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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108242/evaluation-of-the-antimicrobial-activity-of-the-mastoparan-polybia-mpii-isolated-from-venom-of-the-social-wasp-pseudopolybia-vespiceps-testacea-vespidae-hymenoptera
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Juliana C Silva, Lázaro M Neto, Rogério C Neves, Jaqueline C Gonçalves, Monalisa M Trentini, Ricardo Mucury-Filho, Karina S Smidt, Isabel C Fensterseifer, Osmar N Silva, Lilian D Lima, Patricia B Clissa, Nathália Vilela, Fernanda Guilhelmelli, Luciano P Silva, Marisa Rangel, André Kipnis, Ildinete Silva-Pereira, Octavio L Franco, Ana P Junqueira-Kipnis, Anamelia L Bocca, Márcia R Mortari
Mastoparans, a class of peptides found in wasp venom, have significant effects following a sting as well as useful applications in clinical practice. Among these is their potential use in the control of micro-organisms that cause infectious diseases with a significant impact on society. Thus, the present study describes the isolation and identification of a mastoparan peptide from the venom of the social wasp Pseudopolybia vespiceps and evaluated its antimicrobial profile against bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus and Mycobacterium abscessus subsp...
January 9, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107705/incorporation-of-antimicrobial-peptides-in-nanostructured-lipid-membrane-mimetic-bilayer-cubosomes
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Thomas G Meikle, Alexandru Zabara, Lynne J Waddington, Frances Separovic, Calum J Drummond, Charlotte E Conn
The inverse bicontinuous lipidic cubic phase offers a simple and robust membrane mimetic with the ability to encapsulate peptides, potentially increasing bioavailability, while also offering a platform from which functionalized, targeted nanoparticles can be developed. Herein we have investigated the use of a number of cubic phase nanoparticle systems with encapsulated antimicrobial peptides gramicidin A', melittin, and alamethicin. The optimal peptide loading ranges, over which cubic symmetry was retained, were determined using small angle X-ray scattering...
January 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106297/different-dynamics-and-pathway-of-disulfide-bonds-reduction-of-two-human-defensins-a-molecular-dynamics-simulation-study
#3
Liqun Zhang
Human defensins are a class of antimicrobial peptides that are crucial components of the innate immune system. Both human α defensin type 5(HD5) and human β defensin type 3 (hBD-3) have 6 cysteine residues which form 3 pairs of disulfide bonds under oxidizing condition. Disulfide bond linking is important to the protein structure stabilization, and the disulfide bond linking and breaking order has been shown to influence protein function. In this project, microsecond long molecular dynamics simulations were performed to study the structure and dynamics of HD5 and hBD-3 wildtype and analogs which have all 3 disulfide bonds released under reducing conditions...
January 20, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105928/computer-aided-identification-of-a-hevein-like-antimicrobial-peptide-of-bell-pepper-leaves-for-biotechnological-use
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Patrícia Dias Games, Elói Quintas Gonçalves daSilva, Meire de Oliveira Barbosa, Hebréia Oliveira Almeida-Souza, Patrícia Pereira Fontes, Marcos Jorge deMagalhães-Jr, Paulo Roberto Gomes Pereira, Maura Vianna Prates, Gloria Regina Franco, Alessandra Faria-Campos, Sérgio Vale Aguiar Campos, Maria Cristina Baracat-Pereira
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial peptides from plants present mechanisms of action that are different from those of conventional defense agents. They are under-explored but have a potential as commercial antimicrobials. Bell pepper leaves ('Magali R') are discarded after harvesting the fruit and are sources of bioactive peptides. This work reports the isolation by peptidomics tools, and the identification and partially characterization by computational tools of an antimicrobial peptide from bell pepper leaves, and evidences the usefulness of records and the in silico analysis for the study of plant peptides aiming biotechnological uses...
