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IJMS, Vol. 18, Pages 1270: Terpenoids from Platostoma rotundifolium (Briq.) A. J. Paton Alter the Expression of Quorum Sensing-Related Virulence Factors and the Formation of Biofilm in Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1

Platostoma rotundifolium (Briq.) A. J. Paton aerial parts are widely used in Burundi traditional medicine to treat infectious diseases. In order to investigate their probable antibacterial activities, crude extracts from P. rotundifolium were assessed for their bactericidal and anti-virulence properties against an opportunistic bacterial model, Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1. Whereas none of the tested extracts exert bacteriostatic and/or bactericidal proprieties, the ethyl acetate and dichloromethane extracts exhibit anti-virulence properties against Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 characterized by an alteration in quorum sensing gene expression and biofilm formation without affecting bacterial viability. Bioguided fractionation of the ethyl acetate extract led to the isolation of major anti-virulence compounds that were identified from nuclear magnetic resonance and high-resolution molecular spectroscopy spectra as cassipourol, β-sitosterol and α-amyrin. Globally, cassipourol and β-sitosterol inhibit quorum sensing-regulated and -regulatory genes expression in las and rhl systems without affecting the global regulators gacA and vfr, whereas α-amyrin had no effect on the expression of these genes. These terpenoids disrupt the formation of biofilms at concentrations down to 12.5, 50 and 50 µM for cassipourol, β-sitosterol and α-amyrin, respectively. Moreover, these terpenoids reduce the production of total exopolysaccharides and promote flagella-dependent motilities (swimming and swarming). The isolated terpenoids exert a wide range of inhibition processes, suggesting a complex mechanism of action targeting P. aeruginosa virulence mechanisms which support the wide anti-infectious use of this plant species in traditional Burundian medicine.

Authors:   Rasamiravaka, Tsiry ; Ngezahayo, Jérémie ; Pottier, Laurent ; Ribeiro, Sofia Oliveira; Souard, Florence ; Hari, Léonard ; Stévigny, Caroline ; Jaziri, Mondher El ; Duez, Pierre
Journal:   International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Volume:   18
edition:   6
Year:   2017
Pages:   1270
DOI:   10.3390/ijms18061270
Publication date:   14-Jun-2017
Facts, background information, dossiers
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • terpenoids
  • genes
  • medicine
  • infectious diseases
  • gene expression
  • flagella
  • Expression
  • Burundi
  • biofilms
  • Aerial
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