Sylvia J. P. Bogaards

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The human lactoferrin-derived peptide hLF1-11 displays antimicrobial activities in vitro and is effective against infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and fluconazole-resistant Candida albicans in animals. However, the mechanisms underlying these activities remain largely unclear. Since hLF1-11 is ineffective in vitro at physiological salt(More)
The presence and antimicrobial activity of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) has been widely recognized as an evolutionary preserved part of the innate immune system. Based on evidence in animal models and humans, AMPs are now positioned as novel anti-infective agents. The current study aimed to evaluate the potential antimicrobial activity of ubiquicidin and(More)
BACKGROUND Because the human lactoferrin-derived peptide, hLF(1-11), exerts potent in vitro candidacidal activity, we investigated whether it displays antifungal activity against disseminated Candida albicans infections. METHODS Neutropenic mice were intravenously infected with C. albicans and, 24 h later, were injected with hLF(1-11); 18 h later, the(More)
The lactoferrin-derived peptide hLF(1-11), but not its control peptide, was highly effective against five multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii strains in vitro (3 to 4 log reduction) and against four of these strains in an experimental infection in mice (2 to 3 log reduction). Therefore, this peptide is a promising candidate as a novel agent against(More)
MicroRNAs are involved in many pathologic processes and are a promising target for therapeutic intervention. However, successful, localized delivery of microRNA-based therapeutics is lacking. In this study, cationic ultrasound-responsive microbubbles (MBs) were used to deliver microRNA blockers and mimics in vitro and in vivo. Cationic MBs successfully(More)
Successful stem cell therapy after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is hindered by lack of engraftment of sufficient stem cells at the site of injury. We designed a novel technique to overcome this problem by assembling stem cell-microbubble complexes, named 'StemBells'. StemBells were assembled through binding of dual-targeted microbubbles (~3μm) to(More)
Because of their ability to eliminate pathogens and to modulate various host immune responses, antimicrobial peptides are considered as candidate agents to fight infections by (antibiotic-resistant) pathogens. We recently reported that hLF1-11 (GRRRRSVQWCA), an antimicrobial peptide derived from the N terminus of human lactoferrin, displays diverse(More)
BACKGROUND In pulmonary arterial hypertension (PH), sympathetic adrenergic activity is highly elevated. Sympathetic overactivity is a compensatory mechanism at first, but might be detrimental for cardiac function in the long run. We therefore investigated whether chronic low-dose treatment with bisoprolol (a cardioselective β-blocker) has beneficial effects(More)
The efficiency (work/oxygen consumption) of isolated papillary muscles from failing hearts is reduced. We investigated whether this can be due to an increase of intrinsic cardiac adrenergic (ICA) cell density. The number of ICA cells in the septum and both ventricular walls was determined by tyrosine hydroxylase immunohistochemistry in rats with(More)
Earlier we reported that the peptide corresponding to the first eleven N-terminal amino acids of human lactoferrin (hLF1-11) is active against multi-drug resistant pathogens in mice. The mechanisms underlying this anti-infective activity remain unclear. Since hLF1-11 is ineffective against pathogens at physiological salt concentrations and hLF1-11 directs(More)