Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 82, Issue 1, pp 29–58

Discovering lactic acid bacteria by genomics

  • Authors
  • Todd Klaenhammer
  • Eric Altermann
  • Fabrizio Arigoni
  • Alexander Bolotin
  • Fred Breidt
  • Jeffrey Broadbent
  • Raul Cano
  • Stephane Chaillou
  • Josef Deutscher
  • Mike Gasson
  • Maarten van de Guchte
  • Jean Guzzo
  • AxelHartke Hartke
  • Trevor Hawkins
  • Pascal Hols
  • Robert Hutkins
  • Michiel Kleerebezem
  • Jan Kok
  • James Steele
  • Daniel O'Sullivan
  • Willem de Vos
  • Bart Weimer
  • Monique Zagorec
  • Roland Siezen

DOI: 10.1023/A:1020638309912

Cite this article as:
Klaenhammer, T., Altermann, E., Arigoni, F. et al. Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek (2002) 82: 29. doi:10.1023/A:1020638309912


This review summarizes a collection of lactic acid bacteria that are now undergoing genomic sequencing and analysis. Summaries are presented on twenty different species, with each overview discussing the organisms fundamental and practical significance, nvironmental habitat, and its role in fermentation, bioprocessing, or probiotics. For those projects where genome sequence data were available by March 2002, summaries include a listing of key statistics and interesting genomic features. These efforts will revolutionize our molecular view of Gram–positive bacteria, as up to 15 genomes from the low GC content lactic acid bacteria are expected to be available in the public domain by the end of 2003. Our collective view of the lactic acid bacteria will be fundamentally changed as we rediscover the relationships and capabilities of these organisms through genomics.

lactic acid bacteriagenomicsGram–positive bacteriafoodhealthLactococcusLactobacillusStreptococcusPediococcusLeuconostocOenococcusPropionibacteriumBifidobacteriumBrevibacterium

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