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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428776/mapping-and-identification-of-antifungal-peptides-in-the-putative-antifungal-protein-afpb-from-the-filamentous-fungus-penicillium-digitatum
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Sandra Garrigues, Mónica Gandía, Attila Borics, Florentine Marx, Paloma Manzanares, Jose F Marcos
Antifungal proteins (AFPs) from Ascomycetes are small cysteine-rich proteins that are abundantly secreted and show antifungal activity against non-producer fungi. A gene coding for a class B AFP (AfpB) was previously identified in the genome of the plant pathogen Penicillium digitatum. However, previous attempts to detect the AfpB protein were not successful despite the high expression of the corresponding afpB gene. In this work, the structure of the putative AfpB was modeled. Based on this model, four synthetic cysteine-containing peptides, PAF109, PAF112, PAF118, and PAF119, were designed and their antimicrobial activity was tested and characterized...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423018/comprehensive-analysis-of-phospholipids-and-glycolipids-in-the-opportunistic-pathogen-enterococcus-faecalis
#2
Rafi Rashid, Amaury Cazenave-Gassiot, Iris H Gao, Zeus J Nair, Jaspal K Kumar, Liang Gao, Kimberly A Kline, Markus R Wenk
Enterococcus faecalis is a Gram-positive, opportunistic, pathogenic bacterium that causes a significant number of antibiotic-resistant infections in hospitalized patients. The development of antibiotic resistance in hospital-associated pathogens is a formidable public health threat. In E. faecalis and other Gram-positive pathogens, correlations exist between lipid composition and antibiotic resistance. Resistance to the last-resort antibiotic daptomycin is accompanied by a decrease in phosphatidylglycerol (PG) levels, whereas multiple peptide resistance factor (MprF) converts anionic PG into cationic lysyl-PG via a trans-esterification reaction, providing resistance to cationic antimicrobial peptides...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423004/variations-in-the-interaction-of-human-defensins-with-escherichia-coli-possible-implications-in-bacterial-killing
#3
Basil Mathew, Ramakrishnan Nagaraj
Human α and β-defensins are cationic antimicrobial peptides characterized by three disulfide bonds with a triple stranded β-sheet motif. It is presumed that interaction with the bacterial cell surface and membrane permeabilization by defensins is an important step in the killing process. In this study, we have compared interactions of three human α-defensins HNP3, HNP4, HD5 and human β-defensins HBD1-4 that are active against Escherichia coli, with its cell surface and inner membrane as well as negatively charged model membranes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422728/antimicrobial-peptides-with-selective-antitumor-mechanisms-prospect-for-anticancer-applications
#4
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Berthony Deslouches, Y Peter Di
In the last several decades, there have been significant advances in anticancer therapy. However, the development of resistance to cancer drugs and the lack of specificity related to actively dividing cells leading to toxic side effects have undermined these achievements. As a result, there is considerable interest in alternative drugs with novel antitumor mechanisms. In addition to the recent approach using immunotherapy, an effective but much cheaper therapeutic option of pharmaceutical drugs would still provide the best choice for cancer patients as the first line treatment...
March 31, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412555/one-dimensional-poly-l-lysine-block-poly-l-threonine-assemblies-exhibit-potent-anticancer-activity-by-enhancing-membranolysis
#5
Yu-Fon Chen, Ai-Li Shiau, Sue-Joan Chang, Nai-Shin Fan, Chung-Teng Wang, Chao-Liang Wu, Jeng-Shiung Jan
Herein, we report the oncolytic activity of cationic, one-dimensional (1D) fibril assemblies formed from coil-sheet poly(L-lysine)-block-poly(L-threonine) (PLL-b-PLT) block copolypeptides for cancer therapy. The 1D fibril assemblies can efficiently interact with negatively charged cellular and mitochondrial membranes via electrostatic interactions, leading to necrosis via membrane lysis and apoptosis via the mitochondria-lytic effect. The concept is analogous to that of 1D drug carriers that exhibit enhanced cell penetration...
