Annals of Microbiology

, 59:229 | Cite as

Antibacterial and antilarval compounds from marine bacteriumPseudomonas rhizosphaerae

  • Shu-Hua QiEmail author
  • Ying Xu
  • Jun Gao
  • Pei-Yuan Qian
  • Si Zhang
Ecological and Environmental Microbiology Original Articles


In order to obtain non-toxic, antifouling natural products from marine organisms, we studied on the marine bacteriumPseudomonas rhizosphaerae isolated from deep sea sediment. Bioassay-guided column chromatography techniques were used to separate and purify compounds. Extensive spectral analyses including 1D NMR spectra and GC-MS were employed for structure elucidation of the compounds. Antibacterial activity of the isolated compounds towards eight marine bacterial strains was measures by optical density, while antilarval activity was evaluated in settlement inhibition assays with laboratory-rearedBalanus amphitrite andBugula neritina larvae. In total, nine compounds including six diketopiperazine were obtained. Among them, cyclo-(Tyr-Pro), cyclo-(Tyr-Ile), cyclo-(Phe-Pro), cyclo-(Val-Pro), 3-phenyl-2-propenoic acid, and uracil had various antibacterial activities towards five marine fouling bacteria, furthermore, bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate, cyclo-(Tyr-Ile), cyclo-(Phe-Pro), cyclo-(Val-Pro), and 3-phenyl-2-propenoic acid showed antilarval effect on larval settlement of barnacleBalanus amphitrite and bryozoanBugula neritina. The results suggested that marine bacteriumPseudomonas rhizosphaerae could produce potent antibacterial and antilarval diketopiperazine and benzenetype secondary metabolites.

Key words

marine bacterium Pseudomonas rhizosphaerae antibacterial antilarval diketopiperazine 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shu-Hua Qi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ying Xu
    • 2
  • Jun Gao
    • 3
  • Pei-Yuan Qian
    • 2
  • Si Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.Guangdong Key Laboratory of Marine Materia Medica, South China Sea Institute of OceanologyChinese Academy of SciencesGuangzhou, Guangdong
  2. 2.Department of Biology/Coastal Marine LaboratoryHong Kong University of Science and TechnologyKowloonHong Kong SAR
  3. 3.Qingdao Institute of Biomass Energy and Bioprocess TechnologyChinese Academy of SciencesQingdao, ShandongChina

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