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Classification and Diversity of Bacteriocin

Takeshi Zendo and Kenji Sonomoto
from: Lactic Acid Bacteria and Bifidobacteria: Current Progress in Advanced Research (Edited by: Kenji Sonomoto and Atsushi Yokota). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2011)


Many strains of lactic acid bacteria produce antimicrobial peptides, bacteriocins, which are expected to be used as safe antimicrobial agents as well as food preservatives. Since nisin A was recognized in 1928, diverse bacteriocins have been identified from various species of lactic acid bacteria. Based on their structures and characteristics, bacteriocins were classified mainly into two classes, class I (lantibiotics) and class II, and new classification schemes are being proposed according to their expanding diversity. Class I bacteriocins represented by nisin A contain posttranslationally modified amino acids such as lanthionine. Class II bacteriocins are further divided into some subclasses such as class IIa (pediocin-like bacteriocins) and class IIb (two-peptide bacteriocins) read more ...
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