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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720376/the-increase-in-positively-charged-residues-in-cecropin-d-like-galleria-mellonella-favors-its-interaction-with-membrane-models-that-imitate-bacterial-membranes
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José Oñate-Garzón, Alessio Ausili, Marcela Manrique-Moreno, Alejandro Torrecillas, Francisco J Aranda, Edwin Patiño, Juan C Gomez-Fernández
A comparative study of three synthetic peptides, namely neutral Cecropin D-like G. mellonella (WT) and two cationic peptides derived from its sequence, ΔM1 (+5) and ΔM2 (+9) is reported in this work. The influence of charge on the interactions between peptides and membranes and its effect on phase were studied by calorimetric assays. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) showed that ΔM2 peptide showed the strongest effect when the membrane contained phosphatidylcholine (PC) and phosphatidylglycerol (PG), increasing membrane fluidization...
July 15, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716396/the-role-of-pilin-protein-of-xenorhabdus-nematophila-against-immune-defense-reactions-of-insects
#2
Reyhaneh Darsouei, Javad Karimi, Gary B Dunphy
Xenorhabdus nematophila is a symbiotic bacterium of the entomopathogenic nematode Steinernema carpocapsae (Weiser). It produces several toxic proteins which interfere with the immune system of insects. The current study shows that purified pilin protein could be a virulence trait of X. nematophila. The fifth instar larvae of Spodoptera exigua (Hübner) was injected with purified pilin. Changes in the cellular defenses in terms of total haemocyte counts and granulocyte percentage and humoral factors including total protease, phospholipase A2, and phenoloxidase activities (humoral defense) as well as the expression of the three main antimicrobial peptides attacin, cecropin, and spodoptericin were measured at specific times...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705718/antimicrobial-peptide-repertoire-of-thitarodes-armoricanus-a-host-species-of-ophiocordyceps-sinensis-predicted-based-on-de-novo-transcriptome-sequencing-and-analysis
#3
Min Wang, Xianda Hu
Ophiocordyceps sinensis is an entomopathogenic fungus that parasitizes the larvae of ghost moths. The fungus-caterpillar complex resulting from fungal parasitism is a medicinally and economically important traditional Chinese medicine famous for its tonic, aphrodisiac and immunomodulatory activity. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), which play predominant roles in responding to infection of pathogenic microorganisms in the immune system of ghost moths, may remain behind the fungus-caterpillar complex. Thitarodes armoricanus, as a widely distributed ghost moth on the Tibetan Plateau, is the first reported and one of the most common host insects of O...
July 11, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665988/oxidative-stress-induced-in-e-coli-by-the-human-antimicrobial-peptide-ll-37
#4
Heejun Choi, Zhilin Yang, James C Weisshaar
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are thought to kill bacterial cells by permeabilizing their membranes. However, some antimicrobial peptides inhibit E. coli growth more efficiently in aerobic than in anaerobic conditions. In the attack of the human cathelicidin LL-37 on E. coli, real-time, single-cell fluorescence imaging reveals the timing of membrane permeabilization and the onset of oxidative stress. For cells growing aerobically, a CellROX Green assay indicates that LL-37 induces rapid formation of oxidative species after entry into the periplasm, but before permeabilization of the cytoplasmic membrane (CM)...
June 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651889/a-novel-expression-vector-for-the-secretion-of-abaecin-in-bacillus-subtilis
#5
Li Li, Lan Mu, Xiaojuan Wang, Jingfeng Yu, Ruiping Hu, Zhen Li
This study aimed to describe a Bacillus subtilis expression system based on genetically modified B. subtilis. Abaecin, an antimicrobial peptide obtained from Apis mellifera, can enhance the effect of pore-forming peptides from other species on the inhibition of bacterial growth. For the exogenous expression, the abaecin gene was fused with a tobacco etch virus protease cleavage site, a promoter Pglv, and a mature beta-glucanase signal peptide. Also, a B. subtilis expression system was constructed. The recombinant abaecin gene was expressed and purified as a recombinant protein in the culture supernatant...
