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Proteomics. 2011 Jun;11(12):2503-14. doi: 10.1002/pmic.201000716. Epub 2011 May 20.

The extracellular proteome of Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis BB-12 reveals proteins with putative roles in probiotic effects.

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Enzyme and Protein Chemistry (EPC), Department of Systems Biology, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark.


Probiotics are live microorganisms that exert health-promoting effects on the human host, as demonstrated for numerous strains of the genus Bifidobacterium. To unravel the proteins involved in the interactions between the host and the extensively used and well-studied probiotic strain Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis BB-12, proteins secreted by the bacterium, i.e. belonging to the extracellular proteome present in the culture medium, were identified by 2-DE coupled with MALDI-TOF MS. Among the 74 distinct proteins identified, 31 are predicted to carry out their physiological role either outside the cell or on its surface. These proteins include solute-binding proteins for oligosaccharides, amino acids and manganese, cell wall-metabolizing proteins, and 18 proteins that have been described to interact with human host epithelial cells or extracellular matrix proteins. The potential functions include binding of plasminogen, formation of fimbriae, adhesion to collagen, attachment to mucin and intestinal cells as well as induction of immunomodulative response. These findings suggest a role of the proteins in colonization of the gastrointestinal tract, adhesion to host tissues, or immunomodulation of the host immune system. The identification of proteins predicted to be involved in such interactions can pave the way towards well targeted studies of the protein-mediated contacts between bacteria and the host, with the goal to enhance the understanding of the mode of action of probiotic bacteria.

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