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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925615/positive-selection-in-cathelicidin-host-defense-peptides-adaptation-to-exogenous-pathogens-or-endogenous-receptors
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S Zhu, B Gao
The cause of adaptive protein evolution includes internal (for example, co-evolution of ligand-receptor pairs) and external (for example, adaptation to different ecological niches) mechanisms. Host defense peptides (HDPs) are a class of vertebrate-specific cationic antimicrobial peptides evolving under positive selection. Besides their antibiotic activity, HDPs also exert an effect on multiple host immune cells, thus providing an ideal model to study selective agents driving their evolution. On the basis of a combination of computational and experimental approaches, we studied the evolution of LL-37-type HDPs in mammals, the mature peptide of cathelicidin CAP18 (herein termed CAP18-MP) and investigated the driving force behind the evolution...
December 7, 2016: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918477/identification-and-characterisation-of-the-antimicrobial-peptide-phylloseptin-pt-from-the-skin-secretion-of-phyllomedusa-tarsius-and-comparison-of-activity-with-designed-cationicity-enhanced-analogues-and-diastereomers
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Yitian Gao, Di Wu, Xinping Xi, Yue Wu, Chengbang Ma, Mei Zhou, Lei Wang, Mu Yang, Tianbao Chen, Chris Shaw
Antimicrobial peptides belonging to the phylloseptin family are mainly found in phyllomedusine frogs. These peptides not only possess potent antimicrobial activity but exhibit low toxicity against eukaryotic cells. Therefore, they are considered as promising drug candidates for a number of diseases. In a recent study, potent antimicrobial activity was correlated with the conserved structures and cationic amphiphilic characteristics of members of this peptide family. A phylloseptin peptide precursor was discovered here in the skin secretion of Phyllomedusa tarsius and the mature peptide was validated by MS/MS sequencing, and was subsequently named phylloseptin-PT...
December 3, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917162/activity-of-scorpion-venom-derived-antifungal-peptides-against-planktonic-cells-of-candida-spp-and-cryptococcus-neoformans-and-candida-albicans-biofilms
#3
Fernanda Guilhelmelli, Nathália Vilela, Karina S Smidt, Marco A de Oliveira, Alice da Cunha Morales Álvares, Maria C L Rigonatto, Pedro H da Silva Costa, Aldo H Tavares, Sônia M de Freitas, André M Nicola, Octávio L Franco, Lorena da Silveira Derengowski, Elisabeth F Schwartz, Márcia R Mortari, Anamélia L Bocca, Patrícia Albuquerque, Ildinete Silva-Pereira
The incidence of fungal infections has been increasing in the last decades, while the number of available antifungal classes remains the same. The natural and acquired resistance of some fungal species to available therapies, associated with the high toxicity of these drugs on the present scenario and makes an imperative of the search for new, more efficient and less toxic therapeutic choices. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are a potential class of antimicrobial drugs consisting of evolutionarily conserved multifunctional molecules with both microbicidal and immunomodulatory properties being part of the innate immune response of diverse organisms...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912176/novel-designed-vmct1-analogs-with-increased-antimicrobial-activity
#4
Cibele Nicolaski Pedron, Marcelo Der Torossian Torres, Julia Aparecida da Silva Lima, Pedro Ismael Silva, Fernanda Dias Silva, Vani Xavier Oliveira
Antimicrobial peptides are biologically active molecules produced by a wide range of organisms as an essential component of the innate immune response. They have recently attracted great interest, since they have antimicrobial activity against a broad spectrum of microorganisms. VmCT1 is a cationic peptide from the venom of Vaejovis mexicanus smithi scorpions, which presents antibacterial activity and tends to helical structures. Its analogs were synthesized, characterized and the conformational studies were performed by circular dichroism...
