Author(s): Pedersen K, Tannock GW
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Abstract Eight strains of lactobacillus isolated from the porcine gastrointestinal tract were tested for their ability to adhere in vitro to cells collected from stratified squamous epithelium in the digestive tracts of newborn piglets. Piglets were inoculated with individual strains, and their digestive tracts were sampled at intervals to determine the colonizing ability of the lactobacilli. The results of the in vitro test did not predict whether a lactobacillus strain would associate with stratified squamous epithelium in the piglet digestive tract, but epithelial association in vivo appeared to be an important factor in the maintenance of lactobacillus populations in the tract. None of the lactobacillus strains used as inocula was numerically dominant in the tract 7 days after inoculation of the piglets with a single dose of the bacteria.
This article was published in Appl Environ Microbiol
and referenced in Applied Microbiology: Open Access