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All-or-none membrane permeabilization by fengycin-type lipopeptides from Bacillus subtilis QST713.
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PMID:  21545788     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The fungicidal activity of Bacillus subtilis QST713 has been utilized for the highly effective and environmentally safe protection of crops against a variety of pathogens. It is based mainly on the production of cyclic lipopeptides of the fengycin (FEs), surfactin, and iturin families. The mixed population of native FEs forms micelles which solubilize individual FEs such as agrastatin 1 (AS1) that are otherwise rather insoluble on their own. Fluorescence lifetime-based calcein efflux measurements and cryo transmission electron microscopy show that these FEs show a unique scenario of membrane permeabilization. Poor miscibility of FEs with lipid probably promotes the formation of pores in 10% of the vesicles at only≈1μM free FE and in 15% of the vesicles at 10μM. We explain why this limited, all-or-none leakage could nevertheless account for the killing of virtually all fungi whereas the same extent of graded vesicle leakage may be biologically irrelevant. Then, crystallization of AS1 and micellization of plipastatins cause a cut-off in leakage at 15% that might regulate the biological activity of FEs, protecting Bacillus and plant membranes. The fact that FE micelles solubilize only about 10mol.% fluid lipid resembles the behavior of detergent resistance.
Hiren Patel; Clemens Tscheka; Katarina Edwards; Goran Karlsson; Heiko Heerklotz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-4-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biochimica et biophysica acta     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0006-3002     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-5-6     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0217513     Medline TA:  Biochim Biophys Acta     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier B.V.
Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, 144 College St., Toronto, ON, Canada M5S3M2.
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