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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482118/autoantigens-adamtsl5-and-ll37-are-significantly-upregulated-in-active-psoriasis-and-localized-with-keratinocytes-dendritic-cells-and-other-leukocytes
#1
Judilyn Fuentes-Duculan, Kathleen M Bonifacio, Jason E Hawkes, Norma Kunjravia, Inna Cueto, Xuan Li, Juana Gonzalez, Sandra Garcet, James G Krueger
Psoriasis is a common immune-mediated disease that affects 2-4% of individuals in North America and Europe. In the past decade, advances in research have led to an improved understanding of immune pathways involved in the pathogenesis of psoriasis and has spurred the development of targeted therapeutics. Recently, three psoriasis autoantigens have been described: cathelicidin (LL37), a disintegrin and metalloprotease domain containing thrombospondin type 1 motif-like 5 (ADAMTSL5), and lipid antigens generated by phospholipase A2 (PLA2) group IVD (PLA2G4D)...
May 8, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460048/role-of-pattern-recognition-receptors-in-the-modulation-of-antimicrobial-peptide-expression-in-the-corneal-epithelial-innate-response-to-f-solani
#2
Satya Sree Kolar, Hasna Baidouri, Alison M McDermott
Purpose: Fusarium solani (F. solani) keratitis is a potentially sight-threatening fungal infection of the cornea. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), such as human β-defensins (hBDs) and cathelicidins, essential components of the immune system, likely have a protective role against F. solani keratitis. We examined the role of pattern recognition receptors (PRRs), Dectin-1, and TLR2 in F. solani-induced modulation of AMP expression in vitro. Methods: Human corneal epithelial cells (HCECs) were exposed to heat-inactivated F...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445757/action-of-antimicrobial-peptides-on-bacterial-and-lipid-membranes-a-direct-comparison
#3
Joseph E Faust, Pei-Yin Yang, Huey W Huang
The bacterial membrane represents an attractive target for the design of new antibiotics to combat widespread bacterial resistance. Understanding how antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) and other membrane-active agents attack membranes could facilitate the design of new, effective antimicrobials. Despite intense study of AMPs on model membranes, we do not know how well the mechanism of attack translates to real biological membranes. To that end, we have characterized the attack of AMPs on Escherichia coli cytoplasmic membranes and directly compared this action to model membranes...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340683/trpv4-moves-toward-center-fold-in%C3%A2-rosacea-pathogenesis
#4
Yong Chen, Carlene D Moore, Jennifer Y Zhang, Russell P Hall, Amanda S MacLeod, Wolfgang Liedtke
Mascarenhas et al. report that TRPV4 expression is upregulated in mast cells in response to the proteolytic cathelicidin fragment LL37 in a murine rosacea model and that TRPV4 loss of function attenuates mast cell degranulation. These findings render TRPV4 a translational-medical target in rosacea. However, signaling mechanisms causing increased expression of TRPV4 await elucidation. Moreover, we ask whether TRPV4-mediated Ca(++)-influx evokes mast cell degranulation.
April 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328161/synthesis-in-vitro-evaluation-and-68-ga-radiolabeling-of-cdp1-toward-pet-ct-imaging-of-bacterial-infection
#5
Jyotibon Dutta, Sooraj Baijnath, Anou M Somboro, Savania Nagiah, Fernando Albericio, Beatriz G de la Torre, Biljana Marjanovic-Painter, Jan Rijn Zeevaart, Mike Sathekge, Hendrik G Kruger, Anil Chuturgoon, Tricia Naicker, Thomas Ebenhan, Thavendran Govender
Bacterial infections are a major concern in the human health sector due to poor diagnosis and development of multidrug-resistant strains. PET/CT provides a means for the non-invasive detection and localization of the infectious foci; however, the radiotracers available are either cumbersome to prepare or their exact contribution toward the imaging is not yet established. Human antimicrobial peptides are of interest for development as PET radiotracers as they are an integral component of the immune system, non-immunogenic toward the recipient, and show selectivity toward pathogens such as bacteria...
