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Foods 2018, 7(12), 196;

Mining Milk for Factors which Increase the Adherence of Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis to Intestinal Cells

Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork P61 C996, Ireland
Advanced Glycoscience Research Cluster, National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway H91 TK33, Ireland
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Received: 15 October 2018 / Revised: 21 November 2018 / Accepted: 29 November 2018 / Published: 3 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Dairy)
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Bifidobacteria play a vital role in human nutrition and health by shaping and maintaining the gut ecosystem. In order to exert a beneficial effect, a sufficient population of bifidobacteria must colonise the host. In this study, we developed a miniaturised high-throughput in vitro assay for assessing the colonising ability of bacterial strains in human cells. We also investigated a variety of components isolated from different milk sources for their ability to increase the adherence of Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis ATCC 15697, a common member of the gastrointestinal microbiota of breastfed infants, to HT-29 cells. Both conventional and miniaturised colonisation assays were employed to examine the effect of 13 different milk-derived powders on bacterial adherence, including positive controls which had previously resulted in increased bifidobacterial adherence (human milk oligosaccharides and a combination of 3′- and 6′-sialylactose) to intestinal cells. Immunoglobulin G enriched from bovine whey and goat milk oligosaccharides resulted in increased adhesion (3.3- and 8.3-fold, respectively) of B. infantis to the intestinal cells and the miniaturised and conventional assays were found to yield comparable and reproducible results. This study highlights the potential of certain milk components to favourably modulate adhesion of bifidobacteria to human intestinal cells. View Full-Text
Keywords: Bifidobacterium; adhesion; milk oligosaccharides; milk powders; HT-29 cells Bifidobacterium; adhesion; milk oligosaccharides; milk powders; HT-29 cells

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Quinn, E.M.; Slattery, H.; Thompson, A.P.; Kilcoyne, M.; Joshi, L.; Hickey, R.M. Mining Milk for Factors which Increase the Adherence of Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis to Intestinal Cells. Foods 2018, 7, 196.

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