In vitro colonic fermentation characteristics of barley-koji differ from those of barley

Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2022 Jun 29:zbac104. doi: 10.1093/bbb/zbac104. Online ahead of print.


Barley-koji is prepared by inoculating barley, a beneficial prebiotic source, with the fungi Aspergillus luchuensis mut. kawachii. In this study, the prebiotic effects of barley-koji on human colonic microbiota were evaluated in vitro compared with barley, using pig feces. The enzyme-resistant fraction of following sample groups each were added to respective fermenters: cellulose, barley (Commander and β104), and barley-koji (Commander-koji and β104-koji). Short-chain fatty acid and ammonia-nitrogen production increased and decreased, respectively, in barley-koji and barley groups. Furthermore, the propionate concentration increased in the barley group, showing a positive correlation with the abundance of the genus Dialister. In the barley-koji group, however, acetate and n-butyrate concentrations increased during the early stages of incubation, and the relative abundance of the genus Megasphaera was higher than those of the other genera. Therefore, this study demonstrated that barley-koji might possess beneficial physiological properties for colonic fermentation, which differ from those of barley.

PMID:35767865 | DOI:10.1093/bbb/zbac104

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