Production of Terpenoids, Terpene Alcohol, Fatty Acids and N2 Compounds by Bacillus amyloliquefaciens S5i4 Isolated from Archaeological Egyptian Soil

Seham Abdel-Shafi*, Fifi M Reda and Mohamed Ismail

Department of Botany and Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Zagazig University, Egypt

*Corresponding Author:
Seham Abdel-Shafi
Department of Botany and Microbiology
Faculty of Science, Zagazig University
[email protected]

Received: October 25, 2017; Accepted: November 01, 2017; Published: November 08, 2017

Citation: Abdel-Shafi S, Reda FM, Ismail M (2017) Production of Terpenoids, Terpene Alcohol, Fatty Acids and N2 Compounds by Bacillus amyloliquefaciens S5i4 Isolated from Archaeological Egyptian Soil. Adv Tech Clin Microbiol Vol.1 No.3:18

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The strain Bacillus amyloliquefaciens S5I4 (B. amyloliquefaciens) isolated from Idfou Temple, Egypt, was identified by 16S rRNA and has accession number AB813716. B. amyloliquefaciens S5I4 strain was tested for its antifungal and antibacterial activity against pathogenic fungi and bacteria. The antifungal activity of S5I4 strain examined by using Aspergillus flavus MD341 (A. flavus) producing aflatoxin B1 as an indicator. The antibacterial activity of S5I4 strain was examined by using Staphylococcus aureus KF 771028 (S. aureus) causing food poisoning as an indicator. This S5I4 strain used to produce the antimicrobial compounds then the extraction, purification and identification of the antimicrobial agents were carried by Gas liquid chromatographic mass spectrometry (GLC-MS). The extract was subjected to GLC-MS to afford 26 peaks corresponding to 26 compounds in ethyl acetate and 20 peaks corresponding to 20 compounds in methylene chloride extract. Most of these compounds are terpenoids (41.30%) terpene alcohols (15.22%), nitrogenous compounds (19.57%) and fatty acids (21.74%) with one miscellaneous group (2.17%) respectively. These compounds produced by S5I4 strain could be mechanism of biocontrol against some fungal diseases.


Antifungal compounds; B. amyloliquefaciens; GLC-MS; Terpenoids; Terpene alcohols; Fatty acids


The pathogenic fungi and bacteria attack human, animals and plants. Since penicillin was discovered, the isolation and identification of new antimicrobial compounds produced by microorganisms hadn't been stopped. The fungal diseases affecting crops are a major threat to food production and food storage. Fungal growth on foods causes undesirable changes making them harmful for consumption and may cause mycosis [1]. Aspergillus flavus is producing aflatoxins which are potent agents causing liver cancer [2]. Chemical preservatives have been used carefully for the control of fungi because of their often toxicities to men and farm animals. These days, consumers prefer foods containing natural and safe preservatives [3]. Thus, biologically control of pathogenic fungi through the use of natural antagonistic microorganisms is alternative to chemical preservatives or chemical pesticides [4].

In this respect, bacilli particularly Bacillus amyloliquefaciens and Bacillus subtilis and their metabolites have great antimicrobial compounds and thus effectively compete with other microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria. B. amyloliquefaciens was reported effective for the biocontrol of multiple plant diseases and post harvested pathogen [5]. Members of Bacillus are called biopesticides. Bacillus-based product represents about half of commercially available bacterial biocontrol agents [6]. Bacilli can antagonize pathogens by producing fungal toxic compounds, competing for nutrients and stimulating the defense capacities of the host plant [7].

Bacillus amyloliquefaciens is important producer of antimicrobial molecules and secondary metabolites for biocontrol of pathogens [8,9]. B. amyloliquefaciens HNA3 strongly inhibited Aspergillus niger ATCC9642 [10]. Bioactive secondary metabolites are believed to play a key role in microbial interactions by mediating antagonistic activity and intercellular communication [11]. Reda et al. [12] reported that B. amyloliquefaciens S5I4 produced antibacterial compound and was identified as butanedioic acid, octadecyl1( 1carboxy1methylethyl) 4octyl ester. The commercially available strain of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens FZB24 is applied as bio-fertilizer, as it stimulates plant growth and suppress plant pathogenic organisms Secondary metabolites such as iturin and surfactin produced by Bacillus amyloliquefaciens BNM122 increase the antifungal activity [13].

