Next Generation Probiotics

Next Generation Probiotics

Probiotics Introduction

  • Probiotics’ are naturally occurring bacterial strains found in human gut, and are being added to food for their health-promoting effects.
  • The gut has a rich and diverse microbial ecosystem whose activities can also influence the health of the host.
  • Probiotics have also been used to treat a variety of mucosal surface infections, such as those of the gut and vagina, but the use of these has almost diminished after antibiotics.
  • The probiotics help in the production of antimicrobial metabolites and nutriceuticals; immunomodulation; relief of constipation and prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea; metal detoxification; serum cholesterol and blood pressure reduction; prevention and alleviation of allergic diseases; management of atopic dermatitis; prevention of surgical wound infection and tooth decay; regression of tumours and reduction in carcinogen and mutagen production
  • These are mostly used as food supplements and are now administered orally and are also an alternative to various intestinal disorders.
  • Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) have proved to be effective mucosal delivery vectors including Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus
  • LAB has been altered by traditional and genetic engineering methods to yield new varieties.
  • These LAB can be genetically modified to get the desired protein or peptide without disturbing their biological activity.
  • Other than that other bacterial and yeast strains such as Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces are also used as probiotic strains

Next Generation Probiotics

Genetically Modified Probiotics/ Next Generation Probiotics

  • The probiotics are genetically modified in order to get the desired or required protein or peptide for the biological activity or to enhance metabolism.
  • Genetic modification of bacteria can be done by DNA transformation, transduction or by the use of plasmids
  • The regular consumption of fermented dairy products such as yoghurt containing lactic acid bacteria is associated with enhanced health and longevity in many people
  • The bacterial strains Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus are considered as the most effective next-generation probiotic (NGP) and designer probiotics are also being recognized.
  • Probiotic strains with high potential and health benefits have been identified which include mainly from the genera Bacteroides, AkkermasiaFaecalibacterium and Eubacterium.
  • Some of these strains have been recorded activating immune T cell immune response in vivo while some proposed IgA production

GMP in Food

  • GMOs are produced from distant bacterial strains by introducing genes.
  • For example, a heterologous catabolic glutamate dehydrogenase gene from Peptostreptococcus asaccharolyticus was introduced into L. lactis to produce a-ketoglutarate from glutamate which is an amino acid present at high levels in cheese
  • Also L. lactis produce large amounts of L-alanine from pyruvate in a single step by alanine dehydrogenase. The carbon flux from pyruvate to alanine, the Bacillus sphaericus alanine
    dehydrogenase gene (alaDH) was expressed in an L-lactate dehydrogenase-deficient lactococcal strain.