STAR POLYMERS AS NOVEL ANTIMICROBIAL AND IMMUNOMODULATORY AGENTS
Grant number: 1142472 | Funding period: 2018 - 2021
The rise in antibiotic resistance in bacteria is considered as a major public health threat that is not being met by antibiotic research. This project will modify a novel star polymer that we have shown kills antibiotic resistant bacteria but does not induce resistance. The project will make and characterise new versions of the star polymer to produce antimicrobial materials that target and kill the multi-drug resistant bacteria that are a major cause of bacterial infections and death.
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Star-Peptide Polymers are Multi-Drug-Resistant Gram-Positive Bacteria Killers
Wenyi Li, Sara Hadjigol, Alicia Rasines Mazo, James Holden, Jason Lenzo, Steven J Shirbin, Anders Barlow, Sadegh Shabani, Tao Huang, Eric C Reynolds, Greg G Qiao, Neil M O'Brien-Simpson
Antibiotic resistance in bacteria, especially Gram-positive bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus, is gaining considerable momentum ..
Evaluation of Potential DnaK Modulating Proline-Rich Antimicrobial Peptides Identified by Computational Screening
Thomas NG Handley, Wenyi Li, Nicholas G Welch, Neil M O'Brien-Simpson, Mohammed Akhter Hossain, John D Wade
The day is rapidly approaching where current antibiotic therapies will no longer be effective due to the development of multi-drug..
Enhancing proline-rich antimicrobial peptide action by homodimerization: influence of bifunctional linker
Wenyi Li, Feng Lin, Andrew Hung, Anders Barlow, Marc-Antoine Sani, Rita Paolini, William Singleton, James Holden, Mohammed Akhter Hossain, Frances Separovic, Neil M O'Brien-Simpson, John D Wade
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are host defense peptides, and unlike conventional antibiotics, they possess potent broad spectrum a..
Systematic comparison of activity and mechanism of antimicrobial peptides against nosocomial pathogens
Bruce Lin, Andrew Hung, Rong Li, Anders Barlow, William Singleton, Tamara Matthyssen, Marc-Antoine D Sani, Mohammed Akhter Hossain, John Wade, Neil M O'Brien-Simpson, Wenyi Li
The World Health Organisation has deemed several multi-drug resistant (MDR) nosocomial bacterial pathogens to be of significant th..
Crosslinked Polypeptide Films via RAFT-Mediated Continuous Assembly of Polymers
Nicholas J Chan, Sarah Lentz, Paul A Gurr, Shereen Tan, Thomas Scheibel, Greg G Qiao
Polypeptide coatings are a cornerstone in the field of surface modification due to their widespread biological potential. As their..
The Potential of Modified and Multimeric Antimicrobial Peptide Materials as Superbug Killers
Tamara Matthyssen, Wenyi Li, James A Holden, Jason C Lenzo, Sara Hadjigol, Neil M O'Brien-Simpson
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are found in nearly all living organisms, show broad spectrum antibacterial activity, and can modula..
The Potential of Calcium Phosphate Nanoparticles as Adjuvants and Vaccine Delivery Vehicles
Zhe Sun, Wenyi Li, Jason C Lenzo, James A Holden, Michael J McCullough, Andrea J O'Connor, Neil M O'Brien-Simpson
Vaccination is one of the most efficacious and cost-effective ways to protect people from infectious diseases and potentially canc..
Tumor Associated Macrophages: Origin, Recruitment, Phenotypic Diversity, and Targeting
Tetiana Hourani, James A Holden, Wenyi Li, Jason C Lenzo, Sara Hadjigol, Neil M O'Brien-Simpson
The tumor microenvironment (TME) is known to have a strong influence on tumorigenesis, with various components being involved in t..
Cationic Antimicrobial Peptides Are Leading the Way to Combat Oropathogenic Infections
Bruce Lin, Rong Li, Thomas NG Handley, John D Wade, Wenyi Li, Neil M O'Brien-Simpson
Oral dental infections are one of the most common diseases affecting humans, with caries and periodontal disease having the highes..
Human glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) is an antimicrobial adjuvant re-sensitising multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria
Da'san MM Jaradat, Nehaya Al-Karablieh, Basmah HM Zaarer, Wenyi Li, Khalil KY Saleh, Anas J Rasras, Saeid Abu-Romman, Neil M O'Brien-Simpson, John D Wade
Increasing antibiotic resistance in Gram-negative bacteria has mandated the development of both novel antibiotics and alternative ..
Multifunctional Antimicrobial Polypeptide-Selenium Nanoparticles Combat Drug-Resistant Bacteria
Tao Huang, James A Holden, Eric C Reynolds, Daniel E Heath, Neil M O'Brien-Simpson, Andrea J O'Connor
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a severe threat to human health. The World Health Organization's Global Antimicrobial Surveillan..
(Re)Defining the Proline-Rich Antimicrobial Peptide Family and the Identification of Putative New Members
Nicholas G Welch, Wenyi Li, Mohammed Akhter Hossain, Frances Separovic, Neil M O'Brien-Simpson, John D Wade
As we rapidly approach a post-antibiotic era in which multi-drug resistant bacteria are ever-pervasive, antimicrobial peptides (AM..
Peripheral memory T-cell profile is modified in patients undergoing periodontal management
Nidhi Medara, Jason C Lenzo, Katrina A Walsh, James A Holden, Eric C Reynolds, Ivan B Darby, Neil M O'Brien-Simpson
AIMS: T-cells are known to have a role in periodontitis, however, the effect of periodontal therapy on peripheral memory T-cells i..
Peripheral T helper cell profiles during management of periodontitis
Nidhi Medara, Jason C Lenzo, Katrina A Walsh, Neil M O'Brien-Simpson, Eric C Reynolds, Ivan B Darby
AIM: Periodontitis has been associated with other systemic diseases with underlying inflammation responsible for the shared link. ..
Antimicrobial nanoparticle coatings for medical implants: Design challenges and prospects
Xin Li, Tao Huang, Daniel E Heath, Neil M O'Brien-Simpson, Andrea J O'Connor
Microbial colonization, infection, and biofilm formation are major complications in the use of implants and are the predominant ri..
Ring opening polymerization of α-amino acids: advances in synthesis, architecture and applications of polypeptides and their hybrids.
Alicia Rasines Mazo, Stephanie Allison-Logan, Fatemeh Karimi, Nicholas Jun-An Chan, Wenlian Qiu, Wei Duan, Neil M O'Brien-Simpson, Greg G Qiao
Polypeptides have attracted considerable attention in recent decades due to their inherent biodegradability and tunable cytocompat..
The 9-Fluorenylmethoxycarbonyl (Fmoc) Group in Chemical Peptide Synthesis - Its Past, Present, and Future
Wenyi Li, Neil M O'Brien-Simpson, Mohammed Akhter Hossain, John D Wade
The chemical formation of the peptide bond has long fascinated and challenged organic chemists. It requires not only the activatio..
Combating bacterial resistance by combination of antibiotics with antimicrobial peptides
Dean E Sheard, Neil M O'Brien-Simpson, John D Wade, Frances Separovic
The overuse of antibiotics in the healthcare and agricultural industries has led to the worldwide spread of bacterial resistance. ..