Characterization of Bacteriocin Production by Lactococcus lactis LAB3113 Isolated from Kimchi

  • Shin, Jong-Yeun (Division of Food Science and Biotechnology, Kangwon National University) ;
  • Cheol Ahn (Division of Food Science and Biotechnology, Kangwon National University)
  • Published : 1997.06.01


A lactic acid bacterium LAB3113, isolated from traditionally fermented Kimchi was found to produce bacteriocin whose activity was very specific toward lactobacilli and not effective against any other bacteria. Lactobacilli affected by the inhibitory substance included Lactobacillus delbrueckii-lactis, L. johnsonii, L. gsseri, and L. curvatus. Based upon biochemical and physiological characteristics, LAB3113 was classified as Lactococcus lactis, and its bacteriocin was named as lactococcin K3113. Lactococcus lactis. LAB3113 produced bacteriocin at th early stage of growth and the concentration of the bacteriocin did not decrease even after alt stationalry phase. Optimal temperature of bacteriocin production was $25^{\circ}C$ at the initial pH 7.0. Partially purified lactococcin K3113 was completely inactivated by protease, but not affected by lipase, lysozyme and RNase. The bacteriocin was very heat-stable even after autoclaving for 20 min. It was also stable in pH changes, an was not affected by th presence of solvents. lacotococcin K3113 appeared to act in bactericidal mode against L. delbrueckii-lactis ATCC4797. Molecular weight of lactococcin K3113 was calibrated as 10,500 dal by SDS-PAGE an activity staining. Lactococcus lactis LAB3113 had four residential plasmids of 3.7kb, 11.2kb, 15.5kb, and 48kh in molecular sizes. Plasmid profile analysis of mutant strain revealed that 15.5 kb plasmid was re-sponsible for the production of lactococcin K3113 and its immunity to the bacteriocin.