Elastase LasB of Pseudomonas aeruginosa promotes biofilm formation partly through rhamnolipid-mediated regulation. Academic Article uri icon


  • Elastase LasB, an important extracellular virulence factor, is shown to play an important role in the pathogenicity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa during host infection. However, the role of LasB in the life cycle of P. aeruginosa is not completely understood. This report focuses on the impact of LasB on biofilm formation of P. aeruginosa PAO1. Here, we reported that the lasB deletion mutant (lasB) displayed significantly decreased bacterial attachment, microcolony formation, and extracellular matrix linkage in biofilm associated with decreased biosynthesis of rhamnolipids compared with PAO1 and lasB complementary strain (lasB(+)). Nevertheless, the lasB developed restored biofilm formation with supplementation of exogenous rhamnolipids. Further gene expression analysis revealed that the mutant of lasB could result in the downregulation of rhamnolipid synthesis at the transcriptional level. Taken together, these results indicated that LasB could promote biofilm formation partly through the rhamnolipid-mediated regulation.

published proceedings

  • Can J Microbiol

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Yu, H., He, X., Xie, W., Xiong, J., Sheng, H., Guo, S., ... Zhang, K.

citation count

  • 42

complete list of authors

  • Yu, Hua||He, Xiaomei||Xie, Wei||Xiong, Junzhi||Sheng, Halei||Guo, Shaodong||Huang, Chunji||Zhang, Di||Zhang, Kebin

publication date

  • April 2014