Influence of core oligosaccharide of lipopolysaccharide to outer membrane behavior of Escherichia coli

Zhou Wang, Jianli Wang, Ge Ren, Ye Li, Xiaoyuan Wang

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Lipopolysaccharides, major molecules in the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria, play important roles on membrane integrity of the cell. However, how the core oligosaccharide of lipopolysaccharide affect the membrane behavior is not well understood. In this study, the relationship between the core oligosaccharide of lipopolysaccharide and the membrane behavior was investigated using a series of Escherichia coli mutants defective in genes to affect the biosynthesis of core oligosaccharide of lipopolysaccharide. Cell surface hydrophobicity, outer membrane permeability, biofilm formation and auto-aggregation of these mutant cells were compared. Compared to the wild type W3110, cell surface hydrophobicities of mutant ΔwaaC, ΔwaaF, ΔwaaG, ΔwaaO, ΔwaaP, ΔwaaY and ΔwaaB were enhanced, outer membrane permeabilities of ΔwaaC, ΔwaaF, ΔwaaG and ΔwaaP were significantly increased, abilities of biofilm formation by ΔwaaC, ΔwaaF, ΔwaaG, ΔwaaO, ΔwaaR, ΔwaaP, ΔwaaQ and ΔwaaY decreased, and auto-aggregation abilities of ΔwaaC, ΔwaaF, ΔwaaG, ΔwaaO, ΔwaaR, ΔwaaU, ΔwaaP and ΔwaaY were strongly enhanced. These results give new insight into the influence of core oligosaccharide of lipopolysaccharide on bacterial cell membrane behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3325-3339
Number of pages15
JournalMarine Drugs
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Auto-aggregation
  • Biofilm formation
  • Cell surface hydrophobicity
  • Core oligosaccharide
  • Escherichia coli
  • Lipopolysaccharide
  • Outer membrane permeability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Drug Discovery

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