African Journal of
Bacteriology Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Bacteriol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9871
  • DOI: 10.5897/JBR
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 120

Full Length Research Paper

In vitro assessment of Leuconostoc mesenteroides zinc nanoparticles against Salmonella serovars recovered from broilers chickens

Ahmed Orabi
  • Ahmed Orabi
  • Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt.
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Ismail Radwan
  • Ismail Radwan
  • Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Beni-Suief University, Egypt.
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Mohamed Rady
  • Mohamed Rady
  • Central Laboratory for Quality Control on Poultry Production, Animal Health Research Institute, Fayoum, Egypt.
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Marwa Yehia
  • Marwa Yehia
  • Animal Health Research Institute, Beni-Suief, Egypt.
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  •  Received: 22 May 2018
  •  Accepted: 02 July 2018
  •  Published: 30 September 2018


Salmonella serovars are responsible for a variety of acute and chronic diseases in poultry. Leuconostoc mesenteroides probiotic can exert antimicrobial activity by producing diverse fermentative metabolites with bactericidal or bacteriostatic activities such as lactic and acetic acids, fatty acids, hydrogen peroxide or diacetyl and antimicrobial proteins such as bacteriocins and peptidoglycan hydrolase enzymes. This trial aimed at adding novel therapy against virulent and multidrug resistance avian salmonellosis. The incidence of salmonellae in this study was 20% with high recovery rate from liver followed by yolk sac and the most common serovars were Salmonella Kentukey, Salmonella Infantis and Salmonella Enteritidis whose antibiogram showed high resistance to ampicillin, nalidexic acid, sulphamethoxasole + trimethoprim and tetracyclines. Selected virulent and multidrug resistant Salmonella serovars were exposed to probiotic mixture consisting of L. mesenteroides and zinc nanoparticles in different concentration to detect the antibacterial effect against different Salmonella serovars as novel therapy for avian salmonellosis. This study revealed that green synthesis of zinc nanoparticles by using L. mesenteroides biodegradation 100 nm in size and 10 µg/ml in concentration has potent inhibitory effect against broad range of Salmonella serovars but its salmonicidal effect occurred only at 2000 µg/ml.


Key words: Broilers chicken, Salmonella, Leuconostoc mesenteroides, zinc nanoparticles.


Avian salmonellosis can develop as a result of infection with poultry-specific serovars, causing systemic illness in birds (Gast, 2003). Great attention has been paid to bacterial resistance to antibiotics for  its  adverse impacts on morbidity and mortality from diseases caused by resistant bacteria, economic costs of therapy and high risks of the spread of resistant strains among animals and humans (White et al., 2001). Probiotics are defined
as viable microorganisms, which in sufficient numbers, alter the microbiota of a host body compartment and thereby exert beneficial health effects (Shida-Nanno, 2008). The use of probiotics in enhancing intestinal health has been proposed for many years through several postulated mechanism including competition for limited nutrients, inhibition of the epithelial and mucosal adherence of pathogens, inhibition of epithelial invasion by pathogens, the production of antimicrobial substances and/or the stimulation of mucosal immunity (Servin and Coconnier, 2003). Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are regarded as a major group of probiotic bacteria.
They are usually described as Gram-positive bacteria, devoid of cytochromes and preferring anaerobic conditions, but are aerotolerant, fastidious, acid-tolerant and strictly fermentative, producing lactic acid as a main product. The most important genera are: Lactobacillus, Lactococcus, Enterocococcus, Streptococcus, Pediococcus, Leuconostoc and Bifidobacterium (Vasiljevic and Shah, 2008; Perez et al., 2014). Leuconostoc mesenteroides, a member of the LAB occurs in several naturally fermented foods and known to produce biodegradable glucose polymer dextran that has wide range of applications in food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and oil industries (Aman et al., 2012). L. mesenteroides is known to produce both water soluble and insoluble dextran (Shukla et al., 2011). While importance of zinc as an essential nutrient has been recognized for many years, only recently, researchers understood the full impact of this nutrient on animal health as they identified 200 zinc dependent enzymes in all the major biochemical pathways in the body (Case and Carlson, 2002).
Nanotechnology has opened the way for introduction of functional nanostructures which can be used as building blocks to create novel finding such as antimicrobial biodegradable materials that is effective against a variety of pathogens including Gram negative pathogens, so the current study aimed to investigate the inhibitory effect of L. mesenteroides Zn-NPs on broiler chicken Salmonella serovars.


Isolation, identification, virulence and antibiotic resistance profile of Salmonella serovars from broiler chickens
Under complete sterile condition, broilers internal organs including liver, yolk sac, lung, caecum and spleen were examined for isolation and identification of Salmonellae according to (ISO, 2002); the recovered isolates were serotyped in the Central Laboratory for Quality Control on Poultry Production (CLQP) in Dokki, Giza, Egypt, according to Kauffmann and Das Kauffmann (2001). The antibiogram disk diffusion technique was adapted according to CLSI (2017).
Green synthesis of Zn-NPs using L. mesenteroides probiotic
L. mesenteroides NRRL B-1149 was  propagated  as  stab  in  MRS agar medium at 30°C according to Goyal and Katiyar (1996) as used in biodegradation of zinc sulphate as a substrate for production of Zn-NPs sized 100 nm according to Otari et al. (2012) with slight modification and characterized in the central laboratory of elemental and isotopic analysis, nuclear research center, atomic energy authority, Egypt according to the technique of Mashrai et al. (2017).
In vitro assessment of L. mesentroids Zn-NPs against Salmonella serovars
Selected virulent and multidrug resistant Salmonella serovars were cultured in Tryptic soya broth and incubated at 30°C for 24 h. In order to examine the antibacterial activity of the Zn-NP on Salmonella serovars, ZnO nanoparticles were suspended in sterile normal saline and constantly stirring until a uniform colloidal suspension. Agar diffusion method was carried out according to Perez et al. (1990) and determination of minimum inhibitory concentration and minimum bactericidal concentration (MIC/MBC) as antimicrobial activity nano-ZnO according to Chwalibog et al. (2010).



