Isolation and identification of natural product inhibitors of Plx2A, a toxin from Paenibacillus larvae

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Wood, Chantal
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University of Guelph

Mono-ADP-ribosyltransferase (mART) toxins are an important class of virulence factors generated by bacterial pathogens that promote many disease states in the target host. They catalyze the hydrolysis of the glycosidic bond joining nicotinamide with the N-ribose of NAD+ and transfer ADP-ribose to a target protein. Plx2A has recently been characterized as a mART toxin from the honey bee pathogen Paenibacillus larvae that plays a key role in American Foulbrood disease in honeybees. An HPLC-based NAD+-glycohydrolase assay was developed and used to reveal several plant extracts that demonstrated inhibition of Plx2A enzymatic activity. Additionally, a library of natural product-derived compounds chosen based on structure-guided modelling was tested against Plx2A, which identified one compound with inhibitory activity. The fractionation of the most promising extracts was achieved by solid-phase extraction with the analysis of these fractions by HPLC. Plant extracts provide novel lead inhibitors against these toxins to be used as potential therapeutics.

Plant extracts, mART toxins, Plx2A, HPLC, American Foulbrood