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Cristina Brunati, Thomas T Thomsen, Eleonora Gaspari, Sonia Maffioli, Margherita Sosio, Daniela Jabes, Anders Løbner-Olesen, Stefano Donadio
Objectives: To characterize NAI-107 and related lantibiotics for their in vitro activity against Gram-negative pathogens, alone or in combination with polymyxin, and against non-dividing cells or biofilms of Staphylococcus aureus. NAI-107 was also evaluated for its propensity to select or induce self-resistance in Gram-positive bacteria. Methods: We used MIC determinations and chequerboard experiments to establish the antibacterial activity of the examined compounds against target microorganisms...
October 30, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Clemencia Chaves López, Annalisa Serio, Costanza Montalvo, Cristina Ramirez, José Angel Peréz Álvarez, Antonello Paparella, Dino Mastrocola, Maria Martuscelli
Nisin is a lantibiotic exhibiting antimicrobial activity against a wide range of Gram-positive bacteria, or some Gram-negative bacteria when used in combination with other preservative agents. The objective of the present work was to study the effect of nisin treatment on biogenic amines occurrence and shelf life of refrigerated (4 °C) vacuum packaged rainbow trout samples. For this purpose samples were divided in two batches: the experimental batch (CB-N), consisting of samples immersed in sterilized broth formulated with soy milk 1...
September 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
Jens Reiners, Marcel Lagedroste, Katja Ehlen, Selina Leusch, Julia Zaschke-Kriesche, Sander H J Smits
Lantibiotics are (methyl)-lanthionine-containing antimicrobial peptides produced by several Gram-positive bacteria. Some human pathogenic bacteria express specific resistance proteins that counteract this antimicrobial activity of lantibiotics. In Streptococcus agalactiae COH1 resistance against the well-known lantibiotic nisin is conferred by, the nisin resistance protein (NSR), a two-component system (NsrRK) and a BceAB-type ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter (NsrFP). The present study focuses on elucidating the function of NsrFP via its heterologous expression in Lactococcus lactis...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
J-E Park, H-R Kim, S-Y Park, S-K Choi, S-H Park
AIMS: To analyse the function of a putative lantibiotic gene cluster of Paenibacillus polymyxa E681 and to characterize its product, paenilan. METHODS AND RESULTS: Comparative analysis of the lantibiotic gene cluster of E681 revealed that the cluster, consisting of 11 open reading frames, is involved in the biosynthesis of a class I lantibiotic. The pnlA gene encoding the prepeptide PnlA was identified and P. polymyxa strain EPT14 producing only paenilan was constructed by knockout of the other five antibiotic biosynthetic gene clusters of E681...
September 4, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
Bo Dong, Yunhai Yi, Lifeng Liang, Qiong Shi
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are a group of small peptides, which are secreted by almost all creatures in nature. They have been explored in therapeutic and agricultural aspects as they are toxic to many bacteria. A considerable amount of work has been conducted in analyzing 16S and metagenomics of the gastrointestinal (GI) microbiome of grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idellus). However, these datasets are still untapped resources. In this present study, a homologous search was performed to predict AMPs from our newly generated metagenome of grass carp...
August 30, 2017: Toxins
Diane Hatziioanou, Cristina Gherghisan-Filip, Gerhard Saalbach, Nikki Horn, Udo Wegmann, Sylvia H Duncan, Harry J Flint, Melinda J Mayer, Arjan Narbad
A novel lanC-like sequence was identified from the dominant human gut bacterium Blautia obeum strain A2-162. This sequence was extended to reveal a putative lantibiotic operon with biosynthetic and transport genes, two sets of regulatory genes, immunity genes, three identical copies of a nisin-like lanA gene with an unusual leader peptide, and a fourth putative lanA gene. Comparison with other nisin clusters showed that the closest relationship was to nisin U. B. obeum A2-162 demonstrated antimicrobial activity against Clostridium perfringens when grown on solid medium in the presence of trypsin...
August 31, 2017: Microbiology
Aleksandra Tymoszewska, Dzung B Diep, Paulina Wirtek, Tamara Aleksandrzak-Piekarczyk
Mannose phosphotransferase system (Man-PTS) is the main mannose permease in bacteria but it is also a known receptor for subclass IIa bacteriocins (pediocin-like group) as well as subclass IId lactococcin A (LcnA) and lactococcin B (LcnB) (LcnA-like group). Subclass IIa bacteriocins exhibit a strong activity against Listeria spp. but they are not against Lactococcus spp. In contrast, the LcnA-like bacteriocins act only against Lactococcus lactis strains. Garvicin Q (GarQ) is a subclass IId bacteriocin with minor similarity to LcnA-like bacteriocins and a relatively broad antimicrobial spectrum including, among others, Listeria and Lactococcus spp...
