Non-lethal growth inhibition by arresting the starch utilization system of clinically relevant human isolates of Bacteroides dorei
We describe the inhibition of the starch utilization system (Sus) belonging to various strains of Bacteroides dorei in a non-lethal manner using the small molecule probe, acarbose. Concentrations of acarbose as low as 5 μM significantly impede the growth of B. dorei and increase the doubling time of cultures. The successful inhibition of this species of Bacteroides is relevant to several disease states including type I diabetes mellitus. This method continues to explore a new, potential route to intervene in illnesses associated with aberrant changes in the composition of the human gut microbiota through the strategic manipulation of its constituents.