Effects of orange juice formulation on prebiotic functionality using an in vitro colonic model system

Adele Costabile, Gemma E Walton, George Tzortzis, Jelena Vulevic, Dimitris Charalampopoulos, Glenn R Gibson

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A three-stage continuous fermentative colonic model system was used to monitor in vitro the effect of different orange juice formulations on prebiotic activity. Three different juices with and without Bimuno, a GOS mixture containing galactooligosaccharides (B-GOS) were assessed in terms of their ability to induce a bifidogenic microbiota. The recipe development was based on incorporating 2.75g B-GOS into a 250 ml serving of juice (65°Brix of concentrate juice). Alongside the production of B-GOS juice, a control juice--orange juice without any additional Bimuno and a positive control juice, containing all the components of Bimuno (glucose, galactose and lactose) in the same relative proportions with the exception of B-GOS were developed. Ion Exchange Chromotography analysis was used to test the maintenance of bimuno components after the production process. Data showed that sterilisation had no significant effect on concentration of B-GOS and simple sugars. The three juice formulations were digested under conditions resembling the gastric and small intestinal environments. Main bacterial groups of the faecal microbiota were evaluated throughout the colonic model study using 16S rRNA-based fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). Potential effects of supplementation of the juices on microbial metabolism were studied measuring short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) using gas chromatography. Furthermore, B-GOS juices showed positive modulations of the microbiota composition and metabolic activity. In particular, numbers of faecal bifidobacteria and lactobacilli were significantly higher when B-GOS juice was fermented compared to controls. Furthermore, fermentation of B-GOS juice resulted in an increase in Roseburia subcluster and concomitantly increased butyrate production, which is of potential benefit to the host. In conclusion, this study has shown B-GOS within orange juice can have a beneficial effect on the fecal microbiota.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e0121955
JournalPLoS One
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Adult
  • Bifidobacterium
  • Citrus sinensis
  • Colon
  • Female
  • Fermentation
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Microbiota
  • Models, Biological
  • Prebiotics

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Costabile, A., Walton, G. E., Tzortzis, G., Vulevic, J., Charalampopoulos, D., & Gibson, G. R. (2015). Effects of orange juice formulation on prebiotic functionality using an in vitro colonic model system. PLoS One, 10(3), e0121955. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0121955