Bacteriocins, A Natural Weapon Against Bacterial Contamination for Greater Safety and Preservation of Food: A Review

Author(s): Virginia Fuochi*, Rosalia Emma, Pio M. Furneri

Journal Name: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Volume 22 , Issue 2 , 2021

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Nowadays, consumers have become increasingly attentive to human health and the use of more natural products. Consequently, the demand for natural preservatives in the food industry is more frequent. This has led to intense research to discover new antimicrobial compounds of natural origin that could effectively fight foodborne pathogens. This research aims to safeguard the health of consumers and, above all, to avoid potentially harmful chemical compounds. Lactobacillus is a bacterial genus belonging to the Lactic Acid Bacteria and many strains are defined GRAS, generally recognized as safe. These strains are able to produce substances with antibacterial activity against food spoilage bacteria and contaminating pathogens: the bacteriocins. The aim of this review was to focus on this genus and its capability to produce antibacterial peptides. The review collected all the information from the last few years about bacteriocins produced by Lactobacillus strains, isolated from clinical or food samples, with remarkable antimicrobial activities useful for being exploited in the food field. In addition, the advantages and disadvantages of their use and the possible ways of improvement for industrial applications were described.

Keywords: Lactobacillus spp., bacteriocins, food preservation, food spoilage, industrial application, drug delivery.

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Article Details

Year: 2021
Published on: 28 March, 2021
Page: [216 - 231]
Pages: 16
DOI: 10.2174/1389201021666200704145427
Price: $65

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