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Type: Journal article
Title: Perspective on constructing cellulose-hydrogel-based gut-like bioreactors for growth and delivery of multiple-strain probiotic bacteria
Author: Mettu, S.
Hathi, Z.
Athukoralalage, S.
Priya, A.
Lam, T.N.
Ong, K.L.
Choudhury, N.R.
Dutta, N.K.
Curvello, R.
Garnier, G.
Lin, C.S.K.
Citation: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2021; 69(17):4946-4959
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Issue Date: 2021
ISSN: 0021-8561
1520-5118
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Srinivas Mettu, Zubeen Hathi, Sandya Athukoralalage, Anshu Priya, Tsz Nok Lam, Khai Lun Ong ... et al.
Abstract: The current perspective presents an outlook on developing gut-like bioreactors with immobilized probiotic bacteria using cellulose hydrogels. The innovative concept of using hydrogels to simulate the human gut environment by generating and maintaining pH and oxygen gradients in the gut-like bioreactors is discussed. Fundamentally, this approach presents novel methods of production as well as delivery of multiple strains of probiotics using bioreactors. The relevant existing synthesis methods of cellulose hydrogels are discussed for producing porous hydrogels. Harvesting methods of multiple strains are discussed in the context of encapsulation of probiotic bacteria immobilized on cellulose hydrogels. Furthermore, we also discuss recent advances in using cellulose hydrogels for encapsulation of probiotic bacteria. This perspective also highlights the mechanism of probiotic protection by cellulose hydrogels. Such novel gut-like hydrogel bioreactors will have the potential to simulate the human gut ecosystem in the laboratory and stimulate new research on gut microbiota.
Keywords: biotherapeutics
cellulose hydrogels
encapsulation
gut microbiota
hydrogel bioreactors
probiotic bacteria
Rights: © 2021 The Authors. Published by American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.1c00468
Grant ID: http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP160101267
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