Inhibition of bacterial quorum sensing by extracts from aquatic fungi: First report from marine endophytes

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In our search for quorum-sensing (QS) disrupting molecules, 75 fungal isolates were recovered from reef organisms (endophytes), saline lakes and mangrove rhizosphere. Their QS inhibitory activity was evaluated in Chromobacterium violaceum CVO26. Four strains of endophytic fungi stood out for their potent activity at concentrations from 500 to 50 μg mL<sup>1</sup>. The molecular characterization, based on the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region sequences (ITS1, 5.8S and ITS2) between the rRNA of 18S and 28S, identified these strains as belonging to four genera: Sarocladium (LAEE06), Fusarium (LAEE13), Epicoccum (LAEE14), and Khuskia (LAEE21). Interestingly, three came from coral species and two of them came from the same organism, the coral Diploria strigosa. Metabolic profiles obtained by Liquid Chromatography-High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (LC-HRMS) suggest that a combination of fungal secondary metabolites and fatty acids could be the responsible for the observed activities. The LC-HRMS analysis also revealed the presence of potentially new secondary metabolites. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the first report of QS inhibition by marine endophytic fungi.

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Martín-Rodríguez, A. J., Reyes, F., Martín, J., Pérez-Yépez, J., León-Barrios, M., Couttolenc, A., … Fernández, J. J. (2014). Inhibition of bacterial quorum sensing by extracts from aquatic fungi: First report from marine endophytes. Marine Drugs, 12(11), 5503–5526. https://doi.org/10.3390/md12115503

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