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Antibiotic Activity of Antimicrobial Peptide Against Pseudomonads Isolated from a Patient with Gallstones

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We investigated the in vitro antibiotic activity of the 19-amino acid antimicrobial peptide HP (2-20), derived from the N-terminus of Helicobacter pylori Ribosomal Protein L1 (RPL1), against antibiotic susceptible and resistant pathogens from a patient with gallstones. HP (2-20) was active against antibiotic-susceptible and antibiotic-resistant clinical isolates of pathogens from a patient with gallstones, but this peptide showed no hemolytic activity against normal human erythrocytes. HP (2-20) acted synergistically with ciprofloxacin against pathogenic bacteria. Fluorescence activated flow cytometry revealed that the effect of HP (2-20) was dependent on energy and salt concentration. In addition, scanning electron microscopy showed that HP (2-20) caused significant morphological alterations to the cell surface of pathogens. Using 16S rDNA sequences, we found that isolates from bile were 100% homologous to Pseudomonas aeruginosa. These findings suggest that HP (2-20) may be useful clinically as an antibiotic against acquired pathogens from patients with gallstones and against pathogens resistant to other antibiotics.

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Keywords: Antibiotic activity; HP (2-20); Pseudomonas aeruginosa; ciprofloxacin

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Research Center for Proteineous Materials (RCPM), Chosun University, 375 Seosuk-Dong, Dong-Ku, Kwangju 501-759, Korea.

Publication date: 2006-01-01

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