Low concentrations of honey reduce biofilm formation, quorum sensing, and virulence in Escherichia coli O157:H7

School of Chemical Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, 712-74, Republic of Korea.
Biofouling (Impact Factor: 3.42). 11/2011; 27(10):1095-104. DOI: 10.1080/08927014.2011.633704
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Bacterial biofilms are associated with persistent infections due to their high resistance to antimicrobial agents. Hence, controlling pathogenic biofilm formation is important in bacteria-related diseases. Honey, at a low concentration of 0.5% (v/v), significantly reduced biofilm formation in enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157:H7 without inhibiting the growth of planktonic cells. Conversely, this concentration did not inhibit commensal E. coli K-12 biofilm formation. Transcriptome analyses showed that honey significantly repressed curli genes (csgBAC), quorum sensing genes (AI-2 importer and indole biosynthesis), and virulence genes (LEE genes). Glucose and fructose in the honeys were found to be key components in reducing biofilm formation by E. coli O157:H7 through the suppression of curli production and AI-2 import. Furthermore, honey, glucose and fructose decreased the colonization of E. coli O157:H7 cells on human HT-29 epithelial cells. These results suggest that low concentrations of honey, such as in honeyed water, can be a practical means for reducing the colonization and virulence of pathogenic E. coli O157:H7.

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    • "A similar growth enhancement phenomenon was observed in other natural antimicrobials. For example, including 0.5% honey in LB medium slightly increased the growth of E. coli O157:H7 though it significantly inhibited E. coli O157:H7 biofilm formation (Lee, Park, et al., 2011). Similarly, inclusion of 5% broccoli extract enhanced the growth of E. coli O157:H7 (Lee, Lim, et al., 2011). "
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    • "This effect of honey is mainly associated with low (<10 kDa) molecular weight (MW) components and MRJP1. In addition, glucose and fructose have been recently identified as major components of honey responsible for biofilm reduction in pathogenic Escherichia coli (Lee et al., 2011). Taken together, monosaccharides and MRJP1, which are found in every natural honey, could take part in inhibition of wound biofilm formation. "
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