Phosphatase activity of 334 isolates of the tribe Proteeae carefully identified to species level has been evaluated by using both a number of conventional tests and three versions of the novel methyl green-phenolphthalein (MGP) method (G. Satta. R. Pompei, G. Grazi, and G. Cornaglia, J. Clin. Microbiol. 26:2637-2641, 1988). We found that the different species of Proteeae show different and easily distinguishable. behaviors by the MGP method, while all of them behave in a uniform way in the conventional tests. On studying the mechanism underlying these different behaviors, we found that the phosphatase activity of Morganella morganii and Providencia stuartii is higher than that of all other members of the family Enterobacteriaceae. Furthermore, we found that all P. stuartii strains display the property (shared by virtually none of the other species of Enterobacteriaceae) of excreting significant amounts of phosphatase. This extracellular activity is reliably detected by the MGP method but not by convention

Use of a novel phosphatase test for simplified identification of species of the tribe Proteeae

CORNAGLIA, Giuseppe;
1990

Abstract

Phosphatase activity of 334 isolates of the tribe Proteeae carefully identified to species level has been evaluated by using both a number of conventional tests and three versions of the novel methyl green-phenolphthalein (MGP) method (G. Satta. R. Pompei, G. Grazi, and G. Cornaglia, J. Clin. Microbiol. 26:2637-2641, 1988). We found that the different species of Proteeae show different and easily distinguishable. behaviors by the MGP method, while all of them behave in a uniform way in the conventional tests. On studying the mechanism underlying these different behaviors, we found that the phosphatase activity of Morganella morganii and Providencia stuartii is higher than that of all other members of the family Enterobacteriaceae. Furthermore, we found that all P. stuartii strains display the property (shared by virtually none of the other species of Enterobacteriaceae) of excreting significant amounts of phosphatase. This extracellular activity is reliably detected by the MGP method but not by convention
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