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Farnesol, a Potential Efflux Pump Inhibitor in Mycobacterium smegmatis
AbstractThe active multidrug efflux pump (EP) has been described as one of the mechanisms involved in the natural drug resistance of bacteria, such as mycobacteria. As a result, the development of efflux pumps inhibitors (EPIs) is an important topic. In this study, a checkerboard synergy assay indicated that farnesol both decreased the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of ethidium bromide (EtBr) 8-fold against Mycobacterium smegmatis (M. smegmatis) mc2155 ATCC 700084 when incorporated at a concentration of 32 μg/mL (FICI = 0.625) and decreased MIC 4-fold at 16 μg/mL (FICI = 0.375). Farnesol also showed synergism when combined with rifampicin. A real-time 96-well plate fluorometric method was used to assess the ability of farnesol to inhibit EPs in comparison withfour positive EPIs: chlorpromazine, reserpine, verapamil, and carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone (CCCP). Farnesol significantly enhanced the accumulation of EtBr and decreased the efflux of EtBr in M. smegmatis; these results suggest that farnesol acts as an inhibitor of mycobacterial efflux pumps.
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Jin, J.; Zhang, J.-Y.; Guo, N.; Sheng, H.; Li, L.; Liang, J.-C.; Wang, X.-L.; Li, Y.; Liu, M.-Y.; Wu, X.-P.; Yu, L. Farnesol, a Potential Efflux Pump Inhibitor in Mycobacterium smegmatis. Molecules 2010, 15, 7750-7762.View more citation formats
Jin J, Zhang J-Y, Guo N, Sheng H, Li L, Liang J-C, Wang X-L, Li Y, Liu M-Y, Wu X-P, Yu L. Farnesol, a Potential Efflux Pump Inhibitor in Mycobacterium smegmatis. Molecules. 2010; 15(11):7750-7762.Chicago/Turabian Style
Jin, Jing; Zhang, Ji-Yu; Guo, Na; Sheng, Hui; Li, Lei; Liang, Jun-Chao; Wang, Xue-Lin; Li, Yang; Liu, Ming-Yuan; Wu, Xiu-Ping; Yu, Lu. 2010. "Farnesol, a Potential Efflux Pump Inhibitor in Mycobacterium smegmatis." Molecules 15, no. 11: 7750-7762.