Journal article

Expression and purification of the native C-amidated antimicrobial peptide maculatin 1.1

Shiying Zhu, Daniel K Weber, Frances Separovic, Marc-Antoine Sani

JOURNAL OF PEPTIDE SCIENCE | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

Maculatin 1.1 (Mac1) is an antimicrobial peptide (AMP) from an Australian tree frog and exhibits low micromolar activity against Gram-positive bacteria. The antimicrobial properties of Mac1 are linked to its disruption of bacterial lipid membranes, which has been studied extensively by in vitro nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and biophysical approaches. Although in vivo NMR has recently proven effective in probing peptide-lipid interplay in live bacterial cells, direct structural characterisation of AMPs has been prohibited by low sensitivity and overwhelming background noise. To overcome this issue, we report a recombinant expression protocol to produce isotopically enriched M..

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