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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 924276, 6 pages
Research Article

Overexpression of luxS Cannot Increase Autoinducer-2 Production, Only Affect the Growth and Biofilm Formation in Streptococcus suis

1College of Animal Science and Technology, Henan University of Science and Technology, Luoyang 471003, China
2Key Lab of Animal Bacteriology, Ministry of Agriculture, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China
3OIE Reference Laboratory for Swine Streptococcosis, Nanjing 210095, China
4Department of Life Science, Luoyang Normal University, Luoyang 471022, China
5Department of Animal Science and Technology, Jinling Institution of Technology, Nanjing 210038, China

Received 28 August 2013; Accepted 24 September 2013

Academic Editors: E. T. Johnson and D. Ustek

Copyright © 2013 Yang Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


LuxS/AI-2 quorum sensing (QS) system involves the production of cell signaling molecules via luxS-based autoinducer-2 (AI-2). LuxS has been reported to plays critical roles in regulating various behaviors of bacteria. AI-2 is a byproduct of the catabolism of S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH) performed by the LuxS and Pfs enzymes. In our previous study, the function of LuxS in AI-2 production was verified in Streptococcus suis (SS). Decreased levels of SS biofilm formation and host-cell adherence as well as an inability to produce AI-2 were observed in bacteria having a luxS mutant gene. In this study, the level of AI-2 activity exhibits a growth-phase dependence with a maximum in late exponential culture in SS. An SS strain that overexpressed luxS was constructed to comprehensively understand the function of AI-2. Overexpressed luxS was not able to increase the level of pfs expression and produce additional AI-2, and the bacteria were slower growing and produced only slightly more biofilm than the wild type. Thus, AI-2 production is not correlated with luxS transcription. luxS expression is constitutive, but the transcription of pfs is perhaps correlated with AI-2 production in SS.