Interactions of an antimicrobial peptide, tachyplesin I, with lipid membranes.

Tachyplesin I, isolated from the acid extracts of hemocytes of Tachypleus tridentatus, is a cyclic broad-spectrum antimicrobial peptide forming a rigid, antiparallel beta-sheet because of two intramolecular S-S linkages. The strong binding of the peptide to lipopolysaccharides cannot explain the susceptibilities of gram positive bacteria and fungi to the… CONTINUE READING