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Comparison of the action of different proteases on virulence properties related to the staphylococcal surface.
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PMID:  23057709     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AIMS: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the antimicrobial efficacy of five different proteases belonging to two different families on S. aureus and S. epidermidis strains. METHODS AND RESULTS: We used three serine proteases and two metalloproteases in single species biofilm formation assays and in human cell invasion processes. Following each protease incubation with bacterial cells, surface protein patterns were analysed by SDS-PAGE and zymography. Some differently expressed proteins were identified by mass spectrometry. CONCLUSIONS: The effect of tested proteases on biofilm formation was not related to the protease category but was strain-dependent and was related to the biofilm formation capacity of each staphylococcal strain. Some proteases showed a non specific and indiscriminate effect on surface proteins while others induced a discrete and reproducible action on protein profiles. SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACT OF THE STUDY: The inhibition of the surface-related virulence factors is a promising avenue to overcome persistent infections caused by bacterial biofilms. To this end we show here that proteases, in particular the metalloprotease serratiopeptidase, can interfere with adhesion and invasion of eukaryotic cells and biofilm formation in staphylococci and their use could represent a viable treatment for the development of novel combination therapies. © 2012The Authors Journal of Applied Microbiology © 2012 The Society for AppliedMicrobiology.
Marco Artini; Rosanna Papa; Gian Luca Scoarughi; Eugenio Galano; Gaetano Barbato; Pietro Pucci; Laura Selan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of applied microbiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2672     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Appl. Microbiol.     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9706280     Medline TA:  J Appl Microbiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012The Authors Journal of Applied Microbiology © 2012 The Society for Applied Microbiology.
Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases, Sapienza University, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185, Rome, Italy.
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