Anti-Biofilm Effect of Biodegradable Coatings Based on Hemibastadin Derivative in Marine Environment

Int J Mol Sci. 2017 Jul 13;18(7):1520. doi: 10.3390/ijms18071520.


Dibromohemibastadin-1 (DBHB) is an already known potent inhibitor of blue mussel phenoloxidase (which is a key enzyme involved in bioadhesion). Within this study, the potentiality of DBHB against microfouling has been investigated. The activity of DBHB was evaluated on key strains of bacteria and microalgae involved in marine biofilm formation and bioassays assessing impact on growth, adhesion and biofilm formation were used. To assess the efficiency of DBHB when included in a matrix, DBHB varnish was prepared and the anti-microfouling activity of coatings was assessed. Both in vitro and in situ immersions were carried out. Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM) was principally used to determine the biovolume and average thickness of biofilms developed on the coatings. Results showed an evident efficiency of DBHB as compound and varnish to reduce the biofilm development. The mode of action seems to be based principally on a perturbation of biofilm formation rather than on a biocidal activity in the tested conditions.

Keywords: antifouling; biodegradable coating; hemibastadin; marine bacteria; microalgae; sponges.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / pharmacology
  • Bacteria / drug effects
  • Bacteria / growth & development
  • Bacterial Adhesion / drug effects
  • Biofilms / drug effects*
  • Biofouling
  • Cell Count
  • Coated Materials, Biocompatible / pharmacology*
  • Ecosystem*
  • Microalgae / drug effects
  • Paint
  • Plankton / cytology
  • Plankton / drug effects


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Coated Materials, Biocompatible