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Anaerobe. 2007 Feb;13(1):32-5. Epub 2006 Nov 17.

Isolation of an isoflavone-metabolizing, Clostridium-like bacterium, strain TM-40, from human faeces.

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National Food Research Institute, Tsukuba 305-8642, Japan.

Abstract

Recently, the biological effects of isoflavones have attracted much attention. Intestinal microbiota plays an important role in the metabolism and bioavailability of isoflavones. However, few reports have discussed intestinal bacteria that metabolize daidzein into dihydrodaidzein. In this study, we isolated the dihydrodaidzein-producing intestinal bacterium TM-40 from a healthy boy's faeces. The bacteria from faecal samples were incubated with daidzein. Among all tested bacteria, one strain (strain TM-40) produced dihydrodaidzein both from daidzein and daidzin. However, in our experimental conditions, strain TM-40 did not produce equol from daidzein. The 16S rRNA partial sequence of strain TM-40 (AB249652) exhibited a 93% similarity to that of Coprobacillus catenaformis (AB030218). This strain seems to be a new species.

PMID:
17113326
DOI:
10.1016/j.anaerobe.2006.10.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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