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Isolation of a Human Intestinal Bacterium Capable of Daidzein and Genistein Conversion▿

By Anastasia Matthies, Michael Blaut and Annett Braune


A rod-shaped gram-positive anaerobic bacterium, strain HE8, was isolated from human feces. The isolate was able to convert the isoflavones daidzein and genistein to equol and 5-hydroxy-equol, respectively. Based on phenotypic and phylogenetic analyses, strain HE8 is described as a new species, Slackia isoflavoniconvertens

Topics: Microbial Ecology
Publisher: American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
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