Polyphenol Production in Lactic Acid Bacteria

Jochen Förster (Invited speaker)

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Polyphenols are plant secondary metabolites that are derived from the polypropanoid pathway. They are ubiquitous in nature and it is estimated that there exist more than 100.000 different polyphenols. In plants polyphenols serve various protective function i.e. antimicrobial functions, preventing damage by UV radiation, chelation of toxic heavy metals, and many more. They have been subject to intense research with respect to health benefits and application in pharma. Besides this, various polyphenols can find applications as pigments, preservatives, monomers for bioplastics, and composites, and they can directly be applied as food, feed, nutraceutical or cosmeceutical ingredients. The aim of the present project is the design of platform strains for production of polyphenols. Lactic acid bacteria have been chosen as production organism as they are generally regarded as save. First results will be presented on trans-resveratrol production in Lactococcus lactis. Trans-reveratrol is a promising polyphenol that may find application in treating obesity and diabetes Type II. The activities are part of a larger EU project, BacHBERRY (www.bachberry.eu) aiming at the development of BACterial Hosts for the production of Bioactive phenolics from bERRY fruits.

Polyphenol Production in Lactic Acid Bacteria
Period15 Sep 201418 Sep 2014
Event title6th ÖGMBT Meeting : Life Sciences Meet Entrepreneurship
Event typeConference
LocationVienna, Austria