Melanie L. Juba

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The identification and sequencing of novel cationic antimicrobial peptides (CAMPs) have proven challenging due to the limitations associated with traditional proteomics methods and difficulties sequencing peptides present in complex biomolecular mixtures. We present here a process for large-scale identification and de novo-assisted sequencing of newly(More)
Cationic antimicrobial peptides (CAMPs) represent an ancient defense mechanism against invading bacteria, with peptides such as the cathelicidins being essential elements of vertebrate innate immunity. CAMPs are typically associated with broad-spectrum antimicrobial potency and limited bacterial resistance. The cathelicidin identified from the elapid snake(More)
Cationic antimicrobial peptides and their therapeutic potential have garnered growing interest because of the proliferation of bacterial resistance. However, the discovery of new antimicrobial peptides from animals has proven challenging due to the limitations associated with conventional biochemical purification and difficulties in predicting active(More)
Cationic antimicrobial peptides (CAMPs) are important elements of innate immunity in higher organisms, representing an ancient defense mechanism against pathogenic bacteria. These peptides exhibit broad-spectrum antimicrobial activities, utilizing mechanisms that involve targeting bacterial membranes. Recently, a 34-residue CAMP (NA-CATH) was identified in(More)
Hydrogel particles have proven to be powerful tools for the capture and concentration of low abundance, low molecular weight peptides and proteins from complex biofluids, such as plasma. The primary means of recovering and washing the particles following harvesting is through centrifugation, which can be a very time-consuming process depending on harvest(More)
Komodo dragons are the largest living lizards and are the apex predators in their environs. They endure numerous strains of pathogenic bacteria in their saliva and recover from wounds inflicted by other dragons, reflecting the inherent robustness of their innate immune defense. We have employed a custom bioprospecting approach combining partial de novo(More)
The rampant spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria has spurred interest in alternative strategies for developing next-generation antibacterial therapies. As such, there has been growing interest in cationic antimicrobial peptides (CAMPs) and their therapeutic applications. Modification of CAMPs via conjugation to auxiliary compounds, including small(More)
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