Culture conditions affect cytotoxin production by Serratia marcescens

FEMS Immunol Med Microbiol. 1996 Dec 31;16(3-4):299-307. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-695X.1996.tb00149.x.


Cytotoxins have been implicated in the pathogenesis of bacterial infections. In this study, the influence of different culture conditions was evaluated on cytotoxin production of Serratia marcescens. Parameters such as culture media, incubation temperature, starting pH of culture medium, aeration, anaerobiosis, carbon sources, iron concentration in he culture media, and release of cell-bond toxin by polymyxin B were investigated. The data suggest that this cytotoxin is predominantly extracellular and is not induced by iron limitation. Aerobic culture with shaking resulted in higher cytotoxicity than static aerobic or anaerobic culture. Bacteria grown in glucose, sucrose or galactose were more cytotoxic than those grown in inositol or maltose. The culture conditions that were identified as optimal for cytotoxin production by Serratia marcescens were incubation temperature ranging from 30 to 37 degrees C, in medium adjusted pH 8.5, with shaking. This work will contribute to further studies on the identification of this cytotoxic activity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Toxins / biosynthesis*
  • Culture Media
  • Cytotoxins / biosynthesis*
  • HeLa Cells
  • Humans
  • Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
  • Iron / pharmacology
  • Oxygen
  • Serratia marcescens / drug effects
  • Serratia marcescens / metabolism*
  • Temperature
  • Toxicity Tests


  • Bacterial Toxins
  • Culture Media
  • Cytotoxins
  • Iron
  • Oxygen