Aims: Not all lactic acid bacteria possess the ability to confer health benefits for the host. Thus, it becomes necessary to screen and characterize numerous strains to obtain ideal probiotics. Here, two Lactobacillus plantarum strains (CECT 7315 and CECT 7316) were isolated and characterized. Methods and Results: In vitro and in vivo tests were carried out for demonstrating the abilities as probiotics of CECT 7315/CECT 7316Lact. plantarum strains. Both strains showed high ability to survive at gastro-intestinal tract conditions and to adhere to intestinal epithelial cells, as well as great inhibitory activity against a wide range of enteropathogens and ability to induce the production of anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10. Conclusions: Lactobacillus plantarum CECT 7315/CECT 7316 because of their potential probiotic properties could be excellent candidates for being tested in clinical trials aimed to demonstrate beneficial effects on human health. Significance and Impact of the Study: Probiotics are live micro-organisms that confer a health benefit for the host. However, not all the lactic acid bacteria possess the ability to confer health benefits for the host. In this study, two Lact. plantarum strains (CECT 7315 and CECT 7316) were isolated and characterized to demonstrate their excellent qualities as potential probiotic strains. © 2011 The Authors. Letters in Applied Microbiology © 2011 The Society for Applied Microbiology.
- FAO/WHO guidelines
- Immune response
- Intestinal microbiota
- Lactobacillus plantarum CECT 7315/7316