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Cell-free culture supernatants of Lactobacillus spp. and Pediococcus spp. inhibit growth of pathogenic Escherichia coli isolated from pigs in Thailand
BMC Veterinary Research volume 18, Article number: 60 (2022)
Pathogenic Escherichia coli (E. coli) is an important causative agent for infectious diseases in pigs and causes significant economic loss. The global concern of antimicrobial resistance of bacteria raises awareness of the alternative ways of using antimicrobial peptides (AMPs). The study was aimed to identify and test the efficacy of AMPs from Lactobacillus spp. against the growth of pathogenic E. coli isolated from pigs in Thailand. Briefly, cell-free culture supernatants (CFCS) from 3 strains of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) consisting of Lactobacillus acidophilus (strain KMP), Lactobacillus plantarum (strain KMP), and Pediococcus pentosaceus (strain KMP) were tested against pathogenic E. coli via agar well diffusion assay in quadruplicates. The presence of a zone of inhibition (ZOI) around wells was evaluated at different incubation time. Acid and bile tolerance test was performed for bacterial viability in acid and bile salt conditions. In addition, LAB cross-streaking assay was evaluated for antagonist activity.
The study showed that CFCS from L. acidophilus KMP, L. plantarum KMP, and P. pentosaceus KMP could inhibit the growth of pathogenic E. coli isolated from pigs in a time-dependent manner. To exemplify, the ZOI of L. plantarum KMP against E. coli (ETEC) at 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16 h incubation, were 26.6 ± 1.1, 24.9 ± 1.9, 22.5 ± 2.4, 20.3 ± 2.9, and 17.9 ± 3.3 mm, respectively. The ZOI was significantly different between 8, 10, 12, 14 h incubation, and the ZOI of the CFCS from L. plantarum KMP was larger than others (P-value < 0.05). Furthermore, L. acidophilus KMP, L. plantarum KMP, and P. pentosaceus KMP showed viability in pH 3.0, 0.3, and 0.5% (w/v) bile salt concentration. They exhibited no antagonist activity among each other.
According to the results, the CFCS from LAB including L. acidophilus KMP, L. plantarum KMP and P. pentosaceus KMP can inhibit the growth of pathogenic E. coli, isolated from pigs in Thailand. The antimicrobial activity observed was incubation time dependent.
Escherichia coli (E. coli) is classified in family of Enterobacteriaceae. Feature characteristics are Gram-negative, rod-shaped, non-spore forming, flagellated, facultative anaerobic, and glucose fermentation bacteria [1, 2]. E. coli is an important causal agent of infectious diseases in pigs. There causes pathogenicity in wide range of systemic . In particular, swine enteric colibacillosis associated with 2 main pathotypes, enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) and enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC) [3, 4]. The ETEC colonizes at intestinal epithelium and produces toxin inducing electrolyte imbalance and fluid homeostasis disturbance [5, 6]. As a result, there cause watery diarrhea and edema disease in neonatal and post-weaning pigs [1, 7]. These impact on significantly economic losses in pig industry due to high mortality and morbidity rate as well in additional costs for prophylaxis and treatment . The economic loss in post-weaning diarrhea (PWD) is estimated as a financial costs in range from €2 to €6.07 per piglet . The preventive strategies for prevention and control swine colibacillosis are to maintain biosecurity system, decrease quantities of pathogenic E. coli in environment, maintain neonatal high level of immunity, and E. coli strains vaccination .
Antimicrobial drugs, such as β-lactam, cephalosporins, aminoglycosides, polymyxins, sulphonamide combined with trimethoprim, and fluoroquinolones are required in many cases of the disease on a farm , but the usage of antimicrobial drugs without the supervision of veterinarians can lead to the emergence of resistant bacteria and the limitation of drug alternatives to treat the diseases. Recently, antimicrobial resistance genes, such as mcr-1 gene encoding for polymyxin resistance, were identified in drug-resistant bacteria, including E. coli. In addition, the resistance can be transferred from livestock to other animals, humans, and the environment [9,10,11].
