Open Access
BIO Web Conf.
Volume 28, 2020
The 3rd International Conference on Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, and Biomedical Engineering (BioMIC 2020)
Article Number 04001
Number of page(s) 5
Section Drug Development and Nutraceutical
Published online 17 December 2020

© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2020

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1 Introduction

Biofilms related to human infections are one of the problems in handling infections. Microbial diversity in polymicrobial biofilms results in chronic infections that are difficult to treat compared to monomicrobial biofilms. Biofilm-related infections are an increasing health problem worldwide, especially patients suffering from immune system disorders such as cancer, organ transplants, and malnutrition. There are not many antibiotics available that can effectively fight biofilm infections, which causes very high drug resistance.

Bacterial and fungal infections caused by biofilms are complicated to treat, to kill both bacteria and fungi in the form of biofilms requires 1 000 times the dose of antimicrobials needed to achieve the same results as planktonic cells [1, 2]. There is an increase in infections related to polymicrobial biofilms, including oral diseases, otitis media, sinusitis, diabetic wound infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and cystic fibrosis. Conditions related to polymicrobial biofilms are called complex and complicated because of the presence of several infectious agents. Infections due to polymicrobial biofilms provide additional challenges for treatment than monomicrobial biofilms [3]. Biofilmsare acquiring clinically relevant importance and represent a problem that is still not sufficiently investigated, even less known concerning the behavior of communities of such mixed microorganisms [4].

Curcumin is a polyphenol compound that is a member of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae). Curcumin has been reported to have a broad spectrum, and It has biological activities such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer, antidiabetic, anti-allergic, antibacterial, and antiviral antiprotozoal, antifungal and polymicrobial antibiofilm on the catheter [5, 6]. Curcumin has a high potential to be developed into antibiotics against S. aureus and other bacteria strains [7]. curcumin is beneficial in providing inhibitory activity against mono - species biofilms of C. albicans by inhibiting protein synthesis so that it can result in inhibition of microbial growth [8].

Until now, no one has reported the inhibitory activity and eradication of curcumin against polymicrobial biofilms. With this research, we highlight the importance of studying complex biofilms that reflect microbial colonies found in nature compared to single-species biofilms representing only one case study in a laboratory. Specifically, we focus on the formation of polymicrobial biofilms S. aureus, P. aeruginosa, E. coli, and C. albicans.

2 Material and methods

2.1 Material

Materials used were Curcumin compound from the isolation of (Curcuma longa Linn.). Other elements include the following: crystal violet (Merck, Germany), ethyl acetate (Merck, Germany), Brain heart infusion (Oxoid) (Merck, Germany), RPMI 1640 (Sigma-Aldrich), catheter, ethanol 95 % (Merck, Germany), nystatin, chloramphenicol (Sigma-Aldrich, Germany).

2.2 Equipment

Laminar Air Flow, incubator (IF-2B) (Sakura, Japan), micropipette pipetman (Gilson, France), multichannel micropipette (Socorex, Swiss), microplate flat-bottom polystyrene 24 well (Iwaki, Japan), microtiter plate reader (Optic Ivymen System 2100-C, Spain), spectrophotometry (Genesys 10 UV Scanning, 335903) (Thermo Scientific Spectronic, USA), autoclave (Sakura, Japan), incubator with orbital shaker S1500 (Stuart, UK), analytical scales (AB204 -5, Switzerland).

2.3 Microbial preparation

Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, are all grown within 24 h at 37 °C in BHI media (Brain Heart Infusion). The fungus Candida albicans was produced for 72 h at 37 °C temperatures in Sabouraud Dextrose Broth (SDB). 600 optical density from culture microbes is adjusted to 0.1 equivalent to McFarland standard 0.5 – 1.5 × 108 CFU mL–1), it is diluted in new growth media to OD600 0.01 for bacteria and OD520 0.38 for C. albicans.

2.4 Polymicrobial biofilm formation inhibitionassay in Vitro

Minimum Biofilm Inhibition Concentration (MBIC) for the polymicrobial biofilm C. albicans ATCC 10231, P. aeruginosaATCC 27853, S. aureus ATCC 25923, E. coli ATCC 25922 was determined using the broth microdilution method. Polymicrobial suspensions were made from overnight cultures grown in BHI medium. The cells were harvested and washed twice with PBS, and the turbidity of the suspension was adjusted to 0.5 McFarland standard (1 × 108 CFU mL–1) in BHI [9]. The test solution’s concentration was arranged in a polystyrene microtiter plate flat base 96 wells containing 200 μL BHI medium. The final concentration of the test composition from 0.125 % to 1 % b/v). Nystatin and Chloramphenicol (at final concentrations ranging from 0.125 % to 1 % b/v) were used as positive control. The plates were then incubated at 37 °C for 24 h and 48 h. Supernatants from each well were poured, and planktonic cells were removed by washing with sterile PBS. The biofilm formation was stained using crystal violet and was read using a microtiter plate reader (Multisect Spectrum, Thermo Electron, Vantaa, Finland) at 595 nm [10].

