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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636788/role-of-positively-charged-residues-on-the-polar-and-non-polar-faces-of-amphipathic-%C3%AE-helical-antimicrobial-peptides-amps-on-specificity-and-selectivity-for-gram-negative-pathogens
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Ziqing Jiang, Colin T Mant, Michael Vasil, Robert S Hodges
We have designed de novo and synthesized eight 26-residue all D-conformation amphipathic α-helical cationic antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), four with "specificity determinants" which provide specificity for prokaryotic cells over eukaryotic cells and four AMPs without specificity determinants. The eight AMPs contain six positively charged Lys residues on the polar face in four different arrangements to understand the role of these residues have on antimicrobial activity against 14 Acinetobacter baumannii strains, 7 of which were resistant to polymyxin B and colistin; 6 diverse Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains and 17 Staphylococcus aureus strains, 9 of which were Methicillin-sensitive (MSSA) and 8 of which were Methicillin-resistant (MRSA)...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636781/discovery-of-two-bombinin-peptides-with-antimicrobial-and-anticancer-activities-from-the-skin-secretion-of-oriental-fire-bellied-toad-bombina-orientalis
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Chang Zhou, Zhengming Wang, Xin Peng, Yao Liu, Yangjun Lin, Zhe Zhang, Yuling Qiu, Meihua Jin, Ran Wang, Dexin Kong
Amphibian skin secretions are known to contain numerous peptides with a large array of biological activities. Bombinins are a group of amphibian derived peptides with broad spectrum antimicrobial activities that have been only identified from the ancient toad species, Bombina. In this study, we described the identification and characterization of a novel bombinin precursor which encoded a bombinin like peptide (BLP-7) and a novel bombinin H type peptide (named as Bombinin H-BO) from the skin secretion of Oriental fire-bellied toad, Bombina orientalis...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630158/computational-studies-of-peptide-induced-membrane-pore-formation
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Richard Lipkin, Themis Lazaridis
A variety of peptides induce pores in biological membranes; the most common ones are naturally produced antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), which are small, usually cationic, and defend diverse organisms against biological threats. Because it is not possible to observe these pores directly on a molecular scale, the structure of AMP-induced pores and the exact sequence of steps leading to their formation remain uncertain. Hence, these questions have been investigated via molecular modelling. In this article, we review computational studies of AMP pore formation using all-atom, coarse-grained, and implicit solvent models; evaluate the results obtained and suggest future research directions to further elucidate the pore formation mechanism of AMPs...
August 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628296/enhanced-antibacterial-properties-of-self-assembling-peptide-amphiphiles-functionalized-with-heparin-binding-cardin-motifs
#4
Run Chang, Keerthana Subramanian, Mian Wang, Thomas J Webster
The emergence of antibiotic resistance in bacteria has caused many healthcare problems and social burdens. Herein, we designed and studied self-assembled peptide amphiphiles (PAs) functionalized with a heparin-binding Cardin-motif peptide (sequence (AKKARK)2) to combat bacteria drug resistance. These amphiphilic Cardin antimicrobial peptides (ACA-PAs) self-assembled into nanorods (7-10 nm in diameter) with the cationic Cardin-motif peptide exposed on the surface. The ACA nanorods formed above the critical micelle concentration (CMC) of 45 µM into a β-sheet secondary structure...
June 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616359/bioactive-antimicrobial-peptides-as-therapeutics-for-corneal-wounds-and-infections
#5
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Gina L Griffith, Anne Kasus-Jacobi, H Anne Pereira
Significance: More than 2 million eye injuries and infections occur each year in the United States that leave civilians and military members with reduced or complete vision loss due to the lack of effective therapeutics. Severe ocular injuries and infections occur in varied settings including the home, workplace, and battlefields. In this review, we discuss the potential of developing antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) as therapeutics for the treatment of corneal wounds and infections for which the current treatment options are inadequate...
June 1, 2017: Advances in Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606938/peptide-mediated-mast-cell-activation-ligand-similarities-for-receptor-recognition-and-protease-induced-regulation
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Lei Lu, Marianna Kulka, Larry D Unsworth
MCs are crucial regulators of the innate immune response. MC degranulation is a rapid response mechanism that allows for the release of a stored plethora of inflammatory mediators, including histamine, heparin, various serine proteases, chemokines, and cytokines. The activation of MCs can lead to the de novo expression of a variety of chemokines and cytokines that can influence a variety of outcomes: inflammation, angiogenesis, and others. A variety of IgE-independent mediators, including IgG, cytokines, chemokines, exogenous molecules, drugs, and cationic peptides, and others, can directly trigger MC activation...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606715/the-interaction-of-antimicrobial-peptides-with-membranes
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Oksana G Travkova, Helmuth Moehwald, Gerald Brezesinski
The interaction of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) with biological membranes is in the focus of research since several years, and the most important features and modes of action of AMPs are described in this review. Different model systems can be used to understand such interactions on a molecular level. As a special example, we use 2D and 3D model membranes to investigate the interaction of the natural cyclic (Ar-1) and the synthetic linear molecule arenicin with selected amphiphiles and phospholipids. A panoply of sophisticated methods has been used to analyze these interactions on a molecular level...
