Discovering lactic acid bacteria by genomics

Todd Klaenhammer, Eric Altermann, Fabrizio Arigoni, Alexander Bolotin, Fred Breidt, Jeffrey Broadbent, Raul Cano, Stephane Chaillou, Josef Deutscher, Mike Gasson, Maarten van de Guchte, Jean Guzzo, Axel Hartke, Trevor Hawkins, Pascal Hols, Robert Hutkins, Michiel Kleerebezem, Jan Kok, Oscar Kuipers, Mark LubbersEmmanuelle Maguin, Larry McKay, David Mills, Arjen Nauta, Ross Overbeek, Herman Pel, David Pridmore, Milton Saier, Douwe van Sinderen, Alexei Sorokin, James Steele, Daniel O'Sullivan, Willem de Vos, Bart Weimer, Monique Zagorec, Roland Siezen

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This review summarizes a collection of lactic acid bacteria that are now undergoing genomic sequencing and analysis. Summaries are presented on twenty different species, with each overview discussing the organisms fundamental and practical significance, environmental habitat, and its role in fermentation, bioprocessing, or probiotics. For those projects where genome sequence data were available by March 2002, summaries include a listing of key statistics and interesting genomic features. These efforts will revolutionize our molecular view of Gram-positive bacteria, as up to 15 genomes from the low GC content lactic acid bacteria are expected to be available in the public domain by the end of 2003. Our collective view of the lactic acid bacteria will be fundamentally changed as we rediscover the relationships and capabilities of these organisms through genomics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-58
Number of pages30
JournalAntonie van Leeuwenhoek, International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Aug 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Bifidobacterium
  • Brevibacterium
  • Food
  • Genomics
  • Gram-positive bacteria
  • Health
  • Lactic acid bacteria
  • Lactobacillus
  • Lactococcus
  • Leuconostoc
  • Oenococcus
  • Pediococcus
  • Propionibacterium
  • Streptococcus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology


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