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Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters

Synthetic ligands that activate and inhibit a quorum-sensing regulator in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.


PMID 18083553

Abstract

The transcription factor QscR is a regulator of quorum sensing in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and plays a role in controlling virulence in this prevalent opportunistic pathogen. This study outlines the discovery of a set of synthetic N-acylated homoserine lactones that are capable of either activating or strongly inhibiting QscR in a cell-based reporter gene assay. We demonstrate that the synthetic antagonists inhibit ligand-dependent QscR binding to DNA. Several of these ligands can selectively modulate QscR instead of LasR, or modulate the activity of both receptors, and represent new chemical tools to study the hierarchy of quorum-sensing signaling in P. aeruginosa.