Electrotransformation of lactobacillus acidophilus group A1

FEMS Microbiol Lett. 1996 May 1;138(2-3):233-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-6968.1996.tb08163.x.


Two strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus Group A1, the neotype ATCC 4356 and a human isolate NCFM-N2, widely used as a dietary adjunct in milk and cultured dairy products, were transformed with plasmid DNA by electroporation. The transformation characteristics exhibited by the two L acidophilus strains were found to differ markedly even though they appeared similar at the genomic level based on the DNA patterns of SmaI restriction fragments. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a consistent, reproducible transformation system of Lactobacillus acidophilus strains comprising the A1 DNA homology group.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • DNA, Bacterial / genetics
  • Electroporation
  • Humans
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus / classification
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus / genetics*
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus / isolation & purification
  • Plasmids / genetics
  • Transformation, Genetic


  • DNA, Bacterial