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Baicalin promotes the bacteriostatic activity of lysozyme on S. aureus in mammary glands and neutrophilic granulocytes in mice

Xuejiao Gao, Mengyao Guo, Zecai Zhang, Peng Shen, Zhengtao Yang and Naisheng Zhang _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:19894-19901. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.15193

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Xuejiao Gao1,*, Mengyao Guo2,*, Zecai Zhang1, Peng Shen1, Zhengtao Yang1, Naisheng Zhang1

1Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin Province 130062, People’s Republic of China

2Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, People’s Republic of China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Naisheng Zhang, email: [email protected]

Keywords: lysozyme, baicalin, S. aureus, bacteriostasis, mastitis

Received: July 20, 2016     Accepted: November 22, 2016     Published: February 08, 2017


Staphylococcus aureus causes mastitis as a result of community-acquired or nosocomial infections. Lysozyme (LYSO) is an enzyme that is upregulated in many organisms during the innate immune response against infection by bacterial pathogens. Baicalin is a bioactive flavonoid that can bind to enzymes, often to potentiate their effect. Here we tested the effects of baicalin on the activity of LYSO using the S. aureus mastitis mouse model and neutrophilic granulocyte model of S. aureus infection. In our experiments, S. aureus counts decreased with increasing baicalin concentration. Furthermore, qPCR and western blot analyses showed that LYSO expression was unaffected by baicalin, while fluorescence quenching and UV fluorescence spectral analyses showed that baicalin binds to LYSO. To test whether this binding increased LYSO activity, we assessed LYSO-induced bacteriostasis in the presence of baicalin. Our results showed that LYSO-induced S. aureus bacteriostasis increased with increasing concentrations of baicalin, and that baicalin binding to LYSO synergistically increased the antibacterial activity of LYSO. These results demonstrate that baicalin enhances LYSO-induced bacteriostasis during the innate immune response to S. aureus. They suggest baicalin is a potentially useful therapeutic agent for the treatment of bacterial infections.

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