June 5, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587935/human-antimicrobial-peptides-in-ocular-surface-defense
#8
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Imran Mohammed, Dalia G Said, Harminder S Dua
Sight depends on the passage of light through the transparent cornea and being focused on the fovea. Its exposed position renders it vulnerable to microbial infection. The cornea has developed a wide array of defense mechanisms against infection, of which endogenous antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are key. AMPs are essentially small molecular weight cationic peptides with a wide range of activity against virus, bacteria, fungi and parasites. Some proteins such as RNases and S100As are also included in this group...
June 3, 2017: Progress in Retinal and Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583830/probing-the-disparate-effects-of-arginine-and-lysine-residues-on-antimicrobial-peptide-bilayer-association
#9
A Rice, J Wereszczynski
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are key components of the innate immune response and represent promising templates for the development of broad-spectrum alternatives to conventional antibiotics. Most AMPs are short, cationic peptides that interact more strongly with negatively charged prokaryotic membranes than net neutral eukaryotic ones. Both AMPs and synthetic analogues with arginine-like side chains are more active against bacteria than those with lysine-like amine groups, though the atomistic mechanism for this increase in potency remains unclear...
June 2, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570824/protein-epitope-mimetics-from-new-antibiotics-to-supramolecular-synthetic-vaccines
#10
Katja Zerbe, Kerstin Moehle, John A Robinson
Protein epitope mimetics provide powerful tools to study biomolecular recognition in many areas of chemical biology. They may also provide access to new biologically active molecules and potentially to new classes of drug and vaccine candidates. Here we highlight approaches for the design of folded, structurally defined epitope mimetics, by incorporating backbone and side chains of hot residues onto a stable constrained scaffold. Using robust synthetic methods, the structural, biological, and physical properties of epitope mimetics can be optimized, by variation of both side chain and backbone chemistry...
June 1, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570651/polydim-i-antimicrobial-activity-against-mdr-bacteria-and-its-model-membrane-interaction
#11
Marisa Rangel, Fabíola Fernandes Dos Santos Castro, Lilian Daiene Mota-Lima, Patricia Bianca Clissa, Danubia Batista Martins, Marcia Perez Dos Santos Cabrera, Marcia Renata Mortari
The rapid spread of multi-drug resistant pathogens represents a serious threat to public health, considering factors such as high mortality rates, treatment restrictions and high prevalence of multi-drug resistant bacteria in the hospital environment. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) may exhibit powerful antimicrobial activity against different and diverse microorganisms, also presenting the advantage of absence or low toxicity towards animal cells. In this study, the evaluation of the antimicrobial activity against multi-drug resistant bacteria of a recently described AMP from wasp, Polydim-I, was performed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567034/transcriptional-responses-of-candida-albicans-to-antimicrobial-peptide-maf-1a
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Tao Wang, Jiangfan Xiu, Yingchun Zhang, Jianwei Wu, Xiaolin Ma, Yu Wang, Guo Guo, Xiaoli Shang
Candida albicans is a major fungal pathogen in humans. Novel antifungal agents are urgent demanded due to the challenges of the resistance. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are critical components of the innate immune system against pathogenic microorganism infection. MAF-1A is a novel cationic AMP that comes from Musca domestica and is effective against C. albicans, but the antifungal mechanism remains unclear. In this study, we performed a transcriptomics analysis in C. albicans using RNA-seq technique under the treatment of MAF-1A...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556561/cellular-conditions-that-modulate-the-fungicidal-activity-of-occidiofungin
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Chase A Robinson, Connor Denison, Austin Burkenstock, Chris Nutter, Donna M Gordon
AIMS: To identify cellular conditions that significantly alter susceptibility of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Candida albicans, and Candida glabrata to the antimicrobial peptide, occidiofungin. METHODS AND RESULTS: Genetic and pharmacological approaches were used to determine a role for calcium signaling in occidiofungin sensitivity profiles for Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Candida albicans, and Candida glabrata strains of yeast. Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and drop assays found that extracellular calcium resulted in a four-fold resistance, and this was independent of an intact calmodulin-calcineurin signaling pathway...
May 28, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550757/serum-levels-of-peptide-cathelicidin-ll-37-in-elderly-patients-with-depression
#14
Elżbieta Kozłowska, Adam Wysokiński, Ewa Brzezińska-Błaszczyk
Cathelicidin LL-37 is a small cationic that plays an important role in antimicrobial defense, as it kills a broad spectrum of infectious agents by disrupting their membranes, including gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, some viruses and fungi; and it neutralizes activity of bacterial endotoxins. Moreover, cathelicidin LL-37 exerts proinflammatory effect, while numerous reports indicate the role of inflammation in the development of depression. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the circulating levels of cathelicidin LL-37 in elderly depressed patients...
