Development of bioactive solid support for immobilized Lactobacillus casei biofilms and the production of lactic acid

Luis J. Bastarrachea, David W. Britt, Robert E. Ward, Ali Demirci

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Abstract

Polypropylene was modified to contain chitosan and evaluate its ability to generate Lactobacillus casei biofilms and their lactic acid production. Biofilm formation was carried out in either rich or minimal media. The chitosan-modified polypropylene harbored ~ 37% more cells than the control polypropylene. The biofilms from the chitosan-modified polypropylene grown in rich medium produced ~ 2 times more lactic acid after 72 h of incubation than the control suspended cells. There was no significant difference in the production of lactic acid after 72 h by L. casei biofilms on the chitosan-modified polypropylene grown in minimal media as compared with cells in suspension after 48 h and 72 h of incubation. Infrared spectroscopy confirmed higher deposition of nutrients and biomass on the chitosan-modified polypropylene as compared to the chitosan-free polypropylene. Electron and atomic force microscopy confirmed thicker biofilms when rich media were used to grow them as compared to minimal medium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-226
Number of pages10
JournalBioprocess and biosystems engineering
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering

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