March 22, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326169/circulating-ll37-targets-plasma-extracellular-vesicles-to-immune-cells-and-intensifies-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease-severity
#6
Tamer Kahraman, Gozde Gucluler, Ismail Simsek, Fuat Cem Yagci, Muzaffer Yildirim, Can Ozen, Ayhan Dinc, Mayda Gursel, Lolai Ikromzoda, Tolga Sutlu, Stephen Gay, Ihsan Gursel
Behçet's disease (BD) activity is characterised by sustained, over-exuberant immune activation, yet the underlying mechanisms leading to active BD state are poorly defined. Herein, we show that the human cathelicidin derived antimicrobial peptide LL37 associates with and directs plasma extracellular vesicles (EV) to immune cells, thereby leading to enhanced immune activation aggravating BD pathology. Notably, disease activity was correlated with elevated levels of circulating LL37 and EV plasma concentration...
2017: Journal of Extracellular Vesicles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220120/neutrophil-extracellular-traps-and-its-implications-in-inflammation-an-overview
#7
REVIEW
Vidal Delgado-Rizo, Marco A Martínez-Guzmán, Liliana Iñiguez-Gutierrez, Alejandra García-Orozco, Anabell Alvarado-Navarro, Mary Fafutis-Morris
In addition to physical barriers, neutrophils are considered a part of the first line of immune defense. They can be found in the bloodstream, with a lifespan of 6-8 h, and in tissue, where they can last up to 7 days. The mechanisms that neutrophils utilize for host defense are phagocytosis, degranulation, cytokine production, and, the most recently described, neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) production. NETs are DNA structures released due to chromatin decondensation and spreading, and they thus occupy three to five times the volume of condensed chromatin...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178179/diminished-antimicrobial-peptide-and-antifungal-antibiotic-activities-against-candida-albicans-in-denture-adhesive
#8
Amber M Bates, Jorge L Garaicoa, Carol L Fischer, Kim A Brogden
The underlying causes of denture stomatitis may be related to the long-term use of adhesives, which may predispose individuals to oral candidiasis. In this study, we hypothesize that antimicrobial peptides and antifungal antibiotics have diminished anti-Candida activities in denture adhesive. To show this, nine antimicrobial peptides and five antifungal antibiotics with and without 1.0% denture adhesive were incubated with Candida albicans strains ATCC 64124 and HMV4C in radial diffusion assays. In gels with 1...
February 6, 2017: Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017866/collagen-tethering-of-synthetic-human-antimicrobial-peptides-cathelicidin-ll37-and-its-effects-on-antimicrobial-activity-and-cytotoxicity
#9
Lindsay D Lozeau, Jonian Grosha, Denis Kole, Fioleda Prifti, Tanja Dominko, Terri A Camesano, Marsha W Rolle
Wound infections, particularly of chronic wounds, pose a substantial challenge for designing antimicrobial dressings that are both effective against pathogens, and do not interfere with wound healing. Due to their broad-spectrum antimicrobial and immunomodulatory activities, naturally-occurring antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are promising alternative treatments. However, their cytotoxicity at high concentrations and poor stability hinders their clinical use. To mitigate these undesirable properties, we investigated the effects of tethering human AMP cathelicidin LL37 to collagen, one of the main extracellular matrix proteins in wound sites, secreted by fibroblasts, and in commercially-available wound dressings...
April 1, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013496/microwave-assisted-synthesis-of-antimicrobial-peptides
#10
Suhas Ramesh, Beatriz G de la Torre, Fernando Albericio, Hendrik G Kruger, Thavendran Govender
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are emerging as one of the unsurpassed therapeutic tools to treat various devastating diseases that are affecting millions of lives. Conventional synthesis of peptides requires longer times, and hence automated microwave technology could be regarded as an alternative implement which offers advantages like less reaction times and higher yields. In this sense, we herein describe a methodology to prepare AMPs through solid-phase peptide synthesis under microwave conditions. We have used LL37 as an example to discuss the synthetic protocol including the difficulties involved in the preparation of so-called long and difficult peptides and also remedial procedures to overcome these obstacles...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995765/shockwaves-prevent-from-heart-failure-after-acute-myocardial-ischaemia-via-rna-protein-complexes
#11
Can Tepeköylü, Uwe Primessnig, Leo Pölzl, Michael Graber, Daniela Lobenwein, Felix Nägele, Elke Kirchmair, Elisabeth Pechriggl, Michael Grimm, Johannes Holfeld
Shock wave treatment (SWT) was shown to induce regeneration of ischaemic myocardium via Toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3). The antimicrobial peptide LL37 gets released by mechanical stress and is known to form complexes with nucleic acids thus activating Toll-like receptors. We suggested that SWT in the acute setting prevents from the development of heart failure via RNA/protein release. Myocardial infarction in mice was induced followed by subsequent SWT. Heart function was assessed 4 weeks later via transthoracic echocardiography and pressure-volume measurements...