August 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
Claudio Zambaldo, Xiaozhou Luo, Angad P Mehta, Peter G Schultz
Nisin is a complex lanthipeptide that has broad spectrum antibacterial activity. In efforts to broaden the structural diversity of this ribosomally synthesized lantibiotic, we now report the recombinant expression of Nisin variants that incorporate noncanonical amino acids (ncAAs) at discrete positions. This is achieved by expressing the nisA structural gene, cyclase (nisC) and dehydratase (nisB), together with an orthogonal nonsense suppressor tRNA/aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase pair in Escherichia coli. A number of ncAAs with novel chemical reactivity were genetically incorporated into NisA, including an α-chloroacetamide-containing ncAA that allowed for the expression of Nisin variants with novel macrocyclic topologies...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Christoph Geiger, Tobias Spieß, Sophie Marianne Korn, Peter Kötter, Karl-Dieter Entian
Autoinduction via two-component systems is a widespread regulatory mechanism that senses environmental and metabolic changes. Although the lantibiotics nisin and subtilin are closely related and share the same lanthionine ring structure, they autoinduce their biosynthesis in a highly specific manner. Subtilin can only activate the two-component system SpaRK of Bacillus subtilis, whereas nisin activates solely the two-component system NisRK of Lactococcus lactis To identify components that determine the specificity of subtilin autoinduction, several variants of the respective lantibiotic were analyzed for their autoinduction capacity...
July 14, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Jin Hee Jeong, Sung Chul Ha
NisI is a lantibiotic-binding lipoprotein that is specific for nisin. Nisin-producing microorganisms use NisI as an immunity protein for self-protection against nisin. Here, the purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction of full-length NisI from Lactobacillus lactis in a lipid-free form (NisI22-C) are reported. Importantly, reductive methylation of the lysine residues in NisI22-C was essential for initial crystallization. Only methylated NisI22-C crystallized. The optimized crystals of methylated NisI22-C were grown in 30-40 mM ammonium sulfate, 0...
July 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
Marcel Lagedroste, Sander H J Smits, Lutz Schmitt
Nisin (NisA) is an antimicrobial peptide produced by Lactococcus lactis and belongs to the class of lanthipeptides, more specifically to the class of lantibiotics. They are ribosomally synthesized as a precursor peptide and are comprised of an N-terminal leader peptide and a C-terminal core peptide. The core peptide is post-translationally modified and contains dehydrated amino acids in addition to five (methyl)-lanthionine rings, which are crucial for its activity. The leader peptide serves as a signal sequence and ensures that NisA remains inactive but secretion-competent within the cell...
August 1, 2017: Biochemistry
Marija Vukomanović, Vojka Žunič, Špela Kunej, Boštjan Jančar, Samo Jeverica, Rok Podlipec, Danilo Suvorov
Lantibiotics, bacteria-sourced antimicrobial peptides, are very good candidates for effective and safe food additives. Among them, nisin is already approved by the EU and FDA, and has been used in food preservation for the past 40 years. Now, there is a possibility and strong interest to extend its applicability to biomedicine for designing innovative alternatives to antibiotics. The main obstacle is, however, its naturally narrow spectrum of antimicrobial activity, focused on Gram positive bacteria. Here we demonstrate broadening nisin's spectrum to Gram negative bacteria using a nano-engineering approach...
June 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
Alejandra de Miguel, Rafael Tapia-Rojo, Tillmann Utesch, Maria Andrea Mroginski
Two variants of the two-component Lantibiotic Lichenicidin, produced by the strains B. Licheniformis VK21 and I89 (Lchα/ Lchβ and Bliα/ Bliβ peptides, respectively) have been investigated by means of 2 μs-long all-atom molecular dynamics simulations combined with Markov State Models. This rigorous statistical analysis enabled to evaluate the dynamic and kinetic properties of the aforementioned systems which are not accessible via experimental techniques. The structural flexibility characteristic of these small peptides is understood by a delicate equilibrium between random coil, α-helices and β-sheet structures...
