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Biron, Éric

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    Structure-activity studies of the bacteriocin bactofencin A and its interaction with the bacterial membrane
    (American Chemical Society, 2018-12-12) Biron, Éric; Fliss, Ismaïl; Bédard, François
    The antimicrobial peptide bactofencin A is an unmodified non-pediocin-like bacteriocin that inhibits several clinically relevant pathogens, including Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus aureus. Here we report the synthesis and structure–activity relationship studies of bactofencin A and novel analogues thereof. Synthetic bactofencin A was a potent inhibitor of L. monocytogenes (MIC = 8.0 μM) and S. aureus (MIC = 4.0 μM), similar to the bacteriocin produced naturally by Lactobacillus salivarius. Of particular interest is the fact that linear analogues lacking the disulfide bond found in bactofencin A were as potent and also active against several strains of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) and one strain of vancomycin-resistant S. aureus (VRSA). Supported by the structure–activity relationship study, investigation of the interaction of bactofencin A with bacterial membrane by molecular dynamics simulations showed the importance of the positively charged N-terminal tail for peptide–membrane interaction. These results suggest that the C-terminal macrocycle is involved in target protein binding and bacterial growth inhibition.
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    Lasso-inspired peptides with distinct antibacterial mechanisms
    (Springer-Verlag Wien, 2014-12-04) Biron, Éric; Gomaa, Ahmed; Fliss, Ismaïl; Bédard, François; Subirade, Muriel; Hammami, Riadh
    Abstract Microcin J25 (MccJ25) is an antibacterial peptide with a peculiar molecular structure consisting of 21 amino acids and a unique lasso topology that makes it highly stable. We synthesized various MccJ25-derived peptides that retained some of the inhibitory activity of the native molecule against Salmonella enterica and Escherichia coli. Of the tested peptides, C1, 7-21C and WK_7-21 were the most inhibitory peptides (MIC = 1–250 µM), but all three were less potent than MccJ25. While MccJ25 was not active against Gram-positive bacteria, the three derived peptides were slightly inhibitory to Gram-positive bacteria (MIC = 250 µM). At 5 µM, C1, 7-21C and WK_7-21 reduced E. coli RNA polymerase activity by respectively, 23.4, 37.4 and 65.0 %. The MccJ25 and its derived peptides all appeared to affect the respiratory apparatus of S. enterica. Based on circular dichroism and FTIR spectroscopy, the peptides also interact with bacterial membrane phospholipids. These results suggest the possibility of producing potent MccJ25-derived peptides lacking the lasso structure. Keywords Antimicrobial peptides · Microcin J25 · Solid phase peptide synthesis · Antibacterial activity · Mode of action
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    Insights in the development and uses of alternatives to antibiotic growth promoters in poultry and swine production
    (MDPI AG, 2022-06-02) Biron, Éric; Rahman, Md Ramim Tanver; Fliss, Ismaïl
    The overuse and misuse of antibiotics has contributed to the rise and spread of multidrugresistant bacteria. To address this global public health threat, many countries have restricted the use of antibiotics as growth promoters and promoted the development of alternatives to antibiotics in human and veterinary medicine and animal farming. In food-animal production, acidifiers, bacteriophages, enzymes, phytochemicals, probiotics, prebiotics, and antimicrobial peptides have shown hallmarks as alternatives to antibiotics. This review reports the current state of these alternatives as growth-promoting factors for poultry and swine production and describes their mode of action. Recent findings on their usefulness and the factors that presently hinder their broader use in animal food production are identified by SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity, and threat) analysis. The potential for resistance development as well as co- and cross-resistance with currently used antibiotics is also discussed. Using predetermined keywords, we searched specialized databases including Scopus, Web of Science, and Google Scholar. Antibiotic resistance cannot be stopped, but its spreading can certainly be hindered or delayed with the development of more alternatives with innovative modes of action and a wise and careful use of antimicrobials in a One Health approach.
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    Recent progress in the chemical synthesis of class II and s-glycosylated bacteriocins
    (Frontiers Research Foundation, 2018-05-23) Biron, Éric; Bédard, François
    A wide variety of antimicrobial peptides produced by lactic acid bacteria (LAB) have been identified and studied in the last decades. Known as bacteriocins, these ribosomally synthesized peptides inhibit the growth of a wide range of bacterial species through numerous mechanisms and show a great variety of spectrum of activity. With their great potential as antimicrobial additives and alternatives to traditional antibiotics in food preservation and handling, animal production and in veterinary and medical medicine, the demand for bacteriocins is rapidly increasing. Bacteriocins are most often produced by fermentation but, in several cases, the low isolated yields and difficulties associated with their purification seriously limit their use on a large scale. Chemical synthesis has been proposed for their production and recent advances in peptide synthesis methodologies have allowed the preparation of several bacteriocins. Moreover, the significant cost reduction for peptide synthesis reagents and building blocks has made chemical synthesis of bacteriocins more attractive and competitive. From a protein engineering point of view, the chemical approach offers many advantages such as the possibility to rapidly perform amino acid substitution, use unnatural or modified residues, and make backbone and side chain modifications to improve potency, modify the activity spectrum or increase the stability of the targeted bacteriocin. This review summarized synthetic approaches that have been developed and used in recent years to allow the preparation of class IIa bacteriocins and S-linked glycopeptides from LAB. Synthetic strategies such as the use of pseudoprolines, backbone protecting groups, microwave irradiations, selective disulfide bridge formation and chemical ligations to prepare class II and S-glycosylsated bacteriocins are discussed.