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Adv Appl Microbiol. 2010;70:127-52. doi: 10.1016/S0065-2164(10)70004-6. Epub 2010 Mar 6.

Surface and adhesion properties of lactobacilli.

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Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, The University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AP, UK.


The surface properties of lactobacilli are of significant technological importance as they determine the interaction of the bacterial cells with the gastrointestinal mucosa, and therefore influence their location in the gut and their functionality. Studying the surface of the bacteria is critical for understanding the adhesion process better. This review compiles the knowledge from studies on the characterization Lactobacillus surfaces and evaluates the potential relationship between the cells' physicochemical characteristics and their adhesive abilities. It also discusses the effect that the production processes, such as fermentation and drying, can exert on the surface properties and adhesion abilities of lactobacilli.

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