Metabolic Effects of Bovine Milk Oligosaccharides on Selected Commensals of the Infant Microbiome - Commensalism and Postbiotic Effects

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  • Louise M. A. Jakobsen
  • Maria X. Maldonado-Gómez
  • Ulrik K. Sundekilde
  • Henrik J. Andersen
  • Nielsen, Dennis Sandris
  • Hanne C. Bertram

Oligosaccharides from human or bovine milk selectively stimulate growth or metabolism of bacteria associated with the lower gastrointestinal tract of infants. Results from complex infant-type co-cultures point toward a possible synergistic effect of combining bovine milk oligosaccharides (BMO) and lactose (LAC) on enhancing the metabolism of Bifidobacterium longum subsp. longum and inhibition of Clostridium perfringens. We examine the interaction between B. longum subsp. longum and the commensal Parabacteroides distasonis, by culturing them in mono- and co-culture with different carbohydrates available. To understand the interaction between BMO and lactose on B. longum subsp. longum and test the potential postbiotic effect on C. perfringens growth and/or metabolic activity, we inoculated C. perfringens into fresh media and compared the metabolic changes to C. perfringens in cell-free supernatant from B. longum subsp. longum fermented media. In co-culture, B. longum subsp. longum benefits from P. distasonis (commensalism), especially in a lactose-rich environment. Furthermore, B. longum subsp. longum fermentation of BMO + LAC impaired C. perfringens’ ability to utilize BMO as a carbon source (potential postbiotic effect).

Original languageEnglish
Article number167
Issue number4
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • 0000-0002-0544-7464, Co-culture, Gut microbiota, Infant nutrition, Metabolic activity, Microbial interaction

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