April 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872080/classical-%C3%AE-lactamase-inhibitors-potentiate-the-activity-of-daptomycin-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-and-colistin-against-acinetobacter-baumannii
#12
George Sakoulas, Warren Rose, Andrew Berti, Joshua Olson, Jason Munguia, Poochit Nonejuie, Eleanna Sakoulas, Michael J Rybak, Joseph Pogliano, Victor Nizet
We asked whether beta-lactamase inhibitors (BLIs) increased the activity of daptomycin (DAP) against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the peptide antibiotic colistin (COL) against the emerging Gram-negative nosocomial pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii, and the human host defense peptide cathelicidin LL37 against either pathogen. DAP and LL37 kill curves were performed with or without BLIs against MRSA, vancomycin-intermediate S. aureus (VISA), and heterogeneous VISA (hVISA). COL and LL37 kill curves were performed against A...
February 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834428/sprayable-peptide-modified-silver-nanoparticles-as-a-barrier-against-bacterial-colonization
#13
Sarah McLaughlin, Manuel Ahumada, Walfre Franco, Thien-Fah Mah, Richard Seymour, Erik J Suuronen, Emilio I Alarcon
Sprayable formulations of AgNPs were prepared by exchanging citrate capping agents with LL37-SH peptides. The AgNP@LL37 material was then combined with type I collagen to form a stable film once sprayed. The AgNP@LL37 spray prevented Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) proliferation and eradicated a P. aeruginosa biofilm, while being non-toxic for human skin fibroblasts embedded within 3D artificial skin constructs. Finally, no silver infiltration was observed after spraying on a full-thickness skin wound in a mouse model...
November 11, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793094/network-analysis-of-psoriasis-reveals-biological-pathways-and-roles-for-coding-and-long-non-coding-rnas
#14
Richard Ahn, Rashmi Gupta, Kevin Lai, Nitin Chopra, Sarah T Arron, Wilson Liao
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is an immune-mediated, inflammatory disorder of the skin characterized by chronic inflammation and hyperproliferation of the epidermis. Differential expression analysis of microarray or RNA-seq data have shown that thousands of coding and non-coding genes are differentially expressed between psoriatic and healthy control skin. However, differential expression analysis may fail to detect perturbations in gene coexpression networks. Sensitive detection of such networks may provide additional insight into important disease-associated pathways...
October 28, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27788004/characterizing-and-controlling-the-loading-and-release-of-cationic-amphiphilic-peptides-onto-and-from-peg-stabilized-lipodisks
#15
Karin Reijmar, Katarina Edwards, Karl Andersson, Víctor Agmo Hernández
Recent studies have identified PEG-stabilized lipid nanodisks (lipodisks) as promising carriers for cationic amphiphilic peptides with antimicrobial and anticancer activity. Using fluorimetric and nanogravimetric methods, we have in this work characterized the parameters describing and controlling the binding of three selected peptides (melittin, LL37, and magainin 2) onto lipodisks. It was found that the affinity of melittin for lipodisks is independent of the disk size and rim charge. On the other hand, the number of binding sites is strongly dependent on both parameters, with the highest loading being obtained for small disks with a negatively charged rim...
