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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931578/lipid-topology-and-electrostatic-interactions-underpin-lytic-activity-of-linear-cationic-antimicrobial-peptides-in-membranes
#1
David J Paterson, Manlio Tassieri, Julien Reboud, Rab Wilson, Jonathan M Cooper
Linear cationic antimicrobial peptides are a diverse class of molecules that interact with a wide range of cell membranes. Many of these peptides disrupt cell integrity by forming membrane-spanning pores that ultimately lead to their death. Despite these peptides high potency and ability to evade acquired bacterial drug resistance, there is a lack of knowledge on their selectivity and activity mechanisms. Such an understanding would provide an informative framework for rational design and could lead to potential antimicrobial therapeutic targets...
September 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903394/melittin-suppresses-tumor-progression-by-regulating-tumor-associated-macrophages-in-a-lewis-lung-carcinoma-mouse-model
#2
Chanju Lee, Sung-Joo S Bae, Hwansoo Joo, Hyunsu Bae
Tumor-associated macrophages (TAM) are a major component of tumor stroma. It has been reported that TAMs have M2-like phenotype and facilitate tumor progression by promoting angiogenesis and immunosuppression. Melittin, a major polypeptide of bee venom, has been widely studied as an anti-cancer drug due to its cytotoxicity to malignant cells. However, very little is known regarding the effect of melittin on immune cells in the tumor microenvironment. This study focuses on the effect of melittin on TAMs in a Lewis lung carcinoma mouse model...
August 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894233/a-ph-dependent-antibacterial-peptide-release-nano-system-blocks-tumor-growth-in-vivo-without-toxicity
#3
Jing Cao, Yan Zhang, Yanke Shan, Jingui Wang, Fei Liu, Hongrui Liu, Gang Xing, Jing Lei, Jiyong Zhou
In this study, we designed a nano-system where a novel antibacterial peptide RGD-hylin a1 with reduced hemolysis than the commonly studied melittin was loaded onto mesoporous silica (HMS). We found out that the designed nano-system, RGD-hylin a1-HMS, released RGD-hylin a1 in a pH-dependent manner. It caused apoptosis of cancer cells at low dosage of the antibacterial peptide at pH = 5.5, but was safe to the cells at pH = 7. The hemolytic activity of RGD-hylin a1 itself was reduced by 50~100% by the nano-system depending on the dosage...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893272/killed-whole-hiv-vaccine-employing-a-well-established-strategy-for-antiviral-vaccines
#4
REVIEW
C Yong Kang, Yong Gao
The development of an efficient prophylactic HIV vaccine has been one of the major challenges in infectious disease research during the last three decades. Here, we present a mini review on strategies employed for the development of HIV vaccines with an emphasis on a well-established vaccine technology, the killed whole-virus vaccine approach. Recently, we reported an evaluation of the safety and the immunogenicity of a genetically modified and killed whole-HIV-1 vaccine designated as SAV001 [1]. HIV-1 Clade B NL4-3 was genetically modified by deleting the nef and vpu genes and substituting the coding sequence of the Env signal peptide with that of honeybee melittin to produce an avirulent and replication efficient HIV-1...
September 12, 2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864859/expression-and-purification-of-classical-swine-fever-virus-e2-protein-from-sf9-cells-using-a-modified-vector
#5
Ling Yang, Xingmeng Lu, Weihuan Fang
OBJECTIVE: To develop a simple method for efficient expression of classical swine fever virus (CSFV) E2 protein. RESULTS: The pFastBac HT B vector (pFastHTB-M1) was modified by adding a melittin signal peptide sequence. The E2 gene fragment without the transmembrane region was cloned into pFastHTB-M1. The modified vector has clear advantage over the original one, as evidenced by the purified recombinant E2 protein that was detected significantly by SDS-PAGE. CONCLUSIONS: The modified vector has the potential for large-scale production and easy purification of the CSFV E2 protein or other proteins of interests...
September 1, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28839153/melittin-induced-alterations-in-morphology-and-deformability-of-human-red-blood-cells-using-quantitative-phase-imaging-techniques
#6
Joonseok Hur, Kyoohyun Kim, SangYun Lee, HyunJoo Park, YongKeun Park
Here, the actions of melittin, the active molecule of apitoxin or bee venom, were investigated on human red blood cells (RBCs) using quantitative phase imaging techniques. High-resolution real-time 3-D refractive index (RI) measurements and dynamic 2-D phase images of individual melittin-bound RBCs enabled in-depth examination of melittin-induced biophysical alterations of the cells. From the measurements, morphological, intracellular, and mechanical alterations of the RBCs were analyzed quantitatively. Furthermore, leakage of haemoglobin (Hb) inside the RBCs at high melittin concentration was also investigated...
August 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829104/time-lapse-afm-on-vesicle-formation-from-mixed-lipid-bilayers-induced-by-the-membrane-active-peptide-melittin
#7
M A Bodescu, F Rosenkötter, J Fritz
Melittin is a model system for the action of antimicrobial peptides which are potential candidates for novel antibiotics. We investigated the membrane lysis effect of melittin on phase-separated supported lipid bilayers (DOPC-DPPC) by atomic force microscopy. AFM images show that the peptide first forms defects at the interface between the two lipid phases and then degrades preferentially the liquid-phase DOPC-enriched domains. Vesicular structures of 10-20 nm radius were observed to form, suggesting a mixed carpet-toroidal model mechanism for the resolved action of melittin...