2.5 Polymicrobial biofilm eradication assay inVitro

The The effect of curcumin was also examined on previously formed polymicrobial biofilms of C. albicans polymicrobial biofilm ATCC 10231, P. aeruginosa ATCC 27853, S. aureus ATCC 25923, and E. coli ATCC 25922 Biofilms were inoculated in polystyrene microtiter plate like the one described above. After incubation at 37 °C for 48 h, the culture supernatant from each well was poured, and planktonic cells were removed by washing with PBS. Biofilm cells are exposed to various concentrations of test compounds (final concentration ranged from 0.125 % b/v – 1 % v/b) and then incubated at 37 °C for 48 h. Nystatin and chloramphenicol at the final concentration start from 0.125 % b / v – 1 % b / v was used as positive control. After incubation, the plate was poured and washed three times, with 200 mL PBS to eliminate obedience cells. Biofilm reduction was quantified by the reduction of crystal violet test and was read using a microtiter plate reader (Multisect Spectrum, Thermo Electron, Vantaa, Finland) at 595 nm [11, 12].

2.6 Biofilm structure documentation using SEM

Cells were grown directly on the slipcover or catheter and incubated at 37 °C for 24 h for the middle phase. Test compounds are known to give MBIC50 / MBEC50 activity at 0.25 % b / v. After the mid-phase biofilm is formed, the coverslip is carefully washed with 1 % PBS twice, followed by washing 2 % paraformaldehyde, 2 % glutaraldehyde, sodium cacodylate 0.15 M and the sample is prepared to be observed under SEM. Sputter specimens are coated with layers gold, and samples were kept under JEOL Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)JSM-6400. The image is processed using Photoshop software [3].

2.7 Statistical methods

All experiments were performed in triplicate, and the results were expressed as the mean, standard deviation. Statistical analyses of the differences between the means of experimental groups were performed by one-way ANOVA followed by posthoc Bonferroni test. P values < 0.05 were considered as significant.

3 Results and discussion

3.1 Effect of curcumin against polymicrobial biofilm mid-phase (24h) and mature phase (48h)

Polymicrobial biofilms are a mixture of several species of bacteria and fungi. In this study, we examine the potential of curcumin antibiofilm for inhibition of polymicrobial biofilms: S. aureus, P. aeruginosa, E. coli, dan C. albicans. These results indicate that curcumin can inhibit 50 % of polymicrobial biofilm formation in the middle and maturation (Figure 1). These results prove that curcumin compounds can inhibit the attachment of microbes to the surface so that biofilms’ structure is disrupted.

In the mid-phase 1 % curcumin compound was able to provide the activity of 78.50 ± 0.01 and was better than the activity provided by the control drug nystatin 1 % at 55.70 % b / v ± 0.01 and the control drug chloramphenicol 1 % 69.82 % b / v ± 0.01 (Figure 1). The MBIC50 value in the middle phase is at a level of 0.25 % b / v.

In the maturation phase, there is a decrease in activity compared to the middle phase. This is because the growth time of biofilms at this phase is longer. The biofilm defense system is highly structured and forms cell communication between bacteria that form 3-dimensional biofilms so that bacteria synergistically form more dense and complex defenses. Curcumin compounds in the maturation phase were only able to provide activity of 74.94 % ± 0.031 and better than the activity given by the control drug nystatin 1 % of 50.98 % b/v ± 0.03, and not too much different from the activity given. by control drug chloramphenicol 1 % 74.72 % b/v ± 0.01 (Figure 1). MBIC50 value in the maturation phase is at the level of 0.25 % b / v.

