Adaptive Responses of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to Treatment with Antibiotics.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is among the highest priority pathogens for drug development because of its resistance to antibiotics, extraordinary adaptability, and persistence. Antipseudomonal research is strongly encouraged to address the acute scarcity of innovative antimicrobial lead structures. In an effort to understand the physiological response of P. aeruginosa to clinically relevant antibiotics, we investigated the proteome after exposure to ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, rifampicin, gentamicin, tobramycin, azithromycin, tigecycline, polymyxin B, colistin, ceftazidime, meropenem, and piperacillin-tazobactam. We further investigated the response to CHIR-090, which represents a promising class of lipopolysaccharide biosynthesis inhibitors currently under evaluation. Radioactive pulse-labeling of newly synthesized proteins followed by two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis was used to monitor the acute response of P. aeruginosa to antibiotic treatment. The proteomic profiles provide insights into the cellular defense strategies for each antibiotic. A mathematical comparison of these response profiles based on upregulated marker proteins revealed similarities of responses to antibiotics acting on the same target area. This study provides insights into the effects of commonly used antibiotics on P. aeruginosa and lays the foundation for the comparative analysis of the impact of novel compounds with precedented and unprecedented modes of action.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wüllner, D; Gesper, M; Haupt, A; Liang, X; Zhou, P; Dietze, P; Narberhaus, F; Bandow, JE

Published Date

  • January 18, 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 66 / 1

Start / End Page

  • e0087821 -

PubMed ID

  • 34748386

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8765305

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-6596

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1128/AAC.00878-21


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States