August 22, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813781/bee-venom-decreases-lps-induced-inflammatory-responses-in-bovine-mammary-epithelial-cells
#8
Chang Hee Jeong, Wei Nee Cheng, Hyojin Bae, Kyung Woo Lee, Sang Mi Han, Michael C Petriello, Hong Gu Lee, Han Geuk Seo, Sung Gu Han
The world dairy industry has long been challenged by bovine mastitis, an inflammatory disease, which causes economic loss due to decreased milk production and quality. Attempts have been made to prevent or treat this disease with multiple approaches, primarily through increased abuse of antibiotics, but effective natural solutions remain elusive. Bee venom (BV) contains a variety of peptides (e.g., melittin) and that shows multiple bioactivities including prevention of inflammation. Thus, in the current study, it was hypothesized that BV can reduce inflammation in bovine mammary epithelial cells (MAC-T)...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796264/lytic-cell-death-induced-by-melittin-bypasses-pyroptosis-but-induces-nlrp3-inflammasome-activation-and-il-1%C3%AE-release
#9
Fátima Martín-Sánchez, Juan José Martínez-García, María Muñoz-García, Miriam Martínez-Villanueva, José A Noguera-Velasco, David Andreu, Luís Rivas, Pablo Pelegrín
The nucleotide-binding domain and leucine-rich repeat-containing receptor with a pyrin domain 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome is a sensor for different types of infections and alterations of homeostatic parameters, including abnormally high levels of the extracellular nucleotide ATP or crystallization of different metabolites. All NLRP3 activators trigger a similar intracellular pathway, where a decrease in intracellular K(+) concentration and permeabilization of plasma membrane are key steps. Cationic amphipathic antimicrobial peptides and peptide toxins permeabilize the plasma membrane...
August 10, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741464/expression-of-mastoparan-b-a-venom-peptide-via-escherichia-coli-c43-de3-coupled-with-an-artificial-oil-body-cyanogen-bromide-technology-platform
#10
Tzyy-Rong Jinn, Sheng-Kuo Hsieh, Yu-Jen Yu, Nou-Ying Tang, Jhao-Ren Lin
Here, we successfully use the oleosin-based fusion expression strategy coupled with the artificial oil body (AOB)-cyanogen bromide (CNBr) platform to produce bioactive MPB peptide which, in a manner identical to that of its native counterpart. In this study, the MPB peptide was interlinked with recombinant oleosin (rOle(127M→L)) by a methionine residue, a CNBr cleavage site. The recombinant rOle(127M→L)-MPB fusion gene was cloned into the pET30a(+) vector and was expressed in E. coli (DE3) after IPTG induction under optimized conditions...
July 24, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739022/component-resolved-diagnosis-in-hymenoptera-allergy
#11
REVIEW
D Antolín-Amérigo, B Ruiz-León, E Boni, T Alfaya-Arias, M Álvarez-Mon, J Barbarroja-Escudero, D González-de-Olano, C Moreno-Aguilar, M Rodríguez-Rodríguez, M J Sánchez-González, L Sánchez-Morillas, A Vega-Castro
Component-resolved diagnosis based on the use of well-defined, properly characterised and purified natural and recombinant allergens constitutes a new approach in the diagnosis of venom allergy. Prospective readers may benefit from an up-to-date review on the allergens. The best characterised venom is that of Apis mellifera, whose main allergens are phospholipase A2 (Api m1), hyaluronidase (Api m2) and melittin (Api m4). Additionally, in recent years, new allergens of Vespula vulgaris have been identified and include phospholipase A1 (Ves v1), hyaluronidase (Ves v2) and antigen 5 (Ves v5)...
July 21, 2017: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736788/characterisation-of-anticancer-peptides-at-the-single-cell-level
#12
L Armbrecht, G Gabernet, F Kurth, J A Hiss, G Schneider, P S Dittrich
The development of efficacious anticancer therapeutics is difficult due to the heterogeneity of the cellular response to chemotherapy. Anticancer peptides (ACPs) are promising drug candidates that have been shown to be active against a range of cancer cells. However, few ACP studies focus on tumour single-cell heterogeneities. In order to address this need, we developed a microfluidic device and an imaging procedure that enable the capture, monitoring, and analysis of several hundred single cells for the study of drug response...
July 24, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720433/single-channel-planar-lipid-bilayer-recordings-of-the-melittin-variant-melp5
#13
Aziz Fennouri, Simon Finn Mayer, Thomas B H Schroeder, Michael Mayer
MelP5 is a 26 amino acid peptide derived from melittin, the main active constituent of bee venom, with five amino acid replacements. The pore-forming activity of MelP5 in lipid membranes is attracting attention because MelP5 forms larger pores and induces dye leakage through liposome membranes at a lower concentration than melittin. Studies of MelP5 have so far focused on ensemble measurements of membrane leakage and impedance; here we extend this characterization with an electrophysiological comparison between MelP5 and melittin using planar lipid bilayer recordings...