June 3, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556271/translocation-of-cell-penetrating-peptides-into-candida-fungal-pathogens
#6
Zifan Gong, Amy J Karlsson
Cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) are small peptides capable of crossing cellular membranes while carrying molecular cargo. Although they have been widely studied for their ability to translocate nucleic acids, small molecules, and proteins into mammalian cells, studies of their interaction with fungal cells are limited. In this work, we evaluated the translocation of eleven fluorescently labeled peptides into the important human fungal pathogens Candida albicans and C. glabrata and explored the mechanisms of translocation...
May 27, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548136/corrigendum-efficient-biosynthesis-of-a-cecropin-a-melittin-mutant-in-bacillus-subtilis-wb700
#7
Shengyue Ji, Weili Li, Abdul Rasheed Baloch, Meng Wang, Hengxin Li, Binyun Cao, Hongfu Zhang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545993/the-effect-of-entomopathogenic-fungal-culture-filtrate-on-the-immune-response-of-the-greater-wax-moth-galleria-mellonella
#8
Louise Mc Namara, James C Carolan, Christine T Griffin, David Fitzpatrick, Kevin Kavanagh
Galleria mellonella is a well-established model species regularly employed in the study of the insect immune response at cellular and humoral levels to investigate fungal pathogenesis and biocontrol agents. A cellular and proteomic analysis of the effect of culture filtrate of three entomopathogenic fungi (EPF) species on the immune system of G. mellonella was performed. Treatment with Beauveria caledonica and Metarhizium anisopliae 96h culture filtrate facilitated a significantly increased yeast cell density in larvae (3-fold and 3...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544962/effect-of-immobilization-on-the-antimicrobial-activity-of-a-cysteine-terminated-antimicrobial-peptide-cecropin-p1-tethered-to-silica-nanoparticle-against-e-coli-o157-h7-edl933
#9
Xi Wu, Pei-Hsun Wei, Xiao Zhu, Mary J Wirth, Arun Bhunia, Ganesan Narsimhan
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have the ability to penetrate the cell membrane, form pores which eventually lead to cell death. Immobilization of AMP on nanoparticles can play a major role in antimicrobial materials, biosensors for pathogen detection and in food safety. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of free Cecropin P1 (CP1, sequence SWLSTAKKLENSAKKRLSEGIAIAIQGGPR) and adsorbed on silica nanoparticle against E. coli O157:H7 EDL933 were 0.78μg/ml. This was found to be consistent with preservation of α-helical secondary structure of CP1 upon adsorption as indicated by circular dichroism (CD)...
May 17, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483966/synergistic-efficacy-of-aedes-aegypti-antimicrobial-peptide-cecropin-a2-and-tetracycline-against-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#10
Zhaojun Zheng, Nagendran Tharmalingam, Qingzhong Liu, Elamparithi Jayamani, Wooseong Kim, Beth Burgwyn Fuchs, Rijun Zhang, Andreas Vilcinskas, Eleftherios Mylonakis
The increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistance has created an urgent need for alternative drugs with new mechanisms of action. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are promising candidates that could address the spread of multidrug-resistant bacteria, either alone or in combination with conventional antibiotics. We studied the antimicrobial efficacy and bactericidal mechanism of cecropin A2, a 36-residue α-helical cationic peptide derived from Aedes aegypti cecropin A, focusing on the common pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa The peptide showed little hemolytic activity and toxicity toward mammalian cells, and the MICs against most clinical P...
July 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433718/three-new-piscidins-from-orange-spotted-grouper-epinephelus-coioides-phylogeny-expression-and-functional-characterization
#11
Ze-Rui Zhuang, Xiao-Dong Yang, Xia-Zi Huang, Hui-Xian Gu, Han-Yin Wei, Yi-Jun He, Li Deng
The present study reports the identification, and characterization of three new putative piscidin paralogues, ecPis-2, ecPis-3 and ecPis-4, from orange-spotted grouper (Epinephelus coioides). The cDNA of the three piscidins with the 207, 216, and 231 nt open reading frame encoded respectively a 68-, 71-, and 76-amino acid preprotein consisting of the predicted signal peptide, and putative mature peptide and prodomain. The phylogenetic analysis indicated that multiple piscidin paralogues in one fish species are highly diversified, the analysis suggested that the piscidins should be a family belonging to the superfamily of ancient cationic, linear, and amphipathic host defence peptides widespread across invertebrate and vertebrate taxa comprising insect cecropins and ceratotoxins, and the amphibian dermaseptins...
