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Appl Environ Microbiol. 2006 Jun;72(6):4497-9.

In vitro fermentation of breast milk oligosaccharides by Bifidobacterium infantis and Lactobacillus gasseri.

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Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA.

Abstract

It has been proposed that human milk oligosaccharides (HMO) function as a prebiotic for bifidobacteria, yet this activity has not been adequately investigated. In this study, Bifidobacterium infantis was shown to ferment purified HMO as a sole carbon source, while another gut commensal, Lactobacillus gasseri, did not ferment HMO. Our results support the hypothesis that HMO selectively amplify bacterial populations in the infant intestine.

PMID:
16751577
PMCID:
PMC1489581
DOI:
10.1128/AEM.02515-05
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