The increasing awareness about antimicrobial drug resistance leads to the need to study alternative ways to prevent infections in pigs to reduce economic losses in pig farms. Some studies show non-antibiotic feed additives can improve immune response in pig intestine and create the proper environment for normal flora in the gastrointestinal tract of pig . Those feed additives consist of acidifiers, zinc and copper, prebiotics, yeast products, and probiotics such as Lactobacillus spp. . Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are also widely used as alternative antibiotics [14, 15].
AMPs are small oligopeptides with 12–50 amino acids with amphipathic structure consisting of hydrophilic regions, hydrophobic regions, and cation. There are many criteria to categorize AMPs. Classification is based on sources, activities, amino acid-rich species, and structure-based characteristics . AMPs have broad-spectrum activity against bacteria, fungi, eukaryotic parasites, and viruses [16, 17]. In antibacterial activity, the cationic character of AMPs plays an essential role in strong interaction with anionic character of phospholipid head groups (i.e., cardiolipin and phosphatidylglycerol) in bacterial cell membrane [18, 19]. This mechanism of action induces membrane disruption and leads pore formation and intracellular substance leakage then the bacterial cell lysis and death . The other mechanism of action is described with intracellular inhibitory activities, a biosynthesis and metabolism inhibition of nucleic acid and protein .
Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) are group of bacteria in genera of Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, Enterococcus, Streptococcus, Lactococcus, and Leuconostoc species [22, 23]. Their feature characteristic is to produce antimicrobial substances to inhibit other pathogens. The antimicrobial substances can be AMPs (bacteriocins), organic acids (lactic acid), organic compound (diacetyl), and acidic gas (carbon dioxide). According to the antimicrobial properties, they provide benefits in food bio-preservation of food safety, probiotics dietary supplement and livestock production as well .
Cell-free culture supernatants (CFCS) produced from LAB (LAB-CFCS) contain active substances and bacteriocins . There have been demonstrated that LAB-CFCS can inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria E. coli O157:H7 , Gardnerella vaginalis , Listeria monocytogenes , Salmonella Typhi, Salmonella Typhimurium , Shigella flexneri [29, 30], Shigella sonnei , Staphylococcus aureus , and Streptococcus suis . However, the studies of the efficacy of LAB-CFCS with its AMPs against pathogenic E. coli in pigs are scarce and under investigation . Hence, this paper aims to test the efficacy of CFCS from Lactobacillus spp. and Pediococcus spp. against the growth of pathogenic E. coli isolated from pigs.
Agar well diffusion assay
To evaluate inhibitory activities of LAB-CFCS produced from L. acidophilus KMP, L. plantarum KMP and P. pentosaceus KMP, the LAB-CFCS was performed by agar well diffusion assay. Zone of inhibition (ZOI) was observed at 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16 h incubation time. The results of inhibitory activities were shown in Figs. 1, 2, 3. A negative control (MRSC broth) showed absence of ZOI in all of experiments.
The ZOI of CFCS from L. acidophilus KMP against all 10 strains of pathogenic E. coli were presented in Fig. 1 and more details (see Additional file 1). At 8 h incubation, the ZOI varied from 24.3 to 26.5 mm. At 16 h incubation, the range of ZOI was significantly decreased in from 14.1 to 18.9 mm. However, all ZOI were absent at 18 h incubation.
The ZOI of CFCS from L. plantarum KMP against all 10 strains of pathogenic E. coli were presented in Fig. 2 and more details (see Additional file 1). At 8 h incubation, the range of ZOI was between 26.3 to 28.7 mm. At 16 h incubation, the range of ZOI was significantly decreased in between 15.4 to 20.9 mm. However, all ZOI were absent at 18 h incubation.
The ZOI of CFCS from P. pentosaceus KMP against all 10 strains of pathogenic E. coli were presented in Fig. 3 and more details (see Additional file 1). At 8 h incubation, the range of ZOI was between 24.1 to 26.5 mm. At 16 h incubation, the range of ZOI was significantly decreased in between 0.0 to 18.5 mm. In addition, the inhibitory activity against E. coli V13-2LF2 had been terminated at 14 h incubation with the presence of a ZOI of 15.8 mm. However, in other strains the ZOIs were absent at 18 h incubation.
