Molecular Biology Reports

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 471–477 | Cite as

Sodium houttuyfonate in vitro inhibits biofilm dispersion and expression of bdlA in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

  • Tianming Wang
  • Weifeng Huang
  • Qiangjun Duan
  • Jian Wang
  • Huijuan Cheng
  • Jing Shao
  • Fang LiEmail author
  • Daqiang WuEmail author
Original Article


Biofilm dispersion is the last step in the development of biofilms, and allows bacteria to spawn novel biofilms in new locales. In the previous studies, we found that sodium houttuyfonate (SH) is effective at inhibiting biofilm formation and motility of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Here, we investigated the effect of SH against the biofilm dispersion of P. aeruginosa by an in vitro model. The results show that the plant derivative, SH, could effectively inhibit both biofilm dispersion of P. aeruginosa, and gene and protein expression of the key biofilm regulator BdlA in a dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, our presented results suggest that SH can penetrate into the biofilm of P. aeruginosa to repress the biofilm life cycle. Therefore, these results indicate that the antimicrobial activity of SH may be partially due to its ability to disrupt biofilm dispersion in P. aeruginosa.


Sodium houttuyfonate Traditional medicine Biofilm dispersion Pseudomonas aeruginosa BdlA 



This work was supported by and key discipline of Anhui University of Chinese Medicine and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 81503115, 81603167, 81573725). The authors are grateful for Prof Huang in Anhui University of Chinese Medicine for suggestions on immunoblotting assay.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tianming Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Weifeng Huang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Qiangjun Duan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jian Wang
    • 4
  • Huijuan Cheng
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jing Shao
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fang Li
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Daqiang Wu
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Laboratory of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Chinese and Western Integrative MedicineAnhui University of Chinese MedicineHefeiChina
  2. 2.Institute of Chinese and Western Medicine ResearchAnhui Academy of Chinese MedicineHefeiChina
  3. 3.National Chinese Medicinal Material Product Quality Supervision and Inspection Center (Anhui)BozhouChina
  4. 4.Pathology DepartmentFirst Affiliated Hospital of Anhui University of Chinese MedicineHefeiChina

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