November 24, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895639/netosis-as-source-of-autoantigens-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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REVIEW
Elisa Corsiero, Federico Pratesi, Edoardo Prediletto, Michele Bombardieri, Paola Migliorini
In neutrophils (but also in eosinophils and in mast cells), different inflammatory stimuli induce histone deimination, chromatin decondensation, and NET formation. These web-like structures that trap and kill microbes contain DNA, cationic granule proteins, and antimicrobial peptides, but the most abundant proteins are core histones. Histones contained in NETs have been deiminated, and arginines are converted in citrullines. While deimination is a physiological process amplified in inflammatory conditions, only individuals carrying genetic predisposition to develop rheumatoid arthritis (RA) make antibodies to deiminated proteins...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895479/cationic-pegylated-liposomes-incorporating-an-antimicrobial-peptide-tilapia-hepcidin-2-3-an-adjuvant-of-epirubicin-to-overcome-multidrug-resistance-in-cervical-cancer-cells
#6
Vivian Juang, Hsin-Pin Lee, Anya Maan-Yuh Lin, Yu-Li Lo
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have been recently evaluated as a new generation of adjuvants in cancer chemotherapy. In this study, we designed PEGylated liposomes encapsulating epirubicin as an antineoplastic agent and tilapia hepcidin 2-3, an AMP, as a multidrug resistance (MDR) transporter suppressor and an apoptosis/autophagy modulator in human cervical cancer HeLa cells. Cotreatment of HeLa cells with PEGylated liposomal formulation of epirubicin and hepcidin 2-3 significantly increased the cytotoxicity of epirubicin...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891118/colistin-in-pig-production-chemistry-mechanism-of-antibacterial-action-microbial-resistance-emergence-and-one-health-perspectives
#7
REVIEW
Mohamed Rhouma, Francis Beaudry, William Thériault, Ann Letellier
Colistin (Polymyxin E) is one of the few cationic antimicrobial peptides commercialized in both human and veterinary medicine. For several years now, colistin has been considered the last line of defense against infections caused by multidrug-resistant Gram-negative such as Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Klebsiella pneumoniae. Colistin has been extensively used orally since the 1960s in food animals and particularly in swine for the control of Enterobacteriaceae infections. However, with the recent discovery of plasmid-mediated colistin resistance encoded by the mcr-1 gene and the higher prevalence of samples harboring this gene in animal isolates compared to other origins, livestock has been singled out as the principal reservoir for colistin resistance amplification and spread...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888675/the-antimicrobial-peptide-snakin-2-is-upregulated-in-the-defense-response-of-tomatoes-solanum-lycopersicum-as-part-of-the-jasmonate-dependent-signaling-pathway
#8
Vera Herbel, Julia Sieber-Frank, Michael Wink
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are produced by all living organisms and play an important role in innate immunity because they are readily available and non-specific against invading pathogenic microorganisms. Snakin-2 (SN2) from tomato is a short, cationic peptide that forms lethal pores in biomembranes of microbes. In plant cells, SN2 is produced as a prepeptide with a signal sequence for ER targeting and an acidic region to decrease toxicity in the producing organism. Gene expression analysis by qRT-PCR in tomato plants demonstrated that SN2 is constitutively expressed, mostly in leaves and flowers...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877159/efficacy-of-antibacterial-peptides-against-peptide-resistant-mrsa-is-restored-by-permeabilization-of-bacteria-membranes
#9
Joshua Ravensdale, Zachary Wong, Frances O'Brien, Keith Gregg
Clinical application of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), as with conventional antibiotics, may be compromised by the development of bacterial resistance. This study investigated AMP resistance in methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, including aspects related to the resilience of the resistant bacteria toward the peptides, the stability of resistance when selection pressures are removed, and whether resistance can be overcome by using the peptides with other membrane-permeabilising agents. Genotypically variant strains of S...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874065/antimicrobial-peptide-potency-is-facilitated-by-greater-conformational-flexibility-when-binding-to-gram-negative-bacterial-inner-membranes
#10
Sarah-Beth T A Amos, Louic S Vermeer, Philip M Ferguson, Justyna Kozlowska, Matthew Davy, Tam T Bui, Alex F Drake, Christian D Lorenz, A James Mason
The interaction of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) with the inner membrane of Gram-negative bacteria is a key determinant of their abilities to exert diverse bactericidal effects. Here we present a molecular level understanding of the initial target membrane interaction for two cationic α-helical AMPs that share structural similarities but have a ten-fold difference in antibacterial potency towards Gram-negative bacteria. The binding and insertion from solution of pleurocidin or magainin 2 to membranes representing the inner membrane of Gram-negative bacteria, comprising a mixture of 128 anionic and 384 zwitterionic lipids, is monitored over 100 ns in all atom molecular dynamics simulations...
