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Food Chemistry
Volume 348, 2021, 129071

Modulation of human gut microbiota by dietary fibers from unripe and ripe papayas: Distinct polysaccharide degradation using a colonic in vitro fermentation model

Samira Bernardino Ramosdo Pradoa, Beatriz Toledo Minguzzia, Christian Hoffmanna,c, Joćo Paulo Fabia,b,c

Department of Food Science and Experimental Nutrition, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.


Dietary fibers (DFs) consumption promotes a healthier gut through colonic fermentation and the modulation of different types of gut bacteria. The aim of this study is to evaluate the production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFA), metabolization of polysaccharides, and changes in the bacterial profile related to DFs extracted from the pulp of unripe and ripe papayas, using a batch colonic in vitro fermentation model. Our results show that fermentation of DFs from papayas induce the production of SCFAs and are utilized in different ways by intestinal microbiota. DFs from ripe papayas showed faster degradation by human gut microorganisms due to higher level of water-soluble polysaccharides. The fermentation of unripe papaya fibers increased the abundance of microorganisms belonging to family Clostridiaceae and genera CoprobacillusBulleidia, and Slackia, whereas both fibers increased Clostridium and Bacteroides, showing fruit ripeness affects the fermentation pattern of fruit fibers and their probable beneficial health aspects.

Keywords: Gut microbiota, Fiber fermentation, Colonic fermentation, In vitro fermentation, Papaya, Illumina 16S sequencing, Fruit ripening.

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