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Antimicrobial antagonists against food pathogens; a bacteriocin perspective
O'Connor, Paula M.; Ross, R Paul; Hill, Colin; Cotter, Paul D.
Efforts are continuing to find novel bacteriocins with enhanced specificity and potency. Traditional plating techniques are still being used for bacteriocin screening studies, however, the availability of ever more bacterial genome sequences and the use of in silico gene mining tools have revealed novel bacteriocin gene clusters that would otherwise have been overlooked. Furthermore, synthetic biology and bioengineering-based approaches are allowing scientists to harness existing and novel bacteriocin gene clusters through expression in different hosts and by enhancing functionalities. The same principles apply to bacteriocin producing probiotic cultures and their application to control pathogens in the gut. We can expect that the recent developments on bacteriocins from Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) described here will contribute greatly to increased commercialisation of bacteriocins in food systems. This work was funded by the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, a research centre funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), through the Irish Government’s National Development Plan. The authors and their work were supported by SFI (grant no. 12/RC/2273)
Keyword(s): Bacteriocins; lactic acid bacteria; Bioengineering; Genome mining; Food safety
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Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Contributor(s): Science Foundation Ireland; 12/RC/2273
Institution: Teagasc
Publisher(s): Elsevier
First Indexed: 2015-02-21 06:07:45 Last Updated: 2019-08-01 07:08:58