July 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714303/melittin-containing-hybrid-peptide-hydrogels-for-enhanced-photothermal-therapy-of-glioblastoma
#14
Honglin Jin, Guifang Zhao, Jianli Hu, Quanguang Ren, Kui Yang, Chao Wan, Ai Huang, Pindong Li, Jue-Ping Feng, Jing Chen, Zhenwei Zou
The design of biocompatible and efficacious anticancer biomaterials to achieve relatively low tumor recurrence rates is the main pursuit of cancer photothermal therapy (PTT). RADA16-I is a synthetic amphiphilic peptide with the sequence RADARADARADARADA that can self-assemble into a peptide nanofiber hydrogel. In this study, we synthesized a novel melittin-RADA32-indocyanine green (ICG) hydrogel ("MRI hydrogel"), which contains melittin in the peptide hydrogel backbone and ICG in the hydrogel matrix, for enhanced PTT of glioblastomas...
August 9, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713976/melittin-exerts-an-antitumor-effect-on-non%C3%A2-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells
#15
Su-Fang Zhang, Zhe Chen
Lung cancer accounts for a significant percentage of all cancer‑associated mortalities in men and women, with non‑small cell lung cancer being the most frequently occurring type of lung cancer. Melittin is the principal active component of apitoxin (bee venom) that has been reported to exert anti‑chronic inflammatory and anti‑cancer effects. In the present study, the antitumor effect of melittin was evaluated using in vivo and in vitro analyses. The results demonstrated that melittin significantly inhibited the epidermal growth factor‑induced invasion and migration of non‑small cell lung cancer cells...
September 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712916/targeting-lipodisks-enable-selective-delivery-of-anticancer-peptides-to-tumor-cells
#16
Sara Ahlgren, Karin Reijmar, Katarina Edwards
Issues concerning non-specificity, degradation and hemolysis severely hamper the development of membranolytic amphiphilic peptides into safe and efficient anticancer agents. To increase the therapeutic potential, we have previously developed a strategy based on formulation of the peptides in biocompatible nanosized lipodisks. Studies using melittin as model peptide show that the proteolytic degradation and hemolytic effect of the peptide are substantially reduced upon loading in lipodisks. Here, we explored the possibilities to increase the specificity and boost the cytotoxicity of melittin to tumor cells by use of targeting lipodisk...
July 13, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701955/therapeutic-properties-of-bioactive-compounds-from-different-honeybee-products
#17
REVIEW
Laura Cornara, Marco Biagi, Jianbo Xiao, Bruno Burlando
Honeybees produce honey, royal jelly, propolis, bee venom, bee pollen, and beeswax, which potentially benefit to humans due to the bioactives in them. Clinical standardization of these products is hindered by chemical variability depending on honeybee and botanical sources, but different molecules have been isolated and pharmacologically characterized. Major honey bioactives include phenolics, methylglyoxal, royal jelly proteins (MRJPs), and oligosaccharides. In royal jelly there are antimicrobial jelleins and royalisin peptides, MRJPs, and hydroxy-decenoic acid derivatives, notably 10-hydroxy-2-decenoic acid (10-HDA), with antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, neuromodulatory, metabolic syndrome preventing, and anti-aging activities...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669767/bactericidal-activity-of-cyclotides-where-phosphatidylethanolamine-lipid-selectivity-determines-antimicrobial-spectra
#18
Adam A Strömstedt, Sungkyu Park, Robert Burman, Ulf Göransson
Cyclotides are a family of plant peptides characterized by a cystine knot embedded in a macrocyclic backbone. They bind to and disrupt phospholipid membranes, which explain their lytic activity on cells. In this study, we expose the full antibacterial potency of cyclotides by avoiding its inhibition by rich growth media assay conditions. For that purpose a two-step microdilution assay protocol was developed, using non-growing conditions during initial peptide incubation. A diverse set of cyclotides was tested for antibacterial and antifungal activity, and the results show that most cyclotides are active under these conditions, especially against Gram-negative bacteria...
June 29, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666252/melittin-suppresses-tumor-progression-by-regulating-tumor-associated-macrophages-in-a-lewis-lung-carcinoma-mouse-model
#19
Chanju Lee, Sung-Joo S Bae, Hwansoo Joo, Hyunsu Bae
Tumor-associated macrophages (TAM) are a major component of tumor stroma. It has been reported that TAMs have M2-like phenotype and facilitate tumor progression by promoting angiogenesis and immunosuppression. Melittin, a major polypeptide of bee venom, has been widely studied as an anti-cancer drug due to its cytotoxicity to malignant cells. However, very little is known regarding the effect of melittin on immune cells in the tumor microenvironment. This study focuses on the effect of melittin on TAMs in a Lewis lung carcinoma mouse model...
June 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665988/oxidative-stress-induced-in-e-coli-by-the-human-antimicrobial-peptide-ll-37
#20
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
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