November 22, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27739485/skin-bacteria-communication-involvement-of-the-neurohormone-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-cgrp-in-the-regulation-of-staphylococcus-epidermidis-virulence
#16
Awa R N'Diaye, Camille Leclerc, Takfarinas Kentache, Julie Hardouin, Cecile Duclairoir Poc, Yoan Konto-Ghiorghi, Sylvie Chevalier, Olivier Lesouhaitier, Marc G J Feuilloley
Staphylococci can sense Substance P (SP) in skin, but this molecule is generally released by nerve terminals along with another neuropeptide, Calcitonin Gene Related Peptide (CGRP). In this study, we investigated the effects of αCGRP on Staphylococci. CGRP induced a strong stimulation of Staphylococcus epidermidis virulence with a low threshold (<10(-12 )M) whereas Staphylococcus aureus was insensitive to CGRP. We observed that CGRP-treated S. epidermidis induced interleukin 8 release by keratinocytes...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27671162/early-onset-pediatric-atopic-dermatitis-is-th2-but-also-th17-polarized-in-skin
#17
Hitokazu Esaki, Patrick M Brunner, Yael Renert-Yuval, Tali Czarnowicki, Thy Huynh, Gary Tran, Sarah Lyon, Giselle Rodriguez, Supriya Immaneni, Donald B Johnson, Bruce Bauer, Judilyn Fuentes-Duculan, Xiuzhong Zheng, Xiangyu Peng, Yeriel D Estrada, Hui Xu, Christina de Guzman Strong, Mayte Suárez-Fariñas, James G Krueger, Amy S Paller, Emma Guttman-Yassky
BACKGROUND: Atopic dermatitis (AD) affects 15% to 25% of children and 4% to 7% of adults. Paradigm-shifting discoveries about AD have been based on adult biomarkers, reflecting decades of disease activity, although 85% of cases begin by 5 years. Blood phenotyping shows only TH2 skewing in patients with early-onset pediatric AD, but alterations in early pediatric skin lesions are unknown, limiting advancement of targeted therapies. OBJECTIVE: We sought to characterize the early pediatric AD skin phenotype and its differences from pediatric control subjects and adults with AD...
December 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27604468/gene-therapy-based-in-antimicrobial-peptides-and-proinflammatory-cytokine-prevents-reactivation-of-experimental-latent-tuberculosis
#18
Octavio Ramos-Espinosa, Sujhey Hernández-Bazán, Alejandro Francisco-Cruz, Dulce Mata-Espinosa, Jorge Barrios-Payán, Brenda Marquina-Castillo, Fernando López-Casillas, Marta Carretero, Marcela Del Río, Rogelio Hernández-Pando
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) latent infection can lead to reactivation. The design of new strategies to prevent it is an important subject. B6D2F1 mice were infected intratracheally with a low dose of Mtb H37Rv to induce chronic infection. After 7 months, mice were treated with one dose of recombinant adenoviruses encoding TNFα, β defensin-3 and LL37. Immunosupression was induced 1 month later with corticosterone. In comparison with the control group, mice treated with adenoviruses showed significantly less bacterial load and pneumonia, the adenoviruses encoding TNFα and LL37 being the most efficient...
October 2016: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27570525/new-insights-into-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-mechanisms-of-formation-and-role-in-inflammation
#19
REVIEW
Hang Yang, Mona Helena Biermann, Jan Markus Brauner, Yi Liu, Yi Zhao, Martin Herrmann
Recent data suggest that NETosis plays a crucial role in the innate immune response and disturbs the homeostasis of the immune system. NETosis is a form of neutrophil-specific cell death characterized by the release of large web-like structures referred to as neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs). NETs are composed of DNA strands associated with histones and decorated with about 20 different proteins, including neutrophil elastase, myeloperoxidase, cathepsin G, proteinase 3, high mobility group protein B1, and LL37...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27488327/a-randomized-controlled-trial-on-the-effect-of-vitamin-d3-on-inflammation-and-cathelicidin-gene-expression-in-ulcerative-colitis-patients
#20
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Amrollah Sharifi, Mohammad Javad Hosseinzadeh-Attar, Homayoon Vahedi, Saharnaz Nedjat
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an intestinal chronic inflammatory condition and includes Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). It has been proposed that Vitamin D supplementation may have a beneficial role in IBD. AIM: To characterize the effects of Vitamin D on cathelicidin (hCAP/LL37) gene expression, ESR, and serum hs-CRP levels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ninety UC patients on remission were randomized to receive 300,000 IU intramuscular Vitamin D or 1 mL normal saline as placebo, respectively...
July 2016: Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association
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