The ProCure project explores whether probiotics (beneficial bacteria) are able to reduce infections of the ear-nose-throat cavity. This project is a collaboration bringing together distinct research groups.

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Comparing the healthy nose and nasopharynx microbiota reveals continuity as well as niche- specificity

How can bacteria in the respiratory tract maintain our health and prevent infections from occurring? To answer this question, a better characterization of the collection of bacteria that are present in this human body niche is necessary. A good starting point is the identification of all bacteria that are present under healthy conditions. Therefore, we set up a large-scale citizen-science study, where we collected samples from 100 enthusiastic healthy volunteers.…

Applying for a PhD at the University of Antwerp?

We always welcome applications by students who want to obtain their own funding for a PhD study in line with the existing topics, alone or in cooperation with other universities or companies. In the Lab for Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology (LAMB) of prof. Sarah Lebeer, possible PhD research topics include (but are not limited to) probiotics for skin, urogenital and nasal applications, fermented vegetables, genetic characterization lactobacilli, characterization of molecular…

Congratulations dr. van den Broek!

On Friday, February 16th 2018, Marianne van den Broek finalised her PhD about the ‘In vitro and in vivo probiotic potential of Lactobacillus spp. for otitis media’ with a public defence. In this thesis the following questions regarding the probiotic potential of lactobacilli were addressed: Can lactobacilli inhibit the three main otitis media pathogens: Moraxella catarrhalis, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae? What are important antimicrobial compounds? Can lactobacilli mediate more…

Multifactorial inhibition of lactobacilli against the respiratory tract pathogen Moraxella catarrhalis

Probiotics, mainly lactic acid bacteria (LAB), are widely focused on gastrointestinal applications. However, recent microbiome studies indicate that LAB can be endogenous members of other human body sites such as the upper respiratory tract (URT). Interestingly, DNA-based microbiome research suggests an inverse correlation between the presence of LAB and the occurrence of important URT pathogens such as Moraxella catarrhalis which linked to otitis media, sinusitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.…

Large-scale genome analysis of Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus paracasei and Lactobacillus rhamnosus reveals taxonomic inconsistencies

The closely related species of the Lactobacillus casei group (L. casei, L. paracasei and L. rhamnosus) are extensively studied because of their applications in food fermentations and as probiotics. Our results, now published in mSystems, show that many strains in this group are incorrectly classified. Surprisingly many bacteria classified as L. casei are misclassified and should be relabeled as L. paracasei instead. We found that reclassifying them to their most…

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Yun launches its probiotics for the skin

Chemical & Engineering News has covered the launch of Yun Probiotherapy NV – part of our Industrial advisory committee – with its skin Probiotics. Read the article