In the present work B. amyloliquefaciens S5I4 inhibits Aspergillus flavus MD 341 and S. aureus KF 771028. Ethyl acetate extract of CFS of B. amyloliquefaciens S5I4 was subjected to GLC M.S to afford 26 peaks corresponding to 26 compounds and 20 compounds using ethyl acetate extract and methylene chloride solvents respectively. Most of these compounds are terpenoids, terpene alcohols, nitrogenous compounds and fatty acids. These compounds produced by S5I4 strain could be mechanism of biocontrol against some fungal diseases and Stapylococcal toxins.

Materials and Methods

Soil samples collection

Soil samples were collected from different archaeological regions of Egypt. These samples were obtained by removing and rejecting the first two inches and about 250 to 500 g for each site at a depth of 5-10 cm was taken into a clean sterilized plastic bag and transferred to the laboratory. Different samples were taken at randomly from each locality and were brought together into one composite soil sample.

Isolation and purification of bacterial isolates

Bacterial colonies are usually isolated and counted by using standard dilution plate procedure [14]. After incubation period for 24 h at 37°C, pure single colony transferred onto nutrient agar slants for more investigations [15].

Screening of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens S5I4 for its antifungal and antibacterial activities

Bacillus amyloliquefaciens S5I4 was screened for the antifungal using Aspergillus flavus MD 341 was obtained from the central Lab. Of Residues in Agric. Products, Agric, Pesticides Res. Centre, Dokki, Egypt producing aflatoxin B1 and antibacterial using S. aureus KF 771028. The B. amyloliquefaciens S5I4 was grown on nutrient agar medium for 24 h at 37°C. Agar discs 7 mm in diameter were cut off by a cork borer and transferred to the surface of agar plates which freshly seeded with the S. aureus KF 771028. The tested fungal organisms were cultivated on Czapex' Dox agar media. The widths of inhibition zones produced by the producer organisms were measured 24 h and 5-7 days for bacteria and fungi, respectively.

Molecular identification of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens S5I4

Identification of the most antagonistic activity isolate code S5I4 was confirmed by investigation of 16S rRNA gene sequence which submitted to Gene Bank with accession number AB813716. The identification of the selected isolate was carried out by the authorities of the Unit of Molecular Biology Sigma Laboratory, EL Mohandesein; Egypt.

Gas liquid chromatography analysis

Thin layer chromatography was performed in Silica Gel 60 F254 were precoated TLC aluminium sheets for Thin Layer Chromatography.

Size: 5 × 20 cm, Layer Thickness: 0.2 mm, Sheets Package: 100.

A Division of EM Industries, Inc. Associate of Merck KGa A, Dramastadt. Made in Germany.

Method of gas liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (GLC/MS): Data of experiment were determined in Al-Azhar University, Faculty of Science; The Regional Center for Mycology and Biotechnology.

Two different samples with different solvents ethyl acetate and methylene chloride have been submitted for Chromatographic analysis in Gas Chromatography Unit.

Instrumentation and chromatographic conditions:


Software: CLASS 5000

Searched library: Wily Mass Spectral Data Base

Column: DB1, 30 m; 0.53 mm ID; 1.5 um film (J&W scientific)

Carrier gas: Helium

Ionization mode: Electric Ionization (EI)

Ionization voltage: 70 ev

Temperature program: 40°C (1 min) - 160°C (1 min) at 5°C/min- 270°C (2 min) at 7.5°C/min

Detector temperature: 300°C

Injector temperature: 230°C


Strain identification

The identification of B. amyloliquefaciens S5I4 was molecularly confirmed by investigation of 16S rRNA analysis. Sequence data were submitted to GenBank at NCBI web site (http://www.ncbi. with accession number AB813716. BLAST program ( for phylogenetic analysis was used to assess the similarities of obtained 16S rDNA gene sequence (Figure 1).


