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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326221/genome-sequences-of-acholeplasma-laidlawii-strains-with-increased-resistance-to-tetracycline-and-melittin
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Natalia B Baranova, Tatyana Y Malygina, Elena S Medvedeva, Eugenia A Boulygina, Maria N Siniagina, Mohamed Amine Dramchini, Reshad Akbor Prottoy, Alexey A Mouzykantov, Marina N Davydova, Olga A Chernova, Vladislav M Chernov
Acholeplasma laidlawii is a well-suited model for studying the molecular basis for adapting mollicutes to environmental conditions. Here, we present the whole-genome sequences of two strains of A. laidlawii with increased resistance to tetracycline and melittin.
January 11, 2018: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325460/targeted-delivery-of-melittin-to-cancer-cells-by-as1411-anti-nucleolin-aptamer
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Seyed Hossein Rajabnejad, Ahad Mokhtarzadeh, Khalil Abnous, Seyed Mohammad Taghdisi, Mohammad Ramezani, Bibi Marjan Razavi
Melittin, a small water-soluble cationic amphipathic α-helical linear peptide, consisted of 26 amino acids, is the honeybee venom major constituent. Several reports have proved the lytic and apoptotic effects of melittin in several cancerous cell lines. In this study, we aimed to fabricate an AS1411 aptamer-melittin to specifically deliver melittin to nucleolin positive cells (A549). Melittin was covalently attached to antinucleolin aptamer (AS1411) and its toxicity in A549 (Nucleolin positive) and L929 (Nucleolin negative) was studied using MTT and Annexin V flow cytometry methods...
January 12, 2018: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315863/activatable-protein-nanoparticles-for-targeted-delivery-of-therapeutic-peptides
#3
Xi Yu, Xingchun Gou, Peng Wu, Liang Han, Daofeng Tian, Fengyi Du, Zeming Chen, Fuyao Liu, Gang Deng, Ann T Chen, Chao Ma, Jun Liu, Sara M Hashmi, Xing Guo, Xiaolong Wang, Haitian Zhao, Xinran Liu, Xudong Zhu, Kevin Sheth, Qianxue Chen, Louzhen Fan, Jiangbing Zhou
Clinical translation of therapeutic peptides, particularly those that require penetration of the cell membrane or are cytolytic, is a major challenge. A novel approach based on a complementary mechanism, which has been widely used for guided synthesis of DNA or RNA nanoparticles, for de novo design of activatable protein nanoparticles (APNPs) for targeted delivery of therapeutic peptides is described. APNPs are formed through self-assembly of three independent polypeptides based on pairwise coiled-coil dimerization...
January 8, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304549/unravelling-a-mechanism-of-action-of-a-cecropin-a-melittin-hybrid-antimicrobial-peptide-the-induced-formation-of-multilamellar-lipid-stacks
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Tânia Silva, Bárbara Claro, Bruno Brás Silva, Nuno Vale, Paula Gomes, Maria Salomé Gomes, Sergio S Funari, Jose Teixeira, Daniela Uhrikova, Margarida Bastos
The understanding of the mechanism of action of antimicrobial peptides is fundamental for the development of new and more active antibiotics. In present work, we use a wide range of techniques (SANS, SAXD, DSC, ITC, CD, confocal and electron microscopy) in order to fully characterize the interaction of a cecropin A-melittin hybrid antimicrobial peptide, CA(1-7)M(2-9), of known antimicrobial activity, with a bacterial model membrane of POPE/POPG, in an effort to unravel its mechanism of action. We found that CA(1-7)M(2-9) disrupts the vesicles inducing membrane condensation, forming an 'onion-like' structure of multilamellar stacks, held together by the intercalated peptides...
January 5, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247241/beneficial-effects-of-melittin-on-ovalbumin-induced-atopic-dermatitis-in-mouse
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Woon-Hae Kim, Hyun-Jin An, Jung-Yeon Kim, Mi-Gyeong Gwon, Hyemin Gu, Minji Jeon, Woo Jung Sung, Sang Mi Han, Sok Cheon Pak, Min-Kyung Kim, Kwan-Kyu Park
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is an inflammatory skin disease characterized by intense pruritus and relapsable eczematous lesions. The hallmarks of AD are defects in the epidermal barrier and immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated sensitization to several environmental allergens, as well as an immune disorder mediated by an imbalance toward T-helper-2 response. Melittin, a major component of bee venom, has been studied in various inflammatory diseases. However, the beneficial effects of melittin on mouse with AD-like symptoms have not been explored...
