Antibiotic properties of novel synthetic temporin A analogs and a cecropin A-temporin A hybrid peptide.


Temporin A, 18 analogs, and a cecropin A-temporin A hybrid peptide were tested with antibiotic sensitive and resistant bacteria, fungi, human erythrocytes, and in clotting assays. Several peptides were active in these assays, and some analogs (D-TA, W1-TA, and Con-L4,G10) may be useful lead compounds for further antibiotics development. The activity of temporin A was found to be dependent upon several of its structural features, including amino acid composition and sequence, chirality, helicity, and positive charge.