International Journal of Biology and Nanobiomaterials 1 (2020) 37-46

Original Article

Isolation of lactic acid bacteria from mung bean (vigna radiata) for production of bacteriocin and their antibacterial activity

Gunasekaran S, Selvi M*,
Department of Biotechnology, Sri Ganesh College of Arts and Science, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India


Article history:

Received 22 Jan 2021
Revised 27 Feb 2021
Accepted 18 Mar 2021
Available on line 23 Mar 2021


Lactobacillus sp
vigna radiata
Antibacterial activity
Foodborne pathogens


The lactobacillus sp producing ribosomally synthesized antimicrobial peptides (bacteriocin) have exhibited antibacterial activity against food-borne pathogenic bacteria. In this study, lactobacillus sp was isolated from the mung bean(vigna radiata) seeds. Isolated bacterial strains were performed Gram staining, biochemical and sugar fermentation patterns to be followed Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology. Ammonium sulphate precipitation was used to separation of cured bacteriocin and then further molecular weight was determined by SDS-PAGE analysis. The antibacterial activity was performed against pathogenic bacteria of Gram positive (S. aureus and S. pneumoniae) and Gram negative bacteria (E. coli and S. dysenteriae) by using agar well diffusion method. The potential bactericidal effect was observed Gram negative bacteria of E. coli and S. dysenteriae then compared to Gram positive bacteria of S. aureus and S. pneumonia, the bactericidal activity based on the bacterial membrane interaction to peptide molecules. Overall, the result was suggested that the bacteriocin may lead to develop promising bio-preservative material for prevention of food-borne pathogens.

  1. Introduction

Probiotic terms derived from Greek words (favor) and bios (Life) probiotics are defined as live microbial feeds supplement that improve the health of man by its valuable secondary products. The probiotic bacteria secreted secondary by product of bacteriocins, it is usedvariety of beneficial roles for the human body, including maintenance of the normal intestinal microbiota, pathogen interference, antagonist activity, immune stimulation and immune modulation, anti-carcinogenic as well as deconjugation of bile acids (Rojo-Bezares et al., 2006).Bacteriocins production was number of studies focused on the Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) such as Lactobacillus, Lactococci, Bifidobacteria, Saccharomyces(Shankar et al, 2012; Ahmad et al., 2017; Alvarez-Sieiro et al., 2016). The gram positive lactic acid bacteria secreted various biological compounds such as diacetyl hydrogen peroxide, bactericidal proteins of bacteriocins are producing during the fermentation process (Alpay et al, 2003; Bollenbach, 2015). The bacteriocins have generally bacteria. The bacteriocins belong to ribosomally family, and generally define as peptides synthesized by bacteria that killing or inhibiting the pathogenic microorganisms (Cotter et al., 2005; Lourenço et al., 2017). For the few last decades, bacteriocins have been used many industrial application of natural food preservation, pharmaceutical and animal growth feed due their non-Immunogenicity properties and easily digested by the gastrointestinal tract.

The bacteriocins are classified four major groups based on the protein molecules, the first classification proposed by Klaenhammer et al., 1993. The class I bacteriocins are low molecular peptides (2-5 kDa) and post-translationallly modifiedbacteriocins, it’s also called as lantibiotics are produced by gram –positive bacteria. This bacteriocins are differentiates from otherthem due their presence of enzymatically modified amino groups such as dehydroalanine, lanthionine, methyllanthionine, and dehydrobutyrine.Class II bacteriocins are small amino acids peptides, its positive charge, non-lantibiotics, and thermo-stability with an amphiphilic helical structure and that contain unmodified amino acid residues.The class II divided into three major sub-classes such as IIa, IIb, IIc. Bacteriocins peptides have amino acid sequence of YGNGVXC it’s showed at N-terminal and strong bactericidal activity against the food pathogen of Listeria monocytogenes. The class IIb bacteriocins unmodified heterogeneous linear peptides it differed from pediocin family. Class IIc bacteriocins good bactericidal activities that have circular peptide of bacteriocins, such as carnocyclin A and enterocin AS-48 (Mathur et al.,2017; Lianou et al., 2017).

In this present investigation, lactobacillus bacteria were isolated from mung bean sprout sample. The strains were further conformed by biochemical and gram staining test. The bacteriocin was separated and purified by ammonium sulphate precipitation method then its bactericidal activity was conformed agar wheel diffusion techniques against food born pathogenic bacteria. The isolated lactobacillus sp potential inhibition against food pathogenic bacteria, so concern as a antibiotic and food feed for animals health.

  1. Materials and methods

2.1 Procurement of materials and cultures

All the chemicals and Mueller Hinton agar were procurement from Himedia laboratory Mumbai, India. The bacterial species like Staphyolcoccus aureus and E.coli were purchased from IMTECH, Chandigarh, India.

2.2 Sample collection and isolation of bacterial strains

The seeds sample of mung bean (Vigna radiata) was collected from Attayampatty, Salem and washed with sterile distilled water then macerated at 37 °C for 48hrs. After the incubation sample was grained with mortar pestle.Then1gm of sample was dissolved in100 mL of distilled water and then serially diluted from 10-1 to 10-7. The 10-4 to 10-6 diluted 0.1mL of seed sample was spread on MRS (de Mann Rogosa Sharpemedium). The plate was incubated at 37 °C for 24h, the creamy white color colonies were formed on the MRS plate.

2.3 Biochemical analysis of bacterial strains

The isolated bacterial strains of Lactobacillus sp were further conformed according to their morphological and biochemical characteristics by the procedures as described in Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology. The selected bacterial strains were carried out such as Gram stain, Indole, Methyl Red (MR), Voges-Proskauer (VP), Oxidase, Catalase and Citrate utilization test. Carbohydrate fermentation of sugars such as Arabinose, Mannitol, Lactose, Sucrose, Maltose and Dextrose were studied.