2017: PloS One
Tomás García-Cayuela, Teresa Requena, M Carmen Martínez-Cuesta, Carmen Peláez
The aim of the study was to evaluate the potential use of Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) for fast and reliable detection of strains producing the lantibiotics nisin, lacticin 481 and lacticin 3147 in a large collection of lactococci. A total of one hundred lactococcal isolates from traditional ewe's and goat's raw milk cheeses were identified to the species level as Lactococcuslactis by MALDI-TOF MS based on comparison with lactococcal entries in the BioTyper database...
August 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
Tibor Botka, Vladislava Růžičková, Karla Svobodová, Roman Pantůček, Petr Petráš, Darina Čejková, Jiří Doškař
Exfoliative toxin B (ETB) encoded by some large plasmids plays a crucial role in epidermolytic diseases caused by Staphylococcus aureus. We have found as yet unknown types of etb gene-positive plasmids isolated from a set of impetigo strains implicated in outbreaks of pemphigus neonatorum in Czech maternity hospitals. Plasmids from the strains of clonal complex CC121 were related to archetypal plasmid pETBTY4. Sharing a 33-kb core sequence including virulence genes for ETB, EDIN C, and lantibiotics, they were assigned to a stand-alone lineage, named pETBTY4-based plasmids...
May 29, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Erquan Chen, Qi Chen, Shaoming Chen, Bing Xu, Jianhua Ju, Huan Wang
Lantibiotics are antimicrobial peptides belonging to the family of ribosomally synthesized and posttranslationally modified peptides (RiPPs) and feature thioether linkages in their structures. In this study, we identified the biosynthetic gene cluster of a cinnamycin analog, named mathermycin, from Marinactinospora thermotolerans SCSIO 00652 and reconstituted its biosynthesis in Streptomyces lividans and Escherichia coli Key posttranslational modification enzymes of mathermycin were characterized. Mathermycin exhibited antimicrobial activity and therefore represents an example of cinnamycin-like lantibiotics from Marinactinospora species...
August 1, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Jerome Escano, Akshaya Ravichandran, Bita Salamat, Leif Smith
Mutacin 1140 belongs to the epidermin group of lantibiotics. Epidermin class lantibiotics are ribosomally synthesized and posttranslationally modified antibiotics with potent activity against Gram-positive bacteria. In particular, this class is effective at targeting drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and Clostridium difficile A C-terminal S-[(Z)-2-aminovinyl]-d-cysteine (AviCys) residue is derived from a decarboxylation of a terminal cysteine that is involved in lanthionine ring formation...
July 15, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Calum J Walsh, Caitriona M Guinane, Paul W O' Toole, Paul D Cotter
BACKGROUND: The human microbiota plays a key role in health and disease, and bacteriocins, which are small, bacterially produced, antimicrobial peptides, are likely to have an important function in the stability and dynamics of this community. Here we examined the density and distribution of the subclass I lantibiotic modification protein, LanB, in human oral and stool microbiome datasets using a specially constructed profile Hidden Markov Model (HMM). METHODS: The model was validated by correctly identifying known lanB genes in the genomes of known bacteriocin producers more effectively than other methods, while being sensitive enough to differentiate between different subclasses of lantibiotic modification proteins...
2017: PeerJ
Ranita Roy, Monalisa Tiwari, Gianfranco Donelli, Vishvanath Tiwari
Biofilm refers to the complex, sessile communities of microbes found either attached to a surface or buried firmly in an extracellular matrix as aggregates. The biofilm matrix surrounding bacteria makes them tolerant to harsh conditions and resistant to antibacterial treatments. Moreover, the biofilms are responsible for causing a broad range of chronic diseases and due to the emergence of antibiotic resistance in bacteria it has really become difficult to treat them with efficacy. Furthermore, the antibiotics available till date are ineffective for treating these biofilm related infections due to their higher values of minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC), which may result in in-vivo toxicity...
March 31, 2017: Virulence
Abolghasem Danesh, Åsa Ljungh, Bo Mattiasson, Gashaw Mamo
The emergence of drug-resistant pathogens has triggered the search for more efficient antimicrobial agents and formulations for treatment of infections. In recent years, combination therapy has become one of the effective clinical practices in treating infections. The present study deals with the effect of haloduracin, a lantibiotic bateriocin and chloramphenicol against clinically important bacteria. The combined use of haloduracin and chloramphenicol resulted in remarkable synergy against a spectrum of microorganisms including strains of Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecium, Enterococcus faecalis and different groups of Streptococcus...
March 2017: Biotechnology Reports
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