Figure 1: Sequence of 16S rRNA gene of DNA the most potent antibacterial of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens S5I4.

The strain S5I4 revealed definitely antifungal properties against A. flavus MD 341 producing aflatoxin B1 aflatoxin B1as besides strong antibacterial activities against S. aureus KF 771028 producing food toxins as an indicator (Figures 2A and 2B).


Figure 2: A) The antifungal activity of S5I4 strain examined by using Aspergillus flavus MD341 producing aflatoxin B1as an indicator. B) The antibacterial activity of S5I4 strain was examined by using Staphylococcus aureus KF 771028 causing food poisoning as an indicator.

Gas liquid chromatographic mass spectrometry (GC-MS)

In the current study, it was found that after culturing 4 liters of liquid nutrient broth media, the yield that obtained from Bacillus amyloliquefaciens S5I4 strain by using two different polarity solvents methylene chloride and ethyl acetate was very small yield (7 mg) so, we used GLC- MS in identification of the extracted compounds.


Figure 3:Gas chromatography (G.C) of ethyl acetate extract afforded 26 compounds.


Figure 4:Gas chromatography (GC) of methylene chloride solvent afforded 20 compounds.

The results in Table 1 and Figures 3 and 4 revealed that ethyl acetate extract was subjected to GC-M.S to afford 26 peaks corresponding to 26 compounds and 20 peaks corresponding to 20 compounds in methylene chloride extract (46 compounds from both extracts). The results in Table 2 and Figures 5-8 represented the classification and identification of these compounds into five groups; nineteen terpenoids, seven terpene alcohols, nine nitrogenous compounds, ten fatty acids and one miscellaneous group.