2.4 Extraction of bacteriocin

The isolated bacterial strains were inoculated into the 100 mL of MRS broth (pH 7.0) and incubated at 37°C for overnight. Then bacterial cultures were centrifuged around 10,000 rpm for 20 min at 4°C. After that procedure cell free supernatant was collected and adjusted pH at 7.0 by using of 1N NaOH. The supernatant solution was added 80% of ammonium sulphate and maintained under stirred at 4ºC for overnight. The supernatant precipitated was centrifuged at 10,000 rpmfurther analysis of agar well diffusion methods.

2.5Antibacterial activity

Antibacterial activity was performed isolated probiotic bacteria of lactobacillus sp against human pathogenic organisms of Gram negative and Gram positive bacterial such as Escherichia coli, Shigella dysenteriae, Staphylococcus aurusandS. pneumoniaeby agar well diffusion method. 0.1 mL of overnight cultures were spread on the Mueller Hiton agar medium with the help of sterile swap and then created sterile wells. After that different concentration of partially separated bacteriocin suspension was added and then incubated at 37°C for 24 h, the zone of inhibition was measured in mm.

2.6 Molecular weight identification by Tricine SDS-PAGE

10 µl of partially separated bacteriocin from isolated lactic acid bacteria of lactobacillus sp and 5 µl of low molecular weight standard marker were loaded to the electrophoresis gel, it was performed in a vertical slab gel apparatus at a constant voltage based on the gel thickness at approximately 5hrs. After that process gel was carefully removed from the glass plate and stained by 0.025% of coomassie dye in 10% acetic acid for 15 to 60min, and then treated gel was observed in white light illuminator.

3.0 Results and Discussion

3.1 Isolation and characterization of strains

            The bacteriocin producing lactobacillussp(GG1) strain was isolated from the mung bean (Vigna radiata) onMRS medium. The selected bacterial strains were identified as LAB based on the physiological and biochemical characterization.

Figure 1: Lactobacillus sp (GGI) on MRS plates

Agreement with pervious research reports Rodriguez-Bano et al., 2018. The isolated strains were showed white, centrally slightly raised and round colonies, the surface thick smooth and opaque(Fig. 1).The Gram staining also revealed gram positive spherical as well as long rod-shaped and arranged in clusters, catalase and sporulation negative. The sugar fermentation result shows in Fig.2. Therefore, preliminary screening to be confirmed the isolated bacterial strains as lactobacillus.

3.2 Antibacterial activity against pathogenic bacteria

Antibacterial activity was performed against pathogenic bacteria of Gram positive (S. aureus and S. pneumoniae) and Gram negative (E. coli and S. dysenteriae) by agar well diffusion method shows in Fig.3.

The maximum inhibition was observed against E. coli and S. dysenteriae then compared to Gram positive bacteria of S. aureus and S. pneumonia. In last twenty decade, scientists are trying to develop novel natural antibiotic.Nowadays, the syntheses of antibiotic are using natural source of bacterial, fungi and phytocopounds separated from medicinal plants, it also potential used to prevention of pathogenic bacteria of human and animals (Kang et al., 2017; Jean et al., 2016; Kumar et al., 2016). The lactobacillussp (GG)produced bacteriocin was potential

preventing intestinal infection, lowering cholesterol,reducing risk of colon cancer and also enhancing immune system. The pervious researchers are reported that lactobacillus strains isolated from dairy products which suggested highest inhibitory effect that against the growth of P. aeruginosa,E. coli, Salmonella typhimurium, and S. aureus. Ogunbanwo et al., have reported highest bactericidal activity against Bacillus cereus. In current research studies, increasing number of multi-drug resistant pathogenic bacteria has been serious problem in the worldwide, so immediately need to new generation of antimicrobial agents. Bacteriocins are potential antimicrobial compounds against antibiotic resistant bacteria of S. aureus, Lactic acid bacteria was producing bacteriocin compounds have used for many beneficial applications of animal feed and therapeutic purpose of human health (Lai et al., 2016).

3.3 Molecular weight determination by SDS-PAGE

The purified bacteriocin from lactobacillus sp (GG1) revealed homogeneity of a single protein band on 15% native PAGE. Its molecular weight was estimated at 10 kDa by SDS-PAGE result shows in (Fig. 4). Similar results were recorded by Dimovet al. (2005), Dobson et al., (2012) and Barbosaet al. (2015). In conclusion therefore, the peculiar antimicrobial characteristics of lactobacillus sp (GG1) can positively have impact on their use as starter cultures for traditional fermented foods, with a view to improving the hygiene and safety of the food products so produced.

  1. Conclusion

In this study, investigated bacteriocin producing lactic acid bacteria of lactobacillus sp(GG1)was isolated and characterized from the mung bean seeds. The partially separated bacteriocin was tested against pathogenic bacteria of Gram positive (S. aureus and S. pneumoniae) and Gram negative bacteria (E. coli and S. dysenteriae).  The good bactericidal activity was observed in Gram negative bacteria of E. coli and S. dysenteriaethen compared to Gram positive S. aureus and S. pneumonia. The bacteriocin was separated by using of ammonium sulphate precipitation and molecular weight to be identified SDS-PAGE analysis. Therefore, the conclusion of the study bacteriocin of antibacterial compounds from Lactobacillus sp (GG1) has used for potential bio-preservative in the food industry to inhibit the bacterial pathogen as well as newly development of antibiotic to against multi-drug resistant pathogenic bacterial.

Funding: The authors received no specific funding for this work.

Conflicts of Interest: None


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