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Vitamin producing lactic acid bacteria for the design of innovative biofortified foods and nutraceuticals for populations with increased vitamin needs

Grant number: 16/50480-7
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: November 01, 2017 - October 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Food Science and Technology
Cooperation agreement: CONICET
Mobility Program: SPRINT - Projetos de pesquisa - Mobilidade
Principal researcher:Bernadette Dora Gombossy de Melo Franco
Grantee:Bernadette Dora Gombossy de Melo Franco
Principal researcher abroad: Jean Guy Leblanc
Institution abroad: Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Argentina
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas (FCF). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/07914-8 - FoRC - Food Research Center, AP.CEPID


This proposal aims at advancing qualitatively previous collaborations between the research groups at USP and CERELA, and strengthen international activities of the RIDC Food Research Center (FoRC). The proposed research project aims at evaluating the use of vitamins producing lactic acid bacteria as a strategy for the design of new nutraceuticals or innovative biofortified foods destined for populations that are at high risk to develop vitamin deficiencies. These deficiencies are common throughout the world due to inadequate food intakes caused by many reasons, mainly malnutrition. Many countries have mandatory fortification programs in place, where foods of mass consumption are supplemented with chemical forms of specific vitamins. However, these types of vitamins can cause adverse side effects, which do not occur with the natural forms. This is the case for folic acid, which can cause the masking of vitamin B 12 deficiencies and alter the activity of essential liver enzymes, whereas natural folates, found in foods or produced by certain microorganisms do not cause these problems. Lack of control of these laws resulted in failure in the prevention of vitamin deficiencies. Because of their numerous beneficial properties, lactic acid bacteria (LAB) have been recommended as a complement to conventional medical treatments. Furthermore, certain LAB strains can produce B group vitamins, making them ideal candidates for the development of new products destined for populations that do not have adequate vitamin intakes. (AU)

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CUCICK, ANA CLARA C.; GIANNI, KATIA; TODOROV, SVETOSLAV D.; DE LEBLANC, ALEJANDRA DE MORENO; LEBLANC, JEANGUY; FRANCO, BERNADETTE D. G. M.. Evaluation of the bioavailability and intestinal effects of milk fermented by folate producing lactic acid bacteria in a depletion/repletion mice model. Journal of Functional Foods, v. 66, . (13/07914-8, 16/50480-7)
CAVALCANTI DE ALBUQUERQUE, MARCELA ALBUQUERQUE; LEVIT, ROMINA; BERES, CAROLINA; BEDANI, RAQUEL; DE MORENO DE LEBLANC, ALEJANDRA; SAAD, SUSANA MARTA ISAY; GUY LEBLANC, JEAN. Tropical fruit by-products water extracts as sources of soluble fibres and phenolic compounds with potential antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and functional properties. Journal of Functional Foods, v. 52, p. 724-733, . (13/50506-8, 16/50480-7)

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