Bacterial antimicrobial efflux pumps of the MFS and MATE transporter families: A review

In book: Recent Research Developments in Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy, Chapter: Bacterial antimicrobial efflux pumps of the MFS and MATE transporter families: A review., Publisher: Research Signpost, Inc., Editors: Shankar Pandali, pp.1-21


Bacteria are causative agents of human infectious
disease and are a serious public health concern due to drug and
multi-drug resistance determinants that reduce the clinical efficacy
of antimicrobial agents. Among the variety of antimicrobial
resistance mechanisms, drug and multi-drug efflux pumps
represent a significant cause of chemotherapeutic failure in the
treatment efforts of bacterial infectious disease. This chapter deals
mainly with bacterial drug and multi-drug efflux pump systems of
the major facilitator superfamily (MFS) and multi-drug and toxic
compound extrusion (MATE) family. Studies of these bacterial
anti-bacterial drug efflux systems will help our understanding of
their molecular mechanisms and may help reduce the conditions
that foster multi-drug resistance.

    • "The second pump system, called secondary active transport, uses the energy stored in the form of ion gradients to actively extrude drugs from the cells of bacteria [9]. Within the class of secondary active transporters, several important pump families are known; they include the resistance nodulation cell division (RND) superfamily [10], the small multidrug resistance (SMR) superfamily [11], the multidrug and toxic compound extrusion (MATE) superfamily [12] [13], and the major facilitator superfamily (MFS) [14] [15]. This review will focus on the MFS pumps as potential targets for modulation. "
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    ABSTRACT: Causative agents of infectious disease that are multidrug resistant bacterial pathogens represent a serious public health concern due to the increasingly difficult nature of achieving efficacious clinical treatments. Of the various acquired and intrinsic antimicrobial agent resistance determinants, integral-membrane multidrug efflux pumps of the major facilitator superfamily constitute a major mechanism of bacterial resistance. The major facilitator superfamily (MFS) encompasses thousands of known related secondary active and passive solute transporters, including multidrug efflux pumps, from bacteria to humans. This review article addresses recent developments involving the targeting by various modulators of bacterial multidrug efflux pumps from the major facilitator superfamily. It is of tremendous interest to modulate bacterial multidrug efflux pumps in order to eventually restore the clinical efficacy of recalcitrant bacterial infections. Such MFS multidrug efflux pumps are good targets for modulation.
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    • "We observed the repression of genes encoding ABC membrane transporters involved in multidrug resistance (MDR) pumps, such as MatE and MdtK which belong to the MATE-family transporters for multidrug and toxic compound extrusion (Omote et al. 2006), and also the repression of genes encoding transporters from the major facilitator superfamily (MFS) (Lubelski et al. 2007; Kumar et al. 2013). MDR pumps are capable of extruding heavy metals (Silver and Phung 2005; Martínez et al. 2009). "
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