Transcriptomic analysis of the response of <i>Pseudomonas fluorescens</i> to epigallocatechin gallate by RNA-seq
by Xiaoxiang Liu, Bimiao Shen, Peng Du, Nan Wang, Jiaxue Wang, Jianrong Li, Aihua SunEpigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is a main constituent of green tea polyphenols that are widely used as food preservatives and are considered to be safe for consumption. However, the underlying antimicrobial mechanism of EGCG and the bacterial response to EGCG are not clearly understood. In the present study, a genome-wide transcriptional analysis of a typical spoilage bacterium, Pseudomonas fluorescens that responded to EGCG was performed using RNA-seq technology. A total of 26,365,414 and 23,287,092 clean reads were generated from P. fluorescens treated with or without 1 mM EGCG and the clean reads were aligned to the reference genome. Differential expression analysis revealed 291 upregulated genes and 134 downregulated genes and the differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were verified using RT-qPCR. Most of the DGEs involved in iron uptake, antioxidation, DNA repair, efflux system, cell envelope and cell-surface component synthesis were significantly upregulated by EGCG treatment, while most genes associated with energy production were downregulated. These transcriptomic changes are likely to be adaptive responses of P. fluorescens to iron limitation and oxidative stress, as well as DNA and envelope damage caused by EGCG. The expression of specific genes encoding the extra-cytoplasmic function sigma factor (PvdS, RpoE and AlgU) and the two-component sensor histidine kinase (BaeS and RpfG) were markedly changed by EGCG treatment, which may play important roles in regulating the stress responses of P. fluorescens to EGCG. The present data provides important insights into the molecular action of EGCG and the possible cross-resistance mediated by EGCG on P. fluorescens, which may ultimately contribute to the optimal application of green tea polyphenols in food preservation.
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