April 12, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411186/direct-antimicrobial-activity-of-ifn-%C3%AE
#6
Amber Kaplan, Michelle W Lee, Andrea J Wolf, Jose J Limon, Courtney A Becker, Minna Ding, Ramachandran Murali, Ernest Y Lee, George Y Liu, Gerard C L Wong, David M Underhill
Type I IFNs are a cytokine family essential for antiviral defense. More recently, type I IFNs were shown to be important during bacterial infections. In this article, we show that, in addition to known cytokine functions, IFN-β is antimicrobial. Parts of the IFN-β molecular surface (especially helix 4) are cationic and amphipathic, both classic characteristics of antimicrobial peptides, and we observed that IFN-β can directly kill Staphylococcus aureus Further, a mutant S. aureus that is more sensitive to antimicrobial peptides was killed more efficiently by IFN-β than was the wild-type S...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409819/spermicidal-efficacy-of-vrp-a-synthetic-cationic-antimicrobial-peptide-inducing-apoptosis-and-membrane-disruption
#7
Prasanta Ghosh, Arpita Bhoumik, Sudipta Saha, Sandipan Mukherjee, Sarfuddin Azmi, Jimut Kanti Ghosh, Sandhya Rekha Dungdung
Presently available contraceptives are mostly hormonal or detergent in nature with numerous side effects like irritation, lesion, inflammation in vagina, alteration of body homeostasis etc. Antimicrobial peptides with spermicidal activity but without adverse effects may be suitable alternatives. In the present study spermicidal activity of a cationic antimicrobial peptide VRP on human spermatozoa has been elucidated. Progressive forward motility of human spermatozoa was instantly stopped after 100 µM VRP treatment and at 350 µM all kinds of sperm motility ceased within 20 seconds as assessed by the Sander-Cramer assay...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408902/the-naturally-occurring-host-defense-peptide-ll-37-and-its-truncated-mimetics-ke-18-and-kr-12-have-selected-biocidal-and-antibiofilm-activities-against-candida-albicans-staphylococcus-aureus-and-escherichia-coli-in-vitro
#8
Yu Luo, Denise T F McLean, Gerard J Linden, Danny F McAuley, Ronan McMullan, Fionnuala T Lundy
Amongst the recognized classes of naturally occurring antimicrobials, human host defense peptides are an important group with an advantage (given their source) that they should be readily translatable to medicinal products. It is also plausible that truncated versions will display some of the biological activities of the parent peptide, with the benefit that they are less costly to synthesize using solid-phase chemistry. The host defense peptide, LL-37, and two truncated mimetics, KE-18 and KR-12, were tested for their inhibitory effects and antibiofilm properties against Candida albicans, Staphylococcus aureus, and Escherichia coli, microorganisms commonly implicated in biofilm-related infections such as ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384348/de-novo-transcriptome-analysis-of-the-excretory-tubules-of-carausius-morosus-phasmatodea-and-possible-functions-of-the-midgut-appendices
#9
Matan Shelomi
The Malpighian tubules are the insect excretory organs, responsible for ion and water homeostasis and elimination of nitrogenous wastes. Post-genomic assays suggest they also metabolize and detoxify xenobiotic compounds and have antimicrobial properties. The Phasmatodea have an additional, unique set of excretory organs referred to predominantly as midgut appendices. Their function and how it compares to phasmid and other insect Malpighian tubules is unknown. Hypotheses include carbonic anhydrase activity, calcium and metal cation sequestration, and xenobiotic transport...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379682/synthetic-random-copolymers-as-a-molecular-platform-to-mimic-host-defense-antimicrobial-peptides
#10
Haruko Takahashi, Gregory A Caputo, Satyavani Vemparala, Kenichi Kuroda
Synthetic polymers have been used as a molecular platform to develop host-defense antimicrobial peptide (AMP) mimetics which are effective in killing drug-resistant bacteria. In this topical review, we will discuss the AMP-mimetic design and chemical optimization strategies as well as the biological and biophysical implications of AMP mimicry by synthetic polymers. Traditionally, synthetic polymers have been used as a chemical means to replicate the chemical functionalities and physicochemical properties of AMPs (e...
