The ability to perform effectively in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is one of the most significant criteria in the selection of potential probiotic bacteria. Thus, the present study aimed to investigate the potential probiotic characteristics of some selected lactic acid bacteria (LAB) isolated from vegetable products. Probiotic characteristics included tolerance to acid and bile, cholesterol-removing ability, bile salt hydrolysis, resistance against lysozyme and antibiotics, production of exopolysaccharides (EPS), antimicrobial and hemolytic activities, and cell surface characteristics (auto-aggregation, co-aggregation, and hydrophobicity). The survival rate of isolates after G120 ranged from 8.0 to 8.6 Log10 CFU/mL. After the intestinal phase (IN-120), the bacterial count ranged from 7.3 to 8.5 Log10 CFU/mL. The bile tolerance rates ranged from 17.8 to 51.1%, 33.6 to 63.9%, and 55.9 to 72.5% for cholic acid, oxgall, and taurocholic acid, respectively. Isolates F1, F8, F23, and F37 were able to reduce cholesterol (>30%) from the broth. The auto-aggregation average rate increased significantly after 24 h for all isolates, while two isolates showed the highest hydrophobicity values. Moreover, isolates had attachment capabilities comparable to those of HT-29 cells, with an average of 8.03 Log10 CFU/mL after 2 h. All isolates were resistant to lysozyme and vancomycin, and 8 out of the 17 selected isolates displayed an ability to produce exopolysaccharides (EPS). Based on 16S rRNA sequencing, LAB isolates were identified as Enterococcus faecium, E. durans, E. lactis, and Pediococcus acidilactici.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Microbiology (medical)