The comparison ZOI between L. acidophilus KMP, L. plantarum KMP, and P. pentosaceus KMP at the same point of incubation time with all strains of pathogenic E. coli showed in Table 1 and Fig. 4. There were highly significant differences (P-value < 0.01) by Duncan’s test at 8 h incubation (Fig. 4A), at 10 h incubation (Fig. 4B), and at 12 h incubation (Fig. 4C). Furthermore, there was statistically significant differences (P-value < 0.05) by Duncan’s test at 14 h incubation (Fig. 4D). In details, the ZOI of CFCS from L. plantarum KMP showed the highest value at 8, 10, 12, and 14 h incubation. Whereas the ZOI of CFCS from L. acidophilus KMP showed the least value at 8, 12, 14 h incubation. Moreover, the ZOI of CFCS from P. pentosaceus KMP was lowest at 10 h incubation, significantly (P-value < 0.05) by Duncan’s test. These results clearly indicated that the CFCS from L. plantarum KMP was more efficient in inhibiting the growth of pathogenic E. coli compared with CFCS from L. acidophilus KMP and P. pentosaceus KMP.
The acid and bile tolerance test
To evaluate the viability of LAB under various environmental condition, the acid and bile tolerance test was performed in this study. The bacteria survival rate was calculated at 3 h incubation. The results of acid and bile salt tolerant abilities of LAB were presented in Fig. 5 and Tables 2, 3, and 4.
L. acidophilus KMP, L. plantarum KMP, and P. pentosaceus KMP showed no viability in acidic condition of pH 2.0. On the contrary, they exhibited viability in pH 3.0 with bacteria survival rate 248, 89, and 48% respectively. In bile tolerance test, L. acidophilus KMP, L. plantarum KMP, and P. pentosaceus KMP survived well in both of 0.3 and 0.5% bile salt concentration. L. plantarum KMP presented greatest value of bacteria survival rate at 403% in 0.3% bile salt concentration (Table 3), while L. acidophilus and P. pentosaceus KMP exhibited in 286 and 271% respectively (Tables 2 and 4). There was the same tendency in 0.5% bile salt concentration. L. plantarum KMP presented greatest value of bacteria survival rate at 493% as well (Table 2).
Together, the results were possibly implied that L. acidophilus KMP, L. plantarum KMP, and P. pentosaceus KMP could tolerate in pH 3.0, 0.3 and 0.5% bile salt concentration. L. acidophilus KMP showed the most tolerant property in acidic environment when compared with L. plantarum KMP and P. pentosaceus KMP in the same acidic condition and time. On the contrary, L. plantarum KMP exhibited the greatest value of bacteria survival rate in bile salt conditions when compared with L. acidophilus KMP and P. pentosaceus KMP in the same bile salt concentrations and time.
To study the antagonist activities of LAB, 6 strains of LAB were streaked out in the same media plate. The remarkable criteria to evaluate were the presence or absence inhibitory zone between close contact points of LAB-streaked lines. The results were presented in Fig. 6 and Table 5.
L. acidophilus KMP, L. plantarum KMP, P. pentosaceus KMP, L. plantarum CU31-5B, P. pentosaceus CU115, and E. faecium CU28-1 M exhibited no inhibitory zone within close contact point of the streaked lines. Thus, this result indicated no antagonist activities among all strains of LAB.
The present results on agar well diffusion assay clearly showed that the CFCS from L. acidophilus KMP, L. plantarum KMP, and P. pentosaceus KMP could inhibit the growth of 10 strains of pathogenic E. coli which were isolated from pigs in Thailand. However, the ZOI could be reversible depending on time of incubation and had a wide range of diameter compared to the previous studies [34,35,36]. According to Lin et al. , the ZOI inhibitory activity of the CFCS from L. acidophilus RY2 against enteroaggregative E. coli strains at 14 h incubation could be divided into 3 size-groups: 11–16 mm (small), 17–22 mm (medium), more than 23 mm (large). Comparing with this work results of L. acidophilus at the same incubation time, the ZOI of CFCS from L. acidophilus KMP against pathogenic E. coli was varied from 17.5 ± 2.5 to 22.2 ± 6.2 mm diameter which showed the inhibitory effect between medium and large size. In contrast to our results of L. plantarum, Mao et al.  reported that the ZOI of CFCS from LAB such as L. plantarum DY1, L. plantarum DY6, and L. plantarum DY7 had antibacterial activities on E. coli ATCC25922, the ZOI from L. plantarum DY1, L. plantarum DY6, and L. plantarum DY7 were 12.89 ± 0.21, 15.32 ± 0.28, and 13.79 ± 0.33 mm diameter respectively, comparing to our study, the ZOI of CFCS from L. plantarum KMP against pathogenic E. coli at 16 h incubation was varied from 15.4 ± 2.5 to 20.9 ± 5.6 mm diameter.