April 19, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432358/differential-sensitivity-to-infections-and-antimicrobial-peptide-mediated-immune-response-in-four-silkworm-strains-with-different-geographical-origin
#12
Ottavia Romoli, Alessio Saviane, Andrea Bozzato, Paola D'Antona, Gianluca Tettamanti, Andrea Squartini, Silvia Cappellozza, Federica Sandrelli
The domesticated silkworm Bombyx mori has an innate immune system, whose main effectors are the antimicrobial peptides (AMPs). Silkworm strains are commonly grouped into four geographical types (Japanese, Chinese, European and Tropical) and are generally characterised by a variable susceptibility to infections. To clarify the genetic and molecular mechanisms on which the different responses to infections are based, we exposed one silkworm strain for each geographical area to oral infections with the silkworm pathogens Enterococcus mundtii or Serratia marcescens...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421044/comparative-genomics-of-glossina-palpalis-gambiensis-and-g-morsitans-morsitans-to-reveal-gene-orthologs-involved-in-infection-by-trypanosoma-brucei-gambiense
#13
Illiassou Hamidou Soumana, Bernadette Tchicaya, Stéphanie Rialle, Hugues Parrinello, Anne Geiger
Blood-feeding Glossina palpalis gambiense (Gpg) fly transmits the single-celled eukaryotic parasite Trypanosoma brucei gambiense (Tbg), the second Glossina fly African trypanosome pair being Glossina morsitans/T.brucei rhodesiense. Whatever the T. brucei subspecies, whereas the onset of their developmental program in the zoo-anthropophilic blood feeding flies does unfold in the fly midgut, its completion is taking place in the fly salivary gland where does emerge a low size metacyclic trypomastigote population displaying features that account for its establishment in mammals-human individuals included...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411220/the-global-transcription-factor-lrp-is-both-essential-for-and-inhibitory-to-xenorhabdus-nematophila-insecticidal-activity
#14
Ángel M Casanova-Torres, Upasana Shokal, Neta Morag, Ioannis Eleftherianos, Heidi Goodrich-Blair
In the entomopathogenic bacterium Xenorhabdus nematophila, cell-to-cell variation in the abundance of the Lrp transcription factor leads to virulence modulation; low Lrp levels are associated with a virulent phenotype and suppression of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) in Manduca sexta insects, while cells that lack lrp or express high Lrp levels are virulence attenuated and elicit AMP expression. To better understand the basis of these phenotypes, we examined X. nematophila strains expressing fixed Lrp levels...
June 15, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395586/differential-change-patterns-of-main-antimicrobial-peptide-genes-during-infection-of-entompathogenic-nematode-and-their-symbiotic-bacteria
#15
Reyhaneh Darsouei, Javad Karimi, Mohammad Ghadamyari, Mojtaba Hosseini
The expression of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) as main humoral defense reactions of insects during infection by entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) and their symbiont is addressed herein. Three AMPs, attacin, cecropin, and spodoptericin, were evaluated in the fifth instar larvae of Spodoptera exigua Hübner when challenged with Steinernema carpocapsae or Heterorhabditis bacteriophora. The results indicated that attacin was expressed to a greater extent than either cecropin or spodoptericin. While spodoptericin was expressed to a much lesser extent, this AMP was induced against gram-positive bacteria, thus not expressed after penetration of Xenorhabdus nematophila and Photorhabdus luminescens...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347740/selective-cytotoxicity-of-the-antibacterial-peptide-abp-dhc-cecropin-a-and-its-analog-towards-leukemia-cells
#16
Ming Sang, Jiaxin Zhang, Qiang Zhuge
Some cationic antibacterial peptides, with typical amphiphilic α-helical conformations in a membrane-mimicking environment, exhibit anticancer properties as a result of a similar mechanism of action towards both bacteria and cancer cells. We previously reported the cDNA sequence of the antimicrobial peptide ABP-dHC-Cecropin A precursor cloned from drury (Hyphantria cunea) (dHC). In the present study, we synthesized and structurally characterized ABP-dHC-Cecropin A and its analog, ABP-dHC-Cecropin A-K(24). Circular dichroism spectroscopy showed that ABP-dHC-Cecropin A and its analog adopt a well-defined α-helical structure in a 50% trifluorethanol solution...
