Boosting the growth of the probiotic strain Lactobacillus paracasei ssp. paracasei F19

Desideria Brignone, Pia Radmann, Jürgen Behr, Rudi F. Vogel

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Abstract

Single so-called booster substances were added to the fermentation medium of the probiotic strain Lactobacillus (L.) paracasei ssp. paracasei F19 to enhance its growth. A wide screening was carried out in microtiter plates and a statistical analysis of the growth parameters was performed. CFU counts were used to correlate the increase in OD590nm with the increase in viable cell number. Sodium ascorbate, sodium pyruvate, manganese sulfate and cysteine had a remarkable boosting effect on the growth of L. paracasei F19. Three of the boosters increased the growth rate of the strain and led to a higher cell density and biomass yield in laboratory conditions. Cysteine significantly shortened the lag phase, therefore reducing the fermentation times. The boosters were tested on four additional Lactobacillus species and their growth boosting activity was retained. To investigate whether the growth boosters could improve the tolerance of L. paracasei F19 to the adverse condition in the GI tract, additional tests were performed. Sodium ascorbate and sodium pyruvate exerted a certain antioxidant effect, as they improved the tolerance of L. paracasei F19 to H2O2. Sodium ascorbate enhanced the growth of the strain in low pH.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)853-862
Number of pages10
JournalArchives of Microbiology
Volume199
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2017

Keywords

  • Biomass
  • Fitness
  • Growth booster
  • Lactobacillus paracasei ssp. paracasei F19
  • Probiotics

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