Dubern JF, Diggle SP.. Quorum sensing by 2-alkyl-4-quinolones in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other bacterial species. Mol Biosyst 4: 882-888

Institute of Infection, Immunity & Inflammation, Centre of Biomolecular Sciences, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom.
Molecular BioSystems (Impact Factor: 3.21). 10/2008; 4(9):882-8. DOI: 10.1039/b803796p
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Pseudomonas aeruginosa produces the cell-to-cell signal molecule 2-heptyl-3-hydroxy-4-quinolone (The Pseudomonas quinolone signal; PQS), which is integrated within a complicated quorum sensing signaling system. PQS belongs to the family of 2-alkyl-4-quinolones (AQs), which have been previously described for their antimicrobial activities. PQS is synthesized via the pqsABCDE operon which is responsible for generating multiple AQs including 2-heptyl-4-quinolone (HHQ), the immediate PQS precursor. In addition, PQS signaling plays an important role in P. aeruginosa pathogenesis because it regulates the production of diverse virulence factors including elastase, pyocyanin and LecA lectin in addition to affecting biofilm formation. Here, we summarize the most recent findings on the biosynthesis and regulation of PQS and other AQs including the discovery of AQs in other bacterial species.

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    • "The las and rhl systems use homoserine lactones as signal molecules (N-(3- oxo-dodecanoyl)-L-homoserine lactone and N-(butanoyl)-L-homoserine lactone, respectively) which are commonplace among Gramnegative bacteria [5]. The pqs system, on the other hand, is employed only by some Pseudomonas and Burkholderia species and operates via the autoinducers PQS (Pseudomonas Quinolone Signal; 2-heptyl-3-hydroxy-4(1H)-quinolone) and its precursor HHQ (2-heptyl-4(1H)-quinolone) [6]. PQS and HHQ interact with the transcriptional regulator PqsR (also called MvfR) controlling the production of virulence factors, such as pyocyanin, elastase and hydrogen cyanide [7], as well as the formation of biofilms [8]. "
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    ABSTRACT: A new strategy for treating Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections could be disrupting the Pseudomonas Quinolone Signal (PQS) quorum sensing (QS) system. The goal is to impair communication among the cells and, hence, reduce the expression of virulence factors and the formation of biofilms. PqsD is an essential enzyme for the synthesis of PQS and shares some features with chalcone synthase (CHS2), an enzyme expressed in Medicago sativa. Both proteins are quite similar concerning the size of the active site, the catalytic residues and the electrostatic surface potential at the entrance of the substrate tunnel. Hence, we evaluated selected substrates of the vegetable enzyme as potential inhibitors of the bacterial protein. This similarity-guided approach led to the identification of a new class of PqsD inhibitors having a catechol structure as an essential feature for activity, a saturated linker with two or more carbons and an ester moiety bearing bulky substituents. The developed compounds showed PqsD inhibition with IC50 values in the single-digit micromolar range. The binding mode of these compounds was investigated by Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) experiments revealing that their interaction with the protein is not influenced by the presence of the anthranilic acid bound to active site cysteine. Importantly, some compounds reduced the signal molecule production in cellulo. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS.
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    • "The ability to cause such a wide array of infections is dependent on the expression of virulence factors (Strateva and Mitov 2011). Virulence factor regulation in P. aeruginosa is achieved through a density-dependent cell-to-cell communication network, involving three main quorum-sensing systems; the las, rhl (Schuster et al. 2013; Smith and Iglewski 2003) and Pseudomonas quinolone signal system (Dubern and Diggle 2008; Pesci et al. 1999). The las and rhl systems are LuxRI homologues, where lasI and rhlI direct synthesis of N-3- oxododecanoylhomoserine lactone (3-oxo-C12-HSL) and Nbutanoylhomoserine lactone (C4-HSL), respectively; these are diffusible signalling molecules which activate their respective DNA binding response regulators, LasR and RhlR, which, in turn, induces the expression of a wide range of genes, approximately 6 % of the genome (Schuster and Greenberg 2006; Schuster et al. 2013; Wagner et al. 2004; Williams et al. 2007). "
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    • "QS consists of a las and rhl N-acyl homoserine lactone system that produces 3-oxo-C12- and C4-homoserine lactones, respectively.24 The third QS 2-alkyl-4-quinolone system produces 2-heptyl-4-quinolone and Pseudomonas quinolone signal.25 These QS systems not only engage in intra-species communication within biofilms, but also affect other species and the host.26P. "
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