TitleResistance to a novel antichlamydial compound is mediated through mutations in Chlamydia trachomatis secY.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsSandoz, KM, Eriksen, SG, Jeffrey, BM, Suchland, RJ, Putman, TE, Hruby, DE, Jordan, R, Rockey, DD
JournalAntimicrob Agents Chemother
Date Published2012 Aug
Keywords4-Chloro-7-nitrobenzofurazan, Amino Acid Sequence, Animals, Anti-Bacterial Agents, Bacterial Proteins, Cell Line, Ceramides, Chlamydia trachomatis, Drug Resistance, Bacterial, Mice, Microbial Sensitivity Tests, Mutation, Quinolines

A novel and quantitative high-throughput screening approach was explored as a tool for the identification of novel compounds that inhibit chlamydial growth in mammalian cells. The assay is based on accumulation of a fluorescent marker by intracellular chlamydiae. Its utility was demonstrated by screening 42,000 chemically defined compounds against Chlamydia caviae GPIC. This analysis led to the identification of 40 primary-hit compounds. Five of these compounds were nontoxic to host cells and had similar activities against both C. caviae GPIC and Chlamydia trachomatis. The inhibitory activity of one of the compounds, (3-methoxyphenyl)-(4,4,7-trimethyl-4,5-dihydro-1H-[1,2]dithiolo[3,4-C]quinolin-1-ylidene)amine (MDQA), was chlamydia specific and was selected for further study. Selection for resistance to MDQA led to the generation of three independent resistant clones of C. trachomatis. Amino acid changes in SecY, a protein involved in Sec-dependent secretion in Gram-negative bacteria, were associated with the resistance phenotype. The amino acids changed in each of the resistant mutants are located in the predicted central channel of a SecY crystal structure, based on the known structure of Thermus thermophilus SecY. These experiments model a process that can be used for the discovery of antichlamydial, anti-intracellular, or antibacterial compounds and has led to the identification of compounds that may have utility in both antibiotic discovery and furthering our understanding of chlamydial biology.

Alternate JournalAntimicrob Agents Chemother
PubMed ID22644029
PubMed Central IDPMC3421553
Grant ListR21 AI088540 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
RC1 AI086469 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
AI086469-01 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States
AI088540-02 / AI / NIAID NIH HHS / United States