Identification of a novel benzimidazole that inhibits bacterial biofilm formation in a broad-spectrum manner

Karthik Sambanthamoorthy, Ankush A. Gokhale, Weiwei Lao, Vijay Parashar, Matthew B. Neiditch, Martin F. Semmelhack, Ilsoon Lee, Christopher M. Waters

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Bacterial biofilm formation causes significant industrial economic loss and high morbidity and mortality in medical settings. Biofilms are defined as multicellular communities of bacteria encased in a matrix of protective extracellular polymers. Because biofilms have a high tolerance for treatment with antimicrobials, protect bacteria from immune defense, and resist clearance with standard sanitation protocols, it is critical to develop new approaches to prevent biofilm formation. Here, a novel benzimidazole molecule, named antibiofilm compound 1 (ABC-1), identified in a small-molecule screen, was found to prevent bacterial biofilm formation in multiple Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacterial pathogens, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus, on a variety of different surface types. Importantly, ABC-1 itself does not inhibit the growth of bacteria, and it is effective at nanomolar concentrations. Also, coating a polystyrene surface with ABC-1 reduces biofilm formation. These data suggest ABC-1 is a new chemical scaffold for the development of antibiofilm compounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4369-4378
Number of pages10
JournalAntimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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