Complete genome sequence of Latilactobacillus curvatus CACC879 and its functional probiotic properties

Soyeon Park1, Seoyun Son1, Mi Ae Park1, Dae-Hyuk Kim1,2, Yangseon Kim1,*
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1Department of Research and Development, Center for Industrialization of Agricultural and Livestock Microorganisms, Jeongeup 56212, Korea
2Department of Molecular Biology, Department of Bioactive Material Science, Institute for Molecular Biology and Genetics, Jeonbuk National University, Jeonju 54896, Korea
*Corresponding author: Yangseon Kim, Department of Research and Development, Center for Industrialization of Agricultural and Livestock Microorganisms, Jeongeup 56212, Korea., Tel: +82-63-536-6712, E-mail:

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Received: May 02, 2023; Revised: May 19, 2023; Accepted: May 23, 2023

Published Online: May 31, 2024


Latilactobacillus curvatus CACC879 originated from swine feces in Korea, and its probiotic properties have been analyzed. The complete genome of strain CACC879 contained one chromosome 1,398,247 bp in length and three circular plasmids, namely, pCACC879-1 (591,981 bp), pCACC879-2 (14,542 base pairs [bp]), and pCACC879-3 (45,393 bp). The complete genome encodes a total of 2,077 genes, including 25 rRNA genes and 90 tRNA genes. In addition, probiotic stability- genes acid/bile related to salts tolerance, the biosynthesis of cobalamin (vitamin B12), riboflavin (vitamin B2), and CRISPR/Cas9 were found in the whole genomes. Remarkably, L. curvatus CACC879 contained the antioxidant-related (peroxiredoxin) and bacteriocin-related genes (lysM and blpA). Overall, these results demonstrate that L. curvatus CACC879 is a functional probiotic candidate for animal industry applications.

Keywords: Latilactobacillus curvatus; Swine; Probiotics; PacBio; Genome sequence

Lactic acid bacteria, such as Latilactobacillus, are useful microbes that produce healthy metabolites, including bacteriocins and organic acids (such as lactic acid), that can regulate the gut microbiome balance [1]. Lactic acid bacteria also confer health benefits via diverse mechanisms, such as acid and bile tolerance, epithelial cell adherence, intestinal barrier buildup, and immune system modulation [2]. Latilactobacillus curvatus is a potential probiotic strain that produces various bacteriocins and metabolites and exhibits immunomodulatory activity [3,4]. In this study, the genome of L. curvatus CACC879 was sequenced and fully assembled to elucidate the genetic factors associated with its probiotic characteristics.

L. curvatus CACC879 was isolated from swine feces in Korea, and the isolate was cultured in De Man, Rogosa, and Sharpe (MRS) medium for 18 h at 37°C. The genomic DNA of L. curvatus CACC879 was extracted and purified using the DNeasy UltraClean kit (Qiagen, Hilden, Germany) and sequenced using the PacBio Sequel (Pacific Biosciences, Menlo Park, CA, USA) sequencing platform. De novo assembly was performed using PacBio SMRT analysis software (version 2.3.0; Pacific Biosciences) [5]. The EggNOG 5.0 database ( was used to classify all genes into clusters of ortholog gene (COG) / non-supervised orthologous group (NOG) categories. Functional annotations of the predicted coding sequences (CDSs) were compared with the Swiss-Prot and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) [6]. The genome sequence of CACC879 was compared with other reference strains by Orthologous average nucleotide identity (OrthoANI; [7].

The whole genome of strain CACC879 consisted of one circular chromosome 1,398,247 bp in length (41.9% guanine-cytosine [GC]) along with three plasmids designated pCACC879-1 (591,981 bp, 42.2% GC), pCACC879-2 (14,542 bp, 45.2% GC), and pCACC879-3 (45,393 bp, 41.2% GC) (Table 1 and Fig. 1A). The genome of strain CACC879 contains 2,077 CDSs and 115 non-coding genes (25 rRNA and 90 tRNA genes) (Table 1). In addition, a total of 1,874 proteins (90.2%) were matched and classified into 19 COG functional categories (Fig. 1B). The most abundant COG categories were associated with replication, recombination, and repair (12.7%); translation, ribosomal structure, and biogenesis (7.8%); transcription (7.6%), carbohydrate transport, and metabolism (7.5%); and cell wall/membrane/envelope biogenesis (5.7%), excluding those with unknown function (29.7%). Compared with the genome sequence of reference strains, the genome of strain CACC879 was the most similar to that of the reference strains L. curvatus DSM 20019 (99.4%) and Wikim38 (99.0%) (Fig. 1C). The CACC879 strain showed common probiotic properties including the CRISPR-associated endonuclease (Cas9) for antiviral-related mechanisms and the biosynthesis of vitamin B groups (ribF and pduO), bacteriocin (lysM), and antioxidant (tpx), compared to the reference strains [8-10]. Additionally, we confirmed that strain CACC879 harbors genes associated with common probiotic properties, including acid tolerance (clpB and grpE), lactate synthesis (ldh and L-lactate dehydrogenase), and cell adhesion (sotA) (Table 2). Interestingly, the CACC879 genome contained the dltB and dltD genes associated with the modulation of the host immune response, but the reference strains did not. These findings will serve as a reference for further studies on L. curvatus and provide a scientific basis for functional probiotic development.

