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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148801/neuropeptidomics-of-the-bed-bug-cimex-lectularius
#1
Reinhard Predel, Susanne Neupert, Christian Derst, Klaus Reinhardt, Christian Wegener
The bed bug Cimex lectularius is a globally distributed human ectoparasite with fascinating biology. It has recently acquired resistance against a broad range of insecticides, causing a worldwide increase in bed bug infestations. The recent annotation of the bed bug genome revealed a full complement of neuropeptide and neuropeptide receptor genes in this species. With regard to the biology of C. lectularius, neuropeptide signalling is especially interesting since it regulates feeding, diuresis, digestion as well as reproduction, and also provides potential new targets for chemical control...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147553/crafting-of-functional-biomaterials-by-directed-molecular-self-assembly-of-triple-helical-peptide-building-blocks
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REVIEW
Jayati Banerjee, Helena S Azevedo
Collagen is the most abundant extracellular matrix protein in the body and has widespread use in biomedical research, as well as in clinics. In addition to difficulties in the production of recombinant collagen due to its high non-natural imino acid content, animal-derived collagen imposes several major drawbacks-variability in composition, immunogenicity, pathogenicity and difficulty in sequence modification-that may limit its use in the practical scenario. However, in recent years, scientists have shifted their attention towards developing synthetic collagen-like materials from simple collagen model triple helical peptides to eliminate the potential drawbacks...
December 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147502/chemical-space-guided-discovery-of-antimicrobial-bridged-bicyclic-peptides-against-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-and-its-biofilms
#3
Ivan Di Bonaventura, Xian Jin, Ricardo Visini, Daniel Probst, Sacha Javor, Bee-Ha Gan, Gaëlle Michaud, Antonino Natalello, Silvia Maria Doglia, Thilo Köhler, Christian van Delden, Achim Stocker, Tamis Darbre, Jean-Louis Reymond
Herein we report the discovery of antimicrobial bridged bicyclic peptides (AMBPs) active against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a highly problematic Gram negative bacterium in the hospital environment. Two of these AMBPs show strong biofilm inhibition and dispersal activity and enhance the activity of polymyxin, currently a last resort antibiotic against which resistance is emerging. To discover our AMBPs we used the concept of chemical space, which is well known in the area of small molecule drug discovery, to define a small number of test compounds for synthesis and experimental evaluation...
October 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146927/preparation-and-functional-evaluation-of-collagen-oligopeptide-rich-hydrolysate-from-fish-skin-with-the-serine-collagenolytic-protease-from-pseudoalteromonas-sp-sm9913
#4
Xiu-Lan Chen, Ming Peng, Jing Li, Bai-Lu Tang, Xuan Shao, Fang Zhao, Chang Liu, Xi-Ying Zhang, Ping-Yi Li, Mei Shi, Yu-Zhong Zhang, Xiao-Yan Song
Although several serine collagenolytic proteases from bacteria were reported, none has been used to prepare bioactive collagen peptides. MCP-01 is the most abundant extracellular protease of deep-sea Pseudoalteromonas sp. SM9913 and is a serine collagenolytic protease with high efficiency on fish collagen hydrolysis. Here, we set up a pilot scale process to ferment SM9913 for extracellular protease production. With SM9913 extracellular protease as a tool, a process to prepare collagen oligopeptide-rich hydrolysate from codfish skin was set up, which was further scaled up to pilot (100 L) and plant (2000 L) levels with yields >66%...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141967/yogurt-and-cardiometabolic-diseases-a-critical-review-of-potential-mechanisms
#5
REVIEW
Melissa Anne Fernandez, Shirin Panahi, Noémie Daniel, Angelo Tremblay, André Marette
Associations between yogurt intake and risk of diet-related cardiometabolic diseases (CMDs) have been the subject of recent research in epidemiologic nutrition. A healthy dietary pattern has been identified as a pillar for the prevention of weight gain and CMDs. Epidemiologic studies suggest that yogurt consumption is linked to healthy dietary patterns, lifestyles, and reduced risk of CMDs, particularly type 2 diabetes. However, to our knowledge, few to no randomized controlled trials have investigated yogurt intake in relation to cardiometabolic clinical outcomes...
