Journal of dairy science

Characterization of the angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitory activity of fermented milks produced with Lactobacillus casei.

PMID 28964517


Our study assayed angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitory activity and fermentation characteristics of 41 food-originated Lactobacillus casei strains in fermented milk production. Twenty-two of the tested strains produced fermented milks with a high ACE inhibitory activity of over 60%. Two strains (IMAU10408 and IMAU20411) expressing the highest ACE inhibitory activity were selected for further characterization. The heat stability (pasteurization at 63°C for 30 min, 75°C for 25 s, and 85°C for 20 s) and resistance to gastrointestinal proteases (pepsin, trypsinase, and sequential pepsin/trypsinase treatments) of the ACE inhibitory activity in the fermented milks produced with IMAU10408 and IMAU20411 were determined. Interestingly, such activity increased significantly after the heat or protease treatment. Because of the shorter milk coagulation time of L. casei IMAU20411 (vs. IMAU10408), it was selected for optimization experiments for ACE inhibitory activity production. Our results show that fermentation temperature of 37°C, inoculum density of 1 × 10