Large Diversity and Original Structures of Acyl-Homoserine Lactones in Strain MOLA 401, a Marine Rhodobacteraceae Bacterium
Twenty-four strains of marine Roseobacter clade bacteria were isolated from macroalgae and investigated for the production of quorum-sensing autoinducers, N-acylhomoserine lactones (AHLs). GC/MS analysis of the extracellular metabolites allowed us to evaluate the release of other small molecules as well. Nineteen strains produced AHLs, ranging from 3-OH-C10:0-HSL (homoserine lactone) to (2E,11Z)-C18:2-HSL, but no specific phylogenetic or ecological pattern of individual AHL occurrence was observed when cluster analysis was performed. Other identified compounds included indole, tropone, methyl esters of oligomers of 3-hydroxybutyric acid, and various amides, such as N-9-hexadecenoylalanine methyl ester (9-C16:1-NAME), a structural analogue of AHLs. Several compounds were tested for their antibacterial and antialgal activity on marine isolates likely to occur in the habitat of the macroalgae. Both AHLs and 9-C16:1-NAME showed high antialgal activity against Skeletonema costatum, whereas their antibacterial activity was low.