Table 1. Genome features of Latilactobacillus curvatus CACC879
Properties Chromosome Plasmids Total
CACC879 pCACC879-1 pCACC879-2 pCACC879-3
Length (bp) 1,398,247 591,981 14,542 45,393 2,050,163
GC content (%) 41.9 42.2 45.2 41.2 42.0
CDSs 1,421 596 11 49 2,077
tRNA 35 27 28 90
rRNA 14 8 3 25
CRISPR regions 1 1

bp, base pair; GC, guanine and cytosine; CDSs, coding DNA sequences; tRNA, transfer RNA; rRNA, ribosomal RNA; CRISPR, clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats.

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Fig. 1. Genome features of Latilactobacillus curvatus CACC879. (A) Circular genome mapping of L. curvatus CACC879. (B) Functional classification of clusters of orthologous groups (COG). (C) Orthologous average nucleotide identity (OrthoANI) values of L. curvatus CACC879 compared to other reference strains.
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Table 2. Predicted CDSs involved in Latilactobacillus curvatus CACC879 probiotic potency
Predicted function Gene Start End Length (bp)
CRISPR-associated endonuclease Cas9 31,830 35,723 3,894
Antimicrobial activity-related lysM 1,089,047 1,090,990 1,944
Bacteriocin (Class II)-related blpA c557,488 c558,636 1,149
Lactate synthesis ldh c903,407 c904,384 978
Acid tolerance
 Chaperone protein ClpB clpB 706,508 707,140 633
 Chaperone protein GrpE grpE 1,335,554 1,336,165 612
 ClC family H(+)/Cl(−) exchange transporter eriC 1,148,397 1,149,971 1,575
 Sodium hydrogen exchanger family protein nhaP 1,219,349 1,221,493 2145
 F0F1 ATP synthase subunit A atpB 17,075 17,788 714
 F0F1 ATP synthase subunit B atpF 18,084 18,605 522
 F0F1 ATP synthase subunit C atpE 17,807 18,019 213
 F0F1 ATP synthase subunit delta atpH 18,592 19,134 543
Bile salts tolerance cbh c246,195 C246,716 522
Cell adhesion sotA 73,428 74,090 663
Stress response or protection
 Chaperone protein DnaK dnaK 1,336,202 1,338,037 1,836
 Chaperone protein DnaJ dnaJ 1,338,161 1,339,309 1,149
 Triose-phosphate isomerase tpiA c532,378 c533,133 756
Biosynthesis of vitamin B groups
 Riboflavin (B2) ribF 1,332,094 1,333,047 954
ribT c271,721 c272,089 369
 Cobalamin (B12) pduO 58,751 59,305 555
Modulation of Immune response
 D-alanyl-lipoteichoic acid biosynthesis proteins dltB c220,566 c221,774 1,209
dltD c219,030 c220,298 1,269
 Antioxidant (peroxiredoxin) tpx 565,480 565,974 495
tpxA 780,278 780,601 324

CDSs, coding sequences; bp, base pair; CRISPR, clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats.

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The whole-genome sequence of L. curvatus strain CACC879 (KACC 92511) has been deposited in GenBank under accession numbers CP117683 (chromosome) and CP117684 to CP117686 (plasmids). The BioProject and BioSample accession numbers are PRJNA932593 and SAMN33197937.

Competing interests

No potential conflict of interest relevant to this article was reported.

Funding sources

This research was supported by INNOPOLIS FOUNDATION through Science and Technology Project Opens the Future of the Region, which is funded by Ministry of Science and ICT (Project No. 171177233), Korea, and partially supported by 2022 Technology commercialization support project Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Afairs, Korea (Project No. 122037–02).


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Availability of data and material

Upon reasonable request, the datasets of this study can be available from the corresponding author.

Authors’ contributions

Conceptualization: Kim Y.

Data curation: Park S, Park MA.

Formal analysis: Park S.

Methodology: Park S, Son S.

Software: Park S.

Validation: Park S, Son S, Kim DH.

Investigation: Kim Y.

Writing - original draft: Park S.

Writing - review & editing: Park S, Son S, Park MA, Kim DH, Kim Y.

Ethics approval and consent to participate

This article does not require IRB/IACUC approval because there are no human and animal participants.



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