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Spider venoms are vast natural pharmacopoeias selected by evolution. The venom of the ant spider Lachesana tarabaevi contains a wide variety of antimicrobial peptides. We tested six of them (latarcins 1, 2a, 3a, 4b, 5, and cytoinsectotoxin 1a) for their ability to suppress Chlamydia trachomatis infection. HEK293 cells were transfected with plasmid vectors(More)
As the number of pathogenic microbial strains resistant to different antibiotics increases, amphipathic peptides with antimicrobial activity are promising agents for the therapy of infectious diseases. This work deals with the effect of an amphipathic antimicrobial peptide, melittin, expressed within recombinant plasmid vectors, on infection with urogenital(More)
We present the complete genome sequence and proteogenomic map for Acholeplasma laidlawii PG-8A (class Mollicutes, order Acholeplasmatales, family Acholeplasmataceae). The genome of A. laidlawii is represented by a single 1,496,992-bp circular chromosome with an average G+C content of 31 mol%. This is the longest genome among the Mollicutes with a known(More)
Venom of the ant spider Lachesana tarabaevi contains a wide variety of antimicrobial peptides. Among them, a special place belongs to cyto-insectotoxins, a class of cytolytic molecules showing equally potent antimicrobial and insecticidal effects. We tested one of them, CIT 1a, for ability to suppress Chlamydia trachomatis infection. HEK293 cells were(More)
The main goal of this work is to clarify the predictive value of known genetic markers of Neisseria gonorrhoeae resistance to penicillin, tetracycline, and fluoroquinolones. The correlation between the presence of certain genetic markers and susceptibility of N. gonorrhoeae isolates to penicillin, tetracycline, and fluoroquinolones has been analyzed by(More)
Antichlamydial activity of cyto-insectotoxin 1a (CIT 1a), representative of a unique class of antimicrobial peptides from the venom of the Central Asian spider Lachesana tarabaevi, was studied. A plasmid vector expressing the cit 1a gene controlled by a human cytomegalovirus tetracycline-dependent promoter was constructed. Impressive inhibition of Chlamydia(More)
The avian bacterial pathogen Mycoplasma gallisepticum is a good model for systems studies due to small genome and simplicity of regulatory pathways. In this study, we used RNA-Seq and MS-based proteomics to accurately map coding sequences, transcription start sites (TSSs) and transcript 3'-ends (T3Es). We used obtained data to investigate roles of TSSs and(More)
Ovarian cancer ascites is a native medium for cancer cells that allows investigation of their secretome in a natural environment. This medium is of interest as a promising source of potential biomarkers, and also as a medium for cell-cell communication. The aim of this study was to elucidate specific features of the malignant ascites metabolome and(More)
Thirty urogenital Chlamydia trachomatis isolates collected in Moscow in 2005 were typed using newly developed molecular typing approaches: (1) multilocus sequence typing (MLST(7)) based on sequences of seven housekeeping genes (http://pubmlst.org/chlamydiales/), (2) MLST(5) based on the investigation of five target regions of the chlamydial genome and (3)(More)
Antibiotic resistance markers were analyzed in C. trachomatis clinical isolates obtained after ineffective therapy of urogenital chlamydiasis with fluoroquinolones and macrolides. Heterotypical resistance to fluoroquinolones and macrolides was detected in all clinical isolates. No significant mutations in the target genes were detected.