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Poultry probiotic's coat clues to ability to battle bugs
Date:11/18/2013

tial roles in the capsule biosynthesis process but more research is needed to fully understand the system, and also how it is regulated.

The structures of these two EPS molecules appear to be unique to this strain. Structural features, such as the phosphorylation patterns, are likely to be a major influence on how well bacteria adhere. Other structural modifications such as acetylation are thought to help protect the EPS from the enzymes produced by gut bacteria.

This strain of Lactobacillus johnsonii is now being taken through farm-scale trials to assess its potential use to combat pathogenic infections of poultry by bacteria such as C. perfringens. This study provides insights into exactly how this works, and future work will focus on unpicking how the EPS molecules in the coat contribute to colonisation and pathogen exclusion.


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Contact: Andrew Chapple
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Norwich BioScience Institutes
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