A drug-repositioning screening identifies pentetic acid as a potential therapeutic agent for suppressing the elastase-mediated virulence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Mia Gi, Junhui Jeong, Keehoon Lee, Kang Mu Lee, Masanori Toyofuku, DongEun Yong, Sang Sun Yoon, Young Jae, Choia

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Abstract

Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a Gram-negative bacterium of clinical significance, produces elastase as a predominant exoprotease. Here, we screened a library of chemical compounds currently used for human medication and identified diethylene triamine penta-acetic acid (DTPA, pentetic acid) as an agent that suppresses the production of elastase. Elastase activity found in the prototype P. aeruginosa strain PAO1 was significantly decreased when grown with a concentration as low as 20 -MDTPA. Supplementation with Zn2- or Mn2- ions restored the suppressive effect of DTPA, suggesting that the DTPA-mediated decrease in elastase activity is associated with ion-chelating activity. In DTPA-treated PAO1 cells, transcription of the elastase-encoding lasB gene and levels of the Pseudomonas quinolone signal (PQS), a molecule that mediates P. aeruginosa quorum sensing (QS), were significantly downregulated, reflecting the potential involvement of the PQS QS system in DTPA-mediated elastase suppression. Biofilm formation was also decreased by DTPA treatment. When A549 alveolar type II-like adenocarcinoma cells were infected with PAO1 cells in the presence of DTPA, A549 cell viability was substantially increased. Furthermore, the intranasal delivery of DTPA to PAO1-infected mice alleviated the pathogenic effects of PAO1 cells in the animals. Together, our results revealed a novel function for a known molecule that may help treat P. aeruginosa airway infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7205-7214
Number of pages10
JournalAntimicrobial agents and chemotherapy
Volume58
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Dec 1

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Drug Repositioning
Pentetic Acid
Preclinical Drug Evaluations
Pancreatic Elastase
Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Virulence
Quorum Sensing
Therapeutics
Exopeptidases
Ions
Small Molecule Libraries
Rubiaceae
Biofilms
Gram-Negative Bacteria
Acetic Acid
Cell Survival
Adenocarcinoma
Down-Regulation

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  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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Gi, Mia ; Jeong, Junhui ; Lee, Keehoon ; Lee, Kang Mu ; Toyofuku, Masanori ; Yong, DongEun ; Yoon, Sang Sun ; Jae, Young ; Choia. / A drug-repositioning screening identifies pentetic acid as a potential therapeutic agent for suppressing the elastase-mediated virulence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. In: Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy. 2014 ; Vol. 58, No. 12. pp. 7205-7214.
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