Similar to our results on the ZOI of CFCS from P. pentosaceus KMP against pathogenic E. coli, Bajpai et al.  reported the ZOI of CFCS from P. pentosaceus 4I1 against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria including E. coli O157:H7 with a range of 16.5–20.4 mm diameter, compared to the ZOI of CFCS from P. pentosaceus KMP against pathogenic E. coli of 13.7 ± 2.8 to 18.5 ± 2.2 mm diameter at 16 h incubation in our study. However, the largest ZOI of CFCS from P. pentosaceus KMP against pathogenic E. coli was varied from 24.1 ± 2.9 to 26.5 ± 1.0 mm diameter at 8 h incubation which was larger than the inhibitory effect reported by Bajpai et al. .
In the present study, the maximal diameter ZOI of CFCS was found at 8 h incubation and thereafter gradually decreased from 10 h incubation until no inhibitory zone was observed at 18 h incubation. The reason might be that at 18 h incubation, the concentration of the active component in CFCS that promoted the inhibition was diminished . Our results might also be explained by previous study from Garg et al.  in that the decreased activity of CFCS while the increased CFU at each point of incubation time showed the bacteriostatic effect of CFCS, in which, could be hypothesized that the action of CFCS might be neutralized by the metabolic end products produced by pathogenic bacteria strain. To the best of our knowledge, there are no experiment of the re-added the CFCS into the agar well when the ZOI was absence to evaluate the concentration-depended manner of the CFCS against pathogenic E. coli. Therefore, further study is needed to prove this hypothesis.
The CFCS from the LAB such as Lactobacillus spp., Pediococcus spp., or Enterococcus spp. were reported to produce many active components including organic acids, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), protein and diacetyl [31, 37]. Hartmann et al.  also stated that the different active substances in CFCS work synergistically with each other, indicating that the CFCS has an over advantage than purified antimicrobial components. To support the synergistic effect of CFCS active components, Zheng et al.  carried out the comparative experiment between buffer with the similar pH to CFCS and CFCS from E. faecium. The study showed that the inhibitory zone of CFCS was significantly larger than the inhibitory zone from buffer with the similar pH to CFCS. In addition, Tenea and Barrigas  reported that the CFCS from L. plantarum Cys5–4 contained the bacteriocins, but the inhibitory effects differed between CFCS and precipitated protein for Gram-negative bacteria including E. coli significantly, suggesting that the organic acid in CFCS may exerted the action than only precipitated protein. In different points of view, Koohestani et al.  demonstrated that the antibacterial activity of L. acidophilus LA-5 was not related to bacteriocin, but mainly related to lactic acid production. This could be speculated that not all of LAB can produce AMPs. To support antimicrobial role of acidic compotents, Qian et al.  demonstrated that the acidity of CFCS was of significant for AMPs activity of CFCS in that the neutralized CFCS had a lower reduction in microbial growth than CFCS with acidic pH. By the other sides, Hassen et al.  has been demonstrated that LAB can produce a group of AMPs, including bacteriocins, which have potential to kill or inhibit the growth of pathogens. To support this hypothesis, it has been reported that L. paracasei subsp. tolerans FX-6 from Tibetan kefir can produce a novel AMP, namely bacteriocin F1 with a molecular weight of 2–5 kDa . As a result of protein or peptide constituents in CFCS, the results from this study confirmed that the CFCS from L. acidophilus KMP, L. plantarum KMP and P. pentosaceus KMP had an efficacy to inhibit growth of 10 strains of pathogenic E. coli. However, the CFCS produced by LAB in this study will be further analysis to prove an existence of AMPs. Together, these literatures indicated that there are many active components work together in CFCS and their play a major role in antimicrobial activities. To focus on AMPs efficacy, the non-protein components should be ruled out from the CFCS. To exemplify, Gaspar et al.  stated the ways to eliminate antimicrobial effects from organic acid by adjusting the pH to same MRSC broth (pH 6.5) and from the hydrogen peroxide by adding the catalase. However, the CFCS from our study were not tested and proved by using mentioned conditions. Thus, the further study is recommended eliminating or neutralizing other active compounds to validate the inhibitory activities.