April 17, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376793/comparative-genomic-identification-and-validation-of-%C3%AE-defensin-genes-in-the-ovis-aries-genome
#11
T J Hall, C McQuillan, E K Finlay, C O'Farrelly, S Fair, K G Meade
BACKGROUND: β-defensins are small, cationic, antimicrobial peptides found in species across the plant and animal kingdoms. In addition to microbiocidal activity, roles in immunity as well as reproduction have more recently been documented. β-defensin genes in Ovis aries (domestic sheep) have been poorly annotated, having been identified only by automatic gene prediction algorithms. The objective of this study was to use a comparative genomics approach to identify and characterise the β-defensin gene repertoire in sheep using the bovine genome as the primary reference...
April 4, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373186/in-vitro-activity-of-pexiganan-and-10-comparator-antimicrobials-against-234-isolates-including-93-pasteurella-spp-and-50-anaerobic-bacteria-recovered-from-animal-bite-wounds
#12
Ellie J C Goldstein, Diane M Citron, Kerin L Tyrrell, Eliza S Leoncio
Animal bite wounds affect more than 5 million Americans resulting in 300,000 Emergency Department visits, 10,000 hospitalizations and untold number of physician office visits annually. Various forms of topical therapy are empirically self-employed by many patients prior to seeking medical attention. Pexiganan, a 22-amino acid synthetic cationic analogue of peptide magainin II, acts by selectively damaging bacterial cell membranes. We determined the MICs for pexiganan and other antimicrobial agents often used for treatment of bite wounds...
April 3, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366785/de-novo-synthetic-short-antimicrobial-peptides-against-cariogenic-bacteria
#13
Yufei Wang, Yingying Fan, Zhengli Zhou, Huanxin Tu, Qian Ren, Xiuqing Wang, Longjiang Ding, Xuedong Zhou, Linglin Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have shown the ability to inhibit planktonic bacteria and biofilms. The objectives of this study were to de novo design and synthesize a series of cationic, amphipathic α-helical AMPs that would be shorter, less cytotoxic, and more potent than existing AMPs against cariogenic bacteria. DESIGN: Three short AMPs (GH8, GLLWHLLH-NH2; GH12, GLLWHLLHHLLH-NH2; and GH16, GLLWHLLHHLLHLLHH-NH2) were designed, synthesized and characterized structurally...
March 25, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347740/selective-cytotoxicity-of-the-antibacterial-peptide-abp-dhc-cecropin-a-and-its-analog-towards-leukemia-cells
#14
Ming Sang, Jiaxin Zhang, Qiang Zhuge
Some cationic antibacterial peptides, with typical amphiphilic α-helical conformations in a membrane-mimicking environment, exhibit anticancer properties as a result of a similar mechanism of action towards both bacteria and cancer cells. We previously reported the cDNA sequence of the antimicrobial peptide ABP-dHC-Cecropin A precursor cloned from drury (Hyphantria cunea) (dHC). In the present study, we synthesized and structurally characterized ABP-dHC-Cecropin A and its analog, ABP-dHC-Cecropin A-K(24). Circular dichroism spectroscopy showed that ABP-dHC-Cecropin A and its analog adopt a well-defined α-helical structure in a 50% trifluorethanol solution...
May 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344161/cross-resistance-to-human-cationic-antimicrobial-peptides-and-to-polymyxins-mediated-by-the-plasmid-encoded-mcr-1
#15
Jan Dobias, Laurent Poirel, Patrice Nordmann
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether acquired resistance to cationic antimicrobial peptides (CAMP) group molecules, being normal components of the human immune system, may select co-resistance to antibiotic peptides such as polymyxins, considering they share the same mechanism of action. We aimed to evaluate strains producing the recently identified plasmid-encoded polymyxin resistance determinant MCR-1, which is a phosphoethanolamine transferase that modifies the lipopolysaccharide structure of Gram-negative bacteria...
