Draft genome sequence of Lactobacillus plantarum C4 (CECT 9567), a potential probiotic strain isolated from kefir

  • Soumi De Montijo-Prieto
  • David J. Castro
  • Jose C. Reina
  • Maria Jimenez-Valera
  • Alfonso Ruiz-BravoEmail author
Short Communication


Lactobacillus plantarum C4 (CECT 9567) was isolated from kefir and has been extensively studied because of its probiotic properties. Here we report the genome sequence of this strain. The genome consists of 3,221,350 bp, and contains 3058 CDSs with an average G + C content of 44.5%. The genome harbors genes encoding the AraC-family transcription regulator, the penicillin-binding protein Pbp2A, and the Na+/H+ antiporter NapA3, which have important roles in the survival of lactobacilli in the gastrointestinal tract. Also, the genome encodes the catalase KatE, NADH peroxidase and glutathione peroxidase, which enable anaerobic respiration, and a nitrate reductase complex, which enable anaerobic respiration. Additionally, genes encoding plantaricins and sactipeptides, and genes involved in the use of fructooligosaccharides and in the production of butyric acid were also identified. BLASTn analysis revealed that 91.4% of CDSs in C4 genome aligned with those of the reference strain L. plantarum WCFS1, with a mean identity of 98.96%. The genome information of L. plantarum C4 provides the basis for understanding the probiotic properties of C4 and to consider its use as a potential component of functional foods.


Lactobacillus plantarum Genome sequence Probiotic properties Kefir 



This study was supported by the Research Groups BIO-201 funded by the Junta de Andalucia (Spain).

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All authors declared that they have no potential conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyFaculty of Pharmacy, University of GranadaGranadaSpain

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