probiotic bacterium

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Noun1.probiotic bacterium - a beneficial bacterium found in the intestinal tract of healthy mammals; often considered to be a plant
bacteria, bacterium - (microbiology) single-celled or noncellular spherical or spiral or rod-shaped organisms lacking chlorophyll that reproduce by fission; important as pathogens and for biochemical properties; taxonomy is difficult; often considered to be plants
acidophilus, Lactobacillus acidophilus - a bacterium that is used to make yogurt and to supplement probiotics
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Washington, July 18 ( ANI ): A probiotic bacterium which is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome has been found to soothe gut bacterial infections caused by salmonella, paving the way for potential relief from foodborne illnesses that affect millions of people annually, a new study has revealed.
Considering the important role of macrophages in eliminating viral infections and the effective role of probiotic bacteria in the removal of viral infections (including HSV), this study aimed to investigate: 1) the direct effect of Lactobacillus rhamnosus, a probiotic bacterium, on HSV-1; and 2) its effect on macrophage activation for in vitro elimination of HSV-1 infection.
Fuller (1989) defined a probiotic bacterium as "a live microbial feed supplement which beneficially affects the host animal by improving its intestinal balance" (p.
The paper, as I imagine you have guessed from the title, shows that eating a certain probiotic bacterium can influence the behaviour of a mouse.
Salivary mutans streptococci and lactobacilli levels after ingestion of the probiotic bacterium Lactobacillus reuteri ATCC 55730 by straws or tablets.