromelain have an antibacterial effect on A. acidoterrestris.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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