Exopolysaccharide and lactic acid bacteria: Perception, functionality and prospects





Exopolysaccharide, Lactic acid bacteria


Lactic acid bacteria exhibit the most effective potential to divert significant amount of fermentable sugars towards the biosynthesis of functional exopolysaccharide. Exopolysaccharides from lactic acid bacteria are receiving a renewed interest due to the claims of human health benefits. This review provides an update on multiple uses and production of exopolysaccharides with major emphasis on their chemical properties, characterization, and some other molecular strategies adopted for their genetics and biological tailoring to better understand the process of exopolysaccharide production along with their antiviral efficacy with multiple modes of action. Additionally, microbiological, biochemical, nutritional and biotechnological aspects of exopolysaccharide production have also been discussed. Moreover, appro-priate suggestions have been made on lactic acid bacteria improvements, leading to enhanced production with advanced modification and production process that may contribute to the economic soundness of applications in food and pharmacological industries with this promising group of biomolecules.



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Vivek K. Bajpai, Department of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, School of Biotechnology, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, Gyeongbuk 712-749

Associate Professor

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Irfan A. Rather, Department of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, School of Biotechnology, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, Gyeongbuk 712-749

Assitant Professor

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Rajib Majumder, Department of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, School of Biotechnology, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, Gyeongbuk 712-749

Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology / MS Student

Shruti Shukla, Department of Food Science and Technology, Yeungnam University, 280 Daehak-ro, Gyeongsan-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do 712-749

Assistant Professor

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Abhinav Aeron, Division of Biotechnology, College of Environmental and Bioresource Sciences, Chonbuk National University, 79 Gobong-ro, Iksan-si 570-752, Joellabuk-do (Jeonbuk),

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Kangmin Kim, Division of Biotechnology, College of Environmental and Bioresource Sciences, Chonbuk National University, 79 Gobong-ro, Iksan-si 570-752, Joellabuk-do (Jeonbuk),


Sun Chul Kang, Department of Biotechnology, Daegu University, Gyeongsan, Gyeongbuk, 712-714


R. C. Dubey, Department of Botany and Microbiology, Faculty of Life Sciences, Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar 249-404, Uttarakhand


D. K. Maheshwari, Department of Botany and Microbiology, Faculty of Life Sciences, Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar 249-404, Uttarakhand


Jeongheui Lim, National Science Museum, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, 305-705

National Science Museum, Daejeon / Scientist

Yong-Ha Park, Department of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, School of Biotechnology, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, Gyeongbuk 712-749



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Bajpai, V. K., I. A. Rather, R. Majumder, S. Shukla, A. Aeron, K. Kim, S. C. Kang, R. C. Dubey, D. K. Maheshwari, J. Lim, and Y.-H. Park. “Exopolysaccharide and Lactic Acid Bacteria: Perception, Functionality and Prospects”. Bangladesh Journal of Pharmacology, vol. 11, no. 1, Dec. 2015, pp. 1-23, doi:10.3329/bjp.v11i1.23819.



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