Therapeutic potential of Bifidobacterium breve strain A1 for preventing cognitive impairment in Alzheimer's disease

Sci Rep. 2017 Oct 18;7(1):13510. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-13368-2.


It has previously been shown that the consumption of probiotics may have beneficial effects not only on peripheral tissues but also on the central nervous system and behavior via the microbiota-gut-brain axis, raising the possibility that treatment with probiotics could be an effective therapeutic strategy for managing neurodegenerative disorders. In this study, we investigated the effects of oral administration of Bifidobacterium breve strain A1 (B. breve A1) on behavior and physiological processes in Alzheimer's disease (AD) model mice. We found that administration of B. breve A1 to AD mice reversed the impairment of alternation behavior in a Y maze test and the reduced latency time in a passive avoidance test, indicating that it prevented cognitive dysfunction. We also demonstrated that non-viable components of the bacterium or its metabolite acetate partially ameliorated the cognitive decline observed in AD mice. Gene profiling analysis revealed that the consumption of B. breve A1 suppressed the hippocampal expressions of inflammation and immune-reactive genes that are induced by amyloid-β. Together, these findings suggest that B. breve A1 has therapeutic potential for preventing cognitive impairment in AD.

MeSH terms

  • Alzheimer Disease / microbiology
  • Alzheimer Disease / prevention & control*
  • Animals
  • Bifidobacterium breve*
  • Cognitive Dysfunction / microbiology
  • Cognitive Dysfunction / prevention & control*
  • Gastrointestinal Microbiome
  • Hippocampus / metabolism
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Probiotics / therapeutic use*