Aims. This study aimed to screen the γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-producing lactic acid bacteria (LAB) from kimchi, and investigate the glutamate decarboxylase (GAD) activity of the highest GABA-producing strain. Methods. And Results. Seven strains of LAB were screened from kimchi with GABA-producing activity. Strain Levilactobacillus brevis F109-MD3 showed the highest GABA-producing ability. It produced GABA at a concentration of 520 mmol l-1 with a 97.4% GABA conversion rate in MRS broth containing 10% monosodium glutamate for 72 h. The addition of pyridoxal 5″-phosphate had no significant effect on the GAD activity of L. brevis F109-MD3. The optimal pH range of GAD was 3.0-5.0 and the optimal temperature was 65°C. The D value of GAD at 50,60 and 70 °C was 7143,971 and 124 min respectively and Z value was 11.36°C. Conclusions. Seven strains isolated from kimchi, especially F109-MD3, showed high GABA-production ability even in the high concentrations of MSG...

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