May 22, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549244/ll-37-induced-human-mast-cell-activation-through-g-protein-coupled-receptor-mrgx2
#15
Yangyang Yu, Yuanyuan Zhang, Yarui Zhang, Yihong Lai, Wenwen Chen, Zhangang Xiao, Wei Zhang, Meiling Jin, Bo Yu
Human LL-37 is an important class of cationic antimicrobial peptide (CAP) that is known to stimulate mast cell activation. While many studies have been conducted on LL-37, to date little is known about the functional receptors for LL-37-induced human mast cell activation, in particular in terms of the release of de novo synthesized mediators. Thus, the aim of the present study is to identify the functional receptors for LL-37-induced human mast cell activation in terms of the degranulation and release of de novo synthesized mediators and investigate the downstream signalling pathways involved in mast cell activation...
May 23, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548370/current-state-of-a-dual-behavior-of-antimicrobial-peptides-therapeutic-agents-and-promising-delivery-vectors
#16
REVIEW
Urszula Piotrowska, Marcin Sobczak, Ewa Oledzka
Microorganism resistance is an important challenge in modern medicine due to the global uncontrolled use of antibiotics. Natural and synthetic antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) symbolize a new family of antibiotics, which have stimulated research and clinical interest as new therapeutic options for infections. They represent one of the most promising antimicrobial substances, due to their broad spectrum of biological activity, against bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses, yeast and even tumour cells. Besides, being antimicrobial, AMPs have been shown to bind and neutralize bacterial endotoxins, as well as possess immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, wound-healing, angiogenic and antitumour properties...
May 26, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534905/antimicrobial-peptide-inspired-nh125-analogues-bacterial-and-fungal-biofilm-eradicating-agents-and-rapid-killers-of-mrsa-persisters
#17
Akash Basak, Yasmeen Abouelhassan, Ran Zuo, Hussain Yousaf, Yousong Ding, Robert W Huigens
During microbial infection, antimicrobial peptides are utilized by the immune response to rapidly eradicate microbial pathogens through the destruction of cellular membranes. Inspired by antimicrobial peptides, quaternary ammonium cationic (QAC) compounds have emerged as agents capable of destroying bacterial membranes leading to rapid bacterial death, including the eradication of persistent, surface-attached bacterial biofilms. NH125, an imidazolium cation with a sixteen membered fatty tail, was recently reported to eradicate persister cells and was our starting point for the development of novel antimicrobial agents...
May 23, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526374/impact-of-high-dose-vitamin-d3-on-plasma-free-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-concentrations-and-antimicrobial-peptides-in-critically-ill-mechanically-ventilated-adults
#18
Jenny E Han, Jessica A Alvarez, Jennifer L Jones, Vin Tangpricha, Mona A Brown, Li Hao, Lou Ann S Brown, Greg S Martin, Thomas R Ziegler
OBJECTIVES: High-dose vitamin D3 increases plasma total 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] in critically ill, ventilated patients; however, to our knowledge, the effect on plasma levels of free (nonprotein-bound) 25(OH)D has not been investigated in critical illness. Moreover, the relationship of free 25(OH)D and the regulation of endogenous antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) remains unknown. The aims of this study were to determine in critically ill adults with respiratory failure the effect of previous high-dose regimens of vitamin D3 on free 25(OH)D concentrations, the relationship of free 25(OH)D with circulating cathelicidin (LL-37) and human beta-defensin-2 (hBD-2), and the associations between plasma levels of free 25(OH)D and these AMPs to alveolar macrophage phagocytosis function...
June 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505117/hiv-enhancing-and-hiv-inhibiting-properties-of-cationic-peptides-and-proteins
#19
REVIEW
Alexander M Cole, Amy L Cole
Cationic antimicrobial peptides and proteins have historically been ascribed roles in innate immunity that infer killing of microbial and viral pathogens and protection of the host. In the context of sexually transmitted HIV-1, we take an unconventional approach that questions this paradigm. It is becoming increasingly apparent that many of the cationic polypeptides present in the human genital or anorectal mucosa, or human semen, are capable of enhancing HIV-1 infection, often in addition to other reported roles as viral inhibitors...
May 15, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501515/shrimp-humoral-responses-against-pathogens-antimicrobial-peptides-and-melanization
#20
Anchalee Tassanakajon, Vichien Rimphanitchayakit, Suwattana Visetnan, Piti Amparyup, Kunlaya Somboonwiwat, Walaiporn Charoensapsri, Sureerat Tang
Diseases have caused tremendous economic losses and become the major problem threatening the sustainable development of shrimp aquaculture. The knowledge of host defense mechanisms against invading pathogens is essential for the implementation of efficient strategies to prevent disease outbreaks. Like other invertebrates, shrimp rely on the innate immune system to defend themselves against a range of microbes by recognizing and destroying them through cellular and humoral immune responses. Detection of microbial pathogens triggers the signal transduction pathways including the NF-κB signaling, Toll and Imd pathways, resulting in the activation of genes involved in host defense responses...
May 10, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
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