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Protein & Peptide Letters


ISSN (Print): 0929-8665
ISSN (Online): 1875-5305

Antimicrobial and Anti-Inflammatory Activities of Designed Antimicrobial Peptide P18 Analogues

Author(s): Yong Hai Nan and Song Yub Shin

Volume 15, Issue 8, 2008

Page: [861 - 865] Pages: 5

DOI: 10.2174/092986608785203719

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To develop antimicrobial peptides having higher bacterial selectivity than a novel antimicrobial peptide P18, we synthesized several analogues. The P18 analogues are designed by movement of the N-terminal Trp2 residue in P18 (P18-W6, P18-W8 and P18-W15) and the substitution of the central Pro9 residue with D-Pro or Nala (P18-Nala9 and P18- D-Pro9). These analogues retained potent antibacterial activity but displayed less hemolytic activity than P18. From the viewpoint of their therapeutic index, P18 analogues had approximate 3- to 7-fold higher bacterial selectivity compared to P18. The analogues preferentially bind to bacterial membrane-mimicking negatively charged liposomes as well as does P18. Their high specificity to negatively charged phospholipids corresponds well with their high bacterial selectivity. Furthermore, P18-W6, P18-W8 and P18-Nala9 induced a significant inhibition in NO production from LPS-stimulated macrophage RAW264.7 cells, as well as P18. This result suggests that these peptides appear to have promising therapeutic potential for future development as a novel anti-inflammatory agent as well as antimicrobial agent.

Keywords: Antimicrobial peptide, bacterial selectivity, therapeutic index, lipopolysaccharide, nitric oxide, anti-inflammatory activity

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