Yue Sun

Liaoning Normal University, Lü-ta-shih, Liaoning, China

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    Yue Sun · Dejing Shang
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    ABSTRACT: Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are usually small molecule peptides, which display broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity, high efficiency, and stability. For the multiple-antibiotic-resistant strains, AMPs play a significant role in the development of novel antibiotics because of their broad-spectrum antimicrobial activities and specific antimicrobial mechanism. Besides broad-spectrum antibacterial activity, AMPs also have anti-inflammatory activity. The neutralization of lipopolysaccharides (LPS) plays a key role in anti-inflammatory action of AMPs. On the one hand, AMPs can readily penetrate the cell wall barrier by neutralizing LPS to remove Gram-negative bacteria that can lead to infection. On the contrary, AMPs can also inhibit the production of biological inflammatory cytokines to reduce the inflammatory response through neutralizing circulating LPS. In addition, AMPs also modulate the host immune system by chemotaxis of leukocytes, to promote immune cell proliferation, epithelialization, and angiogenesis and thus play a protective role. This review summarizes some recent researches about anti-inflammatory AMPs, with a focus on the interaction of AMPs and LPS on the past decade.
    Preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Mediators of Inflammation
  • Weibing Dong · Yue Sun · Dejing Shang
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    ABSTRACT: Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of sepsis caused by gram-negative bacterial infections. Therefore, LPS-neutralizing molecules would have important clinical applications. Chensinin-1, a novel antimicrobial peptide with atypical structural features, was found in the skin secretions of the Chinese brown frog Rana chensinensis. To understand the role of LPS in the bacterial susceptibility to chensinin-1 and to investigate its anti-endotoxin effects, the interactions of chensinin-1 with LPS were investigated in this study using circular dichroism, in situ IR, isothermal titration calorimetry and zeta potential. This study is the first to use in situ IR spectroscopy to evaluate the secondary structural changes of this peptide. The capacity of chensinin-1 to block the LPS-dependent cytokine secretion of macrophages was also investigated. Our results show that chensinin-1 can form α-helical structures in LPS suspensions. LPS can affect the antimicrobial activity of chensinin-1, and chensinin-1 was able to mitigate the effects of LPS. These data may facilitate the development of antimicrobial peptides with potent antimicrobial and anti-endotoxin activities. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Biopolymers
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    ABSTRACT: Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) with non-specific membrane disrupting activities are thought to exert their antimicrobial activity as a result of their cationicity, hydrophobicity and α-helical or β-sheet structures. Chensinin-1, a native peptide from skin secretions of Rana chensinensis, fails to manifest its desired biological properties because its low hydrophobic nature and an adopted random coil structure in a membrane-mimetic environment. In this study, chensinin-1b was designed by rearranging the amino acid sequence of its hydrophilic/polar residues on one face and its hydrophobic/nonpolar residues on the opposite face according to its helical diagram, and by replacing three Gly residues with three Trp residues. Introduction of Trp residues significantly promoted the binding of the peptide to the bacterial outer membrane and exerted bactericidal activity through cytoplasmic membrane damage. Chensinin-1b demonstrates higher antimicrobial activity and greater cell selectivity than its parent peptide, chensinin-1. The electrostatic interactions between chensinin-1b and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) may have facilitated the uptake of the peptide into Gram-negative cells and be also helpful to disrupt the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane, as evidenced by depolarisation of the membrane potential and leakage of calceins from the liposomes of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. Chensinin-1b was also found to penetrate mouse skin and was also effective in vivo, as measured by hydroxyproline levels in a wound infection mouse model, and could therefore act as an anti-infective agent for wound healing. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2014 · Biomaterials
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    ABSTRACT: Dental caries and periodontitis are common bacterial mouth infections. As a potentially attractive substitute for conventional antibiotics, antimicrobial peptides have been widely tested and used for controlling bacterial infections. In this study, we tested the efficacy of the peptides from the skin secretions of Rana chensinensis for killing several major cariogenic and periodontic pathogens as well as Candida albicans. L-K6, a temporin-1CEb analog, exhibited high antimicrobial activity against the tested oral pathogens and was able to inhibit Streptococcus mutans biofilm formation and reduce 1-day-old S. mutans biofilms with a minimum biofilm inhibitory concentration and reducing concentration of 3.13 and 6.25 μM, respectively. The results of confocal laser scanning microscopy demonstrated that the peptide significantly reduced cell viability within oral biofilms. Furthermore, as little as 5 μM L-K6 significantly inhibited lipopolysaccharide (LPS)- and interleukin-1β-induced productions of interleukin-8 and tumor necrosis factor-α from THP-1 monocytic cells. This anti-inflammatory activity is associated with the binding of L-K6 to LPS and neutralizing LPS-induced proinflammatory responses in THP-1 cells, as well as dissociating LPS aggregates. Our results suggest that L-K6 may have potential clinical applications in treating dental caries by killing S. mutans within dental plaque and acting as anti-inflammatory agents in infected tissues.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2014 · Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