November 2017: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141145/homochiral-versus-heterochiral-trifluoromethylated-pseudoproline-containing-dipeptides-a-powerful-tool-to-switch-the-prolyl-amide-bond-conformation
#6
Grégory Chaume, Julien Simon, Nathalie Lensen, Julien Pytkowicz, Thierry Brigaud, Emeric Miclet
The design of constrained peptides is of prime importance in the development of bioactive compounds and for applications in supramolecular chemistry. Due to its nature, the peptide bond undergoes a spontaneous cis-trans isomerism and the cis isomers are much more difficult to stabilize than the trans forms. By using oxazolidine-based pseudoprolines (ΨPro) substituted by a trifluoromethyl group, we show that the cis peptide bond can be readily switched from 0% to 100% in Xaa-ΨPro dipeptides. Our results prove that changing the configuration of the Cα in Xaa or in ΨPro is sufficient to invert the cis:trans populations while changing the nature of the Xaa side chain finely tuned the conformers ratio...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140694/tyrocidine-a-analogues-bearing-the-planar-d-phe-2-abz-turn-motif-how-conformation-impacts-bioactivity
#7
Alan J Cameron, Patrick J B Edwards, Elena Harjes, Vijayalekshmi Sarojini
The D-Phe-Pro β-turn of the cyclic β-hairpin antimicrobial decapeptide Tyrocidine A, (Tyrc A) was substituted with the D-Phe-2-aminobenzoic acid (2-Abz) motif in a synthetic analogue (1). NMR structure of 1 demonstrated that compound 1 retained the β-hairpin structure of Tyrc A with additional planarity, resulting in approx. 30-fold reduced haemolysis than Tyrc A. Although antibacterial activity was partially compromised, a single Gln to Lys substitution (2) restored activity equivalent to Tyrc A against S...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139513/current-knowledge-of-intestinal-absorption-of-bioactive-peptides
#8
REVIEW
Weilin Shen, Toshiro Matsui
Peptides have been demonstrated as potentially beneficial compounds against several life-style related diseases such as hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and atherosclerosis, among others. However, limited research has been carried out on peptide absorption, resulting in a lack of understanding and control of this process. Therefore, this review discusses the recent insights gathered on in vitro and in vivo absorption of peptides across intestinal membranes, into blood circulation. Briefly, some di-/tripeptides permeate through intestinal membranes in their intact forms via peptide transporter systems, while others are vulnerable to protease degradation...
November 15, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138416/plant-to-plant-communication-triggered-by-systemin-primes-anti-herbivore-resistance-in-tomato
#9
Mariangela Coppola, Pasquale Cascone, Valentina Madonna, Ilaria Di Lelio, Francesco Esposito, Concetta Avitabile, Alessandra Romanelli, Emilio Guerrieri, Alessia Vitiello, Francesco Pennacchio, Rosa Rao, Giandomenico Corrado
Plants actively respond to herbivory by inducing various defense mechanisms in both damaged (locally) and non-damaged tissues (systemically). In addition, it is currently widely accepted that plant-to-plant communication allows specific neighbors to be warned of likely incoming stress (defense priming). Systemin is a plant peptide hormone promoting the systemic response to herbivory in tomato. This 18-aa peptide is also able to induce the release of bioactive Volatile Organic Compounds, thus also promoting the interaction between the tomato and the third trophic level (e...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135264/peptide-based-polymer-polyoxometalate-supramolecular-structure-with-differed-antimicrobial-mechanism
#10
Lakshmi Priya Datta, Riya Mukherjee, Subharanjan Biswas, Tapan Kumar Das
Because of the increasing prevalence of multi-drug resistance feature, several investigations have been so far reported regarding the antibiotic alternative supramolecular bioactive agents made of hybrid assemblies. In this regard, it is well established that combinational therapy inherited by assembled supramolecular structures can improve the bioactivity to some extent but their mode of actions have not been studied in details. We provide the first direct evidence that the improved mechanism of action of antimicrobial supra-amphiphilic nanocomposites differ largely from their parent antimicrobial peptide based polymers...
