Highly Branched Poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) Functionalized with an Inducer Molecule Suppresses Quorum Sensing in Chromobacterium violaceum

Joanna Shepherd, Thomas Swift, Chien-Yi Chang, James Boyne, Stephen Rimmer, William Martin

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Bacterial quorum sensing has been implicated in a number of pathogenic bacterial processes, such as biofilm formation, making it a crucial target for developing materials with a novel antibiotic mode of action. This paper describes poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) that has been covalently linked, at multiple chain ends, to homoserine lactone to give a highly branched polymer functionalized with a key messenger molecule implicated in QS. This novel functional material has shown promising anti-QS activity in a Chromobacterium violaceum assay.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9765-9768
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number66
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2019


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