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    ABSTRACT: Aims: To understand the effects of Trp residues in linear antimicrobial peptides with α-helical conformations on cell permeation ability and membrane transduction efficacy. Methods and results: A series of L-K6 analogues were designed and synthesized by replacing Ile or Leu with Trp at different positions on the hydrophobic face of L-K6. The antimicrobial and haemolytic activity and secondary structure of the designed Trp-containing peptides were assessed. In addition, the role of Trp in membrane disruption for these designed peptides was investigated. I1W, I4W and L5W demonstrated stronger activity than the other peptides against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. All of the tested peptides preferentially interacted with negatively charged vesicles composed of phosphatidylglycerol (PG)/cardiolipin (CL) or PG/CL/phosphatidylethanolamine, and, to a lesser extent, with zwitterionic vesicles. I1W, I4W and L5W caused calcein release at 2·5 μmol l(-1) . Conclusions: The position of Trp, rather than the number of Trp residues, in these peptides was an important factor in the antimicrobial activity. Trp residues were deeply inserted into negatively charged membranes but were largely exposed in aqueous buffer solution. Significance and impact of the study: These Trp-containing peptides may represent good candidates for new antibiotic agents and for use in new therapeutic approaches.
    No preview · Article · May 2013 · Journal of Applied Microbiology
  • Dejing Shang · Yue Sun · Che Wang · Shi Wei · Lijie Ma · Li Sun
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    ABSTRACT: Many antimicrobial peptides from amphibian skin have been purified and structurally characterized and may be developed as therapeutic agents. Here we describe the antibacterial properties and membrane interaction of chensinin-1, a cationic arginine/histidine-rich antimicrobial peptide, from the skin secretions of Rana chensinensis. The amino acid composition, sequence, and atypical structure of chensinin-1 differ from other known antimicrobial peptides from amphibian skin. Chensinin-1 exhibited selective antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive bacteria, was inactive against Gram-negative bacteria, and had no hemolytic activity on human erythrocytes. The CD spectra for chensinin-1 indicated that the peptide adopted an aperiodic structure in water and a conformational structure with 20 % β-strands, 8 % α-helices, and the remaining majority of random coils in the trifluoroethanol or SDS solutions. Time-kill kinetics against Gram-positive Bacillus cereus demonstrated that chensinin-1 was rapidly bactericidal at 2× MIC and PAE was found to be >5 h. Chensinin-1 caused rapid and large dye leakage from negatively charged model vesicles. Furthermore, membrane permeation assays on intact B. cereus indicated that chensinin-1 induced membrane depolarization in less than 1 min and followed to damage the integrity of the cytoplasmic membrane and resulted in efflux of molecules from cytoplasma. Hence, the primary target of chensinin-1 action was the cytoplasmic membrane of bacteria. Chensinin-1 was unable to overcome bacterial resistance imposed by the lipopolysaccharide leaflet, the major constituent of the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria. Lipopolysaccharide induced oligomerization of chensinin-1, thus preventing its translocation across the outer membrane.
    No preview · Article · May 2012 · Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
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    ABSTRACT: Temporin-1CEb shows antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive bacteria, but its therapeutic potential is limited by its haemolysis. In this study, eight temporin-1CEb analogues with altered cationicities and hydrophobicities were synthesized. Increasing cationicity and amphipathicity by substituting neutral and non-polar amino acid residues on the hydrophilic face of the α-helix by five or six lysines increased antimicrobial potency approximately 10-fold to 40-fold, although when the number of positive charges was increased from +6 to +7, the antimicrobial potency was not additionally enhanced. The substitution of an l-lysine with a d-lysine, meanwhile maintaining the net charge and the mean hydrophobicity values, had only a minor effect on its antimicrobial activity, whereas significantly led a decrease in its haemolytic activity. Of all the peptides, l-K6 has the best potential as an antimicrobial agent because its antimicrobial activity against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria is substantial, and its haemolytic activity is negligible. l-K6 adopts an α-helix in 50% trifluoroethanol/water and 30 mm SDS solutions. l-K6 killed 99.9% of E. coli and S. aureus at 4× MIC in 60 min, and its postantibiotic effect was >5 h. l-K6 affects the integrity of E. coli and S. aureus plasma membranes by rapidly inducing membrane depolarization.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2012 · Chemical Biology & Drug Design