In the digestive system of healthy pigs, there were protective mechanisms for pathogens such as low pH gastric juice and proteolytic enzymes in the stomach or bile salts in the intestine. Thus, one of the criteria for probiotics selection was acid and bile tolerance. This was the major factor for probability of probiotics and its active components of CFCS survival in pig’s gastrointestinal tract. Dowarah et al.  reported that the resistance to pH of the expected component must be lower than pH 3.0 and remain viable in the gastric region for 4 h or more due to the acidity of the stomach. However, Wang et al.  reported that the ability to tolerate the environment of the gastrointestinal tract with the pH of pig gastric juices being as low as 2.0 and bile with pH of about 8.0. In addition, Hatton et al.  investigated the post-mortem pigs and found that the mean gastric pH was 4.4 when fed ad libitum and pH between 6.1–6.7 in small intestines. It was well documented that Lactobacilli were bile and acid tolerance and can survive more than the other LAB as well as they were not pathogenic . It was worth noting that all LAB in the present study show ability of acid and bile tolerance. Thus, feeding the pigs with probiotics and its CFCS that showed tolerance to acid and bile might be the alternative way to feed the pigs to improve their gastrointestinal function.
Together, the result from agar well diffusion assay found that the ZOI was decreased during 14 to 16 h incubation of time. Thus, the application of usage of CFCS or AMPs for the pigs should be administrated at least every 12 h interval to maintain the antimicrobial efficacy. Otherwise, the future experiment is needed to determine the accuracy time to feed the pigs with CFCS. Furthermore, the tolerance test and the cross-streaking assay figured out the viability of LAB in acidic and bile salt conditions without antagonist properties. Thus, L. acidophilus KMP, L. plantarum KMP, and P. pentosaceus KMP can be utilized as a mixed-probiotics feed additives by oral administration.
In conclusion, the CFCS from 3 strains of LAB consisting of L. acidophilus KMP, L. plantarum KMP and P. pentosaceus KMP inhibit growth of pathogenic E. coli isolated from pigs in Thailand. The antimicrobial activity observed was incubation time dependent. Nevertheless, an existence of AMPs and re-adjusted CFCS conditions need to be investigated in further study. Additionally, L. acidophilus KMP, L. plantarum KMP and P. pentosaceus KMP can tolerate to acid and bile salt and show no antagonistic effect among each other. Ultimately, these can be practically applied as the alternative way instead of antibiotics usage to promote gut health and inhibit pathogenic E. coli in pig industry worldwide.
This research project was approved by the Faculty of Veterinary Science-Animal Care and Use Committee (FVS-ACUC-Protocol No. MUVS-2019-06-31).
Culture media and reagents preparation
De Man, Rogosa, and Sharpe (MRS) medium (BD, Franklin Lakes, NJ, USA) with 0.2% L-Cysteine Hydrochloride Monohydrate (TCI, Tokyo, Japan) was combined as De Man, Rogosa, and Sharpe with L-Cysteine (MRSC) and used for lactic acid producing bacteria (LAB) culture . Additionally, MRSC broth was added to purified 1 N hydrochloric acid (HCl) and bile salt to adjust acidity and set up the concentration of bile experimental conditions in tolerance tests . Brian Heart Infusion (BHI) broth (Oxoid, Hampshire, UK) was used to cultivate fastidious microorganisms, E. coli. Nutrient agar (NA) (Oxoid, Hampshire, UK) was used in agar well diffusion assay .
Preparation of LAB strains
Culture stocks of the 3 LAB strains including L. plantarum KMP, L. acidophilus KMP, and P. pentosaceus KMP were obtained from a private company (K.M.P. Biotech Co., Ltd., Chonburi, Thailand). The other LAB strains, including Pediococcus, and Enterococcus, were obtained from the culture collection of Bacterial Laboratory, Veterinary Diagnostic Center, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Mahidol University. Briefly, all LAB (Table 6) were preserved and stored as a in glycerol at -80 °C. The Lactobacillus spp., Pediococcus, and Enterococcus were streaked onto MRSC agar, incubated at 37 °C under aerobic condition overnight. Then, the colonies of Lactobacillus spp., and Pediococcus were inoculated into MRSC broth and grown at 37 °C with shaking overnight and stored at 4 °C until used [48, 49].
