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Anaerobe. 2007 Oct-Dec;13(5-6):215-9. Epub 2007 May 21.

Screening of bifidobacteria with acquired tolerance to human gastrointestinal tract.

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  • 1College of Food Science and Nutritional Engineering, China Agricultural University, Room 420, 17# Qinghua East Road, East District, Beijing 100083, China.


Tolerance capabilities of 38 Bifidobacterium strains were achieved by simulating the micro-environment of human gastrointestinal tract using modified MRSC broth (pH 3.0). Fourteen strains of them with high viability were obtained in MRSC with 0.3% bile salts. Sequently, six strains of bifidobacteria with higher survivability were picked in MRSC broth (pH 3.0) supplemented with 1-20mg/ml bile salt. Finally, strain A04 with the optimal ability was chosen for further studies. It had been seen that Bifidobacterium breve A04 had better survival capability to 0.5% pepsin (w/v) or 1% pancreatin (w/v) than other bifidobacteria, and viable bacteria were above 8.00 log cfu/ml after incubation for 24h. Meanwhile, it had higher adhesive capability to HT-29 cells in vitro and average adhesive bacteria numbers reached 12.8+/-0.9 for each HT-29 cell. The results indicated that the ability to tolerate gastroenteric environment and the adhesive capacity to HT-29 cells among Bifidobacterium strains was different. B. breve A04 has several aspects of advantages and may be regarded as potential probiotics.

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