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TitleIsolation and functional characterization of a biosurfactant produced by Lactobacillus paracasei
Author(s)Gudiña, Eduardo J.
Teixeira, J. A.
Rodrigues, L. R.
Lactobacillus paracasei
Critical micelle concentration
Issue dateMar-2010
JournalColloids and Surfaces B : Biointerfaces
Citation"Colloids and Surfaces B : biointerfaces". ISSN 0927-7765. 76:1 (Mar. 2010) 298-304.
Abstract(s)In this study, the crude biosurfactant produced by a Lactobacillus paracasei strain isolated in a Portuguese dairy industry was characterized. The minimum surface tension (41.8mN/m) and the critical micelle concentration (2.5 mg/ml) obtained were found to be similar to the values previously reported for biosurfactants isolated from other lactobacilli. The biosurfactant was found to be stable to pH changes over a range from 6 to 10, being more effective at pH 7, and showed no loss of surface activity after incubation at 60 ◦C for 120 h. Although the biosurfactant chemical composition has not been determined yet, a fraction was isolated through acidic precipitation, which exhibited higher surface activity as compared with the crude biosurfactant. Furthermore, this isolated biosurfactant showed antimicrobial and anti-adhesive activities against several pathogenic microorganisms. In addition, L. paracasei exhibited a strong autoaggregating phenotype, which was maintained after washing and resuspending the cells in PBS, meaning that this attribute must be related to cell surface components and not to excreted factors. The autoaggregation ability exhibited by this strain, together with the antimicrobial and anti-adhesive properties observed for this biosurfactant opens the possibility for its use as an effective probiotic strain.
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