Type

Journal Article

Authors

Douwe van Sinderen
Gerald F Fitzgerald
Marco Ventura
Michelle Cronin

Subjects

Microbiology

Topics
microbiology fermentation genetics classification biotechnology breast feeding metabolism probiotics humans bifidobacterium genomics infant female therapeutic use intestines

Progress in genomics, metabolism and biotechnology of bifidobacteria. (2010)

Abstract Members of the genus Bifidobacterium were first described over a century ago and were quickly associated with a healthy intestinal tract due to their numerical dominance in breast-fed babies as compared to bottle-fed infants. Health benefits elicited by bifidobacteria to its host, as supported by clinical trials, have led to their wide application as probiotic components of health-promoting foods, especially in fermented dairy products. However, the relative paucity of genetic tools available for bifidobacteria has impeded development of a comprehensive molecular understanding of this genus. In this review we present a summary of current knowledge on bifidobacterial metabolism, classification, physiology and genetics and outline the currently available methods for genetically accessing and manipulating the genus.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Douwe van Sinderen, Gerald F Fitzgerald, Marco Ventura, Michelle Cronin

Experts in our system

1
Douwe van Sinderen
University College Cork
Total Publications: 61
 
2
Gerald F Fitzgerald
Teagasc
Total Publications: 207
 
3
Marco Ventura
University College Cork
Total Publications: 31
 
4
Michelle Cronin
University College Cork
Total Publications: 18