• linear bactenecin analogs;
  • cell selectivity;
  • anti-endotoxin activity;
  • serum stability

Bactenecin (Bac) is a 12-residue disulfide-linked antimicrobial peptide isolated from the granules of bovine neutrophils. In this study, to develop novel linear Bac analogs with cell selectivity and anti-endotoxic activity, we designed and synthesized a series of linear Bac analogs with amino acid substitution in Cys3,11 and/or Val6,7 of Bac. Among Bac analogs, some analogs (Bac-W, Bac-KW, Bac-L, Bac-KL, Bac-LW, and Bac-KLW) with higher hydrophobicity showed the amalgamated property of cell selectivity and anti-endotoxic activity. Furthermore, Bac-W, Bac-KW, Bac-LW, and Bac-KLW showed serum stability comparable with that of disulfide-bonded Bac. Therefore, these Bac analogs (Bac-W, Bac-KW, Bac-LW, and Bac-KLW) can serve as promising antibiotics for the development of therapeutic agents for treatment against endotoxic shock and bacterial infection. In addition, our results suggest that a little increase in hydrophobicity may be responsible for the decreased cell selectivity of the multiple Arg-containing peptides (Bac-W, Bac-L, and Bac-LW) over the multiple Lys-containing peptides (Bac-KW, Bac-KL, and Bac-KLW). Copyright © 2012 European Peptide Society and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.