Abstract Title:

Curcuma longa L. constituents inhibit sortase A and Staphylococcus aureus cell adhesion to fibronectin.

Abstract Source:

J Agric Food Chem. 2005 Nov 16;53(23):9005-9. PMID: 16277395

Abstract Author(s):

Byeoung-Soo Park, Jae-Gyu Kim, Mi-Ran Kim, Sung-Eun Lee, Gary R Takeoka, Ki-Bong Oh, Jeong-Han Kim

Article Affiliation:

School of Agricultural Biotechnology, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-742, South Korea.


The inhibitory activity of Curcuma longa L. (turmeric) rhizome constituents against sortase A, a bacterial surface protein anchoring transpeptidase, from Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 6538p was evaluated. The activity of the isolated compounds (1-4) was compared to that of the positive control,p-hydroxymecuribenzoic acid (pHMB). The biologically active components of C. longa rhizome were characterized by spectroscopic analysis as the curcuminoids curcumin (1), demethoxycurcumin (2), and bisdemethoxycurcumin (3). Curcumin was a potent inhibitor of sortase A, with an IC50 value of 13.8 +/- 0.7 microg/mL. Bisdemethoxycurcumin (IC50 = 31.9 +/- 1.2 microg/mL) and demethoxycurcumin (IC50 = 23.8 +/- 0.6 microg/mL) were more effective than pHMB (IC50 = 40.6 +/- 1.2 microg/mL). The three isolated compounds (1-3) showed no growth inhibitory activity against S. aureus strain Newman, with minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) greater than 200 microg/mL. Curcumin also exhibited potent inhibitory activity against S. aureus cell adhesion to fibronectin. The suppression of fibronectin-binding activity by curcumin highlights its potential for the treatment of S. aureus infections via inhibition of sortase activity. These results indicate that curcumin is a possible candidate in the development of a bacterial sortase A inhibitor.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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