Antimicrobial Activity of Bacillus subtilis KATMIRA1933 and Bacillus amyloliquefaciens B-1895 Against Staphylococcus aureus Biofilms Isolated from Wound Infection


Staphylococcal wound infections range from mild to severe with life-threatening complications. The challenge of controlling such infections is related to bacterial biofilm formation, which is a major factor contributing to antibiotic resistance and infection recurrence. In this study, four clinical isolates of staphylococci species; two isolates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and two methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) isolates. The identification of bacterial species based on cell morphology, initial biochemical tests, and the VITEK2 system were used to confirm the clinical microbiological diagnosis. Antibiotic sensitivity testing showed that the isolated staphylococci were highly resistant to the following antibiotics, amoxicillin, penicillin G, cefotaxime, and methicillin. Combinations of cefotaxime with the cell-free supernatants (CFS) of Bacillus subtilis KATMIRA1933 and Bacillus amyloliquefaciens B-1895, each one separately showed complementary activity against the tested staphylococci. The co-aggregation capability of the tested bacilli as beneficial bacteria against isolated staphylococci was also evaluated. The data showed a strong co-aggregation with scores (+ 3, + 4) which were reported between the bacilli strains and the isolated staphylococci. Furthermore, the CFS of bacilli strains showed an inhibitory effect against biofilm-associated MRSA and MSSA. These findings confirmed the ability of beneficial bacteria to compete with the pathogens at the site of colonization or for the source of nutrients and, eventually, lead to inhibition of the pathogens’ capability of causing a wound infection. Such beneficial bacteria could play an important role in future pharmaceutical and industrial applications.

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The authors would like to acknowledge the deanery of the Science College, University of Diyala and the General Teaching Hospital in Baqubah, Iraq, for providing free access to their equipment and facilities required for this study and for providing us with clinical isolates of MRSA and MSSA, as a gift.


AME and MLC were supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation (Project Number 075-15-2019-1880).

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Algburi, A., Al-Hasani, H.M., Ismael, T.K. et al. Antimicrobial Activity of Bacillus subtilis KATMIRA1933 and Bacillus amyloliquefaciens B-1895 Against Staphylococcus aureus Biofilms Isolated from Wound Infection. Probiotics & Antimicro. Prot. (2020).

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  • Bacillus probiotics
  • Co-aggregation
  • Methicillin resistance
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Biofilm inhibition