Preparation of pathogenic E. coli strains
Clinical isolates of 10 different strains of pathogenic E. coli were collected from clinical signs presenting pigs in Thailand (Table 7). Virulence factors from each strain of pathogenic E. coli are identified of genes encoding for fimbriae and toxins by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Then, the pathogenic E. coli were preserved and stored with glycerol in -80 °C by following the ATCC guideline  as stock culture collection of Bacterial Laboratory, Veterinary Diagnostic Center, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Mahidol University. Briefly, the pathogenic E. coli were streaked onto MacConkey agar (Clinag Co., Ltd., Bangkok, Thailand) and incubated at 37 °C under aerobic condition overnight. Then, the colonies of pathogenic E. coli were inoculated into BHI broth and grown at 37 °C with shaking overnight and stored at 4 °C until used .
Cell-free culture supernatant (CFCS) preparation
The following protocol was modified from previous studies [28, 48, 49]. Lactobacillus spp., and Pediococcus were inoculated in MRSC broth and grown at 37 °C with shaking overnight. Then, the inoculated MRSC broth was transferred to 1.5 mL microcentrifuge tube and performed centrifugation for 2 min at 3578×g (Denville Micro 260D Microcentrifuge, Denville Scientific, Inc., Metuchen, NJ, USA). Supernatant was collected by sterile syringe with needle and then filtered with a sterile polyethersulfone (PES) membrane filter with pore size 0.22 μm (Guangzhou Jet Bio-Filtration Co., Ltd., Guangzhou, China). Thereafter, the CFCS was used freshly in agar well diffusion assay and stored in -20 °C for further study, more details were provided (see Additional file 2).
Agar well diffusion assay
The agar well diffusion assay aimed to evaluate the inhibitory activities of LAB-CFCS against pathogenic E. coli. This method was adapted from Bajpai et al. . Initially, nutrient agar plates were initially inoculated with 0.5 McFarland standard (108 cells/mL) of pathogenic E. coli. A sterile 8 mm diameter cork borer was used to pierce wells into nutrient agar. 80 μL of LAB-CFCS were loaded in each well, and the plates were incubated at 37 °C under aerobic condition. Furthermore, sterile MRSC broth was loaded as a negative control to validate the experiment. To evaluate the efficiency of CFCS, the measurement of ZOI diameter in millimeters (mm) was performed repeatedly at 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16 h of incubation. Further details were provided (see Additional file 2).
The acid and bile tolerance test
This experiment was performed to evaluate the viability of LAB under the environmental condition present in the swine gastrointestinal tract. The assay was adapted from Hassanzadazar et al. . MRSC medium was modified according to experimental conditions. There were 3 conditions for each tolerance test. The acid tolerance was determined at pH 2.0 and pH 3.0 by adjusting pH of MRSC broth with 1 N HCl. The bile tolerance was determined by adding bile salt 0.3% (w/v) and 0.5% (w/v) to MRSC broth. Lactobacillus spp. and Pediococcus spp. overnight cultures were adjusted to 0.5 McFarland standard (108 cells/mL) in 0.9% sterile normal saline solution (NSS). Then, 10-fold serial dilution was performed for the final concentration at 102 cells/mL. One hundred microliters of each dilution were inoculated in MRSC broth at different pH and bile salt concentration, at 37 °C, with shaking at 200 RPM. Then, the inoculated MRSC broth in each condition was collected at 0 and 3 h and performed spread plate method onto MRSC plate. The plates were incubated at 37 °C and colonies were counted at 24 h incubation. MRSC broth with the LAB inoculation was used as positive control, and sterile MRSC broth as the negative control. The percentage of bacteria survival rate was calculated using the following equation adapted from Guan et al. :
Note: *CFU assay is the cell count after incubation in each time and CFU control is the cell count after 0 h incubation in positive control.
