Precipitants of Lactobacillus casei ATCC 393-loaded chitosan microspheres were prepared by electrostatic interaction between chitosan (CS) and poly-γ-glutamic acid (γ-PGA). The loading efficiency was approximately 80%, and the zeta potential of the microspheres became more positively charged as the molar ratio of the chitosan amino group was increased. The particles were confirmed to have a spherical shape by optical microscopy. A release test using simulated gastric fluid (SGF) was also performed. The results show that the precipitants were gradually released from the CS-γ-PGA microspheres at a rate of almost 80% after 60 min. Both the inhibition of Helicobacter pylori growth and the anti-adhesive activity of encapsulated precipitants were maintained after exposure to SGF. These results indicate that CS-γ-PGA microspheres may provide a delivery system for the effective eradication of H. pylori.
- Helicobacter pylori
- Lactobacillus casei ATCC 393
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology