Sub-lethal antimicrobial photodynamic inactivation: an in vitro study on quorum sensing-controlled gene expression of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation
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During antimicrobial photodynamic inactivation (APDI) in the treatment of an infection, it is likely that microorganisms would be exposed to sub-lethal doses of APDI (sAPDI). Although sAPDI cannot kill microorganisms, it can significantly affect microbial virulence. In this study, we evaluated the effect of sAPDI using methylene blue (MB) on the expression of genes belonging to two quorum sensing (QS) operons (rhl and las systems) and two genes necessary for biofilm formation (pelF and pslA) under QS control in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Biofilm formation ability of P. aeruginosa ATCC 27853 exposed to sAPDI (MB at 0.012 mM and light dose of 23 J/cm2) was evaluated using triphenyl tetrazolium chloride (TTC) assay and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The effect of sAPDI on expression of rhlI, rhlR, lasI, lasR, pelF, and pslA were also evaluated by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. Quantitative assay (TTC) results and morphological observations (SEM) indicated that a single sAPDI treatment resulted in a significant decrease in biofilm formation ability of P. aeruginosa ATCC 27853 compared to their non-treated controls (P = 0.012). These results were consistent with the expression of genes belonging to rhl and las systems and pelF and pslA genes. The results suggested that the transcriptional decreases caused by MB-sAPDI did lead to phenotypic changes.
KeywordsPseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilm formation Quorum sensing Antimicrobial photodynamic inactivation Oxidative stress
This study was supported by the College of Science, University of Tehran.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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