December 15, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105799/molecular-characterization-and-functional-analysis-of-a-piscidin-gene-in-large-yellow-croaker-larimichthys-crocea
#5
Jing Yang, Xin-Jiang Lu, Fang-Chao Chai, Jiong Chen
The piscidin family, which includes potent antimicrobial peptides with broad-spectrum activity, plays an important role in the innate immune system of fish. In this study, we cloned piscidin-5-like type 3 (Lcpis5lt3) in large yellow croaker (Larimichthys crocea). Multiple alignments with other known piscidins revealed amino acid conservation throughout the fish, especially at the signal peptide (22 amino acids). The phylogenetic tree confirmed that Lcpis5lt3 and large yellow croaker piscidin-5-like proteins were grouped together to form a branch...
November 18, 2016: Zool Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105725/antifungal-peptides-a-potential-new-class-of-antifungals-for-treating-vulvovaginal-candidiasis-caused-by-fluconazole-resistant-candida-albicans
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Siew Mei Samantha Ng, Yi Yong Alvin Yap, Jin Wei Darryl Cheong, Fui Mee Ng, Qiu Ying Lau, Timothy Barkham, Jeanette Woon Pei Teo, Jeffrey Hill, Cheng San Brian Chia
Vulvovaginal candidiasis/candidosis is a common fungal infection afflicting approximately 75% of women globally caused primarily by the yeast Candida albicans. Fluconazole is widely regarded as the antifungal drug of choice since its introduction in 1990 due to its high oral bioavailability, convenient dosing regimen and favourable safety profile. However, its widespread use has led to the emergence of fluconazole-resistant C. albicans, posing a universal clinical concern. Coupled to the dearth of new antifungal drugs entering the market, it is imperative to introduce new drug classes to counter this threat...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104898/design-characterization-and-antimicrobial-activity-of-novel-antimicrobial-peptide-derived-from-bovine-lactophoricin
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Ji-Sun Kim, Ji-Ho Joeng, Yongae Kim
Lactophoricin (LPcin) which is a part of proteose peptone isolated from bovine milk is a cationic amphipathic α-helical antimicrobial peptide. Its truncated variants and mutated analogs were designed and their antimicrobial activities were evaluated by using various assays like broth dilution methods and disk diffusion methods as well as hemolysis assay. Three analogs of LPcin-C8 (LPcin-YK1), LPcin-T2&6W (LPcin-YK2), and LPcin-T2&6W-C8 (LPcin-YK3) that showed better antibiotic activities than LPcin were selected...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102569/human-%C3%AE-defensin-3-increases-the-tlr9-dependent-response-to-bacterial-dna
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Sarah L McGlasson, Fiona Semple, Heather MacPherson, Mohini Gray, Donald J Davidson, Julia R Dorin
Human β-defensin 3 (hBD3) is a cationic antimicrobial peptide with potent bactericidal activity in vitro. HBD3 is produced in response to pathogen challenge and can modulate immune responses. The amplified recognition of self-DNA by human plasmacytoid dendritic cells has been previously reported, but we show here that hBD3 preferentially enhances the response to bacterial DNA in mouse Flt-3 induced dendritic cells (FLDCs) and in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells. We show the effect is mediated through TLR9 and although hBD3 significantly increases the cellular uptake of both E...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102471/yorkie-regulates-neurodegeneration-through-canonical-pathway-and-innate-immune-response
#9
Sandeep Kumar Dubey, Madhu G Tapadia
Expansion of CAG repeats in certain genes has long been known to be associated with neurodegenerastion, but the quest to identity the underlying mechanisms is still on. Here, we analyzed the role of Yorkie, the coactivator of the Hippo pathway, and provide evidence to state that it is a robust genetic modifier of polyglutamine (PolyQ)-mediated neurodegeneration. Yorkie reduces the pathogenicity of inclusion bodies in the cell by activating cyclin E and bantam, rather than by preventing apoptosis through DIAP1...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102367/interspecies-cathelicidin-comparison-reveals-divergence-in-antimicrobial-activity-tlr-modulation-chemokine-induction-and-regulation-of-phagocytosis
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Maarten Coorens, Maaike R Scheenstra, Edwin J A Veldhuizen, Henk P Haagsman
