UCL  IRIS
Institutional Research Information Service
UCL Logo
Please report any queries concerning the funding data grouped in the sections named "Externally Awarded" or "Internally Disbursed" (shown on the profile page) to your Research Finance Administrator. Your can find your Research Finance Administrator at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/finance/research/rs-contacts.php by entering your department
Please report any queries concerning the student data shown on the profile page to:

Email: portico-services@ucl.ac.uk

Help Desk: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ras/portico/helpdesk
Publication Detail
Helminth Defense Molecules as Design Templates for Membrane Active Antibiotics
Abstract
A design template for membrane active antibiotics against microbial and tumor cells is described. The template is an amino acid sequence that combines the properties of helminth defense molecules, which are not cytolytic, with the properties of host-defense peptides, which disrupt microbial membranes. Like helminth defense molecules, the template folds into an amphipathic helix in both mammalian host and microbial phospholipid membranes. Unlike these molecules, the template exhibits antimicrobial and anticancer properties that are comparable to those of antimicrobial and anticancer antibiotics. The selective antibiotic activity of the template builds upon a functional synergy between three distinctive faces of the helix, which is in contrast to two faces of membrane-disrupting amphipathic structures. This synergy enables the template to adapt pore formation mechanisms according to the nature of the target membrane, inducing the lysis of microbial and tumor cells.
Publication data is maintained in RPS. Visit https://rps.ucl.ac.uk
 More search options
UCL Researchers
Author
Dept of Physics & Astronomy
University College London - Gower Street - London - WC1E 6BT Tel:+44 (0)20 7679 2000

© UCL 1999–2011

Search by