May 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344121/brevibacillus-laterosporus-pathogenesis-and-local-immune-response-regulation-in-the-house-fly-midgut
#17
Maria Elena Mura, Luca Ruiu
The insect midgut represents the primary site of action of the entompathogenic bacterium Brevibacillus laterosporus. While most studies on this microorganism focus on the identification and characterization of possible virulence factors and toxins, little is known about the insect immune defense mechanisms that are activated against this pathogen. In this study we have investigated the local immune response of different house fly stages to B. laterosporus at the transcriptional level, and we tested the hypothesis that an improvement in entomopathogenicity can be achieved by impairing host innate immunity...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334331/alterations-of-immune-parameters-on-trichoplusia-ni-lepidoptera-noctuidae-larvae-exposed-to-extremely-low-frequency-electromagnetic-fields
#18
Jose A Valadez-Lira, Nahui O Medina-Chavez, Alonso A Orozco-Flores, J Antonio Heredia-Rojas, Abraham O Rodriguez-de la Fuente, Ricardo Gomez-Flores, Juan M Alcocer-Gonzalez, Patricia Tamez-Guerra
Worldwide mobile telephone and microwave use have resulted in an increasing presence of extremely low-frequency electromagnetic field radiations (ELF-EMFs) in ecosystems. ELF-EMFs have been associated with altered physiological processes that can adversely affect exposed organisms. In this study, Trichoplusia ni Hübner larvae were exposed for 24, 48, or 72 h to ELF-EMFs (60 Hz and 2.0 mT) to assess effects on immune response parameters and fertility. Trichoplusia ni life cycle and fertility were not affected by 24-h exposure...
April 1, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326334/bactericide-immunomodulating-and-wound-healing-properties-of-transgenic-kalanchoe-pinnata-synergize-with-antimicrobial-peptide-cecropin-p1-in-vivo
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
A A Lebedeva, N S Zakharchenko, E V Trubnikova, O A Medvedeva, T V Kuznetsova, G A Masgutova, M V Zylkova, Y I Buryanov, A S Belous
Procedure of manufacturing K. pinnata water extracts containing cecropin P1 (CecP1) from the formerly described transgenic plants is established. It included incubation of leaves at +4°C for 7 days, mechanical homogenization of leaves using water as extraction solvent, and heating at +70°C for inactivating plant enzymes. Yield of CecP1 (after heating and sterilizing filtration) was 0.3% of total protein in the extract. The water extract of K. pinnata + CecP1 exhibits favorable effect on healing of wounds infected with S...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278280/natural-antimicrobial-peptide-complexes-in-the-fighting-of-antibiotic-resistant-biofilms-calliphora-vicina-medicinal-maggots
#20
Natalia Gordya, Andrey Yakovlev, Anastasia Kruglikova, Dmitry Tulin, Evdokia Potolitsina, Tatyana Suborova, Domenico Bordo, Camillo Rosano, Sergey Chernysh
Biofilms, sedimented microbial communities embedded in a biopolymer matrix cause vast majority of human bacterial infections and many severe complications such as chronic inflammatory diseases and cancer. Biofilms' resistance to the host immunity and antibiotics makes this kind of infection particularly intractable. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are a ubiquitous facet of innate immunity in animals. However, AMPs activity was studied mainly on planktonic bacteria and little is known about their effects on biofilms...
2017: PloS One
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