November 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872334/antimicrobial-peptides-mechanisms-of-action-and-resistance
#11
REVIEW
B Bechinger, S-U Gorr
More than 40 antimicrobial peptides and proteins (AMPs) are expressed in the oral cavity. These AMPs have been organized into 6 functional groups, 1 of which, cationic AMPs, has received extensive attention in recent years for their promise as potential antibiotics. The goal of this review is to describe recent advances in our understanding of the diverse mechanisms of action of cationic AMPs and the bacterial resistance against these peptides. The recently developed peptide GL13K is used as an example to illustrate many of the discussed concepts...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866312/transgenic-citrus-expressing-synthesized-cecropin-b-genes-in-the-phloem-exhibits-decreased-susceptibility-to-huanglongbing
#12
Xiuping Zou, Xueyou Jiang, Lanzhen Xu, Tiangang Lei, Aihong Peng, Yongrui He, Lixiao Yao, Shanchun Chen
Expression of synthesized cecropin B genes in the citrus phloem, where Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus resides, significantly decreased host susceptibility to Huanglongbing. Huanglongbing (HLB), associated with Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus bacteria, is the most destructive disease of citrus worldwide. All of the commercial sweet orange cultivars lack resistance to this disease. The cationic lytic peptide cecropin B, isolated from the Chinese tasar moth (Antheraea pernyi), has been shown to effectively eliminate bacteria...
November 19, 2016: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862650/synthesis-and-biological-activity-of-lipophilic-analogs-of-the-cationic-antimicrobial-active-peptide-anoplin
#13
Kostas Chionis, Dimitrios Krikorian, Anna-Irini Koukkou, Maria Sakarellos-Daitsiotis, Eugenia Panou-Pomonis
Anoplin is a short natural cationic antimicrobial peptide which is derived from the venom sac of the solitary wasp, Anoplius samariensis. Due to its short sequence G(1) LLKR(5) IKT(8) LL-NH2 , it is ideal for research tests. In this study, novel analogs of anoplin were prepared and examined for their antimicrobial, hemolytic activity, and proteolytic stability. Specific substitutions were introduced in amino acids Gly(1) , Arg(5) , and Thr(8) and lipophilic groups with different lengths in the N-terminus in order to investigate how these modifications affect their antimicrobial activity...
November 2016: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851941/antimicrobial-peptides-share-a-common-interaction-driven-by-membrane-line-tension-reduction
#14
J Michael Henderson, Alan J Waring, Frances Separovic, Ka Yee C Lee
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are a class of host-defense molecules that neutralize a broad range of pathogens. Their membrane-permeabilizing behavior has been commonly attributed to the formation of pores; however, with the continuing discovery of AMPs, many are uncharacterized and their exact mechanism remains unknown. Using atomic force microscopy, we previously characterized the disruption of model membranes by protegrin-1 (PG-1), a cationic AMP from pig leukocytes. When incubated with zwitterionic membranes of dimyristoylphosphocholine, PG-1 first induced edge instability at low concentrations, then porous defects at intermediate concentrations, and finally worm-like micelle structures at high concentrations...
November 15, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851939/-2-h-nmr-and-md-simulations-reveal-membrane-bound-conformation-of-magainin-2-and-its-synergy-with-pgla
#15
Erik Strandberg, Diana Horn, Sabine Reißer, Jonathan Zerweck, Parvesh Wadhwani, Anne S Ulrich
Magainin 2 (MAG2) and PGLa are two α-helical antimicrobial peptides found in the skin of the African frog Xenopus laevis. They act by permeabilizing bacterial membranes and exhibit an exemplary synergism. Here, we determined the detailed molecular alignment and dynamical behavior of MAG2 in oriented lipid bilayers by using (2)H-NMR on Ala-d3-labeled peptides, which yielded orientation-dependent quadrupolar splittings of the labels. The amphiphilic MAG2 helix was found to lie flat on the membrane surface in 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine (DMPC)/1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylglycerol (DMPG) and 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine (POPC)/1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylglycerol (POPG), as expected, with a tilt angle close to 90°...