26 compounds at ethyl acetate extract 20 compounds at methylene chloride
No. Compound structure  M.W. Molecular form No. Compound structure M.W. Molecular form
1 Cyclo4-methyl or 4-methyl cyclohexene or 4-methyl-1-cyclohexene 96. C7H12 1 1,2-Cyclopentanedione,3,3,5,5-tetramethyl or 3,3,5,5-tetramethyl,1,2-cyclopentane 154 C9H14O2
2 N-Isopropyl-beta-lactimimide 112 C6H12N2 2 Dodecanoic acid 200 C12H24O2
3 2-methyl-1-dodecene  or 1-dodecene,2-methyl 182 C13H26 3 (3-t-butyl-1-methyl-3-piperidinyl)propan-2-one 211 C13H25 N O
4 -4-hexene-3-one, 5-methyl 112 C7H2O 4 3, 3-Dimethyl-2-phenylbutyl phenyl sulphide 270 C18H22 S
5 3-Ethyl-5-Methyl-1-Propyl-Cyclohexane 168 C12H24 5 11-(aminomethyl)-1,4-dioxaspiro(4.7)dodec-7-ene 197 :    C11H19 N O2
6 Bis-(3,5,5trimethylhexyl) ether 270 C18H38O 6 N-Formyl-alpha-aminocrotonic acid methyl ester 143    C6H9 N O3
7 2-Hexene-1-ol, 2-ethyl 128. C8H16O 7  BORNEOL 154 C10H18 O
8 Tridecanaldehyde Or Tridecyl aldehyde 198.              C13H26O 8  Camphor 152  C10H16 O
9 N-Hexyl Tiglate 184 C11H20O2 9 1-carboxymethyl-4-hydroxy-6-methyl-2-pyridone 183 C8H9 N O4
10 -Cyclo hexane,1,5-diethyl-2,3-dimethyl 168.   C12H24 10 Decanoic Acid or Capric Acid 172 C10H20 O2
11 Hexadecanoic acid or Palmitic acid or n-hexadecanoic acid 256 C16H32O2 11 Menthyl-beta-D-glucopyranoside 318 C16H30 O6
12 Dodecanoic acid Or Lauric acid Or Neo-Fat 12 Or Vulvic acid 200 C12H24O2 12 Octanoic,2-methylcyclohexyl ester trans 240  C15H28 O2
13 2-cyclododecylethanol 212 C14H28O2 13 3-pyrrolidino-3-oxo-propylsuccinimide 224 C11H16 N2
14 2,2-Dimethyl-3-cyclohexene-1-ol  Or Cyclohexene-1-ol,2,2dimethyl 126     C8H14O 14 Phenyl Alanin-Proline Diketopiprazine 244    C14H16 N2 O2
15 2-Methylcyclohexanol 114 C7H14O 15 1,3-Cyclopentanedione, 4-hydroxy-5-(3-methyl1-butenyl) 182  C10H14 O3
16 Citronellyl propionate or   6-Octene-1-ol,3,7-dimethyl-propionate 212      C13H24O2 16 -Cis-8-Endo-Ethoxybicyclo(4,3,0)-3-Nonene-7-exo-carboxaldehyde 194 :    C12H18 O2
17 2,6,6-Trimethylcyclohex-2-ene-1,4-Dione 152     C9H12O2 17 Phthalic acid, Didecyl ester Or 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, Didecyl ester 446  C28H46 O4
18 3-(trans-2-hydroxy cyclohexyl) propanol 158    C9H18O2 18 Decanoic acid or capric acid 172   C10H20 O2
19 Octanoic acid, 2-methylcyclohexyl ester, trans 240 C15H28O2 19 Bicyclo(2,2,2)octan-1-amine 125   C8H15 N
20 Heptadecanoic acid Or Margaric acid Or Hexadecane carbonic acid Or Margarinic acid 270   C17H34O2    20 Dodecanol
Molecular weight: Molecular form:
186 C12H26O
21 Beta Tocopherol Or 2H-1-Benzopyran-6-ol,3,4-dihydro-2,5,8-trimethyl-2-(4,8,12-trimethyl) 416  C28H48O2  
22 Oleic acid, Propyl ester 324  C21H40O2
23 2-propenyl-3-cyclohexylpropenoate 196 C12H20O2
24 Androstan-3-one,17-hydroxy-1,17-dimethyl-(1 alpha, 5 alpha, 17 beta) Or 17 beta,hydroxy-1alpha,17alpha dimethyl-5 alpha androstan-3-one 318  C21H34O2
25 3-beta, 6 alpha, 20 beta trihydroxy-5 alpha-pregnane 336 C21H36O3
26 Nonacosanol 424      C29H60O

Table 1: The structure, molecular weight and molecular formula of 46 compounds from ethyl acetate and methylene chloride extracts when subjected to GLC M.S (gas liquid chromatographic mass spectrometry); 26 compounds at ethyl acetate extract and 20 compounds at methylene chloride extract.


Figure 5:Terpenoids produced by Bacillus amyloliquefaciens S5I4 Figure 5 that interfere with Aspergillus flavus and Staphylococcus aureus.


Figure 6:Terpene alcohols produced by Bacillus amyloliquefaciens S5I4 that interfere with Aspergillus flavus and Staphylococcus aureus.


Figure 7:Nitrogenous compounds produced by Bacillus amyloliquefaciens S5I4 that interfere with Aspergillus flavus and Staphylococcus aureus.


Figure 8:Fatty acids produced by Bacillus amyloliquefaciens S5I4 Figure 8 that interfere with Aspergillus flavus and Staphylococcus aureus.

