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The Foodborne Strain Lactobacillus fermentum MBC2 Triggers pept-1-Dependent Pro-Longevity Effects in Caenorhabditis elegans

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Department of Biology and Biotechnology “C. Darwin”, Sapienza University of Rome, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Research Centre for Food and Nutrition, CREA (Council for Agricultural Research and Economics), 00178 Rome, Italy
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Microorganisms 2019, 7(2), 45; https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms7020045
Received: 21 December 2018 / Revised: 21 January 2019 / Accepted: 7 February 2019 / Published: 7 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Probiotics: From Quality Assessment to Microbial Ecology)
Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are involved in several food fermentations and many of them provide strain-specific health benefits. Herein, the probiotic potential of the foodborne strain Lactobacillus fermentum MBC2 was investigated through in vitro and in vivo approaches. Caenorhabditis elegans was used as an in vivo model to analyze pro-longevity and anti-aging effects. L. fermentum MBC2 showed a high gut colonization capability compared to E. coli OP50 (OP50) or L. rhamnosus GG (LGG). Moreover, analysis of pumping rate, lipofuscin accumulation, and body bending showed anti-aging effects in L. fermentum MBC2-fed worms. Studies on PEPT-1 mutants demonstrated that pept-1 gene was involved in the anti-aging processes mediated by this bacterial strain through DAF-16, whereas the oxidative stress protection was PEPT-1 independent. Moreover, analysis of acid tolerance, bile tolerance, and antibiotic susceptibility were evaluated. L. fermentum MBC2 exerted beneficial effects on nematode lifespan, influencing energy metabolism and oxidative stress resistance, resulted in being tolerant to acidic pH and able to adhere to Caco-2 cells. Overall, these findings provide new insight for application of this strain in the food industry as a newly isolated functional starter. Furthermore, these results will also shed light on C. elegans molecular players involved in host-microbe interactions. View Full-Text
Keywords: probiotics; fermented foods; mozzarella di bufala campana; nematode; Caco-2 cells probiotics; fermented foods; mozzarella di bufala campana; nematode; Caco-2 cells
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Schifano, E.; Zinno, P.; Guantario, B.; Roselli, M.; Marcoccia, S.; Devirgiliis, C.; Uccelletti, D. The Foodborne Strain Lactobacillus fermentum MBC2 Triggers pept-1-Dependent Pro-Longevity Effects in Caenorhabditis elegans. Microorganisms 2019, 7, 45.

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