Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1997

Journal or Book Title

Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

Volume

41

Issue

7

First Page

1615

Last Page

1617

Abstract

Some inactive precursor proteins, or zymogens, contain small, amino terminus, homopolymeric regions of Asp that neutralize the cationic charge of the active protein during synthesis. After posttranslational cleavage, the anionic propeptide fragment may exhibit antimicrobial activity. To demonstrate this, ovine trypsinogen activation peptide, and frog (Xenopus laevis) PYL activation peptide, both containing homopolymeric regions of Asp, were synthesized and tested against previously described surfactant-associated anionic peptide. Peptides inhibited the growth of both gram-negative (MIC, 0.08 to 3.00 mM) and gram-positive (MIC, 0.94 to 2.67 mM) bacteria. Small, anionic, and charge-neutralizing propeptide fragments of zymogens form a new class of host-derived antimicrobial peptides important in innate defense.

Comments

This article is from Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 41, no. 7 (July 1997): 1615–1617.

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Language

en

File Format

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