Effect of a carotenoid-producing Bacillus strain on intestinal barrier integrity and systemic delivery of carotenoids: A randomised trial in animals and humans

Y. Stevens*, I. Pinheiro, B. Salden, C. Duysburgh, S. Bolca, J. Degroote, M. Majdeddin, N. Van Noten, B. Gleize, C. Caris-Veyrat, J. Michiels, D. Jonkers, F. Troost, S. Possemiers, A. Masclee

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The aim of the present study was to investigate effects of the carotenoid-producing Bacillus indicus strain PD01 on intestinal barrier function and its ability to survive passage through the gastrointestinal tract and to assess systemic bioavailability of these carotenoids in vivo. As model for impaired barrier function, 16 early weaned piglets were randomly assigned to a control diet or control diet with PD01 for 23 days. In addition, 67 overweight/obese, otherwise healthy individuals were randomly assigned to groups receiving PD01 or placebo for 6 weeks. PD01 survived passage through the gastrointestinal tract in piglets and human subjects and resulted in significant accumulation of PD01 derived carotenoids (methyl-glycosyl-apo-8'-lycopenoate and glycosyl-apo-8'- lycopene) in human plasma after 3- and 6-weeks supplementation versus baseline (0.044 and 0.076 vs 0 mu M, respectively; p < 0.001). PD01 supplementation resulted in higher expression levels of occludin in the distal small intestine (1.38 +/- 0.31 vs 0.59 +/- 0.14; p = 0.044) and transepithelial electrical resistance in the mid colon (34.1 +/- 3.01 vs 24.3 +/- 1.13 Omega.cm(2); p = 0.019) of early weaned piglets compared to control. In overweight/obese individuals with preserved barrier integrity, PD01 did not affect sugar excretion (p >= 0.104). In summary, PD01 survived transit through the gastrointestinal tract, resulted in systemic carotenoid accumulation and improved compromised barrier function outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104445
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Functional Foods
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2021


  • Intestinal barrier function
  • Probiotics
  • Carotenoids
  • ACID

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