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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910369/heightened-circulating-levels-of-antimicrobial-peptides-in-tuberculosis-diabetes-co-morbidity-and-reversal-upon-treatment
#1
Nathella Pavan Kumar, Kadar Moideen, Vijay Viswanathan, Shanmugam Sivakumar, Pradeep A Menon, Hardy Kornfeld, Subash Babu
BACKGROUND: The association of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) with tuberculosis-diabetes comorbidity (PTB-DM) is not well understood. METHODS: To study the association of AMPs with PTB-DM, we examined the systemic levels of cathelicidin (LL37), human beta defensin- 2 (HBD2), human neutrophil peptides 1-3, (HNP1-3) and granulysin in individuals with either PTB-DM, PTB, latent TB (LTB) or no TB infection (NTB). RESULTS: Circulating levels of cathelicidin and HBD2 were significantly higher and granulysin levels were significantly lower in PTB-DM compared to PTB, LTB or NTB, while the levels of HNP1-3 were significantly higher in PTB-DM compared to LTB or NTB individuals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882728/enhanced-efficacy-of-the-engineered-antimicrobial-peptide-wlbu2-via-direct-airway-delivery-in-a-murine-model-of-p-aeruginosa-pneumonia
#2
Chen Chen, Berthony Deslouches, Ronald C Montelaro, Y Peter Di
OBJECTIVES: P. aeruginosa is a common cause of pneumonia in cystic fibrosis patients with the property to generate multidrug resistance against clinically used antibiotics. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are a diverse group of effector molecules of the innate immunity that protect the host against pathogens. However, the lack of activity in common biological matrices has hampered efforts towards clinical development. In this study, we evaluated the therapeutic potential of engineered antimicrobial peptide WLBU2 via direct airway delivery in a murine model of P...
September 4, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739721/a-preclinical-study-of-cell-seeded-tubularized-scaffolds-specially-secreting-ll37-for-reconstruction-of-long-urethral-defects
#3
Yongwei Li, Jitao Wu, Fan Feng, Changping Men, Diandong Yang, Zhenli Gao, Zhe Zhu, Yuanshan Cui, Hongwei Zhao
AIM: We constructed a new artificial, long tubular acellular matrix, seeded with autologous progenitor cells transfected with the sequence to produce the antibiotic peptide LL37 and another two common seeding cells, which might be adopted for patients requiring repair of long segment of the urethra. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Autologous endothelial progenitor cells transfected by lentiviral vectors expressing antibiotic peptide LL37, as well as urothelial and smooth muscle cells from New Zealand white male rabbits, were cultured and seeded onto preconfigured acellular collagen-based tubular matrices (3 cm in length)...
August 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694030/antimicrobial-peptide-gold-nanoscale-therapeutic-formulation-with-high-skin-regenerative-potential
#4
Michela Comune, Akhilesh Rai, Kiran K Chereddy, Sandra Pinto, Sezin Aday, André F Ferreira, Alessandra Zonari, Josephine Blersch, Rodrigo Cunha, Ricardo Rodrigues, Juan Lerma, Pedro N Simões, Veronique Préat, Lino Ferreira
Chronic skin wounds affect ≈3% of persons aged >60years (Davies et al., 2007) [1]. These wounds are typically difficult to heal by conventional therapies and in many cases they get infected making even harder the regeneration process. The antimicrobial peptide (AMP) LL37 combines antimicrobial with pro-regenerative properties and thus represents a promising topical therapy to address both problems. Here, we investigated the wound healing potential of soluble and immobilized LL37 (LL37-conjugated gold nanoparticles, LL37-Au NPs), both in vitro (migration of keratinocytes) and in vivo (skin wound healing)...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666755/activity-of-innate-antimicrobial-peptides-and-ivacaftor-against-clinical-cystic-fibrosis-respiratory-pathogens
#5
Joanna E Payne, Alice V Dubois, Rebecca J Ingram, Sinead Weldon, Clifford C Taggart, J Stuart Elborn, Michael M Tunney
There is a clear need for new antimicrobials to improve current treatment of chronic lung infection in people with cystic fibrosis (CF). This study determined the activities of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) and ivacaftor, a novel CF transmembrane conductance regulator potentiator, for CF treatment. Antimicrobial activities of AMPs [LL37, human β-defensins (HβD) 1-4 and SLPI] and ivacaftor against clinical respiratory isolates (Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus spp., Achromobacter spp...
June 27, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584210/atopic-dermatitis-like-graft-versus-host-disease-and-lichen-planus-like-graft-versus-host-disease-alterations-in-skin-barrier-function-and-related-molecules
#6
Kun Li, Zhang-Lei Mu, Xue Chen, Guang-Dong Wen, Yan Zhao, Jian-Zhong Zhang
BACKGROUND: Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a common complication of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Skin barrier disruption could induce thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) expression, and the expression of TSLP was increased in lesions of atopic dermatitis (AD)-like GVHD and lichen planus (LP)-like GVHD. This study attempted to investigate the skin barrier function of AD-like GVHD and LP-like GVHD and possible mechanisms. METHODS: Eighteen AD-like GVHD patients, 12 LP-like GVHD patients, and 14 healthy volunteers were enrolled in this study...
June 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
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
#7
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
#8
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
#9
COMPARATIVE STUDY
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
#10
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
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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...
October 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
#12
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
#13
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
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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