Type of Compound/
Number of Compound
Terpenoids Terpene Alcohols Nitrogenous compounds Fatty acids
1 Cyclo4-Methyl Or 4-Methyl Cyclohexene 2-Hexene-1-Ol, 2-Ethyl N-Isopropyl-Beta-Lactimimide N-Hexyl Tiglate
2 2-Methyl-1-Dodecene 2-CyclododecylEthanol (3-T-Butyl-1-Methyl-3-Piperidinyl)Propan-2-One Hexadecanoic Acid Or Palmitic Acid
3 4-Hexene-3-One, 5-Methyl 2,2Dimethyl-3-Cyclohexene-1-Ol 3, 3-Dimethyl-2-Phenylbutyl Phenyl Sulphide Dodecanoic Acid   Or Lauric Acid
4 3-Ethyl-5-Methyl-1-Propyl-Cyclohexane Cyclohexanol, 2-Methyl 11-(Aminomethyl)-1,4-Dioxaspiro(4.7)Dodec-7-Ene Heptadecanoic Acid Or Margaric Acid
5 Bis-(3,5,5-Trimethylhexyl) Ether 3-(Trans-2-Hydroxy Cyclohexyl) Propanol N-Formyl-Alpha-Aminocrotonic Acid Methyl Ester Beta Tocopherol
6 Tridecanaldehyde Nonacosanol 1-Carboxymethyl-4-Hydroxy-6-Methyl-2-Pyridone Androstan-3-One,17-Hydroxy-1,17-Dimethyl-(1 Alpha.,5 Alpha.,17 Beta) (Vitamen C)
7 Cyclohexane,1,5-Diethyl-2, 3-Dimethyl Dodecanol 3-Pyrrolidino-3-Oxo-Propylsuccinimide 3-Beta, 6 Alpha, 20 Beta Trihydroxy-5 Alpha-Pregnane (Hormone)
8 Citronellyl Propionate   Phenyl Alanin-Proline Diketopiprazine Decanoic Acid Or Capric Acid
9 2,6,6-Trimethylcyclohex-2-Ene-1,4-Dione   Bicyclo(2,2,2)Octan-1-Amine Phthalic Acid ,Didecyl Ester
10 Octanoic Acid, 2-Methylcyclohexyl Ester,Trans     Decanoic Acid Or Capric Acid
11 Oleic Acid, Propyl Ester      
12 2-Propenyl 3-Cyclohexylpropenoate      
13 3,3,5,5-Tetramethyl,1,2-Cyclopentane      
14 Dodecanoic Acid      
15 Borneol      
16 Camphor      
17 Octanoic, 2-Methylcyclohexyl Ester Trans      
18 1,3-Cyclopentanedione, 4-Hydroxy-5-(3-Methyl1-Butenyl)      
19 Cis-8-Endo-Ethoxybicyclo (4,3,0)-3-Nonene-7-Exo-Carboxaldehyde      
Total  (46) 19 7 9 10+Miscellaneous=Menthyl-beta-D-glucopyranoside
Percentage % 41.30 15.22 19.57 21.74+2.17

Table 2 Classification and identification of extracted antimicrobial compounds produced by B. amyloliquefaciens S5I4 strain using gas liquid chromatographic mass spectrometry (GC-MS).

The results implied that solvent extraction had different roles to recover different compounds, which had effective inhibition in various pathogenic microorganisms. In addition, the amount of crude extracts from each solvent is one of the factors used in determining the choice of solvent for extraction.


It is important to find safe and cheap antimicrobial agents to inhibit pathogenic fungi and bacteria. The strain S5I4 showed antifungal and antibacterial activities. This may due to secondary metabolites such as terpenoids, alkaloids and flavinoids. This is similar to previous work. Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), produced by A. flavus, is secondary metabolite, highly toxic and carcinogenic. S. aureus produce toxins in food. Although S. aureus are easily killed by cooking the toxins are resistant to heat and couldn't be destroyed by cooking. Staphylococcal toxins are fast acting symptoms usually develop within 30 min to 6 h [16]. The data revealed that the strain Bacillus amyloliquefaciens S5I4 , showed strong antibacterial and antifungal activities. Our results supported by reports that most Bacillus spp. produce many antibiotics such as bacillomycin, fengycin, mycosubtilin and zwittermicin, which are all effective at suppressing growth of target pathogens in vitro and/or in situ [17].

