Effects of apigenin and tt-farnesol on glucosyltransferase activity, biofilm viability and caries development in rats

Center for Oral Biology and Eastman Department of Dentistry, University of Rochester Medical Center, NY 14642, USA.
Oral Microbiology and Immunology (Impact Factor: 2.81). 12/2002; 17(6):337-43. DOI: 10.1034/j.1399-302X.2002.170602.x
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Propolis, a resinous hive product secreted by Apis mellifera bees, has been shown to reduce the incidence of dental caries in rats. Several compounds, mainly polyphenolics, have been identified in propolis. Apigenin and tt-farnesol demonstrated biological activity against mutans streptococci. We determined here their effects, alone or in combination, on glucosyltransferase activity, biofilm viability, and development of caries in rats. Sprague-Dawley rats were infected with Streptococcus sobrinus 6715 and treated topically twice daily as follows: (1) tt-farnesol, (2) apigenin, (3) vehicle control, (4) fluoride, (5) apigenin +tt-farnesol, and (6) chlorhexidine. Apigenin (1.33 mM) inhibited the activity of glucosyltransferases in solution (90-95%) and on the surface of saliva-coated hydroxyapatite beads (35-58%); it was devoid of antibacterial activity. tt-Farnesol (1.33 mM) showed modest antibacterial activity against biofilms and its effects on glucosyltransferases were minimal. The incidence of smooth-surface caries was significantly reduced by apigenin +tt-farnesol (60%), fluoride (70%), and chlorhexidine (72%) treatments compared to control (P < 0.05).

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    • "was prepared and purified to near homogeneity via hydroxylapatite column chromatography as detailed elsewhere (Koo et al. 2002). Glucosyltransferase activity was measured by the incorporation of [ 14 C]-glucose from labeled sucrose (NEN Research Products, Boston, MA, USA) into glucans (Schilling and Bowen 1992; Koo et al. 2002). One unit of enzyme activity was defined as the amount of glucosyltransferase enzyme that incorporates 1 µmol of glucose into glucans over the 2-h reaction. "
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    ABSTRACT: Candida albicans cells are often detected with Streptococcus mutans in plaque biofilms from children affected with early childhood caries. The coadhesion between these 2 organisms appears to be largely mediated by the S. mutans-derived exoenzyme glucosyltransferase B (GtfB); GtfB readily binds to C. albicans cells in an active form, producing glucans locally that provide enhanced binding sites for S. mutans. However, knowledge is limited about the mechanisms by which the bacterial exoenzyme binds to and functions on the fungal surface to promote this unique cross-kingdom interaction. In this study, we use atomic force microscopy to understand the strength and binding dynamics modulating GtfB-C. albicans adhesive interactions in situ. Single-molecule force spectroscopy with GtfB-functionalized atomic force microscopy tips demonstrated that the enzyme binds with remarkable strength to the C. albicans cell surface (~2 nN) and showed a low dissociation rate, suggesting a highly stable bond. Strikingly, the binding strength of GtfB to the C. albicans surface was ~2.5-fold higher and the binding stability, ~20 times higher, as compared with the enzyme adhesion to S. mutans. Furthermore, adhesion force maps showed an intriguing pattern of GtfB binding. GtfB adhered heterogeneously on the surface of C. albicans, showing a higher frequency of adhesion failure but large sections of remarkably strong binding forces, suggesting the presence of GtfB binding domains unevenly distributed on the fungal surface. In contrast, GtfB bound uniformly across the S. mutans cell surface with less adhesion failure and a narrower range of binding forces (vs. the C. albicans surface). The data provide the first insights into the mechanisms underlying the adhesive and mechanical properties governing GtfB interactions with C. albicans. The strong and highly stable GtfB binding to C. albicans could explain, at least in part, why this bacterially derived exoenzyme effectively modulates this virulent cross-kingdom interaction. © International & American Associations for Dental Research 2015.
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    • "In the process of developing new pharmacologically active compounds from natural products for using in dentistry , the Southeastern Brazilian propolis may prevent dental caries [17] [18]. B. dracunculifolia is the most important botanical source of Southeastern Brazilian propolis, which due to its colour is called green propolis, whose healthy benefits, including the hepatoprotective effect, are well described in the literature [19]. "
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    • "Animal experiments were performed using previously described methods (19,20). Briefly, pathogen-free male Wistar rats (19 days of age; purchased from Kunming Medical University, Kunming, China) were infected daily for five consecutive days with a growing culture of S. mutans ATCC 25175. "
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