Quantitative evaluation of adhesion of lactobacilli isolated from human intestinal tissues to human colonic mucin using surface plasmon resonance (BIACORE assay)

J Appl Microbiol. 2007 Jan;102(1):116-23. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2006.03061.x.


Aims: To isolate lactobacilli from the mucus layer of the human intestine and evaluate their adhesion abilities using a BIACORE assay.

Methods and results: Thirty strains of lactobacilli were isolated from the mucus layer of normal human intestinal tissues using conventional plate culture. The strains were identified using homology comparisons of the 16S rDNA sequence to databases as Lactobacillus salivarius (26%), Lactobacillus fermentum (13%), Lactobacillus gasseri (10%), Lactobacillus paracasei (7%), Lactobacillus casei (3%), Lactobacillus mucosae (3%) and Lactobacillus plantarum (3%). Lactobacillus plantarum LA 318 shows the highest adhesion to human colonic mucin (HCM) using the BIACORE assay at 115.30 +/- 12.37 resonance unit (RU). The adhesion of cell wall surface proteins from strain LA 318 was significantly higher to HCM than to bovine serum albumin (BSA; P < 0.05).

Conclusions: We isolated 30 strains of lactobacilli. Lactobacillus salivarius was the predominant species of lactobacilli isolated in this study. The adhesion of strain LA 318 isolated from human transverse colon to its mucin was shown. The adhesion could be mediated by lectin-like components on the bacterial cell surface.

Significance and impact of the study: This is the first study where lactobacilli were isolated from human intestinal tissues and shown to adhere to HCM.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Adhesion / physiology*
  • Bacterial Proteins / physiology
  • Colon / chemistry
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / microbiology
  • Culture Media
  • DNA, Bacterial / analysis
  • DNA, Ribosomal / analysis
  • Humans
  • Intestines / microbiology*
  • Lactobacillus / isolation & purification
  • Lactobacillus / physiology*
  • Mucins / physiology*
  • Surface Plasmon Resonance / methods*


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Culture Media
  • DNA, Bacterial
  • DNA, Ribosomal
  • Mucins