December 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229236/ultrastructural-analysis-of-early-toxic-effects-produced-by-bee-venom-phospholipase-a2-and-melittin-in-sertoli-cells-in-rats
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Mariana Tilinca, Adrian Florea
In this study, we aimed to investigate the testicular toxicity of two molecules derived from bee venom (BV): phospholipase A2 (PlA2) and melittin (Mlt). Ultrastructural effects of purified BV PlA2 and Mlt were assessed consecutive to repeated dose (30 days) and acute toxicity studies. For the subchronic treatment, PlA2 and Mlt were injected in daily doses equivalent to those released by a bee sting (105 μg PlA2/kg/day and 350 μg Mlt/kg/day), while in the acute treatment their doses corresponded to those released by 100 bee stings (9...
December 8, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29186026/antimicrobial-activity-of-bee-venom-and-melittin-against-borrelia-burgdorferi
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Kayla M Socarras, Priyanka A S Theophilus, Jason P Torres, Khusali Gupta, Eva Sapi
Lyme disease is a tick-borne, multi-systemic disease, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Though antibiotics are used as a primary treatment, relapse often occurs after the discontinuation of antimicrobial agents. The reason for relapse remains unknown, however previous studies suggest the possible presence of antibiotic resistant Borrelia round bodies, persisters and attached biofilm forms. Thus, there is an urgent need to find antimicrobial agents suitable to eliminate all known forms of B. burgdorferi...
November 29, 2017: Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185466/macropis-fulvipes-venom-component-macropin-exerts-its-antibacterial-and-anti-biofilm-properties-by-damaging-the-plasma-membranes-of-drug-resistant-bacteria
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Su Jin Ko, Min Kyung Kim, Jeong Kyu Bang, Chang Ho Seo, Tudor Luchian, Yoonkyung Park
The abuse of antibiotics for disease treatment has led to the emergence of multidrug resistant bacteria. Antimicrobial peptides, found naturally in various organisms, have received increasing interest as alternatives to conventional antibiotics because of their broad spectrum antimicrobial activity and low cytotoxicity. In a previous report, Macropin, isolated from bee venom, exhibited antimicrobial activity against both gram-positive and negative bacteria. In the present study, Macropin was synthesized and its antibacterial and anti-biofilm activities were tested against bacterial strains, including gram-positive and negative bacteria, and drug resistant bacteria...
November 29, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163709/the-anti-hepatocellular-carcinoma-activity-of-mel-p15-is-mediated-by-natural-killer-cells
#9
Tao Xu, Tongxing Cui, Lipan Peng, Shuai Kong, Jianqiang Zou, Xingsong Tian
Mel-P15 is a peptide derived from melittin, the main toxic component in the venom of the European honeybee Apis mellifera. In the present study, the antitumor effects of Mel-P15 and the underlying molecular mechanisms of these effects in vivo were investigated. Mel-P15 directly stimulated natural killer (NK) cell cytotoxicity in vitro, which was increased to 55.45% at a 4 µg/ml dose of Mel-P15. In the mouse liver cancer (H22) xenograft mice model, Mel-P15 suppressed tumor growth in vivo; the tumor inhibitory rate was 61...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138064/bicontinuous-microemulsions-as-a-biomembrane-mimetic-system-for-melittin
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Douglas G Hayes, Ran Ye, Rachel N Dunlap, Divina B Anunciado, Sai Venkatesh Pingali, Hugh M O'Neill, Volker S Urban
Antimicrobial peptides effectively kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria by forming pores in prokaryotes' biomembranes via penetration into the biomembranes' interior. Bicontinuous microemulsions, consisting of interdispersed oil and water nanodomains separated by flexible surfactant monolayers, are potentially valuable for hosting membrane-associated peptides and proteins due to their thermodynamic stability, optical transparency, low viscosity, and high interfacial area. Here, we show that bicontinuous microemulsions formed by negatively-charged surfactants are a robust biomembrane mimetic system for the antimicrobial peptide melittin...
