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Bodapati K.C.,University of Alberta | Soudy R.,University of Alberta | Etayash H.,University of Alberta | Stiles M.,CanBiocin Inc | Kaur K.,University of Alberta
Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry | Year: 2013

Class IIa bacteriocins are potent antimicrobial peptides produced by lactic acid bacteria to destroy competing microorganisms. The N-terminal domain of these peptides consists of a conserved YGNGV sequence and a disulphide bond. The YGNGV motif is essential for activity, whereas, the two cysteines involved in the disulphide bond can be replaced with hydrophobic residues. The C-terminal region has variable sequences, and folds into a conserved amphipathic α-helical structure. To elucidate the structure-activity relationship in the N-terminal domain of these peptides, three analogues (1-3) of a class IIa bacteriocin, Leucocin A (LeuA), were designed and synthesized by replacing the N-terminal β-sheet residues of the native peptide with shorter β-turn motifs. Such replacement abolished the antibacterial activity in the analogues, however, analogue 1 was able to competitively inhibit the activity of native LeuA. Native LeuA (37-mer) was synthesized using native chemical ligation method in high yield. Solution conformation study using circular dichroism spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulations suggested that the C-terminal region of analogue 1 adopts helical folding as found in LeuA, while the N-terminal region did not fold into β-sheet conformation. These structure-activity studies highlight the role of proper folding and complete sequence in the activity of class IIa bacteriocins. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source


Etayash H.,University of Alberta | Norman L.,University of Alberta | Thundat T.,University of Alberta | Stiles M.,CanBiocin Inc | Kaur K.,University of Alberta
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces | Year: 2014

Leucocin A, a representative class IIa bacteriocin, is a ribosomally synthesized antimicrobial peptide (AMP) that displays potent activity against specific gram-positive bacteria. The antibacterial activity of such peptides is preceded by the binding event that can be utilized for studying specific peptide-bacteria interactions. In this study, 37-residue Leucocin A (LeuA) was synthesized using solid-phase peptide synthesis and covalently immobilized on gold substrates from either the N- or C-terminal. Both the peptide monolayers on gold substrates were incubated separately with five strains of gram-positive bacteria and displayed differential binding to different strains with highest binding to pathogenic Listeria monocytogenes. The C-terminally immobilized LeuA showed higher bacterial binding compared to the N-terminally attached LeuA. The full length immobilized LeuA (37-residue) was active as well as displayed higher bacterial binding (73 ± 6 bacteria/100 μm2) compared to 24-residue inactive LeuA fragment (40 ± 8 bacteria/100 μm2) from the C-terminal region. The high and specific bacterial binding ability of LeuA functionalized surfaces support the potential use of class IIa bacteriocins in antimicrobial peptide-based diagnostic platforms. © 2013 American Chemical Society. Source


Azmi S.,University of Alberta | Jiang K.,University of Alberta | Stiles M.,CanBiocin Inc | Thundat T.,University of Alberta | And 2 more authors.
ACS Combinatorial Science | Year: 2015

We employed a direct peptide-bacteria binding assay to screen peptide fragments for high and specific binding to Listeria monocytogenes. Peptides were screened from a peptide array library synthesized on cellulose membrane. Twenty four peptide fragments (each a 14-mer) were derived from three potent anti-listerial peptides, Leucocin A, Pediocin PA1, and Curvacin A, that belong to class IIa bacteriocins. Fragment Leu10 (GEAFSAGVHRLANG), derived from the C-terminal region of Leucocin A, displayed the highest binding among all of the library fragments toward several pathogenic Gram-positive bacteria, including L. monocytogenes, Enterococcus faecalis, and Staphylococcus aureus. The specific binding of Leu10 to L. monocytogenes was further validated using microcantilever (MCL) experiments. Microcantilevers coated with gold were functionalized with peptides by chemical conjugation using a cysteamine linker to yield a peptide density of ∼4.8 × 10-3 μmol/cm2 for different peptide fragments. Leu10 (14-mer) functionalized MCL was able to detect Listeria with same sensitivity as that of Leucocin A (37-mer) functionalized MCL, validating the use of short peptide fragments in bacterial detection platforms. Fragment Leu10 folded into a helical conformation in solution, like that of native Leucocin A, suggesting that both Leu10 and Leucocin A may employ a similar mechanism for binding target bacteria. The results show that peptide-conjugated microcantilevers can function as highly sensitive platforms for Listeria detection and hold potential to be developed as biosensors for pathogenic bacteria. © 2014 American Chemical Society. Source


Soudy R.,University of Alberta | Wang L.,CanBiocin Inc | Kaur K.,University of Alberta
Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry | Year: 2012

Microcin J25 (MccJ25) is a plasmid-encoded, ribosomally synthesized antibacterial peptide with a unique lasso structure. The lasso structure, produced with the aid of two processing enzymes, provides exceptional stability to MccJ25. We report the synthesis of six peptides (1-6), derived from the MccJ25 sequence, that are designed to form folded conformation by disulfide bond formation and electrostatic or hydrophobic interactions. Two peptides (1 and 6) display good activity against Salmonella newport, and are the first synthetic derivatives of MccJ25 that are bactericidal. Peptide 1 displays potent activity against several Salmonella strains including two MccJ25 resistant strains. The solution conformation and the stability studies of the active peptides suggest that they do not fold into a lasso conformation and peptide 1 displays antimicrobial activity by inhibition of target cell respiration. Like MccJ25, the synthetic MccJ25 derivatives display minimal toxicity to mammalian cells suggesting that these peptides act specifically on bacterial cells. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source


Soliman W.,University of Alberta | Wang L.,CanBiocin Inc | Bhattacharjee S.,University of Alberta | Kaur K.,University of Alberta
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry | Year: 2011

Class IIb bacteriocins are ribosomally synthesized antimicrobial peptides comprising two different peptides synergistically acting in equal amounts for optimal potency. In this study, we demonstrate for the first time potent (nanomolar) antimicrobial activity of a representative class IIb bacteriocin, plantaricin S (Pls), against four pathogenic Gram-positive bacteria, including Listeria monocytogenes. The structure-activity relationships for Pls were studied using activity assays, circular dichroism (CD), and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The two Pls peptides and five Pls derived fragments were synthesized. The CD spectra of the Pls and selected fragments revealed helical conformations in aqueous 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol. The MD simulations showed that when the two Pls peptides are in antiparallel orientation, the helical regions interact and align, mediated by strong attraction between conserved GxxxG/AxxxA motifs. The results strongly correlate with the antimicrobial activity suggesting that helix-helix alignment of the two Pls peptides and interaction between the conserved motifs are crucial for interaction with the target cell membrane. © 2011 American Chemical Society. Source

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