African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5211

Full Length Research Paper

Extraction and detection of quorum sensing N- acyl homoserine lactones from shrimp pathogen Vibrio harveyi and antagonistic effect of terrestrial plants against its growth

Sudalayandi Kannappan1*, Krishnamoorthy Sivakumar1, Prasannakumar Patil1 and Richard Kennedy R.N.2
1Genetics and Biotechnology Unit, Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA - ICAR), 75, Santhome High Road, Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai - 600 028, Tamilnadu, India. 2Floriculture  Research Station (Tamil Nadu Agricultural University), Thovalai - 623 302, Kannyakumari District, Tamilnadu, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 12 June 2013
  •  Published: 25 June 2013


Vibrio harveyi strains were isolated from the water samples of low salinity.  Isolates were confirmed by both the presence of vhh gene using polymerase chain reaction and bio-chemical tests.  V. harveyi was grown in LB medium and its spent culture was treated with ethyl acetate. The organic layer was pooled and dried by Roto - Vapour with vacuum at 30ËšC. The dried residues were dissolved with 50 % acetonitrile and water. The presence of N-acyl homoserine lactones (AHL) compounds from the residues of crude extract and the standard “3 - Oxo hexanoyl homoserine lactone” were analyzed separately using Liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry (LC-MS). Different peaks were detected and peaks corresponding to 214.4 m/z were identified as N- (3-oxohexanoyl)-L-homoserine lactones in the sample. Different unknown peaks were also identified.  Aqueous extracts of 47 terrestrial plants were evaluated against luminescence disease causing V. harveyi, through “Agar well diffusion assay”. Ten plant extracts showed zone of inhibition (5 to 7 mm) on V. harveyi. Extracts from Phyllanthus niruri and Cynodon dactylon showed the highest zone of inhibition (8.3 mm) against V. harveyi followed byCalotropis gigantean and Costus speciosus (7.3 mm). Plant extracts were reported for the presence of alkanes, alkenes, aromatics, primary and secondary amines etc, byFourier transform infra red spectroscopy (FT-IR). The antagonistic activity may be due to by the presence of these functional compounds in the extracts. Therefore, terrestrial plants could be used to control aquatic bacterial pathogens, which can also be extended to control human bacterial pathogens.


Key words: V. harveyi, extraction of N-acyl homoserine lactones (AHL), analysis by Liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry (LC-MS), terrestrial plants, antagonism,Fourier transform infra red spectroscopy.


AHL, N-acyl homoserine lactones; TCBS, thiosulphate citrate bile salts sucrose agar; VHSA, Vibrio harveyi selective agar; LCMS, liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry; PSU,  practical salinity Unit;  FTIR,  fourier transform infra red spectroscopy; TIC, total ion current;  RT,  retention time; SWC, seawater complex agar.