Genomic diversity and immunomodulatory activity of Lactobacillus plantarum isolated from dairy products

M. Zago, E. Scaltriti, B. Bonvini, M. E. Fornasari, G. Penna, L. Massimiliano, D. Carminati, M. Rescigno, G. Giraffa

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In this study, we aimed to investigate some functional characteristics and the immunomodulatory properties of three strains of Lactobacillus plantarum of dairy origin which, in a previous screening, showed to be candidate probiotics. Genome sequencing and comparative genomics, which confirmed the presence of genes involved in folate and riboflavin production and in the immune response of dendritic cells (DCs), prompted us to investigate the ability of the three strains to accumulate the two vitamins and their immunomodulation properties. The ability of the three strains to release antioxidant components in milk was also investigated. Small amounts of folate and riboflavin were produced by the three strains, while they showed a good antioxidant capacity in milk with FRAP method. The immune response experiments well correlated with the presence of candidate genes influencing in DCs cytokine response to L. plantarum. Specifically, the amounts of secreted cytokins by DCs after stimulation with cells of Lp790, Lp813 and Lp998 resulted pro-inflammatory whereas stimulation with culture supernatants (postbiotics) inhibited the release of interleukin (IL)-12p70 and increased the release of the anti-inflammatory IL-10 cytokine. This study adds further evidence on the importance of L. plantarum in human health. Understanding how probiotics (or postbiotics) work in preclinical models can allow a rational choice of the different strains for clinical and/or commercial use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-604
Number of pages8
JournalBeneficial microbes
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Genetic diversity
  • Immunomodulation
  • Lactobacillus plantarum
  • Probiotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)


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