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Antibacterial and anti-biofilm effects of cathelicidin peptides against pathogens isolated from cystic fibrosis patients.


PMID 21849157

Abstract

Six different cathelicidin-derived peptides were compared to tobramycin for antibacterial and anti-biofilm effects against S. aureus, P. aeruginosa, and S. maltophilia strains isolated from cystic fibrosis patients. Overall, SMAP-29, BMAP-28, and BMAP-27 showed relevant antibacterial activity (MIC(50) 4-8μg/ml), and in some cases higher than tobramycin. In contrast, indolicidin, LL-37, and Bac7(1-35) showed no significant antimicrobial activity (MIC(50)>32μg/ml). Killing kinetics experiments showed that in contrast to tobramycin the active cathelicidin peptides exert a rapid bactericidal activity regardless of the species tested. All three peptides significantly reduced biofilm formation by S. maltophilia and P. aeruginosa strains at 1/2× MIC, although at a lower extent than tobramycin. In addition, BMAP-28, as well as tobramycin, was also active against S. aureus biofilm formation. Preformed biofilms were significantly affected by bactericidal SMAP-29, BMAP-27 and BMAP-28 concentrations, although at a lesser extent than tobramycin. Overall, our results indicate the potential of some cathelicidin-derived peptides for the development of novel therapeutic agents for cystic fibrosis lung disease.