Cathelicidins are short cationic peptides initially described as antimicrobial peptides, which can also modulate the immune system. Because most findings have been described in the context of human LL-37 or murine CRAMP, or have been investigated under varying conditions, it is unclear which functions are cathelicidin specific and which functions are general cathelicidin properties. This study compares 12 cathelicidins from 6 species under standardized conditions to better understand the conservation of cathelicidin functions...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102305/structure-and-membrane-interactions-of-the-homodimeric-antibiotic-peptide-homotarsinin
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Rodrigo M Verly, Jarbas M Resende, Eduardo F C Junior, Mariana T Q de Magalhães, Carlos F C R Guimarães, Victor H O Munhoz, Marcelo Porto Bemquerer, Fábio C L Almeida, Marcelo M Santoro, Dorila Piló-Veloso, Burkhard Bechinger
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) from amphibian skin are valuable template structures to find new treatments against bacterial infections. This work describes for the first time the structure and membrane interactions of a homodimeric AMP. Homotarsinin, which was found in Phyllomedusa tarsius anurans, consists of two identical cystine-linked polypeptide chains each of 24 amino acid residues. The high-resolution structures of the monomeric and dimeric peptides were determined in aqueous buffers. The dimer exhibits a tightly packed coiled coil three-dimensional structure, keeping the hydrophobic residues screened from the aqueous environment...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100194/interspecies-transfer-of-vancomycin-erythromycin-and-tetracycline-resistance-among-enterococcus-species-recovered-from-agrarian-sources
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M Conwell, V Daniels, P J Naughton, J S G Dooley
BACKGROUND: Enterococci are now well recognised for their ability to transfer antibiotic resistance and for their association with nosocomial infections, but less is known regarding their relevance in the wider environment. Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium were isolated from a range of agrarian associated sources (low-flow water, septic tank, poultry litter, high flow water, slurry/soil) and were assessed for latent ability to transfer antimicrobial resistance. RESULTS: The isolates were tested for phenotypic clumping in the presence of cell-free supernatant from other isolates...
January 18, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100113/characterization-and-production-of-multifunctional-cationic-peptides-derived-from-rice-proteins
#13
Masayuki Taniguchi, Akihito Ochiai
Food proteins have been identified as a source of bioactive peptides. These peptides are inactive within the sequence of the parent protein and must be released during gastrointestinal digestion, fermentation, or food processing. Of bioactive peptides, multifunctional cationic peptides are more useful than other peptides that have specific activity in promotion of health and/or the treatment of diseases. We have identified and characterized cationic peptides from rice enzymes and proteins that possess multiple functions, including antimicrobial, endotoxin-neutralizing, arginine gingipain-inhibitory, and/or angiogenic activities...
January 19, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098047/vitamin-a-deficiency-suppresses-fish-immune-function-with-differences-in-different-intestinal-segments-the-role-of-transcriptional-factor-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-p38-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-signalling-pathways
#14
Li Zhang, Lin Feng, Wei-Dan Jiang, Yang Liu, Pei Wu, Sheng-Yao Kuang, Ling Tang, Wu-Neng Tang, Yong-An Zhang, Xiao-Qiu Zhou
The present study investigated the effects of dietary vitamin A on immune function in the proximal intestine (PI), mid intestine (MI) and distal intestine (DI) of young grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). Fish were fed graded levels of dietary vitamin A for 10 weeks, and then a challenge test using an injection of Aeromonas hydrophila was conducted for 14 d. The results showed that, compared with the optimum vitamin A level, vitamin A deficiency significantly decreased fish growth performance, increased enteritis morbidity, decreased intestinal innate humoral immune response and aggravated intestinal inflammation...