November 14, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133807/apelin-conformational-and-binding-equilibria-upon-micelle-interaction-primarily-depend-on-membrane-mimetic-headgroup
#11
Kyungsoo Shin, Muzaddid Sarker, Shuya K Huang, Jan K Rainey
Apelin is one of two peptide hormones that activate the apelin receptor (AR or APJ) to regulate the cardiovascular system, central nervous system, and adipoinsular axis. Here, we apply circular dichroism (CD) spectropolarimetry and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to characterize the potential membrane binding by the two longest bioactive apelin isoforms, apelin-55 and -36, using membrane-mimetic dodecylphosphocholine (DPC), sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), and 1-palmitoyl-2-hydroxy-sn-glycero-3-[phospho-rac-(1-glycerol)] (LPPG) micelles...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131958/design-synthesis-and-biological-assessment-of-biased-allosteric-modulation-of-the-urotensin-ii-receptor-using-achiral-1-3-4-benzotriazepin-2-one-turn-mimics
#12
Antoine Douchez, Étienne Billard, Terence Hébert, David Chatenet, William D Lubell
Benzotriazepin-2-ones were designed to mimic the suggested bioactive γ-turn conformation of the Bip-Lys-Tyr tripeptide in Urocontrin ([Bip(4)]URP), which modulates the urotensin II receptor (UT) and differentiates the effects of the endogenous ligands urotensin II (UII) and urotensin II-related peptide (URP). Twenty-six benzotriazepin-2-ones were synthesized by acylation of anthranilate-derived amino ketones with an aza-glycine equivalent, chemoselective nitrogen functionalization and ring closure. Several mimics exhibited selective modulatory effects on hUII- and URP-associated vasoconstriction in an ex-vivo rat aortic ring bioassay...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131581/template-assisted-enzymatic-synthesis-of-oligopeptides-from-a-polylactide-chain
#13
Jenny Fagerland, Daniela Pappalardo, Björn Schmidt, Per-Olof Syrén, Anna Finne Wistrand
Peptides are often attached to polymer materials, as bioactive components, for the control of interactions between the material and its surrounding proteins and cells. However, synthesizing peptides and attaching them to polymers can be challenging and laborious. Herein, we describe the grafting of oligopeptides to an aliphatic polyester, using a one-step chemo-enzymatic synthesis with papain as the biocatalyst. To enable enzyme-mediated functionalization of the polyester, ethyl hept-6-enoylalaninate (grafter) was synthesized and attached to polylactide chains using thiol-ene click reactions...
November 13, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131082/aspirin-inhibits-platelet-derived-sphingosine-1-phosphate-induced-endothelial-cell-migration
#14
Amin Polzin, Betül Knoop, Andreas Böhm, Lisa Dannenberg, Mark Zurek, Tobias Zeus, Malte Kelm, Bodo Levkau, Bernhard H Rauch
BACKGROUND: Aspirin plays a crucial role in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. We previously described that aspirin has effects beyond inhibition of platelet aggregation, as it inhibited thrombin-mediated release of sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) from human platelets. S1P is a bioactive lipid with important functions on inflammation and apoptosis. In endothelial cells (EC), S1P is a key regulator of cell migration. In this study, we aimed to analyze the effects of aspirin on platelet-induced EC migration...
October 31, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127716/conformational-properties-membrane-interaction-and-antibacterial-activity-of-the-peptaibiotic-chalciporin-a-multitechnique-spectroscopic-and-biophysical-investigations-on-the-natural-compound-and-labeled-analogs
#15
Barbara Biondi, Cristina Peggion, Marta De Zotti, Chiara Pignaffo, Annalisa Dalzini, Marco Bortolus, Simona Oancea, Geta Hilma, Annalisa Bortolotti, Lorenzo Stella, Jens Z Pedersen, Victoria N Syryamina, Yuri D Tsvetkov, Sergei A Dzuba, Claudio Toniolo, Fernando Formaggio
In this work, an extensive set of spectroscopic and biophysical techniques (including FT-IR absorption, CD, 2D-NMR, fluorescence, and CW/PELDOR EPR) was used to study the conformational preferences, membrane interaction, and bioactivity properties of the naturally occurring synthetic 14-mer peptaibiotic chalciporin A, characterized by a relatively low (≈20%), uncommon proportion of the strongly helicogenic Aib residue. In addition to the unlabeled peptide, we gained in-depth information from the study of two labeled analogs, characterized by one or two residues of the helicogenic, nitroxyl radical-containing TOAC...
