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Bioevaluation of Ranatuerin-2Pb from the Frog Skin Secretion of Rana pipiens and Its Truncated Analogues

Department of Nutrition, Henry Fok School of Food Science and Engineering, Shaoguan University, Shaoguan 512005, China
Natural Drug Discovery Group, School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University, Belfast BT9 7BL, Northern Ireland, UK
School of Government, Peking University, No 114, The Leo KoGuan Building, Beijing 100871, China
Institute of Translational Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Macau, Avenida de Universidade, Taipa, Macau
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Biomolecules 2019, 9(6), 249;
Received: 20 May 2019 / Revised: 18 June 2019 / Accepted: 25 June 2019 / Published: 25 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Peptides: Molecular and Biotechnological Aspects)
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are considered as a promising agent to overcome the drug-resistance of bacteria. Large numbers of AMPs have been identified from the skin secretion of Rana pipiens, including brevinins, ranatuerins, temporins and esculentins. In this study, the cDNA precursor of a broad-spectrum antimicrobial peptide, ranatuerin-2Pb, was cloned and identified. Additionally, two truncated analogues, RPa and RPb, were synthesised to investigate the structure-activity relationship of ranatuerin-2Pb. RPa lost antimicrobial activity against Candida albicans, MRSA, Enterococcus faecalis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, while RPb retained its broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity. Additionally, ranatuerin-2Pb, RPa and RPb demonstrated inhibition and eradication effects against Staphylococcus aureus biofilm. RPb showed a rapid bacterial killing manner via membrane permeabilization without damaging the cell membrane of erythrocytes. Moreover, RPb decreased the mortality of S. aureus infected Galleria mellonella larvae. Collectively, our results suggested that RPb may pave a novel way for natural antimicrobial drug design. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ranatuerin; antimicrobial peptides; α-helix; membrane permeability; waxworm model Ranatuerin; antimicrobial peptides; α-helix; membrane permeability; waxworm model
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Zhou, X.; Shi, D.; Zhong, R.; Ye, Z.; Ma, C.; Zhou, M.; Xi, X.; Wang, L.; Chen, T.; Kwok, H.F. Bioevaluation of Ranatuerin-2Pb from the Frog Skin Secretion of Rana pipiens and Its Truncated Analogues. Biomolecules 2019, 9, 249.

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