A microbial biological control agent may act against pathogens differently: by weakening or destroying the pathogen, competing for space and nutrients or producing antimicrobial compounds and enzymes that attack the cell components of the pathogens [18]. In order to investigate the potential biocontrol mechanisms of strain Bacillus amyloliquefaciens NJZJSB3, the nonvolatile antifungal compounds it produces were identified as iturin homologs using HPLC-ESI-MS. Antifungal volatile organic compounds were identified by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The detected volatiles toluene, phenol, and benzothiazole showed antifungal effects against S. sclerotiorumin chemical control experiments. Strain NJZJSB3 also produced biofilm, siderophores and cell-wall-degrading enzymes (protease and β-1,3-glucanase) [19].

Most of terpenoids, terpene alcohols, nitrogenous compounds and fatty acids are previously known from essential oils [20] and reported here from a microorganism. These results are in agreement with Yuan et al. [21] who characterized the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced by B. amyloliquefaciens strain NJN-6 by using solid-phase micro extraction (SPME) combined with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GCMS) to extract and identify the VOCs and identified antagonistic VOCs as those that reduced the growth and inhibited the spore germination of F. oxysporum. Also, it was detected 36 compounds, including 12 benzenes, seven alkyls, three alcohols, seven ketones, two aldehydes, three naphthyls, one ester and one ether compound. In this connection, some of our identified compounds are very chemically similar in structure to; N-Isopropyl-beta-lactimimide and 17 beta, hydroxy-1alpha, 17alpha dimethyl-5 alpha androstan-3-one abundantly used as antimicrobial flagyl and fusidic acid .

Although many of the bacterial volatiles could not be identified due to no matches being found with mass-spectra of volatiles in the data base. Most of them were species-specific [22].

Bacillus species are good secretors of proteins and metabolites. Also Bacillus strains produce one of the most potent lipopeptide biosurfactants, surfactin which shows high surface activity and therapeutic potential [23,24].

Production of antimicrobial substance(s) by members of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens was reported by many investigators. In this connection, Arguelles-Ariaset et al. [8] reported that Bacillus amyloliquefaciens GA1 as a good candidate for the development of biocontrol agents. The genome of the plant-associated B. amyloliquefaciens GA1 contained three gene clusters directing the synthesis of the antibacterial polyketides macrolactin, bacillaene and difficidin. Secondary metabolites produced by endophytic bacteria Bacillus pumilus MAIIIM4A showed a strong inhibitory activity against the fungi Rhizoctonia solani, Pythium aphanidermatum and Sclerotium rolfsii and LC-MS/MS was used to identify the active fraction assigned as punilacidin [25].

About 50.000 terpenoid metabolites have been isolated from terrestrial and marine plants, liverworts and fungi. However, rarely terpenoids metabolites have been identified in prokaryotes. The first study of bacterial terepenes reported in 1891 by Beithelot and Andre. Also, Gerber and Lechevalier [26] were carried out studies on bacterial terpenes production. GC-MS analysis showed that Streptomyces avermitilis ATCC 31267 produce terpenoid metabolites. The volatile compounds produced by Bacillus atrophaeus (CAB-1) include a range of amines and alkanamides, alcohols, phenols, hexadecane and O-anisaldehyde which inhibited fungal pathogen Botrytis cinerea [27].

Our results showed that B. amyloliquefaciens S5I4 and/ or its bioactive compounds may be used in the control of toxogenic fungi A. flavus MD 341. Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus amyloliquefaciens are well known for their biocontrol of fungal and bacterial diseases. The main mechanisms known to be involved in biocontrol include antibiosis, competition, growth promotion and induction of systemically acquired resistance [28]. Antibiotics are powerful weapons used by biocontrol strains to compete with other microorganisms [29].


The identification of new bioactive compound with broad activity is very important to inhibit or kill the antibiotic resistance bacteria. The extraction and identification of the pure effective bioactive compounds from B. amyloliquefaciens strain as; terpenoids and alcohol terpenes were reported here in which previously known from essential oils. These compounds could be utilized both to make best use of their antibacterial and antifungal activities and to reduce the growth of pathogen required to achieve a particular antibacterial effect for food safety and health purposes. Also, required to achieve inhibition to pathogenic fungi, e.g. A. flavus.


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