Lipid membrane interaction and antimicrobial activity of GsMTx-4, an inhibitor of mechanosensitive channel.


GsMTx-4, a polypeptide from the spider Grammostola spatulata, is an inhibitor of mechanosensitive channels. It is known to interact with lipid membranes, suggesting it partitions into the membrane to alter the channel gating, but the effect of the membrane charge on GsMTx-4 activity remains unknown. In this study, we found that GsMTx-4 more effectively… (More)