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Microbiol Res. 2013 Nov 7;168(9):547-54. doi: 10.1016/j.micres.2013.04.011. Epub 2013 Jun 3.

N-acylhomoserine lactone-degrading bacteria isolated from hatchery bivalve larval cultures.

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Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cartuja Campus, University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain.


Quorum sensing (QS) systems, which depend on N-acylhomoserine lactone (AHL) signal molecules, mediate the production of virulence factors in many pathogenic microorganisms. One hundred and forty-six bacterial strains, isolated from a bivalve hatchery, were screened for their capacity to degrade five synthetic AHLs [N-butyryl-DL-homoserine lactone (C4-HSL), N-hexanoyl-DL-homoserine lactone (C6-HSL), N-octanoyl-DL-homoserine lactone (C8-HSL), N-decanoyl-DL-homoserine lactone (C10-HSL) and N-dodecanoyl-DL-homoserine lactone (C12-HSL)] using well diffusion agar-plate assays with three biosensors, Chromobacterium violaceum CV026, C. violaceum VIR07 and Agrobacterium tumefaciens NTL4 (pZLR4). The results of these assays led to our choosing four strains (PP2-67, PP2-459, PP2-644 and PP2-663) that were able to degrade all five synthetic AHLs, thus showing a wide spectrum of quorum quenching (QQ) activity. We subsequently confirmed and measured the QQ activity of the four strains by high-performance liquid chromatography plus mass-spectrometry analysis (HPLC-MS). One of the strains which showed the highest AHL-degrading activity, PP2-459, identified as being a member of the genus Thalassomonas was chosen for further study. Finally, using thin-layer chromatography (TLC), we went on to confirm this strain's capacity to degrade the AHLs produced by other non-pathogenic and pathogenic bacteria not taxonomically related.


Aquaculture; Marine bacteria; Quorum quenching; Quorum sensing

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