Untargeted Metabolomics To Ascertain Antibiotic Modes of Action

February 21, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy April 2016 V.60 N.4 P.2281-2291

Isabel M. Vincent, David E. Ehmann, Scott D. Mills, Manos Perros, and Michael P. Barrett

Untargeted Metabolomics To Ascertain Antibiotic Modes of Action

Isabel M. Vincent, David E. Ehmann, Scott D. Mills, Manos Perros, and Michael P. Barrett

Deciphering the mode of action (MOA) of new antibiotics discovered through phenotypic screening is of increasing importance. Metabolomics offers a potentially rapid and cost-effective means of identifying modes of action of drugs whose effects are mediated through changes in metabolism.

Metabolomics techniques also collect data on off-target effects and drug modifications.

Here, we present data from an untargeted liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry approach to identify the modes of action of eight compounds: 1-[3-fluoro-4-(5-methyl-2,4-dioxo-pyrimidin-1-yl)phenyl]-3-[2-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]urea (AZ1), 2-(cyclobutylmethoxy)-5′-deoxyadenosine, triclosan, fosmidomycin, CHIR-090, carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone (CCCP), 5-chloro-2-(methylsulfonyl)-N-(1,3-thiazol-2-yl)-4-pyrimidinecarboxamide (AZ7), and ceftazidime.

Data analysts were blind to the compound identities but managed to identify the target as thymidylate kinase for AZ1, isoprenoid biosynthesis for fosmidomycin, acyl-transferase for CHIR-090, and DNA metabolism for 2-(cyclobutylmethoxy)-5′-deoxyadenosine.

Changes to cell wall metabolites were seen in ceftazidime treatments, although other changes, presumably relating to off-target effects, dominated spectral outputs in the untargeted approach.

Drugs which do not work through metabolic pathways, such as the proton carrier CCCP, have no discernible impact on the metabolome.

The untargeted metabolomics approach also revealed modifications to two compounds, namely, fosmidomycin and AZ7.

An untreated control was also analyzed, and changes to the metabolome were seen over 4 h, highlighting the necessity for careful controls in these types of studies.

Metabolomics is a useful tool in the analysis of drug modes of action and can complement other technologies already in use.




Entry filed under: Antimicrobianos, Metodos diagnosticos, Update.

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