16S ribosomal DNA analysis of the faecal lactobacilli composition of human subjects consuming a probiotic strain Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM®

J. Sui, S. Leighton, F. Busta, Linda J Brady

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Abstract

Aims: The aims of this study were to evaluate the ability of exogenous Lactobacillus acidophilus strain NCFM® to survive through the human gastro-intestinal (GI) tract, and to evaluate the selectivity of Rogosa SL medium for faecal lactobacilli. Methods and Results: The composition of the faecal lactobacilli of 10 healthy subjects was monitored for two weeks prior to, two weeks during and two weeks after the administration of the Lact. acidophilus strain NCFM® consumed with skim milk (daily dose 1010 viable cells). Fresh faecal samples were collected, processed and cultured on Rogosa SL selective medium for lactobacilli enumeration. Colonies demonstrating various morphologies were identified and purified for 16S ribosomal DNA sequence analysis for speciation of colonial genotype. The species composition of cultivable faecal lactobacilli changed considerably during consumption of the strain NCFM®. Conclusions: The probiotic Lact. acidophilus strain NCFM® can survive through the human GI tract, but cannot colonize itself during the two-week consumption. Rogosa SL medium is selective for faecal lactobacilli. However, genetic analysis is required for colony speciation. Significance and Impact of the Study: It is demonstrated that continuous consumption is necessary to maintain a high population of the probiotic strain, and that the Rogosa SL medium is reliable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)907-912
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Microbiology
Volume93
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 26 2002

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