Metabolomic analysis of the mechanism of action of yerba mate aqueous extract on Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium


Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium is a Gram-negative enteropathogen that infects millions of people worldwide each year; the emergence of drug-resistant strains has heightened the need for novel treatments. Aqueous extracts of yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis) effectively inhibit drug-resistant S. Typhimurium in vitro. Some chemical constituents that contribute to the extract’s antibacterial activity have been identified, but the mechanism of action of the extract is still unknown. This study sought to gain insight into the antibacterial mechanism of yerba mate extract against S. Typhimurium. Assays for catalase activity and membrane permeability were used to select time points for an LC-MS metabolomics analysis of S. Typhimurium intracellular components. Yerba mate extract induced changes in central carbon metabolism in S. Typhimurium, reduced catalase activity by means other than direct inhibition, and did not change membrane integrity despite a significant increase in the production of a cell wall precursor. Additional significant differences were observed in the global metabolic regulators alpha-ketoglutarate and acetylphosphate, the energy-related molecule NAD+, and in an unexpected match to the antibacterial compound yohimbine. This work provides the first evaluation of the mechanism of action of yerba mate extract on S. Typhimurium, revealing a major impact on central carbon metabolism, catalase activity, and possible metabolic links to interference in energy production and membrane integrity. The putative identification of the antibacterial compound yohimbine and the many unidentified compounds provides additional avenues for future investigations of yerba mate compounds capable of traversing or binding to S. Typhimurium’s membrane.

DOI: 10.1007/s11306-016-1159-6

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@article{Rempe2016MetabolomicAO, title={Metabolomic analysis of the mechanism of action of yerba mate aqueous extract on Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium}, author={Caroline Rempe and Scott C. Lenaghan and Kellie P. Burris and C. Neal Stewart}, journal={Metabolomics}, year={2016}, volume={13}, pages={1-13} }