Incidence and antibiogram of broilers chickens Salmonella
From the result of this study, the incidence of Salmonella in broilers chickens as shown in Table 1 were 21% with high recovery rate from liver followed by yolk sac. Serotyping of recovered Salmonella isolates in Table 2 revealed that the most common serovars were Salmonella Kentukey, Salmonella Infantis and Salmonella Enteritidis whose antibiogram as shown in Table 3 high resistance to ampicillin (90%), nalidexic acid (88%), sulphamethoxasole + trimethoprim (82%) and tetracyclines (82%).
Effect of L. mesenteroides zinc nanoparticles on broilers chickens Salmonella
The selected virulent and multidrug resistant Salmonella serovars in the present study were exposed to L. mesenteroides zinc nanoparticles (Figure 1) in different concentrations to detect its antibacterial effect as novel therapy for avian salmonellosis. The results (Table 4) revealed that zinc nanoparticles 100 nm in size and 10 µg/ml in concentration has potent inhibitory effect against broad range of Salmonella serovars but its salmonicidal effect occurred only at 2000 µg/ml as shown in Figure 2) with destruction of Salmonella cell wall after treatment with nanoparticles.


Salmonellosis in poultry is a worldwide problem both for poultry  and  as  a  vehicle  for   human   disease  (Sharp, 1991). Pathogenesis of Salmonella depends on its ability to survive and replicate inside host cells. This virulence trait is linked to the ability to cause systemic infections and a large number of genes are required to enable Salmonella to cope with nutritional limitations, to avoid clearance by the host immune system or survive damage by antimicrobial peptides and radicals (Hegazy and Hensel, 2012). The occurrence of Salmonella Enteritidis has significant increase in poultry carcasses from 2000 to 2005 in the US. Studies between 2000 and 2009 showed that the predominance of Salmonella serovar in poultry was Salmonella Enteritidis, which was resistant to multiple antibiotics, including marked resistance to third generation cephalosporins. In the past  years  in  the  US, increased resistance to Ceftiofur was observed in poultry strains. In 1997, resistance to this antibiotic was 1.6%, and in 2003, it was 7.4% (Medeiros, 2011; Voss-Rech et al., 2015). In the current investigation, incidence of Salmonella in broiler chickens shown in Table 1 were 21% with high recovery rate from liver followed by yolk sac. Serotyping of recovered Salmonella isolates in Table 2 revealed that the most common serovars were S. Kentukey, S. Infantis and S. Enteritidis with antibiogram shown in Table 3 with high resistance to ampicillin (90%), nalidexic acid (88%), sulphamethoxasole + trimethoprim (82%) and tetracyclines (82%). Antibiotic resistance mechanisms can be categorized as (i) modification or destruction of  the  antimicrobial  agent,  (ii)  pumping  the antimicrobial agent out from the cell by efflux pumps, (iii) modification or replacement of the antibiotic target and (iv) decrease in cell membrane permeability. Walsh (2003) also showed that resistance to antibiotics is due to temporary or permanent change of bacterial genetic information. Most resistance genes are found in plasmids. Acquired resistance is caused by the transfer of resistance genes from one cell to another (Tavares, 2001).
Currently nanotechnology has the potential to impact many  aspects   as:   food   security,    disease  treatment delivery system, new tools in cellular and molecular biology, new materials for pathogens detection (Weiss et al., 2006). Recent studies showed that nanoparticles particularly, zinc oxide had selective toxicity to micro-organisms (Reddy, 2007). The study is on evaluation of prepared L. mesentroides zinc nanoparticles as potent agent against broilers chickens Salmonellae; thus, selected Salmonella serovars which is virulent and multidrug resistant were exposed to different concentration of this molecules to detect its antibacterial effect  against  avian  salmonellosis;  the result in Table 4  showed that zinc nanoparticles 100 nm in size and 10 µg/ml in concentration has potent inhibitory effect against broad range of Salmonella serovars but its salmonicidal effect occurred only at 2000 µg/ml. Advances in the field of nanosciences and nanotechnology have brought to form nanosized inorganic and organic particles in medicine and therapeutics (Gajjar et al., 2009). Antimicrobial effect of zinc nanoparticles (Zn-NPs) occurs by different ways such as: formation of H2O2 which retard microbial growth, another way is by releasing of Zn+2 which damage microbial cell membrane and interact with intracellular contents (Moraru et al., 2003), while Violeta et al. (2011) attributed the antimicrobial activities of Zn-NPs to photocatalytic production of reactive oxygen species that damage cell components and interrupt energy transduction. Recently, new safe antimicrobial agents were needed to prevent and overcome bacterial infections. The large increase in the number and occurrence of antibiotic resistant bacterial strains has prompted a renewed interest in the use of metals as antibacterial agent (Odds et al., 2003).


This study suggests that broilers play a potential role as a reservoir of multi drug resistant and virulent Salmonella serovars with special reference to novel control methods by lactic acid bacteria (LAB) as L. mesenteroides zinc nanoparticles; the molecule proved as in vitro inhibitory agent for Salmonella in broiler chickens.


The authors have not declared any conflict of interests.


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