Classification of Bacteriocins from Gram-Positive Bacteria

  • Mary C. Rea
  • R. Paul Ross
  • Paul D. Cotter
  • Colin Hill


Bacteriocins are ribosomally synthesised antimicrobial peptides produced by bacteria, including many Gram-positive species. The classification of bacteriocins from Gram-positive bacteria is complicated by their heterogeneity and thus, as the number of Gram-positive bacteriocins identified has continued to increase, classification schemes have had to continuously evolve. Here, we review the various classification approaches, both historical and current, their underlying scientific basis and their relative merit, and suggest a rational scheme given the state of the art.


Lactic Acid Bacterium Lactic Acid Bacterium Bacteriocin Circular Bacteriocin Bacteriocin Gene Cluster Enterococcal Bacteriocin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary C. Rea
  • R. Paul Ross
  • Paul D. Cotter
    • 1
    • 2
  • Colin Hill
  1. 1.Teagasc, Moorepark Food Research CentreCorkIreland
  2. 2.Alimentary Pharmabiotic CentreUniversity College CorkCorkIreland

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