K5 Secondary Screening for Inhibitors of Bacterial Capsule Biogenesis
Assay Rationale and Summary: Uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) is the leading cause of community-acquired urinary tract infections (UTIs). Over 100 million UTIs occur annually throughout the world, including more than 7 million cases in U.S. adolescents and adults. UTIs in younger children are associated with greater risk of morbidity and mortality than in older children and adults. more ..
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Assay Rationale and Summary: Uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) is the leading cause of community-acquired urinary tract infections (UTIs). Over 100 million UTIs occur annually throughout the world, including more than 7 million cases in U.S. adolescents and adults. UTIs in younger children are associated with greater risk of morbidity and mortality than in older children and adults. Antimicrobial resistance among UPEC is on the rise, driving efforts to elucidate vulnerable targets in the molecular pathogenesis of infection. New insights into the roles of K capsules in UPEC virulence during UTI make capsules an attractive target.
During UTI, UPEC lives in intracellular and extracellular locales. UPEC adheres to the apical bladder epithelium and then invades this layer of cells. Within the bladder epithelium, UPEC typically replicates in a biofilm-like state called intracellular bacterial communities (IBC). After maturation of IBCs, UPEC disperses away from the IBC and exits the infected cells. Extracellular UPEC must then re-adhere, initiating the invasion and intracellular replication phases again. Past studies have revealed bacteria encased in the IBC within a complex matrix of fibrous protein assemblies and polysaccharides. Prior studies have also shown that disruption of the IBC pathway aborts experimental UTI, highlighting the importance of this intracellular lifecycle. A detailed study of urine samples from women with acute UTI demonstrated IBC in shed bladder epithelial cell, showing that the pathway is conserved in humans. Investigations have shown that K capsule contributes to multiple aspects of pathogenesis, including IBC formation.
Of the different K types, the Group 2 and Group 3 capsules are most prevalent among UPEC isolates, with K1 and K5 being leading types. Although the capsules have different compositions, they are synthesized, assembled, and exported by functionally homologous factors, leading us to hypothesize that we can develop small molecular inhibitors of K-type encapsulation that target the most medically important K types. This secondary assay will identify the phenotypic specificity of hits from which we may determine the optimal targets for capsule biogenesis inhibition and develop analogues with pharmacologically optimized properties.
Secondary Assay Protocol: This assay was performed only on the probe candidate, and determined if compounds considered active in the T7 and orcinol secondary assays were able to also inhibit K5 capsule biogenesis. This assay was performed in a method identical to the T7 assay test, but a different bacterial test strain and bacteriophage are used. In this validation test, we used E. coli strain DS17, a pyelonephritis clinical isolate expressing a K5 capsule. DS17 is highly susceptible to K5 phage-mediated lysis. Thus, compounds that were active in the K1F phage assay but did not inhibit phage in the T7 phage assay were analyzed using this assay. This secondary assay was conducted in the 96 well plate format. Bacterial cultures of E. coli strain DS17 were grown and prepared immediately prior to use. Overnight starting cultures of DS17 were grown at 37 degrees C and diluted 1:100 in LB. Compounds were added to plates in quadruplicate at 50 and 100 uM, followed by addition of 100 microliters of bacterial culture. 1% DMSO (final well concentration) was included. The plates were tape sealed and shaken vigorously for 1.5 hr. An initial OD600 reading was measured to identify compounds that cause growth retardation or bacterial killing in the absence of phage. Next, K5 bacteriophage (5 microliters) was added to all of the test wells. The plates were resealed and shaken vigorously at 37 degrees C, and measurements of OD600 for phage-mediated lysis were taken after 3 hr. True inhibitors of capsule yielded bacteria that were not susceptible to K5 bacteriophage and did not show lysis within 2 hr of the addition of phage. The positive control drug C7 (100 micromolar final well concentration) was used in this screen.
Endpoint Read: The plates were read at ambient temperature from the bottom for absorbance at A600 in a BioTek Quantplate reader and the degree of inhibition of phage-mediated lysis was determined based on the absorbance.
Outcome: Inhibition of capsule formation was calculated relative to the mean of the bacterial (no drug) control. Inhibition at 50 and 100 micromolar were tested. Compounds that showed <50% capsule formation were considered Active.
Score: In this secondary assau using purified compounds, active compounds were scored on a scale of 81-100 based on thier ability to inhibit capsule formation. Compounds that were not confirmed as active were given the score 0.
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From BioAssay Depositor:
BAO: assay design: viability reporter: cell number
BAO: assay format: cell-based format
BAO: bioassay specification: assay biosafety level: BSL2
BAO: bioassay specification: assay measurement type: endpoint assay
BAO: bioassay specification: assay stage: secondary: selectivity
BAO: detection technology: spectrophotometry: absorbance
BAO: format detail: reagent: inducer: none
BAO: meta target detail: binding reporter specification: interaction: protein-drug
BAO: meta target: biological process target: biofilm formation
BAO: meta target: molecular target: protein target:enzyme
BAO: version: 1.4b1090
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