Evaluation of adhesive properties of presumptive probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum strains


  • Francesca Silva Dias Universidade Federal do Vale do São francisco
  • Whasley Ferreira Duarte
  • Rosane Freitas Schwan


Lactobacillus plantarum, Autoaggregation, Coaggregation, Adhesion to solvents


Thirty-two strains of Lactobacillus plantarum UFLA SAU from pork sausages, pre-selected for some features for probiotic application, were utilized in this study to evaluate their adhesive properties and compare the results against the three pathogens also tested. Strains were tested for autoaggregation and coaggregation capacity and Microbial Adhesion To Solvents (MATS) at the time intervals of 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 h. Our findings revealed that UFLA SAU strains have a high autoaggregative capacity and coaggregative ability with pathogens, especially Listeria monocytogenes. In relation to adhesion to solvents, in general, L. plantarum strains showed hydrophilic cell surface properties and an important electron donor and basic character. Adhesive properties were markedly separated for the strains under study by Principal Component Analysis software. UFLA SAU 132, 226 and 87 were differentiated by autoaggregation ability. UFLA SAU 11 and Listeria monocytogenes were characterized by adhesion to solvents. UFLA SAU 14, 18 and 172 showed high coaggregation with Escherichia coli, Salmonella Typhi and Listeria monocytogenes. In comparison to the pathogens tested, many UFLA SAU strains presented higher adhesive capacity. These tests should be used for screening and identifying potentially adherent microorganisms. Adhesive properties are important features for the choice of probiotic strains and confer various applications, such as in the pharmaceutical (therapeutic or prophylactic) and food (functional foods) industries.


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Author Biography

Francesca Silva Dias, Universidade Federal do Vale do São francisco

Cursou Medicina Veterinária pela Universidade Federal de Viçosa (2006), mestrado pela Universidade Federal Fluminense na Área de Concentração em Higiene Veterinária e Processamento Tecnológico de Produtos de Origem Animal (2008) e doutorado em Microbiologia Agrícola pela Universidade Federal de Lavras (2011). Possui especialização Lato Sensu em Ensino a Distância. Atualmente é Professora Adjunta de Inspeção e Tecnologia de Produtos de Origem Animal na Universidade Federal do Vale do São Francisco (UNIVASF). Possui experiência em pesquisas com ênfase em Inspeção de Produtos de Origem Animal e Saúde Coletiva nas áreas de imunologia e microbiologia tradicional e molecular.



How to Cite

DIAS, F.S., DUARTE, W.F. and SCHWAN, R.F., 2013. Evaluation of adhesive properties of presumptive probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum strains . Bioscience Journal [online], vol. 29. [Accessed19 January 2022]. Available from: https://seer.ufu.br/index.php/biosciencejournal/article/view/18084.



Agricultural Sciences