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Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2001 Feb;65(2):466-9.

Dietary curdlan increases proliferation of bifidobacteria in the cecum of rats.

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Department of Nutritional Science, Faculty of Applied Bio-Science, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan.


Significant increases in the amounts of short-chain fatty acids and lactate, and in numbers of bifidobacteria were observed in the cecum of curdlan (CD) -fed rats as compared with those of cellulose-fed ones. The in vitro proliferation of 5 species of bifidobacteria was markedly increased in the cultures containing the supernatant obtained from the cecal contents of CD-fed rats. These findings suggest that bifidus factors have been produced in the cecum of CD-fed rats.

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