Molecular Biology Reports

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 461–469 | Cite as

Antimicrobial activity of bacteriocin-like inhibitory substance produced by Pediococcus pentosaceus: from shake flasks to bioreactor

  • Pamela Oliveira de Souza de Azevedo
  • Attilio Converti
  • Martin Gierus
  • Ricardo Pinheiro de Souza OliveiraEmail author
Original Article


Bacteriocins are peptides produced by various species of bacteria, especially lactic acid bacteria (LAB), which have a large spectrum of action against spoilage bacteria and foodborne pathogens. However, when not entirely characterized, they are alternatively called bacteriocin-like inhibitory substances (BLIS). Pediococcus pentosaceus ATCC 43200 grew and produced BLIS optimally when cultivated anaerobically in bioreactor for 24 h at 30 °C and 200 rpm in De Man, Rogosa and Sharp (MRS) medium supplemented with 1.5% peptone. Under such optimal conditions, the cell mass concentration (3.41 g/L) was 66% higher, the generation time (1.28 h) 38% shorter and the BLIS activity against different indicator strains significantly higher than in MRS medium without any supplement taken as a control, and the exponential phase started 4 h before. The agar diffusion method showed BLIS inhibition halos against LAB strains with diameter in the range 11.0–19.5 mm and specific areas between 377.1 and 2654.6 mm2/mL, while BLIS activity against Listeria strains was better quantified by the liquid medium assay that showed, for the fermented broth without any dilution, 100 and 50% inhibition of Listeria innocua and Listeria seeligeri growth, respectively. These results highlight the potential of P. pentosaceus BLIS as a natural antimicrobial for application in the food industry.


Probiotic bacteria Lactic acid bacteria Fermentation process Bacteriocin-like inhibitory substance Natural antimicrobial 



This work was supported by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) under Grant 2016/06284-9, by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development - CNPq and by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior—Brasil (CAPES)—Finance Code 001.

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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biochemical and Pharmaceutical TechnologyUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental EngineeringPole of Chemical EngineeringGenoaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Agrobiotechnology, Institute of Animal Nutrition, Livestock Products, and Nutrition Physiology (TTE), IFA-TullnUniversity of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)ViennaAustria

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