November 11, 2017: Biopolymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126736/synthesis-and-bioactivities-study-of-new-antibacterial-peptide-mimics-the-dialkyl-cationic-amphiphiles
#16
En Zhang, Peng-Yan Bai, De-Yun Cui, Wen-Chao Chu, Yong-Gang Hua, Qin Liu, Hai-Yang Yin, Yong-Jie Zhang, Shangshang Qin, Hong-Min Liu
The emergence of infectious diseases caused by pathogenic bacteria is widespread. Therefore, it is urgently required to enhance the development of novel antimicrobial agents with high antibacterial activity and low cytotoxicity. A series of novel dialkyl cationic amphiphiles bearing two identical length lipophilic alkyl chains and one non-peptidic amide bond were synthesized and tested for antimicrobial activities against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. Particular compounds synthesized showed excellent antibacterial activity toward drug-sensitive bacteria such as S...
October 17, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125580/structural-diversity-biological-properties-and-applications-of-natural-products-from-cyanobacteria-a-review
#17
REVIEW
Sayed Asmat Ali Shah, Najeeb Akhter, Bibi Nazia Auckloo, Ishrat Khan, Yanbin Lu, Kuiwu Wang, Bin Wu, Yue-Wei Guo
Nowadays, various drugs on the market are becoming more and more resistant to numerous diseases, thus declining their efficacy for treatment purposes in human beings. Antibiotic resistance is one among the top listed threat around the world which eventually urged the discovery of new potent drugs followed by an increase in the number of deaths caused by cancer due to chemotherapy resistance as well. Accordingly, marine cyanobacteria, being the oldest prokaryotic microorganisms belonging to a monophyletic group, have proven themselves as being able to generate pharmaceutically important natural products...
November 10, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123140/effects-of-atomic-level-nano-structured-hydroxyapatite-on-adsorption-of-bone-morphogenetic-protein-7-and-its-derived-peptide-by-computer-simulation
#18
Qun Wang, Menghao Wang, Xiong Lu, Kefeng Wang, Liming Fang, Fuzeng Ren, Guoming Lu
Hydroxyapatite (HA) is the principal inorganic component of bones and teeth and has been widely used as a bone repair material because of its good biocompatibility and bioactivity. Understanding the interactions between proteins and HA is crucial for designing biomaterials for bone regeneration. In this study, we evaluated the effects of atomic-level nano-structured HA (110) surfaces on the adsorption of bone morphogenetic protein-7 (BMP-7) and its derived peptide (KQLNALSVLYFDD) using molecular dynamics and density functional theory methods...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122865/draft-genome-sequence-of-burkholderia-contaminans-293k04b-an-endosymbiont-of-the-sponge-derived-fungus-stachylidium-bicolor
#19
Katja M Fisch, Cristina Silva Pereira, Olga Genilloud, Celso Almeida, Till F Schäberle
Here, we present the draft genome of the endofungal symbiotic bacterium Burkholderia contaminans 293K04B, isolated from Stachylidium bicolor 293K04 (Ascomycota). The fungus was originally isolated from the sponge Callyspongia cf. C. flammeaS. bicolor 293K04 produces the endolides A-B, bioactive cyclic peptides possibly biosynthesized by its endobacterium B. contaminans 293K04B.
November 9, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122669/osteoanabolic-activity-of-whey-derived-anti-oxidative-mhirl-and-yveel-and-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitory-yllf-alpmhir-ipa-and-wlahk-bioactive-peptides
#20
Masum Pandey, Rajeev Kapila, Suman Kapila
Exploring bone rebuilding anabolic agents has been gaining much attention due to their potential therapeutic effects in treating several bone disorders including osteoporosis. Whey protein has been reported to affect bone health osteoanabolically, in terms of proliferation and differentiation of primary osteoblast cells. This study investigates whether whey derived anti-oxidative (AO) (P1- MHIRL, P2- YVEEL) and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitory (ACE inhibitory) (P3- YLLF, P4-ALPMHIR, P5-IPA, P6- WLAHK) bioactive peptides affect the proliferation and differentiation of primary osteoblast cells isolated from rat calvaria...
November 6, 2017: Peptides
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