Inhibitory effects of the κ-casein macropeptide isolated from milk protein on the biofilm formation and virulence of Listeria monocytogenes

Hyun Sun Yun, Younghoon Kim, Mi Ri Park, Sae Hun Kim, Sejong Oh

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We demonstrate the inhibitory effects of κ-casein macropeptide (CMP) on the biofilm formation and virulence of Listeria monocytogenes Scott A. The inhibition of biofilm formation by CMP was initially investigated by using the protocol applied for the 96-well microtiter plate assay. Low concentrations of CMP (0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, and 0.5 mg/mL) that were tested resulted in a profound inhibitory effect on biofilm formation at a concentration of 0.4 mg/mL. CMP also significantly repressed the transcription of inlA (encoding internalin A) that was responsible for the initial adhesion and invasion event, and prolonged the survival of Caenorhabditis elegans infected by L. monocytogenes. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis showed that newly identified proteins in the presence of CMP were involved in the stress response and metabolic processes that have important roles in developing listerial biofilms. Our results suggest that CMP from milk protein would be capable of eliminating biofilm formation and virulence by L. monocytogenes in the food industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-498
Number of pages9
JournalBioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014



  • Biofilm formation
  • Caenorhabditis elegans
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis
  • κ-casein macropeptide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Medicine(all)

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