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Title: Lipopolysaccharide-affinity copolymer senses the rapid motility of swarmer bacteria to trigger antimicrobial drug release
Authors: Yeow, Edwin Kok Lee
Lu, Shengtao
Bi, Wuguo
Du, Quanchao
Sinha, Sheetal
Wu, Xiangyang
Subrata, Arnold
Bhattacharjya, Surajit
Xing, Bengang
Keywords: DRNTU::Science::Chemistry::Biochemistry
Swarmer Bacteria
Drug Release
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Lu, S., Bi, W., Du, Q., Sinha, S., Wu, X., Subrata, A., . . . Yeow, E. K. L. (2018). Lipopolysaccharide-affinity copolymer senses the rapid motility of swarmer bacteria to trigger antimicrobial drug release. Nature Communications, 9(1), 4277-. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-06729-6
Series/Report no.: Nature Communications
Abstract: An intelligent drug release system that is triggered into action upon sensing the motion of swarmer P. mirabilis is introduced. The rational design of the drug release system focuses on a pNIPAAm-co-pAEMA copolymer that prevents drug leakage in a tobramycin-loaded mesoporous silica particle by covering its surface via electrostatic attraction. The copolymer chains are also conjugated to peptide ligands YVLWKRKRKFCFI-NH2 that display affinity to Gram-negative bacteria. When swarmer P. mirabilis cells approach and come in contact with the particle, the copolymer-YVLWKRKRKFCFI-NH2 binds to the lipopolysaccharides on the outer membrane of motile P. mirabilis and are stripped off the particle surface when the cells move away; hence releasing tobramycin into the swarmer colony and inhibiting its expansion. The release mechanism is termed Motion-Induced Mechanical Stripping (MIMS). For swarmer B. subtilis, the removal of copolymers from particle surfaces via MIMS is not apparent due to poor adherence between bacteria and copolymer-YVLWKRKRKFCFI-NH2 system.
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-06729-6
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