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Are Bacteriocins a Feasible Solution for Current Diverse Global Problems?

Author(s):

C.J. González-Pérez , E. Aispuro-Hernández, I. Vargas-Arispuro, A. Hernández-Mendoza , J.F. Ayala Zavala and M.A. Martínez-Téllez*  

Abstract:


The development of effective technologies to cope with persistent and progressive global problems in the areas of human health and sustainable development has become an imperative worldwide challenge. The search for natural alternatives has led to the discovery of bacteriocins, which are potent protein antimicrobial compounds produced by most bacteria. The relevance of these molecules is evidenced by the more than 4,500 papers published in the last decade in Scopus index journals highlighting their versatility and potential to impact various aspects of daily life, including the food industry, medicine, and agriculture. Bacteriocins have demonstrated antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and anticancer activity, and they also act as microbiota regulators and plant growth promoters. This mini-review aims to provide insights into the current state and emerging roles of bacteriocins, as well as their potential and limitations as feasible solutions against current diverse global problems.

Keywords:

Bacteriocin secretion pathways, toxicity of bacteriocins, anticancer agent, antiviral agent, microbiota regulator, plant growth promoter

Affiliation:

Coordinación de Tecnología de Alimentos de Origen Vegetal, Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo, A.C. (CIAD), Carretera Gustavo Enrique Astiazarán Rosas #46, 83304, Hermosillo, Sonora, Coordinación de Tecnología de Alimentos de Origen Vegetal, Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo, A.C. (CIAD), Carretera Gustavo Enrique Astiazarán Rosas #46, 83304, Hermosillo, Sonora, Coordinación de Ciencia de los Alimentos, CIAD, Coordinación de Tecnología de Alimentos de Origen Animal, CIAD, Coordinación de Tecnología de Alimentos de Origen Vegetal, Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo, A.C. (CIAD), Carretera Gustavo Enrique Astiazarán Rosas #46, 83304, Hermosillo, Sonora, Coordinación de Tecnología de Alimentos de Origen Vegetal, Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo, A.C. (CIAD), Carretera Gustavo Enrique Astiazarán Rosas #46, 83304, Hermosillo, Sonora



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