Recent Advances in Probiotics Encapsulation by Electrospinning

Lingli Deng1

Hui Zhang2,*,Email

1College of Biological Science and Technology, Hubei Key Laboratory of Biological Resources Protection and Utilization, Key Laboratory of Green Manufacturing of Super-light Elastomer Materials of State Ethnic Affairs Commission, Hubei Minzu University, Enshi 445000, Hubei

2College of Biosystems Engineering and Food Science, Zhejiang Key Laboratory for Agro-Food Processing, Zhejiang R&D Center for Food Technology and Equipment, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, Zhejiang

Abstract

This review aims at outlining the current state of electrospinning for the encapsulation of probiotics. A brief introduction of electrospinning regarding the principles, setups and affecting parameters is given. The materials and methods (hybrid, core-shell, and post immobilization) of electrospinning for the encapsulation of probiotics are summarized. The effects of electrospinning process, probiotic species, and additives on the viability of probiotics after electrospinning and under environmental stress are discussed. Potential applications of probiotic encapsulated by nanofibers including controlled delivery system, active packaging, and tissue engineering are introduced. In addition, the limitations of current studies and challenges for future research are addressed. This review provides better understanding of the current research status of electrospun nanofibers for encapsulation of probiotics.

Recent Advances in Probiotics Encapsulation by Electrospinning