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Prebiotic Activity of Polysaccharides Extracted from Gigantochloa Levis (Buluh beting) Shoots
Department of Microbiology, Faculty Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Department of Food Technology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Halal Products Research Institute, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Putra Infoport, 43400 Serdang Selangor, Malaysia
Department of Food Technology, Faculty of Food Science and Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
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Received: 11 October 2011; in revised form: 28 December 2011 / Accepted: 13 January 2012 / Published: 7 February 2012
Abstract: Bamboo shoot crude polysaccharides (BSCP) extracted from the shoots of Gigantochloa levis gave about 3.27 ± 0.18% on dry basis and a very minute percentage of protein (0.02 ± 0.01%). The molecular weight of BSCP estimated by gel chromatography was found to be around 7.49 × 103 Da, while the molecular weights of purified fractions (F1 to F5) were around 1550.96, 1471.63, 1685.78, 1691.61 and 1551.67 Da, respectively. The FTIR spectrum of BSCP revealed the possibility that the extract contains β-glucan, which can be considered a valuable compound for the medical and food industries. These relate to the resistance of BSCP towards artificial human gastric juice which is more than 99%. Prebiotic activity tested using BSCP as a carbon source showed significant increase in the growth of B. animalis ATCC 1053, B. longum BB 536 and L. acidophilus ATCC 4356 as compared to the use of FOS. Survivality of S. choleraesuis JCM 6977 was found to be slower in both BSCP and FOS. Study conducted reflects a good sign for the BSCP to be exploited as a promising prebiotic.
Keywords: polysaccharides; FOS; prebiotics; probiotics; optical density
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Azmi, A.F.M.N.; Mustafa, S.; Hashim, D.M.; Manap, Y.A. Prebiotic Activity of Polysaccharides Extracted from Gigantochloa Levis (Buluh beting) Shoots. Molecules 2012, 17, 1635-1651.
Azmi AFMN, Mustafa S, Hashim DM, Manap YA. Prebiotic Activity of Polysaccharides Extracted from Gigantochloa Levis (Buluh beting) Shoots. Molecules. 2012; 17(2):1635-1651.
Azmi, Aida Firdaus Muhammad Nurul; Mustafa, Shuhaimi; Hashim, Dzulkifly Md.; Manap, Yazid Abdul. 2012. "Prebiotic Activity of Polysaccharides Extracted from Gigantochloa Levis (Buluh beting) Shoots." Molecules 17, no. 2: 1635-1651.