Molecular modeling of four Dermaseptin-related peptides of the gliding tree frog Agalychnis spurrelli

Sebastián Cuesta, Felipe Gallegos, Josefa Arias, Fernanda Pilaquinga, Ailín Blasco-Zúñiga, Carolina Proaño-Bolaños, Miryan Rivera, Lorena Meneses

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In this research, we present a preliminary computational study of four Dermaseptin-related peptides from the skin exudate of the gliding tree frog Agalychnis spurrelli. Experimentally, the amino acid sequence of these peptides was elucidated through molecular cloning and tandem mass spectrometry and synthetic peptides were assayed against E. coli, S. aureus, and C. albicans to determine their antimicrobial properties. With the sequences on hand, a computational study of the structures was carried out, obtaining their physicochemical properties, secondary structure, and their similarity to other known peptides. A molecular docking study of these peptides was also performed against cell membrane and several enzymes are known to be vital for the organisms. Results showed that Dermaseptin-related peptides are α-helical cationic peptides with an isoelectric point above 9.70 and a positive charge of physiological pH. Introducing theses peptides in a database, it was determined that their identity compared with known peptides range from 36 to 82% meaning these four Dermaseptins are novel peptides. This preliminary study of molecular docking suggests the mechanism of action of this peptide is not given by the inhibition of essential enzymatic pathways, but by cell lysis. [Figure not available: see fulltext.].

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo260
PublicaciónJournal of Molecular Modeling
EstadoPublicada - 17 ago. 2019

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