The present invention describes a protein having glucosyltransferase activity. This protein is derived from lactobacilli, which are food-grade microorganisms with the Generally Recognised As Safe (GRAS) status. The protein produces a glucan with a unique structure having 4-linked, 6-linked and 4,6-linked anhydroglucose units or in the presence of suitable acceptors, oligosaccharides. According to the invention lactobacilli capable of producing this glucan using the novel glucosyltransferase can be used as a probiotic or symbiotic.
|IPC||C12P 19/ 18 A I|
|Publication status||Published - 29-Nov-2001|