This experiment aimed to evaluate antagonistic activities among 6 strains of LAB. There were modified the principle and criteria of result interpretation from previous studies [51, 52]. The antagonistic activities were presented by an inhibitory zone among LAB-streaked lines. Although there were many effective methods to evaluate antagonistic activities, the cross-streaking assay was selected because of its simplicity, and rapid method in screening culture . Nevertheless, the indistinct and unclear inhibitory zone were mentioned as major limitation [53, 54]. According to results reliability, the experiment was performed in triplicate. Firstly, single colony from 3 strains of Lactobacillus spp. and other 3 LAB (P. pentosaceus and E. faecium) was picked up and streaked onto MRSC plate. The streaked lines were designed for 3 different patterns to completely test all strains used LAB, more details were provided (see Additional file 2). Then, the plates were incubated at 37 °C under anaerobic condition for 24 h.
Descriptive statistics were used in this study. All the data were expressed as mean ± standard deviation (SD) performed using the Microsoft Excel 365 on Mac (Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA, USA). The figures were illustrated by the Prism version 9.3.0 on Mac (GraphPad Software, San Diego, CA, USA). The data analysis was performed by using one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and compared means by using Duncan’s test by SPSS version 25.0 on Mac (SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA). A statistical significance is determined as P-value < 0.05.
Availability of data and materials
The datasets used and/or analysed during the current study available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
Brain heart infusion medium
Cell-free culture supernatants
Colony forming unit
Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli
Lactic Acid Bacteria
De Man, Rogosa, and Sharpe medium
De Man, Rogosa, and Sharpe with L-Cysteine medium
Nutrient agar medium
polymerase chain reaction
Zone of inhibition
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The authors appreciate to K.M.P. Biotech Co., Ltd., Thailand for the cell-free culture supernatants supporting. Lastly, we are thankful to Dr. Krittika Keeratikunakorn, Miss Nguyet Luong and the staff of Veterinary Diagnostic Center, Mahidol University for kindly supporting us.
This study is funded by National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) and Mahidol University (NRCT5-RSA63015–05).
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The study of inhibitory activities of CFCS produced from L. acidophilus KMP against 10 strains of pathogenic E. coli isolated from swine, study via agar well diffusion assay in NA solid media with various time of incubation. Data are express as mean ± S.D. (n = 4). Table S2. The study of inhibitory activities of CFCS produced from L. plantarum KMP against 10 strains of pathogenic E. coli isolated from swine, study via agar well diffusion assay in NA solid media with various time of incubation. Data are express as mean ± S.D. (n = 4). Table S3. The study of inhibitory activities of CFCS produced from P. pentosaceus KMP against 10 strains of pathogenic E. coli isolated from swine, study via agar well diffusion assay in NA solid media with various time of incubation. Data are express as mean ± S.D. (n = 4).
The Cell-free culture supernatant preparation procedures, the cultivation of LAB in MRSC broth were inoculated overnight (1-A). Centrifugation process of LAB broth (1-B), Contents in sample tube separated into two parts supernatant (liquid part) and precipitation after centrifugation (1-C). Supernatant was drained out into sterile syringe (1-D). The filtration process was performed with sterile PES membrane (1-E). The CFCS was completely prepared and ready to use (1-F). Figure S2. The demonstration of agar well diffusion assay. Figure S3. Agar well diffusion assay, the presence of ZOI from CFCS against pathogenic E. coli V13-2LF2 at 8 h incubation (3-A). Meanwhile, the presence of ZOI from CFCS was significantly decreased at 16 h incubation (3-B). Figure S4. The cross-streaking assay, an illustration of 3 different patterns: pattern 1 (4-A), pattern 2 (4-B), and pattern 3 (4-C) in experiment and demonstration of 6 streaked lines of LAB. Close contact points are marked as a black arrow.
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Kaewchomphunuch, T., Charoenpichitnunt, T., Thongbaiyai, V. et al. Cell-free culture supernatants of Lactobacillus spp. and Pediococcus spp. inhibit growth of pathogenic Escherichia coli isolated from pigs in Thailand. BMC Vet Res 18, 60 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12917-022-03140-8
- Antimicrobial peptides
- Escherichia coli
- Lactobacillus spp.
- Pediococcus spp.