Some lactic acid bacteria (LAB) have the ability to synthesize riboflavin, a trait linked to the presence of ribG, ribB, ribA and ribH genes located in the rib operon. Previous screening of riboflavin producers identified several LAB strains belonging to different species with this ability, but none of them surpassed 0.25 mg/L production of the vitamin. In this study, we explored two strategies to obtain riboflavin-overproducing strains: by roseoflavin selection of mutants, and by the transformation of selected strains with plasmids pNZ:TuR.rib or pNZ:TuB.rib containing the genes ribG, ribB, ribA and ribH from Lactococcus cremoris MG1363. The resulting riboflavin-overproducing strains were able to produce yields between 0.5 and 6 mg/L in culture media and several of them were selected for the fermentation of soy beverages. Riboflavin in bio-enriched soy beverages was evaluated by direct fluorescence measurement and high-performance liquid chromatography-fluorescence analysis. Soy beverages fermented with the...

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