Biofilms produce thick and complex structures in the maturation phase compared to the middle phase, which can be seen from the mucus layer provided in the more mature and dense maturation phase attached to the wells. Therefore, biofilm in the maturation phase causes difficulty in penetrating the microbial antibiotics wrapped in biofilms because of the EPS matrix. These results are consistent with [13] biofilms in the ripening phase and are more difficult to penetrate than biofilms in the middle phase. The above account is also by the research of [2], which states that antimicrobial agents will have more difficulty penetrating biofilms’ defenses in the maturation phase. Inter-species interactions cause colonization and infection dynamics and several other responses [14, 15]. These results also provide the latest information about the natural compound curcumin has antibiofilm activity which has better polymicrobial antibiofilm activity than the control drugs nystatin and chloramphenicol

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Inhibition percentage of Curcumin on polymicrobial biofilm. (redbar: middle-phase, blue bar: maturation-phase, *) significance correlation (P value <0.05)

3.2 Curcumin eradication activity against polymicrobial biofilms

The research results provide evidence that the curcumin compound is capable of eradicating S. aureus, P. aeruginosa, E.coli, and C. albicans polymicrobial biofilms. The curcumin compound eradicated polymicrobial biofilm activity at 55.79 ± 0.01 while the control drug chloramphenicol was 72.63 ± 0.01 and nystatin 56.66 ± 0.01 (Figure 2).

These results indicate that curcumin compounds’ activity in eradicating polymicrobial biofilms has decreased compared to the inhibitory activity given in the middle and maturation phases. This is because polymicrobial biofilms have a more extended growth period than in the intermediate and maturation phases, so the resulting EPS matrix is more complicated. These results are consistent with the research conducted by [14], which said that the EPS matrix in biofilms could help microbial cells last longer than if they are in planktonic conditions so that it can help the formation of microcortium of various microbial species to complete the degradation process. This stage of biofilm is in step 4 so that the continuity of biofilms is more organized and structured. Biofilms’ ability to form such three dimensions makes their environment more difficult to penetrate by antimicrobial components because biofilms can form defenses that are strong enough and well organized to meet their individual needs.

This is by the statement of [16], which states that the formation of biofilms from microbial species both bacteria (Gram-positive and Gram-negative) as well as fungi mainly from the genus Candida albicans responsible for the emergence of disease in humans. Some literature explains that bacteria can synergistically form biofilms with other bacterial species and that the biofilm’s physical and physiological structure becomes thicker and more durable [17, 18].

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Eradication activity of Curcumin against polymicrobial biofilms. *) significance correlation (P value <0.05)

3.3 The result of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) Polymicrobial Biofilm

The SEM results show that the untreated polymicrobial biofilm shows the density of cells that are dense, structured, and formed EPS produced by polymicrobial biofilms (Figure 3a). In some literature, it is mentioned that bacteria synergistically form biofilms with other bacterial species, and the physical and physiological structure of biofilm is thick and robust [12, 17]. The biofilm formation process also involves several bacteria, including the QS system and the two-component regulation system, both of which interact with each other, especially during EPS production [19, 20].

The results of SEM polymicrobial biofilms that have been given curcumin compound 0.25 % b/v indicate shrinkage, EPS matrix damage, and cells becoming lysis (Figure 3b). This is due to an increase in cell membrane permeability and to degrade mature biofilms by killing biofilms embedded in biofilms. These results are consistent with the statement made by [21] an increase in cell membrane permeability will facilitate the entry of components such as antibacterial into cells that will cause cell damage. According to [22], curcumin compounds can reduce yeast cells’ sticking. Curcumin can damage the polymicrobial EPS biofilm matrix on the catheter and reduce the density of polymicrobial biofilm cells [23]. Curcumin can reduce biofilm biomassC. albicans Curcumin can reduce the biomass of C. albicans biofilms [24].

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biofilm S. is taken using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) (a) before giving Curcumin, (b) after administration of Curcumin compounds.

4 Conclusion

Curcumin compounds can inhibit the growth of polymicrobial biofilms and have been shown to have eradication activity against polymicrobial biofilms. Therefore, the curcumin compound was developed as a candidate for a new antibiofilm agent against polymicrobial biofilms.

Authors want to extend their gratitude to the microbiology Laboratory in the Faculty of Pharmacy Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The authors declare no competing interests.


All Figures

thumbnail Fig. 1

Inhibition percentage of Curcumin on polymicrobial biofilm. (redbar: middle-phase, blue bar: maturation-phase, *) significance correlation (P value <0.05)

In the text
thumbnail Fig. 2

Eradication activity of Curcumin against polymicrobial biofilms. *) significance correlation (P value <0.05)

In the text
thumbnail Fig. 3

biofilm S. is taken using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) (a) before giving Curcumin, (b) after administration of Curcumin compounds.

In the text

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