November 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130302/a-cell-mimicking-structure-converting-analog-volume-changes-to-digital-colorimetric-output-with-molecular-selectivity
#11
Zijie Zhang, Yibo Liu, Xiaohan Zhang, Juewen Liu
We herein report a three-component cell-mimicking structure with a peroxidase-like iron oxide nanozyme as the nucleus, a molecularly imprinted hydrogel shell as cytoplasm, and a lipid bilayer membrane. The structure was characterized by cryo and negative stain TEM and also by a calcein leakage test. By introducing charged monomers, the gel shell can swell or shrink in response to salt concentration. By lowering the salt concentration, the gradual 'analog' gel volume change was reflected in a switch-like 'digital' colorimetric output by the burst of membrane and oxidation of substrates such as 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB)...
November 13, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110341/hemin-and-bile-pigments-are-the-secondary-structure-regulators-of-intrinsically-disordered-antimicrobial-peptides
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Ferenc Zsila, Tünde Juhász, Szilvia Bősze, Kata Horváti, Tamás Beke-Somfai
The interaction of protoporphyrin compounds of human origin with the major bee venom component melittin (26 a.a., Z +6) and its hybrid derivative (CM15, 15 a.a., Z +6) were studied by a combination of various spectroscopic methods. Throughout a two-state, concentration-dependent process, hemin and its metabolites (biliverdin, bilirubin, bilirubin ditaurate) increase the parallel β-sheet content of the natively unfolded melittin, suggesting the oligomerization of the peptide chains. In contrast, α-helix promoting effect was observed with the also disordered but more cationic CM15...
November 7, 2017: Chirality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076987/the-effects-of-melittin-and-apamin-on-airborne-fungi-induced-chemical-mediator-and-extracellular-matrix-production-from-nasal-polyp-fibroblasts
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Seung-Heon Shin, Mi-Kyung Ye, Sung-Yong Choi, Kwan-Kyu Park
Melittin and apamin are the main components of bee venom and they have been known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic properties. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of melittin and apamin on airborne fungi-induced chemical mediator and extracellular matrix (ECM) production in nasal fibroblasts. Primary nasal fibroblasts were isolated from nasal polyps, which were collected during endoscopic sinus surgery. Nasal fibroblasts were treated with Alternaria and Aspergillus. The effects of melittin and apamin on the production of interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-8 were determined with enzyme linked immunosorbent assay...
October 27, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068097/antimicrobial-peptide-structure-from-model-membranes-to-live-cells
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Marc-Antoine Sani, Frances Separovic
The rise in antibiotic resistance has led to a renewed interest in antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) that target membranes. The mode of action of AMPs involves the disruption of the lipid bilayer and leads to growth inhibition and death of the bacteria. However, details at the molecular level of how these peptides kill bacteria and the reasons for the observed differences in selectivity remain unclear. Structural information is crucial for defining the molecular mechanism by which these peptides recognize, self-assemble and interact with a particular lipid membrane...
October 25, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035531/molecular-simulations-of-melittin-induced-membrane-pores
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Delin Sun, Jan Forsman, Clifford E Woodward
Membrane-active peptides (MAPs) are able to induce pores in cell membranes via molecular mechanisms, which are still subject to ongoing research. In this work, we present molecular dynamics simulations that suggest a precursor membrane defect plays an important role in the pore-inducing activity of the prototypical antimicrobial peptide melittin. The simulations reveal that the hydrophobic N-terminus of melittin is able to recognize and insert into the membrane defect in the lipid bilayer and that this leads to a cascading transfer of adsorbed peptides to the membrane defect, leading to peptide aggregation in the pore...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943153/melittin-and-its-potential-in-the-destruction-and-inhibition-of-the-biofilm-formation-by-staphylococcus-aureus-escherichia-coli-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-isolated-from-bovine-milk
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Tony Picoli, Cristina Mendes Peter, João Luíz Zani, Stefanie Bressan Waller, Matheus Gomes Lopes, Kamilla Neutzling Boesche, Gilberto D Ávila Vargas, Silvia de Oliveira Hübner, Geferson Fischer
Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa stand out in veterinary and human medicine for their role in opportunistic infections and their pathogenic mechanisms, including the biofilms formation. It was investigated the antibacterial activity of melittin and antibiofilm of such bacteria. Twelve strains of these microorganisms isolated from bovine milk were used, as well as the strains S. aureus ATCC 12600, E. coli ATCC 8739 and Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 15442. The minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) were determined by broth microdilution technique...
September 21, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931578/lipid-topology-and-electrostatic-interactions-underpin-lytic-activity-of-linear-cationic-antimicrobial-peptides-in-membranes
#17
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...
October 3, 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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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