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Potential Health Benefits of Ropy Exopolysaccharides Produced by Lactobacillus plantarum

Department of Food Engineering, University of Pamukkale, 20070 Denizli, Turkey
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Molecules 2020, 25(14), 3293; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules25143293
Received: 28 May 2020 / Revised: 10 July 2020 / Accepted: 15 July 2020 / Published: 20 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bioproducts for Health)
The ability of Lactobacillus plantarum to produce exopolysaccharides (EPS) of various structures and properties is effective in showing both starter and probiotic culture qualification. In this study, the potential health promoting functions of the ropy EPS produced by Lactobacillus plantarum strains isolated from tarhana were tested. A stimulation of the pro-inflammatory IL-12 and TNF-α cytokines was observed in the presence of the ropy EPS suggesting an in vitro immune modulation. Similarly, the tested EPS demonstrated promoted the growth of the probiotic strains in fermentation medium. A medium level of radical scavenging activities of ropy EPS was observed whereas the superoxide and hydroxyl scavenging activities were more effective. The ropy EPS also showed α-glucosidase inhibition and cholesterol removal characteristics depending on their concentration. These findings revealed the potential health-promoting functions of ropy EPS from L. plantarum strains and EPS from L. plantarum PFC311 and PFC310 strains demonstrated multiple health-improving effects that can be further evaluated in food and other industries. View Full-Text
Keywords: lactic acid bacteria; exopolysaccharide; health-benefits; antioxidant; prebiotic; immunity lactic acid bacteria; exopolysaccharide; health-benefits; antioxidant; prebiotic; immunity
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Yılmaz, T.; Şimşek, Ö. Potential Health Benefits of Ropy Exopolysaccharides Produced by Lactobacillus plantarum. Molecules 2020, 25, 3293. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules25143293

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Yılmaz T, Şimşek Ö. Potential Health Benefits of Ropy Exopolysaccharides Produced by Lactobacillus plantarum. Molecules. 2020; 25(14):3293. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules25143293

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Yılmaz, Tülin, and Ömer Şimşek. 2020. "Potential Health Benefits of Ropy Exopolysaccharides Produced by Lactobacillus plantarum" Molecules 25, no. 14: 3293. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules25143293

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