November 15, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849592/duplication-of-chicken-defensin7-gene-generated-by-gene-conversion-and-homologous-recombination
#16
Mi Ok Lee, Susanne Bornelöv, Leif Andersson, Susan J Lamont, Junfeng Chen, James E Womack
Defensins constitute an evolutionary conserved family of cationic antimicrobial peptides that play a key role in host innate immune responses to infection. Defensin genes generally reside in complex genomic regions that are prone to structural variation, and defensin genes exhibit extensive copy number variation in humans and in other species. Copy number variation of defensin genes was examined in inbred lines of Leghorn and Fayoumi chickens, and a duplication of defensin7 was discovered in the Fayoumi breed...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845274/potential-applications-of-antimicrobial-peptides-and-their-mimics-in-combating-caries-and-pulpal-infections
#17
REVIEW
Sui Mai, Matthew T Mauger, Li-Na Niu, Jonathan B Barnes, Solon Kao, Brian E Bergeron, Jun-Qi Ling, Franklin R Tay
: Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are short cationic host-defense molecules that provide the early stage of protection against invading microbes. They also have important modulatory roles and act as a bridge between innate and acquired immunity. The types and functions of oral AMPs were reviewed and experimental reports on the use of natural AMPs and their synthetic mimics in caries and pulpal infections were discussed. Natural AMPs in the oral cavity, predominantly defensins, cathelidin and histatins, possess antimicrobial activities against oral pathogens and biofilms...
November 11, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845023/antimicrobial-activity-of-buttermilk-and-lactoferrin-peptide-extracts-on-poultry-pathogens
#18
Catherine Jean, Martine Boulianne, Michel Britten, Gilles Robitaille
Antibiotics are commonly used in poultry feed as growth promoters. This practice is questioned given the arising importance of antibiotic resistance. Antimicrobial peptides can be used as food additives for a potent alternative to synthetic or semi-synthetic antibiotics. The objective of this study was to develop a peptide production method based on membrane adsorption chromatography in order to produce extracts with antimicrobial activity against avian pathogens (Salmonella enterica var. Enteritidis, Salmonella enterica var...
November 2016: Journal of Dairy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836665/expression-profiling-of-bombyx-mori-gloverin2-gene-and-its-synergistic-antifungal-effect-with-cecropin-a-against-beauveria-bassiana
#19
Dingding Lü, Tao Geng, Chengxiang Hou, Guangxing Qin, Kun Gao, Xijie Guo
Gloverin2 is a cationic and glycine-rich antimicrobial peptide whose expression can be induced in fat body of silkworm (Bombyx mori) larvae exposed to bacteria. The purpose of this study is to identify the roles of Bombyx mori gloverin2 (Bmgloverin2) during entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana infection. Fluorescent quantitative real-time PCR analysis indicated that the relative expression level of Bmgloverin2 gene was up-regulated in the silkworm larvae infected by B. bassiana. The cDNA of Bmgloverin2 was cloned from the silkworm by RT-PCR and the DNA segment of the Bmgloverin2 peptide (without signal peptide sequence) was inserted into pCzn1 expression plasmid and expressed in E...
November 9, 2016: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832504/effects-of-lactoferrin-derived-peptides-on-simulants-of-biological-warfare-agents
#20
Tjitske Sijbrandij, Antoon J Ligtenberg, Kamran Nazmi, Enno C I Veerman, Jan G M Bolscher, Floris J Bikker
Lactoferrin (LF) is an important immune protein in neutrophils and secretory fluids of mammals. Bovine LF (bLF) harbours two antimicrobial stretches, lactoferricin and lactoferampin, situated in close proximity in the N1 domain. To mimic these antimicrobial domain parts a chimeric peptide (LFchimera) has been constructed comprising parts of both stretches (LFcin17-30 and LFampin265-284). To investigate the potency of this construct to combat a set of Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria which are regarded as simulants for biological warfare agents, the effect on bacterial killing, membrane permeability and membrane polarity were determined in comparison to the constituent peptides and the native bLF...
January 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
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