March 23, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339295/antifungal-plant-defensins-increased-insight-in-their-mode-of-action-as-a-basis-for-their-use-to-combat-fungal-infections
#16
Tanne L Cools, Caroline Struyfs, Bruno Pa Cammue, Karin Thevissen
Plant defensins are small, cationic peptides with a highly conserved 3D structure. They have been studied extensively in the past decades. Various biological activities have been attributed to plant defensins, such as anti-insect and antimicrobial activities, but they are also known to affect ion channels and display antitumor activity. This review focuses on the structure, biological activity and antifungal mode of action of some well-characterized plant defensins, with particular attention to their fungal membrane target(s), their induced cell death mechanisms as well as their antibiofilm activity...
April 2017: Future Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332637/evaluation-of-the-immunomodulatory-activity-of-the-chicken-nk-lysin-derived-peptide-cnk-2
#17
Woo H Kim, Hyun S Lillehoj, Wongi Min
Chicken NK-lysin (cNK-lysin), the chicken homologue of human granulysin, is a cationic amphiphilic antimicrobial peptide (AMP) that is produced by cytotoxic T cells and natural killer cells. We previously demonstrated that cNK-lysin and cNK-2, a synthetic peptide incorporating the core α-helical region of cNK-lysin, have antimicrobial activity against apicomplexan parasites such as Eimeria spp., via membrane disruption. In addition to the antimicrobial activity of AMPs, the immunomodulatory activity of AMPs mediated by their interactions with host cells is increasingly recognized...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314993/comparative-analysis-of-internalisation-haemolytic-cytotoxic-and-antibacterial-effect-of-membrane-active-cationic-peptides-aspects-of-experimental-setup
#18
Kata Horváti, Bernadett Bacsa, Tamás Mlinkó, Nóra Szabó, Ferenc Hudecz, Ferenc Zsila, Szilvia Bősze
Cationic peptides proved fundamental importance as pharmaceutical agents and/or drug carrier moieties functioning in cellular processes. The comparison of the in vitro activity of these peptides is an experimental challenge and a combination of different methods, such as cytotoxicity, internalisation rate, haemolytic and antibacterial effect, is necessary. At the same time, several issues need to be addressed as the assay conditions have a great influence on the measured biological effects and the experimental setup needs to be optimised...
March 17, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301157/identification-of-the-crucial-residues-in-the-early-insertion-of-pardaxin-into-different-phospholipid-bilayers
#19
Majid Jafari, Faramarz Mehrnejad, Raheleh Aghdami, Nader Chaparzadeh, Zahra Razaghi Moghadam Kashani, Farahnoosh Doustdar
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are part of the innate host defense system, and they are produced by living organisms to defend themselves against infections. Pardaxin is a cationic AMP with antimicrobial and antitumor activities that has potential to be used as a novel antibiotic or for drug delivery in cancer therapy. This peptide acts on the membrane of target cells and can lead to lysis using different mechanisms of action. Here, we conducted 4.5 μs all-atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to determine the critical fragments and residues of Pardaxin for early insertion into different lipid bilayers...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299840/antimicrobial-activity-and-stability-of-protonectin-with-d-amino-acid-substitutions
#20
Shuai Qiu, Ranran Zhu, Yanyan Zhao, Xiaoping An, Fengjing Jia, Jinxiu Peng, Zelin Ma, Yuanyuan Zhu, Jiayi Wang, Jinhuan Su, Qingjun Wang, Hailin Wang, Yuan Li, Kairong Wang, Wenjin Yan, Rui Wang
The misuse and overuse of antibiotics result in the emergence of resistant bacteria and fungi, which make an urgent need of the new antimicrobial agents. Nowadays, antimicrobial peptides have attracted great attention of researchers. However, the low physiological stability in biological system limits the application of naturally occurring antimicrobial peptides as novel therapeutics. In the present study, we synthesized derivatives of protonectin by substituting all the amino acid residues or the cationic lysine residue with the corresponding D-amino acids...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
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