January 18, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097645/bacterial-subversion-of-camp-signalling-inhibits-cathelicidin-expression-which-is-required-for-innate-resistance-to-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#15
Shashank Gupta, Kathryn Winglee, Richard Gallo, William R Bishai
Antimicrobial peptides such as cathelicidins are an important component of innate immune defence against inhaled microorganisms and have demonstrated antimicrobial activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis with in vitro models. Despite this, little is known about the regulation and expression of cathelicidin during tuberculosis in vivo. We sought to determine whether the cathelicidin-related antimicrobial peptide (Cramp) gene, the murine functional homologue of the human cathelicidin gene (CAMP or LL-37), is required for regulating protective immunity during M...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096686/peptide-consensus-sequence-determination-for-the-enhancement-of-the-antimicrobial-activity-and-selectivity-of-antimicrobial-peptides
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Ammar Almaaytah, Ya'u Ajingi, Ahmad Abualhaijaa, Shadi Tarazi, Nizar Alshar'i, Qosay Al-Balas
The rise of multidrug-resistant bacteria is causing a serious threat to the world's human population. Recent reports have identified bacterial strains displaying pan drug resistance against antibiotics and generating fears among medical health specialists that humanity is on the dawn of entering a post-antibiotics era. Global research is currently focused on expanding the lifetime of current antibiotics and the development of new antimicrobial agents to tackle the problem of antimicrobial resistance. In the present study, we designed a novel consensus peptide named "Pepcon" through peptide consensus sequence determination among members of a highly homologous group of scorpion antimicrobial peptides...
2017: Infection and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096156/bacterial-derived-cell-penetrating-peptides-deliver-gentamicin-to-kill-intracellular-pathogens
#17
Marta Gomarasca, Thaynan F C Martins, Lilo Greune, Philip R Hardwidge, M Alexander Schmidt, Christian Rüter
Commonly used antimicrobials show poor cellular uptake and often have limited access to intracellular targets, resulting in low antimicrobial activity against intracellular pathogens. An efficient delivery system to transport these drugs to the intracellular site of action is needed. Cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) mediate the internalization of biologically active molecules into the cytoplasm. Here we characterized two CPPs, α1H and α2H, derived from the Y. enterocolitica YopM effector protein. These CPPs, as well as Tat(Trans-activator of transcription) from HIV-1 virus, were used to deliver the antibiotic gentamicin to target intracellular bacteria...
January 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095775/ara-peps-a-repository-of-putative-sorf-encoded-peptides-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#18
Rashmi R Hazarika, Barbara De Coninck, Lidia R Yamamoto, Laura R Martin, Bruno P A Cammue, Vera van Noort
BACKGROUND: Many eukaryotic RNAs have been considered non-coding as they only contain short open reading frames (sORFs). However, there is increasing evidence for the translation of these sORFs into bioactive peptides with potent signaling, antimicrobial, developmental, antioxidant roles etc. Yet only a few peptides encoded by sORFs are annotated in the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana. RESULTS: To aid the functional annotation of these peptides, we have developed ARA-PEPs (available at http://www...
January 17, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095327/proteomic-and-peptidomic-analysis-of-human-sweat-with-emphasis-on-proteolysis
#19
Yijing Yu, Ioannis Prassas, Carla M J Muytjens, Eleftherios P Diamandis
: Sweat is produced by eccrine and apocrine glands and represents a biological fluid with established roles in thermo-regulation and host infection defense. The composition of sweat is highly dynamic and alters significantly in various skin and other disorders. Therefore, in-depth profiling of sweat protein composition is expected to augment our understanding of the pathobiology of several skin diseases and may lead to the identification of useful sweat-based disease biomarkers. We here reported an in-depth analysis of the human sweat proteome and peptidome...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094807/antimicrobial-probiotics-reduce-salmonella-enterica-in-turkey-gastrointestinal-tracts
#20
Brittany Forkus, Seth Ritter, Michail Vlysidis, Kathryn Geldart, Yiannis N Kaznessis
Despite the arsenal of technologies employed to control foodborne nontyphoidal Salmonella (NTS), infections have not declined in decades. Poultry is the primary source of NTS outbreaks, as well as the fastest growing meat sector worldwide. With recent FDA rules for phasing-out antibiotics in animal production, pressure is mounting to develop new pathogen reduction strategies. We report on a technology to reduce Salmonella enteritidis in poultry. We engineered probiotic E. coli Nissle 1917, to express and secrete the antimicrobial peptide, Microcin J25...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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