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Antimicrobial peptides derived from growth factors
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy.
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2007 (English)In: Growth Factors, ISSN 0897-7194, Vol. 25, no 1, 60-70 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Growth factors, comprising diverse protein and peptide families, are involved in a multitude of developmental processes, including embryogenesis, angiogenesis, and wound healing. Here we show that peptides derived from HB-EGF, amphiregulin, hepatocyte growth factor, PDGF-A and PDGF-B, as well as various FGFs are antimicrobial, demonstrating a previously unknown activity of growth factor-derived peptides. The peptides killed the Gram-negative bacteria Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and the Gram-positive Bacillus subtilis, as well as the fungus Candida albicans. Several peptides were also active against the Gram-positive S. aureus. Electron microscopy analysis of peptide-treated bacteria, paired with analysis of peptide effects on liposomes, showed that the peptides exerted membrane-breaking effects similar to those seen after treatment with the “classical” human antimicrobial peptide LL-37. Furthermore, HB-EGF was antibacterial per se, and its epitope GKRKKKGKGLGKKRDPCLRKYK retained its activity in presence of physiological salt and plasma. No discernible hemolysis was noted for the growth factor-derived peptides. Besides providing novel templates for design of peptide-based antimicrobials, our findings demonstrate a previously undisclosed link between the family of growth factors and antimicrobial peptides, both of which are induced during tissue remodelling and repair.

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2007. Vol. 25, no 1, 60-70 p.
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Antimicrobial, Growth factors, Heparin, Liposome
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Pharmaceutical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-11399DOI: 10.1080/08977190701344120ISI: 000246340700008PubMedID: 17454151OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-11399DiVA: diva2:39168
Available from: 2007-09-12 Created: 2007-09-12 Last updated: 2011-02-02Bibliographically approved

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